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Trouble in High Heels (Fortune Hunter #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  3,405 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
When Brandi Michaels discovers her fiancé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto – a man who’s destined to be either her ...more
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Published May 29th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published August 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

This is not one of my favorite Christina Dodd books. It was decent, but I expect more than decent from her. I think it's a timing thing. Being an extremely moody reader, it's hard when I read something and it doesn't fit what I am feeling at the time.

The Not-So Good:
*I never fell in love with the storyline, to be honest. I didn't like how Roberto and Brandi got together. She picked him up to make herself feel better after her fiance dumped her. Imagine her telling her grandkids that
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Author: Christina Dodd
First published: 2006
Length: 279 pages
Setting: Contemporary, Chicago.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: Wealthy Italian count from a family of thieves, suspected to be a jewel thief.
Heroine: Newly graduated lawyer.

Surprisingly enjoyable.

Very strong, independent heroine who uses her assets, physical and mental, to move through life. Somewhat whimsical secondary characters and a hero who manipulates but Brandi’s strength pulls the story through for me. There are silly t
Mar 05, 2015 Polyj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
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ซึงในเรืองนีจะเนนมากกับเรืองการเหยียดเพศ ผูชายอยางพอของนางเอก อยางหมออลันคูหมันของนางเอก หรือแมแตคนในทีทำงานใหมของนางเอก กมองผูหญิงสวยเซกซีอยางเธอวามีดีแคเปลือกนอก โดยเฉพาะพอกับคูหมัน ทีนิสัยแยมาก จนจบเรืองกยังแยอยางคงเสนคงวา

สวนตัวพระเอก โรแบรโต กมีปมในเรืองชาติกำเนิดของตัวเองเหมือนกัน เขาเปนคนรำรวยและม
Trouble in High Heels
3.5 Stars

When Brandi Michaels’ cheating fiancé elopes to Las Vegas, she decides to pawn his engagement ring and treats herself to a one night stand in the arms of a gorgeous stranger. Little does she know that said stranger, Roberto Bartolini, is about to become a whole lot more familiar come morning . . .

A cute read, but Brandi and Roberto’s chemistry is lukewarm at best and the suspense plot lacks any real excitement.

Aside from their mutual attraction, Brandi and Roberto’
Heather Book Savvy Babe
Quickie Thoughts:

Trouble in High Heels is a fun book. It was entertaining to listen to and provided a lovely break from the darker more suspenseful books I've been reading lately. Brandi is a girl with serious daddy issues, she is a beautiful girl desperate to prove she is more than a pretty face. When her fiance leaves her to marry his girlfriend, she decides to splurge on herself and have a sexy night of fun. That sexy night lands her in bed with a wealthy Count and suddenly her entire life is
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while, I pick up a book just for the hell of it, just for a fun read. Sometimes, I need a break from the nail-bitting suspense or the horror and terror of other books. This one was refreshing! I laughed a few times, feeling what Brandi was feeling (near the beginning because of the 'ex-fiance' and near the end thinking and feeling like a doormat), tears and laughter make for a pretty good book. I liked Brandi's character, the way she developed is something I enjoyed. No holds bar ...more
4.5 stars.

This is a pretty great book, especially for Dodd, who is better known for her historicals than her contemporaries. Brandi Michaels is a kick-butt new attorney who, at the beginning of the book, is dumped by her fiance for his pregnant mistress. Instead of getting mad, Brandi decides to get even, right into the arms of an Italian Count who is in legal trouble for suspected jewel theft. It's supposed to be a one night weekend stand, but of course it's discovered that Brandi is on the leg
May 16, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read. I had trouble putting it down this weekend and finished it in a couple days. I guess I was in need of a little old fashioned romance. lol

When Brandi Michaels uproots her life to move to Chicago to be with her fiance Alan she never suspects that her life is about to change in the way that it is. The day she moves into her new apartment during one of Chicago's coldest winters she gets a phone call from Alan telling her that he has flown off to Las Vegas to marry his pregnant girlf
Jan 10, 2016 Eve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trouble in High Heels (Fortune Hunter) by Christina Dodd
TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS: Fortune Hunters #1
by Christina Dodd | Series: Fortune Hunters Series

Brandi Michaels moves to Chicago to be near her fiance and start her career as a lawyer. She doesn't even have the boxes unpacked when her fiance calls to tell her shocking news: he's in Las Vegas and married to another woman. When he asks for the engagement ring back so he could give it to his new bride, it's the last straw for Bradi. She takes the ring to a pawn shop instead.
She decides that a hot nig
Oct 26, 2011 Corie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this, maybe it's just my mood, because I know there isn't much substance to it. Brandi was what I think all women wish they were when they grew up: witty, smart, gorgeous, successful, self confident, although slightly vulnerable, and don't forget flexible (***smile***hehe). What girl wouldn't want to be all of that? And Roberto, of course he's a perfect hero for this story. And if I'm being honest, probably too perfect. But the whole thing was very enjoyable and easy. A great sexy ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, audio-book
This wasn't a literary masterpiece but it was a really fun read that I couldn't put down. Loved the relationship between Brandi and The Count.
It was sweet and a lovely happily ever after.
Since it is a series, I can't imagine what is next. I will look into it and probably listen to more.
The reader did a really nice job.
I'm afraid this book falls into the "books I wish I hadn't read" category. Totally. The dialogue was too smarmy for words, the plot was over the top ridiculous, and the heroine was way too sarcastic to be likeable. Not funny at all. I was bummed by the whole thing. It was too bad too because the summary on the back sounded cute and funny, and I love the cover art. Oh well.
May 18, 2010 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Vanessa by: Mother
Definitely a fun read, and a delightfully humorous one. The story may have been a little too light for some, but the characters and humor made up for it. It was actually quite a refreshing change from some of the books I've been reading recently.
Aug 15, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
First of all...huge fan! And, once again, Christina Dodd hit it out of the park!
bad book, I mean the scene when the elevator is going down because the Italian gangsters are trying to kill the lovers, then it stops abruptly & what does lover boy do? take a knife to cut his educated temporary bimbo's panties. I mean come on, I know this is fiction but there is fiction & then there is seriously tasteless stupid fiction.
He's trying to protect her from the gangsters during the parties & in the diner but uses a knife in the elevator as a sexual turn on? what if the el
Robinn Yu
This was an okay book. For some reason Christina Dodd's characters lack something for me. For instance (Spoilers ahead), when Brandi went to "save" the guy, she feels no remorse that she almost got him killed. It became all about her and discounted the fact that the guy did a good deed. It's the same with the other books - sometimes the guy does something that I think is unforgivable or atleast requires more groveling and poof - the girl cant resist and they're back together.
Mar 20, 2017 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
closer to 3.6 stars. easy, entertainment
Feb 03, 2016 Martine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to use the word Mary Sue, but the protagonist was too much. She was beautiful, we are reminded a million times in a million way. She had the body of Rachel Welch in her prime, the face of an angel, she was blond, she was smart, in the top 5%, as she boasts. She was athletic, she did gymnastic and ballet in her youth. She graduated at the top of her class and got into a prestigious law firm. She meets a gorgeous sophisticated Italian man, who also happens to be a count and of course an ama ...more
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Amber Daulton
Brandi is an up-and-coming lawyer with great grades at law school but she’s very naïve. After her fiancé dumps her, she spends seven grand on clothes/makeovers and has hot sex with a total stranger, Roberto. Turns out, Roberto is a suspected jewel thief and she’s the new lawyer assigned to his case.
Brandi has a bad history of men controlling her life, but she doesn’t see any problem with what they do to her. Her emotionally abusive and estranged father often calls her stupid. I hate to agree wi
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
Being a trophy wife comes at a cost, as Brandi finds out at the tender age of 11 - a very impressionable age for a young girl – when the door slams on her father’s final departure from his life with her and Tiffany. Brandi determines from then on that she will need to do more with her life than just being like her mother – in that instant, even though she has no real clue as to what a Lawyer does, she decides that’s what she’d like to be when she grows up.

Fourteen years later, a strong-willed an
Jan 22, 2011 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, library
This was a fun romp! It's the first in the Fortune Hunter series, and I read #3 first, and found it just ok. The genre must be suspenseful romantic comedy because it had moments of each.

Brandi had just moved to Chicago - in the winter - to be closer to her fiance Alan. She also just got a job with a prestigious law firm in Chicago, which she would start in just a few days. While having trouble getting settled in, what with frozen water pipes and a mistake in her furniture order, she received a c
Feb 26, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun and quick read for me. I thought that Christina Dodd really jumped out and started the story quickly. Brandi Michaels was moving to Chicago in winter to be closer to her fiancé, a fiancé she chose because she felt he was so different from her overbearing and sometimes insulting father. Unfortunately she didn’t realize that this same fiancé couldn’t keep it in his pants. So after he calls from Vegas to say his girlfriend’s pregnant and their getting married, Brandi is ready ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a good story and don't feel they need a connection to the characters
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E. Kelly
Feb 15, 2011 E. Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was first attracted to this book because of the title, Trouble in High Heels. It sounds like an accurate description of most of the women I know. And if this character, Brandi, was going to make trouble, I SO wanted to be there. I was not disappointed. The author, Christina Dodd, presents a story that almost every woman can relate to – being dumped by a guy. From the very beginning, it’s easy to sympathize and empathize with Brandi. And when she has the nerve to go to a party with the full int ...more
One of the other reviewers called this book a suspenseful romantic comedy and I think that best sums it up. I loved it! The humor reminded me of Janet Evanovich, the romance of Carly Phillips and the suspense of Linda Howard, all rolled into one book.

Brandi is a newly hired attorney for her "Uncle" at a prestigious Chicago law firm. She has uprooted her life from Nashville to follow her doctor fiancé to Chicago. She gets there and he hasn't contacted her for a whole week and she is upset about
Jul 11, 2011 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: Brandi Michaels is a young, sexy lawyer who just graduated from law school and is starting her first job at a big-name Chicago law firm. Just a couple of days after arriving in Chicago, she finds our that her fiance has snuck off to Las Vegas to marry his pregnant girlfriend. Brandi pawns her engagement ring and goes to a party to find somebody to help her forget about her ex-fiance. She finds the gorgeous Italian Count Roberto Bartolini and spends the weekend in his arms... When she a ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2012
Big fun and narrator Amanda Roncini. enjoyable little romp. try more Dodd.

Booklist synopsis:
Brandi Michaels is out for revenge. After learning her fiance ad dumped her to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Brandi--who had just moved to Chicago to start her new law career--pawns her engagement ring and uses the money to buy a gorgeous pair of sapphire earrings, a knock-'em-dead designer gown, and shoes to die for. Dressed to kill, Brandi arrives at a high-society soiree celebrating the famous Romano
Donna Hatridge
Oct 01, 2011 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is romantic suspense. The story will keep you reading and occasionally laughing. I am a fan of Christina Dodd's work.

Brandi Michaels, a young, gorgeous lawyer, moves to Chicago to join her fiance, only to find out he's gone to Vegas to marry his pregnant girlfriend. She pawns the engagement ring, vamps herself up, and prepares to sleep with the first sexy man she meets that night. That man turns out to be a playboy Italian count and jewel thief, Roberto Bartolini, and the weekend is a
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