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The BITCH-PROOF SUIT [Kindle Edition]

De-ann Black
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Bitch-Proof Suit is a light-hearted and exciting romance set in Dublin and New York.

It is the first novel in the series.

Other books in the series include:
The Bitch-Proof Bride - sequel novel to The Bitch-Proof Suit.
The Bitch-Proof Romance - prequel novella to The Bitch-Proof Suit.

When Blue (Bluebell) Byrne is up against the odds in the world of New York fashion marketing, she needs the ultimate in accessories - a bitch-proof suit. Her marketing experience has helped her create the perfect suit. She had it made by bespoke tailors, cut with twice the precision at half the price. No labels, no trends, just sheer cutting edge class.

Story:

The story starts in Manhattan. Blue is about to put her suit to the ultimate test when she vies against a boardroom full of conniving business rivals to win the top job assignment - to work in the company's office in Dublin, Ireland, and settle a few scores at the same time.

The suit, her negotiating skills and gutsy determination helps Blue win the job. Within hours she sets off for Dublin. It's the one place she swore she'd never go back to. Six years ago she'd left that city behind, along with Morgan Daire, the man who broke her heart, sure she'd never return. It had almost destroyed her once, but hell...she loves a challenge!

She'll be working with the glamorous and influential Verde Valmont, and Verde's Irish assistant Emer. Blue will also be facing up to the formidable Dubliner, Morgan Daire, the man whose past is romantically linked with hers. Then there's her friend, Dublin designer, Murphy, an incorrigible rogue whose flirting causes jealousy and all sorts of trouble. She also encounters the sexy and handsome Sears Pearson, a New York coolhunter, who takes an interest in her. With Morgan and Sears vying for her attention, and Murphy causing misunderstandings, her love life is anything but smooth.

This is a sparkling novel, brimming with romance, humour, friendship, rivalry, Irish cocktails and scandalous behaviour.

Note:
The Bitch-Proof Suit did actually exist. The author, De-ann Black, designed and wore it several years ago when living and working in Dublin, and it served its purpose brilliantly.

About the Author:

De-ann Black is a bestselling author, traditionally published for over 15 years, with more than 50 books published. She's also a scriptwriter and former newspaper journalist.

She worked as marketing editor for a glossy magazine, helped organise fashion shows and photo-shoots, trained for many years in martial arts, and was a full-time newspaper journalist. De-ann loves to sew, knit and is also a fabric designer and artist. And she loves to bake cakes.

Books by De-ann Black include:

The Sewing, Knitting & Baking series:
Book 1 - The Tea Shop
Book 2 - The Sewing Bee & Afternoon Tea
Book 3 - The Christmas Knitting BeE

The Tea Shop & Tearoom series:
Book 1 - The Christmas Tea Shop & Bakery
Book 2 - The Christmas Chocolatier
Book 3 - The Chocolate Cake Shop in New York at Christmas
Book 4 - The Bakery by the Seaside
Book 5 - Shed in the City

The Tea Dress Shop series:
Book 1 - The Tea Dress Shop At Christmas
Book 2 - The Fairytale Tea Dress Shop In Edinburgh
Book 3 - The Vintage Tea Dress Shop In Summer

And - Christmas Romance in Paris
Christmas Romance in Scotland

The Bitch-Proof Suit - fashion and romance set in Dublin and New York
Oops! I'm the Paparazzi - romance in New York
The Cure For Love - set in Cornwall

New releases for 2014

THE CHRISTMAS KNITTING BEE
THE SEWING BEE & AFTERNOON TEA
THE TEA SHOP
SHED IN THE CITY
THE BAKERY BY THE SEASIDE

New releases for 2013 & 2012 include:

CHRISTMAS ROMANCE IN PARIS
THE CHOCOLATE CAKE SHOP IN NEW YORK AT CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATIER
THE CHRISTMAS TEA SHOP & BAKERY
CHRISTMAS ROMANCE IN SCOTLAND
THE VINTAGE TEA DRESS SHOP IN SUMMER
THE FAIRYTALE TEA DRESS SHOP IN EDINBURGH
THE TEA DRESS SHOP AT CHRISTMAS
DUBLIN GIRL - HOT SUMMER IN THE CITY
THE BITCH-PROOF BRIDE
THE BITCH-PROOF ROMANCE
SHOPPING FOR MEN
SHOPPING FOR MEN AT CHRISTMAS


Product Details

  • File Size: 4423 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Toffee Apple Publishing; 1 edition (January 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003552L7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! October 18, 2010
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The idea of a "bitch-proof suit" immediately gained my attention and perked my interest in reading this book. What I found was a great suit and a wonderful fairy tale of a love story. I can't wait to read the Bitch-Proof Bride and see what continues to happen in Blue Bell's life. I would love to be able to have my own version of the suit as all of us women need a suit like Blue's, that can shield us from derogatory, bitchy comments. Great book. Quick read and I highly recommend it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start April 3, 2011
By Siopao
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This book started off slow for me, but eventually became more interesting about 1/3 of the way in. It was a nice mix of romance and comedy.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof that I'm a bitch May 26, 2011
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I made the terrible mistake of loading this book on my iPad before a long flight. Omg. After a few pages, I was beginning to feel the horrible desperation of the avid reader WITHOUT A BOOK. Because, my friends, this is not a book. Certainly not a proper book with a beginning, an end, some degree of character development, and a story arc. It is a dreadful mish-mash of cliches and utterly unrealistic events. There are also a lot of misspelled words (pet peeve of mine). Here's how I knew almost immediately this book would not really be about fashion. Her "Bitch-proof suit" is described as having an A-line skirt. The last time I saw anyone wearing an A-line skirt was in the seventies. This book is embarrassingly awful. And I wasn't looking for literature, just a fun read to pass the time.

However, my huge issue with books of this sort is this; who are the people writing the glowing reviews? Because after reading the reviews, and then actually reading this book means I simply cannot trust Amazon reviews. There is no way an actual reader could find this book to be anything but dreadful and amateurish. IMHO.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Romance, or Plot May 24, 2011
By cupcake
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What a disappointment! The writing was amateurish. I like to read books by authors who are clearly smarter than me. The spelling and grammatical errors were a real turn-off. "Daring do" for "derring-do" and "loose" for "lose" to name just two. There was absolutely no character development for the men in the story. No romantic relationship was ever developed between the main characters. Don't waste your time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't care about the characters June 18, 2011
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I really tried to enjoy this book but I realised by about half way through that I just didn't care about the characters at all. I persevered and finished the book but it did not get any better. I felt like was just filling in time waiting for it to end. I found the writing style 'clunky'. Awkward turns of phrase and use of more formal language (eg. characters turned on a 'laptop computer' rather than simply a 'laptop') and stating the obvious about how a character was feeling rather than allowing the writing and character development to let you work it out by yourself distracted from an OK story line.

I rarely write reviews but if you were like me and not sure whether to buy this book then I would say don't. Even at this price it is not worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book May 4, 2011
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I was really worried that I wouldn't like this book. To me the story started off slow in the beginning but then quickly picked up the pace. I loved Blue's story and was quickly intrigued with her and her story. This is a laugh out loud book that I found very hard to put down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting better.... June 27, 2011
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This book just didn't wow me. How can she be a future fashion hunter yet wear the same thing all of the time in different colors? It didn't even sound all of that fashionable when she described this "bitch proof suit". Why was it given such a mythical description when it really seems like a basic grey suit? And she kept having people look at it like oh my there's just something there, something about it...I thought we'd find out it was sewn by a witch with a spell cast on it by the way she was making it sound when really it's just a well tailored suit...and what was the secret of it? she TOLD everyone that she was going to a bespoke tailor to get the suit done so they knew it was specially made to fit her yet she made it seem like there was some great secret about it.

the romance wasn't developed in the least bit. There really was no reason for the main characters to not just get together.

*spoiler alert* The only hindrance to their relationship was that she thought he stole her ideas but they were really his ideas to begin with (wait, how does that even happen? did she steal HIS ideas then? i'm confused) so why did it take her storming out and 6 years to figure out it was a misunderstanding? as soon as she returned to dublin, they resolve it literally in one conversation "oh, those were my ideas....oh they were? darn...okay" so...why didn't they just get together then? obviously they both wanted one another and there was no real actual conflict other than she'd run off for no reason whatsoever the first time. She kept agonizing over if he still wanted her when DUH of course he did and made it obvious yet she kept hesitating. I really didn't like this chick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful August 5, 2011
By Kimmer
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99 cents was too much for this book. I like chick-lit, but this book was horrible. I think my IQ went down 20 points after reading it. The story was predictable and silly (all major female characters had "colorful" names). It embarrassed me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 25 days ago by CassD
4.0 out of 5 stars Fashion and romance, a perfect combo
Fun, fast paced great beach read! The characters seemed like people I'd love to hang out with. And talk about a dream job fashion future hunting, sign me up!
Published 1 month ago by lavon e fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars magic
It is well written and entertaining. The author had a very good insight into tayloring and the fashion industry. the background was Dublin, a city I had visited and loved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars entertainingly cute
This book was a delight to read. It was fast-paced and fun. Great summer book for yard, beach or vacation.
Published 4 months ago by maria coppola
1.0 out of 5 stars Struggle to read
This is the only book I have not been able to finish. I find the characters over the top and am unable to relate to them or the conflicts presented. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting title.
Had no idea when I started reading how the plot would play out. Interesting and was definitely a book I would recommend for fun reading
Published 4 months ago by Virginia Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This was a delightful book to read. I loved the detail and story line. A fun romantic with good twists. Thanks
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A little predictable, but still good
This was an easy, fast, entertaining read. I just happened upon it and I'm glad I did. It is a good story, even if it has been told before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CarolinaGirl
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly little Story
Full of women's anger over ???injustice of womanhood??? Okay for a fast, read for a change of pace from 4 and 5 stared books.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it !!
This series was great and I would love to read more about all of the characters future. I laughed through the whole book.
Published 8 months ago by Jamie
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More About the Author

De-ann Black is a bestselling author, scriptwriter and former newspaper journalist. Traditionally published for over 15 years.

She has over 50 books published. Romance, crime thrillers, espionage novels, action adventure. And children's books (non-fiction rocket science books, children's fiction and picture books).

She previously worked as a full-time newspaper journalist for several years. She had her own weekly columns in the press. This included being a motoring correspondent where she got to test drive cars every week for the press for three years.

Before being asked to work for the press, De-ann worked in magazine editorial writing everything from fashion features to social news. And was marketing editor of a glossy magazine.

She is also a professional artist and illustrator. And photographer. Fabric design, dressmaking, sewing, knitting and fashion are part of her work. She also loves to bake cakes.

Additionally, De-ann has always been interested in fitness, and was a fitness and bodybuilding champion, 100 metre runner and mountaineer. As a former N.A.B.B.A. Miss Scotland, she had a weekly fitness show on the radio that ran for over three years.

De-ann trained in Shukokai karate, boxing, kickboxing, Dayan Qigong, and Jiu Jitsu.

She is currently based in Scotland.

Find out more at: www.de-annblack.com
Blog: www.de-annblack.com/blog
Twitter: @deann_black

De-ann's books include - International Thrillers, Special Forces, espionage and crime thriller books - Electric Shadows, Guile, The Strife of Riley, Moth to the Flame and Shadows of Murder.

Romances include - The Tea Shop & Tearoom series, The Sewing Bee & Afternoon Tea, The Christmas Knitting Bee, The Bakery by the Seaside, Shed in the City, The Christmas Tea Shop & Bakery, The Christmas Chocolatier, The Vintage Tea Dress Shop in Summer, The Bitch-Proof Suit, The Cure For Love, Oops! I'm the Paparazzi, and The Tea Dress Shop At Christmas.

Her latest children's fiction books include - Secondhand Spooks - December 32nd, Faeriefied, School For Aliens, and Wormhole Wynd.

New releases for 2014:

THE CHRISTMAS KNITTING BEE
THE SEWING BEE & AFTERNOON TEA
THE TEA SHOP
THE BAKERY BY THE SEASIDE
SHED IN THE CITY

New releases for 2013:

CHRISTMAS ROMANCE IN PARIS
THE CHOCOLATE CAKE SHOP IN NEW YORK AT CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATIER
THE CHRISTMAS TEA SHOP & BAKERY
CHRISTMAS ROMANCE IN SCOTLAND
THE VINTAGE TEA DRESS SHOP IN SUMMER
DUBLIN GIRL - HOT SUMMER IN THE CITY
THE FAIRYTALE TEA DRESS SHOP IN EDINBURGH
SHOPPING FOR MEN & THE CHOCOLATIER
THE BITCH-PROOF SUIT SCRIPT BOOK
SHADOWS OF MURDER
CELTIC KISSES
SHOPPING FOR MEN

New releases for 2012:

THE BITCH-PROOF BRIDE
THE BITCH-PROOF ROMANCE
THE TEA DRESS SHOP AT CHRISTMAS
SHOPPING FOR MEN AT CHRISTMAS
OOPS! I'M UP TO MISCHIEF
OOPS! I'M A SECRET AGENT
OOPS! I'M A HOLLYWOOD AGENT
I'M HOLDING OUT FOR A VAMPIRE BOYFRIEND
WHY ARE ALL THE GOOD GUYS TOTAL MONSTERS?
CABBIES CABIN
WORMHOLE WYND
And the international spy thriller ELECTRIC SHADOWS

Other popular titles include:
THE STRIFE OF RILEY - thriller set in Glasgow.
THE CURE FOR LOVE - romantic comedy set in London and Cornwall.
THE BRUNETTE BOMBSHELL - romance set in London.
OOPS! I'M THE PAPARAZZI - romance set in New York.

Find out more at www.de-annblack.com

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