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Catch A Mate [Mass Market Paperback]

Gena Showalter
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Feb. 1 2008 Hqn Romance
with his pants down

Jillian Greene is always getting caught in the act—it's her job! Working at Catch a Mate, Jillian gets paid by suspicious wives to smile, flirt and prove that no man can be trusted around the opposite sex. But she never gets physical—until a heart-stoppingly gorgeous male walks in.…

Marcus Brody has just been hired to test female fidelity. But the last thing Jillian needs is a partner…especially an infuriating, irresistible man who's got her fantasizing about tearing off his clothes!


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Jillian Greene is hired by suspicious women to try to pick up their slime-bucket husbands or boyfriends. In short, she's human bait. Because of her encounters with so many feckless, faithless males, Jillian has turned into a genuine, card-carrying man hater. Marcus Brody is human bait, too, the first male employee of Jillian's agency, Catch a Mate. Unbeknownst to Jillian, he has also purchased Catch a Mate, so now she's his employee. Reluctantly, Jillian begins to fall for the picture-perfect Marcus. Thinking that male monogamy is an oxymoron, she can't help but wonder if any man can be loyal. More important, can she trust Marcus? Each chapter in this wicked novel begins with a different pickup line ("Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?") as the versatile Showalter (Playing with Fire, 2006) once again shows that she can blend humor and poignancy while keeping readers entertained from start to finish. Shelley Mosley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy. 

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean.  The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 


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By Diane
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was so good and funny as well need to get it and read it you will enjoy it alot!!~
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars May 31 2007
By AK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Few people have the opportunity to work at a job that perfectly caters to their most prepossessing desire, but Jillian Greene is among the fortunate few. An emotionally scarring experience left her bitter towards men, so making a living as "bait" to uncover the cheating tendencies of other women's significant others seems to be a job tailor-made for her. Then, everything changes when the Catch-A-Mate agency is sold to a man, Marcus Brody, who is as disillusioned about women as Jillian is toward men. Putting the two of them in a close working relationship is asking for trouble, but they can not deny the attraction that is determined to assert itself between them. No matter how casual they try to keep things, Marcus and Jillian might be forced to admit that they might have been wrong about the opposite sex and risk everything on love and forgiveness.

**** At first blush, this appears to be a light-weight read with steamy moments, nothing more. Yet, as you get into it, deeper emotions are uncovered, revealing profound truths behind the mask of fluff. There's an important message in this story along with the fun. ****

Amanda Killgore
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical romantic comedy Sept. 18 2007
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jillian Greene has been scarred since discovering her mother after a suicide attempt upon mom learning that dad was having an affair. Nearly two decades later, she channels her distrust of men into a lucrative job as "date bait," where she catches errant boyfriends and spouses stepping out on their girlfriends and wives who come to "Catch a Mate" to have their worst fears confirmed. She's yet to meet a man who was true blue. When she meets the new "bait," a sexy hunk named Marcus, she wonders if they have ventured into the same sex market. But Marcus is all alpha and in addition to being paired with her on her next assignment, he's also her new boss. Neither one believes in happily ever after (Jillian due to her parents divorce and Marcus due to the infidelity of his wife), but decide that perhaps a casual relationship will meet both their needs in the short term.

Sparks fly as the two deny their attraction which explodes on the pages in one of the most humorously sensual novels I've ever read. Secondary storylines feature her brother and best friend finally admitting their true feelings, as well as her mother finally coming to grips with the anchor she's tied around her family due to her own instability. It's a refreshingly funny romantic comedy, and I look forward to more contemporary romances by Showalter.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars High expectations dashed July 18 2007
By Tierney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sorry to all those who loved this book. I expected to from all the glowing reviews, and the fact that I have enjoyed several of Ms. Showalters books in the past.
Alas, my problem with this was how rushed it all was. I didn't buy for one minute that these two overcame a life of betrayal by the opposite sex in the first week they knew each other. I hate when books do that. How hard would it have been to extend their courtship [and I'm verrrry loosely using that word here] to even a month? To use the word weeks instead of days when describing the passing of time? How hard?
Anyway, when on day 4 or whatever, they knew they'd fallen madly in love, after only about 30 minutes of actual friendly conversation... Well, I just couldn't swallow it.
And the ending 1/4 of the book felt forced and rushed, and frankly, I thought, ridiculous.
I was very annoyed to have wasted the time [not to mention this book ain't cheap even used!] on such yip yap, after expecting to pass the time being amused and interested in a well thought out, at least somewhat believably plotted story.
Sigh.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Adorable Book about Love (B+ Grade) May 29 2007
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Catch a Mate is such a feel good book that anyone who reads it will have a smile on their face throughout the whole story. This books has it all- comedy, lusting, childhood crushes and excellent sex scenes with well written characters. Gena Showalter has written an incredible lighthearted book that had a laugh a minute.
Jillian works for Catch a Mate which is a service women go to basically catch their mate trying to cheat on them. Jillian loves to work there because she is in essence a true man hater because of her father who cheated on her mother when she was younger. Marcus, who is the male counterpart to Jillian who thinks women are evil because of his horrible ex-wife. He buys the business she works for and let me tell you, the sparks fly. The start out having a verbal hate relationship, but in reality it covers their lust filled gazes for each other. Can you imagine what happens next?
There are also a secondary cast of characters that will have you wishing for their own stories. We have Jillian's best friend who was an ugly duckling in school who had a big crush on Jillian's brother. Their little romance is adorable and the total opposite to Jillian's and Marcus's, which is very hot.
If you want a book that will cheer you up about love and finding the right mate for you, you must read this one. There are not enough words that can describe this wonderful, funny read. A little loopy yes, but by the end you will feel so good about yourself and this story.

Katiebabs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically hilarious *Hate-turns-to-Love* contemporary romance Sept. 7 2008
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jillian Greene is mad as hell. And of course a man is responsible. They're lying cheating jerks -all of them. Luckily she has the perfect job exposing men for the scum they really are. She works for an agency (Catch A Mate) which women hire *bait* (a beautiful woman like Jillian) to test their significant others. Only now the all-woman company has been bought out by a MAN! ACK! And get this -he's a gorgeous woman-hater. So from the get-go Jillian and her new boss Marcus Brody despise each other. He doesn't like her methods of luring the mark and she doesn't like...well him. Too bad they're too busy yelling at each other to take advantage of the explosive sexual chemistry between them. Take cover because sooner or later a bomb is going to hit and clothes will go flying!

WOW! I loved this book! I'm partial to hate-turns-to-love romance books and this one is one of the best I've read. Jillian and Marcus are sooo bad! A man-hater and a woman-hater ---do you think they have issues? LOL! They are at each others throats all the time. And at the same time there is this HUGE underling sexual tension between them because all that fighting is REALLY turning them on. Showalter's writing is engaging and down-right hilarious. I laughed a lot!

There is also a really cute secondary romance with Jillian's brother and her best friend. I wish there was more of them too.

So I recommend this book to anyone looking for a hate/love contemporary romance. A bit of fluff thats really funny in some places.

Some other hate-turns-to-love romances that I've enjoyed are:
Jinxed! (Harlequin Blaze, No. 303) -first story by Jacquie D'Alessandro
Bad Boys In Black Tie (Watson Brothers) -story by Erin McCarthy
Jingle Bell Rock -story by Nancy Warren *my favorite*
Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Berkley Sensation)
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