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Double Trouble (The Coxwells #2)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  2,581 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
Elas são gêmeas idênticas. Pelo menos na aparência... Márcia é a perfeita; Maralys, a ovelha negra. Márcia tem um marido rico, dois filhos lindos, um lar estruturado; Maralys vive sozinha e ganha a vida como conselheira sentimental pela internet. Até que um dia Márcia foge de casa, deixando apenas um bilhete de despedida. Aos poucos, Maralys percebe que a aparente harmonia ...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Deborah A. Cooke (first published November 1st 2001)
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Jane Stewart
I enjoyed enough of it to make me glad I read it, but I have many complaints.

It’s first person. I prefer third person to give me more points of view and more about other characters. I wanted more story about Marcia and James’ mother Beverly. I was disappointed that one story was never finished - about James vs Matt in the courtroom. I did not care for the Dear Mary (advice column) questions and answers. They interrupted the story and were not interesting. I also felt the friends group was not in
Aug 20, 2012 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I debated the rating on this novel for awhile. I was tempted to give it four stars.

The pros: Wonderful characters. Maralys is a sharp-witted, smart-mouthed punk with a heart of gold. James is, the wonder of all wonders, a man who actually takes advice. Both are strong, independent, and determined to make something good of their lives (which were financially wrecked by others.) Obviously, they're made for each other. The story is, for the most part, fast moving with plot twists that you could sor
Oct 14, 2008 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A fireplace; nice dry pages.
Recommended to Amber by: No one (red flag anyone?)
This Book drove me NUTS I didn't finish it, probably wont either but I can't promise; I did buy it (thank GOODNESS for amazons .01$ books)

This book deals with twins. Being a twin I feel I can contect with the sisters. However, unless your a twin you will NEVER know what it feels like to be one, (its weird ::shivers::) and Miss Cross proves my point perfectly.

I don't care WHAT my sister does, says or acts like I will NEVER want her husband (Joey your a stud but sorry) want to make her children m
Suzie Quint
Sep 03, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a freebie, so I didn't expect that much from it but I ended up enjoying it. The characters all felt fully fleshed out and logically motivated, and though I was prepared to hate the heroine's twin, when she finally showed up, the author was able to get me to empathize with her. Pretty tough given the build up she had, so kudos for that.
Rishika S.
Dec 27, 2013 Rishika S. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, let me tell you that Double Trouble is categorized as a romance. What it is though, is 276 pages of people simply rattling on with no apparent destination for their thoughts, words, or life in general. The romance is left to a few pages which, for all its build up, is highly disappointing to say the least. I personally found the book lacking any real element of romance, with the focus being more on narcissistic and prolonged drama.

And that's, unfortunately, not the only problem. T
Mar 01, 2013 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Narcissist Times Two

It is hard to realize this is actually a romance novel because there was so much time spent on selfish "me" stuff that there was very little time left for romantic parts. Four of the main characters in this book are super narcissists. And the main character, Maralys is the biggest one I have ever known, in fact its only because this book was written by 2 women that I don't know which one to blame for her characteristics, but I'm at a loss to know why they created her a
Jul 27, 2012 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reader Debraoh Cooke
Shelves: kindle, own, 2012
Double Trouble (The Coxwells 2) is number two in The Coxwells Series, which I didn’t know when I read it. I don’t if it hurt or help me when I was reading. The reason I noticed it was the title, then the blurb. One of my friends is a twin and I always find twin stories fascinating.

Marica and Mary Elizabeth, better known as Maryals, are the O’Reilly twins. For the majority of the read you are made to believe that Maryals is the bad twin. Maybe because my dad did the same thing as Marcia, Maryals
Veronica Solorzano
Ok so my title was a little lame, que sera sera! Have you ever read a book that had all the elements well this is one of them and Im the oldest of four sisters, so this was up my alley. When I first started reading it I wasnt really sure the author was sooo detailed abour everything but truthfully it worked! Maralys' dad was hilarious can I tell you when he came onto the scene I pictured conversations with my dad, he was such a character. I could sympathize with her and her sister made me soooo ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I probably shouldn't be reviewing this as this was a DNF for me (did not finish). This came recommended to me because I like Kristan Higgins. But While I love Kristan Higgins' voice, i found that I did not like this authors' voice. I am not a fan of 'Sex and the City' or slick chick lit and this book, and expesiall the first person voice of the heroine, was off putting to me. So I closed the book after several chapters.
Aug 08, 2013 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maralys is a fun likeable character. I loved her crazy inner dialogue. Anyone that likes contemporary romance will enjoy.
OTOH (ha), I totally could have done without the "Ariadne's" (sic). I did not think any of that storyline was necessary or interesting.
Aug 13, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story! It was frustrating and sweet and loving and sad and amazing and I didn't want it to end.
Lynn Bremer
Feb 22, 2017 Lynn Bremer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Live, Laugh, Love!

Double Trouble was lots of fun. I love Maralys, her quirkiness, constant hair color changes, and especially her mouth. I wasn't sure I would like her getting together with her brother-in-law, James. Especially since he had been married to her twin. I loved the way the author slowly exposed the past, as she let us get to know the characters. Loved the Dear Aunt Mary advice column at the beginning of every chapter and the Ariadnes. I like realistic HEA endings and this had one. S
Linda Jeffries
Feb 24, 2017 Linda Jeffries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story of James and Mary Elizabeth. This was a lively, lighthearted read with plenty of humor. I loved the sarcastic reality view Mary Elizabeth has on life. I identified with Mary Elizabeth struggle taking care of a fractious parent. While it is hard for me to imaging the 'other twin' leaving her family and children I have seen it happen where lest expected. Cooke certainly knows how to move a story, weaving various story lines through out. This was a 'hard to put it down' r ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Petro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Trouble

This book gives you the insight to what it can be like to have a twin and the curve ball life can throw you.
Edna Araujo
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okay so looking back it wasn't so bad but there were times when I really struggled with this book. overall though, I actually enjoyed it. The story was interesting and the shocker that is revealed was very unexpected.
Reading the excerpt at the end for the next book has me thinking I'll dive into that one.
Feb 01, 2016 Tania rated it it was ok
Shelves: deborah-cooke
"Double Trouble" by Deborah Cooke. Book 2 in The Coxwells series.

Well I'm going to say I'm straight down the middle with this book giving it 2.5 of 5 stars. I liked it and it was just ok for me. The two main characters are James Coxwell and Maralys O'Reilly. Honestly, this book was like watching a train wreck's horrible but you just can't stop watching. That's how I found this book.

In the beginning, all the characters (ie: James, Maralys, Maralys's father, James's father) are so horr
Sep 06, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novels
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Amy H
May 07, 2013 Amy H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: radical-red
i got this book when it was free off amazon. now, don't get me wrong. i loved the fact that this was a romance, and more of a chick lit.

this book is about a set of twins. One of which has a great husband, two kids, and the whole package. she was a stay at home mom got everything that she wanted. that was except she wasn't happy. Marcia let her kids one morning. yup that is right. there were at swimming practice and she let a note for her husband to pick up the kids because she left the family.

Nikki Wilde
Jul 24, 2013 Nikki Wilde rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this started off with a huge bang. I started reading this on my commute to work and I did not want to stop when I got there. I had it on my desk and kept trying to sneak peaks of the rest of the chapter. The heat between Maralys and James was palatable. Unfortunately, for me, right after we leave James' house it goes downhill.

I just felt like Maralys kept running off on tangents. She takes us to places with her thoughts that just drag on and on. I'm trying to remember details but to be honest
Cari Hislop
This was my first book by the author and I really enjoyed it. This is one of my favorite kids of romances...a simple plot with complex character development. This is a romance with intuitive characters (if you've taken the Myers Brigg Personality test - the hero is an INFJ and the heroine is an ENTP). Readers who are Concrete thinkers ie (SP or SJ) will probably end up sharing the viewpoints of the one star reviewers (approximately 80% of people are most stories, books, movies etc ...more
Megan Robinson
Aug 18, 2015 Megan Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, poor copy editing

This is the first book in one of my favorite romantic chick lit series ever, so when I saw a free Kindle edition, I snapped it up. I suspect it was free because it's rife with copy editing mistakes, most frequently at least one sentence per page with the wrong verb tense or the wrong pronoun. It's still worth reading, the protagonist, Maralys is a wonderfully mouthy computer programmer and irreverent internet advice personality, who helps her brother in law James out
Dec 10, 2012 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a writing style I'm used to I think. Wasn't bad, but where other characters will talk to you thought the book and give you an occasional in site or funnies etc (think Malcolm in the Middle) - most of this book was talking directly to the reader. As I say, not bad but makes for mostly one big monolog. There were quite a few giggles and laughs, though I think the story just doesn't pull it off.

Apart from a really big and really good plot twist in the middle of the book, it was all mostly so so
Mary Elizabeth O'Reilly, who goes by Maralys, is a software programmer and online advice columnist. At 38, she's a cynic whose "little boy" husband ran up a ton of debt and then took off. Maralys has worked for 6 years to get out of debt and has built walls around her heart via sarcasm and a tendency to speak her mind. The last thing she wants is to be involved with someone, let alone someone with a family.

James Coxwell is a successful criminal attorney, married to Maralys' sister Marcia. They h
Claire Cross does a magnificent job of showing us the humanness in people. For example, the whole book we are made to really dislike if not hate Maralys' sister, because we are seeing her from Maralys' POV. But when she actually shows up and has a chance to talk with Maralys we understand her much better. We get to see what brought her to this point. I think it's a really tricky thing as an author to be able to do that. Often it comes across as flat and that we are now supposed to like a charact ...more
Quirky, lives to the beat of her own drum Maralys is one of those females who present a certain persona to the world but who is in reality someone who is trying her best to make it in the shadow of her twin sister. The sister everyone seems to believe is so perfect when Maralys is so not.

I thought the slow reveal of her true character was excellently portrayed as it really let Maralys finally see that she had the capability to break free of the self-imposed restrictions that kept her from reachi
Jul 23, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I liked parts of it a the actual interactions between Maralys and James and the kids. There were great lessons to be learned and I liked the way they went about it.

Some reviews I have read had trouble with the whole twin thing....I think that the story explained it away well, and I didn't have an issue with it. The things I did have an issue with: (1) The advice column dispersed throughout. It was really not necessary to the story, could have been left out. (2) The over-explainin
Maria C
Sep 28, 2013 Maria C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What to tell you about this book? Well, I gave it a 5 star didn't I? So, I tell you that I truly loved the story, the writing style was fun and the author was comical too!

The heroine (Maralys) was smart, witty, extremely independent but vulnerable and kind, although she came across as cold and selfish at times. James (the hero) was also a great character not only mature, handsome, intelligent but imperfect but not in a bad way but in a "real" life way! Where you make decisions and live with the
Marty Tool
May 31, 2016 Marty Tool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adults who actually act like adults.
This is book two of the Coxwell family series, you don't have to read book one, but it will clarify how messed up this family is, and why. James is the oldest son, Maralys is an identical twin to his wife who has abandoned James and her children. The story is told through Maralys viewpoint. We watch as Maralys finally grows past hurt and misconceptions from her childhood and as a young adult, not trusting anyone but herself, to a forgiving trusting adult. I li
Sep 21, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew that the he had been searching for her but...... I'm not a spoiler person.

Marica has left her kids and her husband, James without so much as a by-your-leave and as always, Maralys (Mary Elizabeth), finds herself picking up the slack. The only thing is: the stodgy brother-in-law is not as he seems. And this relationship is about to take some serious turns.
This is one of those I-can't- beleive-that-just-happened books that has to be experienced. Though I'm not a great fan of first person
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Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns. Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on medie
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