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Samantha Shaw remembers a time when she believed in true love. When buying Heart Mates -- the dating service her now-deceased husband did business with -- seemed like a good idea. But her romantic reveries ended the day she found a stash of sexy panties (not hers) hidden in his car. Leaving Sam with one question: What else was the cheating creep hiding?Try an illegal drugSamantha Shaw remembers a time when she believed in true love. When buying Heart Mates -- the dating service her now-deceased husband did business with -- seemed like a good idea. But her romantic reveries ended the day she found a stash of sexy panties (not hers) hidden in his car. Leaving Sam with one question: What else was the cheating creep hiding?Try an illegal drug trade-and a whole lot of money. That's just some of what surfaces after a man walks into Heart Mates and promises to kill Sam -- and her kids -- if she doesn't come up with the cash her spouse stole.On that disturbing note, Sam decides to really get down to business. Inspired by the savvy heroines of the romance novels she reviews as a hobby, she comes up with a catchy new slogan, gives herself a sexy new makeover, and sets out to rejuvenate Heart Mates-all while tracking down the thug who threatened her. But when she finds him, it becomes chillingly clear that someone even more dangerous is gunning for her. It's enough to set most women shaking in their stilettos. Not Sam. She's got a business to run, a mystery to solve, and a life to save...her own....

Title : Dating Can Be Murder
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ISBN : 9780758200754
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Dating Can Be Murder Reviews

  • Crystal Harmon
    2019-06-08 14:00

    Pretty good mystery. Reminds me of the Callahan Garrity series written by mark Kay Andrews.

  • andrea
    2019-06-11 13:01

    Janet Evanovich wannabe....but lacking all of the charm, humor,likeable characters, and entertainment value of Evanovich's series.Might try one more of the series...but not for a good long while. Need some time to get the complete disappointment and non-satisfaction of this story out of my memory.

  • Harriet O'Malley
    2019-05-21 17:10

    Great book. Quick read. Can't wait to read the rest in the series. I bought all that were available.

  • Chasity
    2019-06-05 18:48

    Samantha Shaw is one kick butt kind of character. I really enjoyed reading about this character. I really like how she reinvented herself after she found out what a pig her husband was. It was a really funny, witty, and rare find for a mystery. I really loved this book.Jennifer Apodaca creates such great characters and they always have flaws that they need to work out through the book but yet they always kick butt. I really love that fact that she writes her heroines like that. They aren’t flawless but they don’t let the bad guys win either. Samantha got the cruddy end of the stick in this one. She had the nice perfect marriage, two beautiful sons, and was a soccer mom. Her husband suddenly dies from a peanut allergy after eating some homemade candy. Turns out she didn’t have such a perfect marriage. Not only did her husband cheat on her all the time but he was also involved in the drug dealing business and someone wanted him dead. Problem is he stiffed someone out of a lot of money and now everyone thinks Samantha has it. Now she has criminals tracking her and her family’s every move, threatening their lives for that very money. Problem is Sam has no idea what they are talking about and she definitely doesn’t have that kind of money. I think this book was the perfect beginning to a series. It definitely pulled me in, I fell in love with these characters. Sam is a strong heroine but yet she is so much like an everyday woman. She will do anything for her kids and this story was totally solid and amazing. Her sons were too cute. They were very supportive and quirky from the beginning and they stole my heart from the beginning. I do have to say I think my favorite character was Grandpa though he was the coolest; he was witty and just kept surprising me throughout the whole book. This is only the second book I have read from Jennifer Apodaca and let me tell you I am impressed. I love her attention to detail when she is writing. I cannot tell you how many romance novels I have read that are nothing but repetitive. Jennifer Apodaca is far from it. She is such a great writer her stories just pull you in. She writes characters you easily fall in love with. This was just a great book and I can’t wait to read more about Samantha Shaw. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Monique J.
    2019-06-08 20:09

    The book starts out in grand fashion. I call it breaking up with style. Our spunky heroine, Samantha Shaw, is in a pickle. Her husband Trent has been killed in an unfortunate peanut-related incident. After finding a stash of women’s underwear in his vintage Mustang, her mourning period is brief. So what’s a scorned woman to do? How about taking the life insurance money to buy breast implants and a dating service? Sounds like a plan. Anyway, Samantha’s plans gang aft agley. In addition to being a serial cheater, her dead husband was also a liar, a thief, and a drug dealer. And now Samantha and her two young sons are being threatened by some really scary bad guys. Sam’s life is made even more complicated by two new men in her life—Gabe Pulizzi, an ex-cop who now runs his own security firm and Detective Morgan Rossi, who is looking into all the strange happenings that surround our heroine.So why should you be interested in the trials and tribulations of Samantha Shaw? Here are three good reasons. First, while the story is fast-paced, the mystery is enjoyably on the light side—no coked-up drug dealers, decapitated bodies, or sexual deviants. Wait! There may be a mention of a vibrator. Or maybe that’s in the fourth book in the series: Batteries Required. Second, the book is damn funny. For example, Sam’s cheating-ex was a record-setting condom salesman. Another example, Sam reviews romances and erotica, awarding stars for extra “sizzle.” You get the picture. Third, Apodaca’s characters are likeable and well-rounded. You feel for Sam—literally. The sexual tension between Sam and Gabe actually elicited a physical reaction from me. I’m not ashamed to say I got a tad bit warm during their first sex scene. Bottom line: Apodaca and Sam (and, let’s be honest, Gabe) had me hooked. I eagerly consumed the next four books in the series—Dying to Meet You, Ninja Soccer Mom, Batteries Required, and Thrilled to Death.Read my full blog: http://www.2manybooks-notenoughtime.b...

  • Lori Henrich
    2019-05-30 13:02

    Not sure what I think about this one. I felt the main character Samantha Shaw - wasn't very believable. I was torn between liking her spunk and saying get a grip. I wanted more mystery and less focus on sex. It was a good story line that for me got muddied up with the sexual focus. I want to read another of the stories by this author in this series before I make my final judgement. It was an easy read. I love the Grandpa and the way her mom was trying to constantly change her daughter into some image she had of her. I have to reserve my final judgement until later.

  • Abigail
    2019-06-08 14:43

    Samantha Shaw's husband dies and it turns out he was a cheating, drug dealing creep the whole time. Which being a condom salesman (like really?) sounds about right. She's trying to make the dating service, which she bought after his death but before the reveal of his true life, a legitimate business instead of a drug dealing front. It turns out that most of the men she's been trusting are in on it with her dead husband, which is now threatening the lives of her sons and herself.An alright read but doesn't have me reaching for the rest of the series.

  • Lori
    2019-05-25 13:44

    If you're looking for something light, funny, and a little bit of romance ... this is it. I'm one for reading something not too serious. Samantha Shaw runs a dating service and does a little sleuthing on the side, which ends up being most of the time. She tends to get herself into a lot of trouble, which her boyfriend private investigator helps get her out of. Lots of good laughs in a not-too-serious setting. Perfect summer reading!

  • Teena in Toronto
    2019-06-08 13:46

    This is the second Samantha Shaw novel I've read and I enjoyed it. The first one I read (a couple months ago) is a couple books later in the series.The writing is indeed fast-paced and I'll be reading the others.Do I recommend this series? Yes!Blog review:

  • Venisha Ready
    2019-05-26 20:08

    This book was actually funny. It reminded me of the good ole days when Stephanie Plum used to be hilarious. Samantha Shaw thought she had it bad when she found out her dead husband was a cheater but the wheels fell off her life when she found out he was an even worse scumbag. This book is worth the read I just hope the sequels can keep up.

  • FlibBityFLooB
    2019-06-14 18:47

    At first, I didn't know if I would make it through this book. The main character was a mom who struggles with money, yet spent cash on a boob job. Ugh. She waxed poetic about romance novels. When Gabe (Ranger-wannabe) arrived to install security and started with "Babe", I sighed heavily.However, once I got past that, it wasn't too bad. I will read the sequel.

  • Pria Alston
    2019-05-23 12:49

    This was a fun read. My only issue is that Sam reminded me so much of Stephanie Plum I couldn't help but compare the two books. The writing was more exciting and fast paced than Janet Evanovich (too formulaic lately) the similarities were too much.

  • Kathryn Moore
    2019-06-01 19:51

    I enjoyed this book. It was a fast read. It stuck to the story without getting carried away to far from it. Some humor as well. Will definately read another one by this author. I like a book that doesn't take a page to describe the weather or a tree or their clothes. I just want a good story.

  • Kristie
    2019-06-13 17:57

    Two chapters in I wasn't hooked. But I usually try to power through anyway. By the time I got to chapter 5 I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face! Similar to Evanovich, but a fun read!

  • Michele
    2019-06-06 13:59

    Fun book. Soccer mom's husband dies, was cheating on her, left a mess for her to deal with. Mom learns her inner strength and how to stand up for herself. I liked the character and how she started her life over and her devotion to her kids.

  • Jaime
    2019-05-19 11:41

    Cute but contrived. My main interest in this series is that it takes place near where I live. It's fun to have shops and streets I frequent appearing in murder mysteries (and possibly some victims based on people I know?).

  • Jill
    2019-05-20 19:01

    After a slow and somewhat painful start, this turned into a pretty good book. I'll probably pick up the second book and give the series an additional try, hoping that some of the minor characters (Barney and Angel) play larger roles.

  • Alissa
    2019-06-08 13:49

    Really funny first outing for Samantha Shaw. A little murder, a feisty heroine, and a little sex. Reminded me of the Bubbles series and Stephanie Plum. I'll be reading this series, I can't wait to see what happens to Samantha next.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-04 18:57

    Book #10 read in 2006Very similar to Evanovich's Plum series. Samantha is new to the investigation business and constantly gets herself into trouble; mostly funny trouble. I enjoyed it and will read more in the series.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-07 12:41

    So much fun to read and it takes place where I live!

  • Gwen Kozlowski
    2019-05-22 16:43

    Tries to hard to be Janet Evanovich.

  • colleen
    2019-05-27 13:04

    read 04.15.07

  • Kevin Connery
    2019-05-24 17:46

    Samantha Shaw

  • Janet
    2019-06-16 12:52

    Really Good. Library Book

  • Lici
    2019-06-12 13:57

    Liked the whole series.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-22 18:48

    Fluffy chick-lit murder mystery with some romance. Characters a bit 2-dimensional but likable, fun plot, fast read. Good for a bit of escapism.

  • Laura
    2019-05-22 11:41

    Fun & frisky heroine, great grandpa & just enough "mom" trials to be an everywoman trope.

  • Shawna
    2019-06-02 18:55

    Likeable characters, fun read. Similar to Stephanie Plum books.

  • Kim
    2019-06-10 15:07

    The lead character seemed so immature, I just couldn't get into the story.

  • Candace Davidson
    2019-05-27 18:08