Little Miss Straight Lace, Book One of the Unbreakable Series (Free Romantic Suspense)

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When a dedicated researcher learns a bit too much about her client's new drug, the horrors from her past seem destined to return. Just as her life begins to spin out of control, a dashing computer security expert arrives from South America and seems the perfect antidote. But is his sudden arrival just the happy coincidence it seems? Find out in this 3-book series of romance, mystery, and suspense. More
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About Maria Romana

Maria Elizabeth Romana has 20+ years experience in medical and social research, working at large universities, pharmaceutical corps, and other NC institutions. She has published numerous articles, a food counts guide, a romantic suspense series, and is working on more. Her educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and The College of William & Mary. Maria currently resides in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina with her husband and two children. You can reach her at her website, MariaRomana.com

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Review by: Carol on June 08, 2011 :
A good thriller romance set in the research end of the pharmaceutical industry. This is a long book - really too long to read in one sitting. The e-pub version has no chapter links; I didn't try the pdb version (pdb saves your place). Anyways, a smart heroine, a dashing Chilean hero and a good cast of supporting characters make this a good read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Evelyn Durston on Nov. 23, 2010 :
This book reminded me of an old Judith Krantz or Fern Michaels saga, where the heroine is caught up in a misery or mystery of someone else's making, and has to claw her way out of it, using only her wit and skills...with maybe a little help from a handsome hero. What I liked best about it was the attention to detail. I really got to know the characters and their world, and genuinely cared about them and their experiences. Even the bad guys were well drawn, eliciting a certain amount of sympathy instead of just being flat, purely evil characters.

I will warn you that this is a long, complicated story. It's not something you're going to finish on a cross-country flight or even in a weekend. It has lots of characters, lots of layers, and lots of events taking place over a period of several months. If you're looking for a short, sweet romance or a bit of chicklit fluff, this is not the book for you. Fortunately for me, long, complicated stories that pull me in and won't let me go are exactly what I like!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Anne Victory on Nov. 19, 2010 :
Little Miss Straight Lace has a great story to tell, a great cast of characters, and a wonderful brace of villains that you enjoy hating.

Josie Natale is a bio-statistician - she makes her living checking and correlating the data produced by pharmaceutical trials. She's good at her job and has earned a reputation for being by-the-book, never fudging numbers or cutting corners - Little Miss Straight Lace. Nic Remedian is a South American security consultant brought in by Josie's best friend to investigate threatening emails that have been received by various employees and appear to be coming from a religious cult.

The relationship between Josie and Nic is wonderful to see unfold. Josie is a vibrant character and so is Nic. They work well for each other. The supporting cast of friends and family is also well-drawn and fully fleshed out, and the villains are both brilliant and scary.

My only problem with the book was the pacing. At points it would drag on, and on, and on, like the Energizer Bunny. As an example, Nic thinks he sees someone leaving Josie's apartment. He tells her about it and she thinks he's mistaken - and then NOTHING happens for chapters and chapters and chapters. I'd read something like that and would gear myself up for the action / confrontation to start and then it would just wither. It sometimes felt as if I was reading two separate books. One was a contemporary romance, and the other was a romantic suspense. For the first half of the book, it was straight contemporary with a smidge of suspense thrown in here and there, and then at the last half of the book the romantic thriller took over. I feel like the book would have been better if pacing and flow had been a bit faster.

Despite the plodding plot, it was still an enjoyable read. I was really rooting for Josie and Nic, they were a great couple. Miss Romana really nailed the chemistry between them and created something very sweet where you just ached for them to have a Happily Ever After. She delivered on that, too, in a very satisfying way.

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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mary McLaughlin on Sep. 19, 2010 : (no rating)
This book is very well written and the main character, Josie is a researcher testing an abortion drug. I liked her immediately! Next you will meet Nic, the computer expert who is called in when Josie begins receiving mysterious emails after reporting the truth on the drug. The book will keep you reading as the plot thickens. A very good read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Molly Martin on July 28, 2010 :
Romana’s characters are portrayed with skill, each is a credible person filled with foibles, warts and gaffs...the various twists and turns are handled with skill, are easily followed, and add depth and dimension often lacking in works provided by newer writers.

Maria Romana’s Little Miss Straight Lace is a fast paced, keep ‘em guessing and turning the page type read sure to intrigue readers who enjoy good writing, a bit of romance, a lot of action, and a downright good read for these long hot summer afternoons.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: smartmouth on July 25, 2010 :
i really enjoyed this book. i read it in one sitting. looking forward too more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A. J. Braithwaite on July 24, 2010 :
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Kept me glued to my computer for a day and a half. A great mixture of romance, pharmaceutical shenanigans and pure escapism. Thanks for sharing it!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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