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Don't Look Now (Look Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,039 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Resisting the advances of an ex-lover, with whom she is investigating the murder of her boss, attorney Clare Westbrook learns that the man responsible for her sister's death is getting out of jail and faces a deadly game of cat-and-mouse in the wake of several attempts on her life, in compelling tal
Paperback, 424 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Pocket Star Books (first published August 25th 2003)
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Mar 01, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
This is #1 in Clare Westbrook series.

At first I didn't really care for this one as I felt it was a bit too sarcastic, but it seemed to settle down a bit after about the first 100 pages or so. The store was very good, I just didn't care for the writing style. Because it is the first in the series, possibly the next ones would not be so sarcastic. I felt that Clare would do things that most people wouldn't have done just because she wanted to figure things out on her own. As she was an attorney,
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Dec 08, 2014 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

"When hard-working attorney Clare Westbrook learns that her ambulance-chasing boss has been murdered, she's shocked -- but not exactly surprised. Harvey Kredd was known for his less-than-ethical business dealings, and even his acts of generosity were tinged with greed; Clare, working at Kredd and Associates to pay off the law school loan Harvey had granted her several years before, knows she's got no choice: indentured servitude, twenty-first-century style.

But Harvey's death doesn't let
Apr 26, 2010 rjp316 rated it liked it
Very interesting trilogy. I had not read anything by Linda Lael Miller in years (maybe a decade or more) but picked up this book at the library since I recognized the author. Was not what I was expecting at all but liked it – last time I read Miller it was all about the romance. Found it hard to read at first but then enjoyable that Miller wrote the books in the first person but past tense. The story lines was a bit farfetched in that I am sure all these events could never happen to one person ...more
Stacey Houllis
Dec 05, 2015 Stacey Houllis rated it really liked it
This is a good book not use reading romance thrillers took a while to read. It is about a lawyer Clare Westbrook who is raising her sister's daughter Emma after she was Murdered. Emma's father is in jail for crimes he committed. Clare thinks he murdered her. The story starts six years after the murder. When Emma dad is released from prison and wants to see his daughter and have visits with her and Clare is not happy with this Clare is working for a firm the deals with defending people. However ...more
I'm not a big fan of 1st person POV, but my enjoyment of the narrative style mostly depends on the author. Some of them (Kristan Higgins and Karen Marie Moning are among those few) actually make me forget I'm reading a book written in such a "restrictive" style and enjoy the ride. Many don't succeed in that effort where I'm concerned...and some write a narrator as a emotionally-cowardly bitch (or worse), so even though I'd want to, I cannot enjoy the ride.
And LLM (and this book) was one of those
Apr 21, 2008 Gina rated it really liked it
Not bad for the first in the series.

I thought Clare was a strong, determined woman; in a world ruled mostly by men, she holds her own, while raising her 13-year-old niece. Stubborn to a fault, she does what she needs to do, regardless if that puts herself in harms way.

I liked how Miller wrote the character of Clare's niece. She acted like a 13-year-old would act, and I appreciated it.

And Tony... yeah, if I was single, I'd be going for a man like that myself. Tenacious, I loved the sarcasm, and t
Okay this one was a little odd for me. It wasn't what I expected, but I did like it and I will continue to read the series. The book is written in first person and has quite a bit of narration between dialogue, which I admit is not a favorite style of writing of mine. There were times I found myself having to go back a page to see what a character said because there was so much narration between the dialogue of two characters - that frustrated me. I also thought the whole premise of the book was ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable book. There are several "happenings" occurring at the same time which makes it interesting when trying to figure it out. My only issue is that there is no description as per say of the main character, Clare. We know she's tall and beautiful but is blonde, brunette, etc, eyes?? I like to visualize the characters and it was hard to do so for her. All others were described sufficiently. Clare has major independence issues. She cannot seem to bring herself to let others ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what to say about this novel, besides the fact that I almost tossed it across the room. I did not hate this book, but the lameness of the plot, and how poor the character development did not make things any easier. The only thing I got out this book was "good sex" and Joss Michael's trying to solve a case, it lacked depth and substance. It was like all the characters were irrelevant to the story, it just never grabbed my attention. In the beginning, it sounded good with murder ...more
Monique J.
Enjoyable enough that I want to finish the series. But I had mixed feelings about the heroine, Clare Westbrook. On the one hand, she was fiesty, pugnacious, and sarcastically witty. On the other hand, she was stubborn, foolhardy, and incapable of knowing (or accepting) when she was in over her head. In this first book of a trilogy, there were at least 3 different people trying to kill Clare. And that doesn't include her long-suffering, on-again, off-again boyfriend Tony Sonterra. And speaking of ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pat and Gladys
A page turner from beginning to end....intelligent, with seat of your pants twists and turns.."I kept saying...don't open the curtain....don't go into the garage...etc"!!!
The humor and the sexual tension between Clare and Det. Sonterra was wonderful...all the time she was in the middle of one murder after another..including almost hers a few times!! Clare was still trying to defend the biggest sleaze of the century...and keep her teenage niece from her newly paroled father...who might be the rea
Teresa Snyder
Oct 17, 2015 Teresa Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big LLM fan, but this was not a typical LLM book. I'm torn between like and dislike --- the first half of the book was odd, written in first person. I could hear an old Spencer Tracy PI voice as I read the book. The second half was better, until the end. It just ENDED! I would have been livid if I read this book when it first came out and had to wait a year for book two.

Clare got on my nerves. I get that you clawed her way out of a bad childhood, but get over it already! Tony was swoon wo
Apr 15, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arizona defense attorney Clare Westbrook reluctantly defends bad guys because her boss put her through law school and she has a contract to pay him back. However, he was just murdered. As the murders continue, Clare seems to be the target. She's raising her niece, having sex with a detective, and representing a scumbag who botches breast implant surgeries. Who could possibly want her dead? I found myself wanting to find out who was stalking her and who was doing all the killing and wondering if ...more
Dec 01, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it
Clare's boss is killed and of course she is a person of interest having had very loud, public, words with him the day before. Clare is also raising her niece because her sister, whom she believes is dead, is out of the picture and her brother-in-law is in prison, although not for murder and is soon to get out.

In walks Tony, detective, and previous person of interest to Clare. They get into the thick of things trying to figure out why people keep ending up getting killed and trying to keep Clare'
This book had an interesting twist to it. It was written completely from the first person. No explainations of other peoples feelings or perspective at all. It took a little while to get used to, but in the end I liked it. The story was very well written and exciting from beginning to end. I have always loved LLM's books and this is another hit with me. I like that the characters were flawed. It was more realistic for me. You are totoally rooting for the relationshop to heat up and to go ...more
Oct 28, 2016 Betty added it
I seldom read romances so I have read very few of this author's books. I was desperated for something to read when I found this one. It look all right so I tried it. The characters drew me into the story at once. Claire is an attorney working off her college debts. She is drawn into her boss's murder by chance. The twist and turns of the story keep my interest and when I finished I brought the other 2 books in the trilogy. NEVER LOOK BACK and ONE LAST LOOK. All 3 are 5 stars. Very disappointed ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
A good Evanovich-type read alike. Clare Westbrook is good at her job defending criminals, but vertainly has a lot of people who seem to want her dead. Her main love interest is on-again, off-again, mostly because she's too proud to have it any other way. And she has a 13-year-old niece, Emma, to take care of. A fast moving story, lots of good action of all kinds - good read when you're home not feeling well!
Jul 26, 2016 Juliewheatcox.Net rated it liked it
This story was long on suspense and danger, but short on romance. Also, for a supposedly intelligent woman, Clare took a lot of stupid chances that put her life in danger when there were all kinds of people willing to help her out. Her niece really had her number in that regard. Getting herself killed would have permanently orphaned her niece, but she just kept taking stupid chances with her life. Duh.
Dawn ♥ romance
May 25, 2013 Dawn ♥ romance rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I don't know why they called this a romantic suspense thriller; it was a suspense thriller with some sex sporadically thrown in, there was no romance. Attorney Clare works for a firm that paid for her law school then forced her to defend the guilty rich. Old boyfriend Sonterra is a detective. I struggled through half then skimmed last chapter.
Mar 20, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
i've read almost all the books by this author and loved all of them but this one i was never sure if i liked it or not. Kind of went back and forth lol I think Clare was just a little too butt headed for me. Loved Sonterra though. Started the 2nd in this series and we'll see how i like that i guess.
Oct 27, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, legal
I picked this one up because Miller is SO popular and I thought maybe I should see if I was missing anything. Well, maybe I picked up the wrong book, or maybe Miller just isn't for me, because I was bored with this one. It was a bit like Nora Roberts - romantic suspense is the best label for it - but it lacked the 3-dimensional, likable characters that you can usually count on with Roberts.
Jul 31, 2013 Asif rated it liked it
When started to read, did not know it is a trilogy. However, enjoyed the first one though it gets dragged in the end. First half of the book is good. Mid part is even better but last part is average. She could have easily saved few pages had she kept that simple. 3 star rating from my side.
Dec 28, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad this is a trilogy. I found myself laughing and crying during parts, also agreeing with what Clare says, love her sarcastic personality. I can't wait to see what comes of Clare & Tony's relationship!!
Jun 03, 2008 Evelyn rated it really liked it
Attorney Claire Westbrook must learn who murdered the partners of her law firm before she is next.

Heavy on the romance end and light on suspense. A great beach read, but not for those who are looking for heart-pounding suspense. Recommended.
E.v. Sage
Dec 19, 2014 E.v. Sage rated it really liked it
Chick lit meets action film aspirations, this book is fast paced with multiple dilemmas dogging the heroine simultaneously. When not confused, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot lines, each and every one.
Mar 13, 2016 karen rated it it was amazing
Wow. One of Linda Lael Miller's best books. I did not think I would like it at first because it was not like the usual Western novels. But I loved Clare a real survivor. You go girl ! I also love Sonterra! Can't wait to read the next 2 books. Could nit put this down.
Petula Darling
Dec 27, 2015 Petula Darling rated it it was ok
Shelves: series
The plot was on the ridiculous side, and the protagonist was both an idiot and a fairly horrible person (although I don't believe that's what we're supposed to think).
Jan 23, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it
okay normally I am pretty smart about figuring things out....but at the end of this book...,,Her license plate is MJRBCH....I'm not sure what it means sooo if someone knows please share......Thanks..
Lisa Bitner
Oct 22, 2015 Lisa Bitner rated it really liked it
Good book, kept me wondering who the guilty person was until the end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series "Never Look Back".
Peggy Ferrell
Jan 31, 2015 Peggy Ferrell rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. There are 2 sequels to this book and I am looking forward to reading them both.
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

Published since 1983, Linda was awarded the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievemen
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“Sandy laughed, and I realized that I liked her, in spite of everything. Yes, she was beautiful. Yes, Sonterra obviously thought she was hot. But that didn't mean she and I were automatic enemies, duty-bound to compete. That was not my typical approach to life and femininity, and I suspected it wasn't hers, either.” 0 likes
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