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Gone with a Handsomer Man (Teeny Templeton #1)

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Take one out-of-work pastry chef . . .

Teeny Templeton believes that her life is finally on track. She’s getting married, she’s baking her own wedding cake, and she’s leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiancé playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks.

Add a whole lot of trouble . . .

Needless to say, the wedding is off. Adding

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Published May 10th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2011)
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Heather
Aug 24, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was perfect. It was just what I was in the mood for. I read through it quickly and have already marked its sequel (which doesn’t come out until April 2012) as “must-read”.
What I loved about the book was that it was pure “chic-lit” but I didn’t feel as though I was losing any brain-cells while reading it. And while I did guess who the murderer was, I didn’t mind at all. I liked watching the story unfold and there were some twists along the way that I did not see coming. I felt like I c
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Dana
Sep 01, 2013 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Though it started out promising, with a jilted heroine chucking peaches at her philandering fiancee, half-way through and just couldn't muster up the will to care anymore. Gone With a Handsomer Man is a book with an identity crisis. It can't decide if it wants to be a mystery or a romance, so it tries to be both and ends up doing neither very well.

For something that should be a quick, snappy, fast-paced read, the plot goes nowhere rather quickly, taking nearly a quarter of the book to get to the
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Monica
Another great ER book!! Gone with a handsomer man kept me interested until the very end. This is a mystery, thriller and a little romance mixed in.

Teeny is the main character in this story. Her life is turned upside down when she finds her fiancé playing naked badminton with a couple of girls. Teeny doesn't go running she throws peaches at all of them. She gets arrested and a restraining order is put in place.

While she is not allowed to be near Bing, Teeny receives a text message from him asking
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Kaia
Apr 29, 2011 Kaia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book which I won in the Good Reads giveaway. There were moments in it where I was taken back to the days when I first starte dating my husband, but only briefly and only in the first part of the book. Then it got a bit ridiculous. There's this girl who seems kinda dumpy and dumb and yet she gets all the guys over these beautiful, intelligent (albeit some murderous)women? Not likely. Coop chose the wrong woman- Ava was my favorite character in the book! I mean, what k ...more
Vickie
Apr 03, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the back of the book, one of the blurbs states that they hope that there is going to be a sequel...I am with the blurb writer! I love mysteries of all kinds and in the tippy top are the ones taking place in the South. There's humor, food and superb characters along with the mystery solving.


I adore Teeny! She is the epitome of my vision of the strong, sassy, git'r'done Southern woman who finds herself in a pickle and goes about doing what needs doing to get out of it.


The dialogue tickled me n
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Pamela
Jun 27, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book basically because I liked the title and it sounded like a fun read. Well, I've seldom been so disappointed. Parts of it were fun, and I kept with it in the hopes that at least the romance between Teeny and Coop would have a satisfying conclusion. That part was dealt with in the hastiest way possible, and then an abrupt cliffhanger twist left me feeling cheated and manipulated. Obviously, I'm supposed to await the next installment with breathless anticipation. Sorry. Y ...more
Patricia Sanders
This madcap mystery was creative and lots of fun. Full of surprises and surprising characters.
Janet
May 01, 2012 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Linda
May 06, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Teeny Templeton Wanted In Life Was True Love, A Set Of Copper Bottom Pots, And A Good Recipe For Red Velvet Cake, But When She Met Bing Laden At Her Aunt's Funeral She Was Leery Of His Attentions But He Wore Hear Down And She Boarded Up The Georgia Peach Farm And Went To Live With And Marry Bing In South Carolina. As An Engagement Present Big Bought Her Baking Classes But When She Got There To Door Was Locked, She Decided To Go Home And Got The Surprise Of Her Life As She Saw Him Naked Playi ...more
Milena
Mar 13, 2011 Milena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you, First Reads. After receiving 3 appalling books from First Reads, I did not think I will win a good book. I finally got a book worth reading, Gone With a Handsomer Man. It is really fun, hilarious, easy to read book. The characters,Teeny, Coop, Dora, Ava are all interesting and well-developed. I liked all their eccentricities and quirks. The book is a good bland of murder mystery, romance and chick lit, which are all my favorite genres. The recipes throughout the book were a nice touch ...more
Laura Freed
May 20, 2011 Laura Freed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I feel in love with Michael Lee West when I read Crazy Ladies years ago. I'm so excited she's out with a new book, and better yet, a Southern Fiction Foodie book!
Laima
I just found out that I'm a First Reads winner! Can't wait to read this book... sounds like a great story... will certainly post my review when done!

Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
****First Reads review****

Wow! Where do I begin first?!
This novel is a triple threat treat - a mystery, comedy and romance all rolled into one I can't put it down novel!

The main character is Christine (Teeny) Templeton. She loves to bake and is going to marry wealthy Bing. Her baking lessons are cancelled
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Milka
Sep 11, 2014 Milka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never would have picked this book was it not for my book club, but I'm glad I read it because I loved it! How to describe it is the hardest part. Mix a murder mystery (add a few murders as you go), romance, deceit, humor and a whole lot of cake baking, all with a large dose of Southern flair, and it barely gives the book justice.

I'm usually good at guessing mysteries but I never saw this one coming and I loved how things unwrapped, up to the very last sentence. Michael Lee West clearly does
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Amy Metz
Mar 03, 2014 Amy Metz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Michael Lee West writes a southern cozy mystery with a poetic cadence that is mesmerizing, putting the reader smack dab into her southern world with an authenticity and lyrical beauty that, to me, is pure genius. The dialogue, setting, narration, and characters are all wonderfully, genuinely southern, but it's her way of describing things in a poetic fashion that makes me in awe of Michael Lee West's writing ability. I loved the humor, the drama, the mystery, the southernness, ...more
Ellen
Mar 18, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teeny Templeton was preparing for her upcoming wedding. When her cake design class was cancelled, she came home to her fiancé, Bing, playing naked badminton with two women. Obviously, the wedding was off. But then her fiancé was found dead and she was the prime suspect for murder. Teeny's lawyer, Coop, is her extremely hot first love that broke her heart. The calamity of characters and events surrounding Teeny while trying to prove her innocence is nothing short of entertaining.

Gone with a Hand
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Jessica
May 02, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Micheal lee West did a great job of interpretating his characters opions and thoughts. This was a great read and I recomend it to anyone who is looking for a love story with a catch. Little town-girl Tenny has always followed the rules, never diobayed the law, and never went over the set speeding limit. But because of a disapointing return home she is stuck in a very intresting situation that leaves her hurt, confused, and love struck again. Some confusing actions, a few secret kisses, and a lov ...more
Alissa
Apr 03, 2011 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2011
I expected more from this book, but at the same time I didn't completely dislike it. What saved this book for me was Teeny.
She's like the ditz in horror movies go goes into the basement even after we tell her not to. She's so naive, it's endearing.
It's hard to categorize because the the mystery is not really well developed or even the point of the novel.
The romance is a decent sub-plot, although I kept expecting a twist there. The sex scenes were short and steamy.

Three words to describe this
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Kim
May 03, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STILL READING: I don't usually write a review while still reading a book, but this is exceptional. I am laughing out loud, find the thought process of the characters in tune with myself, and the situations intriguing. It's a little on the edge, but it suits my mood perfectly right now. I'm only around page 50, but thoroughly entranced by this novel. Michale Lee West? She's the best!

So glad my library has more by this author. I'll be reading them all.
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Excellent! A mystery to solve, an u
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Denya
Apr 04, 2014 Denya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this on a Goodreads giveaway and I thought it was a very cute story. Teeny Templeton is happily engaged to Bing Jackson... That is, until she catches him playing naked badmintion with two other women. In her anger, she climbs a peach tree and throws peaches at her husband to be and the other women. Needless to say, she gets dragged to the police station and is put on probation. So when her ex-fiance is suddenly murdered a few days later, Teeny is their number one suspect. Add in Teeny's ch ...more
Heather
Mar 22, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, it seemed a little too whimsical for me. O couldn’t take characters named Teeny and Bing seriously. Then when Teeny comes home and finds Bing and two girls playing badminton nude, I almost quit reading. And Bing wasn’t even a politician. But then I got into the mystery and it really held my attention. West’s writing is kind of like Janet Evanovich meets Harley Kozak, both of who blurbed on the cover. It’s a fun, fast read and I highly recommend it and I just bet you won’t be ab ...more
Laura
Jun 03, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty good book. It reads some like chick lit and some like a mystery. It has its funny points(throwing peaches) and not so funny(funerals and restraining orders). Some of the characters are more developed than others which is to be expected since not all of them have a large role to play. The tempo of the book picks up the closer you get to the end. I liked that I couldn't tell who the murderer was going to be pretty much up until the end.

I had a couple of minor complaints. It's a litt
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Lindsay IL
Jan 17, 2016 Lindsay IL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ttiv, 2016-reads
This was a good read. I found and picked it up randomly because I needed to fulfill a requirement for a reading challenge but this was an experience that turned out for the best!

Teeny Templeton is all set to be married to real estate tycoon Bing. Its only weeks until the wedding when Teeny comes home to find her fiance playing lawn games with two women....naked! (what?!?!) Here's where it gets weird. Teeny climbs into a peach tree on the lawn and begins throwing peaches at the guilty parties. B
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West Hartford Public Library
The book opens with Teeny Templeton coming home to find her fiance, Bing, playing naked badminton with two women in the backyard, so she climbs a tree and starts pelting them with peaches. Shortly thereafter, Bing ends up dead and Teeny is the prime murder suspect. If you're a fan of Janet Evanovich, imagine a southern Stephanie Plum who loves to bake, embroiled in a madcap murder investigation set in Charleston, South Carolina instead of Trenton, New Jersey. This is a fun, quick read peopled wi ...more
April
Mar 21, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read-wins
I would give this a 3.5 , it was a cute story. I cant say it held my attention completely, I found myself picking up other books while reading this one. that is not to say it wasnt' interesting. It was.. romance, mystery, humor. It just wasnt' one of those books that blows you away.. definitely a nice light read. :)

I'm so glad I was given the oportunity to read and review it. Thanks good reads.
Cheryl Stephens
Mar 12, 2011 Cheryl Stephens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted to this book by its title. I had just finished reading 2 books that were somewhat dark, and I needed a lighthearted read. This book fit the bill. Southern charm and quirky characters.If you are a foodie with a sense of humor you will love this book. Fun book with an unexpected open ending. If there is a sequel I will be reading it.
Linda
Apr 01, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I love mysteries.... I love cozies..... This is fun.
I fell in love with the characters. The story was fun and had enough twist and turns to keep me guessing. Since the last page opened up a whole new set of questions, I hope this book is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
So glad I was lucky enough to win this book from Goodreads!
Latisha Bramlett
3.5 stars. Not a bad book. I enjoyed the characters a lot.....Red and Sir were my favs. I'm not sure about the ending. It was a little abrupt for me and there were several things left unresolved. I did enjoy the storyline. I found the book to be funny in parts. It was a quick read. I will have to read the next book at some point.
Pam
May 28, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It hit all my favorites notes - mystery, southern fiction, foodie fiction, plucky heroine & zany adventures. The story was entertaining & the the characters endearing, I was a bit surprised at the ending and I truly hope that a sequel is in the works.
Lorraine
Mar 26, 2011 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the books I picked up on our trip to Jefferson, Texas. It was an advanced copy. I did enjoy this book. I liked the characters, and much of the "quirkiness" about them. I liked the idea of all the cooking recipes Teeny shared. A fun type read.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This was a funny read. If I had caught my soon to be husband playing in the backyard with 2 other ladies totally naked, I would probably be in prison right now. You gotta read this, this is a totally funny read.
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Michael Lee West grew up on the Gulf Coast with a wild tribe of Southern cooks. She lives on a farm near Nashville with her family. Michael is the author of Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, She Flew the Coop, American Pie, Mad Girls in Love, Mermaids in the Basement, Consuming Passions, and Gone With a Handsomer Man. Her new novel, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, is the second installment in the Teeny Tem ...more
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