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When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life suddenly takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.  

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters. 

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ebook, 210 pages
Published May 27th 2013 by Entangled: Ignite (first published May 25th 2013)
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Ruth
I don't usually enjoy romantic suspenses. I used to read them on and off, but I just started feeling the plots were, well, really lame, which made the romance also really lame, almost like the thriller/suspense stuff had been thrown in to distract the reader from the fact that the heroine's life was so incredibly dreary that the murder/stalking/whatever was the only interesting thing about her before she settled down to pop out the hero's babies.

Well, I've read two other books by this author, Th
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Zili
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy for review purposes, but the words and opinions expressed are my own.

For Love or Money is an enjoyable mixture of modern/contemporary romance and murder-mystery. It is the story of one woman's hunt for justice, with a modern twist and a hunky ex!

The story begins with Holly Price on a somewhat unsuccessful hiking trip with her sort-of-new-boyfriend, Alex. Her inner commentary on the trip was really funny:

Today, he'd morphed into some kind of Neanderthal maniac - me mighty hunt
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Renee Rearden
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Purchased Copy

Life is an unpredictable roller coaster, filled with twists and turns, ups and downs. Even with this knowledge, we all have certain expectations. Especially Certified Public Accountant Holly Price—that is until her career in Seattle jumped the track and took a curve she never saw coming.

When Holly learned her father ran off with the yoga instructor (talk about a midlife crisis!), she couldn’t say no to her mother’s plea for help. She agreed to help run Desert Accounting until her p
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Monica Cardoza
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A woman wanting/needing to clear her name of a murder before the family business went up in smokes. It was also time to stop making excuses, running from the love of her life and see if a second chance could happen.

This is my first read by Ms. Perkins and I have to say that I really did like it. The one thing that I loved was the location of the story. Since I live in Pasco, WA I was a little startled when I learned that Holly lived in Richland, WA. To read about the common streets I drive by o
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Crystal
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a great romantic suspense, heavy on the suspense, look no further than For Love or Money. I found it to be a thrill-ride that I could not get off of.


Characters:
Holly, I loved Holly, she is so every woman. She's leery of men with good reason. She's home to help her mother with the business and she's longing to get back to her high-stakes job in Seattle, or is she? She's also curious as to what happened to her friend and becomes very embroiled in the case that her ex-fiance,
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Janine
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Love or Money has plenty of suspense to keep you on your toes. With plenty of "guilty" parties to various crimes, I enjoyed how this book kept me guessing as to the motives behind the murder and who the real culprit was. I also liked that not everyone was as they appeared, including the murder victim. The relationship between Holley and JC was stormy and tension filled, and I wanted more of their interaction. Unfortunately, the (re)building of their relationship took a backseat in the first ...more
Janna Shay
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A page turner that will keep you guessing


For Love or Money is an entertaining romantic suspense. Cathy Perkins does an excellent job of keeping you guessing as you enjoy the romance between the head-strong accountant and the sexy, alpha detective.

Holly Price returns home to help her mother with the family accounting business after her father ran away with the yoga instructor. Besides coping with the accounting business, quirky clients, and her frustration with her mother’s reluctance to help muc
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Lori
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For Love or Money is an outstanding page-turning thriller by Cathy Perkins. The author draws you into her intricate plot when main character Holly Price discovers her friend Marcy’s dead body.

Holly, a CPA, has returned to Richland to help save her mother’s accounting firm. When Holly is considered a prime suspect in Marcy’s murder, she decides not to take a back seat and let the police handle the investigation. Complicating the process of cleari
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CAS
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amateur sleuth Holly Price could've run away screaming after she stumbled over the murdered body of her friend. Instead, she wanted to know why her friend died. Initially driven to clear her own name—she's a suspect because she found the body in the middle of nowhere—and protect the business she's trying to expand, parallels between the victim's circumstances and her own life draw Holly deeper into her mystery.

As she pokes into her friend's life, she also discovers disturbing information about
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Andrea M.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of For Love or Money from the publisher for an unbiased review.

I love suspense novels that have you looking for clues in all the wrong places. Cathy Perkins does a good job of building up the suspense by providing just enough information to make multiple people look guilty. For Love or Money was filled with corruption and characters who were so temperamental that it was difficult to discern who could be trusted. There were several people in Holly’s life from love interests to h
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Lynn
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Dynamite Stars!!

For Love or Money kept me guessing the age old question “Who done it?” throughout the entire novel! Growing up reading James Patterson, that is a definite achievement. I thought I would know who it was and then some new twist would develop and I would be back to square one.
Holly Price and JC Dimitrak are what drew me into the book and from there I couldn’t seem to put it down. Having been previously engaged to each other, one walk out, one affair, and six years later, Holly a
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XxTainaxX
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
While For Love or Money isn’t my usual speed in romance, it was a pleasure to read. I was entranced by the mystery and couldn’t put it down. Holly was unique but naïve at times, and although I mostly get frustrated by that type of character, I found myself understanding that it was simply a part of who she was. The action and suspense was well written. The relationship between Holly and JC was a bit hard to pinpoint. I could understand the history but it seemed to fall into place with no real re ...more
Margaret
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read with lots of suspense and little bit of romance. I enjoyed the characters and the plot had me guessing at the “who” and the “why” up until the end. There were quite a few secondary characters that were woven into the story which added a layer to the mystery of who was behind the murder.

The interaction between Holly and JC was at times quite intense – it was clear that they had a lot of history that had never been laid to rest and that there were still sparks between
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Nasreen
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Abrupt ending, the book needed another chapter to tie everything together or at the very least, an epilogue. There were so many loose ends.. What happened to Frank, the stalker?

The mystery wasn't at all that intriguing, I knew who the culprit was.. not that surprising. The suspense aspect overrode the romance which i found to be disappointing, I would have liked this if the mystery did keep me guessing but that wasn't the case with For love or money. Also, there was a lot of unnecessary things t
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Rachel
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author's characters, who are actually believable people. The story is intriguing and I couldn't put it down for long without wanting to know what happened next. It's NOT a romance (hence the "suspense" classification), so if you're looking for a dominating love story, this may not be for you. It's a great suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you fall in love with the characters. I loved it!
Patti
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
An excellent read! Ms Perkins characters Holly and JC come across as real, down to earth people, which is refreshing to read about. For Love Or Money is a suspenseful read set in a small town. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.
Casey
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life suddenly takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic a
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Sue
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Holly is temporarily back in her home town to help her mother with the family's accounting business after her father ran off with the yoga instructor. She is seeing Alex when they are out hiking and hunting one day and stumble upon the body of Holly's friend Marcy.

If that's not bad enough, one of the police officers assigned to the case is J.C. J.C. and Holly had a bad break up 6 years ago, and she's still not over her anger or hurt.

When Holly finds herself a 'person of interest' in Marcy's deat
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Katha
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on
ARC provided for an honest review
3 Stars!

The book was quite good. I really liked Holly and JC. The author did a really good job with the characters. There were also so many side characters… which was somehow good and bad at the same time. It kept the story interesting and gave it a lot of depth. I had the feeling that the author put quite some thinking in the story to wave all those relationship webs. On the other hand it was hard to keep track of all the characters and how they are related and
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Jenn
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I give this book a 3.5. It's much heavier on the mystery/suspense than the romance, but it was very well done. The "whodunit" aspect kept me guessing all the way through; there were so many possibilities!

Two things I would have liked to see:

1. JC's point of view would have added a lot more depth to the romance, particularly through the early chapters.

2. I really don't like it when stories end immediately after the climax. Though the major plot points were covered, there were plenty of minor one
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Lauryn
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
I would give this 3.5 stars.

Holly is trying to prove her innocence and to find out what happened when she finds her friend murdered. She uncovers a lot of secrets during her investigation and while under investigation she is juggling her current man and her ex-boyfriend. I found this story rather enjoyable and Holly reminded me a lot of Stephanie Plum with her terrible luck and her amateur detective skills. I found I was looking for a little more romance and kept reading waiting for her to inter
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Tammy
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given this book by Entangled Publishing for my honest review. Holly is an accountant currently helping her parents out by working for them while they struggle with issues in their marriage. Holly is on a date shooting birds in a remote area when she stumbles upon a dead body who she recognizes as an employee of a client. One of the reporting officers to the crime scene, Holly's ex, JC, who she hasn't seen in years. Holly has to work to clear her name and solve the murder before she becomes ...more
D.S. Marsh
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had an intriguing mystery in addition to romantic tension between Holly and JC. I would have liked to see more interaction between the two consistently throughout the story, but I enjoyed it and would read it again. The conflict between the main characters was immediately apparent. It was amusing to see JC try to get Holy's attention by prodding her in the investigation. Holly had a legitimate reason for not wanting JC, and yet once she and JC talked about what happened in the past she ...more
Kaye
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this!!! It has the right amount of sassy characters, funny moments, thriller/suspense and great story!!!

Who ever thought accountants are boring should definitely read this! My only regret is that it ended too soon!!! I can't get enough of JC and Holly's crazy!
InD'tale Magazine
3.5/5.0

“For Love or Money” is a second-chance love story with mystery and suspense hovering in the shadows.

Read full review in the 2014 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Frances Delgado
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Colette
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this one a lot.
Betsy
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Farzana rahmann
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Was an alright boom thought htere should have been more mystery
Idamaro
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great mystery novel with lots of financial insights and relatable characters. This author writes so well that I'm suprised she is not more recognized for her work. Highly recommended!
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An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she's observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a co ...more
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