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Got Your Number (a humorous romantic mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Bond
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Book Description

You can run, but eventually your past will catch up with you…

Roxann Beadleman is accustomed to living a covert life—she works menial jobs in Biloxi, Mississippi that give her enough flexibility to focus on her work with a rescue group that shepherds abused women and children to safety (outside the law). But a recent rescue went sideways and now an angry husband is after her. When she shows up to her waitressing job, a cop, Detective Joe Capistrano is waiting for her to ask questions about the rescued woman who thwarted a court order. Roxann feigns ignorance, but the detective knows she knows something about the “missing” woman. When Roxann gets home, her place has been ransacked, and the message “I’ve got your number” is on her computer screen. She decides to get out of town, but doesn’t know where to go. When she checks her mail and sees a forwarded invitation to her cousin’s wedding in Baton Rouge, she decides it’ll do. Roxann hits the road.

It’s the happiest day of Angora Ryder life—she’s marrying a successful man and making her parents happy. The extravagant affair is going perfectly—until her groom changes his mind at the altar. While Angora is standing open-mouthed, wondering what to do, her cousin Roxann runs down the aisle and spirits her away. Later the women reminisce about their college days at Notre Dame; they recall a young woman who was killed in a hit and run incident on campus. They’re also bound by a dishonorable pact they made that still haunts Roxann. They find the Life Lists they made when they were coeds; both of them were infatuated with their theology professor. When Roxann realizes Det. Capistrano (and maybe the enraged husband) is on her tail, Angora suggests they hit the road to accomplish things on their Life Lists, with the Notre Dame Homecoming as their destination.

When they arrive on campus, they look up the professor who was Roxann’s first love and Angora’s first lay. The fact that he’s instantly smitten with Roxann again makes for hard feelings. But when Roxann learns some disturbing things about the professor (including he might have had something to do with the coed hit and run), she withdraws from him and encourages Angora to be careful. Angora ignores her and “buys” a date with the professor in a bachelor auction. But the next morning when the professor is found strangled with Roxann’s scarf, both women are in hot water. And Roxann suspects they set these events in motion years ago when they made their pact…that someone else obviously knows about.


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From Publishers Weekly

Gutsy Roxann Beadleman, a volunteer for an underground organization that helps abused wives escape from their husbands, needs to be rescued herself. She's being hunted by Frank Cape, a smarmy PI who wants his wife and child back, and by Joe Capistrano, a rugged police detective whose partner was shot by Cape. Joe intends to find Melissa, Cape's wife, and have her testify against her husband, but Roxann refuses to cooperate, fearful that the police won't be able to protect Melissa. When Roxann receives an invitation to her cousin Angora's wedding, she seizes the opportunity to flee town. Unfortunately, her cousin is jilted at the altar and, against her better judgment, Roxann agrees to accompany Angora to their college reunion in South Bend, Ind. En route, the former roommates have an unnerving run-in with Cape, but Joe steps in just in time. Although Roxann insists that she doesn't need his help or his affection, she quickly changes her mind when she and Angora are accused of murdering their theology professor. This lighthearted whodunit is only Bond's second single-title romance (after Our Husband), but fans of Susan Anderson and Jane Graves will warm to her lively prose. Bond fills her story with enough witty repartee, red herrings and romance to keep readers guessing.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"A talented new author!"--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989912779
  • Publisher: NeedtoRead Books (October 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061YBMUQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're in Love? May 6, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, but it's not much of a romance. It's full of sexy and sinister secrets, compelling hints and lots of humor. I found Roxann and Joe completely likeable and respectable. Unfortunately, there is such a little part in this book for Joe and she is so good at blocking the few advances he makes that when she and Joe fall in love, you find yourself asking, "Where was I?" But buy the book, anyway. Stephanie Bond moves the story forward at a good clip and with firm control, keeping you reading and wondering and feeling fairly satisfied that all the pieces of her complex puzzle fit so nicely together. All but the romance.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST, BUT NOT THE LAST February 3, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my first Stephanie Bond book but it won't be my last. This is the kind of book I love. . .hunky, alpha-type hero, smart heroine, complicated but well defined characters, a smart story line, a mystery that is actually difficult to figure out, action, humor, sexy love scene. . .Hey! This one has it all! A definite keeper and I can't wait to order OUR HUSBAND and any other book I can find by SB. Great!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedic romp September 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Biloxi, Mississippi, though not talking to her father except for funerals, Roxann Beadleman enjoys volunteer work to help wives with abusive husbands. Soon something goes wrong, threats begin to happen, and Detective Joe Capistrano begins asking her questions. Deciding to run away, she attends her cousin Angora Ryder's wedding in Baton Rouge feeling that it is a safe house because everyone knows the strain between Roxann and her family. However, the marriage does not occur as the groom leaves Angora waiting by herself at the altar. Humiliated Angora persuades Roxann to let her join her on the lam. The idea is bad, but having company is appealing so Roxann acquiesces. The twosome flee to their college.

However running from one murder leaves Roxann in the middle of another homicide. Like the killer, Joe is closing in on the two women and he especially wants to keep Roxann safe for about five or so decades because he is falling in love with her just as she is with him.

Though one must wonder about some of Roxann�s decisions and those of Angora too, GOT YOUR NUMBER grabs her fans with its thirties-like comedic romantic suspense. The story line is loaded with twists as the two female leads fall in and out of one dilemma after another. Joe is a heroic hunk struggling between love and duty. Stephanie Bond provides readers with that rare humorous yet suspense laden novel that leaves the audience wanting more from a delightful author.

Harriet Klausner
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Weakest So Far April 15, 2012
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Out of all of the books I've read by Ms Bond, "Got Your Number" has the least likable characters than any of her other books.

One cousin is jilted at the alter and that would be Angora (?) the other cousin Roxann is a woman on a mission. A mission to save battered women and their children from husbands that have not lost their visiting privileges. Although they are from the same family they are as dissimilar as salt water and chocolate milk. Angora from a life of privilege and Roxann from a life where her mother couldn't bother to see her after she got her divorce from Roxann's father.

Roxznn decides to leave town for a little while because a policeman is trying to get her to tell him where one of her "clents" is hiding out. She leaves town to go to her cousins wedding and one angora is jilted at the alter Roxann and Angora decide to revisit their college for its homecoming weekend. Things go very much down-hill and they are soon implicated in a murder of a man they both had desired back in there college days.

Since this is one of Ms Bonds early works, and the author has yet to find her style that we've all come to love, I am finding the characters (all of them) to be less than sympathetic and much less humor than any of her later novels. The usual plot that tends to have girlfriends on shaky ground, come to appreciate each other is just not ringing true in this book.
What little romance there is just doesn't come off as believable for me; but I can see from this attempt that this book may be the one in which the romantic aspect is the one she (ms Bond) will use for all her other books. It is just that later books the technique is refined and not so 'slap-in-your-face-ish'

I would save my cash and buy one of Ms Bond's later works. They are more refined and a lot more interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One out of three... June 10, 2012
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This is billed as a "humorous romantic mystery." I got through five chapters and hadn't yet found anything remotely humorous or romantic. There was a minor mystery, but by that time I disliked the main character so much that I didn't care if she solved it. I skipped ahead and read the last chapter, which cleared up the mystery in a really lame way and I didn't feel like I missed anything in all the chapters I skipped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's different! November 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story line is unusual and it keeps you reading! Lots of twists and surprises. Romance readers tired of the same old story lines will have a treat with something new!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Characters March 19, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Roxanne and her dimwitted cousin, Angora, are very well drawn. You can get frustrated with bimbo Angora, but it makes perfect sense for her to be the way she is with her shallow, overbearing mother and superficial "country club" lifestyle. Love the pictures the author draws of Angora and her mom!
Capistrano is a delicious character, as well, and Roxanne's vacillation is very believable, given the hunkiness of this detective and the non-self-acceptance of Roxanne.
There were a few flaws, like when Roxanne dumps coffee on Capistrano and gets fired from her waitressing job. First of all, this is more than a firing offence, it's assualt & battery! Secondly, Capistrano wouldn't yelp, then brush it off, jogging alongside Roxanne not long after. Still, the characters grab you and keep you going!
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Didn't know if I was going to be able to get through this one at first but it turned out great
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good!!!
Such a fun book to read! You get so attached to these characters it's sad to leave them when you finished the book! Read it you won't be sorry!:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got Your Number
Stephanie Bond is such an amazing writer I love all her books.They make you laugh out loud...Looking forward to another adventure with her
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After reading Stop the Wedding by Staphanie Bond, I thought this book might not be as good, but I was wrong. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner by Stephanie Bond!
This was a delightful combination of homicide, mystery, humor, and romance. I enjoyed the characters and liked that all of the stray ends were tied up by the end of the book. Read more
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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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