Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth.
What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.
It’s all going exactly according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?
“She’s Gotta Be Mine”, previously published as “Sex and the Serial Killer”,
If you like your romantic suspense fast-paced and laced with humor, try award-winning author Jennifer Skully. Jennifer adores quirky characters. The whackier the better! And you’ll find a whole cast of them in each and every Jennifer Skully book. Of course, being in the same body with alter ego Jasmine Haynes, she doesn’t let you down on the hot, sexy love scenes either.
Sassy and satisfying read. Solid 3.5. I am getting stingy with my 4 stars.
Roberta has been dumped by her husband in favor of his high school sweetheart, a sweetheart Roberta helped him find so he could find "closure". He finds closure all right and moves to Cottonmouth.
Not having read the romance heroine rulebook, Roberta does not go into a decline, does not grovel and beg him to come back, does not look the other way. She dies her hair red, changes her name to Bobbie, gets a sassy, slightly risqué wardrobe, quits her exciting (not) job as an accountant, and moves to Cottonmouth too.
She's threatened by closure girl, is interested in the serial killer with great pecs across the street, and gets an awesome job at the greasy spoon where men tip based on how cute her rear end looks. Okay, so that's not politically correct, this month it's even more politically incorrect, but sometimes a girl needs t be appreciated for more than her little grey cells, Monsieur Poirot! Especially when said chick has turned 40, been dumped, and hasn't had sex in forever.
There is a mystery to be solved other than why her husband left her for the closure bimbo who is NOT a nice woman. AND. she gets her comeuppance which is always nice when you vengeance in your heart for the downtrodden, abandoned and ill-used.
The relationship with her serial killer starts off slow and bumpy, but when it hits it stride, IT HITS ITS STRIDE if you know what I mean.
Free kindle book on Amazon. Reads like a soap opera, but with a murder plot. I wasn't convinced about the main character's actions. If your husband leaves you after 15 years, do you really follow him (with changed name, hairdo and clothing) to make him jealous? And then the "serial killer" becomes a hero within 2 pages? I've indulged in fluffy romance novels for the past week, but now I'm ready for some "real" literature again.
Amazon'un bedava kitaplarından güzel olanına rastladım. Kitabın konusuna gelecek olursak, kocası tarafından terk edilen Roberta yeni birçok karar alıyor ve hayatını baştan aşağı yeniliyor. Daha seksi kıyafetler, kıpkırmızı saçlar, daha dışa dönük davranışlar sergilemeye başlıyor. Adını da Bobby olarak değiştiriyor. Bir nevi kimlik krizi gibi bir şey yaşıyor. 15 yıldır evli olduğu kocası onu lise aşkı için terk edip bir kasabaya yerleşince bizimki de hemen arkasından işini gücünü bırakıp o kasabaya yerleşiyor. Kendine güveni geri gelmiş bir şekilde evinin karşısında oturan adamı gözüne kestiriyor. Asıl kahramanımız Nick ise kasabada seri katil olarak tanınıyor ve zorunda kalmadıkça kimse onunla konuşmuyor, kadınların çoğu ondan korkuyor hatta. Bobby ise bunları takmıyor, söylenti olduklarına inanıyor ve amacına doğru yavaş yavaş ilerliyor.
Nick kesinlikle gafil avlanıyor. En başlarda karşı koymak istese de karşı koyamıyor. Kızımız da kasabada bir hayli seviliyor, garson olarak iş buluyor-ki muhasebeciydi önceden. Terk eden kocasına orada rastlıyor ve ilk baştan gerilip, kasılıyor ama bu işi hallediyor. Kocanın lise aşkı Cookie ise (Bobby ona Cookie Monster diyor çatlak kadın :D) ise bir şeylerin peşinde ama kocası Warren bunların farkında değil.
Günler geçerken Cookie'nin zengin kocası öldürülüyor ve birileri bütün bu pisliği Nick'e yıkmaya çalışıyor. Aslında Warren safı Cookie'yi korumak için her şeyi itiraf ediyor ama şerifi inandıramıyor. Katil timimiz de bu işi bir şekil Nick'e yıkıp kurtulmayı düşünüyorlar. Tabi bu sırada Bobby burnunu çok fazla bu işe sokunca kaçırılıyor ve Nick neredeyse panik atak geçiriyor, çünkü Bobby'e istemese de çoktan vurulmuş bir halde. Kitabın sonuna doğru Cookie'ye yardım edenin kim olduğunu öğreniyorsunuz. Benim tahminlerim tutmadı, o yüzden sonu hoşuma gitti. Burada tabi Nick'in yaşadığı bir ihanet de oluyor.
Her şeyin sonunda ise bütün kasaba Nick'i sanki 20 yıldır bir şey yokmuşçasına bağrına basıyor. İkiyüzlü kasaba halkı biraz sinir bozucu açıkçası. Bu arada da 40'lık Bobby ve 38'lik Nick için düğün çanları çalarken de kitap bitiyor.
Konusu da, karakterleri de hoşuma gitti. Tam bir küçük kasaba hayatı anlatılıyor. Bir dedikodu ne kadar hızlı yayılır sorusunu merak ediyorsanız okumalısınız.
She's Gotta Be Mine begins when Bobbie decides to completely change herself outside and inside. Her husband just left her for his high school sweetheart, and she has no idea what she's going to do. So, instead of wallowing in self pity, she decides to go to Cottonmouth and show him what he's missing. But she never expected to meet Nick, and to have problems when someone is murdered.
This book was okay. I liked it, but the heroine drove me nuts sometimes. Other than that I liked the plot line, and I enjoyed most of the characters. It made me laugh quite a few times, and be happy about the whole woman power thing too. :)
So, this was a nice simply read to pass the time with, but it wasn't something I was emotionally invested in. It was still enjoyable though. But I'm not sure if I will read anymore in this series.
This was a solid 4.5 star read for me. I'm going to round this up to a 5 star on Amazon because the author was kind enough to offer this as a freebie at my time of purchase. This book had a great balance of mystery, suspense, and romance. Some reviewers commented that it was a bit far fetched, and it was at times, but it still made for fun plot! It flowed great and held my interest throughout.
Mix of a little action, mystery and romance, this book really brings out the character of the plot. It keeps you on your toes and is not an ordinary Contemp romance novel. Bobbie and Nick is bae tho. Through this book, u get to experience betrayal, lies, trusting the ones you love and taking a risk to jump - knowing that the person you love would be over at the other end waiting to catch you :) A GREAT READ!
She's Gotta Be Mine was an alright book. Not amazing, but not horrible either. Bobbie could be a little annoying at times. She pretty much just did whatever her husband wanted until he left her for his high school sweetheart. The books starts right after that when she is reinventing herself into a sexy, do what she wants woman. She heads up to the same small town her husband is in to show him what he let go.
Nick is the town serial killer. Not sure why, I mean I know what the townspeople say, but serial killer? It is just silly. Nick seems like such a good guy. He does what he thinks is right, but has fun with the townspeople as well. I really enjoyed him.
Bobbie and Nick together as so much fun. She just won't leave him alone since he is the one she wants to be with to show her husband what he is missing. Her husband also has some issues with his high school sweetheart, Cookie, that are making it so she won't divorce her husband. When Cookies husband shows up dead and Bobbie's ex confesses...well then it gets more interesting. Bobbie is convinced it wasn't her ex, nor Nick, but she questions the town. The way she goes about it all is so naive and stupid. She thinks because she has lived here for a few weeks, works in the restaurant that she is one of the townspeople? Really? She is just begging to get herself killed.
That and all of the stupid misunderstandings between Bobbie and Nick made this book less enjoyable than it could have been. I get that she might not trust people so much after her husband left, but she also needs to learn to grow up and not just pretend to. She got on my nerves a bit, and I felt bad for Nick at times. It was a fun story, with some annoying parts which make it not as fun overall as it could have been.
Roberta Jones Spivey has decided to change everything about herself. After fifteen years of marriage her husband dumps her for his high school sweetheart, Cookie, and to make matters worse she helped him find her believing that it would give him closure. She’ll show him! She loses weight, changes her hair color, buys herself a whole new wardrobe and changes her name to Bobbie then she follows him to Cottonmouth where she rents a house across the street from Nick Angel who is rumored to be a local serial killer.
Nick Angel grew up in Cottonmouth where he was known as the bad boy. He left but recently came back when his parents passed away and the town never welcomed him back believing that he was nothing but trouble. They only remember the trouble that he used to get into and not believing that he could change. The fact that he made a porno, one that his mother showed to all of her friends not knowing didn’t help his case any. Things aren’t always black and white though and there are always two sides to every story.
When a local man turns up dead everyone has their beliefs of who did it but it’s Bobbie’s Ex-husband who is taking the blame . Bobbie decides to take matters into her own hands because she knows that her ex couldn’t have done it and she can’t sit back and let him take the fall nor can she let her Nick take the blame. Half the town believes that he’s actually the one that did it.
This was a good book with some interesting characters and quite a bit of quick witted humor. I believe that the ending is somewhat far-fetched but who’s to say that old bittys in a small town with nothing else to do wouldn’t do a complete 360 with the way that things played out. 3.5 stars
As a whole, I'm rating this book a one star, but as a sum of its parts, it would be a one and a half. The main character is a twit who is eclipsed by her own butt (as the author would have you believe anyway), the husband she came to town to chase is an idiot, and did I mention that her butt is the real protagonist in this story? Really, take a shot or a spoonful of ice cream every time her ass or assets gets ogled and you'll be dead by chapter four. Read closely; you'll notice no one in town talks to her face.
That's my biggest complaint about this book. Generic and self-serving innuendos constantly disrupt the narrative, completely killing any tension and credibility. Which is a shame because this started out as an almost-fun romp through one heck of a caricature of Smalltown USA. The rebound man she pursues, Nick, is actually pretty funny when he's not beset by the aforementioned, overly prescribed lewd thoughts, though this was a fun one:
"Probably a Jehovah’s Witness. Mind-blowing, body-morphing, sinful thoughts scrambling his brain, his only desire was to get rid of whoever it was as fast as possible. One glance at the too-snug fit of his jeans, they’d be running for the nearest sanctuary before he even told them to get lost."
I liked him well enough except for his completely baseless attraction to Bobbie.
So, things I learned from this book? - Sex solves everything. - If a man returns your crockery, he's got the hots for you. - Belly-baring shirts are still in. - It's okay to be a twit as long as you're a loyal twit. - A smorgasbord = one blonde man plus one dark-haired man.
Roberta has been married for 15 years but their marriage has become stale in the last few years. When her husband, Warren, sees a psychiatrist he is told to find his high school sweetheart so he can find closure since he never got over her. Roberta helps him find her so he goes to meet the old flame in the small town of Cottonmouth. He decides to stay with the girlfriend, Cookie.
Roberta is stunned by this and doesn't know what to do. Finally she decides to remake herself head to toe and even her personality. She decides the new person she is now is not a Roberta so starts to go by the name of Bobbie. After quitting her job and ending all ties in the city, she moves to Cottonmouth to show her ex what he gave away and get control of her life. When she rents a house across from a serial killer, Nick, she thinks he will be the perfect man to have sex with and rub it in her ex's face.
I enjoyed this book and all the twists of who was using who and why. The murder surprised me but I loved the way the author took the reader through many suspects before we find out who the murderer actually was. The characters were great (except for my minor annoyance with Bobbie's self doubt). The hunky neighbor Nick was a great guy that I really liked. I felt bad for him being so unfairly treated by the town. Warren was such a wimp and treated Roberta so badly that I just couldn't like him. And he was pretty dumb on top of everything else! He confessed to the murder even though he didn't kill the guy! Cookie was a self centered witch that we aren't suppose to like and I didn't.
I liked this romantic suspense with it's fun plot twists and recommend it.
Roberta tries to help her husband by tracking down his high school sweetheart in an attempt for him to gain closure and move on with his life as according to his therapist he has "never gotten over her".
And what does he do when he meets her.....he leaves his wife after 15 years of marriage, in a phone call!
What does she do......incoming Bobbie (Roberta). New hair, new clothes, moves to the same town her husband has moved too in an attempt to regain control in her life and show him what he is missing. She starts out crushed but soon realizes that he wasn't worth it and soon finds a welcome distraction in the form of her dashing neighbor and local bad boy Nick, who is hot, hot, hot.
But then a murder happens to her husband's lover's husband and everyone is a suspect....
Great read, even better that it was free and still is at the time of writing this review!
OK - first of all... what woman in her right mind HELPS her husband get intouch with his old High School girlfriend... BS man... If he's having difficulties getting over something that happened over 20 years ago... especially an old flame... well, then he needs to be kicked to the curb!!!! Plain and simple!
This was a freebie and as freebies go it was just ok for me... I mean, I liked it, don't get me wrong... but it just seemed a little lacking for me... and when I say lacking... I mean, the sex/romance dept. It does have everything a book should have... a good plot, hilarious little bits, mystery, and romance... but for me I just needed a little more of the romancing thingy!!!
All in all... I guess you could say it's a good read... it was free for God's sakes... that's why I'm not giving this a 2 star... I will not be purchasing the next one...
This book was funny,good story,(nothing like a murder) to keep you in the story.The bad boy was( bad ) ."Her body relaxed against his gentle wave lapping over him.First her torso,then her butt until she was flush up against his flaming hard -on.Christ,she felt good,smelled good.He stuck his tongue in her ear.She drew in an audible breath." .Nick caressed the shell of her with his tongue.Her hands gripped his wrist where he held her at the waist.He breathed hot against her,her shiver worming beneath his skin." Yea Nick had me there!
I got this because a) it was free and b) it was the choice for a reading club. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It started out like standard chic-lit (and there's nothing wrong with that) but Roberta/Bobbie really developed over the course of the book, and the plot had some good twists in it. Then I realized that as J B Skully, she's also the author of the Max Starr books, which I also enjoyed, and all was explained.
I thought the characters were a little far fetched at first. Town serial killer meets woman who revamps herself as a redhead in tight short skirts because her husband left her for his high school sweetheart.... The story line was kind of corny but it did pick up after the murder mystery part of the book.
This is just ok. It feels like it's meant to hook you and keep your attention with intensity... It doesn't really do that, though. It's more lighthearted than it's intended to be, simply because they plot is not practical by any stretch. Still, the writing isn't terrible. It was free on Amazon, and ok for a beach read.
This book was ok. I figured out who did it pretty much right away. Would have preferred more mystery as it was over half-way thru the book before there was any real mystery. The main character was a bit ridiculous. Just didn't really care for the book.
I absolutely loved this book! A great story with loveable characters. Heartbeat, love, lust and a who did it murder all rolled into one. I wish there was another book after this one about Nick and Bobbie I'd love to know what happens to them next. Lovely free book well worth a read.
Not bad, not bad. I'm a sucker for a book with a "feel good" ending but that's not all this book provided. The main character is spunky and made me laugh throughout, but she also learns valuable things about herself through her experiences. I like the idea of changing who you are and taking on a new persona, only to realize who it is you truly want to be.
I also believe that the murder in the book adds a little bit of conflict. It seems like everybody in Cottonmouth seems to intersect with everyone elses' lives in one way or another, making it difficult to determine whodunnit.
Overall, good read. I don't know if I will continue with this series or not though.
How many women find their behavior to be in response to what is expected of them.....by spouse, friend, family? Roberta realizes she has been trying to be what her husband expects of her and how miserable she has been, but doesn't have this light-bulb moment until he dumps her for an old love. This book takes us through her transformation from an insecure Roberta to a new, vibrant Bobbie who meets life head on and goes after what she wants. Along the way she finds love, mystery, and danger. This is an enjoyable read from start to finish.
While this was a silly read, as long as the reader knows there is extremism used to make the humor it is an enjoyable read. Otherwise, it gets ridiculous. The author seemed to be good at the subtle art of trashiness, e.g. "Patsy winked, her lashes sticking a moment." It was not a book that I simply couldn't put down, actually taking me about 2 months to read. Don't need to run out and get the next in the series but I'm not against reading them in the future.
My introduction read to Jennifer Skully was an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the characters that Skully portrayed in true, small town syndrome glory. Nick, the dark and brooding outcast artist, and Brax, the blond haired, blue eyed, vivacious Sheriff, seem like the best of both worlds for Bobbie to choose from. I love the mystery and drama, the fun and the humor, on the way to Bobbie's happily ever after. A good read
This book is very slow moving, but I stuck with it. I wanted mystery and suspense, I did not get that till the last 20% of the book. 80% of the book was Bobbie trying to validate her self worth, this got very tedious. It took to long to get to the murder I knew was going to happen. I did have the murderer figured out early in the book. If you are looking for mystery and suspense I would not recommend this book.