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The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen (A Dix Dodd Mystery #1)

By: Norah Wilson

Published: April 22nd, 2011

ASIN: B004XT6L8E

From Shelfari: Tired of getting no respect at the big P.I. firm where she’s worked for years, Dix Dodd has hung out her own shingle at the ripe age of 40. There are plenty of cheating husbands to go around, and Dix has a knack for busting them. Problem is, it doesn’t always pay so well. Conscious that the guys back at the old firm are laying bets about how soon she’ll come crawling back, she figures she’s got six months to make a go of it. The going gets even tougher when she hires Dylan Foreman. But when he told her about getting fired from his law firm and disbarred for putting common decency before the firm’s interests, she hired him on the spot. In addition to being smart, he’s gorgeous enough to remind her she’s a woman. And at 28, young enough to make her feel like a total cougar. Things start looking up when Dix gets hired by millionaire businessman Ned Weatherby’s wife Jennifer Weatherby, to tail Ned 24/7 for a week, for a cool ten grand. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong! The job lands Dix in the middle of a murder investigation – with her as the prime suspect and her arch-enemy Detective Richard Head (a.k.a., Dickhead, one of the cheating husbands she’d nailed) gunning for her. Dix will need all her ingenuity, as well as the help of Dylan and her oddball cast of supporters to extricate herself from this one.

 

 

I found this novel to be very enjoyable. There were a lot of funny moments and Dix Dodd is a wonderfully entertaining main character. I loved being inside her head and figuring out this mystery with her. I’m one of those people that never truly figures out the mystery before everything is revealed and while this book is no exception, I did have my suspicions and it was nice to not feel overwhelmed by the mystery and feel like there was too much going on for me to be able to keep up. Everything in this novel is very lighthearted and fun and is a great escape from reality for a couple of hours. Anyone looking for a fun read should pick this up, even if they’re not a very big mystery fan. This novel has enough humor and suspense and even a little romance in it, that it should be a perfect read for a wide range of readers. I loved all of the characters in this book, even the ones I think I wasn’t supposed to like. They had enough life and humor and fun in them that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and watching events unfold as Dix Dodd worked her way through this mystery.  Of course, I was especially a fan of Dylan who is just a wonderful assistant and all around great guy. (Oh, and of course, gorgeous!) 🙂 To anyone looking for a fun read, I would suggest picking this up. I hope I get to read another book in this series soon!

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Guarding Suzannah

by: Norah Wilson

Published: August 14th, 2010 by Norah Wilson

ASIN: B003ZK5KS4

From Goodreads: Criminal defense attorney Suzannah Phelps is the bane of the St. Cloud police department (they call her She-Rex for her habit of shredding cops in the witness box). She is currently being stalked, but is reluctant to report it to the police, whom she half suspects of being the perpetrators. But when Detective John (Quigg) Quigley learns of it, he’s determined to protect her, at considerable risk to his career. They’ve struck sparks off each other in the courtroom, and he’s burning to do the same in the bedroom. When the danger escalates, he has the perfect excuse to pose as her boyfriend, but the closer they get, the more the lines between pretense and reality blur.

 

This was a really fun and entertaining read. Not only was the romance one I found myself invested in, but the mystery behind Suzannah’s stalker made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. The danger was something that I really got into and I was nervous and paranoid throughout most of the novel. Quigley is a wonderful hero who steps in and does everything he can to protect her. Even if we’re independent and are proud that we can take care of ourselves and do things on our own, I think that all of us have some desire to have someone there that’s willing to step in and help us out even if we’re stubborn about accepting it. There was a lot about this romance that I could find myself relating to. Even though I don’t think my personality is anything like Suzannah’s, there were a lot of concerns she had about the relationship that was forming with Quigley that I think a lot of women experience. I really enjoyed reading about how their relationship unfolded. I liked seeing how they interacted with each other and found ways of testing each other. A lot of the time it’s hard for me to see why two main characters in a romance end up falling for each other, and sometimes I can’t even feel the chemistry between them. This novel didn’t disappoint me in either one of those areas, and if you combine that with the action that was also going on, I found myself flying through this novel and completely enjoying it. Fans of romantic suspense will definitely want to check this one out. 🙂

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The Merzetti Effect

by: Norah Wilson

Published: June 6th, 2011 by Norah Wilson

ASIN: B0054QCKDA

From Goodreads: Delano Bowen has been a medical doctor for a very long time. More than 170 years, in fact. For much of that time, he’s been searching for a way to reverse the curse foisted on him by a vampress who sought to own him. With the emergence of medical technology, he now also aims to develop a vaccine to protect the vulnerable from predation by rogue vampires. After a century of searching, he thinks he’s found the key to his vaccine – a surviving descendent of the Merzetti family. The Merzettis were virtually hunted to extinction over the years by rogue vampires who feared the anti-vampirism properties in their blood.

A foundling, nurse Ainsley Crawford has no idea that she carries a genetic gift, and Delano aims to keep it that way. He must keep her close, and ignorant, for he can leave nothing to chance. He manipulates events to ensure her unwitting cooperation. But when Delano’s arch enemy Radak Janecek mounts an all-out assault to destroy Delano and the fruits of his research, Delano is forced to draw Ainsley even closer to protect her. Inevitably, the attraction that has sparked between them from the first flares hot and urgent. Ainsley sees no reason why that attraction shouldn’t be consummated, but Delano knows succumbing to it is not just ill-advised; it could literally be the death of him.

 

I really enjoyed this novel. With the over-saturation of vampire romances out there I was a little hesitant and thought this may end up being something that is just like all of the others out there. But this was really a unique take on this genre. The idea that there is a sort of “anti-vampire” gene that Ainsley had that was transferable and potentially dangerous to vampires made this story really interesting, and of course the love story that much more dangerous. I think there was a lot about this novel that was cleverly written and I really enjoyed the story. I found myself reading through it very quickly. The action was quick and nothing in the storyline was overwhelmingly complicated or made me wish that parts had been left out of the novel, which can sometimes happen in the paranormal genre. Overall, this is a really fun read for a fan of paranormal romances. It is a little spicy so if you’re looking for a sweet romance, then this isn’t for you, but I would definitely recommend this to someone looking to sink their teeth into a new romance and escape reality for a while. 🙂

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