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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466397543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466397545
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,431,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 Cups! -- "An absolute must read! It is fast and witty, and the pace never slows down."
Reviewer: Cherokee at Coffee Time Romance
--Coffee Time Romance

A Top Pick: "...just fantastic...on a number of levels. Story sparkles with great romance, gobs of humor, intriguing characters, non-stop action & a cleverly done murder mystery."
Reviewer: Debbie
--Romance Readers at Heart

"5 Hearts The story will hold your interest from the first chapter to the last. Plot is not only excellent but each character is so well defined they seem to come right of the pages."

Reviewer: Louise Riviero-Mitchell
--The Romance Studio

"THE MAN FOR THE JOB is adorable! Mike and Gwyneth heat up the pages with their vintage style romance."
Reviewer: Ansley Velarde
--The Road to Romance

From the Author

This book was so much fun to write. I hope everyone will have as much fun reading as I did writing.
(added by author) --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Punatik on August 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Unlikable people abound, the only okay people were the kid & the head of security, Rocky. The heroine is in danger and stupid. The hero is hired to find out who is stalking her and play bodyguard. He does a horrible job at both. By the middle of the book I was rather hoping that one of the many people after the heroine would succeed in killing her and that the rest of the pages would be blank. To my disappointment no one did and the pages weren't. :-\
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LVLMLeah on February 17, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Man For the Job a nice blend of mystery and romance. What I really enjoyed is that it's a twisty story with unexpected surprises, while lightly spoofing a 40's pulp detective novel. The dialogue is snappy and often amusing but stays on track, never really coming off as roll your eyes silly or over the top in either genre.

The romance part of this book was more in the background than the mystery part for those who wish to know. Or I experienced it that way. Although Gwyn has an immediate negative visceral reaction to Mike, he's the first guy she's ever been with to really capture her curiosity and they get together fairly quickly. And Mike decides he's going to marry her right from the get-go. It's not really a well-developed, slow romance, but it is complementary to the mystery going on. And Mike and Gwyn's witty, sarcastic, and sometimes antagonistic banter was enjoyable.

Mike is a throwback from the 30's and 40's P.I. He's rather cocky and testosterone driven, dealing with his anger and threats to Gwyn by her ex-fiancé and other enemies with his fists. Normally, I'd really dislike a hero like that, but Mike is so charming and he gets away with it all the time, because as the reader, I get that he's all about protecting and taking care of Gwyn. Ms Ryan managed to keep him from coming across as Neanderthalish even if he's impulse driven. He's also my favorite type of hero, that guy who gloms onto the heroine and doesn't let go.

Gwyn managed to just stay under the TSTL radar. She's pretty feisty and dislikes anyone telling her what to do. Yet thankfully, just when I feared she'd do something dumb like arguing at weird, dangerous times, she doesn't quite enter into that territory.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Pappas on June 24, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Man for the Job by Marie-Nicole Ryan was such a delight to read. This book took me away from my hum-drum surroundings and I couldn't put it down. The characters came to life. I always put faces on the people in the books I read. I'd smile, laugh out loud, raise my eyebrows and yes keep on turning the pages. Don't miss the opportunity to read another of Ms Ryan's works. She is one of my favorite authors. I hope she keeps on writing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sera on August 3, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I listened to the Audio-book version. I went into it, expecting to be entertained, and entertained I was. It felt like an interesting homage to old film noir, but with a modern, very sexy, and provocative twist. I really enjoyed the romance between the main lead characters, though they had a prickly start. (As frequent in film noir) I was very surprised by a couple negative responses. I think the listeners didn't understand or have an appreciation for this film noir style. It is quite unique, but as I love the genre, I really enjoyed this book.

The lead female was a bit high maintenance, and there was quite an ego in both characters, but I felt their characters and relationship develop as the story moved along in a way that really pulled me in and want to root for them nonetheless. These people come from an extremely priviledged background. I will admit, it was fun to enter their world, though at times I wished they had a bit firmer of a grasp for what life might be like outside that insular world. But, as Romance and escapism goes, the book serves its purpose! And there were some surprising bits of action I really enjoyed, especially at the end!

I really enjoyed listening to the narrator flip between the characters. The lead male is supposed to be European sounding.. a combo of British and American, not truly British. His properly British mother was a riot, in her attention to detail and queenly manner. I also enjoyed the sexy lead female, many of the secondary characters, and the humor that came across throughout the story. There is a lot of tongue in cheek, noir-esque narration with some colorfully built up characters, and accents. A lot of fun. The sexy scenes, and especially the love scenes brought me to tears in a couple places. I felt like I was there with them.
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More About the Author

Marie-Nicole Ryan was born in a small western Kentucky town, but she said "Good bye" to small town life after college and marriage. After spending three years as an army wife, she landed in Nashville, TN. She spent many years working as an R.N., but finally achieved her dream of becoming a published author.

She loves reading mysteries and writes romantic suspense, sometimes very erotic romantic suspense, one of which, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, won a 2008 EPPIE for erotic romantic suspense. One of her early books, SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, won the Golden Wings award from the publisher of that book for excellence in romantic suspense. In addition, her mystery/suspense novel, ONE TOO MANY, was a 2009 EPPIE Finalist.

She's an active member of RWA and and former member of Music City Romance Writers. She has returned to her hometown. When she's not slaving away at her current work in progress, you might find her walking her dog Cassie, a sheltie rescue, or at the Y. But you won't ever find her in an airplane. No, not ever.