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From Cape Town with Love (Tennyson Hardwick #3)

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THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS OF CASANEGRA AND IN THE NIGHT OF THE HEAT TEAM UP FOR A THIRD TIME TO PRESENT FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE, A TENNYSON HARDWICK NOVEL.Actor-turned-detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child’s life. Tennyson’s past in the sex game cost him his new girlfriend, and ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2010)
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Wendy
Jan 04, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
Tennyson Hardwick (TH) has developed as a character, should show further development in next book would recommend this read if you want to follow TH.
Sarah Weathersby
From Cape Town with Love, the third Tennyson Hardwick novel is the most suspenseful yet. I was all set to complain about the S&M episode (bondage is a real turn-off for me) but all of that fell by the wayside when it came down to the story, just as the previous two novels in the series got the sex out of the way fairly early in the book. In spite of "Ten's" flaws, lack of control, and attempts to bargain with God, he is the hero we want him to be. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know ...more
Tazzyt2bossye
Oct 26, 2011 Tazzyt2bossye rated it really liked it
'Can you play the game or will the game play you...'


Tennyson Hardwick is a man of many dimensions, an actor, a detective, a lover, a friend, perhaps even a father. Battered and bruised mentally and physically, Tennyson travels to South Africa in an effort to win back his ex girlfriend April Forrest. While on this trip he happens to meet Sofia Maitlin and they request his services as her bodyguard while she visits orphanages in a quest to adopt an African child.

Tennyson is later approached by S
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Candy
Jul 17, 2010 Candy rated it it was amazing
Yes, that is Blair Underwood on the cover of that novel. I love me some Blair Underwood! I noticed he was on a talk show recently so I set up to watch it, and he was promoting a couple of things, including this novel. From Cape Town With Love is a detective novel with an actor turned sleuth and it is the third in a series. They are written by a husband and wife which also got me interested. I love crime novels and potboilers and when I saw this at the library the other day- right after I saw it ...more
Kimberly Hicks
Jul 21, 2012 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature Readers
Recommended to Kimberly by: Goodreads
As usual, Tennyson Hardwick never disappoints. This was another roller coaster mystery. When Ten takes on being the bodyguard of movie starlet, Sofia Maitlin, needless to say, all hell breaks loose.

The characters you first met in Casanegra have grown into full-blown important people in Ten's life, and he needs those family members more in this book than he did in the first two. I'm too excited to see what the fourth one yields.

The story starts off in South Africa, where at first thought, Ten w
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OOSA
Oct 03, 2010 OOSA rated it really liked it
When Danger Comes Knocking

Actor and detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child's life. His past in the sex game cost him his girlfriend, and he travels to Africa to try to win her back. While in Africa he's hired as a bodyguard by superstar Sofia Maitlin for her visit to an orphanage to adopt an African child. Months later, Maitlin hires Tennyson as a bodyguard at her adopted daughter Nandi's birthday party
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Humanity
May 18, 2010 Humanity rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult readers
Recommended to Humanity by: No one, I'm a fan of the series
Beautiful, free and brave all greatly describe…

Hardwick, Tennyson Hardwick. Who far outweighs James Bond, baby! Within this novel you will continue to witness the evolution of a solid MAN. A problem solver who acts, as Marsha states. Oh, who is Marsha, you ask? Pick up Cape Town and find out. She’s a real piece of work!

If you thought you loved Hardwick before, as he pushed along and did his thing in Casanegra and In The Night of The Heat, Cape Town will infinitely seal you to him as his layers
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J
Jan 08, 2013 J rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
(FROM JACKET)Actor-turned-detective Tennyson Hardwick has solved two high-profile deaths in Hollywood, but nothing has prepared him for a race to save a child's life.

Tennyson's past in the sex game cost him his new girlfriend, and he brings her to Cape Town, South Africa-a scenic film destination and playground for the rich-to try to win her back. There Tennyson is hired as a bodyguard by superstar Sofia Maitlin when she visits an orphanage to adopt an African child.

Months later, Maitlin offers
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Brownstone  Book Club
Nov 04, 2013 Brownstone Book Club rated it really liked it
I must say that I loved, loved and loved From Cape Town with Love! It was entertaining from start to finish, although I must admit to starting with the third book, not with the first two. I’ve become a huge fan of these three authors and I'm looking forward to reading more from them. The story line was mysterious with just the right twist (suspense) at the end. Yes that was quite a surprise, wasn’t expecting that!

I’m just one member from our book club but from our discussion on the book, it was
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Toni
May 05, 2010 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the third book by this powerhouse trio in the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series. Tennyson is an actor who doesn't wait tables between jobs. The former male escort and police academy dropout instead fills his time with martial arts training and bodyguard jobs. Of course that sort of resume will lead you on the path to solve a mystery or two.

After the explosive events of the last book, In the Night of the Heat, Tennyson takes some much needed downtime in South Africa and hopes to reconnect
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Chayako
May 18, 2010 Chayako rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Suspenseful, exhilarating and sexy. From Cape Town with Love will leave you on the edge of your seat as once again Tennyson Hardwick has found himself in another mess. This page turner will have you holding your breathe as the intoxicating actor/bodyguard Ten deals with love, family, work and his own mortality.

If ever there was a book made for the big screen, this is it. The trio of authors do an excellent job helping us to visualize the beauty of South Africa, experience the roller coaster of
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Wilhelmina Jenkins
I have read all three of the Tennyson Hardwick books written by Blair Underwood, Steven Barnes, and Tananarive Due, and I have enjoyed all three. I have to include my usual caveat, however - these books contain very steamy sex scenes. Sex between consenting adults, absolutely, but if you prefer books without sex, this is not for you. That being said, this was a great read - an intriguing plot, with lots of excitement, suspense, and interesting twists. I couldn't put it down. I was a little unhap ...more
Misshaq
Jan 19, 2011 Misshaq rated it really liked it
This story was sizzling! I plan to go back and read the other books in the series, to get further background into the main character of the story, Tennyson Hardwick.

So who is Tennyson Hardwick? He is a man with many layers that continue to reveal themselves. The son of a cop, he works part time as a high level bodyguard. But he is also an up and coming actor trying to make it in Hollywood. Through his travels to South Africa he meets a beautiful and intriguing actress who he is guarding while s
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Villager
Sep 19, 2012 Villager rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked. This is the 3rd book in the Tennyson Hardwick series and I'm hooked. I think that the character is great ... it is nice to see a Black male character that is a hero. He is flawed but he strives to do the right things. He strives to be better than his past. He strives to make connections with others in his life, including his father and his 'adopted' daughter.

Oh yeah ... and he is a helluva part-time detective!

This story takes our hero to South Africa and back to southern California
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T
Oct 21, 2012 T rated it it was amazing
LOVED it. I'm so glad to see that the Tennyson series hasn't run out of steam. Note: don't read this book while you're pregnant...and raising toddlers. LOL! I was in tears through all the Nandi sections. :-( I think the truth of her paternity was brilliant...or maybe I'm just naive. It takes me a while to get things in movies. But while one could expect this to have a predictable ending, I really don't know WHAT to expect from this team of authors and I was truly rooting for the home team the ...more
Vacirca Vaughn
Sep 05, 2010 Vacirca Vaughn rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic installment in the Tennyson Hardwick series. As always, it was a story that had the elements of wonderful fiction--drama, a powerful and distinct narrator's voice, romance, murder, suspense, a large variety of characters that couldn't be cliched if they tried and several well-thought-out plot twists that were believable, while still blowing my mind. I was attempting to read a second book while I read this one (out of renewals at the library and trying to avoid those darn ...more
Ebony
Aug 12, 2011 Ebony rated it really liked it
Shelves: ficton
I haven’t committed to reading a series of books since The Babysitter’s Club, but I love these Tennyson Hardwick sagas. Every time the last ten pages include a twist that I NEVER saw coming. I’m even more curious about global martial arts techniques after this last one. I love the international flavor and even though it’s a bit overdone, I kinda like these plots pulled from the headlines with a novel perspective. Pun intended. I also dig how Ten’s history informs all of the stories. He’s a real, ...more
Ironflower
Oct 10, 2013 Ironflower rated it really liked it
This is my favorite book within the series of Tennyson Hardwick books.

This time around there is a lyrical imagery that comes from he backdrop of South Africa. Tennyson lands into a modern day South Africa, not as a tourist or as a wandering African American looking for identity clues but as a passionate person with a conscious that is enveloped by a sordid world of truth and consequences.

I love the intrigue. We also get a little more insight into how and why Tennyson was drawn to Chela's.

What
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Barbara
Aug 20, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having enjoyed the previous two books in this series I was really enthusiastic about this one, but ultimately a bit disappointed. The authors still produce engaging and interesting work but somewhere along the line there appeared to be a conscious decision to include more and more graphic and explicit sex scenes. After a while it just seemed gratuitous to me and sort of a bad reflection on a character whose growth you'd witnessed but now seemed to be taking a giant step backward. Too bad because ...more
D.K.
Dec 06, 2011 D.K. rated it really liked it
The story had a slow start, introducing readers to all the characters. Once Tennyson was forced out of the kidnapping case by the FBI, the story starts to pick up. With the Tennyson series it's not so much about the mystery it's about his life. The growing relationship between Tennyson, Chelsa and his dad made a good backstory. I still don't know how I feel about Marsha, she's one of those either-you-hate-her-or-you-don't characters. I loved the ending, I felt it was a good resolution for ...more
Shayla
Nov 30, 2010 Shayla rated it liked it
I didn't realize there were two other Tennyson Hardiwck books, otherwise I probably would have read those first, but I saw Blair on the cover and couldn't walk away. Picturing him as Tennyson made this book even better.

Anyway, it was a good story with good suspense. I found the character connections and the ending to be very clever. I didn't like the writing all of the time and some of Ten's lines and thoughts were very corny to me and made me roll my eyes, but I definitely would read another bo
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Demetria
Jul 16, 2010 Demetria rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Honestly, I did not have very high expectations for this book because I wasn't sure if it was just some kind of vanity project, but it's actually pretty good. Due and Barnes are very accomplished writers, so I should have known it would be a good read. Looking forward to reading the first two books now. My full review of this book is here.
Bee
Aug 10, 2012 Bee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not quite sure what I was expecting from reading this book. I am a fan of Blair Underwood and was intrigued to see what kind of book he has written. I was not disappointed at all. I loved this book. I love Tennyson Hardwick. I fell in love with him in this book. He is a flirt though. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book on my kindle and I when I got to around 40% I was finding it difficult to put it down :). I am so looking forward to reading the other books.
Valerie
Oct 09, 2010 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. And in my opinion it is the best of the series so far. The charming protagonist Ten Hardwick reveals new and interesting facets of his character in this harrowing adventure to find a kidnapped child and himself in the process. The evolving relationships with previous characters and new actors in this drama add a new level of complexity that brings forth a startling end to this mystery. I can’t wait to read the next installment.
Adrian
Aug 30, 2014 Adrian rated it really liked it
I'd started reading this series seven years ago and then fell away, at the time there were only two book. Surprised there are now 4 and this was book 3. Exciting, a bit funny with a ton of sly wit and insider Hollywood backstories from a fictional point of view and major action and mystery to a slam bang finish. And I always say anytime I am surprised by the characters secrets and did not see the ending coming. I tip my hat.
Adrienna
I felt the book became intense near the ending and then enjoyed the read. Blair is still a hottie and co worker thought it was a book based on a movie. sounds like a great plan!

"you thought you were an actor who solves problems. you're a problem solver who acts. "(page 358).

this line had me thinking about my own life.
Nascha
From start to finish, From Cape Town With Love was a good read. Good plot, fast action, intensity, interesting characters and lots of plot twists. Couldn't put it down in the end. Much better pacing and all than the first two books. This trio definitely works well together. Can't wait for the next one.
Andrew
Jul 29, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Tennyson Hardwick gets more than he expected after taking on a job for a Hollywood Celebrity!
This story didn't really start to take off until well into the book, but once it did it turned out to be a pretty good read.

This is my first Tennyson Hardwick novel and the others in the series are now on my reading list.
Georgena
Aug 24, 2010 Georgena is currently reading it
That Tennyson love a good challenge in his line of work and may never ever settle for the company of one woman. On a positive note, he has a developing good relationship with his father and some compassion for the young teenager he wants to adopt.
Jame
Nov 13, 2015 Jame rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as well-written as the first two

This felt really choppy, and the videos didn't help much. The first 2 Tennyson novels were more enjoyable. The story did have a good plot twist, but this story lacked the vivid imagery of the other novels in the series.
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Blair Underwood, a Golden Globe--nominated actor, has received several NAACP Image Awards. Steven Barnes is the author of science fiction novels, including The Legacy of Heorot, and has produced such television shows as The Twilight Zone and Stargate. Tananarive Due is the American Book Award-winning author of six novels, including The Black Rose, My Soul to Keep, The Between, The Living Blood, ...more
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Tennyson Hardwick (4 books)
  • Casanegra (Tennyson Hardwick, #1)
  • In the Night of the Heat (Tennyson Hardwick, #2)
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