Barefoot Heroine: A Mayne Attraction Short Story

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Former CIA agent Ash Ryan has finally found a stress-free dream job. But his life turns bitterly painful when he falls desperately in love with Ellery Mayne, the entrancing but clueless subject of his company’s security contract. This excerpt from the Mayne Attraction Series reveals the secret life of Ellery as seen through the eyes of a man who adores her but believes he will never meet her.

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Published: Sep. 14, 2010
Words: 6,700
Language: English
ISBN: 9780984520121
About Ann Mauren

Ann Mauren was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young sons, within earshot of the King’s Island Railway, the author’s favorite attraction at the ride’s namesake amusement park.

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Reviews

Review by: Mak A on July 05, 2013 : star star star star
such a fun book! I enjoyed seeing the story from Ash's point of view. I can't wait to read her other books and see what happens!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Teacuppe on April 24, 2013 : star star star star star
Wow, I so love Ash's endearing love for Ellery. It's so funny of Ash at his age acting like a lovestruck teenager. Now I can't wait for book 3!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alisha S on Oct. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Very good and gave more insight from Ash's point of view. Thanks and can't wait for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassandra Hill on June 23, 2012 : star star star star
Great story! I can't wait for more!
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Review by: Wendy Baket on June 12, 2012 : star star star star star
This was so good and too short!!! I want more!! Can't wait for the next one, this is a great taste while the next book is written !!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: funbooks10 on April 05, 2012 : (no rating)
Lovely view of what Ash thinks of Ellery. And good further insight into the characters. Caint wait for the next one!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: natalie ramirez on March 28, 2012 : star star star star star
It was nice being able to see things from Ash's view.
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Review by: Sheena Whitby on March 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Ok I read this book a few weeks ago and I most say that I loved that book so much that I wished the book was a lot longer then it was and the fact that the next book its out yet really sucks. but I know that once I get my hands on the other book I wont be able to put it down just like the past two books I have read already which I most say that if you want a break from the normal boring, I can anticipate whats going to happen next sequel then I suggest you read these books because it can only get better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: T.M. Johnson on March 18, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this!
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Review by: Kayla Thurman on March 13, 2012 : star star star star star
This short story is adorable. Absolutely adorable. I loved hearing things from Ash's perspective :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Wan on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star star star star
Love it but wish it was really longer!
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Review by: Millie Wiley on Feb. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
This book was great. Seeing how much Ash loved her from the begininng was a change of pace. I didn't catch on in the first book that Ash had been watching her for a year. I thought it was awesome either way! Great work and please hurry with the rest I want to read them. :)
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Review by: bugg0082 on Feb. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved reading it from ash's point of view. It's always nice to know what the others are thinking.Cant wait for the rest of the books to come out.
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Review by: KBBooklover on Feb. 04, 2012 : star star star star star
So cool to read it from Ash's POV I loved it. Makes me really want In the Shadows, although I wish it had included when she reached out to him. That would have been sooo sweet. He really does love her. :)
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Review by: Kristin Vayden on Jan. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
As a huge fan of the "Mayne Attraction" series, I was thrilled to have a novella to dive into while I wait for the next full novel in the series. I wasn't disappointed. Ellery's personality shines through in a wonderful new light as you see faucets of her character that you didn't glimpse in the first book. Ash's point of view is a welcome change and you can't help but feel tugs on your heartstrings as you watch them interact for the first time. Loved the story. I totally recommend it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: marcy linton on Jan. 06, 2012 : star star star star star
The first book was fantastic; a great escape into the world of Ellery. She's adorable and needs to be with Ash. This glimpse into his mind just makes me want the second book to get here even faster!
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Review by: Bee_-_ on Jan. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
I might have already submitted one but it won't show up so...:
Just like with the first book, I was hooked. Also like the first, I was terribly upset when I finished. Ann Mauren makes her readers want more and I can't wait! This was a great look into Ash's mind and his perspective of an event you see previously in her first book. I loved it and am so excited for the second one!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Heather McCurdy on Jan. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
As with her first book, "In the Spotlight", Ann Mauren doesn't disappoint with this "teaser" for the third book. I know - THIRD. I can't wait for the second book and THEN the third. If you come across this short story before reading book 1, I highly advise you purchase book 1, "The Mayne Attraction: In the Spotlight" first. If you don't or didn't read this review until too late, go get the book. The characters will make more sense. Plus, if you are introduced to Ash Ryan this way you might think him a stalker. He isn't. I love seeing the unfolding of this story through his eyes. Take my word for it- go grab the first book, from Ellery's point of view, and start reading. Keep up the good work, Ann Mauren!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Victoria James on Dec. 28, 2011 : star star star star star
After reading this short, i can truly say i am waiting anxiously for the next two books especially In the Shadows. Ash is impossibly wonderful and perfect for Ellery. i was rooting for him in the first book when Ellie had the difficult choice of Gray and Ash. I wondered when Ash fell for her and how long he had to wait to find out her feelings were mutual. I am so happy for both of them and I hope this series expands beyond the trilogy (hint hint Ann). I could see this book becoming the next huge book-to-film phenom!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Vert on Dec. 28, 2011 : star star star star star
What a great glimpse into "In the Shadows"! I love the thought of reading a story from three different points of view.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: zoey dorfman on Dec. 26, 2011 : star star star star star
Truly amazing. It was far beyond what I had in mind. This short story was exactly what was needed to understand Ash. He was quiet and mysterious before but now I see that he is funny and very worthy of Ellery. He is the type of guy any girl would want. This story is the most captivating one I've read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nathalia Abreu on Dec. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
While reading this excerpt, I caught myself smiling as I read the thoughts of Ash Ryan. The way he feels about Ellery is adorable and when I remember her feelings from "In the Spotlight" I get excited knowing that his feelings are reciprocated. I cannot wait to read the rest of "In the Shadows"!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mande Matthews on Dec. 10, 2011 : star star star star star
Feel good author, Ann Mauren, spins a different take on the events from her debut novel, In the Spotlight, by telling scenes from Ash’s point of view. (Ash is a central love interest for Ellery Mayne’s in the “Mayne Attraction” series). Mauren’s ability to see the story through the eyes of another character, while retaining the integrity of the original events, yet create and entirely fresh and engaging tale is nothing less than masterful. What I find particularly endearing about Mauren’s writing is that with every word she writes, every character she breathes life into, every scene she reveals, there’s a sense of wonder and innocence, mixed up with originality and quirkiness that hits the core of my happy center like no other writer I’ve ever encountered. Mauren’s books are like indulging in a decedent three layer chocolate fudge cake—every forkful rewards your senses with richly sweet goodness that keeps you satisfied for days.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Joel Kirkpatrick on April 16, 2011 : star star star star star
Ann has given me a character I want to follow. This short is a perfect tease, and a delightful vignette; Ann has earned another fan.
(review of free book)

Review by: Mark Jacobs on Jan. 27, 2011 : star star star star star
An expertly written glimpse into Ann Mauren’s Novel ‘Main Attraction: In the spotlight’. Well done.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jason McIntyre on Dec. 09, 2010 : star star star star star
What a downright fun introduction to the world of author Ann Mauren!

It's just a glimpse, mind you, but the prose here is so inviting and tight, that a glimpse is all you need. I'm looking forward to the entire novel from which this is excerpted! Thanks for sharing, Ann.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sara Carrizal on Nov. 18, 2010 : (no rating)
Having read Spotlight, I'm quite certain there is a lot more to Ellery Mayne then her own perspective would lead us to believe. I cannot wait to read In the Shadows.
(review of free book)

Review by: Shay on Sep. 29, 2010 : star star star star star
Delightfully written. This author has a great point of view and I love the way she puts her words together. Definitely an author I'm going to keep my eye on! Lots of fun!
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