Money Can't Buy Love

Money Can't Buy Love

by Connie Briscoe
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Money Can't Buy Love by Connie Briscoe

Lenora Stone used to say if she didn't have bad luck, she wouldn't have any luck at all. At age thirty-eight, instead of socializing with Baltimore's A-list, she photographs them for Baltimore Scene, a glossy magazine filled with beautiful people who, unlike Lenora, never have to worry about car trouble and overdue bills. As much as she'd love to slam the door on her overbearing boss, quitting isn't an option. She's barely making her mortgage payments and, though her condo might not be a palace, it's hers. Lately even things with her boyfriend Gerald haven't been right. They've been together for three years but he can't seem to ask the one question she's been waiting for. But what Lenora doesn't know is that her luck is about to change...

Just when she thinks things can't get worse, Lenora wins the jackpot in the Maryland lottery. In a heartbeat, all her dreams become possible. She quits her job and indulges her every desire-starting with a shiny, silver BMW and a million-dollar mansion. Gerald is finally ready to put a ring on her finger and the city's most exclusive women's group is dying for her to join, officially moving Lenora from behind the lens, into the limelight. But in Lenora's lavish new world, all that glitters definitely isn't gold. Her old friend's are concerned about her sudden changes, and Ray, a sexy, young landscaper Lenora covered for the magazine is looking for more than a purely professional relationship.

As her life starts to come together, the things Lenora holds dear begin to fall apart. Has her world really changed for the better, or does fortune come with a heavy price?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446534833
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Connie Briscoe has been a full-time published author for more than ten years. Born with a hearing impairment, Connie never allowed that to stop her from pursuing her dreams...writing. Since she left the world of editing to become a writer, Connie has hit the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Connie lives with her family in Maryland.

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Money Can't Buy Love 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
<b>The Price of Greed</b> We've all, at some point or another, fantasized about what we would do if we won, inherited or had a substantial amount of money. For me, I'm not greedy, I'd pay my tithes, God first; buy a modest home; set up college funds for my children; and help my immediate family, friends and my community. Sounds simple enough, right? But for Lenora Stone, it isn't so easy. After months of dodging creditors, dealing with a boss she absolutely hates and dreaming of joining the ranks of Girlfriends, Lenora wins the Maryland lottery and life as she knows it is over. Before she can bask in her winnings, she can't stomach the thought of what this money may do to her life. After confiding in a few of her closet friends, her boyfriend, parents, and a client, Lenora is finally ready to claim her winnings. As she upgrades her car, home and loses a few pounds, she is still on the fence about her job, her friends and even Gerald, her boyfriend. When Ray, the sexy, landscaper, starts giving her the time of day, Lenora can't help but appreciate all that he brings to the table. Is she willing to risk what she and Gerald have had for three years? MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE by Connie Briscoe was just all right. While predictable, it's interesting, but I felt so much of the story was skimmed over that readers would've benefited from. Reviewed by: Crystal
Daenel More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Word. I wanted to reach into the book, snatch that woman up by her throat and slap her around. And I'm not a violent person. But Lenora Stone like to have driven me to drink. And I don't drink. Yes, her crazy was that bad. Without giving the book away, let's just say that Lenora did everything wrong that you could possibly do when you've won the lottery. Furthermore, she was the least sympathetic character I've read about in a long time. And, honestly, I think that's why I became absorbed in the story. I kept hoping and wishing that Lenora would show some signs of growth, development, maturity, wisdom, something. But, um, no, she didn't. I also felt like the writing on this book wasn't as tight as it usually is with a Connie Briscoe book. Lenora was incredibly frustrating as a character and, as a person, I would have cut her loose as a friend. And the other characters in the story were just there. They didn't do anything to add or subtract to the story, they really seemed to serve as emotional punching bags for Lenora. I think if you're looking for a quick read, this is the book. If you're looking for something with a little more depth, pass on this one.
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Nanette10 More than 1 year ago
First time reader of Connie Briscoe, loved this book could'nt put it down!
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Kimberly Adams More than 1 year ago
Page-turner great plot, and great ending. This is definitely a must read!
cherylbaryl More than 1 year ago
Lenora is a 37 year old who has a boyfriend named Gerald. She really wants to get married, but he keeps putting the subject off. They have been together for 3 years, and she wonders if he will ever be ready. He is trying to get his business off the ground and wants to get their finances in order before getting married. I didn't like Gerald at all. He made comments about Lenora's weight (I have had to deal with this problem myself, and it doesn't help matters at all...just makes me feel worse), and he was always so busy. He seemed like he never had time for her. On top of all that, she doesn't like her boss and is having trouble paying her bills. She buys a lottery ticket and kind of forgets about it. She ends up finally finding it a few days later and has the surprise of her life! She wins the lottery. All her problems are solved right? Well, her life will never be the same, that's for sure. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really easy to follow, and the characters sound like real people. I got a little annoyed with Lenora when she waits so long to bring her ticket in and with some of the other things she does. I kind of had an idea of what was going to happen, but I didn't know exactly how things would turn out in the end. I was surprised at her conversation with Ray at the end. I'm glad she said what she did. It would have been nice to know what happened next for her though! Will there be another book to follow up? Also, I still wonder about Gerald. Was he really that busy with work? Even though Lenora made some dumb decisions and she was annoying at times, I wouldn't have changed anything about this story. I highly recommend it! Cheryl Black Diamond's Book Reviews
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ShanaP More than 1 year ago
Connie Briscoe is a talented writer and creates well-developed characters with whom most women can identify. In Money Can't Buy Love, the main character, Lenora Stone, is a 37 year old woman who is attractive, but not beautiful, overweight, but not obese, and works in a 9 to 5 job at which her adversary also happens to be her boss. Lenora is a professional photographer and is one of the best in the business. However, she suffers from low self-esteem which is obvious in the choices she makes when she wins the five million dollar Maryland Lottery. The money changes Lenora in ways of which she is unaware, but her friends and lover, Gerald, are readily aware. Of course, Lenora's sudden wealth also changes the behavior of those around her. Gerald has strung her along for 3 years and is suddenly willing to marry her and she is accepted into a social club in which the "snobbish" members had rejected her only a year prior. Lenora is not prepared to deal with her sudden wealth/popularity and makes unwise decisions both in love and in life. She finds out the hard way that a top of the line automobile, a large mansion and the sudden interest of a handsome and much younger man, do not lead to happiness. Money Can't Buy Love grabs the reader's interest and won't let go. It also makes one stop and ponder if our behavior would be the same. I would highly recommend this novel and give it a rating of 4 out of 5. Shana Plummer Sweet Soul Sisters Book Club Beltsville, MD