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Somebody Wonderful (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2004

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"Truly enchanting!" -- Kat Martin -- New York Times bestselling author

Timona is an amazing character . . . Mick is the perfect hero. . . wonderful cast of supporting characters in this fantastic, heartwarming story. -- Romantic Times, July 2004 - Top Pick

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Mick McCann has a gentle way with women, and Timona Calverson is no exception. She is lovely -- and in dire need of rescue. The brawny policeman makes short work of the ruffians that have her cornered in a back alley of old New York. Though Timona may be no more than a runaway from a house of ill repute, Mick is determined to keep her from harm, if only for one night. . .
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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; PF edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821777548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821777541
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Policeman Michael McCann has a heart of gold - one that extends to his neighbors, orphans and even to the beat-up dog he adopted named Botty. Mick walks his beat on the streets of 1882 New York when he rescues a female being attacked by a gang. The possibility that she's a prostitute doesn't deter him from taking the beautiful injured woman to his small apartment to treat her wounds. After all, he knows she won't get good treatment at the local hospital.

Timona Calverson boldly sets out to take photographs during her short stay in New York City before departing with her rich paleontologist father, Sir Kenneth Calverson, and his personal secretary, Mr. Blenheim, to the next dig site. Why should she be scared? After all, she has traveled the world with her father, lived among primitive tribes and hard conditions. Besides, she learned self-defense from her older brother, Griffin. Those experiences don't help her, however, when she's outnumbered by several men.

Timona awakens in Mick's small apartment, believing she's in a brothel and the man treating her wounds has less than honorable intentions. She soon realizes her misconception after she learns the handsome Irishman is a policeman. While her initial concern is for her father-that he and his secretary made the train heading to the next digs in time-her thoughts swiftly return to Mick. She hides her true identity, determined to win his heart. But first, she wants to learn more about Mick, whose heartwarming smile and reassuring manner set her so at ease. The following day, after Mick responds to a fire in the apartment building, she realizes he has a heart of gold - a commodity that, to Timona, is worth far more than her father's riches.
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Kate Rothwell's fresh and fascinating debut novel, SOMEBODY WONDERFUL, is a must read for every romance lover. The setting--late nineteenth century New York--is unusual. But it is the characters that make this book special. Mick and Timona are two of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet in life or fiction. They are surrounded by a cast of characters that will make you laugh, cry and laugh again as Timona's uniquely optimistic world view slowly wins the day over poverty, prejudice and greed. This book is a keeper.
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Kate Rothwell's historical romance "Somebody Wonderful" is a delightful read from beginning to end. The heroine, Timona, a strong-willed independent type, draws you in, grabs your sympathies, and has you championing her side almost as soon as you meet her. The hero, Michael, a brawny Irishman with gentle ways is blindsided by Timona from the beginning and by the end of the story is, of course, glad of it.

I started reading this book late one evening and finally forced myself around three in the morning to put it down till the next day. Timona reminds me of a couple of people I've known - they were all brilliant in their own areas, and a little naive in others. Mick, on the other hand, sounds like someone I'd love to curl up with and never let go. I REALLY wanted to reach out and smack the villains on several occasions, maybe even kick them a few times as well. I am one of those people who will laugh or cry while reading. Most of the time I was reading this book I was grinning or laughing out loud. It will definately go on my "special" bookshelf, to be brought back out regularly and reread. *grin*

I will be waiting impatiently for Araminta's and Griffin's stories, whether they are together or with someone else.
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Loved the fact that the characters were not stereotypical, and that a sense of humor and intelligence colored the writing all the way through. I was hooked from the opening paragraph right up to the end. Kate Rothwell and I have the same editor at Kensington- a terrific lady who wants her heroes to be men she - and the reader- will adore. Mick is adorable! No doubt about it. Thanks, Kate, for not only giving us a peek at an era not common to historical romances - but for creating one very enjoyable read! Can't wait for Somebody to Love!
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This love story, Rothwell's 2004 debut HR, is quite sweet, as are both the H and h. I can't say that the way the story moves along is as good as the author's writing ability, but this is a sweet and romantic little love story.

We're in 1880s NYC. Hero Mick McCann came to New York from Ireland to send home money to family and is now a NYC policeman. He's honorable and chafes at the fact that corruption is rampant in the system and he's powerless to do anything about it. So he has to be complicit in the bribe taking, but he throws the bribe money into a drawer to be used to help others in need.

Mick is also a nurturer. In Ireland he was the one who, at 11 years of age, kept his baby brother alive when he was so weak he couldn't even nurse. Now a grown man in NYC, Mick's still at it, saving animals (you have to meet his dog) and people from physical and emotional damage, especially his neighbors in the very poor area of the city where he lives.

Heroine Timona Calverson enters his life when he has to rescue her from some baddies in an alley. She had just escaped from a brothel and Mick is just the guy to take care of her, even though he's under the misapprehension that Timona is a prostitute. So he takes her in and takes care of her and, just like that, Timona decides she is going to marry Mick. Now all she needs to do is convince him that they should be together.

She really needs to come clean about who she is first because Mick's not so sure that a hooker is bride material. Besides, he already has a sweetheart. And it turns out that Timona has a secret that should make them completely incompatible. How could a rich English heiress and a poor Irish cop find happiness together? Well, Timona's not a typical heiress.
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