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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Tina Wainscott I ever read and I have gone on to read every single one since!! This was great!

*****Dr.Rita Brooks is on her way home, when suddenly a car speeds up beside her and knocks her off the road resulting in her ending up in a coma for 5 days. While she is in the 'grey place' she is visited by Brian LaPorte-a guy she met on online-he percedes to show her some images from his life and tells her that it wasn't an accident. What wasn't an accident?? When she comes to, she is told that someone deliberately ran her off the road. Does she have any info concerning this?

A few days later she is visited by Christopher LaPorte. He informs her that his brother -Brian- is in a coma, from trying to jump off a roof. He thinks she knows something and is not telling. He says to call him if she thinks of something. Finally she decides to go to New Orleans, to try to figure out who tried to murder Brian. Fate throws Chris and Rita together, and passion flares. While in New Orleans they are confronted by a killer who will stop at nothing to wash away the evidience. Happily ever after...or not. Mystery, suspense, and a dash of romance. Who can resist?

I would recommend buying this book at a used bookstore instead of amazon. (It's cheaper).

HAVE FUN!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2007
Format: Mass Market PaperbackVerified Purchase
Excellent book, suspenseful, a definite page turner. This book is among the many outstanding books by Tina Wainscott. I have read several books by her, and absolutely loved each one. The story enfolds with a woman who finds love on the internet, and in her search to meet the man she has come to know in writing, gets drawn into intrigue and murder during Mardi Gras. I didn't guess who the culprit was, and I am usually very good at doing so. Highly recommend all of her books. Received in perfect condition, and quick and easy transaction.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't normally write reviews, but I felt I had to for this one. It wasn't a terrible book, it just wasn't that good. Halfway through I had to force myself to keep picking it up and read to the end. Even with the touch of paranormal to make it interesting, it still fell flat. I read "Now You See Me" and thought this one would be as good. I was wrong. In addition, the ending was a total let down. The conclusion was rushed, and felt forced, like she ran out of "oomph". If I hadn't already bought "I'll Be Watching You", I wouldn't read any more of her books. I hope that one is better.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon September 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
French Quarter hotel manager Brian LaPorte and Boston based psychiatrist Rita Brooks meet over the Internet when he showed interest in a dagger she was selling. They exchanged email and started to talk about meeting as the two were falling in love, but Rita delayed this because of her fears of intimate relationships. Not long afterward a car purposely crashes into Rita's vehicle; four days later she comes out of the coma.

Rita sends an email to Brian asking why he stopped communicating with her. Instead of a response, Brian's estranged brother Christopher arrives to learn what Rita's relationship was with his sibling, who apparently tried to kill himself by jumping off a ledge. Rita finds out that Brian is in a coma and believes he "visited" her when they both were comatose to warn her and to insist he was pushed. Rita goes to New Orleans with Mardi Gras just beginning to investigate Brian's fall. Christopher joins up with her although he thinks she is lying; neither expected to fall in love nor anticipate the danger from a seemingly safe source.

This paranormal romantic suspense is a strong tale that hooks readers with the opening confrontation in "Xanadu" until the final climax. Readers know who pushed Brian and the threat to Rita from the beginning but that just adds tension as the audience worries about the stubborn courageous heroine who has no allies even Christopher although she falls in love with him. Readers will appreciate this dark terse thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Rita Brooks is a psychologist who has a few hang ups of her own. Her nose bleeds when she is confronted by strong forceful men. Something due to her relationship with her father. She lives in Boston. She meets a seemingly gentle, considerate, gentleman on-line.

Brian La Porta lives in New Orleans and runs a hotel. He has tried to convince Rita to come and meet him. As the story opens he catches someone in his house and follows them up to the roof where he is pushed off, he winds up in a coma. A day later Rita is run off the road and almost killed, she winds up in a coma. Although they have never met somehow they recognize each other in the grey place both have come to. Brian touches Rita and passes some memories to her.

Christopher LaPorta comes to Boston after finding an e-mail from Rita to Brian, everyone thinks Brian tried to commit suicide, Rita knows he was pushed. She doesn't know who did it and is reluctant to tell anyone about her experience. Rita refuses to talk to chris about the 4 days she was in a coma. HE tells her Brian has been in a coma for 6 weeks.

Finally realizing someone tried to kill her and knowing someone pushed Brian off the roof, Rita heads to New Orleans. Eventually Chris and Rita have to discover the secrets Brian has been keeping. As more of the memories she received from Brian surface, they realize there is a killer loose at Marti Gras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This story was very unrealistic and extremely boring! It wasn't at all suspenseful and I found myself skipping pages to get the pain over with! Sorry I did my best to find it interesting, which it started out to be but with this whole line of crap about kings and queens of xanudu and it just fizzled out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love that there are a variety of free downloads for the Kindle, and I can cheerfully say that this was one of the better ones. The story is a little dated (it was written in 2004, before the proliferation of all things wireless) which does have an effect on how the story is read, but other than that, I quite enjoyed it.

Dr. Rita Brooks is a psychologist with a side business dealing collectibles online. She develops a rapport with one of her clients, and begins considering a long distance romance, but is derailed by a horrific car accident that leaves her in a coma. While in her coma she dreams that her potential long distance lover has been murdered, and he comes to her to plead help. When she awakes she is visited by Christopher LaPorte, Brian's brother, and learns that Brian committed suicide immediately prior to her car accident. Rita is convinced there's something foul afoot, and she won't rest until she figures out if her vision was real or the a product of her deluded mind.

Although the story was a little predictable, I enjoyed the cast of characters and the descriptions of Mardi Gras and New Orleans. There was a good blend of local color, backstory, and plot, and it made for a fun read that made me wonder why I hadn't come across this author before. I also appreciate that the story appropriately dealt the paranormal facet that it starts with; it could have gone in an entirely different direction, but the resolution makes complete sense. Oh, Kindle people and your insidious free books, Mission Accomplished: I will be buying books from this author in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This is my first experience with Tina Wainscott/Jamie Rush. I was so hooked, that I could not put the book down. After writing this, I am going to buy more of her books. My only disappointing moment was at the end; there was no epilogue to tie up the loose ends with the female lead, Rita. Even with this, I still give it 5 stars; a great read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
A well-written romantic suspense novel with believable characters who have their own fears and insecurities to overcome. Jaime Rush (Tina Wainwright) paints a first-rate picture of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, including long standing family traditions that surround the festival.

The paranormal vision Rita experiences while in a coma is very minor to the storyline. Being a one-time occurrence, it could have been omitted without hurting the overall story. The simple desire to meet the man she believes she has fallen in love with online is enough motivation to send Rita to New Orleans once she learns he has tried to commit suicide.

(Thankfully, the author works in the realization that online personalities and reality are not necessarily the same.)

The identity of the murderer is well hidden. While I guessed early on a pertinent fact about the killer, I did enjoy trying to pin down their exact identity.

I look forward to reading more books from this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I had never read a book set in New Orleans, but the idea of masquerades and secret organizations intrigued me. As most of Jaime's books, she adds just enough of a paranormal element that the story remains believable. And of course, there is always a deep, dark secret that you have to unravel, which I love.
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