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Curiosity Killed The Kat (A Katherine Flynn Mystery / Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Nelson
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Book Description

She thought she had the perfect marriage…

He gave her everything – and more. Then he tried to kill her. Katherine’s marriage was fading. She could feel it. Her husband, Steven, was up to something. She knew it. Katherine would do anything for her husband. That is, until she discovers he’s the ring leader of a human trafficking organization.

Caught in the cross hairs of her husband’s illegal business and on the run to save her life, as well as others, Katherine is on a race against time to figure out exactly how deep this rabbit hole of political intrigue, sex, and revenge goes. As her husband and his partners close in from all sides, Katherine is about to learn who she can trust – and who is determined to silence her for good.

== > Curiosity Killed the Kat is approx. 27K words and is volume 1 in the A Katherine Flynn Mystery / Thriller. This book is for mature audiences only.

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"The story is action packed with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing what will come out next." ~Kristan~

From the Inside Flap

They say revenge is a dish best served cold; but, I know better. Revenge is hot. It never cools, and it never dies. It burns inside your veins, and grows stronger with every beat of your heart.

To understand what happened after, you have to know what came before.

I don't remember a time when I didn't dream of being a wife and mother. My earliest memory is of playing 'wedding' in my parent's backyard. As the bride, I was draped in my mother's antique white lace tablecloth, my head covered with a homemade veil and my arms laden with the roses she grew in her garden that summer.

In my mind's eye, I can see myself as I was then. A thin, serious looking child with long brown hair and big brown eyes walking slowly up the garden path like it was a cathedral aisle, toward my groom, the love of my life, the man that would take care of me forever.

By the time I turned 19, I knew that my real life groom would be Steven Flynn. He was the perfect man; he would be the perfect husband. I still remember the first time I saw him. A freshman in college, I ran into my psychology class 15 minutes late on the first day. Breathlessly, I took a seat in the last row and started madly arranging myself, my books, and my notepad; when I looked up I saw Steven.

As the teaching assistant, he was standing at the front of the class passing out the syllabus. After a moment, he caught my stare and smiled at me. He waved me to the front to get a syllabus and I slowly approached him taking in every inch of his stunning good looks, from his dark brown hair and intense blue eyes, to his perfectly chiseled body, on down to the tips of his elegant shoes. He was dressed conservatively, in a neatly ironed button down shirt and gray slacks. He looked like he'd walked off the cover of GQ magazine.

As I got closer to him I could feel him watching me approach. His intense gaze made me feel naked. I couldn't believe the other students weren't staring at him. To me, he looked like Prince Charming. The other students swarmed around, talking and laughing but my eyes never left him. When I reached out my hand to take the syllabus from him, he handed it to me but didn't let go. I stared at him and he looked back at me with a knowing smile. In that moment I knew; my life would never be the same again.

When Steven decided he wanted me too, he courted me recklessly; never taking no for an answer, never leaving me alone for a moment. After that first day, I don't have a single memory from that time that doesn't include him. He brought me red roses to make me smile, took me to see movies that made me laugh, and when we were alone he took me in his arms and made me tremble with desire. For the first time in my life I felt loved.

It makes me squirm with shame to think of it now. My childhood was a cliché, a joke. Abandoned by my father before I was even born; I was a shy child raised by a busy single mother. I didn't have a lot of friends, preferring to spend my time in solitude reading and day dreaming. My classmates thought I was strange and they left me alone. I was ripe for a man like Steven. I see that now, but then, oh but then all I felt was desire and love to the point of obsession. He was my fantasy. I needed him to love me more than I'd ever needed anything else.

I loved him, but I felt so unworthy of his attention. I tried desperately to reinvent myself into the woman he wanted me to be. I was in awe when I looked at him. Steven was everything I wasn't. He was handsome and successful, while I was average looking and quiet. When we met, he was a senior graduating at the top of his class with a degree in Psychology and a full scholarship to Harvard Law School; I was a freshman without a clue as to what I wanted to study. He was on his way to becoming a master of the universe, and all I wanted was to be at his side.

His first request changed the way I dressed when we were in public. Instead of the unofficial jeans and t-shirt uniform of my classmates, I eagerly agreed to upgrade my wardrobe to dresses, heels, and pearls. When he told me I looked lovely and gave me a smile, I knew I had made the right decision.

His second request was more complicated.

Steven needed me to be the perfect woman in the bedroom as well as in public. He would settle for nothing less. He valued my virginity and blind trust because they made me pliable - there was nothing I wouldn't do to bring him pleasure. As a child, I'd lived in my imagination without many friends and a mother who didn't have time or interest in teaching me about the world. Sex was a mystery that I didn't have a clue to solving. Steven's limitless needs and desires were my secret to carry alone; I didn't have anyone to discuss him with, no girlfriends to gossip with about his need for blindfolds, whips, and endless sexual punishment. All I had was my obsession to make him happy, to earn his praise, to maintain my place in his heart. For those reasons I would do anything he asked - and he asked a lot. I became the essence of the properly dressed lady in public and a sexual slave in the bedroom.

When he asked me to marry him the night he graduated I felt triumphant. I felt as proud of myself as if I'd been the one accepting a diploma that day. His proposal made me feel that it had all been worth it; the meticulous attention to my wardrobe and the sometimes painful "lessons" in the bedroom - I was going to be Mrs. Steven Flynn. I eagerly quit school and moved with him to Boston. My only ambition was to be a good wife to him.

I maintained that blind ambition for seven long years. I stubbornly insisted to myself that Steven's fierce control, his rigid standards for my dress and appearance, and his increasingly cruel sexual desires were normal, just his way of dealing with the pressure he was feeling as a lawyer with one of Boston's most respected firms, Bradenson & Arthur.

My only job was to be the perfect wife and partner. In my mind there was no limit to our success, I was enveloped in my dream of a secure and happy life with my husband and that was all that mattered.

Until the day I woke up. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Nelson Books (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087ASBAG
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Book 1, just a part 1 of a serial September 23, 2013
By Reader
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Apparently, I missed the information that this was a part 1 and not a book 1.

If you are looking for a complete book, be aware that this is only part 1 of 3.

The contrast between Katherine's behavior during the time leading up to the dinner, and her behavior after the dinner are too different to be believable--going from totally controlled to outright defiance. I find it appalling that a female author would place her heroine in the situations described in the beginning of the story.

The story itself fairly well written, but the sexual parts did nothing to add to the story. In fact, they seemed to be out of place; and, if anything, they detracted from the story. Also, Katherine gets in and out of some situations that are totally unbelievable. Yet, at the same time, if something could go wrong, it does go wrong--except at the very end of part 1.

If this had been a complete story, I probably would have given it more stars. As it is, if I had the option, I would have given it 1.5 stats. I do not like author's who do not provide a complete story in a "book".
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars naivete' really can stink sometimes August 22, 2012
By Kylli
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Katherine has the picture perfect life; handsome up-and-coming lawyer husband is her lifetime love, super townhouse: a modern day white picket fence dream... then somebody dropped the camera.

Is she right to suspect something's "off" or just misinterpreting things? What's with the bombshell at dinner begging for help? Does her husband really know anything about this, whatever it is, that is making her skin prickle uneasily?

Kat's character is very well fleshed out while Thomas is sketchier but still very believable and the supporting characters obtain realism with nearly vignette-style asides (very nice Ms Nelson!) . Enjoyed the introspection of Kat versus the action of Thomas, it made her reluctance to move quickly on her misgivings very believable. There is a bit of bdsm but it is not delved into too deeply.

This is more thriller/mystery than romance (at least in the eKindle version) and pretty fast paced. Great cliff-hanger segue to next book, I'm off to get it now.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes ignorance isn't bliss. November 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My thoughts:
This is a fast read. The writing is descriptive and the character building is top notch. It was almost as if I could feel how slimy Kat thought her husband's boss was. I know I disliked her husband from the go, and he never redeemed himself (obviously). The plot was intriguing, but the story could have been fleshed out a bit more. It was almost as if we were running through the story, it's fast paced, only to end up dangling at the edge of the cliff that becomes the ending. I am not saying that it's bad, just that I wanted more story. It is well written and entertaining. Worth the read for certain. Will be looking forward to reading both book 2 and book 3 which are already out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would Never Read Again January 6, 2013
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This book was riddled with sexual abuse and not something that I would consider a well written book. I wouldn't recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest September 12, 2012
By Pamuel
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The book did keep my interest, and was a very quick read. Like other reviewers, I don't feel it is complete. Why not combine it with the second half offered and make it a complete read. Is that a marketing ploy?
I was frequently aggravated at Katherine, (the main female character) because of her dependence on her husband and her very weak nature. Stephen, her husband, and his boss, Charlie, are characters you just love to hate. They almost seem bumbling, and for Stephen to think he's presidential material... I want to read the 2nd installment to see how Katherine exacts her revenge.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a book but a first chapter September 19, 2012
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The author did herself a great injustice by cutting the book off in hopes of having you captivated enough to purchase the next two books. WRONG! While the story lin and writing had promise, I felt ripped off that this so called "book" had no ending. I've read the reviews for the next bok and the same thing happens. Save your time and frustration and move on to something worth while where the authors give you the substance you should get in a real book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a novel but a teaser September 12, 2013
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This is a short cliffhanger meant to get you sucked into buying the next 2 books. Well-written, suspenseful, but not a novel and not a completed mystery. Some graphic sex, not loving.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse book ever! September 9, 2012
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This book started out ok but had a horrible ending. I should of realized there wouldn't be much to the book when I saw the thinness of the book. I guessing the author wanted to end this book in a way that would make you buy the sequel. No such luck from this reader! Don't waste your money or time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this read very much
Enjoyed this read very much. I love having the opportunity to read so many different authors and experience so many books. Thank you. Bev
Published 15 days ago by bev numbers
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time. Characters had no depth what ...
Not worth your time. Characters had no depth what so ever. Storyline was predictable and unentertaining. Was a struggle to complete.
Published 16 days ago by Carmen Wiggins
1.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you hanging which I dislike in a book
Leaves you hanging which I dislike in a book. Not a very positive main character. No interest in reading part 2
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Deleted this one also. Language!!
Published 20 days ago by Keith L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great. love e books
Published 22 days ago by Jo Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I like her writing style. I kept wanting to find out more and could not put it down. I am excited to read next book.
Published 1 month ago by Boss Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
too much violent sex.
Published 1 month ago by Leafy I. Quakenbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity killed the kat
Omg loved it and I've already bought the next book. I can't wait to see this weak-willed wimp come into her own. Read more
Published 1 month ago by michelle webber
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not so mysterious a mystery. The end just breaks off with too many elements left hanging.
Published 1 month ago by Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars ... purchased the next two books in the series-because I enjoyed...
I've purchased the next two books in the series-because I enjoyed reading this one so much.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Holt
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