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Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Hardcover – Large Print, Apr 2000


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  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas T Beeler; Largeprint edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574902652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574902655
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By samanthagirl on 26 Oct. 2013
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This is a lovely book and well worth reading. It tells the tale of heiress Shelby who wants to experience "normal" life. It is both funny and entertaining with great dialogue between Shelby and Quinn. A definate feel good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy, on 30 Sept. 2013
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My first dip in Kasey Michaels work, if their all this good, I will be working my way through them all.
Love her characters, so diverse and appealing.
Really witty book, the romance almost takes a back seat to the humour, some amazing one liners, and misquotes.
The banter between Quinn and Grady is amazing.
A really worthy 'feel good' ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2013
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Shelby Taite is an heiress, an heiress worth around thirty million dollars and being a Taite she doesn't work what she does do is marry someone of suitable status and Parker Westbrook the Third or the Thurd as he's known to some, is such a person, her engagement is more a merging of families, her life is set out before her and she's bored, bored and fed up with it all so before she marries a man she doesn't love and produces the heir expected of her she's going to have herself an adventure and create some memories while she can. So she escapes to live a normal life, even if only for a short while.
This is a cute amusing book filled with some great characters, the more I read the more it grew on me, yes it's far fetched and some parts were dragged out a bit and there were places where I just wanted them to get on with it but all in all it's a good lighthearted read which I really enjoyed.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Fun, fun, fun! 2 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a cute book! Basic premise is super-rich beauty wants to "find" herself so she goes to a small town in Pennsylvania. Unbeknownst to her, her handsome bodyguard tags along to keep an eye on her. Shelby was so classy, so likable - I loved how she improved everybody's manners at the Diner. Quinn was one sexy protector and their relationship sizzled! Secondary characters - Brandy, Gary, Uncle Alfred - were amazingly real. I kept imagining Somerton, the brother, to look and act like Niles Crane from Frasier. I loved Brandy, who ate at the slightest sign of stress ( who can't relate to THAT?) This book was a real romp - tons of laughs, tons of fun but with a deep vein of warmth and sincerity.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
This story kinda grows on you ..... 9 Jun. 2000
By ladybug10 - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had this book for a while, but had lacked the motivation to start it, despite the good reviews, because of the premise. Really, rich girl running away to experience real life - oh, come on, such an old idea(q.v. "The Prince and the Pauper" of fairy tale fame)! I finally started it, and after slogging through the first couple of pages and cringing a little, I got into the pace of the story. I also surprised myself, because although it wasn't the kind of book that I just couldn't put down until 3 AM, I kept drifting back to it night after night, wanting to see what would happen next. So, it kind of grew on me, I guess.
If you've read the other reviews, you already know that Shelby Taite is a poor little rich girl with a gay brother; she's engaged to marry, but the wedding is really more of a business merger. She had an alcoholic Uncle Alfred who inspires her to sample life's zest before she "settles," and a chauffeur named Jim who unwittingly points her in the direction of a small town (known as "East Wappy" to the locals). As the trailer says, "the bride takes a hike" - straight to nowheres-ville. Her relatives hire security expert and bodyguard Quinn Delaney to track her down and make sure she stays safe until she comes to her senses and returns. We get to watch what happens along the way.
This book felt like it was spending a lot of time pulling my leg. The characters start out so stereotyped that I felt as if I were watching a farce. HOWEVER - and here's where I got hooked - they all proved themselves to be more than their surface appearances. I liked watching Quinn's evolution from a cynical bodyguard, to a man hopelessly in love (and KM's writing during those scenes was beautiful). Somerton, Shelby's brother, turned out to be more than the sum of his parts, with some unexpected concern and gumption. Jeremy, Somerton's significant other, was just plain funny, although along with Shelby's fiance' from hell (Parker), he was among the most sterotyped of the characters. Uncle Albert, with his charmingly affectionate personality sadly flawed by too much love for alcohol, turned out to have surprising depth and an ability to reflect this back onto the others.
There isn't a real slam-bash ending to this book; in fact, it's fairly predictable and anticipated. The strength of the story lies in the character development and the evolution of the love relationship between Quinn and Shelby. This is a sweet story that kept me coming back for more and turned out to surprise me, so I gave it 5 stars. Enjoy it.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Fun and Heartwarming Story 2 July 2000
By Gwen Sigelmier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of a privileged woman, on the brink of a marriage of money, who dares to run off and experience the "real world." Of course, her protective brother sends along a bodyguard under disguise and, also of course, they end up falling in love. At first this book was a little annoying with the "poor little rich girl" theme. I mean really, how many rich women of 25 have NEVER tasted McDonald's French Fries? NEVER heard of bowling or TJMaxx? This book was a little unbelievable at times, but I guess that is what escapist reading is all about! The story really redeems itself in the characters of the townspeople, who fall under the spell of Shelby and her impeccable manners. From the cleaver-wielding diner owner, to the 80+ year-old nearly deaf mayor, to the Vietnam vets, this is really a story about how wonderful it is to live in a small town. If you are looking for a traditional romance novel with lots of heated looks and steamy scenes, you will be disappointed. However, read this book anyway, you will wish you lived in this little slice of Americana.
42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
A Romantic Comedy 5 Mar. 2000
By Northeast Texas Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This could be a "Poor Boy meets Rich Girl and falls in love" story, except the poor boy drives a Porsche. I laughed the whole way through, staying up until 2 a.m. last night to finish the book.
Rich girl heiress Shelby, a Philadelphia Main Line socialite, flees by bus to reconsider her pending marriage to rich boy jerk, Parker the IV. She lands in East Wapaneken, PA and decides to have a bit of an adventure. Having her platinum credit card canceled by the Jerk in a move to bring her back, puts the adventure in a new light. She successfully copes with learning "to go Dutch," shopping in a department store from the clearance racks, and earning a living working as a hostess in a family restaurant. During the course of the book, she develops a taste for Snapple, Tastykake snacks, and bowling.
Poor boy Quinn, who is actually co-owner of a security service, avoids handling the R and R (Rich and Repulsive) cases. But with his blue-blooded partner sidelined with an injury (you'll just have to read the book to discover what and how), he has to take this case of locating and protecting the heiress, without her knowing of course. He poses as a writer, rents an apartment in the same building as Shelby's, and falls in love.
Shelby's dysfunctional family consists of brother Somerton, who controls the money; his "very good companion" Jeremy, who lives in the family mansion; and Uncle Lush, er Alfred, who also winds up in East W., when Somerton pitches him out. Uncle, who is between allowance checks, takes a job as busboy in the same restaurant.
Roommate, Brandy; her fiancé of 12 years Gary, his Mama keeps postponing the wedding; elderly mayor Mrs. Brobst, who drives a '67 Caddy; the regulars, a group of graying unemployed Viet Nam Green Beret vets; Joseph and Francis, two goons who are making sure Uncle doesn't skip out on his gambling debts but assist with the music for the benefit Shelby organizes, among others augment the cast of characters.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great story, great secondary characters, no chemistry 23 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What an intriguing premise! Rich girl runs away to taste "real life" while unbeknownst to her, her bodyguard (who detests rich people) is guarding her. Sadly, there was no chemistry between the hero and heroine. I liked the story, but the romance between the two seemed forced - as if there were no genuine emotion between them. I simply didn't believe that they ever LOOKED at each other, let alone fell in love. The secondary characters (Brandy and Gary, Jeremy and Somerton) felt real and seemed in love. So I can't recommend it as a romance, but as a novel, it's kind of cute.
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