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Karen Anders is a three-time National Readers' Choice Award finalist and RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice finalist, and has won the prestigious Holt Medallion. Two of her novels made the Waldenbooks bestseller list in 2003. Published since 1997, she currently writes romantic suspense for Harlequin. To contact the author, please write to her in care of Harlequin Books, 233 Broadway Suite 1001, New York, NY 10279, or visit www.karenanders.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373791585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373791583
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,325,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Laurel Malone is getting together a memorial for her mother, but her father is acting distant and careless. So to take her mind off this a bit, she takes a sexy quiz out of a magazine that her brother's wife runs. Their relationship is good and I wish they were mentioned more. The quiz helps women determine who their ultimate hottie is. Her points added up to the Bad Boy, which is just what she needs, when you consider how repressed she is, how she always must answer to her father, how restricting and professional her job is, how she may be lonely, how she has the creativity to build seemless furniture frames and hypnotic designs, but must keep that and other stress-relieving things all to herself if she wants any peace of mind. She's had baseless, boring experiences dating the men her father approves, dating men hired by him, dating stockbrokers who care about nothing but money, appropriateness and a lack of livliness. Her father hires this new guy who looks upon Laurel and really wants to get to know her. Bad. The secretary there is very sweet to him and is Laurel's close friend. She tells him how Laurel wouldn't date him because he works under her father and therefore must be just like him - harsh and self-absorbed. He notices a sheet of paper tumble down from her purse and picks it up. It's the hottie quiz. The questions and her answers and the total points not only show him that a Bad Boy is just what the lady needs, but a little bit on how to be a Bad Boy. His half-brother is amazing, a real Bad Boy, a biker, but is sweet, and he helps the hero out alot. So, the couple meet, the heat is beyond powerful, and the things that come up show how many fine places there are in New York we have got to see.Read more ›
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Manhandling by Karen Anders
Harlequin Blaze # 154 - October 2004

While waiting to see her father, Laurel whiles her time filling out a magazine quiz on "Who's your Hottie?". Ready to start living life on the wilder side, she answers the questions more provocatively than she normally would. Laurel's made a promise to herself never to date anyone from Wall Street or anyone who works for her father much to Theodore Macallister Tolliver III's dismay. "Mac" has never met Laurel, but from just those few moments he seen her walking toward the elevator, was enough to make him want to know her very well. He picks up the discarded quiz, and finds her answers challenging. Seems Laurel has a bad-boy-biker fantasy. With quiz in hand as his blueprint, all Mac has to do is be that bad-boy.

Ms. Anders always writes such great characters. I really liked both Laurel and Mac. Mac's not really the bad boy and is almost found out, esp. when his henna tattoos start to wash off while they're in the shower! There's more to this story than heat and great chemistry. The growing emotional bond is done very nicely. There were moments though, where I though Mac's coverup of his true identity was carried a bit too far. All in all though, another very enjoyable read by Ms. Anders.
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Financial analyst Laurel Malone has a strict rile that she will never date anyone from her father's Wall St. brokerage. Laurel fills out a magazine's questionnaire on the type of male she desires, but upon completing the test she leaves the magazine behind. Stockbroker Ted Tolliver III, who desires Laurel, picks it up to learn the type of male that she wants.

Tired of being the good daughter, Laurel wants a fling with a bad dude, but with her doing the manhandling. Mac changes his attire from suit to biker because he plans to make it with Laurel. He also acts like he owns the world with no cares. However, as they fall in love, he wonders how to tell her that he is really a stockbroker working for her father.

Kind of reminiscent of Steve Gutenberg's role in The Boyfriend School (without his health problems), this is a fun lighthearted hot blooded masquerade tale. The lead duet is an interesting match-up because Mac wonders if Laurel fell in love with someone who is not real or did she see deep past the biker shell to his soul. Though the disguising of Mac seems to take too long to unravel, contemporary fans will want to read Laurel's heated MANHANDLING of her beloved biker and her broker.

Harriet Klausner
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