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Free read Ö To Trust a Stranger 102 Ú Mac Mcuarry's newest client is his oldest enemy's wife When his older brother vanished at the same time Sid Carlson's first wife disappeared young Mac swore that someday he'd discover his brother's fate After he became a cop Mac's probe triggered a nasty frame up that sent his career down in flames Now a strMac Mcuarry's newest client is his oldest enemy's wife When his older brother vanished at the same time Sid Carlson's first wife disappeared young Mac swore that someday he'd discover his brother's fate After he became a cop Mac's probe triggered a nasty frame up that sent his career down in flames Now a st. To Trust A Stranger starts out silly but it’s the good kind of silly that may actually make you smile if you’re in the right frame of mind It was fun and just as I was settling in for a fluffy light hearted read the heroine went all bitchy on me And it’s never pretty when that happensSighThis is yet another book I only finished because it was an audiobook 2 stars get knocked off because it irritated me so much on my already irritating commute to work Things begin in a shady part of town in the wee hours of the night Private Investigator Mac is out on a case decked out in full drag when he meets Julie who is decked out in only a sexy nighty and sneakers hang in there is a reason for this Mac witnesses her hitting his vehicle attempting to take off and then getting tossed into the street in front of him For some reason being half naked and beautiful perhaps he takes pity on her and agrees to help her spy on her philandering hubby She’s grateful for the help and feels safe with him because she thinks he is “Debbie” the cross dresser She assumes he’s gay because he puts on a good act and is toting around a floofy little poodle Never mind the silly stereotypes This is the good part and the least of your worriesMac is not gay of course and she figures it out soon enough There is an obvious and heated attracted between them from the very beginning and it would’ve been really charming and sexy except there’s a little problem here Julie is very much a married woman and up until this moment she hadn’t realized what a cheating lying scum sucker she had married She was blinded by Sid’s good looks charm and his money Julie is a former beauty ueen who grew up poor and used her looks to marry above her station She’s a trophy wife and just now realizing that Sid may want to trade her in for a newer model I felt bad for Julie at this point and was warming up to her The romance though was doomed from the beginning for me because I couldn’t shut off my brain Wouldn’t this be a really hurtful realization for Julie and the worst possible time to start up a shiny new romance Mac is great there’s nothing wrong with him at all but I couldn’t stop myself from thinking there was only lust and pain pulling her towards him and that she had a lot of crap to deal with before starting anew Not to mention that there is a murderer after her too I lost my happy for this romance when all of this was revealed and never got it back And then Julie went and devolved from a nice southern belle into a bit of a witch who vented all of her anger and frustration on Mac who was nothing but decent to her That’s pretty much when the story lost meParts of it were still funny even if unintentional and this most definitely wasn’t the worst book ever Breasts were compared to oranges and cantaloupes and for some reason that never failed to crack me up and oh how very much I loved the crazy pants metaphors and cheesy descriptions You don’t read this kind of stuff every day and when you’re listening on audio they really stand out Here’s a small sampling“She needed another man in her life right now like she needed a case of poison ivy” “Yeah Hinkle said looking as nervous as a beetle in an aviary” “Her ears were ringing so badly she might as well have been uasimodo in the belltower “ And my favorite comes from Mac“You walk into view and I feel the earth move” Ooh sexy talk I might be insulted on Julie’s behalf if she weren’t described as such a toothpick throughout the novelStill I liked Mac and couldn’t figure out why he was so gaga over Julie Don’t get me wrong; she was strong and stubborn and I loved the fact that was a fighter who even bit a guy’s nose at one point but she’s pretty rotten to Mac in the second half of the book They have good chemistry but most men would’ve high tailed it out of there early on He was calm understanding and had a sense of humor It’s only because of Mac and his naughty poodle that the book gets three stars The mystery is also disappointing It culminates in a tangled mess of murderous shifty business that you can’t figure out until the author reveals it at the end in a big info dump I freely admit that my mind was drifting and I may have missed things here and there but when the big reveals were exposed there was no emotional payoff whatsoever This is a three star read if there ever was one but if you’re looking for some laughs you’ll probably find a few hereNarration Notes The story is based in the south and narrator Laura Hicks gives the characters a lovely southern drawl I enjoyed listening to them talk especially Mac but there was one particular scene that hurt my innocent ears Instead of using a sultry tone during the big “O” scene the narrator chose to shout out the dialogue almost angrily which completely pulled me out of the scene Boo

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Ruggling private eye Mac can't believe his luck when the second Mrs Carlson whose rags to riches marriage is headed for disaster seeks his services to get the goods on her cheating husband Mac's not about to reveal he's anything but a stranger to his uarry and miss this prime chance to pump Sid's neglected. I’m a fan of Karen Robards’ writing so yes I enjoyed reading the book Only this book had really long passages and descriptives at times and I was tempted to skip here and there but mostly managed to notThe H is absolutely delicious and a sweetheart not taking away from his hotness here An ex marinefalsely accused and discharged cop now a PI who gets enmeshed with the h wife of a cheating louse who also is the heir to the local drug Mafioso He sets out to help and protect her as unbeknownst to her she has a hit man hot on her trail contracted by her not so loving hubby The H also has an ulterior motive in helping her as he suspects the mob’s hand in the disappearance of his older brother The h only wants his help in nailing her cheating husband’s ass as she is anyways clueless about her husband’s shady connections but the H had his own secret agendas read munitions for later MUAnd even if the husband was a louse and a cheater the hH having sex dint sit well with me At the beginning of the book the h was ‘in love’ with her husband even if he had grown distant and made excuses not to have sex with her So it seemed not only precipitous but also like a revengerebound sex and relationship In the normal course she should have at least moved out first from her husband's place if not had a proper separation Of course as per the plot the husband wanted her dead rather than divorced Still I felt the H deserved better even if he does believe her to be the personification of all his boyhood wet dreams come trueAnd the h not believing the H on her husband’s dubious business credentials and even incongruously read stupidly not believing she is a hit man’s target in spite of obvious pointers was irritatingThe book has some real funny moments especially in the beginning when the hH meet in a shady part of town at midnight while she is trailing her husband and he is on a case she is in ‘husband bait’ slinky pj’s yes almost a year of celibacy calls for desperate measures and he is as Debbie the drag ueen Sample this Julie glanced up registered once again the mind boggling dichotomy of platinum curls bouncing against breasts roughly the size of the Himalayas on a linebacker's broad shouldered frame The overall effect was Dolly Parton morphed with the Terminator He'd lost the wig she registered with surprise and his hair stood up all over his head in sweaty looking dark blond spikes Which given his heavy makeup made him look just as bizarre as before only in a different way Debbie as Boy George However weak the whole suspense thing was I believe the author managed to make things uite menacing and also tie up all loose ends at the end even though I would have liked a ‘longer’ ending preferably with an epilogue

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To Trust a StrangerTrophy wife Julie for inside information about her slimy spouse With no one to trust but each other and danger closing in on every side the gorgeous ex beauty ueen and the sexy ex cop are soon sharing much than just information Karen Robards has packed this story with adventure intrigue and steamy sensualit. Unabridged audiobook narrated by Laura HicksGrade C To Trust a Stranger was a mixed bag for me Parts of the story were uite well done and interesting but other areas dragged and fell short The suspense plot overall was good There wasn't a whole lot to figure out the only mystery was why these things were happening The author doesn't give the reader key information about that until the very end of the book so there was no way for the reader to put the pieces together That doesn't really detract much from the story since the action and suspense come mostly from the killer stalking Julie not from the mystery behind that The action scenes were well written and nail biting Julie's fear and reactions seem realisticThe romance was weak in my opinion even though it take up a good deal of the book All I ever felt between these two was lust based on physical appearance especially from Mac A lot of emphasis is put on Julie's beauty ueen looks and I never saw Mac see her as anything other than that which is basically how her first husband saw her We never see any development in his feelings and his passionate declaration of love seems totally out of left field for meI liked Mac's character and I liked Julie too for the most part She was strong and determined even if she didn't always think through her actions I did get tired of her anger toward Mac during much of the last half of the book though Someone had been trying to kill her and yet she refuses to even listen to Mac's theories on why Plus she puts herself in danger Even if her carelessness doesn't lead to any problems she's still being TSYLJulie is a former beauty pageant winner who pulled herself up out of virtual poverty into a comfortable life with her looks Besides being a trophy wife she owns and operates a clothing store that operate on an appointment only basis for pageant contestants only She's smart and successful as a dress designer It makes sense that caught up in that life there is a big emphasis on her looks and weight But over the course of the book I got really tired of hearing how she was worried constantly about putting on an ounce of weight how she starves herself etc Her husband comments on her ample backside which isn't ample she's probably a size 4 and for the rest of the book the author refers to her rear as large Maybe it was suppose to be tongue in cheek but we never hear any encouragement or positive words from anyone such as You look wonderful you don't need to lose an ounce I guess the author was keeping everyone in character but it seems to me that even at the end Julie is still being cherished for her outward appearance and will have to work hard to remain beautiful all her life in order to keep the approvalTwo other minor uibbles First I don't think unruly destructive dogs are funny Josephine the poodle has her cute moments but untrained pets make me shudder not laugh Second Ms Robards has a love for metaphors that borders on an obsession This could be another drinking game Take a shot every time Ms Robards uses a metaphor You'd be under the table within pages I didn't notice this when I listened to One Summer so hopefully this isn't her usual MOLastly the narrator didn't work for me on this book although I would consider listening to another book where she wasn't trying to fake southern accents She does a southern accent that makes people sound like ignorant hicks