Contemporary Romantic Thrillers

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Born to Be Wild - Catherine Coulter

Born to Be Wild

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Get yourself ready for Mary Lisa Beverly -- a soap-opera phenom who's just won her third Daytime Emmy for her role as Sunday Cavendish on Born to Be Wild. She's fun and lovable and has lots of crazy friends, most of whom hang out at her house in the Colony, the famous gated community in Malibu. Unfortunately, there is one bad thing to poleax her champagne life -- someone is trying to kill her.
You'll meet Mary Lisa's family in Goddard Bay, Oregon. She's blessed with her father, cursed with her mother, and betwixt and between with her two nutzoid sisters.
And how about guys? There aren't any hotties in L.A. of interest to Mary Lisa, but in Goddard Bay--there are District Attorney John Goddard and Chief of Police Jack Wolf. And guess what? Even in the boondocks, bad stuff can happen.
Mary Lisa's friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A., with unexpected results.
I hope you laugh a lot with Born to Be Wild, root for Mary Lisa in all her roles, and all in all, have a fun time with this book.

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False Pretenses - Catherine Coulter

False Pretenses

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False Pretenses was not only my first contemporary suspense novel, but was also my first hardcover, published in October 1988. It came out the following May in paperback. We've given it a stylishly menacing new cover, and I'm happy to say that the novel didn't need any rewriting, just some updating. Meet Elizabeth Carleton, a fascinating woman who is not only a famous concert pianist, but is also married to a wealthy international business tycoon, Timothy Carleton. She is the envy of all until her perfect life falls apart literally in a heartbeat: Timothy Carleton is stabbed in the chest with an ice pick and Elizabeth is accused of his murder. Things rapidly go from bad to worse until a surprise witness appears to give her an airtight alibi. The jury finds her not guilty. The only thing is: She's never met the man who testified on her behalf. What does he want? There is also her late husband's family, who are out to destroy her. On top of everything else, Elizabeth is expected to take over the financial empire her husband left behind. Then three men suddenly appear in her life. Can she trust any of them? Or is one of them a murderer? I hope this story will have you turning each dark corner with Elizabeth to see who's there to do her in. Let me know what you think.

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Impulse - Catherine Coulter

Impulse

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Impulse is an exciting mystery suspense that first came out in 1990. I've done a bit of rewriting and updated it.
Now, I want you to get ready. I'm going to have you turning pages so fast you could compete in the Indy 500. Rafaella Holland, a Pulitzer Prize winner, now a journalist for the Boston Tribune, discovers from her comatose mother's journals that her "real" father is Dominick Giovanni, a wealthy, very powerful arms dealer who lives and runs his operations from his own private island compound in the Caribbean. She wants revenge for what he did to her mother. She wants to gather enough proof to send him to prison for the rest of his miserable life.
Marcus Devlin manages the resort on Giovanni's Island, private playground for the wealthy and powerful. He's very good at what he does, but Rafaella wonders if he's really what he seems.
Then someone tries to kill Dominick Giovanni. Who?
Then someone tries to kill Rafaella and Marcus. Why?
As Rafaella and Marcus grow closer, events threaten to spin out of control when their small world on Giovanni's Island starts to implode.
Do try Impulse if you missed when it first came out. Let me know if you figure out who is trying to kill Giovanni before you reach the last page.

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Beyond Eden - Catherine Coulter

Beyond Eden

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Beyond Eden first appeared in hardcover in 1992. I've updated it and the art department has given it a riveting new cover.
Lindsay Foxe is a successful model in New York, a woman who hides behind a new name to protect herself from a past of betrayal and treachery and a present that becomes fraught with danger. The product of old San Francisco wealth, the daughter of a man who despises her, her life is forever changed when she is brutally assaulted by her sister's husband, and then rejected by her family.
Lindsay is finally forced to face up to her past when she meets S.C. Taylor, a tough ex-cop, turned private investigator and computer troubleshooter. He is hired to protect her; but can he both win her trust and discover who is trying to kill her and why? Is it her family? A supposed friend or colleague? A faceless sicko or perhaps a mad psychiatrist? Ah, it's a mystery to savor.
Do enjoy my own personal favorite novel. Let me know what you think.

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