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One Final Step (Tyler Group #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A new image...step by step

Who said moving forward is easy? Car thief turned race car driver, Michael Langdon has worked hard to build his image. Now to take it to the next level and become a successful manufacturer, he needs to kick that image up a notch. Enter Madeleine Kane, a genius at adjusting public perception. With her in charge, he's guaranteed to look better while
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Superromance (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 18, 2012 Kaetrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
Why I read it: I heard the author talking about this one on a recent DBSA podcast and saw the review at Dear Author. After getting spoilers (because I had totally forgotten the podcast which let the cat out of the bag) I went out and bought it.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) A new image …step by step Who said moving forward is easy? Car thief turned race car driver, Michael Langdon has worked hard to build his image. Now to take it to the next level and become a successful manufacturer, he nee
Rating 3.5 stars
Well this was one deep book, filled with two characters Madeleine and Michael who had deep emotional scars and issues. The hero is a former con who made it big in racing and now wants to start a car and needs investment and the heroine for that. In order to get money he needs the heroine to spruce up his image. The heroine isn't sure she wants the job, she has spent the past seven years hiding. She used to be young and successful when one mistake she made changed all that and bra
Good book. Michael needs Madeleine's help to take his image from playboy to businessman. She is williing to do the job, but only if she stays in the background. She was in the middle of a scandal seven years earlier and she doesn't want that to affect the job she does for Michael. Michael is attracted to Madeleine early on and wants to get to know her better. They spend a lot of time together and get close, but each still has issues to overcome. It took me awhile to really get into this one. I l ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Callixta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stephanie Doyle est une auteure discrète et rare mais ces livres sont solides et tranchent dans la collection Prelud. Il n’y est pas question de petites villes de seconde chance en amour par exemple. Elle a des sujets personnels et assez rares comme c’est le cas dans ce roman qui appartient à une série autour d’une société de relations publiques, Tyler Group. Parmi les employés de Ben Tyler, il y a une jeune femme qui fait profil bas après un terrible scan
Molly O'keefe
Aug 25, 2012 Molly O'keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an earlier version of this book - prepare yourselves. It's emotional, funny, sexy - a great contemporary read. I highly recommend
Jan 14, 2015 Elinor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Troisième livre de Stephanie Doyle, et une fois de plus c'est une réussite ! Les deux premiers étaient déjà géniaux, mais là... Un must, y compris pour les personnes qui pensent que la romance ce n'est pas pour eux. L'histoire de Madeline et Michael est loin d'être simple et elle est surtout très belle.
Ce que j'aime le plus chez Stephanie Doyle, c'est sa capacité à créer des personnages vraiment complexes, pas juste les personnages typiques au passé mystérieux et traumatisant qu'on a parfois tr
Chris McFarland
Apr 18, 2014 Chris McFarland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Langdon did not have the most auspicious start in life. Growing up on Detroit's infamous 8 Mile, Michael used cars to escape the reality around him. After serving time for theft, he once again used cars to escape reality, and forget the horrors behind him. From car thief to racing legend didn't seem too far of a jump, but now he needs another image make-over: to mechanical innovator and corporate poster boy. An old friend sends him the best publicist in the business, now all Michael has ...more
Brie C.
Oct 02, 2012 Brie C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Earlier this year I read and loved The Way Back, a book with a very unique premise. Ever since then, I became a fan of Stephanie Doyle, so I was eagerly anticipating the release of One Final Step. What I didn't know is that I, once again, was getting an original story with some very unique characters and subjects.

Madeleine is a former political advisor famous for two things: being so good at her job that turned an unknown person into the President o
Oct 15, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this book, because I felt that the writing was excellent and the characters will really stick with you. A lot of times with category romances I'll enjoy the book, but later I have a hard time remembering the characters' names or what actually happens in the book. That's definitely not the case here. The hero and heroine are both flawed, but it's clear that they very much regret the bad decisions they made in the past and have worked hard to chang
I picked this one up when Doyle was talking about the unique aspect of this storyline on a DBSA podcast . . .3 years ago, 4 maybe? It's been a long time. :) Finally decided to read it yesterday, and I did enjoy it. I have to give Doyle props for bringing in such a sensitive subject matter, but I felt it was handled nicely.

I'm curious about the next book in the series, which covers a couple that we met in this one. I'll probably read it.
I love the premise, quite fascinating - Monica Lewinsky (like character) meets ex-con (with issues) made good. I wasn't a fan of the hero (too Alpha male has to have heroine no matter how many times she says no), or the heroine (who always said no). But if you want interesting and different squeezed into a Harlequin category romance - then, I'd say this is for you.
Mandi Schreiner
Oct 04, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This one is different and I liked it. The heroine has a somewhat sordid past (or at least...a past that is different for a heroine) and the hero has a big secret in his past that I'm not sure I've seen in a romance hero. Both of these pasts coming together worked really well for me. Def checking out this author again.
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
I got a spoiler of an issue in this book that I haven't read before and I'm really intrigued and want to read it. But I also kind of already hate the heroine (yes, for the stuff in her past, but y'all know I can't hang with people like that). Decisions decisions.
Sonya Heaney
Excellent writing, really excellent. Though the hero’s completely implausible rise into Formula One - a good decade after real drivers do it - was difficult for me (someone who follows the sport and attends races) to read!
You know, I'm not completely sold on the romance on this, but the book deserves four stars for telling this story. And no, I won't say more. Just that you should read it.
Sep 26, 2012 Ridley marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebook
Between the review at Dear Author and the spoiler a little birdie whispered in my ear, this one has my attention.
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It all started with Shanna and Star Wars. An odd combination, I know, but what people don't appreciate about Star Wars is the deep romantic element between two of the lead characters. I wasn't seven years-old when I was able to clearly spot that Han and Leia were supposed to be a couple.

Sure most of my friends, who at the time weren't nearly as mature as I was – after all some of them were still s
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