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You're invited to spend the weekend with three extraordinary sisters…

When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power--no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past.

Lizzie is determined to s
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Mass Market Paperback, 391 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This book, simply put, was fun! It was a nice change after my last book, which wasn't that fun. I liked the light-spirit of the story, with one of my favorite themes: family. I adore my sister, so stories with sisters who love each other and get alone are always welcome.

Can I be honest? I read this book because Anne Stuart was one of the writers. I happily tried to pick out which parts of the narrative that she wrote, and I think I did a good job. But, in the process, I thoroughly enjoyed mysel
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Amanda
Mar 07, 2008 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one.
What I learned from this book: That just because you usually like an author , there's no guarantee you will like everything they write. Gah, this was AWFUL. Jennifer Crusie's books are usually funny and sexy and a pleasure to read.

The UMF was just embarrassing. It reminded me of the bodice ripper books I used to read back in Junior High, only worse, because I expected more. It's full of instant panty-melting lust at first sight, bad dialogue and every romance novel cliche you can think of. Each
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Jane Stewart
Terrible! Hated it! Selfish, rude, lying, unpleasant women.

This book was full of repetitive conversations as if the authors needed filler material. Dee kept saying "we must leave." Mare repeatedly gets mad at Crash saying "you've been gone for five years." I did not like the way Lizzie told Elric to leave her forever. Then as soon as he was gone she cried because she missed him and didn't want him to leave. The plot was stupid. I can't think of anything nice to say about this book. Story brief:
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Kathleen
This is actually a reread. The first time I read this book I was somewhat skeptical about the ability of three authors to blend their styles together, but I love Jennifer Crusie and was on a quest to read everything she'd written ever at the time, so I read it. I did and still do enjoy it, with a couple of caveats.

First: this is a fun book. The dialogue sparkles (it's Jenny Crusie, guys, of course it does) and the stories are cute, if occasionally somewhat forced in feeling. The characters are q
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Jana
Meh...
I was a bit disappointed with this one...
In the end, I finally just skimmed the final chapters just to be done with it. I ADORE Jennifer Cruise and was so excited for this one! I thought the concept was interesting and also the subject matter (I'm a sucker for witch stories, after all) but I thought the 3 sisters were lame and boring and way to hung up on their issues...the guys were not quiver worthy and to top it all off, I felt like I had to keep re-reading the first few chapters to see
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Siria
A fantasy romance about three sisters with magical powers, co-written by three separate authors. You see all the ways in which this could go wrong, right? Right. Well, Mare's story—written by Jenny Crusie—is the strongest and the wittiest, but it's nowhere near vintage Crusie. Dee's story was mostly boring (though God, let me count all the ways I never again want to read an erection described as 'rampant'); Lizzy's story irritated me, because it was full of all the smug, patronising, clichéd thi ...more
Callista
Parts of the book were funny, cute, sweet and/or sexy; but the plot and most of the character development were rather weak. Xan wasn’t a very sinister villain, except for the Sleeping Beauty riff at the end.
Of the three couples, I liked Mare and Crash the most; they were the most distinctive, charming and emotionally authentic characters. Dee and Danny were okay. Lizzie's and Elric's relationship was mostly a bad cliché.
Kara Jorges
This is the story of the magical Fortune sisters, each with a gift. Dee, the eldest, is a shapeshifter. Lizzie, the middle sister, transmutes things, and Mare, the youngest, can move things with her mind. For the past 12 years, they have lived a nomadic life, fleeing when their powers drew attention, or when their aunt Xantippe found them. After Xan murdered their parents, Dee took her sisters and fled, hiding out in small towns. Now, their aunt has found them again, only she has also sent each ...more
Ana T.
I picked up this thinking it was an anthology with 3 stories and an undercurrent theme, I was quite surprised to discover that this is in fact a full length book where the 3 authors collaborated to write one story.

It’s the story of sisters Dee, Mare and Lizzie who are witches and are on the run from aunt Xantippe who murdered their parents a few years back. The problem is Mare and Lizzie are tired of running and so this time aunt Xan catches up with them. The aunt is our usual villainess, beauti
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Punk
Romance, Fantasy. I was prepared to laugh this book out of the room. I mean, a collaboration between three authors? With SEVEN pov characters? But it was better than I expected. I got it for Crusie, but I enjoyed most of the rest of the book, except for a large part near the end that was supposed to be sexy and was instead just tedious. (Dee Fortune, I'm looking at you.)

To wit: The three Fortune sisters -- each with their own magical power -- have been hiding from their evil Aunt Xan for the pas
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L8blmr
May 19, 2008 L8blmr rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a somewhat light PN romance
I found this book at my local thrift store for 50 cents and wondered why I hadn't known of its existence. I believed it to be an anthology at the time, but quickly found out that it's one book written by three women! Of course, the names Crusie and Stuart were the ones that attracted me. When I looked the book up on Amazon I was surprised to see that not many people liked it. Well, that's never stopped me before and I'm glad it didn't this time. I really liked it! Instead of taxing my brain by t ...more
Kate
Not as good as I was going it would be. I expected a book about magical sisters finding true love over the course of a long weekend to require since suspension of belief, but this was almost too much for me. The dialog was silly at times, and the characters pretty I've dimensional. It was hard to root for love overcoming obstacles when it can all be dealt with in just a few days. I like Xan and Maxine, although they both felt line characters dreadmed up by the three authors over some midnight ma ...more
Christy Stewart
I planned on liking this book because it came highly recomended from a friend with similar tastes, but it didn't really work out. The writing is good, the characters are good, most of the humor works; as long as a book can meet these qualities I tend to really enjoy it, but there was a problem with the pacing. It's as if three short stories were intertwined into one novel and because of that there is a lot of jumping around between plots without much substance and it just comes off as looong. Ev ...more
Mehrangez
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Kate
When she was sixteen, Dee Fortune kidnapped her two younger sisters and ran from danger. Now twenty-nine, she's still trying to control her shape-shifting power--no easy task when Danny James shows up one Friday morning with his deadly smile and dangerous questions about the past.

Lizzie is determined to save her family from financial ruin by turning straw into gold; now if she could only stop turning forks into bunnies. Then Elric, a sorcerer, appears one Friday--annoyed with the chaos Lizzie is
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Virginia
Cute little romance. It was written in the round by three different authors, and you can see the strengths and weaknesses of this method quite clearly in the book.

But, it was fun. And I read it twice. The characters are awesome. Plus, there are some laugh-out-loud funny scenes.

Belmanoir
This book is worth reading just for Mare/Crash (Mare runs a quirky branch of Value Video!!, has telekinetic powers, and at one point dresses as the Corpse Bride), although the rest of it was pretty much your standard romance fare.
Andy Kornylo
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If you liked Maybe This Time and Wild Ride by Jennifer Crusie, then you’re going to love this book. I liked it, even though there were a few parts where I was just like, are you kidding me?

So, this book centers on the three Fortune sisters – Dee, Lizzie, and Mare – who are witches. But that’s not all they are. It turns out that their parents were also magically gifted and cashed in on their gifts by hos
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Ronda
What a riot! First of all, any book with that many great movie references gets a thumbs up from me. Second, I really, really enjoyed the humor. Third? It took me by surprise. Seeing three author's names on the cover initially made me leery. I generally don't like anthologies and that's what I thought this was. Nope. Not an anthology. Just a really fun read by three authors writing as three very different sisters. Now, I should probably have prefaced this by saying that I have never read anything ...more
Cynthia Varady
Dec 23, 2011 Cynthia Varady rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a fun, light read.
The novel brings two words to mind – Guilty Pleasure. I love me so good old, bad for me pleasure reading. It's like candy for the mind. Chocolate for the soul. Scratch that last one, chocolate is for the soul. At least it is in my world. Written in rounds by Jennifer Cruise, Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes is highly reminiscent of Charmed, The Witches of Eastwick, (except I liked this book), Stardust and Practical Magic all rolled into one. So if you don't like steam ...more
Lyn
May 02, 2013 Lyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
Dee Fortune took her sisters and ran after their parents died from questionable causes. She's managed to escape their wicked Aunt Xan for years, but now Xan's found them. Can Dee keep them safe or should she stop worrying and give in to the love of her life who is a gift from Xan?

Although all of the sisters have their own special gifts, Mare knows that with the guidance her aunt could have given them, they would be powerful indeed. Or dead, if she believed Dee, and she's not sure she does.

Lizzie
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Laura
Guilty pleasure. That would be the tag I would put on this book. Additional tags would be “sexy romance”, “paranormal romance” and “fantasy fiction”. I read this book a couple of years ago. The title caught my eye when I spied it on a book shelf in a store somewhere. I read the story summary on the back of the book and it tickled my reading fancy at the time. I have to say I probably should have investigated it more in depth before I started reading it. There is something to be said for having s ...more
Jenny
"Gorgeous men do not phase us. They are merely flesh and blood, arranged in a pleasing manner. They too shall pass, while we remain imutable and eternal. And, of course, unfazable. That is why we rule the universe."

So sayeth Mare, the youngest Miss Fortune, one of three magical sisters hiding from their past and from their aunt. Dee, the oldest and most reponsible of the three, tries to live a normal life and take care of her sisters, but can't seem to stop herself from shifting into an owl or a
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Zarah
Uh. I usually love Jennifer Crusie. She's not exactly Nobel Prize-material - but I bet she could be, because she's funny, snarky and witty in a lovely mix. Her characters are alive and kickin' in the best sense of the words.

This book is a collaboration, and I have to say: that's not entirely a good thing. While it's sometimes fun, funny and smart and the pacing is nice - it's also a bit hollow and lacking in building. More than a few times, I felt that important clues were just left dangling.
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Melissa McHugh
I love and adore Jennifer Crusie and I’m usually in line to purchase her books on the day they come out but I waited to buy this and I’ll tell you why: I’m not a fan of books that are written by more than one author and I’m not a huge fan of anthologies. I had never read anything by Anne Stuart and I had never even heard of Eileen Dreyer, so I decided to wait a while until I had some extra money.[return][return]I’m sorry that I was so quick to judge — this is a very fun and fast-paced novel, one ...more
Red
Cerita yang menarik dan lucu. Dee Fortune si sulung yang tiba-tiba didatangi penulis bernama Danny, Lizzie Fortune yang memiliki kekuatan paling besar didatangi oleh penyihir kuat juga bernama Elric, dan si bungsu Mare Fortune seorang pegawai dari peminjaman video didatangi oleh direktur pusat tempat ia bekerja bernama Jude dan kekasih yang telah meninggalkannya selama lima tahun Danny. Ketiga saudari itu sellau berpindah tempat untuk menghindari bibi mereka, Xan yang menurut Dee telah membunuh ...more
Nicola O.
Just finished this one tonight-- what a hoot. I have to say that from the way the blurb was written, I thought it was a collection of 3 novellas by 3 different authors. Not-- it was a very cute collaboration about 3 witchy sisters whose powers are a) completely out of control and b) go especially haywire when the girls are sexually aroused. Hijinks ensue.

I'm not familiar with two of the authors (though I'm going to have to look them up now!) but Crusie's trademark humor sparkles and it's easy to
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Jennifer
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Katherine Chinelli
This book was okay. I would choose exactly 2 1/2 stars if I could. It was just interesting enough to keep me reading, but just generic enough to leave me unsatisfied. I like the details, the magic and the boyfriends each of the sisters has, but sometimes it was too easy to put the book down and only pick it up again when I had nothing better to do. It was a terrible tease, at best.
Felicia (Ferishia)
I wasn't quite sure of what to make of this book. When i initially bought it I though it was an anthology. It's not. It is a novel written by three authors. I hadn't read anything by any of these authors so I don't know whose writing was dominant. There were a LOT of character vignettes. The story is, the 3 witch sisters are in hiding in a small town because the oldest of them, Dee, believed their aunt Xan killed their parents and stole their powers. Their aunt Xan is a power-hungry witch. She w ...more
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