The Prada Paradox (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #3)

The Prada Paradox (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #3)

by Julie Kenner


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USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner follows up her acclaimed thrillers The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix with a whip-smart new adventure in code-breaking — Hollywood-style!

Devi Taylor was one of Hollywood's fastest-rising starlets — until a crazed fan held her at knifepoint and she retreated to a life of privacy and Valium. Now recovered and ready for a comeback, Devi dreams of endorsing all things Prada, whose Rodeo Drive store she can't resist. Instead, she lands the starring role in The Givenchy Code, a high-budget action-adventure flick. But with the tabloids all over Givenchy and her recent split with her drop-dead handsome costar, Blake, Devi can't shake the feeling that another crazed fan is going to strike.

Then a frightening message — "Play or Die" — is delivered to Devi's house, and she finds herself sucked into a deadly and cryptic game not unlike the one in the movie she's starring in. Hollywood has always been her life, but does Devi know its secrets well enough to follow the cinematic clues that might save her and her favorite Prada bag?

Julie Kenner is the author of two previous novels in this series,The Givenchy Code and The Manolo Matrix, both available from Downtown Press. Her novel Aphrodite's Kiss was a USA Today bestseller, and Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom was a Book Sense Summer Paperback Pick. Her other acclaimed novels include Nobody But You and The Spy Who Loves Me. She lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743496155
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Codebreaker Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julie Kenner's books have hit bestseller lists as varied as USA Today, Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, and Locus Magazine; have won numerous awards and have been lauded in industry publications such as Publisher's Weekly and Booksense. Julie writes a broad range of fiction, including sexy and quirky romances, young adult novels, chick lit suspense thrillers and paranormal mommy lit. Visit her online at

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Someone put a bullet in my boyfriend's brain!

As I race down the street, propelled by terror, I can still see the image in my mind, and the thought of it makes my stomach turn. The blood and gore on his pillow. The gaping hole above his ear.

My heart stutters, and a stitch burns in my side. Move, Mel, I think. Just move! I'm barefooted, and tiny stones poke into the soles of my feet. I ignore the pain and press on toward safety. Toward home.

I'm almost there, and I keep my focus on that simple green door. Reach the door, open the door, through the door. After that doesn't matter. Not yet. Which is good, because right now my brain can't process any more than those three simple commands. It's too filled with terror and rage and confusion to digest rational thought.

Around me, bright light from fixtures hung precariously on steel poles casts dark shadows, giving this Manhattan street an eerie quality. I barely notice. Just as I barely notice the people standing nearby in clusters, walkie-talkies and cell phones silent in their hands. I glance over them, searching the crowd for the killer. I know deep down that he's not there, but I shove that knowledge away and search. I have to be thorough. I have to be certain.

No one suspicious jumps out at me, and I allow myself one tiny glimpse of hope. My door is right there. Twenty yards. Fifteen. Ten.

And then I'm there. My hand closes around the doorknob, the metal cool against my hands. I twist the knob violently, then shove the door open. One step and I'm over the threshold and —

"Cut!" Tobias Harmon, the director, yells from across the street. "Beautiful, sweetheart! I think we got it this time! That was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant."

I nod acknowledgment, but don't look at him. I'm too busy shaking off the fear that I've been wallowing in for the last five takes.

My name is Devi Taylor. I'm an actress. And for me, this part is the role of a lifetime.

Copyright © 2007 by Julie Kenner

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Prada Paradox (Codebreaker Trilogy Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As I said above, I loved The Givenchy Code, the first book in the PSW series about an internet game that turned into a life or death treasure hunt. In fact I voted it my favorite Chick Lit for 2005. So naturally I was looking forward to the rest of the series. I never got around to reading book #2, The Monolo Matrix. But AAR gave book #3, The Prada Paradox a B+ with a Hot sensuality rating, so had to have it. Unfortunately, I didn't agree with the grade OR the sensuality rating.The H/H are both actors and heroine, Devi, is trying to bounce back after a stalker attack 5 years ago which ended her career. The book follows the same pattern as The Givenchy Code with Devi and hero Blake gathering and solving clues. The beginning setup of the story was good and I liked the main characters but eventually I got bored with the story and just wanted it to end.Another factor affecting my opinion was the lack of sex scenes. AAR gave it a Hot sensuality rating and that's what I expected. But there must have been some kind of typo or administrative error because this book could in no way be considered Hot. Kisses only, with one sex scene with the door firmly closed. You know what happens to me when I'm expecting Hot and it doesn't deliver, don't you? I get very cranky and it affects my grading. See this review for evidence of my crankiness. GRADE: C
shootingstarr7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the whole, I really enjoyed this book for what it was: an escapist romp. It's like Kenner tried to write a story about what would happen if online games like World of Warcraft or EverQuest came to real-life (without the fantasy, of course). It was gratifying to see this story come to an end after having read the first two novels. I understood them, but I didn't fully get it until the end. It's definitely important to read the first two novels first, otherwise it doesn't necessarily make sense. And it wasn't high literature; this was definitely chick lit (which I've read a lot of in the last few years, I'm ashamed to admit), but it was a good read. Beachworthy
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I'm at work, down to the last fifty pages of Prada Paradox and I'm AT WORK. I NEED to finish this book, it's getting better and better with every miniscule chapter. (I sneak-read a few pages. No, no, put it away. This is work for God's sake. They don't pay me to read. Well, maybe just a couple more pages...this is killing me to see it sitting there waiting for me) Julie Kenner introduces a new main character here, Devi. Same basic plan...PSW is after her, no surprise there. The tension builds dramatically throughout the book. Similar storyline but different enough plot to make it fresh and exciting. I only hope she's got another installment in the wings. Great read, short (331 + epilogue), but great.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Play, Survive, Win is an online role playing game where the target has a protector to save her from the assassin and this game has made it out into the real world where unwilling people participate in order to stay alive. Mega movie star Devi Taylor is making a comeback in a film based on someone one who played and survived the game. Her only doubts about the film is her co-star Blake Atwood who played a big role in their very public breakup.------------------- She is in her heavily guarded home working on her lines for the next days when Blake arrives allegedly to read themwith her but in truth he wants to win her back. A Fed Ex package arrives from Play, Survive, Win and when they open the site they learn that she is a target who was poisoned and if she wants to live she must follow the clues to find the antidote. Andy, a fellow worker on the movie, arrives saying he got a message saying he is the protector. Blake refuses to stop for the antidote which happens to be a good thing because he ingested the poison and now he has as much at stake as Devi who is targeted by the assassin. As they follow the clues, Devi realizes her love for Blake has never died and if they both come out of this alive, she intends to make sure nothing comes between them again-------------------- Julie Kenner has written an outstanding thriller that sends chills down the readers¿ spines as they watch with baited breath to see if the stars can beat the assassin and Blake can find the antidote. This work of romantic suspense is enjoyable to follow as the audience tries to decipher the clues along with the characters. THE PRADA PARADOX is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience just likes it predecessors (see THE GIVENCHY CODE and THE MANOLO MATRIX).---------------- Harriet Klausner