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She should refuse. One minute, struggling P.I. Pepper Rossi and ex-CIA agent Cole Buchanan are sharing a wild, spontaneous kiss. The next, rough-edged Cole is propositioning her to spend the next 24 hours exploring all the sensual pleasures of the tropical island they're on...with each other.

She would say no, except they're in the Caribbean on a crucial case to track down a priceless stolen painting. She'll never prove her worth as a P.I. if Cole muscles in on all the action. And he promises to back off, if she promises him 24 hours to work this attraction out of their systems.

Pepper knows she should turn him down. Then again, Pepper hasn't gotten this far by acting the way she's supposed to.

©2006 Carolyn Hanlon; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 02-19-07

Flat

I usually love to listen to silly (but sizzling) romance novels but this book was so joyless and the characters so lifeless and unmoving that I couldn't even finish it. While the narrator has a nice voice, I'm fairly certain her utterly humorless reading is a large part of the problem. In any case, unless you're curious to see how sex on a tropical island could be dull, I recommend you keep shopping.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynne
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 07-23-06

Just bearable

I have listened to lots of romance novels lately and have to say that although the love scenes are great, the story was extremely boring. Not a lot of development of the plot. I was less than satisfied with these two main characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Misplaced Love

What made the experience of listening to When She Was Bad... the most enjoyable?

family PI business that our young heroine wants to impress.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jewel thief Aunt who doesn't give up after 40 years of unrequited love

What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have over 100 of her excellent reads, and all of her Harlequin Blaze reads. Great job on these light short stories

Any additional comments?

use new 1.25x speed

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  • Sara
  • Rosemount, MN, United States
  • 07-30-10

Eh...

This was ok, very predictable and not that captivating. I could take it or leave it - if you have extra credits then you can use it on this, otherwise I would pass.

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  • LMG
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  • 08-06-07

sub-par

Sub-par for Harlequin Blaze.
--Reader was good, except she sometimes overdid "male" voices.
--Recurrent fantasy of slave girl/ plantation owner son does NOT work. (slave girl set up sometimes works to set up bondage fantasy scenarios-- here there is NO bondage, so the slave girl setup is useless -- and just reminded me every time (which was A LOT) that slave women were often forced into sexual relationships with owners/ owners' sons -- YUCK, not sexy)
-- also, SEVERAL grammatical errors in reading (was that the reader or in the original text?) -- errrors were so glaring that they jarred me out of the reading.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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When She Was Bad...

A romantic suspense read with good characterization and action. The heroine is fallible enough for the reader to develop empathy, and the other characters are also likable and amusing. A good light read that holds interest and entertains. Would like to hear some more of Piper's adventures in Audible.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Steamy

When She Was Bad was everything you expect from a Harlequin Romance novel - sex, suspense, and action. Gabra Zackman is such a good narrarator and brings such realness to the characters. I liked this book and you will too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful