Book Reviews of Born to Be Wild

Born to Be Wild
Born to Be Wild
Author: Catherine Coulter
ISBN-13: 9780739472682
ISBN-10: 0739472682
Pages: 354
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
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I LOVED this book!!! Anyone who is a Catherine Coulter fan needs to read this. It is funny, action-packed and full of great interaction between the characters.
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I really liked this book, it flowed really well. I didn't want to put the book down no matter how tired I was since I read it mainly at night. The characters really draw you in on what is going on. I would like to read more about Mary Lisa Beverly and Jack Wolfe. Really good!
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Great book! Quick read and very enjoyable characters and mystery.
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Catherine Coulter leaves her FBI and historical writings behind and moves on to a story about a soap opera star. It has both romance and comedy. I loved it!
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I love this series....romance, excitement....
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Mary Lisa Beverly, a soap-opera phenom, runs home to escape whoever is trying to kill her. It kept me laughing. Good read.
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not that good, but Coulter fans might like it.
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great story
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A fun read. A *Soap* star's life includes romance, humor, mystery and suspense written with Coulter's quirky wit.
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This book was suspensful, but also funny as it pokes fun at soap opera plots. good romance plot as well.
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Very fast read, light funny story. Still Catherine Coulter knows how to tell a story. Enjoyed very much.
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A good, funny book about murder and daytime soaps.
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This is a mystery, thriller, and funny all in one. Very good reading.
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A fast-paced, romantic & funny thriller.
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I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.
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A witty, zany mystery. Typical Catherine Coulter
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The characters are funny. It gives the reader a view of the soap opera from the perspective of the actors.
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I really enjoyed the book. I guess all I can say is it took me 8 1/2 hrs to read the book, as usual catherine coulter was awesome, her books always keep me on the edge, and this one didn't let me down
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Good read. The plot really kept you guessing until the end.
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Intriguing modern day plot including romance and family relationsips to be resolved. Heroine soap star is believable and real. Enjoyed the book very much.
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Light summer read. Fun characters!
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Learned a lot about the history of soap operas as well as enjoyed a good story.
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a nice mystery and great for those soap opera fans
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"fast paced,romantic........Coulter gets better and more cinematic with each of her suspenseful FBI adventures" Booklist
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This is the story of a soap opera star with someone trying to kill her.Set in Malibu, with lots of glitzy characters - I liked this book. Catherine Coulter is a really good writer.
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. Nice to find one that you can enjoy.
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I liked it ok but a little to romancey for me
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I enjoyed the little soap opera facts at the beginning of each chapter. It was a romance mystery but an original story line.
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Not her best book, but still a fun read.
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A really good book.
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It was a very good read.
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This is a good book for a summer read for those that enjoy Nora Roberts and are looking for another author that writes in a similar style. A fast read.
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Good read
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This was a little twist on the usual Catherine Coulter thrillers, but I really enjoyed it. A nice touch of humor blended in with suspense.
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The story opens at the Daytime Emmys where Mary Lisa Beverly who is the lead actress on the soap "Born to Be Wild" is waiting to hear who has won Best Actress. She is sure it isn't her as she has won it the two previous years but, of course, she wins. She is so excited and in shock!
The next chapter has Mary Lisa in disguise in Malibu where she lives in the Colony - a secure and gated community -- out to shop and stroll. Mary Lisa is also intent on avoiding a paparazzi named Poker Hodges who she had to get a restraining order against. She is almost home and crossing a road when a dark sedan comes right at her and despite her best efforts she is struck on her hip and knocked down.
Mary Lisa's friends are very worried about her. Lou Lou is quick at her side along with an old surfer guy named Carlo. Detective Daniel Vasquez who gets the case gets a long list of associates and friends and coworkers from Mary Lisa to investigate -- although he is somewhat distracted by an attraction to her friend Lou Lou. After finishing her scenes for the week on her soap, Mary Lisa decides to visit home where she hasn't been for 3 years. Her hometown is Goddard Bay, Oregon where she is close to her dad but not close to her mom or sisters. Her one sister Monica she found in bed with her at-the-time fiance, Mark. Monica married Mark and is now running for the State Senate in Oregon. Her younger sister Kelly is jealous of her and her mom, Kathleen, seems to resent her.
Just as Mary Lisa arrives in town a man is killed and his wife, father-in-law and mother-in-law are among the suspects. His mother-in-law is bests friends with Mary Lisa's mother. To top it off the Chief of Police in Goddard, Jack Wolf, put Mary Lisa in jail overnight the last time she was in town!!
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Good reading. Soap opera star and she is fun and lovable and has plenty of crazy friends. Only bad thing, someone is trying to kill her.
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Loved this book!!!!!!!
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wonderful book enjoyed the read
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Good suspense book. A soap opera star has some one out to kill her and then there is the District Atty. and Chief of Police both wanting her attention. Mary Lisa escapes to her home town but embroiled in all this is her family and her two best friends.
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Sunday Cavendish is the woman everyone loves to hate. Independent, outspoken and brazenly sexy, she's clearly the star of the popular soap opera, Born To Be Wild, despite her character's machinations.

But Mary Lisa Beverly isn't Sunday - except in front of the cameras. So when a car practically runs her over in idyllic Malibu, she realizes she needs some time off to escape. Returning home to Oregon, quickly reminds her why she left three years ago. Her ex-fiancé and the sister she found in bed with him are now married, her mother barely tolerates her, and she can't remember the last time she had a date. Her father alone is her refuge, that is, until she meets someone off-limits.

When the attacks on her life continue after her return to LaLaLand, Mary Lisa turns to her friends and neighbors, her true family, for support. But she doesn't expect to turn to the last man she ever expected to show up on her doorstep. With the threat of danger lurking in every shadow, Mary Lisa must learn to trust her hometown adversary with her life and her heart.
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Just published (for the first time) in 2006-this book is a departure from her FBI stories, which I stopped reading. This is a mystery, but very light hearted and funny. Great chemistry during the love scenes, which also somehow manage to be funny. I really liked this book
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Not the usual FBI thriller but a fun who-done-it.
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Mary Lisa Beverly, a soap-opera star, is fun, lovable and has lots of crazy friends and one who is trying to kill her.
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Great Story. I really enjoyed the soap opera trivia listed on various chapters. It was like 2 stories intwined together.
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Mary Lisa is a soap opera superstar who isn't your typical diva. She's fun and loveable. But she has one problem, she's being stalked and this takes her home to her highly dysfunctional family in Goddard Bay. Her family, two sisters, an antagonistic mother, and a handsome, caring father are a soap opera unto themselves. A murder in the hometown takes her mind off her stalker and puts her in the path of the handsome police chief, Jack Wolfe.

Its a fun summer read. I enjoyed the characters and wish they would be back in more books.
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Stories within stories is this fun Romance. A soap opera star is stalked by both a killer and a photo happy jerk. She is helped by tons of zany friends, and THREE different hunks. She has a nasty mother who could be a stepmother in Cinderella, and two off the wall sisters--and this is just a few of the plots within the book.
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Fun mystery based around a soap opera entitled "Born to be Wild" and its lead actress. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Mary Lisa and her friends.
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Not my favorite Catherine Coulter book, although I was kept guessing until the end. I guess the story just didn't really interest me as much as her other books have.
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Good story, not as gripping as her FBI series, but still good.
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Very good mix of a soap star's life and her real life. She is being perusde by a killer, returns home to Goddard Bay where she runs into a family right off a soap set. She also meets up the Chief of Police who put her in jail three years earlier, who does not like her very well. The story line is very interesting.
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Sunday Cavendish is the woman everyone loves to hate. Independent, outspoken and brazenly sexy, she's clearly the star of the popular soap opera, Born To Be Wild, despite her character's machinations.

But Mary Lisa Beverly isn't Sunday - except in front of the cameras. So when a car practically runs her over in idyllic Malibu, she realizes she needs some time off to escape. Returning home to Oregon, quickly reminds her why she left three years ago. Her ex-fiancé and the sister she found in bed with him are now married, her mother barely tolerates her, and she can't remember the last time she had a date. Her father alone is her refuge, that is, until she meets someone off-limits.

When the attacks on her life continue after her return to LaLaLand, Mary Lisa turns to her friends and neighbors, her true family, for support. But she doesn't expect to turn to the last man she ever expected to show up on her doorstep. With the threat of danger lurking in every shadow, Mary Lisa must learn to trust her hometown adversary with her life and her heart.
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This is a great book if you are a fan of soap operas.
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A fun, quick read!
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Another good read from Coulter. I highly recommend
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Great read!
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Different from her usual stuff, but just as enjoyable.
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This one is lots of fun. Any fans of soap operas should take note; there's a lot of fascinating history here along with a somewhat twisty plot and definitely twisted relatives! After reading this one, we'll never complain about our own dysfunctional families again.

From back cover: 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 best friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A., with unexpected results.
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Great book. Took until the end to figure who the stalker was.
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A new style of book for Catherine Coulter. I loved all her FBI thrillers so I had to read this one. Mary Lisa Beverly is a very likable heroine and I enjoyed the book.
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Get yourself ready to meet Mary Lisa Beverly, a daytime soap opera star who has just won her third emmy. A funny and delightful read with Mary Lisa and all her friends, including couple of hotties.
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Thoroughly enjoyable book with several interesting Soap Opera trivia bits. Easy to read. Light mystery with a dash of intimacy. Over all a book you can enjoy without becoming overly vested in the characters.
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Someone is trying to kill Mary Lisa. Hunk to the rescue. They fall in love along the way? This must be a Catherine Coulter romance.
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I have always loved Catherine Coulter. This is a little different from her other books. A lighter love story with some mystery added in.
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This was a very good book.
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Great romantic mystery.
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A fun read about soap stars and sexy cops!
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Mary Lisa Beverly-a soap opera phenom, just won her 3rd Emmy.But,someone is trying to kill her. She goes to Goddard Bay Oregan, to escape. Meet her family, and watch the action between Mary Lisa and DA John Goddard and Police chief, Jack Wolf. And her friends Lou Lou, and Elizabeth...Good book, entertaining & fun. Reads fast.
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The story about Mary Lisa Beverly - a soap-opera star - who is fun and lovable, but is being stalked by someone trying to kill her! This book is full of true facts re: soap-operas, old and current, which made the book twice as enjoyable!
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Just a really great book- I enjoyed the characters, the story, the romance, the writing- all of it!
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enjoyable Read!!!
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Mary Lisa Beverly is a famous soap opera star, but someone is trying to kill her. This is a good fast-paced thriller!
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I liked this one. It's not too fluffy.
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I really love all Catherine Coulter's books and this one was no exception! She's an awesome story teller.

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 nutziod 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 best friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A. with unexpected results.
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Catherine Coulter is a very good writer. She uses humor, good characterization and interesting plots and this adds little less-known facts for our edification. I enjoyed her protagonist -- and wish I could have her for a friend.
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Very good book. Laughed out loud at parts. Really good.
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Excellent! Couldn't put it down.
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Get yourself ready for Mary Lisa Beverly---a soap opera phenom who's just won her thrid daytime Emmy for her role as Sunday Cavendish on Born to Be Wild. You'll meet her family.....blessed with her father...cursed with her mother...betwixt and between with her two nutzoid sisters.
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Get yourself ready for Mary Lisa Beverly-a soap opera phenom who's just won her thrid Daytime Emmy for her role as Sunday Cavendish on Born to BE Wild. She's fun and lovable and has lots of of crazy friends, most of whom hang out at her house in the Colony, the famous gated community in Malibu. Unfortunately thers is one bad thing to poleax her champagne life-someone is trying to kill her. You'll meet Mary Lis'a family in Goddard Bay Oregon. She's blessed with her father, cursed with her mother and betwixt and between her two nutziod sisters. And how about the guys? There aren't any hotties of interest in L.A., 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 best friends Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A. with unexpected results.
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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 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 best friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A. with unexpected results.
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As usual with Coulter a very enjoyable read with lovable characters.
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The story opens at the Daytime Emmys where Mary Lisa Beverly who is the lead actress on the soap "Born to Be Wild" is waiting to hear who has won Best Actress. She is sure it isn't her as she has won it the two previous years but, of course, she wins. She is so excited and in shock!! She knows her costars, Margie, Jeff and Betsey are sincere in their wishes and that Bernie, the head writer, and the producers are all excited too!!

The next chapter has Mary Lisa in disguise in Malibu where she lives in the Colony - a secure and gated community -- out to shop and stroll. Mary Lisa is also intent on avoiding a paparazzi named Poker Hodges who she had to get a restraining order against. She is almost home and crossing a road when a dark sedan comes right at her and despite her best efforts she is struck on her hip and knocked down. While down a would-be actress's little dog called Honey Boy keeps licking her -- hilarious!!

Mary Lisa's friends are very worried about her. Lou Lou is quick at her side along with an old surfer guy named Carlo. Detective Daniel Vasquez who gets the case gets a long list of associates and friends and coworkers from Mary Lisa to investigate -- although he is somewhat distracted by an attraction to her friend Lou Lou. After finishing her scenes for the week on her soap, Mary Lisa decides to visit home where she hasn't been for 3 years. Her hometown is Goddard Bay, Oregon where she is close to her dad but not close to her mom or sisters. Her one sister Monica she found in bed with her at-the-time fiance, Mark. Monica married Mark and is now running for the State Senate in Oregon. Her younger sister Kelly is jealous of her and her mom, Kathleen, seems to resent her.

Just as Mary Lisa arrives in town a man is killed and his wife, father-in-law and mother-in-law are among the suspects. His mother-in-law is bests friends with Mary Lisa's mother. To top it off the Chief of Police in Goddard, Jack Wolf, put Mary Lisa in jail overnight the last time she was in town!!

The story just goes on from here getting both more dangerous and scary as well as hilarious!!
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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 things can happen.
Mary Lisa's best friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A. with unexpected results.
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good book
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Mary Lisa has a stalker, but no one can come up with any legitimate ideas. None of her friends can imagine someone trying to harm her and the police are out of leads.
During one of her visits to her hometown and less-than-welcoming family, she and her friends manage to step smack-down in the middle of a murder investigation.
The reason for the switches between real-life and the story on Born to be Wild is never really clear, but the factoids at the beginning of each chapter are interesting.
Lots of action, romance and interesting people make this an amusing way to spend a couple of hours.
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This is about a soap opera star who returns to her home town after being threatened in L.A.and how her friends try to protect her.
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"Born To Be Wild," a popular soap opera, stars Mary Lisa Beverly as bad girl Sunday Cavendish. When Mary Lisa, who is really a perfectly nice person, is nearly run down by a car, she quickly realizes the incident was a murder attempt. During the ensuing investigation, Mary Lisa falls in love, nearly dies, wisecracks, finds a corpse or two, and staves off an obnoxious paparazzo. Susanna Burney has an appropriate vocal personality for such a light romance/mystery. She sounds likable, good humored, and smart. Largely stinting the laugh lines, she treats the novel's other elements with a bit too much understatement. Her infrequent bursts of sparkle add brief gusts of freshness. Would that there were more of them!
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Soap opera phenom finds someone out to try and kill her. Two men want to help- a DA and the chief of police.
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A soap-opera phenom, Mary Lisa Beverly is fun and lovable except to the person trying to kill her. There aren't any hotties in LA of interest, but in Goddard Bay, OR - her hometown - are John Goddard and Jack Wolf and even in the boondocks- bad stuff happens. Embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life, is alot of laughter and fun --- and ---unexpected results.