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Mr. Real (Code of Shadows #1) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Crane
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The woman of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares

Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul, the hot martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class three years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall - in the flesh - with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness - somehow.

But is super spy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

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About the Author

Carolyn Crane is the author of the Disillusionists trilogy and assorted novellas. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two cats, and works a day job as a freelance writer. During rare moments when she’s not at her computer, she can be found reading in bed, running, or helping animals.

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  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480134694
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  • Language: English
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original and Written Well! October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Carolyn Crane describes her new novel as "a paranormal romantic suspense spy tale mashup." Which gives you an idea of how unusual the book is, but barely scratches the surface of how interesting and wonderful an experience it is. At least, that's what I found.

Alix, the book's heroine, is definitely difficult to love. (I liked her, but then I often enjoy heroines labelled "unlikeable" by other readers.) She is variously described as "free-spirited" (the author's web site), "a woman who doesn't take life too seriously" (the official book blurb), "unconventional" and "a wild-child" (quotes from other authors). She's all of those things; she is also insecure, with low self esteem, and that goes a long way in explaining (not necessarily justifying) the immature behavior that I think some readers will find too annoying to get past. Which is unfortunate, because the beauty of this book for me is largely in Alix's growth -- as she gains a sense of self worth, she finds the strength to make better choices. She undergoes a metamorphosis that wouldn't be possible if she hadn't started out the way she does.

And then there's Paul, the hero. A martial arts fighter, "Hardass Paul" (Alix's nickname for him) has a complex past and a lot of baggage. He was having trouble keeping it hidden even before Alix started playing around with forces she didn't really understand, but once she meddles, it becomes impossible for Paul to avoid facing his personal demons. But Alix turns out to be the key to Paul's victory over his past; they help each other, and each makes the other stronger, which is the kind of romance I most appreciate.

This sounds like pretty serious stuff, and it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating heroine but a hero you'll fall in love with October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What's a girl to do when she finds magical software that brings images to life? Alix Gordon decides to bring Sir Kendall, sexy commercial spy and ladies' man who resembles a certain hardass martial arts teacher, into the real world. Paul Reinhardt wishes he never played the part of Sir Kendall because he's a reminder of a terrible past. Drawn to a small town for reasons he can't explain, Paul is shocked and horrified to find Sir Kendall in the flesh with Alix, a woman he's never been able to forget. Working past the pain Sir Kendall causes, Paul attempts to convince Alix the fake spy is dangerous and find a way to send him back before someone gets hurt.

Alix is a very frustrating heroine. She finds occult symbols on a floppy disk and once they're loaded onto her computer, she can make any image appear. So she does what any responsible person would, orders a human from a TV ad that's physically identical to a man that rejected her. Alix has a good heart but makes terrible judgment calls. I feel bad when people look down on her but then she does things that would seem crazy to a normal person, like ordering a man who knows one reality and thinks she can train him to fit in another. I wanted to shake her and yell, "how does <em>that</em> make sense to you?!?" It got old very quickly.

When Alix orders Sir Kendall, Paul, who plays the character, is drawn to her. Three years before, Paul taught Alix martial arts but the two ended on bad terms and he's regretted it ever since. Sir Kendall represents everything horrible that happened to Paul growing up. Playing that character was supposed to be a quick (and secret) way to make money to support his fighting career but it ended up backfiring. To see Sir Kendall with the woman he cares for is like a blow to the stomach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique paranormal romantic suspense November 3, 2012
By Marie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr. Real is such a unique story and Crane's voice is so compelling it was hard to put this book down. Alix Gordon inherited a Victorian home from her aunt, who was also the black sheep of her family. Alix considers herself the black sheep (only she hasn't been cut off, unlike her deceased aunt was) and jumped at the opportunity to move into the house and start a bed and breakfast. Though she knows nothing about running a business, she's set to get the house ready and up and running by the holidays. This type of rash behavior is typical of Alix according to her family, best friend and yes, even herself. She tends to do crazy things without thinking through the consequences accordingly. She comes from a family of overachievers and she really just wants someone to love and accept her for who she is. In the beginning this completely encapsulates what her personality is: she's irresponsible and immature. But, she's also a really loyal friend and has a big heart. She's so flawed and real and that's what I loved most about her. When she discovers that her dead aunt has this computer program that can literally copy things (like one-of-a-kind jewelry) and they show up on her front door step, one thing leads to another and she copies Sir Kendall.

Sir Kendall is a character from a commercial which only aired in Australia. He's a super spy who drinks Denali (which is ridiculously funny), is super charming and suave and has no idea he's not real when he's brought to life. In fact, he thinks Alix is an operative working against him at first.

Paul Reinhardt or `Puma' Reinhardt is a professional martial arts fighter who fights on TV and did a Denali ad a while ago because he needed the money to train.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disillusioned
After reading and loving the Undercover Associates trilogy by Carolyn Crane, I did something I rarely do which was to order a book without reading the first few sample pages. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Connie
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumbest heroine ever!
I loved the disillusionists trilogy written by Carolyn Crane so I really had high hopes for this book. But what a waste of my time! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bubbles
4.0 out of 5 stars I have never read a book like Mr. Real; it was quite an exciting read.
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Being wild and carefree is who Alix has always been so it's no surprise when she uses a magical computer program to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dark Faerie Tales
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romance That Defies Category
Mr. Real is a paranormal-romance-superspy-mashup that defies a strict category and was just so much fun to read. When Carolyn's characters mess up, they do not do it half-assed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kindle-aholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great offering from Carolyn Crane
I love Carolyn Crane. She's one of my must read authors and so when she announced Mr. Real, I was more than just merely excited. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paris Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars bad... just so, so bad
i couldn't even read it. it was just so stupid. none of what anyone does in here makes any sense. being young and flighty is no excuse for stupidity and frankly creepy behavior. Read more
Published 18 months ago by literaryninja
4.0 out of 5 stars I kind of hate the author because of how awesome this is
(I was going to put something here about how I had to read this book after watching Ms. Crane go through cover woes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ginny Lurcock
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun
Although I am probably not the target age-group for this story I enjoyed the character of Alix very much. So dizzy, young, flawed but growing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tui Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing did not finish
I love Carolyn Crane's Disillusionists Trilogy. It is inventive, dark and compelling writing so for those reasons I purchased this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Claire's Book Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I love the way Carolyn Crane writes and was so excited to see she had a new book out. Having loved her Dissillusionist series i was so sad when it came to an end and was worried... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Book Worm
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More About the Author

Hi, and welcome to the Amazon page of Carolyn Crane!

I write romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and some books that don't have any genre at all. I've been published by Random House, Samhain, and self published, too. I guess I get around!

I live in Minnesota (complete with an accent that people sometimes laugh at) in an old 1920's condo with my awesome writer husband and two cats. I love to run and also to read, even though I'm probably the slowest reader ever. And I love to eat chocolate and Mexican food, and if you invite me to your party, your cheese plate will be in even more danger than one of my suspense heroines.

Also, I use too many exclamation marks, I care deeply about animals and finding ways to help them, I work a day job as a freelance marketing writer, and I dream that someday I'll having the time to do all the crafts in the many craft newsletters I subscribe to. But I guess I'm having too much fun throwing my favorite characters into dangerous and sometimes steamy adventures.

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