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Under the Boardwalk (Costas Sisters #1)

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Ariana Costas may be a college professor in Vermont, but she's still a Jersey girl at heart-at least according to her lovable, eccentric Greek family. Then her twin sister, Zoe disappears and her Jersey roots tug hard. Soon Ari is back home, ducking bullets and, to her chagrin, getting rescued by a hunk in a black leather jacket. Detective Quinn Donovan takes one look at t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
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Jani
Feb 22, 2012 Jani rated it did not like it
All i can say is . . . thank goodness that's over.
Diane  Morasco
Fun! What a quirky cast of characters. I laughed so much my sides ached. Phillips definitely knows how to blend humor, hi jinks & searing heat into 304 pages.

Brava, Ms. Phillips for bringing on the smoldering sexual intensity. Whoa, baby!

Under the Boardwalk weaves together a tapestry that is rich w/ lovable, eccentric & vibrant characters. The action is endless & the plot fast-paced.

I loved Ari & Quinn. Spicy... spicy now! Oh, I'm sorry, Quinn came to mind ;p. Whew! Is it hot in
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Ericka
Nov 24, 2012 Ericka rated it it was amazing
Well Carly Phillips did it again. I read this book in 2 weeks and one of the best reads. She kept me hanging I was not able to guess what happened to Ari's sister. I also liked the way she tied together the missing of the twin sister, the monkey, Sam and the love story of Ari and Quinn all into one book. This is why I love Carly Phillips. I highly recommend this book. I guess everyone has someone crazy in their family and the family she has created for Ari is not only different but one that seem ...more
Amy
Apr 17, 2015 Amy rated it did not like it
50 pages in and I just cannot take any more. Some potential, the missing twin and eccentric family, but the writing is lousy, the characters hard to believe, and the insta-lust! UGH. What the heck?
No thank you.
I hoped having a college professor as a main character would finally turn the typical Any Woman chick flick cliche heroine into someone intelligent, but I see no evidence of Ariana's extended education. And I can't stand Quinn's hard knock flashbacks. Okay, he's a tortured hero. ENOUGH! Th
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Barbara ★
I was bored from the first chapter and if I had another book with me today would have dumped this one instead of forcing myself to finish it. Too many unrealistic things going on. Insta-love is so overdone and not done well here. Ariana is a twin. Hero knows the other twin and doesn't have any feelings for her but upon seeing Ariana he's in love. It just didn't fly for me.

Anyway, about what I expected from chick lit.
Penney
Aug 18, 2014 Penney rated it liked it
A fun, light story but there were too many questionable and unrealistic things going on to make it truly enjoyable. And why is Ari the bad guy in everything and the only one who needs to change? Meh, not my best read, but not my worst. I give it a low 3/5 stars.
Catharine
Aug 11, 2012 Catharine rated it did not like it
What was I thinking when I picked out this book? The characters have as much depth and finesse as muslin sheets. The author's voice is as flat and as irritating as computer-generated voice mail greetings. And it all goes downhill from there.
Christie
Apr 17, 2008 Christie rated it liked it
This one was a little different from most of Carly's books, it was not as enjoyable as her others but still a good read. It was a little hard to follow and stay interested, not as sexy as her others!
Kristine
May 09, 2011 Kristine rated it did not like it
It was boring, I don't know why I even finished it. No plot, shallow characters
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
Oct 28, 2011 Carrie Hinkel-Gill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fan of Carly Phillips or romance in general
I had just finished Damned (book 2 in the Crusade series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie), and was ready to pick up the ARC of the first book in their newest series (Wolf Springs Chronicles) Unleashed. In fact, I read a few pages of it before this book called to me.

That's usually what will happen sometimes, books will call out to me and demand to be read. The fact that this book has been sitting in a stack beside my bed (where I do much of my reading lately) for some time probably helped.

I p
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Kathy
Oct 25, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Thea Zhu
May 20, 2015 Thea Zhu rated it really liked it
Read it the first time like five years ago and remember liking it back then. I was at the airport looking for something easy and fun to read for my 10hrs-flight. Recently I re-ordered it on my kindle, because I was in the mood for reading something with romance and humor and remembered this book from back then - I've gotta say, still like it!

I absolutely adore the Costas-clan, what a great family!

Didn't know it was sequel back then, looking forward to the second volume of the Costas Sisters "Su
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Marlene
Sep 20, 2014 Marlene rated it it was ok
A sort of run-of-the-mill, predictable, love story. Fine for a feel-good book, but not much challenge. Lady looking for her missing twin (but we soon know that she is OK so there is no mystery there), falls in love with the undercover cop, spends the pages trying to find herself and accept her crazy family, etc. Of course there has to be some descriptive sex thrown in for good measure. Just not much to it.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 STARS

"Ariana Costas may be a college professor in Vermont, but she's still a Jersey girl at heart-at least according to her lovable, eccentric Greek family. Then her twin sister, Zoe disappears and her Jersey roots tug hard. Soon Ari is back home, ducking bullets and, to her chagrin, getting rescued by a hunk in a black leather jacket. Detective Quinn Donovan takes one look at the windblown beauty-and then looks again. If this lady isn't Zoe Costas, it's someone who looks exactly like her. S
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April
Oct 14, 2014 April rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I really got pulled into the two main characters. They are just the kind that I like. Both Quinn and Ari are a little flawed and have to battle their own insecurities to both find out who they are individually and find their way as a couple. The supporting cast is great two. Every member of Ari's family is delightfully entertaining, and Conner is a loveable curmudgeon who you root for in his relationship with Maria. The plot is good, too. You get sucked into the missing ...more
Joyce
May 03, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
Ariana and Zoe Costas are twins in an interesting but sometimes ridiculous family of con artists. After graduating with a psychology degree Ariana accepts a job in Vermont where she can start a new life and escape her family. She returns 5 years later when her family informs her Zoe is missing and presumed dead.
Connie N.
This is a cute mystery/romance combo set in an Atlantic City casino. Ariana Costas heads home to New Jersey from her life in Vermont as a college professor, in search of her missing twin sister. Ariana has moved away from her eccentric con family to find security and normalcy, but in the process she's lost contact with her family. She gets involved with Quinn Donovan, the undercover cop investigating the casino where Zoe was last seen. Nice romance, very fun secondary characters, interesting bac ...more
Sassy
Nov 26, 2014 Sassy added it
Read before like family characters but think read before and a bit boring. More detailed romantic scenes would help.
Julie
Feb 15, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, silly story. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the crazy antics of the Costas family.
Aynsley Anderson
May 31, 2015 Aynsley Anderson rated it it was ok
Do you hate subtlety? Are you tired of using your brain? Then this is the book for YOU!

Miss Meghan
Apr 26, 2014 Miss Meghan rated it really liked it
I read most all of Carly Phillips' books when I was in college and needed something light and fluffy to break up the monotony of school work. They are the perfect beach/vacation/airplane/in-between-classes books.
Joanne
Nov 20, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ A fast paced, flirty and adventurous romance.” – Booklist

“Lighthearted … think beach read.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Bestselling author Phillips is back with lots more humor and zaniness. Offbeat and fun-loving characters give this book heart.” – Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine

All these review comments sum up this book well. Reminded me of Nora Roberts “Hot Ice” but the characters were more interesting – an eccentric Greek family, twins, dysfunctional relationships and Spank the monkey all in ca
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Bookhooking (Tanya Childress)
Jul 23, 2011 Bookhooking (Tanya Childress) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
What a great read! A real page turner for me. I loved the characters, including the monkey, Spank who had me laughing. This was my first read of Carly Phillips and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had my interest from the very beginning and I finished it in less than a week (which is saying a lot for me because I am a slow reader lol). I loved Ari, a very smart and somewhat stubborn woman and Quinn who was very sexy with a heart of gold. Great story with some suspense and a happy ending. The only dis ...more
Jill
Dec 01, 2012 Jill rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I only read this b/c I had a copy at home that wasn't a library book and I needed something to take to Mexico. I wish I would have finished it there so I could have left it--they had a little library of sorts they wheeled out by the pool each day--because it's only good enough to be a "beach" read. Like other Carly Phillips books, for me, there is a great story idea and it's just so-so. I would actually have to give this one 2 and 1/2 stars though, because of the main character's quirky family a ...more
Mel
Aug 17, 2015 Mel added it
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Tonya
Jul 14, 2015 Tonya rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was a good mix of drama and romance. Mixing family squabbles, romance, Spy missions, and a monkey, this book is well worth the read.
Deborah
Jan 30, 2014 Deborah rated it it was ok
Too much sex in it for me (never thought I'd hear myself say that...)
Barb
Aug 13, 2012 Barb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The main characters of this book, Quinn and Ariana, are lovable, stubborn, and filled with enough self doubt that it keeps their life goals just out of reach. But slowly through the chapters, their resolve is coming through, and as a result, love, and happiness are within their grasp. Throw in a crazy family, a cute but rude monkey and a troubled teenage orphan, and you have the workings of another great book by Carly Phillips. I gave this one a 5 star.
Char (1RadReader59)
Mar 24, 2012 Char (1RadReader59) rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the whole Costas' family. The are so wacky & wonderfully funny. Even the monkey Spank. I like the way Carly has a way of making a family of they would call the non-typical people. What some would call the throw aways. Not her she takes them & makes them so real. That you feel like you have know Quinn, Ari, Connor, & Sam forever. Then you add the antics of the Costas and boom the fun story unfolds. I highly recommend.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pac ...more
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