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All Keyed Up Paperback – July 1, 2004
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Dr. Victoria Sheffield is ready to put the past behind her and put her own mark of the study of bottle-nosed dolphins after her ex steals her last project. She decides her best bet will be an unkown dolphin facility located in the Florida Keys. Armed with her strength and conviction, not to mention her own personal trust fund she sets out to prove her dreams. What she doesn't count on is her very real and human reaction to Aunt Ruby's nephew Jack. He's the cause of more heat then the hot Florida sun and perhaps more trouble then Victoria can handle.
Jack is recovering from a very serious injury he received while working undercover for the DEA. He can't believe that his sweet Aunt Ruby has excepted a proposal of a marine mammal scientist as a way of fixing their dolphin facility. He promises that he's going to keep a close eye on Victoria the doctor. He can tell that the pretty Victoria is hiding something and he plans on finding out what exactly. What he dosen't count on is how the pretty little doctor makes him feel.
It's not long before Jack finds out what Victoria is hiding and in turns finds himself working hard to foil the person that is hard at work trying to de-rail her project. Togther they find that what they thought was important may not be so important after all. Perhaps love can change the way they look at things.
This was a fun read. The setting, topic, and characters all worked well together. The secondary characters such as Aunt Ruby, and lets not forget the dolphin "gang" are just as important to the storyline as Jack and Victoria. Ms. Stella is a very talented author and one that I look forward to reading again soon. I highly recommend this read!
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Vic is actually Victoria as she uses her ailing father's name to research the cooperative communication between Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Victoria and Jack are attracted to one another, but he remains suspicious of her motives though he finds her energy quite exhilarating. As her research takes focus and she falls in love with Jack, his aunt, and the sextet of dolphins, Victoria has money problems and worse her ex is trying to blackmail his way onto her study; he stole her work on their so-called collaborative efforts. Jack will do anything including give up undercover work and stop a sleazy rat when it comes to his Vic.
Though the ex has no redeeming qualities and one must wonder about academic ethics with what he got away with, fans will feel ALL KEYED UP for more works by this author after reading this stellar tale. The contemporary romantic story line contains a fine lead couple and his nice aunt (think Mayberry's Bee), but the audience will treasure the moments when Scarlett, Rhett, Melly, Ashley, Robin Hood, and Marian co-star with the human trio.
Happy to say I wasn't disappointed, it is a very fun read.
After having visisted the keys several times Ms. Stella captures the quirkiness of its' residents and the feel for the place.
Highly recommend and it's a great beach read.
After reading All Keyed Up, I went on to read the excerpt of the next book, Key of Sea, and Mary Stella reeled me right in. As soon as I finish this review, I'm off to buy it!
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The chance to read a romance novel set in a dolphin facility is what attracted me to this book, and it did not disappoint. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Annette Mardis
Great light reading romance novel which takes place in the Florida Keys.Published 16 months ago by Marianne
In this book Victoria is a research assistant looking for a project to research and write a paper. She decides on Dolphin Land in the Keys in Florida. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kathy
Simple reading but puts you in a place that you believe in love and passion young or old. We can look for love until we die.Published on July 28, 2014 by carolyn gilliland
I found this book to be well written and grammatically correct. I only saw one mistake; the use of the wrong pronoun. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Love to Read
I came across this book in the adverts of SBTB and bought it because it was cheap. The hero is brooding but likable, the heroine is smart--really brainy--and the aunt is a hoot. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
It's clear that Mary Stella knows something about dolphin (and human) behavior. The authentic details give the story credibility and the feisty protagonist makes it a fun one to... Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Kate George