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A Fine Specimen [Paperback]

Lisa Marie Rice
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Jan. 22 2010 Ellora's Cave. Moderne
Lieutenant Alex Cruz eats, sleeps and breathes law enforcement. He’s tough and brusque, and cops and criminals alike tremble before him. And that’s the way he likes it. Until he meets Caitlin Summers—and decides he wants her trembling beneath him. The beautiful scholar is doing dissertation research in his cop shop, and seriously messing with his head. His self-imposed sexual abstinence comes to a screeching halt in Caitlin’s ratty hotel room and dies a permanent death in his bed…and his kitchen…and his living room. Caitlin is also intelligent and funny, kind and generous, her smile a burst of warmth in his cold, austere life. And that scares the crap out of him. With his head and heart fighting a battle of wills, Alex can barely concentrate on work. And that’s too bad—because his dangerous job and his newfound love are about to clash in the worst way possible.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it done!! Sept. 14 2013
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The characters came to life from the first sentence. I love the strong male that becomes protective of the woman that he has a hard time keeping his hands off. All her books have humour and a great build up of sexual awareness.....I don't need to read the story line to buy her books....once I see Lisa Marie Rice has a book out I purchase it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading.. April 15 2014
By nesrine
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Great writing and story telling...focusing in the story without compromising the history of the characters...where I can find these men?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice romance novel Jan. 26 2012
By S. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Tough cop Alex Cruz is less than happy when his boss tells him to allow Caitlin Summers, a young behavioral psycholgist, to do a study at his station. He's been interested in nothing but his job lately, so his attraction to the young woman comes as a surprise to him. The two are starting an intense affair, but is Alex capable of a lasting relationship, or is this just a fling?

First of all: This book was originally published under the title 'Taming Nick' and Lisa Marie Rice's other pen name, Elizabeth Jennings. It has been rewritten with different names for the characters and has been spiced up regarding the sex scenes. In fact, it's one of the author's earliest published novels, after a rewrite.That being said: I really enjoyed the book. It had humour, nice characters and was a really good romance novel. But I also think that the author has improved a lot in the meantime, and has been mixing suspense and romance very well in recent years. A crime plot plays a minimal role here, but nothing more. So if you expect one of her romantic suspense novels, this isn't it. If you enjoy a spicy romance, then this is definitely one of the better novels of this type on the market.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Specimen-A Joyfully Recommended Title!! Jan. 8 2010
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
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Lieutenant Alejandro Cruz is the best at his job because he lives, eats, and breathes police work until Caitlin Summers walks into his office. Caitlyn plans to study Alex and the other officers as part of her dissertation on Dominance Hierarchies in Law Enforcement. Caitlyn's habit of spilling things on him or knocking things over is not as distracting to Alex as her soft sexy voice, her alluring smell, and her big, beautiful blue eyes. Caitlyn is quickly becoming a distraction that is more dangerous to Alex than any bad guy ever could be. If he's not careful, she'll slip right in and steal his heart.

A Fine Specimen is very fine. Lisa Marie Rice has the uncanny ability to tap into my psyche and pull out exactly the kind of guy, in exactly the type of situation, I want to read about. Not to mention her leading ladies are always the perfect match for her alpha males. Caitlyn becomes the center of Alex's universe. She's the only person capable of distracting his single-minded focus. Her hopes of a clinical study go out the window with one touch of Alex's lips on hers. Alex tries to stay away, but Caitlyn is just too alluring. Watching him struggle with his emotions is fun. The timing of the bad guy's strike is perfect. It adds a touch of drama and excitement without being predictable. A Fine Specimen has the same flavor as many of Lisa Marie Rice's stories - uber-dominant male meets a shy, conservative woman, and an explosive relationship full of incredible hot sex ensues, which is exactly what I love about them. Alex and Caitlyn make A Fine Specimen fresh, sexy and exciting. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It felt thrown together. I didn't enjoy it. It needed better plot and character development. Nov. 8 2010
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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A FINE SPECIMEN by Lisa Marie Rice.

While Captain Avery is on vacation, Lieutenant Alex Cruz is in charge at the police station. Caitlin is a Ph.D. doing research. Avery sends a message to Alex requiring him to assist Caitlin and to let her interview and observe police officers for a week. Alex hates it, but he grudgingly allows it. He takes her to lunch. They begin to fall for each other.

I don't recommend it. It's not nearly as good as her other books. There are two stories going on, and both are lacking. The first story is the relationship between Alex and Caitlin. There is too much pondering and inaccurate assumptions. Caitlin assumes things which are not true but cause her distress. A major separation happens because Alex is commitment shy. It just wasn't interesting. The second story is about catching the crook Ratso, described below.

With evidence from Ratso they can put away major criminal Lopez. The first time they catch Ratso he tells them he has to go to the bathroom, and then he escapes out a tiny window. The second time they catch him, he tells a policeman that the cuffs are too tight and hurt. So the policeman stupidly removes the cuffs. Then Ratso does something bad. I was irritated at the cops' stupidity. And then we don't know if Ratso was wounded or killed or was able to give evidence or what. That story was completely unfinished.

Kindle count story length: 4326 (a little shorter than a typical romance novel). Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: current day Baylorville, California. Copyright: 2009. Previously released as "Taming Nick." Genre: contemporary romance with a little suspense.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy all her books Nov. 7 2010
By Lord of the books - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all of Lisa Marie Rice's books and enjoyed each one, this one included.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters pleasing Sept. 8 2012
By R. DoBosh - Published on Amazon.com
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I love anything Lisa Marie Rice writes and this was no exception. She creates and develops strong, interesting main characters sure to please any romance junkie. I want a female character to fall in love with her heartthrob, not fight the interest three-quarters of the book before she lets the love of her life catch her, and Rice always delivers. Wish Rice could produce a new romance a month but that's probably asking for too much, right?
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