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A Fine Specimen

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,468 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A beautiful scholar studies a tough-as-nails cop--what can go wrong?

Tough-as-nails police lieutenant Alex Cruz is all business and all brawn. Cops and criminals alike tremble before him, which is just the way he likes it. He has to be harder than the hardest criminals to root the bad guys out of his city.

Then his boss forces him to work with a scholar who is studying d
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published September 9th 2016 by Lisa Marie Rice (first published June 1st 2000)
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Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; Fans of hot romance
Loved it. What else can I say, I'm a big fan of Lisa Marie Rice and her uber alpha heroes, and she almost never lets me down. From what I've heard, this book is a re-working of the book "Taming Nick", and I can imagine what must have been "re-worked". I'm sure the language was spiced up (lots of "f" words and more), sex scenes more vividly and graphically described, and generally what must have been a PG rated book was turned into an R rated (and at times NC-17) book. But what can I say, I knew ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I have read a few books by LMR and, to be honest, they are all more or less the same. The same formula: hot, rugged, tough as nails hero. Younger, more timid heroine. Alex Cruz is never going to fall in love. He loves his job, his independence and, no siree, his heart will never be taken. Famous last words.

He has to sort of mentor Caitlin, as per instructions from his Boss. He is not happy. He has bad guys to catch. He cannot be babysitting some student! But then he sees her! Instant a
I love LMR's heroes and Alex Cruz is no exception. :)

This book was lighter and funnier than I was expecting, with Caitlin's clumsiness a source of constant teasing by Alex, and it had all the markings of a romantic comedy. But being a LMR book, it had to have some gun fighting at the end - not a big one, but climatic enough to make Alex realize his feelings for Caitlin.

I really liked this book and will keep LMR as one of my auto-buy authors, but I'm beginning to wonder if she'll ever reach as hi
Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Can Lisa Marie Rice write a bad book? I don't think so. All I know is her heroes make me tingle in the most delicious way! "A Fine Specimen" is her latest e-book. It's an expanded version of her 2000 Zebra book "Taming Nick" under the name Elizabeth Jennings and it's guaranteed to raise your blood pressure in the best way.

Caitlin is a grad student working on her dissertation in law enforcement psychology. Her last project is a hands-on study and when her favorite instructor sets her up in his ol
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was only 29 pages into this book and thought WTF! There where so many similarities between the H&H's from this book and from Ports Of Paradise that I was thinking maybe it was not such a good idea that I read these two book's back to back. As I read on, this story grabbed a hold of me and tugged me into it. I felt the love scenes in this book not quite as good as the love scenes in Ports Of Paradise but needless to say they where still smoking HOT. While on the other hand, for me the story ...more
I love me an alpha male and got that from Alex, albeit he wasn't all in from the beginning, instead he tried to fight his feelings. How I love it when an alpha male gets his epiphany and is all "in".

I’ve come to love the suspense in LMR’s books although there wasn't much of that going on in A Fine Specimen. LMR teased with a suspense plot with Ratso and Lopez, but didn't delve too deeply. Instead I think this had more of a hot, contemporary romance feel which due to the length of the book worked
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
A 3.5 to 4 star read.

Lieutenant Alex Cruz eats, sleeps and breathes law enforcement.

They loved him. They hated him. They respected him. And they all deeply, deeply wanted him to get a life so he would get off their backs......
"Guy's a genius at anticipating a criminal's next move, it's like he's got a sixth sense for it. And with all that, for all his smarts, he doesn't have a clue about emotions or feelings. Not his or anyone else's. Not a clue"

Caitlin Summers is doing dissertation research
Lyndi W.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-gross, 1-star
That was tedious and I fully admit to skimming some of the longer scenes of contemplation. Alex is a pretty shitty boyfriend/lover/whatever. Caitlyn is entirely too stuck inside her own head. I almost DNF'd it when Alex spent multiple scenes not listening to Caitlyn and instead just nodding in agreement while staring at her tits and wondering what kind of panties she's wearing. And when he fucks up, he fucks up pretty badly. And he didn't even apologize - he gets away scot-free because of a "omg ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
Loved it! Lisa Marie Rice/Elizabeth Jennings is one of my favorite authors. Her style, her stories, her characters just do "it" for me. This was no different. A quick read with no slow parts. Not really a suspense, but more of a contemporary, albeit, very hot, romance set in southern California around a police station. Alex was the lieutenant (promoted to captain) and Caitlin was there to finalize her dissertation on law (alpha males) by using his squadron (him) for research.

Alex was glued to h
This was a bit of a silly book.
It was so full of psychological mumbo jumbo about things like dominance displays in law enforcement and the heroine asking herself whether signs of deference and submission decreased proportionately to the increase of distance from the station house, (I kid you not), that I just got bored.

Too many points were laboured.

Yes, he was alpha.
Yes, he wasn't in touch with his feelings.
Yes, he took too long to tell her he needed her.
Yes, she kept waiting and giving him
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 rounded to 3. Was there a suspense plot? I must have missed it. Fine if you like alpha male romance. Not so fine if you were looking for a little backstory tension with some bad guys (you know, actual police work) to go along with Alex fighting his feelings over the sweet thing that has got him all twisted up.
Jane Stewart
It felt thrown together. I didn’t enjoy it. It needed better plot and character development.

While Captain Avery is on vacation, Lieutenant Alex Cruz is in charge at the police station. Caitlin is a Ph.D. doing research. Avery sends a message to Alex requiring him to assist Caitlin and to let her interview and observe police officers for a week. Alex hates it, but he grudgingly allows it. He takes her to lunch. They begin to fall for each other.

I don’t recommend it.
Maria Rose
Caitlin's graduate studies in psychology with a focus on historical police work leads her to Alex's police station, where she's got permission from his boss Ray (whom he owes a big favour) to spend a week studying dominance in the work force. And there is certainly no better place to check out alpha tendencies then the bustling and hardworking local cop shop. She expects Alex to be the alpha male from everything she's heard, and he doesn't disappoint. What she doesn't expect is for his interest ...more
Sadly, I found this just...terrible. Jaw-clenching, eye-rolling, incredulous-laughter-inducing dismal.

Written with cliché upon cliché on every level, from the metaphorical alpha animal predator/innocent-ish prey behaviour to the inflated writing where both parties' bits suddenly take on a life of their own, to spurting body fluids everywhere, every page got more and more difficult to read.

I couldn't envision a doctoral student behaving like a spoilt juvenile, just as I couldn't imagine a hard-
The main couple is typical LMR's characters, the sex scenes are steamy and well written, but there are too many very long inner thoughts, and the reader is left waiting for the story to go on.
And most of all, have Alex and Caitlin ever heard about that thing called communication? Instead of assuming what the other one wants or feels, they should have talked a little, that would have saved them some heartache and me some frustration. But no, it's better to just say nothing and wait for the other
Cute little story. Alex is definitely the uber alpha type and Caitlin is a bit of a klutz. It was interesting to see the big bad cop turning into a lovesick fool. lol.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-plain, meh
Sex scenes were hot but just that.
Very average...
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Marie Rice, Fans or erotic contemporaries
Recommended to MBR by: None
4 Stars Yowzastic Goodness!

Apart from the cover of this book which I just loathe, I loved every single thing about this very hot and well done novel by Lisa Marie Rice. Previously released and entitled as "Taming Nick", A Fine Specimen tells the story of how Alex, the lieutenant at Baylorville PD falls like a ton of bricks for the sweet, sexy and beautiful Caitlin Summers.

38 year old Alejandro Cruz (Alex) lives and breathes police procedure. Alex had grown up in one of the poorest ares of Bayl
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
Well, I can now say that A Fine Specimen by Lisa Marie Rice is definitely a rewrite of Taming Nick. I lucked into a copy on PBS and was curious as to how it compared. Change the first names of the two main characters, add LMRs wonderful steamy hot love scenes and there you have it. Some parts are word for word the same, others augmented and seriously spiced up. AFS is by far my favorite of the two. I found out that the Precious Gem Series of books was written exclusively for the WalMart stores ( ...more
Just got the print edition, and it has 224 pages, not 332 pages as the EC website advertises.:( I'm still hoping that means there's some additional scenes...
3 stars.

I liked the story but not so much as the authors other books. There wasn’t much suspense.
Carey Sabala
I normally like LMR but this one bored me to tears. I love contemporary romance and love cops/detectives but this one had my eyes rolling. The descriptions of the hero got a bit lengthy - yes we get he's an alpha male but comparing him to a wolf pack and constantly talking about he's the king of the pile was a bit much. Almost like the reader didn't know what an alpha male is. Then we get into her internal dialog which was also a bit much. She was always talking and comparing and putting herself ...more
Alima Livzletlivz
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Lisa Marie Rice’s Midnight Series – every one of those sizzlers and I have revisited them innumerable times, that I’ve stopped counting. And now with her latest re-release of “A Fine Specimen”, I get to feel the sizzle and the simmer between the tough lieutenant Alex Cruz and the scholarly Caitlin Summers.

What got to me is Lisa’s style of narration - crisp, sharp and full of wit that tickles our funny bones. If studying dominance in law enforcement is Caitlin’s dissertation, Alex is the
Needed a LMR-fix, but this just wasn't as satisfying as many other books I read - Woman on the Run my first and favourite.

The main characters in A Fine Specimen basically have the same traits as all LMR's H/h - him über-alpha, constantly gagging for her. She is innocent and lovely, but responds to him physically like nevah evah.

Her klutziness (constantly dropping food into his lap) was taken a little bit too far.

And what I really disliked about this book was a scene at the hotel where the heroin
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I feel so lucky to have spent my day with Lisa Marie Rice! Seriously love her contemporary romances, there's almost a vintage feel to them. The first 25% of the story did drag a bit, there was a lot of internal monologue but it did pick up after that. My only disappointment now is that I think I've read all LMR's books. Always a terrible feeling when we reach the end of a favorite author's book list. I guess that's what re-reads are for!
Snigdha Prakash
I liked the book.
I have always liked the premises that this author sets.
I even like her executions.
My only problem with her books has been that too much of it is spent in passive internal monologue or describing the surroundings.
I need more conversation. More one on one, if you know what I mean.
The rest was fine.
Renee ❤️My heroes are ordinary
For the most part, I thought this book was pretty boring. The H and h seemed kind of thrown together with no depth to their relationship. It has the normal L.M. Rice hotness, but this is definitely my least favorite of all her books that I've read.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I love books by Ms. Rice, but I can't stand the hero in this one. I see no redeeming qualities in him and I can't even finish it. On to the next one...
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 for this book that lacked both on the romance side, as well as with the suspense. It's story that centers around a grad student, Caitlin Summer, who is studying dominance in law enforcement for her dissertation. She has been assigned to the police department under the leadership of Police Lt. Alex Cruz. Of course that plot is typical, Cruz isn't happy to have Caitlin in his department but he sure is sexually attracted to her. Caitlin is all work, until Cruz literally stripes her of her pant ...more
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