What do women want?
Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shottheir high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.
When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seekingVanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!
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Working in such close quarters with a woman that you could bump knees (thighs, and maybe even other body parts) was probably every man's dream job. Except Dot Morrison's knees were knobby and she was old enough to be Jonathan Templar's grandmother. And she looked like Maxine of greeting card fame. So there was no knee (or anything else) bumping going on today.
"Okay, you're good to go," he said, pushing back from the computer in the office at Breakfast Haus, Dot's restaurant. "But remember what I told you. If you want your computer to run more efficiently, you've got to slick your hard drive once in a while."
"There you go talking dirty to me again," Dot cracked.
A sizzle sneaked onto Jonathan's cheeks, partly because old ladies didn't say things like that (Jonathan's grandma sure didn't), and partly because he'd never talked dirty to a woman in his life. Well, not unless you counted a Playboy centerfold. When talking with most real-life women, his tongue had a tendency to tie itself into more knots than a bag of pretzels, especially when a woman was good-looking. This, he told himself, was one reason he was still single at the ripe old age of thirty-three. That and the fact that he wasn't exactly the stuff a woman's dreams were made of. It was a rare woman who dreamed of a skinny, bespectacled guy in a button-down shirt. Those weren't the only reasons, though. Carrying a torch for someone tended to interfere with a guy's love life.
Never certain how to respond to Dot's whacked-out sense of humor, he merely smiled, shook his head and packed up his briefcase.
"Seriously," she said, "I'm glad this didn't turn out to be anything really bad. But if it had, I know I could count on you. You can't ever leave Icicle Falls. What would us old bats do when we have computer problems?"
"You'd manage," Jonathan assured her.
"I doubt it. Computers are instruments of torture to anyone over the age of sixty."
"No worries," he said. "I'm not planning on going anywhere."
"Until you meet Ms. Right. Then you'll be gone like a shot." The look she gave him was virtually a guarantee that something was about to come out of her mouth that would make him squirm. Sure enough. "We'll have to find you a local girl."
Just what he neededDot Morrison putting the word out that Jonathan Templar, computer nerd, was in the market for a local girl. He didn't want a local girl. He wanted
"Tilda's still available."
Tilda Morrison, supercop? She could easily bench-press Jonathan. "Uh, thanks for the offer, but I think she needs someone tougher."
"There's a problem. Nobody's as tough as Tilda. Damn, I raised that girl wrong. At this rate I'm never going to get grandchildren." Dot shrugged and reached for a cigarette. "Just as well, I suppose. I'd have to spend all my free hours baking cookies for the little rodents."
Sometimes it was hard to know whether or not Dot was serious, but this time Jonathan was sure she didn't mean what she'd said. She was only trying to make the best of motherly frustration. Dot wanted grandkids. Anyone who'd seen her interacting with the families who came into the restaurant could tell that. It was a wonder she made any money with all the free hot chocolate she slipped her younger patrons.
She lit up and took a deep drag on her cigarette. Her little office was about to get downright smoggy. Washington State law prohibited smoking in public places, but Dot maintained that her office wasn't a public place. Jonathan suspected one of these days she and the local health inspector were going to get into it over the cigarettes she sneaked in this room.
"I'd better get going," he said, gathering his things and trying not to inhale the secondhand smoke pluming in his direction.
"You gonna bill me as usual?"
"Don't gouge me," she teased.
"Wouldn't dream of it. And put your glasses on to read your bill this time," he teased back as he walked to the door. He always tried to give Dot a senior's discount and she always overpaid him, claiming she'd misread the bill. Yep, Dot was a great customer.
Heck, all his customers were great, he thought as he made his way to Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company, where Elena, the secretary, was having a nervous breakdown thanks to a new computer that she swore was possessed.
The scent of chocolate floating up from the kitchens below greeted him as he entered the office and Elena looked at him as if he were Saint George come to slay a dragon. "Thank God you're here."
People were always happy to see the owner and sole employee of Geek Gods Computer Services. Once Jonathan arrived on the scene, they knew their troubles would be fixed.
He liked that, liked feeling useful. So he wasn't a mountain of muscle like Luke Goodman, the production manager at Sweet Dreams, or a mover and shaker like Blake Preston, manager of Cascade Mutual. Some men were born to have starring roles and big, juicy parts on the stage of life. Others were meant to build scenery, pull the curtains, work in the background to make sure everything on stage ran well. Jonathan was a backstage kind of guy. Nothing wrong with that, he told himself. Background workers made it possible for the show to go on.
But leading ladies never noticed the guy in the background. Jonathan heaved a sigh. Sometimes he felt like Cyrano de Bergerac. Without the nose.
"This thing is making me loco," Elena said, glaring at the offending piece of technology on her desk.
The company owner, Samantha Sterlingrecently married to Blake Prestonhad just emerged from her office. "More loco than we make you?"
"More loco than even my mother makes me," Elena replied.
Samantha gave her shoulder a pat. "Jonathan will fix it."
Elena grunted. "Equipo del infierno."
"Computer from hell?" Jonathan guessed, remembering some of his high school Spanish.
Elena's frustrated scowl was all the answer he needed.
"Don't worry," Samantha told her. "Jonathan will help you battle the forces of technology evil. When Cecily comes in, tell her I'll be back around one-thirty. Try to keep my favorite assistant from tearing her hair out," she said to Jonathan.
"No worries," he said, then promised Elena, "I'll have this up and running for you in no time."
No time turned out to be about an hour, but since Elena had expected to lose the entire day she was delighted. "You are amazing," she told him just as Sa-mantha's sister Cecily arrived on the scene.
"Has he saved us again?" she asked Elena, smiling at Jonathan.
"Yes, as usual."
Jonathan pushed his glasses back up his nose and tried to look modest. It was hard when people praised him like this.
But then, as he started to pack up his tools, Cecily said something that left him flat as a stingray. "I heard from Tina Swift that you guys have your fifteen-year reunion coming up."
"Those are so much fun, seeing old friends, people you used to date," she continued.
This was worse than Dot's cigarette smoke. Chatting with Cecily always made him self-conscious. Chatting with Cecily about his high school reunion would make him a nervous wreck, especially if she began asking about women he used to date. Jonathan hit high speed gathering up his tools and his various discs.
"Are you going to the reunion?" she asked him.
"Maybe," he lied, and hoped she'd leave it at that.
She didn't. "I moved back just in time for my ten-year and I'm glad I went. There were some people I wouldn't have had a chance to see otherwise."
There were some people Jonathan wanted to do more than see. Some people with long, blond hair and He snapped his briefcase shut and bolted for the door. "So, Elena, I'll bill you."
"Okay," she called.
The door hadn't quite shut behind him when he heard Elena say to Cecily, "He needs confidence, that one."
It was an embarrassing thing to hear about himself, but true. He needed a lot more than confidence, though. How could a guy be confident when he didn't have anything to be confident about?
By now it was time for lunch, so he grabbed some bratwurst and sauerkraut at Big Brats and settled in at one of the cafe tables in the stone courtyard adjacent to the popular sausage stand. This was a perfect day for outside dining. The sun warmed his back and a mountain breeze worked as a counterbalance to keep him from getting too hot. A cloudless sky provided a blue backdrop for the mountains.
During weekends the eating area was so crowded you had to take a number. Today, however, it was relatively quiet with only a few tables occupied.
Ed York, who owned D'Vine Wines, and Pat Wilder, who owned Mountain Escape Books, sauntered across the street to place an order. They stopped by Jonathan's table to say hello but didn't ask him to join them. No surprise. Pat and Ed had a thing going.
According to Jonathan's mom, Ed had been interested in Pat ever since he moved to Icicle Falls and opened his wine shop. But Pat had been mourning a husband and wasn't remotely interested. It looked like that was changing now. Watching Ed's romantic success kept the small flame of hope alive in Jonathan. Maybe, if a guy hung in there long enough, getting the woman of his dreams could become a reality.
Or maybe the guy was just wasting his life dreaming. Jonathan crumpled his napkin. Time to get back to work.
His next client was Gerhardt Geissel, who owned and ran Gerhardt's Gasthaus with his wife, Ingrid.
Gerhardt was a short, husky, fifty-something man with gray hair and a round, florid face. He loved his wife's German cooking, loved his beer and was proud to celebrate his Tyrolean heritage by wearing lederho-sen when he played the alpenhorn for his guests first thing every morning.
He played it even when he didn't have guests. Recently he'd gotten carried away celebrating his birthday and had decided to serenade his dinner guests after having one too many beers and had fallen off the ledge of the balcony outside the dining room. He'd fallen about twelve feet but fortunately had broken his arm instead of his back.
"Jonathan, wie geht's?" he greeted Jonathan, raising his castencased arm as Ingrid showed Jonathan into his office. "I hope you are here to solve all my problems."
"That is an impossible task," said his wife.
Gerhardt made a face. "See how she loves me."
His wife made a face right back at him and left. But she returned a few minutes later with a piece of Black Forest cake for Jonathan. "You're too skinny," she informed him. "You need to eat more."
"You need a wife to cook for you," her husband added.
"My youngest niece, Mary, lives just over in Wenatchee, and she's very pretty," Ingrid said.
"And very stupid." Gerhardt shook his head in disgust. "Jonathan's smart. He needs a smart woman."
"Mary is smart," Ingrid insisted. "She just makes bad choices."
"Well, uh, thanks," Jonathan said. "I appreciate the offer." Sometimes he wondered if everyone in Icicle Falls over the age of fifty wanted to match him up.
Heck, it wasn't only the older people. Even his sister had been known to take a hand, trying to introduce him to the latest someone she'd met and was sure would be perfect for him. Of course, those someones never were.
Gerhardt's computer problem was simple enough. Jonathan reloaded his operating system and he was done.
"You'd better get out of here before my wife comes back with Mary's phone number," Gerhardt advised after he'd written Jonathan a check.
Good idea. Jonathan left by the side door.
After leaving Gerhardt, he fit in two more clients and then headed home.
May's late-afternoon sun beamed its blessing on his three-bedroom log house at the end of Mountain View Road as he drove up. He'd originally planned for two bedrooms, but his folks had talked him into the extra one. "You have to have room for a wife and children," his mother had said. Good old Mom, always hopeful.
Fir and pine trees gave the house its rustic setting, while the pansies and begonias his mother and sister had put in the window boxes and the patch of lawn edged with more flowers added a homey touch. Someone pulling up in front might even think a woman lived there. They'd be wrong. The only female in this house had four legs.
But Jonathan often pictured the house with a wife and kids in itthe wife (a pretty blonde, naturally) cooking dinner while he and the kids played video games. He could see himself as an old man, sitting on the porch, playing chess with a grandson on the set he'd carved himself. The house would've, naturally, passed on to his own son, keeping the property in the family.
His grandpa had purchased this land as an investment when it was nothing more than a mountain meadow. Gramps could have made a tidy profit selling it, but instead he'd let Jonathan have it for a song when Jonathan turned twenty-five.
He'd started building his house when he was twenty-seven. A cousin who worked in construction in nearby Yakima had come over and helped him and Dad. Dad hadn't lived to see it finished. He'd had a heart attack just before the roof went on, leaving Jonathan on his own to finish both his house and his life.
Jonathan had become the man of the family, in charge of helping his mom, his grandmother and his sister cope. He'd been no help to his widowed grandmother, who had tried to outrun her loss by moving to Arizona. He hadn't been much help to his mom, either, beyond setting her up with a computer program so she could manage her finances. He'd tried to help Julia cope but he'd barely been able to cope himself. He should never have let Dad do all that hard physical work.
"Don't be silly," his mother always said. "Your father could just as easily have died on the golf course. He was doing what he wanted to do, helping you."
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I have fallen in love with the town of Icicle Falls and the characters in it. I really enjoyed getting to know the guys this time around and I like how Sheila shows the more vulnerable side of them in this book. They have many insecurities and go through a number of steps to make themselves look better when it comes to a woman. I also loved that these guys take to reading romance novels to find the answers to their relationship problems and instead discover some surprising things about each other.
I really loved this book. It was funny, realisic and gave you a guys persepsctive in a rommance book. Not something you see everyday. But the reason why i gave it a four was beacuse i felt the ending was a little rushes. And that johnathan would have ended up with that cute libarian or even cecily(sorry i dont know how to spell the name. And i kind of felt like it was a little superfical. The geek turns into chic then finally gets noticed and saves the girl. I wasnt really rooting for team Lissa at all. Bur other then that, it a great book, and i would reccomed this book for anyone that likes rommance, humor, and happy endings.
Enjoyed the book so much I couldn't wait to get to the next book. If you like to read about people who could easily be your friends, this book and the rest of the series is for you.
WHAT SHE WANTS (Life in Icicle Falls series) is the first of Sheila Roberts’ books that I’ve read. At first I had a little difficulty getting into the book, it seemed to start slowly, but that quickly turned around and I found myself caught up in the lives of a group of poker playing buddies. Jonathan Templar is the computer geek who fell in love with his childhood next door neighbor, the beautiful Lissa Castle, and is trying to get her to take a romantic interest in him. Lissa is a magnet for all the gorgeous guys and is “just friends” with Jonathan. His close friend Kyle Long is in love with the company receptionist Jillian who only has eyes for the bosses while his cube mate Missy Wright has set her sights on Kyle. Then there is Adam Edwards whose wife Chelsea kicked out of the house because he took her for granted. How are these guys going to win over the loves of their lives? Is the answer in the books women read about romance and getting Mr. Right to fall in love with them? Jonathan decides to read some of the books that his sister and her friends are reading. When his friends discover the books, Jonathan tells them he is researching what the women in the novels want in their men because they were written by women. Before long they are all reading the novels, especially those by the popular romance author Vanessa Valentine. Will Jonathan and his friends each win his heart’s desire? To what lengths will each go to seduce the woman of his dreams? Dance lessons? Going to the gym to get buff? Flowers or chocolates? Will they succeed in the end? Who really is Vanessa Valentine? I loved that this book was about romance with a different twist. So often romance books are written from the woman’s point of view with the female character trying to capture the interest of the man of her dreams. It was fun watching the men bumbling through courtship in this laugh out loud story. I heartily recommend this to anyone looking for a book that has lots of humor with a romantic theme.
Hott Synopsis: Poker night has never been so good. Jonathan, Kyle & Adam are all in different stages of love but none of them are getting it right. They can each see what the other is doing wrong but none of them knows how to fix it. Until one day when Jonathan’s sister raves over the hero in her newest romance – he’s the perfect man! Jonathan may be smart but he’d never realized that women were writing and reading about what they want every day. All he needs to do is interview the famous Vanessa Valentine and all his troubles will be over – except she isn’t quite what he expected… Hott Review: What I liked: Hilarious! I adored this book!! Reading a romance novel from a man’s point of view was so very much fun! What I didn’t like: I wanted more! More… Source: Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley Grade: A Steam: Adult — language Series: Life in Icicle Falls #4
5 STARS, HANDS DOWN!! "What She Wants" by Sheila Roberts is such an enjoyable read! This book revisits the town of Icicle Falls (which Sheila's readers have fallen in love with in her other books), and is told from Jonathan Templar's perspective. Jonathan's longtime crush is coming back to town for their high school reunion, and Jonathan wants to ditch his geek image and become her Prince Charming. In order to do this, he starts reading romance novels in order to figure out what kind of men women really want, and soon gets his whole group of poker buddies reading romance novels, too! This book is hilarious and heartfelt, and was truly a great story. Like all other books by Sheila Roberts, I highly recommend it!
Shelia's books are great and when yiur finished you cant wait for the next one!
Welcome back to picturesque Icicle Falls, Washington! In the fourth installment of the Life In Icicle Falls series, author Sheila Roberts provides her readers with a fun twist to the townspeople's stories with an entertaining tale of a guy's perspective on women and love ... specifically ... learning what women really want from their man! What She Wants is told in the third person narrative that alternates between three men who are simply clueless when it comes to really knowing about women. This entertaining story follows Jonathan, Kyle and Adam as they try to figure out and understand what women really want from men and love relationships. The three men along with buddies Vance and Bernardo hold weekly poker games filled with humorous discussions about their lack of finding women who are "The One" and the anxiety that goes with being single. Vance, who was once married, and Bernardo, currently happily married, give as few advice to the three younger men as humanly possible. It is only when Jonathan comes across his sister Juliet's romance novel by top selling romance author Vanessa Valentine, that he finally finds his love coach. Jonathan embarks on a research mission to find out exactly what a woman wants in a man, so that he can try and win his dream girl's heart. Jonathan convinces Kyle and Adam to read the romance novels, they’re so desperate that they’ll try just about anything. The question is: does Jonathan, Kyle and Adam put what they've learned to good use and win the hearts of the women they love, or are they still clueless to what woman really want? In true Sheila Roberts fashion, the reader is transported back to the picturesque small mountain town of Icicle Falls, Washington, where they catch up with all the familiar townspeople from the previous books in the series, as well as reading about these lovable but clueless men. This story is simply delightful, the storyline picks up where the last book left off, it flows seamlessly and is so entertaining that you can't help but become captivated and invested in the lives that inhabit Icicle Falls. I really enjoyed the guy's perspective storyline twist, it is something different that readers usually don't find in contemporary romance novels, and I think the author has hit a home run with this storyline. I found myself laughing a lot as I turned the pages, it even made me feel sympathetic for the men. With a lovable cast of characters, humorous dialogues and interactions, and a richly detailed description of the town of Icicle Falls, What She Wants is a lighthearted romance story full of love, laughter and friendship that will leave you wanting to return to Icicle Falls for another enjoyable visit. What She Wants is the fourth book in the Life in Icicle Falls series.
Such a fun read! What She Wants turns the page on romance novels putting it in a guys perspective. Love being back at Icicle Falls and getting to know the men of Icicle Falls was fun! This book is filled with surprises!
Sheila Roberts has done it again. What She Wants is another original fun read with thought provoking, fun twists. This new novel takes the reader back to Icicle Falls, the quaint town that was introduced in her best selling novel, Better Than Chocolate. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Sheila's books - you are missing truly fun adventures into stories that will touch your heart and make you smile. What She Wants puts the focus on the guys we all know and love. Filled with fun and surprises, the guys learn about gals, romance and what really matters in life. A great story you will remember with a smile, waiting for her next fun read.
I own and have read every Sheila Roberts book that she has written so far. I love getting lost in Icicle Falls and this is the best book in the series so far. I hope this series continues on. I just loved the whole concept of these guys trying to learn how to turn themselves into the kind of guys that women want - and by reading a romance novel no less! I love books about book clubs, but this was the most unique spin on book clubs that I've ever read. Sheila Roberts has done it again! Christina Lorenzen
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I love Sheila's books. I want to live in Icicle Falls. I want to go to the coffee shop. But most of all ... I want to be Lissa Castle! I really enjoy a chic lit book told from the guy's perspective and this book delivers, in spades. No pun intended! To know what the men actually THINK was enlightening. But seriously ... they REALLY think that way?! Hilarious! I can't decide if I like Jonathan best and all that he went through for Lissa or if I like Adam better and how much he grew to win his wife back. I was very happy to see that Adam was able to finally connect the dots. I do have to admit though that I figured out the Friday night "surprise" ahead of time, but thoroughly loved and enjoyed it all the same! This book is a keeper to be read again and again. It was nice to visit again with the folks of Icicle Falls, but no worries if you haven't read the earlier books in the series. However, do read them! Definitely looking forward to my next visit to Icicle Falls. Thank you, Sheila for another great read!
This book was amazing! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I felt so sorry for Jonathan trying to get the girl of his dreams. Kyle needs to look at what is in front of him and I loved seeing what Adam had to go through to get his wife back. Vance what a shocker. Never expected that. I feel like I have met some really amazing people in Icicle Falls. I highly recommend this book. In fact I recommend all of Sheila Robert's books they make you stop and think about life. Very enjoyable read. I had a very hard time putting it down. I had to find out how it would end. Thanks Sheila for another great read! Looking forward to your next book!
At first, when I realized this book was all about what men thought we wanted, I was discouraged. I thought this will be tough to read. Well, I was so wrong and only a few pages in, I couldn't put the book down. The guys in the book are so wrong about us. It was a fun read. Give it a shot. You will be shaking your head and chuckling. We all know these types of guys...So funny and lovable in their own right.(or wrong). I highly recommend this latest by Sheila Roberts.
I got this book from my book club and starting reading it right away. Without giving anything away (cause what fun is that for a new reader), I could not put it down. It's that good. A nice fun read. Buy and enjoy! ER
What She Wants by Sheila Roberts Icicle Falls this book is mostly about the men. Jonathan Templar is the computer guru and he's looking for Ms. Right. He feels inferior to the other guys in town. Others in town say he just needs confidence. Everybody is also trying to set him up with a single female for a date. One single male friend, Kyle Long had the short problem, nobody looked at him cuz he was so short. Jonathan was in love with the girl who had moved in next door when she was 9. She grew up and moved away and was a radio talk show hostess. Their 15th class reunion was approaching and he wasn't going... He had gone to a book sale with his sister and she and another talked about how if men read romance novels they'd have half a clue as to how to get a woman and keep her satisfied. He now is going around town and notices every woman is reading romance novels... The book is also about others relationship problems and Adam. Adam had extended his Alaska business trip by staying over a few days to fish the salmon. When he got home his wife had changed the locks-he had forgotten-again, about his wedding anniversary and he was locked out. He headed over to Jonathan's... Adam finds the romance novel in the bathroom and they talk about the research Johnathan is doing and it makes sense to him.. To see the list of things a woman wanted, from his research of reading the romance novels, just cracked me up, doubled in half with tears streaming down my face, I laughed so hard! Love everything Adam attempts to do to get his wife back and what Jonathan does to attract the girl of his dreams.. Found the book a bit confusing when there's talk of the local people, mixed in with class reunion high school names=difficult to keep them all straight. What a surprise when they talk the author into coming to their Friday night get together...Jonathan attempts to learn how to dance and redo his image for the reunion...He's had enough, ready to throw the towel in. Adam has done everything others do in the romance books and she hates everything he's sent her til they go out to dinner one night and he blows it, again... Interesting to see what works for the two guys when they just had to be themselves...
4 STARS What she wants is funny,quirky,romantic novel. It is a plot I have not ever read one like it before. The characters are well written and made me root for them all to find the love they want. This book is the guys looking for love. Jonathan is a computer geek. He owns his own company that fixes computers problems. He has his own house. He still wants his dream girl from high school who never looked at him only as a friend. Now his 15 year reunion will be here soon. He wants Lissa to see him in a different light. He hears his sister and friend talking about romance books and their heroes. What they think is the perfect guy. They especially like one author Vanessa. So Jonathan decides to do research on romance novels see if he can figure out what women want. One of Jonathan's poker buddies is Kyle. Kyle has a crush on a beautful woman at work Jillian. He does not notice him. He is short. He tries to get Jillian to like him. He complains about woman a lot at poker games. He does not pay much attention to Mindy the girl who works next to him when she tries to be friendly. Adam has a sales job and makes good money. He is married to Chelsea. He decides after one trip to stay a few extra days to fish and when he gets back the locks are changed. He shows up at Jonathan's late at night and sleeps on the couch. Vance is the newest guy at the poker game. He owns a bookstore in a bigger town and is semi-retired. He is the oldest guy at the poker game and is single and not looking for anyone. Bernardo is happily married man at the poker games. Adam notices all the romance books in Jonathan's house and he finally gets Jonathan to answer that he is doing research and shows him the list of things he has made of the heroes in the books. Adam tells everyone at the poker games about his research he is doing and Kyle is interested in what Jonathan has compiled. Soon all the guys are talking and betting books at the poker game except Vance. He tries and tells them its a waste of time. Especially Vanessa's books. They are even betting romance books as part of the poker games. I really enjoyed What She Wants. Look forward to reading more Icicle Falls books. 03/26/2013 PUB Harlequin HarlequinMIRA 400 pages ISBN:9780778314325