Manic Monday (Charity Case Book 1)

Manic Monday (Charity Case Book 1)

by Piper Rayne

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Manic Monday (Charity Case Book 1) by Piper Rayne

The perfect man for me is a charming, sexy, hot as hell lawyer who knows how to negotiate his way into my panties.

#Pfftwhatever

Been there.
Done that.
Burned the T-shirt.

I didn't swear off all men after my divorce, but I sure as hell swore off anyone remotely like my ex. On the top of that list? Attorneys. Everyone knows they can't be trusted.

Now that I've moved back into my childhood home in Chicago, my focus is my daughter, my mom and me. I haven't given up on finding my happily-ever-after, it's just on hold-indefinitely. Yup, life is in a real upswing.

Then I see Reed Warner again, and I'm reminded of all my mistakes. I push him away, but somehow he weasels his way into every part of my life, not willing to take no for an answer.

In spite of my better judgment I can't stop thinking about the way his designer suits fit his muscular frame, or the way his blue eyes seem to eat me up with every glance.

You know when you're on a diet and even hummus seems irresistible? Reed is like the equivalent of chocolate éclair and my willpower is fading fast.

The problem? Not only is he a lawyer...

He was the best man at my wedding.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159028013
Publisher: Piper Rayne, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,032
File size: 743 KB

About the Author

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Manic Monday (Charity Case Book 1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Rhodes123 30 days ago
Manic Monday is the first book in the Charity Case series written by the fantastic author duo of Piper and Rayne. It's off to a great start with interconnecting characters from the other books, the characters are great, the plot is life like and it is so well written with lots of humor involved. This book doesn't have a cliff hanger, any cheating, lying, has little angst but does have a HEA. You cannot go wrong when you pick up something from these authors. They are on a roll and I'm so happy to read what they put out.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Every book by this duo has been great to read! Strong characters that know what they want and are not afraid to get!
avidezliteraria 11 months ago
Victoria saw her perfect fairy tale turned out to be a not so perfect version. The man she fell in love with was nothing like the enchanted prince she dreamed. The boy who charmed her and became her husband and the father of her daughter throughout the relationship gave priority to his job and his ambition for money and left his family behind. Until countless infidelities and several ancient resentments culminated in divorce. Moving to the other side of the country to take care of her mother, Victoria completely changes her life. New reality, new job, new friends. But the promise that made herself never to be annulled by a man remains. The main goal for her is her daughter, her mother and herself. The romantic girl who believed in fairy tales became cynical and unbelieving. But an encounter with the past will shake her new life without romance. A new suitor appears to wake her sleeping heart. Reed represents everything Victoria does not want in a man, but that does not stop him from trying to get close. The big but? He is friends with her ex and was the best man on her wedding. A major problem and stumbling block, but Victoria will find that sometimes the strangest and seemingly wrong way is the right one. Two men with a lot in common, but at the same time completely different. Who will be the diamond? And who will be the zirconia? Manic Monday won me by the cover. I found the photograph very beautiful, the tones and the couple combined, making a beautiful photo. When I read the synopsis I was interested and what a relief I feel to say that the book pleased me. It created an interest and fulfilled the expectations. It is a light, funny novel with real situations, everyday facts, the characters are interesting and well written, the chemistry between the protagonist couple is intense, does not appeal to the drama, the scenes are well developed and everything makes sense. I loved how the Monday of the title is part of the plot, the day of the week works almost like a character, all the strange and funny facts of the book happen on Monday. I kept waiting to start the week to know what the gossip of the day would be. Reed was the personification of the good boy. Beautiful, rich, philanthropist, perfect with children, funny, sexy and persistent. There was no chance that Victoria would not be delighted by him. I loved the character. Victoria represents the hardworking woman, who after giving up her dreams in the past, today tries to make up for lost time. Mother, student, employee, daughter, but above all woman. And with it we learned a valuable lesson: never do detox a week before going out with a guy, because you will surely faint on the floor of his kitchen. That's for sure. Jack the ex, he's an asshole, but harmless. I thought he could create an antagonism, a certain problem to the couple, but no, there was an insinuation in some moments, but the book did not develop this strand, it was smoother. Children are cute and add to the context of the narrative, are important for the story. Manic Monday is a good book, a bit of a cliché, but it treats the theme of a fresh start in a light and humorous way. The reader will not regret it.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
The first book in the new series. This book has the humor, heart, and heat that I expect when I read a Piper Rayne book. I loved the banter between Reed and Victoria. Another thing I really enjoyed was Hannah, Victoria, and Chelsea together. They are women I would want to be friends with. One thing that melted my heart was the friendship of Jade and Henry. What Reed does for Henry makes him prime hero material. I thought this book was a great kick off to the new series.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Victoria is one very strong woman whom I greatly admire. Due to her mom's declining health she moves her daughter, Jade, and herself back home to Chicago. They are now living with her mom while she is working a full time job and going back to school to finish her degree. She has no time, no desire for dates/relationships. Plus no trust due to cheating ex. Reed is beyond awesome in every way. He was the best man for her ex in their wedding but he doesn't have any qualms about that. He and her ex had a falling out many years ago. Victoria really struggles with that and the fact that he's a lawyer. He has so much patience and slowly breaks down every wall and gains Victoria's trust. It was so beautiful that these two connect on some many levels. Reed gets the job offer of a life time but it means moving out of the area and possibly leaving Victoria and Jade behind. Victoria has to decide whether to uproot Jade and her own life to follow Reed. I can't decide which point I like best in the book.....when Reed and Victoria first run into each other at Jade's school and right in front of the busy body mom's he leaves all their's mouths hanging open, including Victoria's when he passes by her and says 'Nice seeing you again. We'll have to catch up." or when Jade's dad shows up to pick her up and Victoria's mom has lots of snide comments..... Love that woman! This was a wonderful easy flowing, warm, fun read.
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
Manic Monday is the first book in the brand new Charity Case Series by the ama-a-balls author duo Piper Rayne. I’ve read every single one of these two authors books, well, writing as Piper Rayne that is and I can testify, hand on heart, (your honor), this one is my favorite. It’s set in Chicago and features Victoria Clarke, the recently divorced mom of seven year old Jade and lawyer about town, Reed Warner. Victoria lived in L.A and worked for Jared Kale whom we met in Chore Play, but after her mom became ill, she needed to relocated back home and he was instrumental in getting her new job there working at RISE. Now, she’s all about, work and school, both hers and Jade’s. If you want a little insight into how all this went down, then grab your copy of Clean Slate which is currently free. So, now she’s back home, living with her mom and working on getting her degree so she can start afresh. She’s not looking for a man, or a relationship, certainly not love, so when Reed breezes into her life she’s less than receptive, at least at first. Reed is a sweet, wholesome guy even if he is in Victoria’s eyes ‘a dreaded lawyer’. He pretty much wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t slow at showing Victoria that he’s interested. He’s quiet mannered, driven and an all round good guy, but he’s got a fight on his hands to make Victoria see beyond the title and the fact that he not only knows her ex, he was friends with him, and his best man at the wedding. Victoria is laden with baggage from her broken marriage, she’s jaded and just isn’t ready to fall in love, but fate has different ideas. Will she succumb to the gorgeous sweet, hottie that is Reed Warner, or will she let her horrid ex win? Find out today when you One-Click Manic Monday.
MelissaB More than 1 year ago
As always with a Piper Rayne book I just couldn't put it down until I read those two little words we all hate when we LOVE a book so much......"The End". Reed and Victoria's story was addicting, sexy. laugh out loud funny that will definitely have you begging for more. I LOVED Victoria's sassiness and tell-it-like-it-is-attitude when you read the "late show date" you'll understand and think......BOOM (drop the mic)!!! Reed is sweet, sexy and so different from the other male characters from Piper Rayne but I think that made me fall more in love with him. Good Luck with reading this book and not claiming these characters as your FAVORITES!!!
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
My first book by these two authors, but definitely not my last. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. This review is for an ARC, and reflects my honest opinion. I've seen the name Piper Rayne around lately, so when I saw there was a new series coming out, I had to sign up. I read the prequel novella first, and then jumped right into this ARC. The characters were entertaining, and I liked the book overall. Victoria was a pretty great main character, and I adored Reed. What a sweetheart! He's going on my book boyfriend list for sure. I also liked Chelsea, Hannah, Diane, Jade, and Henry. The banter and chemistry between Victoria and Reed was fantastic. There were some slightly steamy/sexual scenes, but they weren't that often. I was actually expecting a little more to be honest. The group outings Reed and Victoria went out on were some of my favorite parts. I liked that this book was set in the Midwest (Chicago to be exact), and that we got to do a little sightseeing with the characters. I wouldn't say I was surprised by anything that happened in the book, even the ending...which will lead perfectly into the next book. I wasn't aware Victoria appeared in a previous series, so I'll have to go back and read some of the backlist books from these authors ASAP. I think anyone who enjoys single parent romances would enjoy this book.
Loupy More than 1 year ago
What a great start to the series. I’ll start right off by saying I can’t wait to see what happens next in book two, cuz Manic Monday was just that dang good. The book is wonderfully written with humor, romance and lots of events that happen in everyday life that everyone can relate too. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout the book. The characters the author’s gave us are just perfect for the storyline. Vic is divorced with a 7 year old daughter living in LA. Needless to say her opinion of men at this time in her life is not very good. She’s given up on the happy ever after and is concentrating on her child, her schooling and work. But when her mom get sick, she moves back home to Chicago with her daughter in order to help care for her. Her old boss helps her with a new job which turns out perfect for Vic. She works with two other women, Hannah her boss and Chelsea a hilarious coworker. Both women are divorced and let me tell you these women are a hoot, but just exactly what Vic needs in her life. (But no spoilers from me so I’ll hush on that). Vic also runs into Reed which dropping her daughter off at school. Reed is a very sexy man who is absolutely too good to be true in at almost everything. Needless to say the instant chemistry between them is off the charts, the trouble is he has 3 strikes against him in Vic’s book: he’s male, he’s an attorney like her ex and he was her ex’s best man at their wedding. So he’s a definite NO GO in her book. But what about in Reed’s book? If you want a great read that will have you laughing, almost to the point of tears at times, wanting to bop a few mean moms and stuff shirts on the head a time or two and pretty much have you grinning from ear to ear throughout, this is a great book to read. I highly recommend it and as I said up top, I can’t wait for book 2. Chelsea, the wild crazy divorcee at the office is up next, and all I can say is OH Boy is it going to be a hum dinger… I can just feel it. 2 Thumbs Up for Manic Monday.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I received an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** I never tire of reading Piper Rayne books! They always have such a great balance of great story, great characters and sexiness. Manic Monday is the first book in the Charity Case Series and a fantastic start it was! Victoria Clarke has recently relocated to Chicago from California to help her mother who has recently been diagnosed with MS. Not only is Victoria dealing with a move and her mother, our recently divorced heroine is busy settling into a new job, raising her young daughter AND going to school to finish her degree. She's hardworking, independent and strong. When taking her daughter to school one Monday, she runs into an old acquaintance. While she doesn't know Reed well, the one thing she is, is intrigued, not only by his hotness, but also by the fact he drops off one of her daughters best friends every single Monday. But only on Monday. She's got to know the story behind that! Reed Warner is the Assistant District Attorney in Chicago and he's a man that knows what he wants and is willing to do what it takes to get it. He's patient, driven, handsome and honest. While working on the biggest case that has ever crossed his desk, he ends up running into Victoria in the school drop-off line and he couldn't be happier. While he wants to get to know her better, the baggage she has left behind from her failed marriage, has her skittish to say the least where relationships are concerned. Are Reed and Victoria destined to be stuck in the friend zone or will they be able to take their relationship to the next level? I adored this book! The characters were fantastic, the story engaging and the way that Piper and Rayne handled the MS in the book was well done. This was one of those books I just did not want to put down. They also did their job and made me very curious about how Chelsea and Hannah's books are going to play out. Can't wait for that! But in the meantime, run, run, run to pick this one up!