Between a Rock and a Mad Woman

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Rated 4.60/5 based on 6 reviews
Madeline Grace is running for governor, but she has a problem--her leading opponent, Peter John Douglas, was once her fiancee--and the media doesn't know it. Yet. More

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About Stephanie Queen

Stephanie Queen lives in bucolic New Hampshire where her two sons visit when they’re not away at college learning how to run the world. Writing happy, snappy romances takes most of her time, however she does force herself to go to the gym on occasion so that she can continue to fit through the door. You can also find her watching UConn football and basketball games whenever they’re on, and sometimes even in person. Right now, she’s busy writing her next book, of course.

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Review by: Rapunzel on July 18, 2012 :
The plot is very interesting..A must read book..
(review of free book)

Review by: Aislynn Thompson on April 12, 2012 :
Madeline is sexy and brilliant - an amazing combination, that everyone seems to underestimate. A published author with a PhD seems to put most men off, except Peter. The one man she is trying to keep her distance from! Running mates in the election for Governor, and exes... can they keep personal and private separate? Or will it be the undoing of both of them?

I really really enjoyed this book. Madeline is probably one of my favorite characters, she's smart, and keeps the men around her on their toes. She isn't afraid to go for what she wants in life, and isn't willing to take a backseat when it comes to politics. While this does get her into a bit of trouble, she sticks to her guns!

While this book had a lot of political chat and information I didn't feel overwhelmed by it, which was great! Sometimes in books like this you feel like you're bombarded with technical information and have a hard time grasping at what is going on.

I loved the "relationship" between Madeline and Peter. They had some great banter, which made the story all the more entertaining. Everything flowed nicely, you didn't feel a drag in the story. The secondary characters were funny and engaging. All and all this was a fantastic read and I will definitely be picking up more by this author.

For someone who loves a great contemporary romance, this is definitely one you should pick up!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Aislynn Thompson on April 12, 2012 : (no rating)
Madeline is sexy and brilliant - an amazing combination, that everyone seems to underestimate. A published author with a PhD seems to put most men off, except Peter. The one man she is trying to keep her distance from! Running mates in the election for Governor, and exes... can they keep personal and private separate? Or will it be the undoing of both of them?

I really really enjoyed this book. Madeline is probably one of my favorite characters, she's smart, and keeps the men around her on their toes. She isn't afraid to go for what she wants in life, and isn't willing to take a backseat when it comes to politics. While this does get her into a bit of trouble, she sticks to her guns!

While this book had a lot of political chat and information I didn't feel overwhelmed by it, which was great! Sometimes in books like this you feel like you're bombarded with technical information and have a hard time grasping at what is going on.

I loved the "relationship" between Madeline and Peter. They had some great banter, which made the story all the more entertaining. Everything flowed nicely, you didn't feel a drag in the story. The secondary characters were funny and engaging. All and all this was a fantastic read and I will definitely be picking up more by this author.

For someone who loves a great contemporary romance, this is definitely one you should pick up!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Hesperia Loves Books on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Wow, this book was simply amazing! Stephanie Queen delivered a thought-provoking political romance drama (whew, that was a mouth keyboard full) that kept me on the edge of of seat until the very end. Her characters were smart, witty, and they made you want to know more. The dialogue and plot flowed & built wonderfully and for me, there was never a lag & I was totally sucked in and loved it ♥

Madeline is a extremely smart (think prodigy) & beautiful Harvard professor who is running for the Governor of Massachusetts. You start the book as she looses her parties nomination for the Governor's race and you follow her as she plans to continue and follows through with her campaign. What unfolds is her struggle, as a woman, in running for such a powerful office. She not only has to face the same normal issues as her running mates but also has to fight extra hard to be accepted seriously and not just as a beautiful woman. The campaign takes on a tabloid feel and you get to see first hand her heartache & strong will as she battles to keep the issues, not her love life, in the forefront. Her opponent, Peter, is her biggest competitor and the man she once loved. She has deliberately distanced herself from him for the past six years and now she is forced to have him in her life. This makes her realize that maybe her love for him never ended - and that she wants another chance with him. However, someone wants to keep them apart and will use their past relationship against them and ruin both of their bids for Governor.

I tend to try and stay away from political campaigns because I feel that it becomes more like a three ring circus when it should be about what the candidate(s) can do for the community they are trying to represent. So, I was a little unsure as to whether I would like this story. However, Stephanie does an amazing job at taking us, the reader, behind the scenes to show us a little about what that candidate must go through and has to face day-to-day while campaigning. I was riveted! The twists, turns, surprises & the love story that resulted were outstanding and I can't wait to read more on this subject.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: cgm on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Great read, especially if you're from the area.... the characters are believable and the plot is interesting.
Stella Marie
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theressa Green on Sep. 30, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were so real and interesting that it sets this book apart from the norm. Excellent plot as well. Really one of the best books i have read in a while.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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