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Maggie's Man

Family Secrets, Book 1
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Family Secrets, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Suspense
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Publisher's Summary

Three siblings searching for the truth about their family are about to find more than they bargained for. . . .

When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars.

Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom - because he just might be the kind of man she can love.

©1997 Lisa Baumgartner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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"Lisa Gardner's work has the chills and thrills to excite, and the heart to draw you in." (Sandra Brown)

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  • Diana DC
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 08-18-13

Maggie's Man

I'm in the middle on this one. I didn't like it as much as I'd expected to. Decent romance, decent suspense but it didn't light my fire.

Kate Rudd's tone for Maggie was too perky and cute for a heroine who's been kidnapped by a convicted felon. That was jarring and all kinds of wrong.

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  • Carola
  • OberurselGermany
  • 12-10-13

Too Much Bodice- and Boxer-Ripping

What did you like best about Maggie's Man? What did you like least?

Lisa Gardner's mysteries are usually among my favorites, but the Family Secrets series does not meet her usual high standards. Maggie''s Man was apparently written during the early days of Gardner's career, when she had not yet found her proper voice. This book has far too much panting, moaning and underwear-shedding for my taste.

Would you recommend Maggie's Man to your friends? Why or why not?

No - too embarrassing.

Any additional comments?

Give me more plot and fewer long, drawn-out sex scenes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mildly Entertaining, Heavy Cheese!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change Maggie however this was published in 97' and Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors. Maggie made no sense to me. She is a mousy virgin yet a marriage counselor who had never been in a serious relationship. Really? A very naive and whiny character, Maggie just annoyed me. The characters were not very complex and I'm glad this book was written under Alicia Scott, Maggie is nothing like DD Warren and the other complex characters in her other series.

Would you recommend Maggie's Man to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this one to a teenager who has limited experiences, they would probably find Maggie more believable.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never and I think Kate Rudd's narration added to the annoying qualities of Maggie and she reads men like they are cave men. errr.

Was Maggie's Man worth the listening time?

As much as I complained throughout this review, I still managed to listen to the whole book in 24 hours so it couldn't have been that bad. As I mentioned I was entertained, the book was not very complex which gave me the ability to multi-task while listening. If it was a DD Warren book or any other Lisa Gardner book, I would have been more captivated and would have stopped the multi-tasking to listen closely.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for Fear Nothing!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Too cheesy

I bought this after finishing Lisa’s “the FBI Profiler” series, which I loved. I was hugely disappointed- this narrator was terrible making Maggie sound like a cheesy stupid teen. And certain facts - Maggie, a marriage counselor ? No. The fact Cain knew his brother would find him? Right. And why did he even need a hostage in the first place ? Whatever. And Maggie so in love after 24 hours , and pregnant a few months later (from their one time together?)- I saw that coming. The general idea of kidnapper and hostage becoming friends/lovers/married would have been fine back ground /plot - it’s the characters , narrator and other cheesy details that ruined it here. I’m glad I didn’t pick this as my first Lisa book to listen to, bc I don’t think I would have given her another chance if I had.

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Don't waste a credit

I am an avid Lisa Gardner listener so I was willing to give this change of subject matter novel a chance. What a horrible mistake. I typically don't review much but I wanted warn people to choose wisely. Frankly the story line was predicable and cheesy, the sex scenes adolescent and the narration so over top and over acted that I had to force myself to finish it just so my credit didn't go down the toilet. Your call folks.

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Loved the humor and action of this book

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

I would recommend this book. Exciting and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the narrator and the story was a great listen. She did a fantastic job, Kate Rudd is great.

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

This is a book that you don't want to stop listening to.

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Not up to Lisa Gardner standards

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really had a hard time with the narrator - it sounded fake or mechanical and it distracted me so much I almost gave up on the book.

What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

Over done and hard to listen to.

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  • Victoria
  • Rio Rancho, NM, United States
  • 10-31-13

HORRIBLE

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A pre-teen

What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Her other books are so great. This was like a teen age harlequin story. Not like her other stuff at all.

What didn’t you like about Kate Rudd’s performance?

I loathed the pouty spoiled girl voice.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Maggie's Man?

Honestly, from the get go every scene I could handle listening to seemed amateurish..I have a hard time believing this is the same writer who wrote WHO DO YOU LOVE. If this had been the first of her books I'd purchased, I never would have given any of her other really good books a chance.

Any additional comments?

She should remove this book from stores- both online and walk in stores.

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If you're bored...

Give this one a listen. Overall, not Gardner's best work.

The narrator's rendition of Maggie made me not like her character so much. A little too neurotic, I think.

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Complete Waste of Time and Credit

I can NOT believe Lisa Gardner actually wrote this. Maybe that’s why she used a different name? It’s so unbelievably bad. The narrator was so annoying, I almost couldn’t handle it - she was so overly dramatic, I actually got mad listening to her. If it wasn’t for my curiosity for how the story would end, I would have quit listening at least 10 times because of her. Totally wasn’t worth feeding my curiosity though because the ending was so unrealistic and stupid. I have read all of the books in LG’s DD Warren and FBI Profiler series and loved them so I was excited about trying out some of her different work - she needs to stick to the crime novels. This was just awful.