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License to Thrill (a romantic mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Bond
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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Book Description

LICENSE TO THRILL is a romantic adventure in the spirit of super-cool, super-sexy Agent 007!

He wasn't the man she wanted to trust...but when the stakes turn deadly, it's nice to have a hard body between her and trouble!  She wasn't the woman he expected to fall for...and he has a bad feeling a bulletproof vest isn't going to protect his heart this time!


   "Exceptional. [The author] puts a thrill in every reader's day with this unabashed tribute to one of the great romantic figures of our times."   -Romantic Times Book Reviews

   "One great mystery."  -Bell, Book, and Candle

   "A real 007 with a complex plot." -Affaire de Coeur

Other thrilling romantic stories by best-selling author Stephanie Bond that will make your day:

     ALMOST A FAMILY--Fate gave them another chance at love...
     THREE WISHES--A magical romantic comedy!

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989912787
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064I72LC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun quick read August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, last night I was able get through Stephanie Bond's License to Thrill. Oh my what a fun witty read. Here's a quick sum up of what's it about:

James Donovan is a former British secret agent. Yep, you know that's sexy and don't lie. James was asked to help transport a possible valuable item to the states for a friend/former lover.

Kat McKray a museum curator has been asked to examine the documents James has travel with. Kat has her doubts about the authenticity of the papers.

James can't pass up the opportunity to get to know the little curator a little better. After all he is a playboy secret agent. She tries to resist his charm, but caves into going to dinner with him.

They have a charming time. After all is said and done they depart ways. This is where the story starts to turn into the mystery. Sometime after midnight, someone steals the papers and the blame is place on Kat. Oh no, right. With no alibi to help her out, she could be facing serious jail time. Will James come to the rescue of Kat or will he go on his merry way?

Yep, that's right I liked this quick read. I mean first off, who doesn't love an ex-british secret agent who drips with charm and sex appeal. If that doesn't scream hero, I don't know what does. I actually like that you couldn't figure out who the real culprit was until the end. I mean you have all these possible suspects and they each can be found guilty. So, if you get a chance to check this out License to Thrill, you might enjoy this quick fun witty read. I like it, but that's my opinion.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the lack of sleep! September 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I should have read the other reviews that warned that it was hard to put this one down! Of course, I should have just known that it would be the case anyway since so many of Stephanie Bond's books have had the same effect on my sleep and lack thereof. I read the first chapter over a couple of days while waiting for my son's school bus to drop him off and then started at chapter 2 when I should have been falling asleep. And I finished the book. I already have a weakness for British men so now I find myself daydreaming about yet another fictional character. [And yes, there's a tad more sex in this than I usually read but I didn't consider it to be at all raunchy and it's easy to skim over/skip if you so desire. Typically I do ... this time? Well, remember that weakness I have for British men? ;)]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun romance September 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok so I've read all the reviews and I've read the book. I'm not sure where people are saying that it has all these sexy scenes (yes there were one or two that I can remember that were spelled out but the rest were implied....."The next morning") or that it's trying to be James Bond-ish. People, take this book for what it is, it's a fun romance that tips it hat towards Ian Fleming. The only thing this hero has in common with James Bond is that they are both English and were "super" spies in their time although the author does poke a lot of fun via her characters at her hero and his possible similaries. This is a classic boy meets girl from across the pond. Yes he's English and she's American. Yes, they are totally opposites but isn't that what you love about a good romance story? Not everyone wants to read about beautiful people hooking up but yes, we do love a howt guy! Anywho, this was a fun read with a nice little "who dunnit" in the middle. It's only 100+ pages, so it's not like you're going for a huge novel, buy it, enjoy it for what it is and leave it at that. If you want a quick read that will leave you with a cheesy smile on your face at the end because you know you love a good HEA, then I recommend it.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Stephanie Bond wrote License to Thrill as an homage to Ian Fleming's James Bond series. It was a good mystery, but the story was marred by Ms. Bond's graphic (and lengthy!) description of sex between her retired British secret agent James Donovan the female protagonist, Katherine McKray, whom he calls Pussy-Kat. The erotica was, quite frankly, boring, and Bond...and the reader...would be wise to skip it entirely. This book could have been 3 or even 4 stars without the sleaze.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! August 29, 2012
By ToniWI
Format:Kindle Edition
License to Thrill is a romantic mystery but make no mistake this is a mystery story with romance not the other way around. The mystery kept my guessing. There were twists and turns in both the mystery and the romance between the main characters. Kat Mckray and Donovan, James Donovan, were a good team. They followed the clues to the mystery and the romance.

I added License to Thrill to my TBRA list, to be read again list. Figuring out who done it had me carrying my eReader everywhere I went. Read it, you'll love it!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!! January 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I literally could not put it down! I started at around 5:30 p.m. and stayed up til I finished it! Great characters, great plot with a good twist! Yet another great book from Stephanie Bond!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Promised: a Romantic Mystery March 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Stephanie Bond's breezy, fast-paced romantic mysteries strain credulity from time to time, but that is generally a small price to pay for laugh-out-loud funny lines. There weren't quite as many in this short novel, but it was still a pretty good Sunday afternoon read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars License to Thrill (Bond) February 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fast, fun, flirty, little sexy, full length, contemporary, romantic mystery, written by Bond... Stephanie Bond (wink!)
Kat McKray is the curator of a renowned museum in San Francisco. She is expecting the delivery of a potentially historic and very valuable love letter written by King George. She did not expect the handsome armed guard from London to accompany the letter, or to be the prime suspect when the letter is stolen!
James Donovan is a retired British Secret Service agent, who was asked by his ex-lover to ensure the delivery of the letter to the museum. He did not plan on staying long, or getting caught up in the intrigue surrounding his PussyKat, or horror of horrors... losing his heart!
I love Stephanie's books and own many of them. They are all well written, very creative, often humorous, and lots of fun to read and reread, all at a great price!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
The premise of the book was light and the plot a bit thin, but still a fun read for a summer evening.
Published 9 days ago by T. J. Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but predictable
I love Stephanie bond books and she never lets me down.This book was good it was just a little too predictable for me.
Published 26 days ago by Troy Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and entertaining
I discovered the author with the voodoo series and this book was just as fun and easy to read as the aforementioned. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Moosmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is the first Stephanie Bond book I have read, but won't be my last. I loved it. Great easy read
Published 2 months ago by Paula Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book. It is definitely a fun to read. It keeps you in suspense to the very end. It is a humorous mystery story with a twist or two. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DEPCHF
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable easy read...
I have a fondness for books like these. Maybe because I started reading historical romances, then contemporary before I leaped into the paranormal and YA. Read more
Published 3 months ago by PRBabe5
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her other ones.
Not as interesting as the authors Voodoo books. But an ok read for a mystery. I don't recommend buying it. Ok if it's free.
Published 3 months ago by CSwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this story!
I enjoy reading Stephanie Bond's books and this one was no different. The characters were fun and enjoyable and the story was equally entertaining. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Auriemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun read!
I read this book in one night, very good book! I really liked the characters, mystery, romance and suspense. I would recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by Mary Sautter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting
There was a lot of action and mystery to go with the romance. This is nit your typical romance it's so much better. I loved the humor in the book as well as the mystery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shelly R
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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 that 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?'" Bond grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky where the entertainment choices were few. Luckily, she had a beloved aunt who shared her passion for reading. "When she visited once a year, she brought boxes and boxes of gothic novels by Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and lush historical romances--I was in heaven! So suddenly thinking about writing in the genre of the books I loved was very exciting." After writing every spare moment for two years, Stephanie sold her first romantic comedy manuscript, IRRESISTIBLE? to Harlequin books. Two years later, she walked away from her corporate career to write commercial fiction full time. To date, she's published over 60 romance and mystery projects with Random House, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, and Mira Books, and is most well-known for her BODY MOVERS humorous mystery series. Her newest series is TWO GUYS DETECTIVE AGENCY (about two sisters whose last name is Guy). Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta and is probably working on a story at this very moment.

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