The Bum Magnet

The Bum Magnet

by K.L. Brady

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BN ID: 2940157749248
Publisher: LadyLit Press
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
Sales rank: 729,855
File size: 640 KB

About the Author

K. L. Brady is a D.C. native but spent a number of her formative years in the Ohio Valley. Her writing career started in the pages of diaries when she was 7 or 8 years old. But it wasn’t until her 40th birthday and an Oprah “Live Your Best Life” moment that she finally answered her calling and wrote her first novel–The Bum Magnet. The originally self-published novel was picked up by Simon & Schuster in a two-book deal, and K.L. hasn’t looked back since, penning the follow-up, Got a Right to Be Wrong and self-publishing the first books in two young adult series and a spy thriller series based on her 20+-year career in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

She has a B.A. in Economics, an MBA, and is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association, Romance Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She’s addicted to writing and chocolate—not necessarily in that order—and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with her son. She is hard at work on several projects, including the next installment of the series.

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Bum Magnet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
aambcreviews More than 1 year ago
A hilarious tells it like it is story that is sure to have you flipping the pages like you need another does of the good stuff. This novel by KL Brady screams perfection. Nothing was missed in this book as you follow the life of Charisse who some how seems to attract the wrong kind of man hence the name BUM. When a new year hits she wants to make a change. She wants to start over and perhaps find that true someone. This task wasn't easy and as she tended to still make the same mistakes over and over she still tried to have hope. Brady told this story in a hilarious senses of humor but with a tell like it is mentality. I couldn't see this book told any other way and to give me a laugh, suspense, and hope all in one means you kept my attention. The book had all its t's cross and I's dotted and with a completed story without you wondering what's gonna happen next. I give Ms. Brady top shelf. This is defiantly a 2010 top recommended reads. Tamika newhouse AAMBC Reviewer
LisafromMD More than 1 year ago
I felt that I knew Charisse personally. I laughed out loud and found myself more than once talking aloud as if she were actually in the room with me. The author kept me interested and thoroughly entertained throughout the entire movel. Is there a sequel on the horizon? I truly recommend this romantic comedy.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, driven and successful real estate agent, Charisse Tyson seems to have it all, including a predilection for attracting losers, liars and bums. After spending another New Year's Eve alone, she decides to put her foot down and `just say no to bums' with the help of a magazine article, "Stop Attracting Toxic Men: Five Steps to Unpacking Your Emotional Baggage." To know where you're going, you have to know where you've been. As part of her bum detox, she revisits her past relationships through journals she's kept over the years. While watching her bum highlight reel in slow motion, a few new contenders have stepped up to the plate and now her cup runneth over. When you don't look is when you seem to find and the men that have found Charisse include: a new chocolate Adonis who may be too good to be true; a handsome stranger with stalker-like tendencies; a ghost from bum's past; and a recovering bum. Will Charisse learn from her past relationship mistakes, or is she doomed to forever be a BUM MAGNET? I absolutely enjoyed "The Bum Magnet." K.L. Brady's journey of one woman's dating woes and self discovery was entertaining and real. With a nice balance of drama and laughs, "The Bum Magnet" is both funny and uplifting. Charisse's sarcasm is a perfect smoke screen for her inner struggles and insecurities. "The Bum Magnet" works on many levels, friendships, the power of forgiveness, getting rid of emotional baggage, emotional growth, closure, the strength of family and love. The only weakness, for me, was the cover. Of course you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but an appealing cover goes a long way. And in this case, it was almost a deciding factor in not reading this book. The synopsis and title tipped the scales. "The Bum Magnet" is recommended reading. K.L. Brady, I like your style. I look forward to your next release. Reviewed by: Toni
ApexReviews More than 1 year ago
Accomplished, motivated, and successful, Charisse has it all - that is, except a fulfilling relationship. Even worse, despite her best efforts, she keeps falling for the same type of man over and over again: the lying, cheating player. To her credit, because of the polished allure of her suitors, Charisse doesn't often realize she's about to be played - but it doesn't stop her from hurting all the same once their true colors show in the end. Finally forced to confront the self-repeating cycle of disappointment to which she's grown accustomed, Charisse takes a deep, introspective look into the underlying reasons behind her faulty decision-making when it comes to choosing a mate. In her ensuing state of enlightenment, she vows to do a better job of staying away from obvious losers of all shapes and sizes - but when was the last time everything went exactly according to plan for anyone? What follows is a hilarious, eye-opening series of adventures and misadventures in love as Charisse strives to discover what it takes to finally find the real thing. Creatively well-crafted, The Bum Magnet is a highly enjoyable, entertaining read. In a signature style equally hilarious and insightful, author K.L. Brady takes readers on a vicarious journey through the depths of the mind and heart, reflecting the very real emotional trials and tribulations with which we are all more than familiar. In so doing, she paints a vivid, heartfelt - and rather amusing - picture of the ups and downs of everyday romantic pursuits. Furthermore, Brady's engaging tale does a commendable job of portraying such pursuits in a highly realistic light. Rather than paint her potential suitors - or even Charisse herself - as flawed demons and flawless innocents, The Bum Magnet depicts them as flesh-and-blood, genuine human figures drawn straight from the canvas of real life. For all their various drawbacks, they make no more or fewer mistakes than we all do in our various everyday pursuits. Witty, pointed, and real, The Bum Magnet sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you rapt until the very end. A highly recommended read. Linda Waterson Apex Reviews
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
I know EXACTLY how Charisse feels. Yep. I'm a bum magnet myself. I've ALWAYS attracted the WRONG kind of guys. Could be why I'm divorced and a single mom of 2 boys. But, I wouldn't trade my bum magnet problem for the world, because I wouldn't have my amazing boys if I didn't. So, when I read the synopsis of K.L. Brady's book, I jumped on it. It would be a book that I could totally connect with. I wasn't wrong! I loved every single word and laughter of this story. K.L. Brady knocked a home run with this novel. Charisse was a woman I wish I could have been. She braved the front of evaluating her past relationships, trying to see where it was that each one went wrong. Looking back on each of these relationships, man, I was laughing til I thought I'd die. The words that K.L. Brady used to bring the scenes to life for the reader, wow! TOTALLY awesome. Really gripping and fun. A wonderful story of self evaluation, and coming to terms with being a bum magnet. That's a plot line that I don't think has been covered before. Sure, there are lots of books about meeting and falling for the wrong one, but the way K. L. Brady embraced this plot was awesometastic! It was definitely a fast paced enjoyable read. I highly recommend this story to all the single women out there. If you're wondering where the heck you're going wrong with attracting the "right" guy, well, let K.L. Brady and Charisse walk you through the process of why the bums are attracted. I know I won't look at being single and the wrong guys the same away again! This is definitely a 5 Book worthy rating in my opinion. Be prepared for a bit of whirl wind romance, lots of laughs and some "go girl"'s thrown in. I am looking forward to reading another one of this fantastic author's pieces of work.
Hillgirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
As a long married woman, 31 yrs., I did have a laugh now and then at how hard it is to find that "Mr. Right" But this book really is a guide to single women that are wondering if he will ever come. It is a really good book and plan on reading more from this author. She really has a way of bringing you into her world. Or at least the characters world.
GRgenius on LibraryThing 7 months ago
*** WARNING: This book is not intended for young readers due to adult content, language, and situations. Readers, you have been advised. ***Charisse is all business¿at first. She lets her heart get in the way of her mind and makes that fatal mistake a lot of us make by ignoring that gut feeling. When you¿ve been hurt as many times as she has, it¿s easy to see why she¿s closed off despite her best efforts¿but she doesn¿t give up. That¿s the important part. She¿s a strong character and there for her friends and family whenever they need her, certainly admirable traits.As for the string of guys that enter, leave, and reenter her life, all I can say is¿better her than me. Seriously, most are bad news pretty much from the start and that¿s just their first time around. The author adds a nice touch by having them reappear in her life now as she¿s reevaluating her past relationships and showing how they¿ve grown. Some quite a bit and others not so much but such is life and it gave it a touch of reality.The storyline underneath it all spoke of a woman trying to find her way in both life AND love; proving once and for all that you can have a successful relationship and a career. There were times as I was reading that I thought to myself¿.I SO know what is about to happen¿and they did, but they were presented in such a way as to soften the déjà vu feeling. The relationship she has with her family and friends is touching and serves her well when a long buried secret from her past comes to light. I also rather enjoyed the way the author tied the characters together by books end. There¿s not one that doesn¿t somehow fit into the bigger picture and those that serve as connecting pieces are just as important as the final view. This was the first book I¿ve ever read from this particular genre. I would say that some of the discomfort I felt while reading may simply have been a difference in cultures¿not to open a can of worms. The way things are said or events are portrayed vary from friend to friend and acquaintance to acquaintance. It would only make sense that between cultures that same ¿difference¿ would show its face. It¿s not a bad thing; it¿s more of a learning experience if you will. You get to see a story from another¿s eyes and a viewpoint you may not have first hand experience with¿and it¿s that something allows you to continue to broaden your reading horizons. Recommended for adult readers that like their fiction with a strong dose of romance. The underlying story was one of valuing yourself. Trying to let go of past mistakes that either you or someone else perpetrated, but LEARNING FROM THEM. Taking the time to evaluate your life but not getting so involved in the STUDY of it that you forget to LIVE it. Who couldn't use a reminder like that?
tinasnyderrn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a pretty good book. Funny, but not hilariously funny. While I didn't find myself laughing out loud with this one I did chuckle a time or two. All in all a good read. I would definitely read more from this author. I would call this a light, feel good story for anyone playing the dating game. The characters were well written so that you got a feel for their personalities right from the start. I would recommend this one for anyone wanting a light, funny, quick read.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I know EXACTLY how Charisse feels. Yep. I'm a bum magnet myself. I've ALWAYS attracted the WRONG kind of guys. Could be why I'm divorced and a single mom of 2 boys. But, I wouldn't trade my bum magnet problem for the world, because I wouldn't have my amazing boys if I didn't. So, when I read the synopsis of K.L. Brady's book, I jumped on it. It would be a book that I could totally connect with. I wasn't wrong! I loved every single word and laughter of this story. K.L. Brady knocked a home run with this novel.Charisse was a woman I wish I could have been. She braved the front of evaluating her past relationships, trying to see where it was that each one went wrong. Looking back on each of these relationships, man, I was laughing til I thought I'd die. The words that K.L. Brady used to bring the scenes to life for the reader, wow! TOTALLY awesome. Really gripping and fun.A wonderful story of self evaluation, and coming to terms with being a bum magnet. That's a plot line that I don't think has been covered before. Sure, there are lots of books about meeting and falling for the wrong one, but the way K. L. Brady embraced this plot was awesometastic! It was definitely a fast paced enjoyable read.I highly recommend this story to all the single women out there. If you're wondering where the heck you're going wrong with attracting the "right" guy, well, let K.L. Brady and Charisse walk you through the process of why the bums are attracted. I know I won't look at being single and the wrong guys the same away again! This is definitely a 5 Book worthy rating in my opinion. Be prepared for a bit of whirl wind romance, lots of laughs and some "go girl"'s thrown in. I am looking forward to reading another one of this fantastic author's pieces of work.
sagustocox on LibraryThing 7 months ago
K.L. Brady's The Bum Magnet is local chicklit for Washington, D.C., residents and stars the bum magnet herself, Charisse. She's a real estate agent with a serial dating problem, always seeming to attract the wrong kind of man and hanging onto them. Dwayne, Lamar, Sean, and Marcus are just some of the bums in this book, but are they all bums? That's what Charisse has to figure out, if she can get past her own hangups."'Charisse, a good man is like Santa Claus, believing in him feels real good until you find out he doesn't really exist.'" (Page 1)Brady's debut novel uses a lot of colloquial language and delves into the wrong relationships of her characters through journal entries and flashbacks, but readers may not feel a connection to Charisse right off. She's a bristly, independent woman on the one hand, but a dependent, lonely woman on the other. Like all of us, Charisse has her strengths and her weaknesses, but she seems to have a hard time recognizing the obvious and in many ways she goes off the deep end."No, to me, spying on a boyfriend was not only justified, it was a requirement. Hey, I keep it real. To ask me not to spy on a scheming boyfriend would be like asking a lion not to hunt, a dog not to bark, or babies not to throw up. 'Verification' was an instinctive to me (and all womankind), as giving birth." (Page 61)As she makes the decision to focus on herself and analyze her past relationship failures to improve her relationship capabilities, she stumbles upon the man of her "dreams," Dwayne, shortly after breaking it off with Marcus. Things are soon spiraling out of control for Charisse when past flames reappear and past mistakes rear their ugly heads. "I hoped she wasn't crazy. For some reason, I'd always attracted crazy people. Not eccentric crazy, but wear aluminum foil as a fashion accessory crazy. They always shared their life stories with me. Did I have an inviting demeanor or a friendly face? Perhaps. Although I had a deep-rooted fear that crazy people might just be naturally drawn to other crazy people, which would make me one of them." (Page 122)The Bum Magnet has a lot of drama, and Charisse is attracts it like wildfire. Readers will either enjoy the roller coaster ride or wonder when they can get off. Brady has an active imagination and the dialogue will have readers giggling. Brady's writing is entertaining and has great potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could really relate to the main character. We really do need to get rid of old baggage to move on.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was laugh out-loud hilarious!! A must read!!
VictheReader More than 1 year ago
The Bum Magnet was a total impulse purchase (as are most my chick lit or romance novels), and I enjoyed reading it. The protagonist is Charisse, a successful and sexy real estate woman in the prime of her life living it up in Maryland near DC. She is divorced and recently single from her boyfriend of 2 or so years, living in the dream house she bought for the life she doesn't have yet. Now that she is nearing her 40's, it may sometimes seem like it is never going to happen for her, but she does her best to "keep hope alive". The book opens on New Years Eve, less than a month after she broke up with her boyfriend of three years Marcus, and in a doldrums of grey goose and Godiva she reads a magazine article trumpeted out annually in women's magazines about "breaking the single cycle" by analyzing past relationship failures and letting go in order to move on. The book proceeds in the present with relationship flashbacks of the men fortunate enough to have been a part of her life. The present storyline involves Charisse and a new possible love interest whom she accidentally sleeps with when arriving at his house to pick him up to look at houses. I hate when that happens. Meanwhile, her ex Marcus is halfheartedly attempting to win her back in half-assed man fashion, which is more annoying than romanctic. With the help of her BFF Nissey, another real estate agent who ends up getting her bills paid more by her rotating cadre of men than by house sales, Charisse navigates her current beaus intentions while she tries to decide what she wants. When a random flame from the past shows up at a bar one night, she decides to take the whole relationship analyzing thing seriously, and the flashbacks of her relationships begin in earnest. The flashbacks, to me, are the funniest parts, for they get to show more sides of Charisse and how she was before present day. In particular, I love her ex with a gaggle of kids (eight, EIGHT kids people!), and the various ways that Charisse and Nissey connive to catch their men doing the dirty behind their back. I also liked Kevin, a hot FBI agent with an unfortunate girlfriend blessed with a serious case of bitter beer face, but Charisse doesn't understand why he always seems to be following her around. And she isn't sure, but Charisse's new boyfriend may or may not have drugged her and messed around in her business while she was passed out. The flashbacks eventually catch the reader up to present day, and in the end Charisse gets what she wants for the most part. I enjoyed the banter between Charisse and Nissey the most, and the flashbacks afforded the author many opportunities to mine for comedy. In terms of what I thought didn't work, I sometimes found the flashbacks a little jarring from time to time in terms of switching between past and present, but overall I thought Brady did a pretty job of keeping it all straight. I also found the big reveal of who Kevin really was a little too coincidental, but he sounded hot from the get go, so I guess it didn't really bother me that much :p. Overall, it was an enjoyable read for not me being a thirty flirty and thriving African American female, and for that I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. For more reviews feel free to visit my blog at VictheReader.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the drama that poor Charise went through just left me shaking my head. But, the message that stood out to me the most in this story was God works in mysterious ways. Throughout the pain she suffered with all those men, she found her "knight in shining armor" in the end.