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Taming Mad Max [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Ragan
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In TAMING MAD MAX, a 2008 Golden Heart finalist under the title BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, Max and Kari learn that sometimes life offers a second chance to get it right.

Max Dutton, a starting NFL linebacker for the Los Angeles Condors, lives life to its fullest because he knows that everything can change in the blink of an eye. His father and grandfather both passed away at an early age. For this reason, Max also shies away from forming close relationships. What would be the point of falling in love and starting a family only to leave them as his father left him and his sisters?

Nutrition expert, Kari Murphy, went through high school with a mad crush on Max Dutton. He was the hot football player back then and she realizes nothing has changed when she's hired by the NFL franchise to give Max healthy-eating advice, foolproof facts about carbohydrates and tasteful tips on cooking and shopping smart.

Other books by Theresa Ragan
FINDING KATE HUNTLEY (romantic suspense)
RETURN OF THE ROSE (time travel romance)
A KNIGHT IN CENTRAL PARK (time travel romance)

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: BESTSELLING TOP 100 KINDLE author Theresa Ragan read her first romance novel twenty years ago and instantly set out to write her own novel. While raising four children, she wrote late at night and early in the morning. After years of trying to break through the traditional doors of publishing, Theresa released her first book on Amazon in March 2011 and her career took off. She has been interviewed at USA TODAY and HUFFINGTON POST. She spoke at Book Expo America and Idaho Book Extravaganza on her self-publishing success. She has sold over 360,000 books in 18 months and recently signed her first publishing agreement with Thomas and Mercer.
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From the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Theresa Ragan grew up in Lafayette, California, as number four of five sisters. 

When the kids were small, she wrote early in the morning, late at night, and in the car while waiting for the kids to get out of school. In 2011, Theresa self-published her very first novel, Return of the Rose. She went on to sign with Thomas and Mercer in 2012 and has sold over one million books.

"The best part of being published," Theresa insists, "is hearing from readers."

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About the Author

Theresa Ragan has been writing for over nineteen years and has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. She lives with her husband, Joe, and the youngest of her four children in Sacramento, California. When she’s not writing, Theresa enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her family and traveling. Books by Theresa Ragan include: Return of the Rose, A Knight in Central Park, Taming Mad Max, Finding Kate Huntley. Also look for Abducted and Dead Weight, romantic thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan.

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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146793240X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWJ6OC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taming a racing heart! June 30, 2011
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Taming Mad Max was more than what I thought it would was so romantic and so funny at times. The main story is about Max and Kari, but then there are 2 other love stories going on at the same time. The book is well balanced between the stories and you will cry at a few spots in the book. This book is worth the read! Give it a try! You will be soooo happy you did! This is one of my all time favorite books now, and I look forward to reading more by Theresa Ragan. I read the book in one day because I could not put it down!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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This story could be fun, but it's not. It's like reading a romance novel and looking at the pamphlets on the wall at your doctor's office while waiting for your appointment. I honestly gave up after the fourth chapter. I couldn't read another health lesson about nutrition, it completely detracted from the flow and romance of the story; or buy into the idea that Kari, a woman in her thirties with a master's degree, who was infatuated with the hero and grew up in his town, had no idea that he had sisters, that his dad died right after their sexual encounter, that a 200+ lb. physically fit pro line backer cannot eat cottage cheese or bagels but can have wine and italian food, or that you don't tell a man he is going to be a father by passing his mother, and his employer a note with said information. It was all too ridiculous. I recommend you save your time and look for something more thoughtful to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure why I stayed with it... March 7, 2012
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Probably because I kept running into places that are nearby. (I found out after reading it that the author lives in my area). There were several problems with this, it was waaaay too long. Every person in the story kept whining and second guessing themselves throughout the story. Not one of the main characters was likeable. Facts kept changing. Then there was the timeline for Molly's birth. Let me get this straight-Mom and Dad have sex at a graduation party (assumption-it is May or June). Child is born the next June-how is this possible? There is a celebrity who finds out after the fact that he has a "love child" and this is no big deal to anyone? The paparazzi swarm when they go grocery shopping and on a lake, but no other time? Oh yeah, and the one little detail that raised my eyebrows when I read many women include a push-up bra in their running attire? Silly me, I thought that was what sports bras were made for. All in all, it was an "eh" read, when there is nothing else, read this, otherwise, I would advise passing on it.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tame September 1, 2011
By J S
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It's the age old story: girl loves boy from afar, circumstances conspire to bring them together for one night of passion, she conceives and disappears, he pines for her secretly for years, circumstances conspire to bring them together again, he pursues her anew, she rejects him, and he discovers the child he never knew just as they were about to settle their differences.

If you're one of those folks who reads a story and finds yourself yelling at the characters to JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER, then this will be fantastically rage-inducing for you. Frankly, even if you do find it rage-inducing, the story is cute and you might enjoy it regardless. The sullen teenager is written well, the secondary hero is adorable.

I'm not really sure why Max was "mad" or required "taming". With the exception of his odd fatalism, he seemed mostly reasonable. He's funny, considerate, intelligent, and charming. On the other hand, Kari was a far less charming heroine. It's difficult to imagine that she honestly feels justified in her choices and that she's completely unwilling to give him the benefit of a doubt.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read with interesting characters April 28, 2011
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I really enjoyed the family interaction. Max is the big brother to four sisters. Two of them are having problems and I'm curious to know what happens to his #3 sister. I'm not sure if she ended up with a happy ending...maybe Ragan has another book planned for Nicole. Everyone in Max's family talks at once and they all have an opinion which made for some good laughs. His mother was an interesting character...she doesn't let just anyone into the family circle. I definitely recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun from start to finish September 6, 2011
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Taming Mad Max was very entertaining. It was well written and had realistic, not corny, dialogue which is sometimes hard to find in the romance genre. The author develops Max and Kari's relationship well. From their awkward introduction in the doctor's office to Max's wooing of Kari, it was hard to put the book down. The side storyline of Kari's best friend Lindsay and Max's friend Cole was funny and worked well with the main plot. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. However, I am happy to have discovered a new author to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, could be worse November 10, 2012
By Cici
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It took me a long time to read this book, maybe because I wasn't attaching to the characters, and the story line seemed it was taking a familiar path. One that, with variations, has populated almost every modern day romance story. There was an interesting quirk at the end I hadn't expected, and that helped make me glad I had gotten through it. I noticed another reviewer felt there was too much nutrition information, but the reader also indicated they stopped reading. The nutritional angle is a base for building the story, and is part of it. However, and the book goes on, it is not heavy handed.

There were a couple of things that were non-standard. One was how Max was almost always called by his nickname, Mad Max, and it got to be annoying. I suppose it was his sports moniker, but the over use tended to categorize him as little more than a sports jock, and took away from emotions that should have been the focus. Leave the Mad Max for career related scenes, but he would be more relatable as "Max" when he is relationship building.

Another thing that I noticed was that the clothes the men were wearing were often described in detail, but women's clothes were not. "Today he was dressed like a model for Gucci with his nicely textured, fitted shirt that was probably made of some sort of high quality Egyptian cotton. The shirt, along with his Italian gabardine slacks.............. . His Armani shades hung off the V of his shirt ............ On his wrist he wore an aluminum watch ..........." all to describe one outfit. While women were usually dismissed with "a skirt and a frilly top" or "..... wore a black pencil skirt and white blouse". Just different to have men's clothes described so well, and women usually wearing just simple clothes, often in black & white.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely memorable
I truly enjoyed this read! The characters and the chemistry are perfect. I'm finding myself becoming a Theresa Ragan fan... big time. She has a talent for keeping you guessing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
love it would recommend it! 4 stars! love the author and her other books! cant wait to read more of her books!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars When you want to forget your day
It was a very easy read after a long hard day at work. Nice to curl up to. Great book for a winter getaway on the beach.
Published 6 months ago by Judith Weingarten
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I found the book went on to long going around in circles, and should of finished much sooner, I was bored with it and had trouble finishing it.the story was very predictable.
Published 6 months ago by jeanette
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kari is a single mother. She slept with the boy she adored at a graduation party and became pregnant. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Chronic Romantic
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!
Seriously, they had me at football player.. lol The story between Kari and Max is incredible and one that definitely had me coming back for more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Really unbelievable
Pretty boring and predictable really. Was really disappointed that the lead did not get some revenge on the male leads mother for not telling him about the baby. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steph Wilkie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good traveling Companion
Great read for the price..............story was full of great charactors and fast moving action. (nothing like a hulk of a football player to keep my interest.)
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Sweet, clever a delight. The characters are easy to relate to and predictable. Very entertaining , just what I like in an pleasure read.
Published 12 months ago by Denise Monahan
4.0 out of 5 stars was entertaining read
Got a little slow in the middle but was an enjoyable summer read. I'm glad I it and took the time to read!
Published 12 months ago by sab3r2th
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Theresa Ragan grew up with four sisters in Lafayette, California.

She has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. After writing for twenty years, Theresa decided to self-publish in March, 2011, and has sold over one million books since that time. In 2012, she signed with Thomas & Mercer and is having the time of her life!

Theresa writes medieval time travels, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan. OBSESSED, the fourth book in her bestselling Lizzy Gardner series is available for pre-order. To learn more about Theresa you can visit her website at

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