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Editorial Reviews

A Fine Specimen hits all the highlights of a characteristic "erotic romance suspense" by Lisa Marie Rice. It has a hot alpha male (police lieutenant Alex Cruz), a beautiful and irresistible woman (scholar Caitlin Summers), and plenty of sparks (only a few of them from guns). The novel is a reworking of Taming Nick, which was written under Rice's other penname, Elizabeth Jennings. The author subsequently spiced it up with even more police language and lovemaking, and the changes will delight listeners.
Stage and audiobook actress Piper Goodeve gives a lyrical and beautifully paced performance, even when she's voicing hardened cops who can't speak without profanity. Her peripheral characters are especially well-developed.
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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2009 Lisa Marie Rice (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonella A. Moore on 03-30-17

Good romantic suspense!

I love all of Lisa Marie Rice's books! This audiobook had some humor, suspense and romance in it. The story is about a somewhat jaded detective and the nerdy grad student in criminology who is slated to shadow him. Somewhere between his initial annoyance and catching the bad guy he starts to fall for her. She's overwhelmed by his alpha 'take charge' attitude. But when her life is in danger he is her knight in shining armor. Good narration, but really wish there was a male voice for Alex.

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2 out of 5 stars
By A. James on 02-19-18

Drawn out & Boring

I could not finish. I liked it in the beginning . I liked Alex at first with his super alpha male personality. I liked that he was foul mouth and very protective. I didn't like how all he wanted from Caitlin was to end his sex drought. I couldn't like Caitlin. Absent-minded academic. She just seemed so naive and boring.The first 8 hours were them going back and forth having sex and arguing. The inner dialog ( Him...why does she want to move out of my house? I don't want to ask her to stay but I want her to. Her...I want to stay but I need to leave to protect my heart since he won't ask me to stay) drove me crazy. I had less than 1 hr 30 mins. left and I'm assuming the danger to her was in that part but I couldn't stick it out.

I've read other books by this author and loved them. This one was just boring and drawn out. Full of filler and fluff. Probably could have been better if it was 6 hrs. or less.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Janine on 01-23-14


This is a sweet story with a predictable plot and one dimensional characters. It's not meant to be deep and meaningful - it's a nice read that's warm and fuzzy.

Tough cop, innocent girl/woman, threat on life of said girl, realisation by said cop that for all his toughness and determination to be single, he loves her and can't' live without her.

It's cute.

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