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Valentine's Day Is Killing Me Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brava (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758212852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212856
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,103,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MaryJanice Davidson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Undead novels featuring Betsy Taylor; Derik's Bane, and the new young adult novels featuring Jennifer Scales, written with her husband, Anthony Alongi, among other titles.
Susanna Carr started reading romances when she was ten years old and shows no signs of stopping. Romantic Times finds her award-winning work "fun, sexy and romantic" while "filled with sexual tension and explosive passion."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dana Y. Bowles VINE VOICE on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Serviceable at best Valentine's Day anthology comprised of 3 authors..two of whom have written work that I've thoroughly enjoyed in the past. Cuffs and Coffee Breaks by Mary Janice Davidson tell the tale of Julie Kaye who, against her better judgement accepts a date with a coworker. And although he's drop dead gorgeous, who would think that people would actually be dropping dead around him? But such is the case, and the rest of this ridiculous tale is spent on Julie trying to prove date Scott's innocence, while ignoring their physical attraction.

Leslie Esdaile tells the story of a group of singles who are close friends, and dreading the Valentine's holiday. Determined to prove that they can survive the day manless, Jocelyn Jefferson plans an evening of pampering to take everyone's mind off of flowers and chocolate. But when the plan falls through and a spontaneous party gets out of hand, it is a delectable piece of very masculine chocolate which casts a whole new light on the day for Jocelyn....

In Susanna Carr's tale, Shanna Murphy has it all planned out. Reservations at the best restaurant in town and a hot date. So what if the date is not with her gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Calder Smith. Shanna seems destined to have a real Valentine's Day after all...until the date cancels and the health department closes the restaurant. Things really take a turn for the worst when Shanna's boss turns up dead....and the gorgeous Calder is right there just waiting to pick up the pieces.

Not being a fan of short stories, my opinion may be somewhat jaded. If not for Carr and Esdaile, this seasonal anthology would have been beyond redemption.

DYB
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ok I have to admit that this was an impulse buy. The cover looked cute and the back cover blurbs were promising. But now? Grrr! $14 down the toilet! Where exactly is the romance in ANY of these three stories? I tell you where....its nowhere! Nada. Zippo. Zilch. Its supposed to be about Valentines Day isn't it?!?! Sexual tension? -barely enough. Love scenes? -blink and you miss them. Just alot of blah, blah dialogue that has nothing to do with romance. The characters were barely likeable (I'm being generous here!) and the plots were just ....whatever, but certainly not interesting. Who cares for smarta*s characters that are extremely rude to each other? Who wants to go out with the 'brilliant' law student who 'accidently' hosts a dope party? And who wants to marry the guy who absolutley refuses to be romantic even for the woman he supposedly loves? Not me! I want..uh..what is it called?...yeah.....ROMANCE in my romance books. Sheesh! You'd think this was rocket science! This one's going straight to the donation bin.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wiley VINE VOICE on January 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I expected more from this anthology. Overall I am not a fan of the Brava line but I love MJD's work so I expected more. In MJD''s story, "Cuffs and Coffee Breaks", Julie Kay About has been emailing Scott Wythe regarding the greeting cards she designs, as well as insulting his email lingo and lack of proper punctuation when he asks her out for Valentine's Day (V-Day). She has sworn off of V-Day due to numerous disasters but agrees to the blind date only to arrive at the restaurant and find a dead man. Luckily, the dead man is not her date; however, her date is the suspect. Julie bails Scott out of jail, takes him home for sex, and hides him from the cops until the matter is resolved. In Leslie Esdaile's "A 'No Drama' Valentine's", Jocelyn Jefferson and her 3 friends are sick of disasterous V-Days and decide to pamper themselves with their own party. Unfortunately for Jocelyn, her friends bail out on her and she is stuck with the non-refundable Pamper People. The ladies of the Pamper People quickly become caught up in Jocelyn's sob story and, after several drinks, invite their friends to her home to party. Unfortunately, 2 drug dealers being investigated by Detective Raymond Mayfield come to the party and Jocelyn is arrested. Raymond is attracted to Jocelyn and, well, the rest is history. The 3rd and final story, "Valentine Survivor", by Susanna Carr, revolves around Shanna Murphy who is determined to have the perfect V-Day. She even has a list. In fact, she made reservations at her dream restaurant last 2/15! But then her dream restaurant is closed down due to Hepatitis A, her date cancels, and her boss makes her work late on V-Day. Meanwhile, Shanna's ex-boyfriend, Calder Smith, is all she wants in a man- except he isn't romantic whereas Shanna is caught up in the trappings of V-Day.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My mom got this book for me, knowing that I am a fan of MaryJanice Davidson. I even pointed it out to her and of course there it was on the table on V-Day as a gift. Ugn...I wish she could have taken it back and saved her money.

I really wanted to like it, especially MJD's story but it fell short of being a worth while read and felt more like trash.

Julie Kay, an angst adult who is hung up over how bad her blind date's have been decides to finally cave and date her co-worker who uses the word 'lurrrrrrrrrrv'. V-day arrives and Julie, who in all honest sounds like another Betsy with less fashion sense, arrives at the restaurant only to find that her date is being ushered away by the cops on suspicions of murder! The story quickly takes a turn for the worse as Julie becomes insane, and refuses to take her date back to the cops (who she was allowed to pick up on belief they would show at 1:00 the next day) afraid he'd be arrested again. There is also a would-be half done sex scene that is not worth reading. I highly recommend any MJD fan just back away from this one and continue reading her other stuff, which is much better than this.

While my two star rating is mainly for MJD the other two stories are not that good, and I could barely get through five pages. This is one book that I plan to toss.
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