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What a Women Needs (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2005

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779309
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Reader's Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Buff on 31 Mar. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found i enjoyed this book very much, Very interesting characters and a good plot. Page turner!!

2 characters who don't like each other at the begining who than learn to trust each other. It has all the emotions that you would look for with good witty dialogues between the main characters.
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By Arianna on 23 Jun. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very poor. Too many errors to mention but the duvet probably takes the prize.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A superior debut!!! 23 July 2005
By Dallas Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like the large regency romances(a la Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, etc.), this one's for you! Even if you're a romance reader but are repulsed by the regency genre, this one's still for you! I don't care for reviews that summarize the plot but let me just say it's about a rogue who's looking to marry a fortune and an aunt who's out to protect her niece from just such a rogue. Great characterization of two mature (in their 30s!) individuals who are not what they seem. Wonderful dialogue. And not a contrived plot device to be seen. What a refreshing change in the typical paperback regency! I took a chance on an unknown author and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the writing. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"She did love this: the anticipation, the play at seduction, [..] the inevitable cataclysmic consummation that followed." 14 Sept. 2012
By cathyr - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Stuart wants Susan. Charlotte wants him gone. Susan wants freedom and *love*. And Susan's abductor wants what Charlotte has. They can't all get what they want, but just maybe Stuart and Charlotte will get their HEA.

- Historic romance.
- 4259 kindle locations, 320 pages.
- m/f - fairly explicit, not overly frequent, caring.
- Includes some cross over with characters in other Linden books. At the Throckmortons' Ball there is a reference to Exeter's sudden marriage - as told in Book 1 of the Reece Family Story "What A Gentleman Wants". Similarly, Ware plays a role in many books, and (according to Linden's website) will eventually get his own story.
- On her website Linden includes further information and links to the lost masterpiece of Anghiari.

I read the first chapter, really hoping Stuart wasn't going to be the Hero. But he was. Basically, this is a really good story, with terribly annoying characters. Susan, Charlotte's niece, is whiny. Stuart is pretty much amoral and widowed Charlotte is dull, and hypocritical. She's experienced, notorious, but dull. I just didn't take to them.

In the end, I need to embrace the characters. No matter how interesting, unusual, different the story is, no matter how well written, if I don't *like* the characters then I don't care about the HEA.

This is an early book by Linden. She gets better. It's a good story. A readable book. But I didn't feel it.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sexy historical romantic suspense 5 Aug. 2005
By booksforabuck - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Drake needs an heiress. Decades from securing his title and ancestral properties, Stuart has bought a nice little estate--but now his father has cut off his income and Stuart stands to lose everything--unless he can find an heiress and marry her. Fortunately, there are plenty of heiresses around and Susan Tratter seems like an ideal candidate. Admittedly he doesn't love her, but she seems infatuated with him and she's pleasant enough, and rich. That is a better basis than most marriages. There's only the simple matter of persuading Susan's aunt.

Charlotte Griffolino, Susan's young aunt, knows fortune-seekers too well. She recognizes Stuart's game immediately and will do whatever it takes to protect her niece. What it takes starts with ruining his reputation by repeating London gossip and, when Stuart breaks into her home in an attempt to recover his engagement ring, Charlotte repeats the favor. From there, things get sexy in a hurry. But there's something else going on--someone has tracked Charlotte to England, is rifling through her things, and absconds with Susan. Now Charlotte has no one to turn to except Stuart--the man she did everything to destroy.

Author Caroline Linden starts sexy, with a bondage scene, but really hits her stride when the intrigue portion of the book kicks in. The with Charlotte and Stuart working together to solve the mystery of Susan's disappearance really work, as does Charlotte's decision to risk her reputation and have an affair with Stuart. Stuart makes a great tortured hero and Caroline is a woman with a very definite past. Fans of Amanda Quick will definitely want to get their hands on this sexy regency-era historical/adventure.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A New Voice To Watch In Romance 22 Sept. 2005
By D. Lane - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
From page one the characters in this charming book reached out and grabbed me. Page after page I just got sucked in deeper until I closed the book with a happy sigh. This book had everything you need to create a good romance: a dashing hero, a beautiful feisty heroine, something that always seems to interfere with the hero and heroine, and, most of all...PASSION! The love scenes are ample & steamy, and the plot is a good one. A fast paced book with an intricate plot that I cannot help but enjoy. What a Woman Needs has a strong (but not obnoxious) heroine who is in no way ordinary, a back story which is compelling but doesn't get in the way of the love story, and of course a wonderful hero. Both the hero and the heroine have secrets of their own, which are slowly brought to light by the author, like layers being peeled from a (very good) onion....

It was written with an amazing level of intensity and feeling that my heart was pumping furiously with the palatable passion and keen scents of danger in the story. The relationship between the leads is endearing. The secondary characters are enjoyable as well. I found the characters to be multi-dimensional and the author weaves a mystery into the story without slowing it down or interrupting the romantic flow. The interaction between the leads was great. They really enjoyed smarting off to each other because they did not like a lot about each other in the beginning. But their disagreements were often very funny. This book is sharp and fast-moving. Filled with Lovable and exciting characters. This was a very entertaining book. This book was a pleasure to read and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Filled with Lovable characters, exciting and not too heavy mystery twists. I positively devoured this book. :-) This book is a gem.

Caroline Linden has found a perfect match for the notorious Stuart Drake with feisty Charlotte Griffolino. They are well matched in temperament, intelligence and in their unhappy childhood. It was an interesting. There is enough conflict to make the story line interesting and not so much that your left wondering why they ever got together.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Definitely not her best work. 29 April 2013
By Cat - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have enjoyed several of Linden's books, but this one is very weak. The characterization is pallid, the plot doesn't hang together well and is poorly signposted, and a lot of what little character development there is revolves around some really gross behaviors that verge on sexual violence.

If you have any squick factors around rape or sexual coercion, do yourself a favour and avoid this one.
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