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  • Shades of Pink

  • Lola Pink Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Gina LaManna
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

One awkward billionaire. One failed psychic. 

A tale as old as time....

Lola Pink: He schedules everything. And I mean everything. 

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I took this job. I thought it would be simple - pretend to be Mr. Dane Clark's personal assistant, find the missing blueprints, and get out of the Clark Castle for good. But, somehow this socially awkward, tech-genius billionaire has wormed his way into my heart. And even if we survive this mess, I'm not sure I want to leave. 

Dane Clark: How do I put this? She's...pink. 

So very pink. Bright and sunny and peppy. I mean, she has at least 104 pairs of sunglasses. Why? I've never seen a woman wear so many sunglasses before: red, pink, blue, green, glitter-encrusted. I don't understand it. 

As for her organizational skills? Abysmal. Her attention to detail? Non-existent. Her ability to frustrate me to no end? Spot on. I never should have hired her. Lola Pink does not fit into my schedule. Nevertheless, she whirled into my life anyway; and she changed everything. Now I'm stuck trying to keep my company afloat and the two of us alive, while Lola turns my life all shades of pink.

©2017 Gina LaManna (P)2019 Tantor

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Not quite me!

I’m afraid that this was a disappointment to me. Nothing seemed to attach my attention. I persevered with it because I expected that at some point into the story, it would pick up - but it didn’t. Even the romance was lacklustre! Totally unbelievable or incredulous! I’d already purchased the follow up book, so I’ll have to read/listen to it, but I’m not enthusiastic.

There’s little to no depth of character in ANY of the characters. The storyline is hit and miss and even the dramatic conclusion of the mystery was a bit ‘blah’! However, I know this author to be very talented in weaving a plot and developing characters, from a previous series of hers that I had just finished. This is NOT in that category - I would have said that they were written by different authors!
Try this novel, but if it does nothing for you, try: ‘Shoot The Breeze’ by Ms La Manna, much better!

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  • BikeVON
  • 14-07-19

A cozy romance and mystery

This is a funny whimsical story of mystery and romance.
Lola Pink is 28-years old, smart and independent. Her grandmother, Dotty Pink, passed. Lola must decide can she financially pursue the dream Dotty and she shared. Into her shop walks billionaire Dane Clark. He offers an opportunity to save her dream. The problem is that she has never solved a case of corporate espionage. She has one week to solve the mystery and she will make enough money to follow her dream.

Dane is smart, logical, a technological genius, and peculiar. His world is black or white, legal or not. The emotions, feelings and nuances of people are not familiar to him.

Lola and her friends, Baba, and Annalise grew up in the city of Sunshine Shore near the carousel, ferries wheel and boardwalk. The top of the water tower has been their club house location since second grade.

The city hosts an assortment of quirky characters: Bernie Poppers the boardwalk janitor, whose reading bench is directly under the girls’ club house, Darrel from Dungeons and donuts who keeps the girls high on sugar, and Mrs. Fredricks who always has a batch of cookies ready for them.

This was a refreshing story for me. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Dawn
  • 22-03-19

Another good series

Gina LaManna has crafted another wonderful series. Lola Pink is a character that easily seems more like a friend than a fictional character. Kudos to Gina LaManna for dreaming up another original storyline.

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  • Andrew Childress
  • 28-08-21

Good little mystery

I am known by my family for ruining every mystery/thriller movie, because I have a keen knack for details & solve it rather quickly. So I moved to audio mystery books for a new challenge. This book did not give it up easily. It made me work for it. I suggest the book. Nothing vulgar. So you can listen with kids nearby.

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  • funnygal76
  • 14-07-21

Simply perfect!

Loved it! A great story mixed with romance, mystery, and comedy with characters that leave you wanting more. Thank goodness there are a few more books in the series.

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  • S.R.L.
  • 26-06-21

Very entertaining story and narration

This book has an array of wonderful and quirky characters. I love the way Gina La Manna writes. The story has a lot of suspense and the beginning of a romance. I enjoy that there isn't much violence in the book nor any graphic sex. It is a very enjoyable book. The narration is very good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-21

Absolutely horrible

I have been an Audible member for > 10 years, and this is only the second negative review I have ever written...but THIS BOOK IS AWFUL. Both the plot and characters are ridiculously unbelievable. The only positive thing I can say about this book is that the narrator is adequate. Do NOT waste your money.

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  • nichole egan
  • 20-02-21

This series started alittle slow. But liked it...

I really like all of the Gina LaManna book series normally. Love the Lacy Luzzi series and the Lip sticks and lies books and really enjoyed Three Wives. So, I was surprised when this didn't suck me in at first. But, I'm glad I stuck it out. I ended up in enjoying it and will get the other books too

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  • Kim Groskreutz
  • 11-12-20

It’s A-dork-able

I loved this book ! It’s
Fast paced never boring and totally a -dork -able !! I loved every minute .

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  • Sophia Handers
  • 01-03-20

Fun story. . Covers all the bases.

Best story I’ve read in this genre. Characters aren’t acting like adolescents and Lola is not a whining self absorbed feminist . The swimming pool scene is hilarious .