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I Think I Love You (a humorous romantic mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Bond
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Book Description

Sisters share everything in their closets, including the skeletons…

Twenty years ago, the Metcalf sisters witnessed a murder and formed a pact of silence. Now they’re estranged and scattered because they all fell in love with the same man—fiery older sister Justine was engaged to handsome Dean Haviland; at the same time Dean was trying to bed mousy Regina, then jilted Justine at the altar to elope with their younger sister Mica.

Middle sister Regina Metcalf is a self-help book editor in Boston, perennially in search of a book that will help her sort out her own unfulfilled life. Ever the referee, she still feels responsible for not being able to keep her family together. Then her mother calls and asks her to come home to North Carolina—her parents are splitting and need help liquidating their antiques store. Regina agrees, even though she knows the trip home will dredge up ghosts.

Oldest sister Justine Metcalf is a balls-busting executive for a cosmetics company in Pennsylvania. She has money, power, and great redheaded looks. But her penchant for other women’s husbands backfires when a scorned wife comes after her. Justine decides an impromptu visit to her parents in North Carolina is in order.

To the outside world, youngest sister Mica Metcalf seems to have the ideal life—she’s a gorgeous, successful hair model living in L.A., with a celebrity lifestyle and handsome Dean Haviland on her arm. Both of her sisters wanted him, but she got him—and, unfortunately, his temper. Mica can’t bring herself to leave him, until she learns he’s cheating. She decides to retreat to her parents’ home in North Carolina to recuperate and to ponder her next move.

When the sisters converge at their childhood home, old wounds are laid open against the backdrop of liquidating their parents’ antiques business. And when Dean shows up, things go from bad to worse, especially when the lady-killer turns up dead.

In this fast-paced suspenseful comedy, three women discover that sisterhood transcends men, mistakes…and even murder.

Reviews:

"With its energetic prose and cozy Southern setting, this read is a sterling source of laughs and lighthearted fun." --Publishers Weekly

"The only reader I wouldn't recommend I THINK I LOVE YOU to is one who doesn't like to have a good time." --All About Romance

"Stephanie Bond is really on a roll. I THINK I LOVE YOU cements her reputation as an author who delivers irony, humor and turmoil in ample amounts." --Romantic Times Book Reviews


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Bookish Regina Metcalf isn't the most exciting heroine to ever grace the pages of a romance novel, but compared to her strung-out, back-stabbing sisters, she's certainly the most well-adjusted character in this rollicking comic mystery from Bond (Got Your Number). There's nothing ordinary about the goings-on in Monroeville, N.C., despite the book's familiar premise: three sisters torn apart by a man meet up years later, ostensibly to make amends. Events quickly snowball out of control when Regina learns her elder sister has been shot at; her younger sister has an abusive boyfriend; and her parents are in debt, splitting up and auctioning off the items from their antique store. To top everything off, the man who was convicted of murdering Regina's aunt 20 years earlier has requested a new trial, and the appraiser the bank has sent is sexy, funny and, for some odd reason, interested in Regina. But when an unsavory character with ties to the Metcalfs turns up dead, the sisters are forced to come to terms with a secret from their past and the knowledge that a killer may be after them. Near palpable romantic sparks and whodunit tension hold the reader's interest, and the book's humorous antics leaven an otherwise sober story line. With its energetic prose and cozy Southern setting, this read is a sterling source of laughs and lighthearted fun.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

STEPHANIE BOND left a career in computer programming to write romantic comedy fiction for a living. Drawing upon this irony and others in her life, she entertains readers with fast-paced stories or romance and mayhem. According to Stephanie: "If I can make readers laugh out loud, then I've done my job."

Product Details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (October 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060ET31M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK August 29, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book. I first read it when I was a teenager, and I always thought it would make a great movie. I bought it again because I lent out my copy and never got it back and I read it again, and it was like meeting the characters for the first time. It is fun and fast and exciting and sexy and sweet. But it's also a murder mystery, so there is a little something for everyone.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had thoroughly enjoyed OUR HUSBAND, Stephanie Bond's earlier book, so I expected to like I THINK I LOVE YOU. Yet I more than liked it, I was awed by it.
The story was far more detailed than one expects a genre romance to be. Ms. Bond lets the reader know right from the beginning that she was inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries of our collective youths, and I THINK I LOVE YOU is very much a Nancy Drew book for the modern woman.
The tension among the three sisters who are the focus of this novel is altogether plausible, and its history is well-explained. The separate plots concerning each of the three sisters also are compelling, and the backstory of small town Southern life is extremely interesting. I was awed by Ms. Bond's imagination and I cannot wait to read the sequel that the final pages of this novel promise already is in the works.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster ride March 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hated it, I loved it, I liked it, I hated it again, then I liked it again. Let me explain!

Before I begin, it is important to note that this book can be found in the Romance section. Correct me if I am wrong, but for a book to be classified as a Romance, shouldn't the romantic element be the driving force of the story, with all other sub-plots being secondary? Even in a Romantic Suspense, the suspense is secondary to the romantic element. That is not the case in this book. It is not primarily a romance. I'm ok with that because I enjoy a variety of genres, but this will probably bother some readers. It is actually a story about three sisters who witness their aunt's murder at Lover's Lane and decide to never tell anyone. They grow up and go their separate ways. Eventually, they all find their way back home and face the problems that tore them apart. Their knowlege about the murder was discovered and they became targets, but not before the oldest sister is caught sleeping with a married man and is being targeted by his wife. There is a lot of mystery and suspense in the book, but not a lot of romance. In fact, I was disappointed with the middle sister and her relationship with the appraiser. I didn't feel that their relationship was developed well. She was never really very nice to him, and the one time they made love seemed very forced as if the author stuck it in as an afterthought. Still, I give this book three stars, because I enjoy murder mysteries as well as other genres and do not only seek out romance books, but for those of you who primarily read romance, you should be aware that this story does have romantic elements, but they are secondary to the main plot...and could also be viewed as secondary to various sub-plots.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Justine, Regina, and Mica Metcalf are the daughters of a couple that ran an antiques store and never got married.

The summer Justine was 17 Regina was 14 and Mica was 12 they saw the murder of their Uncles wife. The vowed never to talk about it to anyone and they didnt, for 20 years.

That summer a man named Dean came to work for the girls parents. The girls liked him and soon he and Justine were an item. Several years later they were engaged, but then he left to go to California with Mica (whom he had been sleeping with for years)

Many years later Regina, Mica and Justine are back in their small North Carlina home to deal with the bankrupsy and split of their parents.

Soon thought they are dealing with somethig different when Dean comes to town and then turns out dead, and Justine is scared about the deranged wife of a man she slept with. With the help of the man hired to apraise the antiques (who just happens to be a non practicing lawyer)Justine, Mica, and Regina soon learn they need to get along to find out about the death of their Aunt and Dean and figure out if there is a connection between the two.

A very intersting book that has a surprise ending it is hard to put this book down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong look at a dysfunctional family July 8, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Monroeville, North Carolina, the three sisters Justine, Regina, and Mica grow up in a strange household where their hippie parents refuse to marry though they have lived together for almost two decades and co-own M&G Antiques. The oldest high schooler Justine takes her siblings to spy on lover's lane. However, what they see frightens them as they observe someone killing their Aunt Lyla. Since they cannot identify the murderer, the three siblings agree to remain silent.

Twenty years later, the trio lives in separate parts of the country. Justine is an executive at a cosmetics firm in Pennsylvania. Regina edits nonfiction self help books in Boston. Mica is an internationally famous hair model living in Los Angeles. The threesome rarely talk to one another since the homicide incident and Mica stealing Justine's boy friend nasty Dean Haviland. However, circumstances in their lives and that of their parents bring the trio back to Monroeville where they can continue to squabble or begin the road to healing.

I THINK I LOVE YOU is no bubblegum Partridge family teen tale, but instead Stephanie Bond provides a strong look at a dysfunctional family. The story line works because the three sisters seem like real siblings struggling with rivalries, loves, and just meeting one another halfway. The schism between the trio makes the tale work though their new male interests relatively fall into place to easily. Still fans will bond with the cast and expect more lay it on the line type of relationship dramas from this talented author.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars family pacts can be hard on your health
This story was sad about family choices that can affect you forever. It can cause you to make bad decisions for all the wrong reasons. Read more
Published 3 days ago by mary linert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent reading.
Published 5 days ago by Catrynrn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Cute.
Published 7 days ago by Adriana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but it is NOT a "humorous" book at all.
This is listed as a "humorous romantic mystery". Only if you think murder, family betrayal, spousal abuse, and lies are "humorous". Read more
Published 8 days ago by KelliEvans
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything that could go wrong did. . .and then some. Great mystery and...
Great murder mystery plot with lots of twists and turns, plus a surprise ending. Add to that crazy sisters and lots of romance. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gloria J. David
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I read this book through Kindle Unlimited. I own several other books by Stephanie Bond and love everything I've read by her. Read more
Published 16 days ago by J Corley
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a quick light read that had a good pace and interesting...
This was a quick light read that had a good pace and interesting characters. Being 1 of 3 sisters myself I could just imagine the troubles and the relationship problems. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tuesday Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Stephanie's Stuff !!!!
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Finished KILL THE COMPETITION and then read I Think I Love You. I liked the relationship between the 2 stories. As usual there was a surprise villain and a happy ending. Read more
Published 21 days ago by D. Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Loved it! So cute, so believable, great mystery. I loved the references to Nancy Drew. I will definitely read more books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Gbelladauna
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More About the Author

Stephanie Bond was several years into a corporate computer programming career when an instructor in her night school MBA program remarked that she had a flair for writing and encouraged her to submit one of her projects to academic journals. "But," Stephanie says, "all I could think was 'I wonder if I could write a romance novel?'" Bond grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky where the entertainment choices were few. Luckily, she had a beloved aunt who shared her passion for reading. "When she visited once a year, she brought boxes and boxes of gothic novels by Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and lush historical romances--I was in heaven! So suddenly thinking about writing in the genre of the books I loved was very exciting." After writing every spare moment for two years, Stephanie sold her first romantic comedy manuscript, IRRESISTIBLE? to Harlequin books. Two years later, she walked away from her corporate career to write commercial fiction full time. To date, she's published over 60 romance and mystery projects with Random House, St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, and Mira Books, and is most well-known for her BODY MOVERS humorous mystery series. Her newest series is TWO GUYS DETECTIVE AGENCY (about two sisters whose last name is Guy). Stephanie lives in midtown Atlanta and is probably working on a story at this very moment.

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