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You Only Love Twice (Warner Forever) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2006
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RAVE REVIEWS FOR LORI WILDE:
"A rich and wonderful story...Delicious!"
--Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author, on The Sweetheart's Knitting Club
ONCE SMITTEN, TWICE SHY
"Wonderful...a continuously entertaining story."
--RT Book Reviews
"A treasure! Filled with laughter, romance, sensuality, and a touch of magic, this off-the-wall romance will be a delight to readers."
THERE GOES THE BRIDE
"Four and a half stars! This is a dynamite novel that readers will treasure for years to come."
--RT Book Reviews
"I adored this book! I even kept it in my purse in the hopes that I would have a few minutes in which to squeeze a paragraph or two...I can't wait to read the next in this wonderful new series...Superb!"
--The Romance Readers Connection
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has written sixty novels. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensics. She volunteers as a sexual assault first responder for Freedom House, a shelter for battered women. Lori is a past RITA finalist and has been nominated four times for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, the Lories, the More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, the Laurel Wreath, and the Best Books of 2006 Book Award. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages and featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You, TIME, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.
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Marlie Montague is a comic strip writer and she hurries to freshen up before opening the door to her new next door male neighbor. Her alter ego was carrying on a conversation with her as to whether or not to answer the door.
Problem is she trips over the bowling ball and by the time she answer it's the UPS man but he's got a semi automatic gun in his hands.
MCIS Special agent Joel Hunter was attempting to borrow some shampoo but she never answered her door.
Admiral Augustus Hunter had to warn Penelope Montague.
When Marlie has to leave her house at night she selects her mom's house but things are not what they should be there also.
Her alternate persona takes over at times and she recognizes the man who wanted to kill her. She's hot on his trail now with Joel along for the ride.
When Marlie tries to get medical service for Joel she finds her face on the TV where the police want her for arson suspect at her mothers house.
Now they have to go into hiding and she has to not only take care of Joel medically but keep them safe. Angelina, her other persona and from the comic strip she writes will aid her in this endeavor.
Joel's ex wife also has a say in what happens along with Marlie's mother. The war in the gulf holds them all hostage for many years after it was fought.
Like all the action, adventure, kidnapping, assassins, military and police investigations and romance and storyline. This book has it all.
Marlie's alter ego is Angelina Avenger, her popular comic book character. In fact, Marlie has an on-going relationship with this heroine, and often times Angelina "takes over" Marlie's body, making it seem like Marlie is the fearless brave Angelina instead of the mousy paranoid Marlie.
Marlie has a new neighbor next door, a sexy good-looking man named Joel, and after ogling him from afar, she finally gets to meet him when she finds herself being attacked by of all people, her UPS man, and in order to save herself, she crashes through Joel's window. Talk about an entrance! What Marlie doesn't know is that Joel was sent there to spy on her. She also doesn't realize he is the boy she used to have a crush on when she was five years old. J.J. Hunter moved out of her life years ago, after his father, Gus Hunter, was responsible for Marlie's father's death. Daniel Montague was accused of treason, but Marlie and her mother Penelope never believed the accusations.
Now, Marlie finds herself in the middle of some conspiracy theory-inspired adventure. It is obvious her life is in danger, but she does not know why. All she knows is that Joel is there to protect her, and she thinks she can trust him. Joel, guilt ridden because of the reason why he was there to begin with, is falling in love with her, and is afraid of what will happen when she finally finds out who he really is and why he became her next door neighbor.
YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE is full of adventure, romance and some steamy sex scenes. Lori Wilde's main characters are fun and believable, albeit written in a somewhat dramatic manner to lend an almost comedic tone to the book. Readers may cheer to find that a slightly over-weight mousy woman such as Marlie gets the hunk in the end, and he finds her attractive and sexy. He helps her gain the confidence she's been lacking, giving the character some growth and three-dimensional aspects that often are lacking in characters in books such as this.
As in her previous novel MISSION: IRRESISTIBLE, YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE is full of action and adventure and a lot of light hearted banter between the two main characters. The secondary plot, that of Penelope Montague and her love for her deceased husband Daniel, felt a little bit out of place at first, but it did fill in the gaps to explain the entire story of what happened to Daniel and why his friend Gus Hunter was responsible for his death. The reader may not quite buy, however, the relationship between the geeky Cosmo and his new love, Joel's ex-wife Treeni, who was described as a knock out of a woman. And one also may not quite buy what really happened to Daniel (a spoiler which will not be revealed here), but for the sake of dramatics, it was a good plot device. YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE is recommended for those who enjoy lightweight romances that are filled with over the top adventure (think, almost, "Lara Croft" but in a Navy setting).
-- Courtesy of LoveRomances.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Joel Hunter moves next door to Marlie as an undercover agent because his superiors think she is a subversive using her comic book to perform seditious acts. He believes she is agoraphobic, not a traitor and this babysitting job a waste of time and money, but his former father-in-law Admiral Delaney wants him away from DC and his daughter. He revises that opinion when Marlie flees her house to his insisting that a UPS delivery person tried to assassinate her; she hides from Joel that she "channeled" Angelina's personality to escape. Now they team up in a dangerous mission that will most likely leave both dead with gravestones "marked" traitor.
The key to why this is a super fun romantic suspense is the cast especially Marlie, who employs an alterego the Amazonian animated Angelina to help her in situations that she cannot cope with and not just enemy fire as Joel is as dangerous to her as the assassin. The quirky story line contains plenty of woman in peril scenarios, but never loses sight of the crafty amusing satirical look at conspiracies and superheroine females. On top of this, fans receive a fabulous romantic subplot making YOU ONLY LOVE TWICE a fine humorous contemporary thriller worth reading.