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Praise For Tamara Sneed And Her Novels"Thoroughly enjoyable."--"Booklist" on "When I Fall in Love""One of the best books I've read this year. It has it all-wonderful characters, a page-turning plot, and a love that defies the odds."--"Romantic Times" on "Love Undercover""Flowing smoothly from chapter to chapter, there are no lulls in Ms. Sneed's latest. The characters interact naturally and the use of humor is a huge bonus! Sean and Logan refer to themselves as Cinderella and Prince Charming; and I loved their' version! An excellent story!" -"Romantic Times" on "When I Fall in Love""AWESOME is the only word needed to describe A ROYAL VOW! This charming, romantic story is every little girl's dream come fall in love with a handsome prince and live happily ever after. This story even has an evil frog' prince and the mad palace guard to make things more interesting."--"Romantic Times" on "A Royal Vow"

About the Author

Tamara Sneed writes contemporary romance novels with equal parts humor and suspense. Her previously published novels include "You've Got a Hold On Me," "Love Undercover," "A Royal Vow," and "When I Fall in Love," which won the EMMA Award for Favorite Romantic Comedy at the 2003 Romance Slam Jam. Tamara was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She loves to travel, and she has visited most of the United States and Western Europe. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Tamara returned to Los Angeles and currently works in a law firm. She has no pets, husband, or children to say anything cute about, but she does have one plant that tenaciously clings to life and gives her hope that sheer will alone can be enough sometimes.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9a01a3fc) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a14063c) out of 5 stars To catch a thief... 9 Oct. 2004
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Frank Hargrove, a world-renowned art thief, has eluded capture for many years. When he meets Justin Larkin, he feels that he has met a partner in crime. Not only does he believe Justin is a fellow thief and someone who will help him pull off the greatest heist of his career, Frank trusts Justin so much that he sends him to warn his daughter of the danger he believes is following both of them. Little does Frank know, but Justin is actually a private investigator whose mission is to capture Frank and finally bring him to justice.

When Justin meets Lana, Frank's daughter, he is floored, literally. After he delivers Frank's message, Lana is highly skeptical, and with good reason; she hasn't seen or heard from her father in over 20 years. But when things start to happen to her, Lana quickly becomes convinced that her life really is in danger. On the run for her life, Lana is forced to hide out with Justin in a secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere. Although they fight it at first, their close quarters spark an immediate attraction and a passionate love affair ensues. When Lana, who has an issue with trusting men, finds out the real reason for Justin being in her life, will that ruin her chance at finally experiencing true love?

ALL THE MAN I NEED is Tamara Sneed's latest literary endeavor, and as with her previous works, she did not disappoint. Packed with steamy love scenes, danger, humor and intrigue, fans new and old are sure to enjoy. Kudos Ms. Sneed for another sure-fire winner.

Reviewed by Renee Williams

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ec2cfc) out of 5 stars Not as classic as the Whitney Houston Song 12 Oct. 2004
By Davidae Y. Stewart - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Georgetown glamour girl, Lana Hargrove is one man shy of the American Dream. She owns a successful public relations firm and has found Bruce Longfellow, a handsome and very rich gentleman, who has the social connections to take her business to the next level. Lana's flirtatious spin-doctor tactics have made her a favorite with so many men that she has lost count, which has become a huge problem, since one of those men is stalking her every move. But Lana isn't the normal DC diva. This girl can defend her own. So when she spars in the back alley with her stalker, Justin Larkin, an assistant of her estranged father, the notorious art thief, Frank Hargrove her perfect world and her plans to wed Longfellow comes to a screeching halt. Bad men want Lana dead and her father has sent the sultry and quite aloof Larkin to protect her. His scathing charm and scarred face doesn't win Lana over, but his blazing eyes, Adonis physique and general interest of her mind not her body melts Lana's cold heart. She discovers that there is more to Justin than meets the eye. What she doesn't know is that Justin Larkin is actually Justin Baxter, a private investigator sent to bring Frank Hargrove to justice. What will Lana do once she finds out? What will Lana do once she meets her father? Who wants her head? And can she save herself in the process? More importantly, when all the masks are off can Justin and Laurel's relationship survive?

Sneeds weaves a suspenseful and very romantic tale in All the Man I Need. There's enough running scenes, love scenes, and glamour scenes to keep her readers attention. Bounty hunters, art thieves, rich powerful men abound. If you loved John Le Carre's A Thomas Crown Affair, which was later adapted into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo and Dan Brown's The Davinci Code you will like this novel. It is a nice mix between its precursors with an African American appeal.

Lana's character is flawed and believable. She's not the diva she wants everyone to believe. It is her persona, another marketing tool for her business. She falls for Justin not just because the constant physical interaction between them (running for their lives) pushes her toward him, but she sees herself in his scar. She sees her unacceptance of herself through him. Justin is the quintessential hero with a heart. He humbles himself to work with his cousin, who stole his first wife, for the sake of family, he finds compassion and a father figure in Frank Hargrove, he falls heels over head for Lana from day one. He's the kind of man women sing about...Whitney Houston. His aloofness is also his gift and his curse. He is a pro at living in the shadows, but Lana continues to bring him into the light. When she yanks him around in the alley, when she toys with him at the retreat. She knows how to push his buttons and make him express himself. Great tension. Great couple. Great job.

I do not give Sneeds a perfect score for this novel, because the ending is too predictable and there isn't enough suspense to push me forward. The relationship she builds among the characters is the staying power that keeps you intrigued. But there isn't enough balance between the romance and the suspense to wow me. Bruce Longfellow and Xavier Lattimore's introduction in the beginning of the book become smoking guns with blank bullets. Bruce is too plain and Xavier too powerful to be trusted early on, so I'm not surprised when their true motives are revealed further along in the book. The heist also isn't as believable as it could be and the stakes aren't as high. I kept asking myself so what? What if Lana doesn't help her father? However, I do think that this book is worth its price. It's one of the better books I've read this year.

Dee Y. Stewart,

HASH(0x9a2d5b70) out of 5 stars Beauty and the Beast 25 Jun. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I loved this story. This story is about a beautiful and feisty PR rep. named Lana. She is the daughter of an art thief. A P.I. named Justin is assigned to protect her from someone who wants to get back at her father by hurting her.

He offers her help and protection and she says no thanks! , and kicks his butt.

From the moment she meets Justin she is instantly attracted to him. The only problem is that Justin's face is disfigured. Surprisingly, this fact is more of a problem for Justin than Lana.

When cut off from the outside world passion erupts and love is found.

Mrs. Sneed is a wonderful writer she, makes you laugh and sympathize with the characters. She always gives her readers heat, humor, and romance.
HASH(0x9b503bd0) out of 5 stars A great read! 15 Sept. 2004
By Reader Woman - Published on
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Tamara Sneed has written another novel that is funny and sexy and full of suspense. All the Man I Need takes risks in presenting a hero with a physical flaw. But it is worth the risk. You will fall in-love with this man. He exudes heat and the right amount of care and tenderness. If you like novels that make you care about the leads and novels that pull you in so much that you can not put the book down and want to re-read it just to have the experience again, then this is a book for you.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e5c0d8) out of 5 stars engaging romantic suspense 3 Aug. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Georgetown, public relations guru and social climber Lana Hargrove notices the man following her; since she took a self defense course, a confident Lana confronts the stud demanding he explains why he follows her. Justin Larkin tells her he is an art thief like her father who hired him to keep her safe. Lana rejects his rationale because her father Frank deserted her twenty years ago when she was just a child.

When someone tries to kill Lana, she realizes that Justin is telling her the truth. They flee the DC area. As the duo hide together, Lana and Justin fall in love. However, he knows that when she learns the truth that he is a partner in Baxter & Baxter Investigations using her to catch Frank, who stole an obelisk from a museum, Justin expects their relationship to end.

ALL THE MAN I NEED is an engaging romantic suspense tale that readers will enjoy due to the warm fully developed lead couple and her father who is a suave yet lonely felon. The story line obviously focuses on Justin's growing dilemma between his love of Lana and his honor to catch her father the thief. Readers know they can always count on Tamara Sneed for a strong entertaining read, as this fine tale bears out that truism.

Harriet Klausner
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