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Z (A Novel) (Contemporary Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After years living of living in Los Angeles, novelist Nix Carter returns home to Connecticut to care for her ailing father. As she reconnects with childhood friends, she encounters a window washer who also happens to live in a mansion, throw lavish parties and go by the name of Zorro. Yes, Zorro. But is he really the caped man of legend? Or just an eccentric who drives a horse-drawn cart and wears a cape while washing windows? And what will happen when the townspeople who once flocked to his parties and drank his champagne become suspicious of him?

A contemporary re-visioning of The Great Gatsby, Z is a smart, quirky novel that has it all: comedy, drama, romance, adventure, even swordplay. Lauren Baratz-Logsted at her best.

Editorial Reviews


"Z's a very different book than anything I've ever read before. It's unique and will keep you reading to find out what happens. It's one of those books that you become slightly obsessed with, because you need to read that last chapter... If you are looking for something unique, with cute twists and snarky turns pick up Z." ~ Wicked Little Pixie

"Do you love stories like The Great Gatsby and The Mask of Zorro? Lauren Baratz-Logsted has combined the two books together to bring you a modern rendition called Z: A Novel." ~ The Phantom Paragrapher 

"Just finished Z: A NOVEL by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. Still a little knocked sideways. So eccentric. So unpredictable. SO good. Wow!" ~ Irene Preston, author of Infamous

"I will say, I couldn't stop reading Z...Z: A NOVEL was a fun story for me. Once I began, I didn't want to stop until I'd reached the conclusion." ~ Andrea, The Bookish Babe

About the Author

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of nearly 30 books for adults (including The Thin Pink Line, which was published in 11 countries), teens and children. She lives in Danbury, CT, with her husband and daughter. Like Nix Carter, Lauren writes novels. You can read more about her life and work at

Product Details

  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TKA Distribution (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating & Clever April 20, 2012
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Z is a great read for many reasons: First, it's a wonderful story, jam-packed with romance, adventure and mystery. Second, Baratz-Logsted plays with two huge literary figures--Zorro and Jay Gatsby--and somehow rolls them into one character and makes it work. (Where she ever got the idea, much less made it work so brilliantly, is a wonder to me.) Third, she sets him against the very human and lovable character of Nix. Fourth, she makes it all totally modern and relevant. This is a smart, laugh-out-loud-funny, well-written, compelling, quirky and wonderfully imaginative book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You cant stop reading it May 3, 2012
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I was truly obsessed with this book once I started to read it. It is the weirdest, funniest and more mysterious novel I have ever read. You will laugh, you will sigh, you will think at some point you are reading a book about a love story between a ghost and a human been. Highly recommended. The only think I can criticize (and I would love to hear a reply from the author) is why it has such a sudden finale. It seems like one day the author didn't one to continue anymore. When you reach the final of the novel you keep wondering if you just read the first half of a novel. Where is the rest? I mean...I know there is no rest but you ask yourself...what the author really resolved at the end?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky fun characters April 19, 2013
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I'm not sure what I expected from this book but it was a fun read. Lots of quirky characters and a wonderfull unexpected love story. An interesting look at what people will do to be noticed and part of a group. I enjoyed this read it was fun and relaxing. A change of pace from the usual mystery and detective books I read. If you are looking for an excape from reality and an unusual love store this is the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely paced novel December 23, 2012
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Lauren Baratz-Logsted's style is very readable. Her characters are likeable and flawed. The story moves forward with just the right speed. I already consumed another of her novels, "The Bro-Magnet," which totally impressed me. The Zorro connection is an interesting device, somewhat silly, but she makes it work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From A to "Z, a novel" that delivers November 20, 2012
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The first book I read from this author was The Bro-Magnet (A Nice Guy Romance Novel). Since I liked it so much, I thought I'd enjoy this one too.

I wasn't disappointed.

Z goes boldly further than the Bro Magnet, though. The comedy is smart, sassy, even irreverently impertinent at times. The description lists the book as a modern take on The Great Gatsby. The comment is appropriate, but don't let it fool you into thinking you'd know where the story is going as the author cleverly included a few twists of her own to the old tale.

We seem to share the same music tastes with the characters, or perhaps the author, because the book makes many references to Frank Sinatra's songs, which I love and know by heart.

My only complaint is that we didn't get to visit Capistrano. Perhaps in the sequel*

J. G.
*hint to author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, lovely, cute! November 6, 2012
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It was somewhat silly but overall entertaining. I wish there was a full explanation for Zorro's existence and habits, but I can live with the little glimpse of his life that was shared!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it readable? March 7, 2014
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Yes. But it is not what you expect the story to be about. It is out in left field and is just a story that has hold your interest without drawing you into it. You read it. You put it down, and may come back to it later than sooner. You may find it more interesting than me?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Left me shaking my head.. December 21, 2013
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Nix Carter comes home to Connecticut to help her grandfather care for her ailing father. As a writer she can work from anywhere. She starts to get reacquainted with her friends from high school and a few people that were not too friendly back in the day. But what really catches her eye is the window washer happens to live in a mansion, throw lavish parties, drives a horse drawn cart and he goes by the name of Zorro. He even wears a cape! Just who is this guy??

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was totally into this story. The strange man from another time whose home had no electricity, phone or even indoor plumbing, and who didn’t show up in modern day pictures. Women would swoon whenever he was near and Nix was totally falling for him. He even righted wrongs leaving his big slash “Z” behind. Weird, crazy and unbelievable things happened when this man was around. Who was he? Was he real or a figment of Nix’s imagination or was he just a character for one of her stories? Did any of these events really take place??? The sex scenes sure read like they were really happening.

I was picking up on the Great Gatsby references but they just weren’t hitting right with me. This was the second book I have read in the past week that were based on works by great authors and I tried to put those references out of my head and just enjoy what I reading. It was working with this book. I was letting go and ready for where the author was taking us. Then it just ended abruptly. I am full of unanswered questions. Maybe that is what the author intended but it left me feeling cheated.

After reading the last line of the story and contemplated it awhile I reached my own conclusion so I didn’t feel like the time I spent reading was wasted.
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I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. It was published in 11 countries and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with my husband and daughter). Recently, I've published a few ebooks as well, including a comedic romance for adults, The Bro-Magnet. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.

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