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Mad, Bad and Blonde (West Investigations #1)

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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  757 ratings  ·  70 reviews
After being jilted at the altar, librarian Faith West goes on her Italian honeymoon solo, but doesn't stay that way too long. And though her sexy rebound man has ulterior motives, feelings surface that neither of them are prepared for.

When a man's too good to be true...

Jilted on her wedding day for being the queen of dullsville, librarian Faith West goes on her Italian ho...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley (first published January 11th 2010)
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Saly
May 23, 2011 Saly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Saly by: Mia
Mad Bad and Blonder was an enjoyable read, but not a blow my mind out one.

Faith West is about to get married when she gets a text from her fiancee that he can't marry her, her needs excitement. Well Faith is angry and goes off alone on her honeymoon since she always wanted to go to Italy. Faith is a librarian but she is also an ace-shooter and holds a PI license since her dad owns one of the biggest investigating companies.

Caine Hunter is an ex-marine on a mission, to keep an eye on Faith. He is...more
Sandy M
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It starts out terrific, even though it’s a theme we’ve read before. I liked the heroine and felt for her when she’s left at the alter. But then she gets mad. And then bad. And blonde. Then I got irritated.

Faith is a librarian, in love, and it’s her wedding day. Only the groom doesn’t show up. He texts her, though. She’s just not what he’s looking for, too dull, not enough adventure and excitement. Going through the usual emotions after such a traumatic...more
Emily
It's about a librarian in Italy. Awesome:) Or so I thought....

This was a terrible book. Absolutely terrible. I thought, "Oh, she's blond like me. Oh, she's been to Italy like me. Oh, she likes libraries like me." Yeah none of that mattered. I don't know if I just can't read romance novels anymore or what, but it felt like the writing was meant for a child. The subject matter was a little bit more adult, but mostly they just argued with each other and themselves like they were in middle school. S...more
Jill Dunlop
Faith West finds herself dumped at the altar by of all things, a text message. Leaving her family to clean up the mess, Faith decides to go on to Italy by herself where she would have honeymooned. She runs into Caine Hunter and being on the rebound and romantic Italy, she sleeps with him. Afterwards she finds out that Caine was working for her father's arch rival as a PI. Caine is trying to clear his father's name and blames Faith's father for botching an investigation that eventually led to his...more
Katie(babs)
Children's librarian Faith West is left at the altar by text message on her Blackberry from her fiancé Alan who doesn't want to be married to her. He longs for adventure and excitement and doesn't want Faith because he feels she's boring. Faith is crushed, but decides to suck it up and go on her honeymoon to Positano, Italy by herself. And it's a good thing Alan hopped on a plane to Bali because Faith is a crack shot with a gun, thanks to her father who first took her to the firing range when sh...more
Katie A. E.
The woeful tale of a woman, Faith West, who is jilted at the alter but still goes on the honeymoon excursion to spite it all, and being stalked by hunky ex-military stud Caine Hunter was a good and potentially exciting, and hot, idea.

Then it all went downhill from there.

There were glimmers of hope, only to be dashed by eye-roll worthy scenes you've read before and while, not bad, you've read them before. A million times before. It's also slow, and kind of boring. It's not a hot and bothered sizz...more
Renaissancecat22
I have read many, many romance novels. This is one of the few that I can describe as so poorly executed that I could almost feel my brain cells dying as I continued to read it. In general, I stay away from contemporary romance, but I decided to try my luck with a Cathie Linz book because I liked what she managed to do with her half of one of those old Harlequin Duets books and I wanted to see how much better her work would be with time to develop the characters and the plot in a full-length nove...more
Heather Riley
Mad, Bad, and Blonde is another fabulous title from Cathie Linz. I am admittedly biased toward stories that feature librarian characters, but I also just love anything that Cathie Linz writes. I definitely recommend this story, along with Linz's other titles like, Tempted Again, Big Girls Don't Cry, or Smart Girls Think Twice.
SheLove2Read
If you're looking for a serious romance with lots of drama and passion, move on to something else. But if you're looking for a fun, quick, humorous read, Mad, Bad and Blonde fits the bill.
Tasha
WTH? I thought this book was going to be 80% Italy and 20% nonsensical change of career, not the other way around.
Judi
I’ve read all of Cathie Linz’s previous books and quite enjoy her as an author. Mad, Bad and Blonde was not one of my favorites.

Dumped at the alter by text message. A sign of the times? This takes social networking to an all new low.

That’s what happened to poor Faith West on her wedding day when her fiancé Alan decided that he wasn't ready to tie the knot with a dull, boring librarian. Faith doesn’t let his rejection get her down though; no way she’s off on her Italian honeymoon solo to have a...more
Starry
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Elizabeth Kolodziej
I became friends with Cathie Linz on facebook. Whenever I become friends with an author I check out what their books are about and all that. Her book sounded really interesting so I finally saved up my pennies and got a copy. I am so happy I did this.


Now, my opinion! This book, to me, really stressed women empowerment. Faith, (and yes I find it funny that my main character in Vampyre Kisses is also named Faith ::giggles::) started out in this book feeling weak and vulnerable. Show of hands, how...more
Judy (Geeky Reading)
~3.5/5
[Also available on my blog (with extras!).]


There were a couple of things that seemed to happen too quickly, that were a bit rushed, at the beginning, but that seemed to smooth out later on in the book, and overall this one was just pretty good.

Faith West, the daughter of the owner of West Investigations, gets left at the altar on her wedding day, and decides to go on her planned honeymoon to Italy alone. Where she meets Caine, who works for her father’s rival, and who also has a personal v...more
Caroline
A fine story with a cast of original and eccentric characters. What lifted Mad, Bad and Blonde far above similar prickly love-hate romances was the effortlessly sparkling dialogue.

The mysterious death that forms the pivot of the story is perfectly placed, adding not only intrigue and tension but also a focus for the the relationship between the two main characters: Caine, an ex-Marine trying to prove that the circumstances of his father's death were covered up, and, Faith, a children's librarian...more
Karen
When Faith West is left standing at the altar, she decides a honeymoon by herself is just the thing she needs to revitalize her life. That’s what Jane Austen would do after all! During her first night on the Amalfi Coast, Faith meets the captivating former Force Recon marine Caine Hunter. After throwing away her staid cautiousness, Faith spends a memorable evening in Caine’s bed. But a morning peek inside his wallet enrages her. He’s a spy sent by her father! But she quickly discovers Caine work...more
Jackie
When children's librarian Faith West gets dumped at the altar on her wedding day, she doesn't dissolve...she gets on a plane and heads off to her honeymoon destination solo. In Italy, she meets sexy, dark, and handsome Caine Hunter, a Philadelphia lawyer. Wait a minute!...after checking in his wallet (after all, she is the daughter of Chicago's top private investigator), she discovers that Caine, an ex-Marine, works for her father's arch enemy, Vince King of King Investigations. In a huff, she l...more
Diah Didi
Another book about librarian recommeded by Veeta.
Tema ceritanya sih sebetulnya menarik. Konflik keduanya justru muncul setelah mereka tidur bareng karna Faith ga nyangka dia tidur ama pihak musuh, while Caine, yah, dia emang dtugasin nguntit Faith, sekalian balas dendam ke bapaknya Faith yg dianggap bertanggung jawab atas bunuh dirinya bapaknya Caine, but sleeping with her was not part of his plan.
Waktu Faith akhirnya mutusin gabung di perusahannya bapaknya, Faith dan Caine jadi rebutan klien....more
Emilyn
Faith is a children's librarian left at the altar on the day of her wedding for not being exciting enough. She goes on her honeymoon by herself and meets the handsome Caine. Turns out he works for her father's rival (her father owns a private investigation company). Caine also believes Faith's father botched the investigation into the events surrounding his own father's suicide. There is a definite attraction between Faith and Caine, and they seem to keep running into each other (accidentally an...more
Beth
This was almost a 5 star book. It was light, fun, and delightful - perfect for me after I read a book about a serial killer. I loved the sparring between the two main characters: it wasn't done in a way that was annoying, you know, when all they do is fight then all of the sudden "love" each other. It didn't seem ridiculous when they fell in love (it was more of a "forbidden love," in the sense that they knew they shouldn't like each other, but couldn't help it), though it was a trifle fast for...more
Barbara
Likable enough contemporary romance. I got very tired of the bickering between the hero (ex-Marine Caine) and heroine(children's librarian Faith). Author was going for witty repartee and all I got was childish bickering. However the plot/mystery was interesting and, once the bickering stopped, our main characters were fine. The romance was hot, but very quick to get them into bed together. I was happy to see that it took them several more months to get to the alter and I do believe in their HEA....more
Cindi
Just a very sweet love story, styled much like Susan Elizabeth Phillips'. A take on the jilted-at-the-alter theme, this one having our heroine, Faith, flying off alone on what was to be her honeymoon on the beatiful Amalfi coast in Italy.

Of course she meets the sexiest man alive, Chase, during her stay and sparks fly - along with french fries but you'll have to read the book to get the 411 ;)

Can't go further without ruining the book for new readers, but know that this little contemporary romance...more
Jessi
Faith West is a children's librarian whose boring, staid life is apparently way too boring for her fiancé. He's left Faith at the altar. So she flies off and goes out on her honeymoon by herself where she has a torrid affair. With a man who ends up being a private investigator employed by her father's rival. Also, he thinks that her father drove his father to suicide. So she loses him and returns to Chicago where she immediately joins her father's PI unit.
A quick read and about what I expected...more
Jennifer
This was going really well until I met the hero. He was a jerk and I didn't think he could ever be redeemed. It never occurs to him (or any of the male characters in the book) that she might be acting out of character because she was dumped at the altar. It was when the hero thought she was acting sad really well at Pompeii, like she was actually sad about the deaths of thousands, that the novel lost me. It never occurred to him she would look sad 'cause she was dumped? He was either too dumb or...more
Carrie
This book is a fun contemporary romance. Faith undergoes a lot of growth throughout the book, making some mistakes along the way. I really liked how she wasn’t perfect in the choices she made - they were realistic. I wasn’t too fond of Caine in the beginning but came to like him a lot. The chemistry between the main characters is great and the story moves at a fast pace. I was rooting for Faith and Caine to find their happily ever after and wasn’t disappointed at all! Fans of Erin McCarthy and J...more
April Kane
Jilted children’s librarian Faith West travels to Italy to rediscover and redefine herself. There she meets mysterious, dangerous Hunter Caine who just seems to show up when she needs him most. Sparks fly and it is all a little too predictable but still a cute, fast read that does not require paying too much attention to enjoy. Also, note that Cathie Linz’s newest title, Luck be a Lady, which is based on a character introduced in Mad, Bad and Blonde (the heroine’s cousin Megan) will be published...more
Char (1RadReader59)
This was such a funny book. This was just the firearm non-couple ever until they were. I totally enjoyed all the twist & turns these P.I.'s take to get where there going on their case & their relationship. Faith's family is a hoot from her grandma to her cousin. On the way to investigate something very personal to Caine they met some very interesting people that just add a whole different layer to this story. In doing so Caine an ex-Marine is able to start feeling & showing emotion....more
Emily Fauble
I was surprised, I fully expected this book to be a bunch of fluff and was happy to find their was actually a fairly good story line and some half-way decent characters. It was a bit too sexual for my liking and part of the story's resolution was a little too all of a sudden for me, but overall I enjoyed the read and found it fun. I look forward to the next book by this author which stars one of the lesser characters from this book.
Stephanie
This is a fun, light read if you like contemporary romance with a side of mystery. It's not as slapstick as the Stephanie Plum books, but it leans toward funny rather than serious. I know it's pretty standard to have POV switches from the main character to the male "hero" in romance, but I found his thoughts a little distracting. I wished it was all from her point of view. Still a fun read.
Anne OK
One of the cutest, funniest and just plain fun contemporary romances I've read in SO long! Enjoyed every moment I spent reading this story. Super characters, supported by an equally good secondary cast, laughs, some tender moments all rolled into a very nice storyline.

This was my first time to read a book by Cathie Linz but I'll definitely be checking out some of her other books!
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