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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448667585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448667581
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,367,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Author: I live in Las Vegas with my loving husband, best friend, and beautiful daughter. I've worked as a Webmaster at a Strip casino where I "learned the business" from a variety of experts who were happy to tell me about what they did every day. From the layout of the casino floor to security and even into the basements... where people liked to talk about their jobs, I was there to listen. I don't think anyone knew quite how much I heard from all those different people. I hope that you have enjoyed Never Smile at a Crocodile. If you haven't read it already, Painting the Roses Red is the first book of this series, but I'll warn you, it's a hot steamy paranormal romance. This series will cross genres again in the third book of PSI Consulting. Look for it by the end of 2009. Thanks for reading.

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All other characters were very well developed.
Lynn McNamee
I can't wait for the next book to come out, i'm literally on pins and needles, it can't come soon enough!!
Candi
Second in the PSI series, this book is much different than the first by this author.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on August 12, 2009
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I never read the first book in this series because I am not fond of Romance novels. Therefore, my review is based on this book as a stand alone.

Plot/Storyline: 4.75 Stars

The plot was interesting and well executed. There was a smidgen of romance imbedded in this average mystery contained in an exceptional fantasy. Even though I am not fond of the Romance genre, I do like a little 'side love' in my reading and this one was extremely well done. Two characters fall in love, but still manage to not make googly eyes at each other during inopportune moments, as happens in many 'romances'. The actual mystery seemed to almost be more of a side plot. It was average in its execution. The reader was not given any clues where they could have figured out who did it prior to being told. The fantasy portion was simply excellent. I truly enjoyed meeting Damian and would love to read another book involving him.

Character Development: 4.75 Stars

As I stated, I read this book as a stand alone novel. Therefore, I didn't have the benefit of the previous book. In the beginning, when Rianna is with her 'friends', I truly felt as though I was missing something. These people did not act like 'friends', and I couldn't understand why she thought they were her friends. I never did gain that understanding, which I assume I would have had I read the first book.

All other characters were very well developed.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The writing style of this author is excellent. The dialogue is exceedingly well done and descriptions are succinct.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

I found no significant editing errors in this novel, and the Kindle formatting was perfect.

Overall: This book is an excellent read for people who enjoy modern fantasy with a little romance and a light mystery thrown in.

Rating: PG-13 for adult concepts
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 9, 2009
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Second in the PSI series, this book is much different than the first by this author. Painting the Roses Red was a steamy romance with a paranormal side. Never Smile At A Crocodile is still a romance, but with the emphasis on paranormal and mystery and less heat. The story follows two of the characters introduced in the first book, Marcus and Rianna, employees of a Las Vegas security firm. While investigating the deaths of two acquaintances, they learn their pasts are more similar than either would have believed. Will this lead to understanding or push them further apart? Since this is a romance, you know the answer, but how they get there is intriguing. Interesting story, good character development and a premise that is unique. I am looking forward to learning more about PSI Consulting in this series by Ms. Lamoree
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syria Says... on December 2, 2010
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Storyline: Never Smile at a Crocodile has a quirky title, interesting characters and more than one surprising twist.

This is the second book in a fantasy/romance/thriller trilogy set in present day Las Vegas. For nearly 2 years I lived in Las Vegas and am now always hyper-critical of movies, shows (I'm looking at you, CSI: Las Vegas!) and stories set in the area and Ms. Lamoree's depiction of the entire town is just spot-on.

Rianna has recently started working for a "security consultation firm" in Las Vegas. They use her unique talents and abilities to zero in on gamblers who seem to have some unnaturally lucrative luck. Rianna works for the only psychic firm in town and feels highly underappreciated by her employer and even her friends. She wants nothing more than a chance to prove to the world that she actually isn't just a run-of-the-mill psychic. She wants to prove that she has true potential and power.

The story begins in Red Rock Canyon (which just happens to be one of my favorite parts of Vegas) with Rianna, leading her non-supportive, out of town friends on a hike to perform a magic ritual. She means well, but the ritual has an unexpected outcome. As Rianna tries to unravel the mystery of her current situation, she becomes a large part of an even greater, more deadly issue and the clock is running out!

Grammar/Spelling: I didn't notice any grammar or spelling issues.

Character Development: Never Smile at a Crocodile (I can never say the title enough!) has a fairly unique cast of characters. Even though the characters are all varying degrees of psychic, they are still highly relatable to the less-than-psychic reader.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Rogers on December 16, 2009
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The author continues to captivate with an exciting cast of characters (and they are characters)and keeps the reader intrigued with a plot that takes twists and turn before reaching the nail biting climax.

I hope there are plans for the next book...I am waiting

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Miller on October 31, 2009
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Having read this author's wonderful romantic suspense, Painting the Roses Red, I wasn't prepared for the unique formula Ms. Lamoree used in 'Crocodile. The humor was smart, the description she used in the book was like art on a canvas. The relationships in the book made you want to go hang out with these characters. There was such a unique friendship portrayed, and the tantalization of new love, all combined with a wild ride of a mystery. I felt that Never Smile at a Crocodile was Ms. Lamoree's best work to date! Bravo!
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