Kiss Me If You Can (Bachelor Blog Series #1)

Kiss Me If You Can (Bachelor Blog Series #1)

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Overview

Kiss Me If You Can (Bachelor Blog Series #1) by Carly Phillips, Sherri Slater

Sam Cooper ("Coop") has just become the most eligible bachelor in New York City. Now that he has foiled a jewelry-store robbery and has been rewarded with the ring of his choice, single women all over the city are fawning over the crime reporter. But Coop isn't interested in the admirers sending racy underwear his way. His attention is centered solely on Lexie Davis, the only woman in the city who claims not to be interested in his bachelor status.

Instead, free-spirited Lexie is interested in Coop's antique ring, and its—potentially scandalous—history in her family. But Coop is quickly becoming more than just her route to the ring. When his investigation starts to uncover the truth, will she trust her heart—and her family secrets—to this most eligible bachelor?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423352167
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Series: Bachelor Blog Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 25 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary romances, striking a balance between entertainment and emotion, and giving her readers the compelling story they have come to expect and enjoy.

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Sam Cooper's stomach grumbled at the sight of the blue-and-yellow umbrellas shading his favorite hot dog stand from the blazing sun. Fresh from a boring press conference, where the mayor and police commissioner had announced the long-awaited wrap-up of a string of apartment burglaries on the Upper West Side, Coop had his digital recorder in one pocket and cash in another.

The aroma of New York's finest hot dog had his mouth watering. "Hey, Dom. How's business today?" he asked the owner.

"Can't complain. Busy lunch crowd. Slow now but it'll pickup again during the commute." The older man, tanned from his days outside, lifted the metal lid, revealing Coop's belated lunch. "The usual?"

Coop nodded. "The works. Actually make it two. I haven't eaten since breakfast."

He glanced at his watch. Nearly 3:00 p.m. Enough time for him to eat and get his story in before heading home for the day.

While Dom placed his hot dogs in their buns and began loading them up, Coop glanced around his city. On a hot August day like this one, few people wandered around outside. The smart ones hightailed it out of town, heading for the ritzy Hamptons or the Jersey Shore. Others holed up inside, with their AC blasting.

Coop's favorite hot dog stand was located on the corner of 47th Street and Park Avenue. A people watcher by nature—part of what led him to become a reporter, he supposed—Coop always studied the stores and buildings in the vicinity, and the people entering and exiting each.

As usual, the Vintage Jewelers caught his eye. Unlike most of the upscale stores in the area, it was rather ordinary. As if to compensate, the window changed often, rotating gaudy, elaborate pieces almost daily. Usually only women frequented the establishment—no big surprise—but today a man wearing a sweatshirt, hood over his head, stood inside.

"Strange," Coop muttered. The heat from the sun had him sweating in his shirt and the steam coming off the sidewalk blistered the soles of his shoes.

"Dogs are ready," Dom said, distracting Coop's attention.

But not before Coop caught sight of what looked like a gun in the man's hand. Coop's adrenaline kicked in and he focused on the store. There were two females behind the counter. If he barged in, he risked the guy shooting someone.

Inside the store, the man turned to leave.

Coop glanced at Dom. "Don't ask questions, just call 9-1-1," he said as he grabbed the metal lid off the cart and swerved back to face the store.

As the man exited, Coop acted on instinct. He stuck his foot out, tripping the guy before he could run. The man staggered but regained his balance and straightened up. Coop drew a deep breath and bashed the man in the head with the aluminum hot dog cover. His hood must have cushioned the blow or else the guy had a thick skull because he struggled to stand up a second time. Coop swung harder and the guy fell to the sidewalk, moaning in pain. The jewels spilled from his pocket onto the ground.

Before the other man could recover, Coop grabbed the gun from inside his sweatshirt and waited for the cops to arrive. His heart still beat hard, roaring in his ears as the sirens alerted him to the arrival of the police and the cops quickly relieved him. While one cuffed the criminal and hauled him into their car, another took Coop's statement.

As he replayed the events in his head, Coop was almost glad his torn rotator cuff had forced him to quit the police academy and he had a newfound respect for his father and older brother, both career policemen. Wouldn't they get a laugh when they heard about his exploits. They'd rib him but good for trying to do their job.

"Hey, Mac, are you finished grilling me?" From his years working the crime beat, he was on a first-name basis with many of the detectives and cops.

The other man nodded. "We know where to find you. Go home and take it easy. You've had a rough day."

Coop shook his head. "I'm fine. I'll be at the office if you need me." At the very least, he could make sure this story had the right spin.

He turned to leave when two women came running out of the jewelry store. "Wait," the older one called. "I wanted to thank you!"

Coop strode toward the petite brunette who would have been no match for the robber, with or without his gun.

"I'm so grateful to you. Normally my father would be in the store with me, but he's in Florida for the weekend. That man loaded up his sweatshirt with expensive items. You saved us a small fortune!"

Coop shifted from foot to foot, uncomfortable with her gratitude. "I was just in the right place at the right time."

She shook her head. "Don't be modest! Most people would have just walked away. I was in the store with my fifteen-year-old daughter, so I handed over the items because I didn't want her to get hurt.

You must come inside. I insist on giving you a reward for your heroic actions. I've already been to the bank, so I'm going to have to offer you jewelry instead."

He shook his head once more. "No reward necessary."

"Reward?" A female television reporter Sam recognized shoved a microphone between Sam and the shop owner's daughter. "Go on! I'd love to get the exclusive on this for tonight's five o'clock news!"

"You mean you'd mention our store by name?" The store owner's eyes lit up at the idea.

The reporter nodded. "We can even shoot inside as you give your savior his reward."

Coop groaned. He recognized the runaway train and fought to avoid the inevitable. "I can't accept a reward. Like I told her, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

The reporter smoothed her hair, straightened her shoulders and motioned to her camera crew. "Roll tape," she said, ignoring him.

"This is Carolina Martinez, reporting from the scene of a robbery in midtown Manhattan, with the reluctant hero, crime beat reporter Sam Cooper, and the grateful store owner who is just about to present him with a reward." She glanced at her crew and said, "Cut!" before turning back to the stunned store owner. "It's your show. What do you intend to give him?" Carolina asked.

Coop found himself dragged into the shop by the insistent reporter and the store owner's daughter, followed by the camera crew. He wanted to get the hell out of here, but the woman, whose name he learned was Anna Burnett, had placed a tray of antique jewelry in front of him. Meanwhile, Carolina and her crew taped everything, leaving Coop with no choice but to go along with Anna's plea that he choose an item for his trouble.

Coop scanned the tray, looking for something that appeared inexpensive and that he could take without guilt.

"How about this watch?" Anna raised the hammered gold men's timepiece, angled not for Coop but toward the camera.

Coop shook his head. "I couldn't. It looks too expensive and besides I don't wear jewelry."

"Then how about a necklace or a ring for your wife?" She lifted what appeared to be an emerald necklace, showing it off with a wide smile for the camera.

"Not married." Anymore. He forced a smile.

"Something for your girlfriend then!"

Before she could reach for something else, Coop chose the ugliest, most gaudy ring in the bunch, hoping it was also the least expensive. "I'll take this."

"I'm so glad you've accepted a memento for preventing our beloved store from being robbed. The ring is beautiful and there are many more lovely items at the Vintage Jewelers, located at 47th Street and Park Avenue." She swept the inside of the store with her hand, hamming it up as she took advantage of the free publicity.

Coop stifled a chuckle, if only because the damn cameras were still rolling. He waited for Carolina to yell, "Cut!"

Then Coop pocketed the ring, thanked Anna and Carolina, and got the hell out of the store before the intrepid reporter decided she wanted to interview him as well as humiliate him in front of the entire city.

A reporter by day and an aspiring novelist in his private time, even Coop couldn't have scripted anything like today.

As Coop walked into the newsroom, a round of applause greeted him, and his colleagues rose to their feet.

Coop frowned, waving away their whistles and comments, and headed for his desk. He lowered himself into his seat and leaned back, relaxing for the first time all day. He pulled the ring from his pocket and held the gaudy piece up to examine it more closely.

"You aren't going to see much in this dingy lighting." Amanda Nichols, the features editor at the paper, propped a hip on his desk. She leaned in for a better look at his ring and her long blonde hair fell in curls around her shoulders.

Coop liked Amanda. They'd had their moment, a brief fling after Coop's divorce, but there'd been no serious spark for either one of them. Luckily, she was the rare woman who could separate sex from friendship and they'd been able to remain on good terms ever since.

"It's ugly as sin, isn't it?" he asked.

"Let me see." Amanda held out her hand and he placed the ring in her palm.

Into glitz, glamour and shopping, she enjoyed material things. Clothing, jewelry, you name it—she knew its history.

She narrowed her gaze and peered inside the ring. "Ugly by today's standards, but by vintage ones, this is a collector's dream. It's Trifari. Look at the insignia." She drew his attention to the inside of the ring's shank, pointing with her long, painted nails. "You picked yourself a winner," she said, handing him back his reward.

"I didn't want something valuable. I wanted something I wouldn't feel guilty about taking," he said in frustration.

Amanda shrugged. "From what I heard, you saved the store owner a fortune. Don't feel bad. You can just give it to the special lady in your life." She not-so-subtly raised her gaze to meet his.

Coop cocked his head to one side. "Is that your way of asking if I'm seeing anyone?"

She grinned. "Actually, yes, it is. You work too hard. You're always pounding away at your computer."

Because he often pulled up his other work when he wasn't on deadline at the paper. Fiction writing was his real love, not that he shared that information with many people. Lately though, the creative juices had dried up, causing him many hours of staring at a blank screen, both here and at home.

"I'm not seeing anyone," he said, hoping she'd leave it at that.

"I worry about you. A girlfriend would add some balance to your life."

So much for her dropping the subject.

Coop rolled his eyes. "I have enough balance and there's no need to worry. I'm fine. Now if we could stay on track?" He shot her a wry look and placed the ring on his desk. "Since it's worth something, I guess I'll store it in a safe place."

"Okay, but you know what they say about all work and no play…"

"I play enough," he lied.

"If you say so." She pinned him with a look that told him she was onto him.

What could he say? Lately, there'd been no woman who'd captured his interest. But if he admitted as much to Amanda, she'd start setting him up with her friends, and he shuddered at the thought. Blind dates were bad enough. Well-meaning friends trying to matchmake were even worse. Coop had an ex-wife and a healthy respect for being more careful with the women he chose. He certainly wasn't lacking for bed partners, if that was all he needed.

"I do. Now I need to get back to work."

She shook her head and sighed. "Okay, then. Catch you later, hero." She winked and strode away, her hips swaying as she walked.

Coop turned to his computer.

Bringing up a Google search on the word Trifari, he spent a considerable amount of time researching until he finally found a photo of what looked like the ring he now had in his possession. To his surprise, it was part of a set that included a bracelet and necklace. Back in the 1950s the jewels had belonged to a wealthy family in Manhattan until they'd been stolen in a brazen robbery during a dinner party at the family home. The culprits had never been caught and the jewels had reportedly never been recovered.

Coop glanced at the ring on his desk. What the hell did he have in his possession? Did the jewelry store even know the value of the ring? How many times had it been passed on since the robbery over fifty years ago?

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ReeseKisses More than 1 year ago
I needed a break from reading fantasy/ horror,so I picked this book it's a good story with some twists, funny at times and has some very descriptive sex seines. So I thought it was a great pick for what i was looking for and I would recommend it as a quick, easy, fun, read.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** Talk about being in the right place at the right time.Sam Cooper, crime beat reporter, made his own front page story by foiling a jewelry heist. As the hero dujour, he was given a reward from the grateful jeweler's daughter, an ostentatious ring with a past and he was named the most eligible bachelor in New York City by The Bachelor Blog. What woman wouldn't want a man who looks like sex on legs, isn't afraid to do what's right and already has the ring? Sam has a side job as a mystery/thrill writer and the more he learns about the ring the more his creative juices flow to get to the bottom of a cold case file. Enter Lexie Davis, world traveler and web designer extraordinaire. Lexie too has an interest in the history of the ring but on a more familial level. The attraction is almost instant and the chemistry is hot! One of the aspects of this novel that really appealed to me was that Sam and Lexie both acknowledge that they feel the attraction and don't allow personal pride to get in the way of exploring what might be there. As with all great love stories there are difficulties and past relationship issues that complicate the budding relationship. Both Lexie and Coop seem to actually want to make things work. So many times I've read books where the main characters spend more time fighting to deny their attraction rather than working towards their HEA. This was refreshing. Ms. Phillips has an excellent writing style that is easy to read and a story that is easy to follow. Kiss Me If You Can flows at a steady pace without leaving out pivotal plot building information. The book is lengthy but the character development, including the secondary characters, is necessary and not just page filler. Ms. Phillips also does something towards the end of the book that I always like to see in a good read, she leaves a strategically placed opening for the next installment. This reviewer, for one, will be looking forward to it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manhattan Sam "Coop" Cooper always reports the crimes news not stars in the story. That is until he stops for lunch at a dirty dog stand in Midtown while he works a story on apartment burglaries in the Upper West Side. He notices something odd in nearby Vintage Jewelers and knocked out a thief using a hot dog medal lid cover. Watching the store along with her teenage daughter for her dad who is in Florida, grateful Anna Burnett forces Coop to take a ring as a thank you. TV news catches the aftermath of the heroics and soon the city votes him most eligible male on The Bachelor Blogs. Lexie Davis sees the ring on the news and realizes it matches a necklace that her grandma wears. She meets Coop who thinks she is another bimbo to disturb him, but she wants the ring not him. They soon pair up investigating the history of the matching jewelry starting with a cold case 1950s theft that seems to implicate granny even as they fall in love This is a terrific romantic comedy starring two likable individuals, the Big Apple and Granny the maybe jewel thief. The story line is fast-paced as Carly Phillips paints a fun tale winking at the enthralled audience with this madcap novel. Fans should set aside time as once you begin this Manhattan maniacal mayhem you will need to finish it in one delightful sitting. Harriet Klausner
DLT29503 More than 1 year ago
This is such a wondeful book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you wondering what is actually going happen. Right about the time you think you have it figured out it surprises you! Wonderful Book! Definitely a must read!
BookChick79 More than 1 year ago
I really liked Lexie and Coop and thought they shined despite the plot line. I liked the basic idea - research a cold case to discover the origin of the ring that brought them together. I thought it was a very cute idea and I couldn't wait to see where it went. I guessed very early (very, very early) where the author was going and I was disappointed. I also found some inconsistencies in the plot (the one male thief is terrified of the two women, but then all that happens when they are together is they kick him in the shins - how is that terrifying??) that were distracting and, to be honest, annoying. Three stars for Lexie and Coop and none for the rest of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true romantic comedy. It was unrealistic but is great entertainment. Loved it!
tracykids4 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. At first I wasn’t sure if the story line was something I would enjoy but because I love this author I went ahead and read it. I was pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy this story line. It was something new to me but still had the love connection that I crave. Grandma Charlotte was funny as heck. She was awesome in this book. I love characters that can make me laugh. Overall, this book was really good and I really enjoyed it.
sferguson105 More than 1 year ago
This was an overall good read. It drew me in from the beginning, with Coop playing the hero (literally) and kept me drawn in. I loved him and Lexie together. They were pretty much opposites, but they just worked well together relationship wise. Add in some great secondary characters, a bit of mystery and suspense, and you've got a great read. I can't wait for the next book in this series (really hoping Coop's neighbor Sara snags one of these sexy bachelors) Definitely a must read!
Crystal_Singer0305 More than 1 year ago
I always love it when Carly Phillips re-releases a series. It gives me the chance to re read and fall in love all over again. I love Lexie and Coop's story. Little bit of mystery, drama and a whole lot of sexiness! Their chemistry is undeniable from the moment they meet and the ride that Carly takes us on from the first page to the last is a great one! Highly recommend this one!
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story of Lexie and Coop. They meet under unusual circumstances and end up in the middle of a mystery. Lexie's grandma and her friend are a hoot and they made me laugh time and time again. As Lexie and Coop navigate their love life and solve the mystery, they figure out if they are meant to be. This was a sweet love story with some hot scenes in it. The mystery was a good caper. The author does a good job at giving us the background of these characters and why they are the way they are. It was an enjoyable read.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Fun, whitey, exciting, action packed and emotional romance with a twist of mystery. Extremely entertaining reading with lots of emotional ups and downs. Perfect cuddle up and read escape. Sam Cooper is a crime reporter that comes from a family of cops. He is sweet, sexy, loyal and very observant of those around him. Lexie Davis is a world traveler and web designer with wanderlust and a deep love for her grandmother that seems to be the only family member to truly understand her. She is sassy, independent, loyal and determined not to get her heart broken again. Loved every twist and turn in this truly engaging romantic adventure.
JennieF More than 1 year ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation 4.5 stars Kiss Me if You Can is the 1st book in the Most Eligible Bachelor series and what a great way to start! ! Carly Phillips always seems to find the right plot in each of her stories and brings them to life! ! Sam Cooper, a NY crime reporter and struggling novelist foils a jewelry robbery attempt and is given a reward which he declines but the store owner’s daughter insists and he picks the ugliest ring he can find unbeknownst to him until one of his co-worker’s looks at the ring and tells him it’s from the 1950’s and probably worth lots of money. Lexie Davis, a free spirit, web designer who lives with her grandmother when she is not exploring the world. While they are watching a news report on TV they hear about the almost robbery and a picture of the ring…which looks almost like the necklace her grandmother wears. Lexi decides to get in touch with Sam to see if she can buy the ring for her grandmother’s 80th birthday. When these two meet sparks fly but so does the mystery behind the ring…can these two solve the mystery, maybe become a couple, and find a love worth staying for???
beausmommy More than 1 year ago
Cute story!!! Coop and Lexie are two very different people with very different backgrounds, very different interests and very different goals...or are they? Coop is a writer covering the local crime beat and Lexie is a web designer/ world traveler who happens to have a connection to an old crime. So not only are they at odds about how to solve the crime and who could possibly be involved, but Coop’s previous experience with a woman who traveled the world isn’t a positive but for Lexie, travel is her life. This is in the Most Eligible Bachelor series and is a great introduction. When Coop becomes the Bachelor of the Moment, his life is changed. Little did he imagine it would change the way it did. And Lexie never dreamed she would want to put down roots until Coop entered her life and changed everything. Enjoyable read, funny characters (the old women are a hoot) and a little mystery to go with it…
AREEDAR More than 1 year ago
Sam Cooper is a crime reporter and hopeful mystery writer and has become the next newest victim of the Bachelor Blog. Lexie is a web designer interested in purchasing the ring Sam was given for her grandmother. Lexie’s Grandmother and her friends are up to something and I love their antics. Soon it is discovered that the ring is stolen property. The twists in this story made it a fun book to read.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Kiss Me If You the first book in Carly Phillips’ Most Eligible Bachelor series is another winner. Sam Cooper, a crime reporter, suddenly became the most eligible bachelor in New York City after a newspaper article mentions his prevention of a jewelry store robbery and the antique ring he received as a reward. He is not at all interested in all the women trying to catch his interest, except maybe Lexie Davis who appears not to interested. Lexie is only interested in the antique ring Coop received, its history and it connection to her family. Lexie has to decide if she can trust Coop with not only her heart, but also her family secrets. Ms. Phillips is a wonderful storyteller which was demonstrated in this wonderful story. This book is a re-issue of a previously published story but with updated content. The humor and light hearted fun does remain. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I forgot what a fun story this was....it has such great laugh out loud moments in it mostly from the heroine's grandma....and such great swoony moments from the hero, Sam "Coop" Cooper. Sam Cooper tried to be a cop like his father and older brother but because of an old injury he wasn't successful. Instead, Coop is a crime reporter for The Daily Post in New York City. It pays the bills but he would prefer to be a successful author. When Coop is able to stop a robbery at a local jewelry story, he is rewarded with a ring of his choice, which he reluctantly takes. This ends up earning him the title of The Most Eligible Bachelor on the online blog at his New York City newspaper and brings him a lot of unwanted attention. When Lexie Davis sees the story about Coop on TV and eyes the ring he ends up with, she realizes it looks like the ring that matches the necklace that her Grandma Charlotte has. With her grandma's 80th birthday coming up, Lexie wants to see if she can buy the ring off of Coop. When Coop and Lexie first meet, sparks instantly fly. When Lexie explains that she'd like to buy the ring from him, Coop is instantly curious because that is the second person who has expressed interest in the ring. As Lexie and Coop realize that there is a past history to this ring, they both agree to investigate the ring's past. Of course this means that they must spend more time together and quickly find themselves in each other's arms. As the mystery unfolds, and romantic feelings quickly form, family secrets also come to the surface. This was a fun and entertaining ride. I really loved the character of Coop. He was sweet and caution, having been burned before but he was really drawn to Lexie. Lexie lived her life based on certain things that she always thought were correct, but found herself questioning those things as secrets were exposed. It took some changing in both of their lives, but these two finally got to their happy ending. I also just adore Lexie's Grandma Charlotte and her best friend, Sylvia...those two were a hoot! Overall, this was a fun and sexy story that I really enjoyed.
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I love a good Romantic Suspense book. I don't think I have come across a Suspense book from Carly Phillips yet and she blew it out of the water with Kiss Me if You Can. I immediately had insta love for Coop (Sam) and knew he was a great guy. We know with the blurb how the story starts. Coop is at the right place at the right time. He becomes a hero and probably the hottest bachelor with a beauty of an ancient ring. I also enjoyed getting to know Lexie's character. She was on a mission that became so much more than she expected. She was not sure she would uncover something that could forever change her life. He friend and grandmother also warmed my heart and had me busting out laughing a time or two! I loved the suspense, mystery, sexy times scenes, and new love that grows. Kiss Me if You Can has it all and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by this author . I love the grandmother and her friend , I didn't laugh as much as the first book I read but I still liked it. I only wish I it was a little longer .
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Had some good parts. Storyline drug on and on.
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Quick fun easy read that made me want to read the next one.
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Love the story line though it was confusing on which character was which at times. Definetly recondmend people to read this book. Plus its funny. NOT FOR LITTLE KIDS!