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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060734833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060734831
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,255,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Taylor McKennitt spent one evening making love to the perfect woman named Claire...only to find her gone when the morning dawned. But fate is not going to let these two walk away from each other. Taylor is going to protect her no matter what. He's also going to make sure that Claire realizes that loving him is not a bad thing. It's all good.

Dr. Claire Hunter has a reason for walking away from Taylor. He's with the police department and tragedy has hit very close to home when it comes to police work. Her father was a policeman and so was her twin brother. Both were injured in the line of duty. She wants to live a safe life and that means no yummy detective. But, when her life is threatened she finds that she only wants Taylor to rescue her. Perhaps loving Taylor won't be a risk but instead the smartest thing she's ever done.

This was a real good "feel-good" romance that combines a little suspense, a lot of humor and a good deal of sexual tension. This is a follow-up to her story "The Damsel In The Dress" and despite this being a part of a series...it is still a strong stand alone.
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Yet another cracking book from Marianne Stillings!

It was a night of slow dances, heated looks, and for Detective Taylor McKennitt the earth moved.

Unfortunately, so did the lovely Claire... right on out the door. Not that it wasn't the hottest night of her life. In fact, the memory of Taylor's kisses, his touch, his... everything makes Claire want to leap right back into the sexy detective's bed. But the last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man in blue, even if he is irresistible. And Determined

Then just when Taylor thinks he's close to getting her back into his life, a deranged killer targets Claire. Now it's Taylor's duty to protect her. And in the process, he'll win her resisting heart or die trying - which is suddenly a very distinct possibilty.

Read J Soldier McKennitt's (Taylor's Brother) story in Marianne's first book The Damsel In This Dress
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97e56570) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d75a8c) out of 5 stars Just Okay! 14 Jun. 2006
By Reader Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The best thing about this book is the cover. That's the only reason I bought it. It would make a good beach or vacation read because parts of it are amusing and simply because you can always stop reading and stare at the cover for a minute or three. However, the story does not live up to the potential of the cover.

This is the story of an Alpha male cop, Taylor and a female doctor, Claire. Her best friend and his brother are married. Taylor and Claire slept together at the wedding, but Claire ran out on him the next morning because: she was scared, he was too hot for her and obviously had lots of women, her father was a cop and was killed in the line of duty, her twin brother was a cop and is now in a wheel chair, she doesn't want to have anything to do with cops. Take your pick or choose them all. Eight months later they are together again because Claire's aunt is dating a suspect in an investigation that Taylor and his brother are involved in and Claire is experiencing some unexplainable near fatal accidents and is herself friends with a person of questionable character.

This book has been described as a light suspense humorous romance and it is, with an emphasis on light. I didn't find Claire very engaging. I thought for a supposedly highly educated intelligent woman her reasons for not just running out on Taylor, but then refusing to have anything else to do with him, until her life was in danger, weak. I did like Taylor's character and the fact that he'd only had sex with one other woman besides Claire, his ex-wife. That was endearing. Over all however, I found the attraction between Taylor and Claire to be based on lust, they just needed to get it out of their system. After their one night together and the fact that she would not see him or return his phone calls, why he was still pining after this woman was a mystery. Contrary to other opinions I found the characters could have been a little further developed, especially since the storyline itself was so light and the villians were kinda obvious and predictable. The most interesting character was Hitch, Claire's aunt pet parrot.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d54a38) out of 5 stars Contemporary Romance 14 April 2006
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Claire Hunter has had feelings for Taylor McKennitt since her best friend's wedding, but she is determined not to fall for a policeman. Both her father and her brother were damaged on the job. Her father was killed and her brother will never walk again. There could be other men in her life but no one makes her feel like he does. What's a girl to do?

Taylor knows how he feels about claire, and somehow he intends to get past the chip on her shoulder. In the last yr he has not been able to forget her.

Now Claire's aunt is engaged to a man the Port Henry PD is investigating. And Claire has a new admirer of her own. Betsy, Taylor's sister in law is about to give birth and her husband, Soldier, is a little distracted. When everything that can go wrong goes wrong, A little love and attention can go a long way towards unraveling the mystery surrounding Claire and her family.

I thought it was a charming read, it held my attention, and even the puns and plays on words, at the begining of each chapter were cute.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981f82d0) out of 5 stars 2nd book, After Damsel in this Dress 25 Jun. 2006
By Sherry R. Mays - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book almost as much as the first book (Damsel in this Dress - Betsy and Soldier's story). This book is about Taylor and Claire. You feel like you know the characters and you really like them. The dialog is witty, intelligent, snappy and makes you want to be as "quick on your feet" with the comebacks as they are. Funny, romantic, quick read. I'm still smiling. Highly recommend both books, although Damsel is the better read of the two. Is there a book in the works for Officer Winslow? Seems like a waste of a good-looking man....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97e4ebf4) out of 5 stars wonderful police procedural romance 29 Mar. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Port Henry, Washington Dr. Claire Hunter is heading back to Seattle when someone forces her off the road. The next she knows a cop takes her in as she suffered a head injury and her purse with her license and other items were stolen; a bottle of open alcohol is inside her vehicle. The cop takes her to the station though she is not drunk. She mentions knowing Detective McKennitt so the cops send for him. However, the wrong McKennitt shows up as she expected Soldier wed to her best friend, but instead got his brother Taylor, whom she made love with eight months ago before Claire ran back home fearing her feelings especially for a cop.

Taylor forces Claire to stay in his home over night to insure she is safe. He believes that her assault is tied to her beloved Aunt Sadie's fiancé Mortimer of Mortimer Mortuary, who he and his brother believe is involved in illegal activities. This time Taylor will not let her run away as he insures she is safe from everyone but his assault on her heart.

Marianne Stillings returns to Port Henry for the third time (see MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL and Soldier's story THE DAMSEL IN THIS DRESS) with another wonderful police procedural romance. The delightful story line contains two people in love, but one of them refuses to acknowledge that veracity while also battling against a dangerous enemy. The return of characters from the previous tales add to the overall depth of this plot, but this tale stands alone. Readers will appreciate this fine romantic suspense.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x981b40b4) out of 5 stars Disappointing follow up to "Damsel in this Dress" 13 Jun. 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Detective Taylor McKennitt is on a stake out watching the woman of his fantasies who just eight months ago shared his bed for a night then fled in the early dawn. Dr. Claire Hunter has an aversion to men in blue - her father died in the line of duty and her brother was permanently disabled when he too was felled by a bullet. Her Aunt Sadie is keeping company with the local undertaker, who might be involved in a ring of medical profiteers. When Claire is the victim of some strange accidents, Taylor won't let her say no to his protection. Can two people obviously in love with each other iron out their differences while dodging bullets and bad guys?

Stillings follow up to the hysterical "Damsel in this Dress" was a bit of a let down. Aunt Sadie left Hollywood 20 years ago, yet all her memories of Tinseltown sound like they occurred 30 years prior to that. Rampant with cheesy dialog from just about every movie imaginable, and an annoying parrot that recites that dialog wears thin very quickly. Missing was the witty banter (but there was plenty of steam). Though well written, it was pretty predictable and just an okay story, which translates to a bit of a disappointment for this reader. But she is still three for three for funny book titles.
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