"An excellent anthology!"
Good anthologies are always my cup of tea and this one is
excellent. All three stories just tickled my funny bone!
Cuffs and Coffee Breaks by MaryJanice Davidson showcases
her typical offbeat humor when Julie Kay About finally
accepts a date from a fellow writer she's never met at the
Greeting Card Company where she works. What she doesn't
expect to find is him accused of murdering their waiter
before she arrives at the restaurant. Should she believe
him or is this the blind date from hell?
A No Drama Valentine's by Leslie Esdaile shows us what
happens when your three best friends fail to show up for a
celebratory 'I don't need a man' Valentine's Party. Poor
Jocelyn Jefferson's ideal evening turns out to be a
nightmare when she is arrested for having an out of control
party at her apartment. What's a girl to do especially when
the cop who comes to the apartment is a hunk!
Valentine Survivor by Susanna Carr tells us the story of
Shanna Murphy who thinks Valentine's Day is all about
romance. She even fixes up the perfect Valentine's just for
her but things have a way of going horribly wrong. Then her
boss-from-Hades is murdered after she and Shanna have
heated words. Yikes! Can her ex-boyfriend Calder Smith help
her and is he still willing?
What a great anthology with three terrific authors! I
enjoyed every story and look forward to more Wicked Women
Reviewed by Kathy Boswell
Posted February 21, 2006
Review for original Kensington Publishing (Brava)
January 1, 2006 -
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 21, 2006
Lost roses. Cancelled reservations. Broken dates. Arrests.
Dead bodies. There's always some reason to hate
Valentine's Day...unless the scene of the crime starts
really heating up....
Maryjanice Davidson Cuffs and Coffee Breaks In a moment of
weakness, greeting card writer Julie Kay About accepts a
blind date for Valentine's Day. As if the restaurant's
snotty waiter, cheap chocolates, and pastel-colored teddy
bears aren't enough, her date turns out to be the guy in
handcuffs next to the dead body on the floor. At least he
didn't stand her up. How could a guy with beautiful, sky-
blue eyes and sexy swimmer's shoulders be a killer? Julie
Kay is not about to have another horrible V-Day, even if
she has to solve a murder and get her possibly homicidal
date arraigned to do it...
Leslie Esdaile A "No Drama" Valentine's Jocelyn Jefferson
is one sister who is not falling for any romance drama—no
pining over flowers never sent or bling not gotten. No,
this year, Jocelyn's getting her best girlfriends together
for a "pamper" party at her house. Except that
the "pampering" turns out to be from a dubious sex toy
company. Soon, there's a whole crew of rowdy, enthusiastic
people in Jocelyn's apartment. And that's when vice
detective Raymond Mayfield shows up at her door, all six-
four, hard-bodied bit of him, and he needs Jocelyn for
some very private questioning...
Susanna Carr Valentine Survivor This Valentine's Day was
supposed to be different for Shanna Murphy. She had a hot
date, sought-after dinner reservations, and a brand new
vase to show off those potential long-stemmed roses. But
Murphy's Law intervened, and now her date cancelled, she's
stuck doing overtime, and she's just discovered the body
of her boss-from-hell. The only person Shanna can turn to
is her ex-boyfriend, Calder Smith, who just happens to be
the most insensitive, non-romantic, domineering—and
completely irresistible—alpha male she's ever laid eyes
These bad boys are bringing a whole lot more than