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A Matter of Choice

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,142 ratings  ·  183 reviews
It Was One For The Books...

Sgt. James "Slade" Sladerman had practically been born to the force, but he wanted to be a writer, not a cop. No one was more different from him than Jessica Winslow, who was wealthy and working only because she wanted to.

He felt the gap between them keenly, and almost refused to be her undercover bodyguard. But someone had to watch her and he'd
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 27th 2013 by InterMix (first published May 1984)
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May 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. This was not Roberts best novel. I found the name of the male hero stupid - Slade. It's like a throwback to a romance from the 80s (which makes sense because that's when this was written). I didn't believe the instant connection between Jess and Slade. I didn't believe that Jess would find Slade's overbearing, almost abusive, attitude attractive. I didn't believe the premise of the case - it seemed highly unrealistic. I didn't find the mystery believable or particularly suspenseful. None of ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2014
I *almost* added this to my historical shelf. Set in 1984 and it really shows. Everyone is smoking ALL THE TIME. Other than that, I found the mystery part of the story totally predicable and most of the characters to be total creepers. It was the style of the time. Lesson Learned. Nora Roberts is great, but I need to stick to more recent contemporaries of hers.
Katy M
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As usual, a great read.

I don't like to go into detail about a book as I don't want to spoil it for others.
Nora Roberts is a consummate storyteller and consistently, seemingly effortlessly takes you into her vision.
This is one of her earlier works so lacks the maturity and depth of her more current books but, even so, her writing surpasses most, if not all, novelists.
Seamlessly combining mystery with the classic romance novel elements to a rarified level Ms. Roberts has once again worked her magi
Lyndi W.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
2.5 stars Both the H and h are kinda dolts in this one. Nora should have focused a bit more on the mystery and less on the romance. These two didn't work all that well together. ...more
Belinda Vlasbaard
Aug 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-bezit, roman
4 stars - English Ebook

The last thing NYPD Sergeant James “Slade” Sladerman needs is to babysit a spoiled heiress.

But Jessica Winslow’s antiques shop is suspected of being used by an international smuggling ring, and Slade is being sent undercover to investigate, and keep Jessica out of trouble.

The woman Slade meets isn’t what he expected. And neither is the desire that springs up between them.

Nora Roberts Always delivers! No matter the story. No matter the time or place. Who else can do that?
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Sergeant James Sladerman (Slade), of the NYPD, has mixed feelings about his career as a police officer. Writing is his first love, but for the time being, he writes after work. Everything in life is all about making hard choices.

So when his latest assignment takes him to a small Connecticut town to "babysit" Jessica Winslow, the owner of an antiques shop, while FBI agents circle, trying to find the kingpin of a smuggling operation that is using her shop, Slade is less than thrilled.

His cover, ho
Ashley Christensen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: all-the-nora
I'm so glad she writes male protagonists that are actually likable now, because wow.
That was a common problem in the 80s though, and Nora was not immune.

I really liked the main character, Jessica, though. And the story was great, definitely something she'd do now, but with a better male lead. Sorry, Slade. You just weren't enough for me to go gaga over.
Tammy Reeping
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book

I started reading and couldn't put it down until I finished.
I can't wait for the next Nora Roberts book.
Judy Churchill
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has the same story line as the last novel I read. The setting and the characters are different so I still enjoyed the book. It seems I liked it more than other reviewers.
Rebecca Neely
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book .. fanciful and fun.. romance and mystery.. light fast read.
Feb 27, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022-nora
Could've been a 3 but the mystery dragged way too much. ...more
This book was first published in 1984 and it certainly shows. Not because of the subject matter, but the voice and narrative style sound dated even for a Silhouette.

The suspense was good with the mystery of just who in Jessica's closer circle was the baddie, while the identity of the main villain, the one pulling the strings, didn't even matter that much in the end.

But once you move away from the mystery, there's not much else there. The heroine seemed like a flake, the hero was an ass, their "r
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-nora
Undercover cop James Sladerman (aka Slade) is assigned to investigate an antique shop connected to overseas smuggling, while also protecting its unsuspecting owner Jessica Winslow. The pacing of this book is a bit odd (some action/tense scenes spaced apart by a lot of waiting around), but it's one of Nora's first mysteries and her first cop hero! To hear a full discussion of A Matter of Choice listen to Season 1, Ep. #7 "Nora Roberts 1984: First Impressions, A Matter of Choice, and Less of a Str ...more
I kind of got tricked into reading this because I sorted the NR books available for my Nook from the library by publication date and this came out on top and had an unfamiliar title, so I thought this was new. But apparently publication to them means date it was put into e-book form, because this is almost as old as I am. As such, it has a lot of "she said no but her eyes said yes" and "kissed her to shut her up" bullshit in it. But it was kind of interesting to see how NR's writing improved as ...more
Charlotte Griggs
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-romance
A romantic suspense along the lines of The Obsession and Black Hills. There have been glimmers of Roberts' talent in a few of her older books but this is the first one I've read that really grabbed me the way her later standalones do. The plot was intriguing and the dialogue was smooth with the exception of the fact that Slade told Jessica to shut up several times and was fond of calling her an idiot (which, unlike heroines in many of Roberts' earlier books, she really wasn't.)

I was very pleasa
It may have been more acceptable or at least tolerated during the era when the book was originally written, but in this enlightened post machismo era the book reads more like a sado-masochistic article for a pornographic magazine. Another story of an aggressive male knowing better than a relatively naïve woman what she needs and ensuring that this is realized through aggressive sex. This particular book is absolutely sex saturated with four of the twelve chapters almost entirely composed of expl ...more
Francesca ❆
Nov 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Another short romance sprinkled with a dash of mystery that I wished it would’ve been written as a full length novel.
I enjoyed the romance between Slade and Jessica, their characters were well constructed and I loved how much they balanced each other.
I quite enjoyed the frantic personality of Jessica and how strong she is, with how she lives her life and how much she cares about her loved ones.
Slade gruffness was quite entertaining and watching him adjust to the rhythm of Jessica was quite cute.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This was published before under a different name. I think they should tell you that. I hadn't read this book before. These are some of here earlier works and happy to say, she has come a long way. The story was predictable with the romantic edge. It followed two headstrong characters with romance, suspense and intrigue. I got a little tired of the same dialogues going over and over, but I did like the ending. I really thought I had figured out "who dun it", but I was wrong. So it was worth finis ...more
Lirisha Tuladhar
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
well to be honest.. i really enjoyed the book .. thr romance.. the thrill.. the way the story was written it was all smooth...
the setup plot was a bit weak though.. for it seemed that..all the case was too easy to figure out.. who the culprit was akready could be evident and could be guessed without much brainy thoughts..
the love story was great but somehow the power of grasping a strong plot story loosened here..
Slade and Jess was indeed a pair!! Im glad it didnt just end up broken relations
Bree Marks
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Slade shows all the characteristics of Nora Roberts' leading men and Jessica the softer side of her heroines.

Slade and Jessica end up thrust together during an inter law enforcement operation dealing with smuggling out of Jessica's antiques shop. Little do they know this forced interaction would be the beginning of their own love story.

True to the beginning of Nora Roberts' career, A Matter of Choice is one of her classics everyone should read at least once.
Jun 17, 2022 rated it liked it
This was really sketchy for Nora roberts. Almost like a fleshed-out outline for a book, not the final. He shoots a guy and there’s no follow-up…did he just lay there forever? It wasn’t bad, just huge holes in it. The guy was a Neanderthal of bad behavior, but I guess it was like that in the 80s…funny, I don’t remember guys being that bad.
This book was a little rough. I still enjoyed it though.

There were some issues with the beginning, just jumping in with no explanation of who anyone was or what was going on.

At one point something kind of major happens and is never mentioned or explained. It was weird.

There are a few sex scenes. Easy to skip over and not miss any plot.
lynn meadows
Oct 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Mixed Review

I would have liked the ebook better if I believed more in the characters or perhaps liked them better. The smuggling Scenario I could have lived without. And the bruising kisses. The characters she started would have been enough without the cloak and, if only she'd gone more deeply into them. Then, she'd have five stars.
Cheryl Jacks
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great story.

Interesting characters grab the attention of the reader from the first page. Enjoyable progression of mystery and romance. I really liked the people in this book, but I've never read any of Me. Roberts' books I didn't like.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was written back in the mid 80's. You need to keep this in mind when reading. Even so I found this still to be an enjoyable read. The story flowed and the range of the characters was interesting. ...more
Patty Skaggs
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Matter of Choice

A definite FIVE STARS...Nora Roberts didn't disappoint this loyal reader for one moment.
Loved the chemistry between Jessica Winslow and Sergeant James "Slade" Sladerman.
Barrington John Prince
Good plot with more than one touch of romance

Enjoyable read even though there were one or two too many stop starts to the romantic side of the story due to frustrating class conscious and reasons of duty.
Betty Ann Burban
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exciting suspense and romance.

Slade a Sergeant with the police is given an unusual assignment to investigate a beautiful shopkeeper who might be involved in some smuggling.The plot thickens and the electricity sizzles between the two.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wanted to read a Nora Roberts book but I won't read any more. No real story here, just a romance with a little mystery to try to support it. At least it wasn't full of foul language like most books are now. ...more
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Hideaway, Under Currents, Come Sundown, The Awakening, Legacy, and coming in November 2021 -- The Becoming -- the second book in The Dragon Heart Legacy. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her book ...more

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