Marie Drake

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  • The Travel Auction on Nov. 16, 2012

    This book is catchy, right from the get go. When dumped by his girlfriend, Kate Thornly, whom he catches in bed with the plumber, Jonathan Cork finds himself in quite a pickle. They had booked a dream vacation, which Kate was supposed to accompany him on and pay him back half the expense. Now she will do neither. So, he needs a new travel companion, someone who is also named Kate Thornly because the tickets could not be changed or used by anyone by any name but Kate Thornly. Jonathan has a nut allergy and needs someone who can administer his injection if he ingests anything he shouldn't. He comes up with a brilliant plan to advertise for a travel partner on ebay, trip of a lifetime, all expenses paid, and lists his requirements. Kate Thornly the second, a former nurse, is mixed up in the plot by a well meaning and mischievous best friend who answers the ad behind her back. When she finds out what Maria has done, she decides to go with it. Jonathan and Kate meet for the first time and he realizes she is blind. He isn't sure what to do and struggles with his decision a little because he can't imagine a disabled person will be helpful to him on this kind of trip. He takes a chance on her and the roller coaster ride of laughs and unpredictable situations begins. They travel closely, even sharing the same bed most of the time, and grow to like each other more than either probably thought was possible. There are some bumps in the road that they have to sort out, each revealing parts of their past that weigh them down. In the mean time they enjoy a fantastic trip, and even become fugitives trying to run from the press and celebrity status the ebay auction seemed to bring them. I completely enjoyed this book. It was interesting and relevant to see the story unfold from both the perspectives of Jonathan and Kate. It was romantic, inspiring, endearing, and real. The places the couple traveled to were described so vividly and beautifully it was almost like being there. I highly recommend reading it. I was given an copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  • The Travel Auction on Nov. 16, 2012

    This book is catchy, right from the get go. When dumped by his girlfriend, Kate Thornly, whom he catches in bed with the plumber, Jonathan Cork finds himself in quite a pickle. They had booked a dream vacation, which Kate was supposed to accompany him on and pay him back half the expense. Now she will do neither. So, he needs a new travel companion, someone who is also named Kate Thornly because the tickets could not be changed or used by anyone by any name but Kate Thornly. Jonathan has a nut allergy and needs someone who can administer his injection if he ingests anything he shouldn't. He comes up with a brilliant plan to advertise for a travel partner on ebay, trip of a lifetime, all expenses paid, and lists his requirements. Kate Thornly the second, a former nurse, is mixed up in the plot by a well meaning and mischievous best friend who answers the ad behind her back. When she finds out what Maria has done, she decides to go with it. Jonathan and Kate meet for the first time and he realizes she is blind. He isn't sure what to do and struggles with his decision a little because he can't imagine a disabled person will be helpful to him on this kind of trip. He takes a chance on her and the roller coaster ride of laughs and unpredictable situations begins. They travel closely, even sharing the same bed most of the time, and grow to like each other more than either probably thought was possible. There are some bumps in the road that they have to sort out, each revealing parts of their past that weigh them down. In the mean time they enjoy a fantastic trip, and even become fugitives trying to run from the press and celebrity status the ebay auction seemed to bring them. I completely enjoyed this book. It was interesting and relevant to see the story unfold from both the perspectives of Jonathan and Kate. It was romantic, inspiring, endearing, and real. The places the couple traveled to were described so vividly and beautifully it was almost like being there. I highly recommend reading it. I was given an copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  • The One Who Got Away on June 04, 2013

    I have read several books by this author. I liked them all. This book was quickly read, and enjoyed, but I also believe that it could have been a little more in depth. I had already learned a little bit about Gwen in a prior book, that hinted at the "feelings" she gets, but nothing that would explain how she could rescue trained officers in a shoot out or kill a man with a well placed high heel shoe. I like the fact that she is strong, smart, and independent - there was a U.S. Marshall in the mix and he was usually the one in need of saving. She was so in love with her husband, David, and believed he died in an accident - only to find out later he was murdered and she has to solve the mystery. There is also the point that she and Colin shared an attraction a lifetime ago that she did not act on because she was marrying David. We find out a lot about Colin and David's past. Great ideas, intersting plot. It would be an even greater story to get into what makes Gwen tick. I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  • The One Who Got Away on June 04, 2013

    I have read several books by this author. I liked them all. This book was quickly read, and enjoyed, but I also believe that it could have been a little more in depth. I had already learned a little bit about Gwen in a prior book, that hinted at the "feelings" she gets, but nothing that would explain how she could rescue trained officers in a shoot out or kill a man with a well placed high heel shoe. I like the fact that she is strong, smart, and independent - there was a U.S. Marshall in the mix and he was usually the one in need of saving. She was so in love with her husband, David, and believed he died in an accident - only to find out later he was murdered and she has to solve the mystery. There is also the point that she and Colin shared an attraction a lifetime ago that she did not act on because she was marrying David. We find out a lot about Colin and David's past. Great ideas, intersting plot. It would be an even greater story to get into what makes Gwen tick. I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.