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Marika Christian lives with her best friend Dash, a Jack Russell Terrier, in New Orleans. When she's not marveling at the beauty of her adopted city, she can be found hanging out with the other dog girls in the park, mooning over Johnny Depp, organizing her iTunes library, cross stitching, and searching the Internet for arcane and useless knowledge. She'll do anything to avoid actual writing.
I am a firm believer in the fun mystery, and love it when a book makes me humiliate myself by laughing out loud in public places. Marika Christian's "Phone Kitten" is just such a book - so consider yourself warned if you're reading on the bus.
Emily is a self-proclaimed "chub" - a girl with curves who is used to being invisible to everyone around her. When her career takes a turn for the unemployed, she finds she has a talent in her voice, and joins a phone sex company as "Peyton." Peyton is freckled, wild, and takes no prisoners, and soon Emily's life seems to be turning around: her new mantra of "What Would Peyton Do?" is paying off. There's a hottie paying attention to her, her friend's torture training sessions at the gym are paying off a little, and she's good at her job - she even has some very regular customers who tell them quite a bit about their lives in between more "urgent" matters.
But when one of those customers ends up murdered, Emily finds herself tangling with some shady characters, running for her life, and maybe - just maybe - there'll be time for a little lovin' from her hottie, assuming she can stay alive, and he doesn't flip out about the day job.
Fans of Janet Evanovich and Jennifer Crusie need to grab a copy of "Phone Kitten" and dive in. Have your credit card ready.
I was recommended this book by a friend- we are both, shall we say, acquainted with the 'phone kitten' industry. I checked out the synopsis and it seemed like every other 'chick' book that I have hated. Still, it was free, and due to my industry connections I thought I'd check it out.
I LOVED this book! It was silly, fun, exciting, suspenseful... I was really pleasantly surprised. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a 'fun' mystery read.
However- what I did not like, was the mini-movies you could view at the end. 'Not like' is actually a fairly tame statement, in fact I pretty much hated these- there was absolutely nothing right about them, and to me, they detracted from the story even after I had finished it and loved it.
Why? A few reasons. One- the actress who plays the main character was nothing like I would have thought from the book. I know this happens, we all have different visions in our minds; but she was actually much older and not very attractive, which is not what I got from the writing at all. Two- her portrayal of a 'phone kitten' was absurd. The way she spoke, like she was a horrible actress, obviously bored and couldn't care less- she wouldn't have lasted a month in the industry, much less done as well as it was shown in the book. Three- Showing her not only obviously bored and not caring about her job, but doing noisy things around the house at the same time- frankly it makes the whole industry look bad to those who don't know better. And it was not how she was portrayed in the book- what I took from the book was that she was a dedicated and talented Phone Actress.
So, great book- loved it! But scrap those videos please, they are horrendous and don't do anything for the story.
The best word to describe Phone Kitten is FUN! A sweet, enjoyable read with lots of laughter and surprises, Phone Kitten delivers mirth, murder and mayhem with a twist or two to make a great mystery.
Emily Winters might be new to the world of "erotic conversation", but she's a natural, and soon a whole new world opens up to her. She leaves her unassuming life behind; who knew being a phone kitten could be so much fun? When one of her best clients is murdered, Emily decides to solve the case. Will she be able to juggle her new career, her new boyfriend, and a murder?
If you are looking for a quirky endearing heroine to spend time with, then Emily is the girl for you. There is a cast of colorful characters and Ms. Christian handles the wonderful world of phone sex - which could be tricky - with humor. Fans of Janet Evanovich will love this book. If you are looking for a light hearted mystery - look no further. I'm looking forward to more Emily in the future.
"Phone Kitten" is a fun, lightweight mystery, good to have on hand when you just want some entertainment. Emily is trying to make her way in the world, trying to take some college courses, while getting established in her career. She is dealing with her weight issues, insecurities, and worse, a back stabbing co-worker. After Emily was set up to fail by her 'friend', she lost her job, and had to find a new one that would give her the flexibility to continue her classes, but also pay the bills. The answer for her immediate need was to become a phone sex girl. But when one of her clients is murdered, she decides to investigate the crime herself.
For my personal reading tastes, the book was a bit ponderous and slow moving. There is a fine line between when details are necessary to set the scene, and when they prolong the action to the point of causing the reader to lose interest. I was interested because of frequent references to familiar Florida places and events, but the danger in that is inaccuracies become glaring. Some I recall include: "Howard Franklin Bridge" should be Howard Frankland Bridge; "Tampa Bay Bucks" should be Tampa Bay Bucs (short for Buccaneers); Guavaween is not the first Saturday in October, but rather the last one - close to Halloween; Quixote Key - There is a Don Quixote Key, but it is in the Florida Keys, not close to St Pete at all. But I'm forgiving this one, allowing for artistic license to create a place meeting needed criteria. This is a book of fiction, so I can more easily accept settings that aren't real. But when you are name dropping real places and events, accuracy is more important. I also understand that this may not have been the fault of the author, but rather errors made when someone was converting this to an e-book edition. Even spell check doesn't like "Frankland" and "Guavaween".
Overall, the author shows promise, and I would think she is one to watch.
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