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I enjoyed Ms Linz's latest MAD, BAD AND BLONDE. Faith and Caine are likable characters and the conflict between them felt real. The dialogue is fast-paced and fun. I especially enjoyed the secondary characters, but I really wanted to know more about Aunt Lorraine or at least have someone put her in her place. Though at times the references to the locations in and around the area slipped into what felt like a travelogue and a restaurant review, being a Chicagoland native - lived in the suburbs for nearly 40 years - I found them interesting. I'm looking forward to Megan's story in Luck Be A Lady.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2010
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I thought this was going to be a great story. The plot, the characters, the passion and emotion, everything. I was wrong. This was actually kind of...boring. I liked Faith, and Caine too, but the book just wasn't attention-grabbing. There was no detail. It was all dialogue and action. But not very descriptive action.

For example; the mind-blowing sex and wonderful orgasms that they were supposed to have had and he was supposed to have given her, were barely even written. It was one page. One little page of the whole night. For a climax, that was pretty dull. And I mean it both ways.
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on June 12, 2010
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This is the best book by Cathy Linz that I have read so far, and I have read all of them (except one, which I can't find). Faith and Caine make a great couple. Faith is ditched at the altar --through a text message no less!--by her worthless fiance. Humiliated and hurt, she goes on her honeymoon by herself, where she meets alpha male Caine. Determined to take charge of her life and reshape her image of herself (hence the title, mad, bad and blonde) Faith sleeps with Caine. Upon her return to Chicago, she encounters Caine again and gradually learns that their lives are intertwined in ways she hadn't imagined. I loved the story, how they both fought against love, and especially the come-uppance of Faith's worthless ex, who actually thought he could just waltz back into her life when it suited him. (Don't you just hate men like that?) A good read!
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on April 14, 2010
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Cathie Linz has penned another lovely story in Mad, Bad and Blonde.

Children's Librarian Faith West receives the ultimate betrayal when she is left at the altar. Faith decides to go ahead on her Italian Honeymoon. She thought it would do her some good to get away from it all. Faith didn't think she would be attracted to a stranger so soon. What Faith doesn't know is Caine Hunter has been sent to keep a close eye on her.

PI Caine Hunter followed Faith West to Italy for his boss. Caine also has an ulterior motive to be keeping an eye on Faith. Caine holds Faith's PI father responsible for his own father's death. Caine hadn't planned on falling into bed with the enemy's daughter. Once the truth comes out can he get back in her good graces?

Back in Chicago, Caine and Faith join forces to find out the truth about Caine's fathers alleged suicide. Spending so much time together has them both learning to trust each other.

Mad, Bad and Blonde is a romance lovers delight. Faith and Cain start out explosive and when the truth comes out they have to reconnect on a different level. Their dialogue is fresh and witty. The family connections are another treat in this special story. I can't wait to read Megan's story.
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VINE VOICEon April 3, 2010
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Faith's fiance leaves her at the alter via text - she takes her honeymoon alone to Italy and meets Mr. Right or is it Mr. Wrong. This book will make you smile with a nice romance, dash of mystery and excellent cast of character. Here are a few of my favorite by this author;Big Girls Don't Cry (Berkley Sensation),Smart Girls Think Twice (Berkley Sensation),Good Girls Do (Berkley Sensation),Bad Girls Don't (Berkley Sensation) - All Excellent!
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on April 3, 2010
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I've read all of Cathie Linz's previous books and quite enjoy her as an author. Mad, Bad and Blonde was not one of my favorites.

Dumped at the alter by text message. A sign of the times? This takes social networking to an all new low.

That's what happened to poor Faith West on her wedding day when her fiancé Alan decided that he wasn't ready to tie the knot with a dull, boring librarian. Faith doesn't let his rejection get her down though; no way she's off on her Italian honeymoon solo to have a good time and forget about her cowardly fiancé.

Former Marine Caine Hunter just happens to be in Italy the same time as Faith and it doesn't take long for this hotty to sooth and comfort the recently jilted Faith. But appearances can be deceiving and Caine is not the lawyer from Philadelphia he is pretending to be and after a hot and steamy night of sex, the morning after discovery of who Caine really is sends Faith racing right back home to Chicago. It doesn't take long for Caine to cross paths with the newly blonde Faith once again as it turns out he's right from her very own backyard and is a resident of the windy city himself.

Once back home Faith quits her job at the library and goes to work for her father's P.I. firm West Investigations. Time and time again she "runs" into Caine, who just happens to really be a P.I. for a rival investigation firm of her father's. Caine is determined to prove his father did not commit suicide and Faith is just as determined to prove that her father did not botch the investigate that ultimately led to the death of the elder Mr Hunter.

So this sounds like it should have been a good beginning to a fun contemporary romance and it did have a few cute moments. Unfortunately I just found myself trying to get through it. I didn't care if Caine and Faith ended up together; or killed each other. There was lots of talk about libraries and landmarks around Chicago and other information that seemed like filler and had little relevance to progressing the story. I found myself doing a lot of skimming.

There was very little romance between Caine and Faith after their quick initial hook-up in Italy, mostly they fought and their arguments were like rapid-fire staccato gunfire. I am sure the dialogue was intended to be witty and fun, but I just found that it made reading the book faster.

This is a fast, quick contemporary read and if that's what you are in the market for then you should enjoy Mad Bad and Blonde.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2010
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What a delight from start to finish. Fun characters, interesting situation, super dialogue,
a fast paced gallop through the whole story. Loved the chemistry between the h/h. Loved the 'loyalty'
theme. Loved Aunt Lorraine. :) Hated to finish the book, because it was a savor-er from the first page. Yeah, Cathie Linz!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2010
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I usually do not review books, instead preferring to read the synopsis (synopsii?) already written. However, this book made me nuts and almost made the DNF pile. My main gripe is the constant references to the the hero's former Marine status. I almost - just to prove my point - went back through and counted how many references to being a former Marine, a warrior, or some other needless reference to Marine-dom. My husband was a Marine (I was Navy), we met in A School and I lived next door to the Marine barracks, and I don't think we've said the word Marine as much as the author did in this book. I get that he's tough and hard-core, I don't need reminders every other paragraph. A lot of snappy dialogue, with luke-warm love scenes. And honestly, this may very well be my own issue with the book, especially since I tend to gravitate toward authors like Gena Showalter and Kresley Cole who write about real bad-a$$ guys and there is very little dialogue used to have to convince the reader of that, plus the love scenes are, um, lovelier ;).
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on March 7, 2010
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I read an exerpt and that was enough to make me go out and get the book. I did not want to stop reading it. It was that good. Caine is a sexy Alpha male hero and Faith is feisty and fun, and a good match for Caine. This was the first book of Cathie Linz's that I've read, but it won't be the last.
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In Chicago, her fiancé Alan sends Faith West a text message that he is not coming to marry her as she waits at the altar. Rather than weep, the sharp-shooting librarian decides to go on her honeymoon to Positano, Italy by herself.

There she meets Caine Hunter, who gives the Heimlich to some guy trying to impress Faith by choking on a French fry. Caine and Faith share a heated night, but in the morning she checks into her new paramour. He works for her father's rival insuring she does not steal a client from them. However, that is only the shallow segue of what he wants. He believes her father caused his dad to commit suicide after accusing him of embezzlement so he plots to destroy West through his daughter.

Mad, Bad and Blonde is an interesting lighthearted contemporary romance that looks at how far family loyalties should go. Fans will want to know whether the Dark Knight or the kick butt librarian is right about their dads while also wondering how Jane Austen would feel attending games at Wrigley Field writing about the Cubs.

Harriet Klausner
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