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3 Men and a Body by Stephanie Bond
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Body Movers: 3 Men and a Body by Stephanie Bond
Contemporary Romance- January 1st, 2009
Rating 3 stars

Stephanie Bond’s latest series centers around the ideas of an average deck of cards.
Bond plots out Carlotta Wren as the Queen Her suitors are: the Jack, Cooper Craft a morgue employee; King, Peter Ashford wealthy widower; and Ace, Jack Terry, one balls-to-the-walls detective that are ware of each other's making one tightrope act. Supporting characters from the 8 of Clubs, Hollis Carver, 3 of Spades Chance Hollander, and the 10 of Diamonds, Carlotta's best friend Hannah Kizer, these players find bad luck palatable. Carlotta instincts are out of order and she should fold her hand but, throw in the dead body of a paparazzi stricken socialite and Carlotta is like albatross flaying in a torrential storm.

Carlotta is recovering from her fall at the Fox Theater featured in previous Body Mover story, can not catch her breath more or less get her arm to heal while looking over her younger brother, Wesley. Wesley is a Joker interchangeable with the Jack of Spades. Bond exposures the subplots tightly wraps the reader and one word of advice, find yourself in the Atlanta, Georgia and see someone with an impression on their arm reading C A R don't bother asking what model they like.

Stephanie Bond does not spend too much time with descriptive features saving those for the body of the suitors. Bond jumps the reader into the bottomless pit of dangerous intrigue with as much as possible foreshadowing for her upcoming releases expected out later this spring. The author forgoes saving the Queen because she arrogantly expects her readership to follow but, to do so, she will have to begin folding the house of cards.

The novel idea of a numerical series is nothing new, but Bond does save the reader tedious re-introductions though this is where character description is lost being in Atlanta, Georgia lends the reader to a southern accent that isn't existent. Also, the characters are written without typecasting which can be frustrating.

Reviewed by Patricia from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

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Sandy Nice analogy :)
But did you like it or not?

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