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Despite its title and blood-red cover art, this tart, down-to-earth tale from Bond (I Think I Love You, etc.) focuses more on the nature of female friendships than on the murder mystery that throws the heroine's life into a tailspin. New to Atlanta, finance specialist Belinda Hennessey is glad to have her carpool mates to take her mind off her failed marriage. Before she can get too comfortable, however, she hits Officer Wade Alexander's police cruiser, misses a crucial meeting and clashes with her malevolent boss, Margo, who wants her to overlook the fact that the company they're merging with may have fudged its numbers. Belinda reluctantly agrees and then finds herself in hot water when Margo turns up dead. Though at times too gullible for her own good, Belinda comes into her own over the course of the novel. Her uncertainties about her job, her zany friends and her budding relationship with Wade are ably portrayed, as is the setting (Bond describes Atlanta's traffic as only a resident could). Clever snippets from the carpool quartet's work-in-progress, a relationship dos and don'ts book for women ("DON'T underestimate the extent to which men underestimate women"), leaven the story, as does the women's banter. Readers who prefer heady sex and romance won't find either here, but for those who appreciate fun, classy, relationship-centered tales: DO read this novel.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Stephanie Bond walked away from a corporate computer programming career to write fiction full-time. To date, Bond has written over 60 romance and mystery novels.  She lives in midtown Atlanta. For more information, see Stephanie Bond's Amazon author page.

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  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (October 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060E7MSS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephanie Bond was several years into a corporate computer programming career when an instructor in her night school MBA program remarked she had a flair for writing and encouraged her to submit one of her projects to academic journals. "But," Stephanie says, "all I could think was 'I wonder if I could write a romance novel?' "

She spent every spare moment the next couple of years writing and submitting manuscripts before selling her romantic comedy IRRESISTIBLE? to Harlequin books. After selling ten projects in two years, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career to write commercial fiction full time. To date, she's published over 70 romance and mystery projects with Random House, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, Mira Books, and more recently, under her own imprint.

Stephanie's independently published romantic comedy STOP THE WEDDING!, a Kindle bestseller in three languages, is currently in development at The Hallmark Channel for a 2-hour movie.

Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta and is probably working on a story at this very moment.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Emily Flippin Maruna on August 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Bond's "Got Your Number", I swore I'd never pick up another one of her books. But I'd heard so many good things about "Kill the Competition" I had to give her another chance. And boy, am I glad I did!

"Kill the Competition", while not being a particularly steamy read, was extremely enjoyable. The mystery kept me captivated, the by-play between the carpool gals was interesting and funny, and the question of which man the main character Belinda would pick was a nice switch on most romances where the hero is slated from the beginning.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 6, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having just moved from Cincinnati to Atlanta, financial expert Belinda Hennessey adjusts to her new town. She knows that her new town is more expensive than her previous one and that the rush hour traffic into the city is unbearable especially from the north side. Thus she has joined those drives using the HOV carpool lane into and out of the city.
Belinda works on an assessment whether her new firm Archer Furniture should acquire the mom and pop Payton Manufacturing. Her boss "Maniac Margo" wants the report done yesterday (weekend or not). Belinda concludes that the potential new addition cooked the books, but Margo tells her to be quiet. Reluctantly Belinda agrees being the new kid on the block and wary to make waves. Not long afterward, someone murders Margo with the evidence pointing towards Belinda due to the fiscal cover-up or a member of the car pool who have had run-ins with the now dead queen of nasty.
KILL THE COMPETITION is a delightful relationship drama with a strong police procedural plot to anchor the tale. Though the romance between Belinda and police officer Wade Alexander is warm and fun to observe and the murder investigation cleverly intertwined into the prime plot, the tale belongs to the four female car poolers. Their outlook on Atlanta, work, and men forge a strong bond between them and make for a witty novel that readers will cherish especially if you ever been stuck in Spaghetti Junction (Atlanta's most notorious parking lot during the rush hour).
Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on November 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Belinda came to Atlanta hoping for a fresh beginning to heal her heartache and embarrassment. It is not long before she is involved in a carpool with three other women at work. The morning drive is spiced with girl talk, gossip, writing a relationship Do's and Don't's book, and the sexy traffic reporter's voice. Then, life gets interesting.
First, they have a car wreck, with a to die for cop. Then, Belinda begins breaking a few rules and confronts their "witchy" with a B boss, only to land a promotion as a result. Then, she runs into none other than the sexy voiced man and finds out there's more to him than a voice. She is also discovering that she has an eerie amount of things in common with a dead woman. All of that would be fine, except for one thing, there's a dead woman in her trunk, and it the top candidates for the killer are either Belinda or those closest to her.
**** Whatever kind of book you want, you will probably find it in Kill the Competition. Laughter, suspense, passion, and female bonding all combine in this realistically complex and sometimes whacky book. Ms. Bond has created magic, and she pulls more than one rabbit out of the hat to surprise her readers. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Belinda is running from a nightmare of a white wedding. Having the groom go through the motions and then not sign the paperwork...leaving you with a lot of unanswered questions...Most women I know would want a fresh start where questions about the past can be avoided.

As she eases into her new job with a BigWitch of a boss and a commute through the worst commuter traffic in the southeast. She joins a car pool with three women who are wild characters. One is absessed with shopping and is fighting for the life of her Bloomie's credit card. Husband has the scissors at hand and is ready to shread their debt. Another is making money on the side by helping foreign men obtain their green cards. They live with her and she gets a lump sum when their paperwork is complete. Finally, there is the mysterious woman who is taking a lot of medications and disappears weekly for a reason she won't talk about.

Add in the interesting men. The stalker neighbor...The traffic reported with the sexy voice who just happens to use the gym in the women's building...The 'goodbody' policeman who they meet in a shocking way on Belinda's first day driving car pool.

Putting all these folks together would be a start for fireworks and interesting romantic possibilities...then comes the day Belinda decides to take her wedding momentos to Goodwill and finds one of her new Atlanta 'friends' taking up trunk space and not saying much.

Now we are in a race against the cops to prove Belinda didn't put her friend in the trunk and find out who she can trust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Fiction Vixen on July 31, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is not a romance--not in any way shape or form. I decided to try this book because I've heard a lot of really good things about Ms. Bond and since it was available on Kindle Unlimited, I figured I'd go for it.

The synopsis clearly states that Belinda gets closer to the cop whose car she hit at the beginning of the book. What it doesn't say is that there is barely any interaction between the so-called hero and heroine for the first half of the book. I had to keep going back here to the book's description to see if maybe I read the thing wrong because there was more about Belinda and Julian than there was about Belinda and Wade. When they were together, I just wasn't feeling it. There was no chemistry between the two. Were we supposed to root for them simply because they had their hearts broken and were both left with cantankerous cats? Sorry, but I just didn't get it.

The only reason I even finished this book was because I wanted to find out who the killer was and in the end it wasn't worth the time i spent reading it. Anticlimactic would be an understatement.
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