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Deadly Valentine: A Valentine Mystery Book One by [Harte, Jenna]
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Book 1 of 5 in Valentine Mystery (5 Book Series)
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"Written with precision and care, this intriguing romance/murder mystery is a fun read that will keep readers guessing until the very end." - Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Jenna Harte is a die-hard romantic, whose favorite romantic characters are committed, often married and frequently getting into trouble. She is the author of the Valentine Mysteries featuring Tess, a chocolate loving, couture lingerie wearing sleuth and Jack her love interest. She also writes novellas featuring the adventures and passions of Max and Madeleine Delecoeur. When she's not telling stories, she works by day as a freelance writer and blogger. She lives in central Virginia with her husband, two teenage children and two cats. Learn more about Jenna and her books at www.JennaHarte.com.

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  • File Size: 1665 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Moxie Vie (August 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TGH622
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It’s the case of, “Whodunnit?”

Tess Madison thought she left her old life behind. She was content to devote herself to her law practice and a man wasn't necessary, until the dinner party at the Worthington mansion and the return of Jack Valentine. Tess was humiliated by Jack three years ago and she wants to crawl under a rock when she sees him again. Jack shouldn't be at the dinner party. Her old life wasn't supposed to meet her new life, but it does and the dinner party full of dysfunctional family members ends badly. Now Jack is the prime suspect in a murder. What do you do when a super-hot man who gets to you in a way no other can is being investigated for murder? You represent him of course!! This puts her at odds with the people in her new life, but Jack is innocent; at least she's pretty sure he's innocent and her hormones aren't messing with her judgment.

When I first started DEADLY VALENTINE I swore that I was transported back in time. Back when I played the board game "Clue." I mean the whole dinner party at the old mansion with the old rich guy and the butler, etc. The plot is right off the game and into a story. It does evolve into more, but it takes some time.

I would categorize DEADLY VALENTINE as a murder mystery with a romantic subplot. Most of the story revolves around the investigation into the murder that occurs at the Worthington mansion and subsequent events. I love mysteries, but DEADY VALENTINE had twists that I felt were too predictable and the storytelling was drawn out at times; mainly the first half. I did enjoy the long list of interesting secondary characters (My favorite is Cora.). So many people could have been the murderer and we learn about many of them, which make for a complex story.
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I <3 Valentine's Day and I am a sap for any Valentine related book, hence why I got this one. I thought it would be a nice break from my current tour of alpha billionaire led romance. I love a thriller and paired with a Valentine theme, I was hoping for some hot action (in and out of the bedroom), however the action was lukewarm at best. I didn't feel any chemistry between Tess and Jack. I felt like I never got to know Tess. Tess is supposedly an uptight lawyer who left her privileged ,moneyed world behind, but we don't know why. Jack is still intrigued, again why because she's about as warm as an icebox. They supposedly were once good friends but this is but a blip in the story.

The 'mystery" behind Jack's past is not really mysterious since it's pretty much spelled out for us half way though. The writing tense and tone also changed about half way as well. Tess is the protagonist until it abruptly changed from her to Jack. I love when authors give us different perspectives of the same event especially when we can get inside a guy's head, but in this case it just felt awkward.

I am thankful that the author gave us a complete, stand alone novel (no cliffhangers here), but it was just okay for me.
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This is a great read! For anyone who gets tired of the same type of whiny heroine/love interest, this is a must read. Tess is awesomely real. I feel like I know her, but more importantly, I actually LIKE her! (Her love interest, Jack, isn't too bad, himself!)
Not only are the characters readable and believable, but the plot is intriguing and believable as well. This is a page turner that will keep you guessing until the last page.
I'm definitely looking forward to Book 2!
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By Annod on February 14, 2014
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Anyone who has read my reviews will know that 3 stars is a good review. Most of that rating is based on the beginning of the book. The author starts out developing her mystery as well as the romance and I was enjoying the read. About midway and up until the end, I was less pleased. That is difficult to spell out without a spoiler, but I'll try.

For one, it seemed to me that the "big event" that had Tess withdraw from emotional attachments, and especially from Jack, was rather small and insignificant to produce that outlook. Yes, I get her childhood history plays a large role in her insecurities, but that leads up to my second criticism. The author "tells us" what her childhood was like and not in enough detail to really get much of a picture of it. It might have been more realistic then. This telling starts to take up more and more of the writing and the character development less and less, as well as less of the style of writing which I initially was taken by. The 'come here, go away' games between Tess and Jack reached ridiculous levels and at one point I wanted to through up my hands and quit reading! Her actions started seeming very immature for someone of her age and experience. Then, just when she admits her problems, then Jack starts in on the same line, in a kind of back-at-you, childish kind of way. The love she felt for her surrogate family was undeserved considering the strict conditions they put on it. Also, one editing problem in the kindle edition that drove me crazy was the constant change in font size, sometimes three different types on a page.

This is done in a hurry and it probably is evident. But I didn't want to just blow off a review because there was something about this novel that kept me reading to the end.
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