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Tell Me a Story

(Claire Goodnite #1)

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George Washington Township, New Jersey has seen its fair share of crime and tragedy. Most recently, a young boy is missing from his home and the tenacious Detective Claire Goodnite is eager to find him.

But the case is stirring up old memories best left forgotten. When a blast from her own past, FBI Special Agent Wesley O’Connell, turns up, Claire finds it hard to keep old
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Jennifer Rebecca
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I am not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. I thought the writing was well done. The pace was excellent. The mystery aspect of the story was engaging. What brought my rating down was the romance aspect of the story. I just didn't like Wes or Claire as a couple (I didn't particularly like them individually either). Wes just seemed like a huge a$$hole that couldn't keep it in his pants, and Claire just kept throwing their past in his face and acting like a three-year-old most of the t
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Coco.V
Sep 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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George Washington Township, New Jersey has seen its fair share of crime and tragedy. Most recently, a young boy is missing from his home and the tenacious Detective Claire Goodnite is eager to find him.

But the case is stirring up old memories best left forgotten. When a blast from her own past, FBI Special Agent Wesley O’Connell, turns up, Claire finds it hard to keep old ghosts at rest. And even harder to keep the sexy SAIC out of her case and
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Charlotte Lynn
I’m struggling with this review. I started this book thinking it was a second chance romance. It was, but it was more the story of Claire’s history and how it is affecting her job, her love life, and her everyday life.

I struggled to connect to the characters. Claire was a hot headed, whiny, poor me but don’t pity me officer. Wes was a this is how life is and I don’t care what you think FBI Agent. Liam, Claire’s brother and her boss, was over bearing, rude, and not very professional. Together the
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Cheryl Whitty
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I have never read a Jennifer Rebecca book before, and it was much more than I expected. We meet Claire a detective who unfortunately works for her protective older brother who freaks out when Claire has to handle the kidnapping of a 6 year old boy.
Unfortunately he is right to be worried as the kidnapping brings to the fore all her nightmares. Enter Wes FBI Agent who has come to assist on the case. This is the first in a series and we learn a lot of wh
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Joy Novel Thoughts
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well. well, well... Tell Me a Story was a very intriguing and suspense filled novel with a killer I didn't anticipate and while the main mystery for this story was solved there is a larger story arc that we don't have the answers too and honestly, I'm dying to have that mystery solved!!

I haven't read anything by Jennifer Rebecca since her debut novel and I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this story, the plot wasn't what I expected at all. It was honestly a little refreshing to have
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A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
Wow! What a heart-pounding story! Tell Me A Story has everything: romance, suspense, conflict and angst!

Claire survived the unthinkable....she went on to have a career where she helps others in trouble.

Wes.....well, he is a strong ALPHA of a man who knows what....and who....he wants and he is determined to get it and the girl.

But first, they have to work together to solve a crime that brings back memories for Claire.

This is the first in a series and was the first read for me from the author.
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Dana
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow! What a heart-pounding story! Tell Me A Story has everything: romance, suspense, conflict and angst!

Claire survived the unthinkable....she went on to have a career where she helps others in trouble.

Wes.....well, he is a strong ALPHA of a man who knows what....and who....he wants and he is determined to get it and the girl.

But first, they have to work together to solve a crime that brings back memories for Claire.

This is the first in a series and was the first read for me from the author.
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Laura Danielle
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Teri
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
could not put this down! Great thriller with some super sexy scenes. immediately purchased book 2. parts of it caused a trigger for me, but sometimes that is therapeutic.
Leanne
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Once i got over the disappointment that there is way more "romance" (i use that word lightly!) than i was expecting and that the romance begins at the very beginning of the story and there wasnt much detective work and....actually ive realised there were quite a lot of disappointments i had to get over... hmmmm.
Anyway, basically the blurb and the book tell different tales. I was expecting something more angsty, maybe a little darker. I feel like the author just tried to squeeze too many subgenre
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Luisa Rivas
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was underwhelmed with this book for two reasons: I thought I would be reading about a kickass detective called Claire Goodnite. I was all set up to read a story similar to the In Death series by JD Robb, but all I read was mostly about a detective’s emotional turmoil related to her past and a turbulent love story with an FBI agent. This guy is also her big brother’s best friend. The second reason is that there was very little written about detective work and it sucked. No suspense, no drama. A ...more
Hannah
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC REVIEW

It's important for you to go into this book knowing it's suppose to be a romance not a romantic suspense, because if you do (like I did) you'll be a little disappointed, I enjoyed the book but I expected more. The case of the missing boy practically solves itself, the only reason it has any importance to the story is how it affects Claire. Told in the first person it deals heavily with Claire's internal conflict of dealing with her past and how that is affecting her now. Throw in the
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T.H. Hernandez
Equal parts romance and crime thriller, TELL ME A STORY is a fast-paced, steamy read with deep characters. Twenty-nine-year-old Claire Goodnight is a police detective, whose captain just happens to be her big brother. When she catches a case of a missing six-year-old-boy, we discover Claire has a haunting past that has her brother, and FBI agent, Wes O’Connell, questioning her ability to handle it. In addition to a horrific event in her young life, she also has a long history with Wes, which thr ...more
Isabelle MBTL
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Character: hero 3/5, heroine 2.5/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 2/5, real 3/5  Here lies a big part of my struggle with the book.

Wes: I usually prefer the alpha type of hero, a bit of jerk, that likes to control things. Well, not the kind of jerk or control of Wes. Really, that man was always pushing too hard and yelling. May
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Nightbird Novels
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A young boy disappears, and for Detective Claire Goodnite this case may be hitting a little too close to home. She is going to do everything in her power to bring the young boy justice... a battle she is doing for younger self, just as much for him. The last thing she wants, or needs, is another dark piece of her past coming back to interfere with her work...

FBI Special Agent Wesley O'Connell made a huge mistake when he let Claire slip through his fingers. Determined to never let that happen aga
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CI
Jun 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it to Chapter 4 and then quit for 2 main reasons:

- Claire is given the investigation of a missing 6 year old boy. She goes to the parents house, talks to them, agrees not to talk to the distraught older sister who is the last person to have seen the boy until the following day, goes back to the station to interview the biological dad, then checks off shift to pick up the case the next morning. Um, yeah. Not exactly normal police actions in the first 24 hours of a missing person case
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Dimple
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tell Me A Story is my second book by Jennifer Rebecca and while it's different in almost every way to Attack Zone, I loved it. I really enjoyed experiencing the author's range.

Tell Me A Story is a fantastic book full of characters that I wanted to hug, cheer, choke and kiss. Detective Claire Goodnight is a great character, deeply flawed but so genuine and earnest that you can't help but root for her. Against everyone except, SAIC Wes O'Connell, Claire's arch nemesis and the star crossed love of
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Alphas Do It Better Book Blog
4 stars

Tell Me A Story is my second book by Jennifer Rebecca and while it's dfferent in almost every way from Attack Zone, I loved it. I really enjoyed experiencing the author's range.

Tell Me A Story is a fantastic book full of characters that I wanted to hug, cheer, choke and kiss. Detective Claire Goodnight is a great character, deeply flawed but so genuine and earnest that you can't help but root for her. Against everyone except, SAIC Wes O'Connell, Claire's arch nemesis and the star crossed
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Tracey
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
* I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own *

This is the story of Detective Claire Goodnite who is investigating the disappearance of a young boy from his home town in New Jersey.
But her boss and over protective brother Liam doesn’t want her on the case because it will bring up all old memories that are better left hidden. So he calls in FBI Special Agent Wesley O’Connell to take over the case, but Claire is having none of it as she has some past history with Wes
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Booknerdingout
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 / 3 stars


This cover is gorgeous and I was intrigued by the synopsis. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. The storyline held my attention, but I kept waiting for something BIG to happen that never came. I couldn't really fell in love with the characters.

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Still, I know we won't always love every book we pick up. And, although, this book wasn't for me it just might be for you.
Maribel (Wine, Books N' Chill Blog)
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Jennifer Goliash
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Page turner

I stumbled across this book on Facebook. Being from New Jersey it intrigued me & I love a good mystery. It's had more sex in it than my usual books but that didn't bother me. Although a little annoying, Claire Goodnite is a lot like my fellow Jersey Girls. Color me surprised to find that the writer wasn't one. Although I had some parts figured out it had a few surprises for me. It has a well thought out plot that if you pay attention it's all there so it's not some unrealistic twist.
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Ideally.Portia
I’m just going to come right out and say it: there is a lot I didn’t like about this book. But let me explain myself, and explain why I would still read the next one….

First and foremost – this is more a romance than it actually is a suspense or thriller novel. Like, mostly romance. Which for me is mildly disappointing, as I was excited about the suspense aspect, and I freaking love a good balance of romance and suspense! The crime she was actually working on solving was predictable. I won’t focu
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Christie72
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
~4.5 Stars~

Tell Me A Story by Jennifer Rebecca was a wonderful combination of romance and mystery.

Claire Goodnite is a detective for George Washington Township in New Jersey, and she is good at her job. To say she is a complicated and complex character would be putting it mildly. As a child, Claire lived a horrible nightmare. She was kidnapped, but she survived. She has tried to live a normal life as possible despite the nightmares she sometimes has. Now, a young boy has disappeared, and she wil
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Lauren Helms
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like more Jennifer Rebecca novels, I get sucked in right from the start and cannot put the book down until I'm finished. Taking a different approach, Tell Me A Story features a heavier, darker tone. Even so, Rebecca's unique writing style still graces the pages. I loved Detective Claire Goodnite. She was a strong, independent heroine with a damaged past. She has to learn to trust those around her and decide if letting herself be happy is worth the work and pain it will take to fix herself. Then ...more
NICUnurse Stephanie
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
For my thoughts on this book, and the rest of the series, check out my review for book three, Say a Sweet Prayer!
Britt
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Hot Reading Mom
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Confused as to how this chick is the best detective in New Jersey? She is a grown women and the best detective in New Jersey and there is never a mention of forensic evident no coroner’s report no really bringing in residents for questioning. Just I think we are focusing on the murder we have a sex scene.

And why are running away from your superior officer at your JOB even if he is your brother? What are we 2?

I am going to giving the next book a chance but I will not finish reading if she gets s
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Melinda Knight
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gah. This book was so much what I needed at this time. I have been in such a book funk lately. This story was so damn good! The story line was so deep and gutting. The depth of Claire Goodnite's character will stay with me. I can't wait to learn more about her. I must devour all the series! Seriously so good!!!
Zinaida
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Welp. Made it 17% through the book before I stopped reading and deleted it. Both Claire and Wes' childishness ruined the book for me. For a detective and an agent, they sure act like three year olds. Perhaps the case made the book interesting but I didn't get that far.
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Jennifer is a graduate of California
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