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L.A. Caveman [Kindle Edition]

Christina Crooks
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Keep it strictly business? Her heart demands something more...
The last thing columnist Stanna needs is a fight with her hopelessly chauvinistic brand-new boss, Jake. The attractive man turns the office into an undeniably sizzling environment, but his column suggestions are positively Neanderthal! She's determined to reform Jake. He's determined to train Stanna. Neither is willing to acknowledge the electrifying attraction that pulls at them both.

"Crooks definitely has a sultry slow-burning writing style that builds anticipation at each turn of the page." - Zee, Fire Pages

"Crooks' L.A. CAVEMAN is a wonderfully written contemporary romance novel with a great storyline that was fast paced and kept my heart racing." - Romance Junkies

"L.A. Caveman is a well-written, funny, sexy, sweet story that you will enjoy" - Yvette Lowe, Siren Book Reviews

"Reminiscent of a Hepburn and Tracey movie with office romance and a conflict involving two very strong-minded and very philosophically opposed main characters." - Phoebe Imel, Addicted2Romance

"I laughed, I gasped and I tingled. Ms. Crooks has penned a riveting, funny tale about a woman in a man's world." - Seriously Reviewed

Product Details

  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003O85X8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Slow Burning Novel September 17, 2011
By Zee
Format:Kindle Edition
L.A. Caveman is a novel that showcases a real relationship where two people are attracted to one another but can't stand each other's personalities. There are many natural bumps in the road that was a test for Jake and Stanna, and because their relationship starts on thin ice, how they handle each situation made a huge impact on their relationship with one another, both work and personal. It takes a while for Jake and Stanna to get on the same page, but when they finally do understand one another, the chemistry explodes between them. Even though this novel is not length page-wise, Crooks definitely has a sultry slow burning writing style that builds anticipation at each turn of the page. L.A. Caveman is an excellent novel and Christina Crooks continues to win me over with her work!

I actually rated L.A. Caveman 4.5 Stars, but Amazon doesn't do halves.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read with well written characters February 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first review of a book on Amazon and I must say that I found L.A. Caveman to be a great enjoyable read. I could not put my Kindle down as I read this whole text in a 24 hour period :) I was immediately pulled into the story and found myself seeing a great Hepburn/Tracey like story playing out before me, with a touch of suspense/mystery, and a great romantic pairing that did not let me down at any point in the book. I was surprised by the way ALL of the characters came to life and made me care about them, and most importantly laugh with them. I loved the office staff and felt like I was going to work with Stanna & Jake at Men's Weekly each time they stepped off the elevator.

With all this said, why did I give this book a 4 star review rather than a 5? I wanted more of the Ian story, please do not think that there was anything wrong with Ian's story as written, my comment is just that I wanted more of the drama and friction that he brought to the story. I would say more but I don't want to spoil the story for anyone else :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars L.A. Caveman April 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the "enemies to lovers" storyline and this one was very good. Stanna is a writer at a men's weekly magazine; she writes a "woman's view" column. She's on track to become editor, until suddenly there's a new owner and Ian, her editor and mentor, is fired. Jake, the new owner, calls her in to let her go as well, but he can't - Stanna has a contract. In lieu of firing her, Jake's intent is to make life miserable for Stanna so she'll quit. Stanna has no intention of going anywhere...

From their opposing viewpoints to Jake's Neanderthal views about women, I was rooting for Stanna all the way. But that sizzle was there, and they both knew it. Once they agreed to disagree, Jake grew on me, and I started rooting for "them". Of course there were some misunderstandings they had to overcome, as well as their own stubbornness, to make things work.

What I didn't like: I didn't like the villain. No - I know you're not supposed to like the villain, that's not what I mean. He was almost a caricature , I could picture him sitting in his elegantly appointed rooms, twirling his overly waxed mustache, plotting his next move. *spoiler: We never found out why he owed such a huge amount of money to the mob. I honestly felt like Ms. Crooks could have delved a bit more into his storyline and maybe made it a bit more believable. I also felt like her roommate's storyline didn't add anything at all to the story. I would have preferred more interaction between Jake and Stanna instead of skipping ahead weeks at a time.

This was an interesting story that I wish would have gone a little deeper into the relationship dynamics between Jake and Stanna and less with the secondary characters. I do think that Jake and Stanna's hatred/passion for each other was great. The tension between them was so thick I could almost feel it while I was reading!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pure Romance in the Modern Workplace October 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
"L.A. Caveman" could've been my kind of book, with its tale of romance and suspense in the modern corporate world. In this story, the hero and heroine are constantly at odds over the magazine that he owns and she writes for. Throw in a sleazy, conniving former employee who wants payback for being fired, and you have all the ingredients for a saucy, sexy romance that could tickle the brain and tug at the heartstrings. Unfortunately, for me, it just didn't get there.

The novel begins with an emotionally charged situation that pits two strong-willed characters against each other. Jake Tremere has spent his life savings to buy the floundering Men's Weekly magazine, believing he can breathe life into it by moving it in a more macho direction. One of his first acts in his new role is firing Stanna Whitland, the spunky columnist who presents the female point of view at the magazine. When Jake finds that he can't legally fire Stanna because of her contract, the sparks begin to fly.

I was immediately captivated by the author's delightful writing style, which makes use of crisp, natural language, rich vocabulary, and varied constructs. Between her writing and the novel's strong premise, I expected to be sucked in by this romantic tale, however, the book's path from there on was not one I would have chosen.

While the plot had the potential for a number of exciting interactions between the major characters, it seemed like the best scenes were always happening "off-screen", and were just referred to in passing or summarized after-the-fact.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
I know this book had the typical stereotypes in it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Laugh out loud in parts.
Published 15 months ago by BevHarro
4.0 out of 5 stars Love story
Cute love story, nicely done. Predictable feel good story. If you want something with pink bubble that's a book for you.
Published 23 months ago by Stephanie Pugh
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, easy read
I don't like militant feminism, so the heroine got on my nerves. The hero wasn't meant to be likeable, but at least he was logical. Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Jill Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars "L. A. Caveman is a full of hysterical laughs and hot sexual tension"
Men's Weekly Magazine is Stanna's life. The editor has been grooming her to take over when he retires and she can't wait. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, a bit choppy in the plot
The idea behind this book is great! But the plot is a bit choppy with co-workers dropping in and out and an ex-boss with connections to a never-really-named group of bad guys. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Reads A Lot
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible...just terrible
This book is awful. There's truly no other way to describe it, it's just a poorly executed story line with horrible stereotypes and nonsensical actions/resolutions. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes abound in this office
The premise of this book was stereotypes. I get that. I did not get why everyone played up to their stereotype, would not compromise, or listen to the other side. Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by bookfiend
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute story
A nice and sweet romance with some drama in the mix. New employer hates the ideals of his employee but can't fire her as he wishes to due to a contract. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Lau26
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, well written read
This book has been sitting on my kindle bookshelf for quite some time as it got passed over for other more inviting titles. I will say I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Sue Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start with and the characters' beliefs seem too rigid. But the tension and interaction between them was great.
Published on March 1, 2012 by EyeReader
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More About the Author

Christina Crooks is a romance author with books for sale in print, electronic and audio editions. Her novels have been published by Kensington, Samhain, Five Star/Cengage, and Books in Motion Audiobooks. Christina currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her books Rough Play, Hands On, Sweet and Dirty, L.A. Caveman, and Thrill of the Chase are available.

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