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FILLIES AND FEMALES (Mystery Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Bev Pettersen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lories Best 2012 Finalist    
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She'd rather die than be the center of attention...that may happen.
                                     
A dedicated nurse is horrified when she's forced to team up with a Texas race trainer whose main pleasures are fast women and faster horses. Yet sabotage and murder thrust the pair into an uneasy alliance until they are willing to risk it all for love.
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"Five stars. Probably my favorite in the series because I so enjoyed watching a timid, beaten down girl become a woman to be reckoned with." - Lit Asylum 

"Bev Pettersen writes with flair and a down-to-earth warmth that will make you smile and sigh with contentment." - Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author 

"I love this series as the author's talent shines through each story being told." - Romance Novel Junkies

What Readers Are Saying:

"It's the perfect blend of horses, romance, and intrigue!"    ★★★★★ 

"The people and settings are so real, I felt like I was back in the stables at Ruidoso Downs!" ★★★★★

"Enjoyable read, easily relatable characters, a perfect blend of romance, mystery, intrigue and horses!" ★★★★★

"A wonderful mix of suspense, romance, and humour." ★★★★★


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About the Author

Bev Pettersen is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award as well as a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Contest. She competed for five years on the Alberta Thoroughbred race circuit and is an Equine Canada certified coach. She lives in Nova Scotia with her family, and when she's not writing novels, she's riding. Visit her at BevPettersen.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Westerhall (December 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HNCVAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's next, Bev? December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book, Fillies and Females is the third book I've read, written by Bev Pettersen. As I read through the novels in her appealing `track' series, I found that with each new book my favourite changed. And while reading, I loved them all. First it was Jockeys and Jewels, then Color My Horse, and now this marvel. Bev's writing style with its snappy dialogue and appealing characters keeps grabbing my heart to ensure a connection grows there, that my time as a reader has been spent well and is satisfying. Like a retreat.
Now I'm feeling bereft, as if I've become addicted to horses and race tracks - though I have never set foot on either. Becky and Dino move through an appealing story that addresses the danger we face when we allow the `quick fixes' or desire for `monetary gains' to control our lives. It reminds us we must listen to our hearts. Heed out own wisdom.
Bev's characters always are empowered to remain who they are, at the core, and by being themselves, to set things right. In this novel, by doing the right things, Becky and Dino both win. Becky finds a real home and her wildest dreams become reality. Her world and the larger world become better places. And Dino sheds his anger and stops dreaming of a return to the past. Only then can he recognize and accept what he has, and live a new and more fulfilling dream, with Becky. I loved Fillies and Females and can hardly wait to see what Bev Pettersen releases next.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fillies and Females September 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel has interesting, well-drawn characters placed in a vivid contemporary ranch/horse racing setting. As a reader, having been drawn into the story, I was then bombarded with far too much gratuitous, sensual activity, not in keeping with a shy heroine afraid even to be noticed. After a few drinks and a makeover, this deeply repressed prude was in heat for her cowboy-hero!
Fillies and Females is an example of a 'formula' romance written to the publisher's guidelines, which ruins the building of narrative and plot. I deleted it from my device before I found out what terrible event in the heroine's past so frightened her of men and her own feelings.She was so skitzo,I was worn out- so disappointed, I didn't care. Cheap.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Bev Pettersen's books! January 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second Bev Pettersen book I've read, and I'm definitely getting hooked on her style of writing! It's the perfect blend of horses, romance, and intrigue!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Becky was a very caring nurse. She worked in home health care taking care of Martha who owned a race horse ranch. Martha had had a heart attack and needed full time care with little or no turmoil and/or upset. When even going to the race track became too much for her, Martha delegated Becky to take her place, represent her and keep her filled in on how things were going.
Becky was forced to deal with Dino, the trainer, almost daily. An attraction grew between them, helped along by Martha. Becky had been in foster care most of her life and had a bad experience with her last foster home. She wore dowdy clothes and kept her body covered. A quiet little mouse. She recoiled in fear at the touch of a man.Things started happening, bum legs on the horses, horses too tired to race, sabotage, and positive drug tests on one horse. All this time, the nephew kept trying to get Martha to let him sell everything, lock stock and barrel and put her in a nice care facility. But Becky had overheard and seen things that were pointing at Slim, the manager.
Dino needed the wins from the races to buy back the ranch that he lost in his divorce from his wife. Nothing was going right. Did he give the drugs to the horse to get that final win he needed to get his money?
This was a good story from beginning to end. Kept you guessing with all the little side roads it traveled. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. A good mystery Romance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses, Relationships, Mystery and Intrigue! January 11, 2012
By brie867
Format:Kindle Edition
Enjoyable read, easily relatable characters, a perfect blend of romance, mystery, intrigue and horses!

Becky awkward and a product of foster care has finally found a home with old Mrs Conrad, life gets interesting when she is called upon to take a more active role in the households horse racing business.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Horse Book! May 22, 2012
By Ravette
Format:Paperback
This is my first book by Bev Petterson. I recieved a free e-book copy
from the author after entering a goodreads contest. I was very excited
about a new horse book, specially one on a more adult level.

It was a solid romance with Becky and Dino both being flawed. I have
to say the horse stuff is always my favorite part and Bev Petterson
actually knows horses. I have read so many books where I'd just roll
my eyes over how the author wrote about horses and it was clear they'd
never been around them, not Bev Petterson.

The suspense kept the romance plot from being boring and kept the pages turning for me.

Thanks for a very enjoyable romance filled with horses. :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner that will leave you racing for more April 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the opening line of Bev Pettersen's new novel Fillies and Females I was hooked. I feel in love with Martha, the senior citizen who knows how to play up her aging to get her way, and Becky her nurse who is forced to go to the track to keep an eye on Martha's horses. And when Becky has to interact with sexy horse trainer, Dino, I totally sympathized with her. Dino's sense of loyalty to Martha's departed husband made me immediately like this smooth talker who has his own goals and passions in life. Becky's harsh childhood make her interactions with men awkward but I loved how Pettersen developed her and Dino's relationship--it was real, friendly and loving. And honestly know one writes about horses like the way Pettersen does. When one of the horses got loose I felt I couldn't breathe, and all those track scenes, the jostling of the horses in the starter gates--you just know Pettersen spent lots of time with race horses. This was like reading romance and mystery all tied together with horses also as characters. I honestly couldn't put this book down and the paced kept picking up until I was the one who felt like I'd been in a horse race. This book is a page turner!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read To The End
Beverly Pettersen has written another great mystery where the horses keep racing, the romance keeps flowing and the pages keep turning...... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Laurie Bumpus
5.0 out of 5 stars you have to love Bev's books
This book is as good as the last one I read, all of her characters are wonderful and she tells a great story. If you love horses you will love her books. Now on to the next one!
Published 12 days ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP Rate Writing
Bev Pettersen knows how to hold interest even if you aren't horse crazy. I decided to follow her writing after reading one book. I think this is my third and I will buy many more.
Published 19 days ago by Pat Curtis Linton
5.0 out of 5 stars another good book
Great book! The characters were all very interesting . Unexpected ending. Happy ending though ! I do recommend this book .
Published 24 days ago by Melanie Gavin Odom
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a great story!
I am not a horse person, but this story was wonderful. I loved the fast pace of the writing. The mixture of horse racing, romance and mystery was great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gitterich
3.0 out of 5 stars Fillies and Females
This story was pleasant enough but a bit predictable. One to read and pass along to a friend rather than keep to read again.
Published 1 month ago by L Jaruzel
5.0 out of 5 stars good fun book
I enjoyed it like I enjoy all her books. Great entertainment and not heavy handed. I will read all her books
Published 1 month ago by Leslie king
5.0 out of 5 stars Dino
Dino is different from Bev's other men he's how do you say a ladies man? "He followed her gaze, quickly released her hand and leaned back. "I like women," he said. Read more
Published 2 months ago by andrewsheath
3.0 out of 5 stars Light Reading
I needed a book to read that the subject matter wasn't heavy & this book was what I needed. Throughout the first 3/4 of the book I was disappointed with Becky, for her not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Penny Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fillies and Females
A great mystery book from beginning to end. I think anyone wanting a good mystery and romantic book should definitely read this book as it is a great mystery/romantic book.
Published 2 months ago by dlair
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More About the Author

Bev Pettersen is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award as well as a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Contest. She competed for five years on the Alberta Thoroughbred race circuit and is an Equine Canada certified coach. She lives in Nova Scotia with her family, and when she's not writing novels, she's riding. Visit her at http://www.bevpettersen.com

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