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Katie Ray gets targeted by a killer of brides-to-be and realizes she is engaged to a man she doesn't love. Katie Ray is engaged to be married, but disaster strikes as the wedding day approaches. She accidentally flushes her $8,000 engagement ring down the toilet, while puking at the thought of the wedding. Her best friend Les makes her question whether it was really an accident, and she begins to doubt her love for her fiancÚ Joe.
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Meanwhile, Katie's wedding planner Tabitha has hired private investigator Carl Hades over the recent deaths of her brides-to-be. With her own suspects in mind, Tabitha changes the plans for Katie's wedding, including a new DJ, florist and photographer. When visiting the wedding planner, Katie witnesses her being shot and killed.

Fleeing the attacker, Katie runs into Carl who has arrived at the house. The killer locks them inside of a dark room and escapes unseen. With no phones, and nobody expected at the house until the following day, the two are trapped for the night.

In the dark room, sharing their life stories and intimate secrets, Katie and Carl feel an attraction between them. Katie feels guilty as she is engaged to Joe, and Carl has not been involved with a woman since the death of his girlfriend Amy over a year ago. As Carl holds Katie close for warmth through the night, the spark between them grows.

With Katie missing, her friend Les meets Joe, the fiancÚ, who Katie had planned to meet together. Without realizing who they are, there is an attraction between them, and so begins the double love affair between the two couples.

Feeling guilty over her attraction to another man since the loss of her husband, who was Katie's brother, Les goes back to Katie's apartment to wait for her. While she is taking a shower, Joe also goes to look for Katie and mistakenly thinks it is her in the shower. A surprised and scared Les attacks him, thinking the stranger has followed her. Joe is deeply aroused, and also begins to question his plans to marry Katie.

Tabitha's psychotic killer, who is taking revenge after being humiliated by his own bride, is fearful that Carl and Katie may be able to identify him. He plots to return to the scene of the crime, and burn down the house with them trapped inside. As the smell of gasoline seeps into the room, Carl's father, Buck Hades, who assists him with his P.I cases, rescues Carl and Katie. The private investigators join the police in an attempt to track down the killer.

With the killer still on the loose, they are scared that Katie may be next. After calling off the wedding, as her and Joe have admitted they are not really in love, she agrees to stay with Carl. Although she tells herself she will resist, they sleep together, but the next morning he has left without so much as a goodbye.

Carl is keen to avoid a relationship with Katie, as he's not the marriage type, so arranges for her to stay with his father for protection until they find the killer. Katie falls for his family, having lost hers in a car accident, but feels she must avoid them because of Carl.

Believing that the killer has been arrested, Katie returns home, and gives Les her blessing to pursue a relationship with Joe. While the police are satisfied, Carl has a hunch that the real killer is still free. He tracks him down, and rescues Katie as he comes towards her with a knife.

Reunited, and free from attack, Carl promises to give Katie everything she wants in a relationship, and there is hope of a future for both new couples.
Best part of story, including ending: The intertwining relationships and character developments throughout the story made for an engaging read, offering something different from your typical thriller/romance novel.

Best scene in story: As Carl Hades is investigating the possible killers, you are drawn into the guessing game and begin to form your own assumptions about the suspects, building suspense towards the end of the story.

Opinion about the main character: Katie Ray is flawed in her predictability, while she has a complex back story her present actions are too simple and expected.

The review of this Book prepared by Kealie Mardell a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   wedding preparations Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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