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The peach taffeta Bridesmaid dress- that should be Sophie’s problem. Not attempted murder.

Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid, and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

Problem is, the number of suspects is off the charts—from jaded lovers to anti-free-lovers to just plain old haters. Dena’s made plenty of enemies thanks to her popular sex shop—and, yes, she’s no saint—but really, who deserves to be shot?

With an überlogical almost boyfriend condemning her vigilante quest, and a wedding planner going vicariously bridezilla over the dream princess wedding, Sophie’s barely thinking straight. But if she can keep her cool (and avoid all errant taffeta), she just might nab her man and save the (wedding) day.

Big if.

©2010 Kyra Davis (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 02-13-13

A Must Read!

This is a must read who-dunnit. Within minutes, Dena is shot in Maryanne's apartment and the rest of the novel is a classily woven who-done-it. There are many twist, turns and interesting backstories. Anatoly get fleshed out and we learn that he has secrets -- so there is a lot of meat in the backstories.

Garra Zackman continue to do a great job narrating and I've become accustomed to her reasonable pace and excellent control of the character interactions.

You want to read this novel and you are going to want to get to the next one as soon as possible. Keep the series going, its still has legs.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Very good

My favorite in the series so far. I guess you learn more about the characters under extremes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-09-11

Not worth a credit or even the sale price

The narrator did a lousy job with the accents. The plot and the characters were mundane. It was paced like a typical cookie-cutter Harlequin romance-- no surprises

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 08-03-10

Really Good!

Great story! If you are a fan of the series, this one was much better than the last. Excellent cliff-hanger at the end. Good character distinction in the narration except for the fact that every now and then the narrator would slip and use the wrong voice for a character. Other than that, I really enjoyed this one!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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"Why Would I Exfoliate Now?

Would you consider the audio edition of Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress to be better than the print version?

All the characters are full life in the audio version! Dena is my fave character, and this is her story. However, the subject was a bit darker than I would have liked. It had great humor sprinkled throughout, so you must listen as they bark out loud scenes. MaryAnn steals all the humor in this one! Of course Marcus is as always a true blue friend.

What did you like best about this story?

Great listen at 1.25x speed. Beware: if you listen out of order, you will get some info on the preivious book. If you listen to #6 before this story, then you will get the mystery killer reveled in the first 5 min! Why would the author do that?? Authors generally never do that just in case a reader listens or reads out of order. Publisher should have caught it and edited out.

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

All her male voices are great. She interprets author's humor so well. "She is Sophie"

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I started listening to #2,3,4,5 after a long moratorium from listening to #1. All the books have Great chick lit. humor and a mystery! On to last book, Anatoly's story.

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I laughed and cried.

This starts off with a bang that no one hears. In the first few pages, Mary Ann tells Sophie and Dena she is engaged, Dena gets shot in the back and can’t feel her legs, and Sophie and Anatoly (her boyfriend and a PI) both try to figure out who shot Dena and why.

There are a lot of references to kinky acts and steamy situations, but most of it is left to the reader's imagination making this book spicy and sensual rather than hot.

I laughed, I snorted, I cried, I cheered and stayed up late just to read "one more chapter", which always turned into three. I look forward to the next book about Sophie which I have already purchased! As Anatoly and her friends would say, “what will she get herself into next”?

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  • Diana
  • Kalaheo, HI, United States
  • 06-18-14

Confusing, long winded overuse of bad language.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut out the sexual graphic descriptions/verbiage.

Would you recommend Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress to your friends? Why or why not?

No, needs to be cleaned up and abridged.

What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s voice?


Reasonable n clear

Could you see Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No idea. Would need to be a late night movie

Any additional comments?

I had anticipated this book being similar to a Stephanie PLum novel, no where near.

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Not a keeper

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This was entirely disappointing. I did listen to the bitter end just to see who the culprit was. But the story was slow and boring. I didn't care for the characters, I did not like the narration, the whole thing was a miss for me.

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Fun, silly, girly mystery.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, if they were just looking for something short and easy and entertaining but not serious.

Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

I thought she did a great job with all of them. Marianne was funny because she said things that were so dumb.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh. Some of the lines were just so cheesy they were funny.

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  • Andrea
  • Monroe, NC, United States
  • 09-01-12

Strong Female Lead & a Little Mystery

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love these books, not because of Sophie's sleuthing skills (she doesn't have any) but because of the strong, dynamic characters. Sophie's primary investigation skills are getting into the middle of things and messing them up, she's a pathological liar, constantly fights with her boyfriend and has a tendency to do exactly what she shouldn't because someone pissed her off. In short, she could easily be a real woman. I don't think these books would suffer a bit if there was no murder, but there is and the villain is never straight-forward.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress?

The scene where they catch the killer.

Which scene was your favorite?

Anatoly opening up to Sophie after their fight.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I had to force myself to go to bed.

Any additional comments?

Listen to the series sequentially because they're all great books.

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