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Third Time Lucky (The Coxwells Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Cooke , Claire Cross
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I always get the math wrong.

Is the third time the charm?

Because I can think of three good reasons not to let Nick Sullivan back into my life.

FIRST, I got over my infatuation with him - cold turkey. So what did he have to offer anyway? Mystery? Adventure? A sexy grin and a killer sense of humor? All of the above, if I think about it. Which I don’t. Ever.

SECOND, he had the nerve to come back! After fifteen years, he shows up looking (better than ever) for a place to hide, with a story about being framed for murder. Only problem is, there’s no corpse. As if I’d fall for that old line...

THIRD, I’m now old enough to know better - and smart enough not to be seduced all over again by the warmth in his eyes. I should give him the boot. But it is murder. And he does need a place to stay. This time it’s strictly business. Nothing personal. Just harboring a fugitive. For old times’ sake. And just maybe to satisfy my own craving for a little adventure...

So what does that add up to? THIRD TIME LUCKY.

This edition includes excerpts from DOUBLE TROUBLE and ONCE UPON A KISS.


Editorial Reviews

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"Do you feel lucky when you get more than you expect? If so, I strongly recommend this book. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but this gave my smile muscles a good workout while engaging my brain. The writing is snappy and refreshing...This was my first Claire Cross [a.k.a Deborah Cooke] and I plan to pick her up again when I need a good laugh."
--All About Romance

"Funny, quirky, touching and romantic!"
--Suzanne Forster

"A cross between a Julia Roberts romp and an episode of Seinfeld!"
--The Romance Reader

"Laced with a good deal of humor. Ms. Cooke creates characters that will alternately have you laughing and sniffling. [She] makes the transition from writing historical romance to contemporary romance seamlessly and without apparent effort. Writing with a completely different style, [her] creative voice still shines through. I thoroughly enjoyed this emotional, riveting tale."
--Romance Reviews Today

This book was originally published under Deborah Cooke's pseudonym, Claire Cross.

About the Author

Claire Cross also writes medieval romances for under the name Claire Delacroix.

Product Details

  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927477123
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke; 2.0 edition (July 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KQO31S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not At All Happy With This One! August 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently came across a free book "Double Trouble" and read the reviews. After reading the reviews, many suggested reading the Coxwell Series before beginning this one. The reviews of "Double Trouble" seemed favorable enough. I purchased the other 3 novels before beginning "Double Trouble". I'm beginning to think this was a mistake! I just finished reading Book #1 "Third Time Lucky'! It took me till almost 50% of the book to become interested. The beginning was painfully slow! Now to the part that really irritated me (besides the slow start), the ERRORS! The errors in this book were horrendous! I can't believe I paid $5.00 for a book riddled with errors! I am on Page 2 of "Double Trouble" and it already has omitted words and spelling errors! Oh, but shame on me...this is the FREE one! Hopefully, books #3 and #4 are better edited, that's if I ever read those books. Book #2 will be the deciding factor!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Ms. Coss will like this book November 7, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fifteen years ago he left Rosemount and his buddy overweight Philippa Coxwell behind. Only his beloved, but estranged grandmother Lucia "Dragon Lady" Sullivan could get Nicholas to return home. When she asks him to do so, he leaves behind his successful Seattle adventure travel company for New England. Nick arrives at Lucia's home only to see the gory corpse of his murdered grandmother. When Nick hears the siren, he flees the crime scene. Fifteen minutes later, Lucia rises, proud of her first act performance teaching her favorite grandson a lesson in life.

Nick turns to the only person in the area he trusts, his high school buddy Phil for legal advice. Phil always loved Nick. He is stunned to learn she never became a lawyer, but instead became a garden advisor. Unable to resist Nick, she accompanies him back to Lucia's home to find no body. Feeling he played her for a fool, an angry Phil tells him to leave. However, Nick realizes that he needs Phil for more than just moral support, but can he commit to her if he is lucky enough for her to allow him a third time in her life?

THIRD TIME LUCKY is a screwball comedic romance that stars several interesting charcaters. The convoluted, yet charming story line works because of the interrelations between the cast, especially Lucia's overriding influence and the brother of Nick's injurious behavior. Nick and Phil are an ideal couple even if he is a bonehead unable to see clearly that she is his love. Claire Cross writes a warm, witty, and often wild novel that shows the expanse of her talent.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What Are Other Reviewers Reading? May 27, 2014
By JBJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am only about halfway through this book. Will update the review if I can force myself to finish it. I have two of the other books in the series on my Kindle but don't think I will even start them. This book is extremely boring. I cannot care about the characters. The plot jumps around. Parts of the story make no sense. I wish I had not wasted my time on it. I read a lot of books & am sure I chose this based on good reviews. I am usually picky about books I read as I want to enjoy each book I select. This is not on the level of Emily Griffin or Elin Hilderbrand. Don't waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Go Lucky! July 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
"Third Time Lucky" is Phil, short for Philippa, Coxwell's story. She's the only daughter in the Coxwell family and the only one so far who hasn't gone on to become a lawyer. She's the odd one out of her family and the only one who has followed her heart. Enter Nick Sullivan, who disappeared over 15 years ago and took Phil's heart with him. He doesn't know that and mistakenly thinks her heart beats for his brother Sean. He's come back at the behest of his grandmother Lucia, whom he finds murdered in her greenhouse. He panics and runs to the only person he knows will trust him, Phil.

I love how this book started off with a mystery and slowly unfurled to give glimpses of what had happened in the past. The past was very, very important in the development of this story. Not just with Nick and Phil, but also with Lucia, Nick, and Sean's story, as well as the little side stories of Elaine and Jeff and Phil's parents. I loved reading about Nick and Phil and how their love story developed. I am also now intrigued to read about the other Coxwell siblings and will definitely be picking them up to read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite in The Coxwells series March 7, 2013
By RMA
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the 'Who done it?' mystery element in this book. Will definitely look up more books by Deborah Cooke as I've enjoyed all of the books in 'The Coxwells' series. Glad they all could stand on their own as I read them out of sequence but it really didn't matter as there isn't enough cross over in the story lines to make a real difference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Third Time Lucky (The Coxwells Book 1) July 30, 2014
By Joyce
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was intrigued when I started reading this book. "I was drunk on the night it began." OK, it got my attention right away, explaining why he come back into her life now? She finally landed a dream job with an important client, things were looking up! He had a lot of explaining to do and she had a hard time saying No to the man who made her heart thump. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad book for the first in the series July 11, 2014
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Nick Sullivan returns to town after fifteen years taking Phillipa's heart with him. When he comes back he thinks she still wants his brother Wean and she thinks he is back for her. She is disappointed to find out that he needs her help. For some reason his grandmother staged her death but he doesn't know that. He believes she truly is dead and wants her help because he doesn't want to be accused again of something he didn't do. He almost got in loads of trouble for something his brother did. Phillips herself has her own problems as her mother keeps tryingto set her up with dates and she is the black sheep of the family for not becoming a lawyer. Can she help Nick right some of the wrongs from the past? And has she possibly found some happiness at last?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Great cover!
The characters aren't likable, not even Phil. And her relation to her family is disturbing. This wasn't romantic and certainly not a comedy. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Raingirl
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Double Trouble...
I was really hoping for more with this book. I read Double Trouble first and I figured this one would be along the same lines. WRONG. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Natasha
3.0 out of 5 stars Tricked Back Together
Third Time Lucky was a decent read.

Nick and Phillipa are forced back together when Nick's grandmother stages her death. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book keeps you on your toes couldn't put it down. Love the characters can't wait to read the next book
Published 1 month ago by Sue Neryrinck
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Series
I love this series by Deborah Cooke. She is really good. Looking forward to reading more from her. Have the whole series downloaded.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Time lucky
Book One in this series by Claire Cross/Deborah Cooke- There are 4 books about the Coxwells Family- 3 boys and 1 girl. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted read
The main characters do not conform to their family's expectations and and such expect the unexpected from this, the first book of 4! You will be wanting to read them all.
Published 9 months ago by gwen bloomfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it you'll love it . I did and it's not something I thought I...
Ive read all four books and have loved every one. These are something I might not have read but I got a deal on book 2 then had to buy the other 3
Published 17 months ago by CATWOMEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Love to read good books
Series of four books - must read them all. I rated them a four stars cause they kept me interested.
Published 18 months ago by Julie Kendall
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