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THINK "BRIDGET JONES MEETS NANCY DREW". Throw in a gig as a phone sex operator, an unexpected hunk of a boyfriend, and a client's murder, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect chick lit romp. Even bloggers at Trashionista just had to read it: "A fabulous book.” Shy, funny, loveable Emily’s a pretty unlikely candidate for a phone sex operator. She’d die if she THINK "BRIDGET JONES MEETS NANCY DREW". Throw in a gig as a phone sex operator, an unexpected hunk of a boyfriend, and a client's murder, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect chick lit romp. Even bloggers at Trashionista just had to read it: "A fabulous book.” Shy, funny, loveable Emily’s a pretty unlikely candidate for a phone sex operator. She’d die if she had to talk dirty face-to-face—especially to her hot cop boyfriend. She sure didn’t set out to do phone sex—she wanted to be a writer. But when her BFF framed her for plagiarism, she got in a tiny financial hole and saw this ad for “phone actresses”… Hey, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. No pantyhose or pantsuits, no regular hours, you’re your own boss, and lots of people to talk to. Guys, that is. But here’s the odd thing—lots of them want to talk about more than Emily’s imagined attributes; they start to think of her as the best friend they’ll never have to meet. Next thing you know, one of her customers gets killed. What’s a phone kitten to do? Solve the murder herself, of course! “Phone Kitten was a fun debut read with an interesting premise and some great characters – excellent chick lit.” -The Brazen Bookworm “Marika Christian's debut novel was one of the most fun reads I have had this year. Sweet Emily taking a job as a 'phone actress' has to be one of the funniest things ever.” -Just Jump A fun, refreshing treat for fans of Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, and Stephanie Bond, Phone Kitten is your ticket to hours of giggles—so long as you’re not looking for raunch. Because this is so not it! “When I first heard of this book I was intrigued; a phone-sex worker turned sleuth? Sounds like the perfect mix...a fabulous book. --Trashionista Excerpt: The girl who answered the phone sounded a lot like me. She was perky, upbeat, and wanted me to come in that night for an interview. The thought terrified me, but my only other option was Walmart. I heard Walmart locks employees in the store. I've often wondered what would happen if one of the employees were pregnant and went into labor while locked up. Would they let her out? Would her supervisor deliver the baby in housewares and slap a little smiley face sticker on the baby's bottom? Phone sex had to be better than twenty-four hour retail. The company name was Dimensions. Located in the back of an industrial park, it was a little scary. There was a gravel parking lot with a dozen cars and only one door with a camera to capture anyone who pressed the call button. I was buzzed in immediately. I wondered, Why does a phone sex place need this much security? I was met by Taylor, the bubbly girl I talked to on the phone. “Come on, I'll take you in the back and we can talk.” She wasn't what I pictured. Taylor was a tattooed Goth chick, with every piercing imaginable. Taylor isn't what most people envisioned when it came to “bubbly.” Once we were in her office, she quickly closed the door. “Look, we talk dirty here. The language is sexually explicit. You have to say it all. Tits, cock, and fuck. Can you do that?” “Yes.” There, I said it. I said I could do it. I hoped I really could. She whipped out a headset, plugged it in, and said, “I want you to listen to a call.


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THINK "BRIDGET JONES MEETS NANCY DREW". Throw in a gig as a phone sex operator, an unexpected hunk of a boyfriend, and a client's murder, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect chick lit romp. Even bloggers at Trashionista just had to read it: "A fabulous book.” Shy, funny, loveable Emily’s a pretty unlikely candidate for a phone sex operator. She’d die if she THINK "BRIDGET JONES MEETS NANCY DREW". Throw in a gig as a phone sex operator, an unexpected hunk of a boyfriend, and a client's murder, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect chick lit romp. Even bloggers at Trashionista just had to read it: "A fabulous book.” Shy, funny, loveable Emily’s a pretty unlikely candidate for a phone sex operator. She’d die if she had to talk dirty face-to-face—especially to her hot cop boyfriend. She sure didn’t set out to do phone sex—she wanted to be a writer. But when her BFF framed her for plagiarism, she got in a tiny financial hole and saw this ad for “phone actresses”… Hey, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. No pantyhose or pantsuits, no regular hours, you’re your own boss, and lots of people to talk to. Guys, that is. But here’s the odd thing—lots of them want to talk about more than Emily’s imagined attributes; they start to think of her as the best friend they’ll never have to meet. Next thing you know, one of her customers gets killed. What’s a phone kitten to do? Solve the murder herself, of course! “Phone Kitten was a fun debut read with an interesting premise and some great characters – excellent chick lit.” -The Brazen Bookworm “Marika Christian's debut novel was one of the most fun reads I have had this year. Sweet Emily taking a job as a 'phone actress' has to be one of the funniest things ever.” -Just Jump A fun, refreshing treat for fans of Jennifer Crusie, Janet Evanovich, and Stephanie Bond, Phone Kitten is your ticket to hours of giggles—so long as you’re not looking for raunch. Because this is so not it! “When I first heard of this book I was intrigued; a phone-sex worker turned sleuth? Sounds like the perfect mix...a fabulous book. --Trashionista Excerpt: The girl who answered the phone sounded a lot like me. She was perky, upbeat, and wanted me to come in that night for an interview. The thought terrified me, but my only other option was Walmart. I heard Walmart locks employees in the store. I've often wondered what would happen if one of the employees were pregnant and went into labor while locked up. Would they let her out? Would her supervisor deliver the baby in housewares and slap a little smiley face sticker on the baby's bottom? Phone sex had to be better than twenty-four hour retail. The company name was Dimensions. Located in the back of an industrial park, it was a little scary. There was a gravel parking lot with a dozen cars and only one door with a camera to capture anyone who pressed the call button. I was buzzed in immediately. I wondered, Why does a phone sex place need this much security? I was met by Taylor, the bubbly girl I talked to on the phone. “Come on, I'll take you in the back and we can talk.” She wasn't what I pictured. Taylor was a tattooed Goth chick, with every piercing imaginable. Taylor isn't what most people envisioned when it came to “bubbly.” Once we were in her office, she quickly closed the door. “Look, we talk dirty here. The language is sexually explicit. You have to say it all. Tits, cock, and fuck. Can you do that?” “Yes.” There, I said it. I said I could do it. I hoped I really could. She whipped out a headset, plugged it in, and said, “I want you to listen to a call.

30 review for Phone Kitten

  1. 5 out of 5

    Muse-ic ♬

    This was actually not a bad read. It was lacking, but it wasn't bad. Emily needs money, so she decides to work as a phone actress, as in she does phone sex. One day, one of her clients is murdered, so Emily takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. It was actually pretty fun! The one thing that drove me nuts the most in this book was that Emily had zero self confidence. She kept worrying about her image because she's on the fat side. But nearly every straight guy in this book, old and young, has sh This was actually not a bad read. It was lacking, but it wasn't bad. Emily needs money, so she decides to work as a phone actress, as in she does phone sex. One day, one of her clients is murdered, so Emily takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. It was actually pretty fun! The one thing that drove me nuts the most in this book was that Emily had zero self confidence. She kept worrying about her image because she's on the fat side. But nearly every straight guy in this book, old and young, has shown interest in her, hit on her, and/or asked her out. It's very clear that she is attractive. And yet with all that attention that most people don't even experience, her self esteem still didn't go up. And her boyfriend is a hot detective! *le sigh* But other than that, it was a fairly light read. And free on Amazon! My book-hoarder self loooves free books on Amazon ;)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angel Gelique

    Okay, time to have some fun with this one! :-) Emily Winters is a chubby young woman who dreams of being a journalist for the St. Pete Times. After her "friend" deviously takes credit for an article she writes, she explodes in anger, resulting in her termination. While perusing the classified section in search of new employment, she comes across an ad for a phone sex worker. "Phone sex girls get retirement benefits? Who knew?" The opportunity is too good to pass up. So Emily begins her new lif Okay, time to have some fun with this one! :-) Emily Winters is a chubby young woman who dreams of being a journalist for the St. Pete Times. After her "friend" deviously takes credit for an article she writes, she explodes in anger, resulting in her termination. While perusing the classified section in search of new employment, she comes across an ad for a phone sex worker. "Phone sex girls get retirement benefits? Who knew?" The opportunity is too good to pass up. So Emily begins her new life adventure as Delilah the phone kitten. The men who call in think they're talking to their fantasy girl. Little do they realize that they're getting There's even a man who works there...an effeminate man with a sweet-sounding voice. "So they think they're talking to a Britney Spears hottie, and they're jerking off with a four-hundred-pound gay man and his electric toothbrush?" Yeee-up! {giggle} Being a phone kitten transforms Emily's life and helps to boost her self esteem and confidence. As it turns out, she's pretty good at what she does. It isn't long before another opportunity comes along and she begins working from home. This time, she transforms into Peyton, the sexy blond from Georgia. Everything is going well until a chance meeting with one of her clients...who later turns up dead. Now Emily worries that her secret life will be revealed, or worse, that she might be a suspect in his murder. She takes on a different role, this time as a detective, and tries to solve the murder. And the mystery begins. Honestly, I enjoyed this book much better up until the point it became a mystery story. Then, some of the things Emily did just annoyed me. I know fiction doesn't need to be realistic, but I thought the story just wasn't very plausible. Still, the book was entertaining and I did enjoy the humor. And learned a few new things about fetishes! Who knew some men actually enjoy certain...things... "I've talked to men who wanted me to be their own private giantess, who smashes them until they squirt like jelly between my toes. Yeah, I don't get it either." Me, neither! :O I'm not sure how this book made its way into my Kindle library, but it was a nice break from the horror and gore I'm used to reading. And here's a video that someone made for this book. It's pretty funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcZk_e...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt Schiariti

    I picked this up on a whim. Honestly it's probably something I wouldn't normally have read but the name and description of the novel was interesting enough that I pulled the trigger and frankly, I needed a break from all the dark and brooding horror that I've been reading lately. Phone Kitten is a breath of fresh air! Emily has hit a rough patch. A friend of hers stabbed her in the back at work, causing her to lose her job so what's a self professed 'chub' girl to do? Why, why not be a phone sex I picked this up on a whim. Honestly it's probably something I wouldn't normally have read but the name and description of the novel was interesting enough that I pulled the trigger and frankly, I needed a break from all the dark and brooding horror that I've been reading lately. Phone Kitten is a breath of fresh air! Emily has hit a rough patch. A friend of hers stabbed her in the back at work, causing her to lose her job so what's a self professed 'chub' girl to do? Why, why not be a phone sex operator? Turns out that the 'chub' girl who's often called by the wrong name and seems to be invisible to the general type public has a sexy voice and decides to use it to work her way through some college courses. Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems and when something happens to a client of hers she decides to get to the bottom of it. Who knows? Maybe she'll even get a good newspaper article out of it? The first thing that stands out about this book is the author's voice. Christian pens Emily in such a funny and realistic way that you can't help BUT like her. She's about as likeable a character as I've read in a long time. She's got real problems. She's not a super genius (but she's plenty smart) and she's not runway thin either. She is, in essence, the 'every-girl'. Even though I'm a guy, I could relate to her. She's got job problems, problems with the opposite sex, issues with her appearance. It's tough not to put yourself in her shoes and say to yourself 'yes, that makes complete sense. I can empathize'. In short, Emily is REAL and completely human and FUN to read. The dialogue is fast and snappy and many times, laugh out loud funny. Emily's inner musings are both hysterical and touching as she reflects on her life, her friends, her problems and her love life. Wrapped up in all of that is a fun little mystery that's well plotted and paced very nicely. I think one of the things that impressed me the most about the book was the fact that Emily's job is that of a phone sex operator but the book never gets trashy or overly graphic. In fact, there is even only a slight dusting of curse words. Not that I'm a prude but I always thought that it's harder work for, let's say, a comedian to be funny while being clean than just dropping f-bombs and being foul (although I do like both, heh). For a book that features a phone sex operator, the novel never goes into gutter-ish territory. My hat's off to the author for being able to still make it real without having to degrade into smutty territory. No easy feat I'm sure. If you're looking for a fun and entertaining mystery that's surrounded by an authentic character with charm and sense of humor you'd be doing a disservice to yourself if you didn't drop the coin on Phone Kitten! Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jadaloves

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s characters. Emily feels invisible to the outside world, and has allowed people to walk over and dismiss her all of her life. Until she discovers her ‘friend’ has stolen her work and passes it off as her own. Fed up, Emily finally lets all her pent up emotions boil over, but it ends up costing her her job. Faced with tuition and bills, Emily becomes a phone sex operator to make due, and murder, mystery, and comedy ensue. I loved Emily’s character because she I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s characters. Emily feels invisible to the outside world, and has allowed people to walk over and dismiss her all of her life. Until she discovers her ‘friend’ has stolen her work and passes it off as her own. Fed up, Emily finally lets all her pent up emotions boil over, but it ends up costing her her job. Faced with tuition and bills, Emily becomes a phone sex operator to make due, and murder, mystery, and comedy ensue. I loved Emily’s character because she seems so very realistic. I think many women feel looked over for one reason or another, and Christian did a good job in capturing that in Emily. But Emily doesn’t remain passive and invisible and that’s what makes her so cool. She has already begun to take steps to be more noticeable, like working out with her best friend. But the more she has to pretend to be Peyton, her phone sex identity, the more her inner Peyton begins to come out in her real life. As a result, Emily begins to open up and take more risks. So much so, that when her best customer is offed, she decides to solve his murder. Surprisingly, Emily makes a pretty decent sleuth. The supporting characters were great too. I particularly liked her best friend Dennis and his partner Craig. Those two were a riot and I laughed myself silly when Emily asked Dennis to help her run through a faux phone sex call. Her suspects were quite interesting too, and oddly enough, I took a great liking to the Gangster her client was friends with. I wasn’t that over the moon about her boyfriend though. He was nice enough, but I wanted to know more about him, and I just wasn’t very invested in him. But if Christian continues Emily’s story, I hope to find out more about him. The only issue I had with this book was the editing. There were a lot of errors and mistakes throughout the novel, and sometimes they could be a bit distracting. But otherwise, this was a lovely book with a wonderful cast of characters. I really loved Emily. She was cute, funny, and brave. I really hope to read about more of her adventures in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Scott

    Good girl Emily thinks that taking a job as a 900 number operator is the most daring thing she's ever done. Then one of her clients ends up dead, and she thinks its up to her to find the killer. I'd rather give this book 3 1/2 stars than four, but no way could I give it only three stars. The book was fun, silly, and totally girly. In fact, it reminded me of Caprice Crane and other of my favorite chick lit authors. Emily, the main character, was immensely likeable and easy to relate to, and her fr Good girl Emily thinks that taking a job as a 900 number operator is the most daring thing she's ever done. Then one of her clients ends up dead, and she thinks its up to her to find the killer. I'd rather give this book 3 1/2 stars than four, but no way could I give it only three stars. The book was fun, silly, and totally girly. In fact, it reminded me of Caprice Crane and other of my favorite chick lit authors. Emily, the main character, was immensely likeable and easy to relate to, and her friends were also well written. The prose was smooth and the plot moved at just the right pace - not too slow, not too fast. I also loved the Florida setting. I know that a few FL natives mentioned some nits with the location, but for me (a native Michigander), it was very convincing. And considering this is a story about a phone sex operator, the author managed to keep everything to a PG-13 rating. All of these things made the book a cute, easy read. Unfortunately, there were some things that troubled me quite a bit. The first was the romance. The love interest was just too perfect. Too cute, too understanding, and way too forgiving considering what Emily puts him through. The leading man lacked depth and personality. Another thing that bothered me was that there were too many coincidences, especially at the beginning and end of the story. I found myself thinking, "Really??" when Emily just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time. Finally, although I understand that these kinds of books need to be zany, a lot of Emily's antics were too outrageous to be believed. She poses as a number of people in order to dig up information on the murder, yet no one ever questions her credentials, nor does she get into trouble for impeding an ongoing investigation. This really bothered me. Phone Kitten did have its flaws, but it was enough of a good read for me to enjoy it from start to end. I think this is the author's first novel. If so, I hope she'll put out others.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

    Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be when I looked at the cover. Please note: I don't go for cutesy. So, any time you see the word "strumpet" in this review, please replace it with "kitten". I refuse to call my profession "kitten"y. I don't know if Ms. Christian is a phone strumpet, or if she just interviewed a lot of them, but I will give her major props for realism. It's very difficult in this profession to find a form of media that is realistic. People, upon learning what I do for 1/2 of Not nearly as bad as I thought it would be when I looked at the cover. Please note: I don't go for cutesy. So, any time you see the word "strumpet" in this review, please replace it with "kitten". I refuse to call my profession "kitten"y. I don't know if Ms. Christian is a phone strumpet, or if she just interviewed a lot of them, but I will give her major props for realism. It's very difficult in this profession to find a form of media that is realistic. People, upon learning what I do for 1/2 of my living, immediately click to the movie Valentine's Day. I do not scream like a harpie about how unrealistic it is, but. There are suuuuuch problems with Anne Hathaway's version of a strumpet. I do strictly at home business, and have no experience with a call center environment, but I have to believe they took some liberties here. At least in regards to pay scale. Same with the at home bit. Strumpets get paid criminally low, unless you have your own service. But maybe Emily's service was just...yeah, I don't know. I was irked by Emily's attitude towards strumpeting, but that may be my own hang up. I have no shame, as evidenced by the fact that I've devoted...four paragraphs of this review to my own personal experience with the profession. I sing it from the roof top. The only people in my life who don't know what I do are those who are too young to know what s-e-x is. And she is just so...and it's not even just her. How is this Dennis person her BFF when he's such an extreme asshole to her about it? Like, that is not in any way okay. And why wouldn't you tell your "History Hottie"? Sure, it's not first date material, but for fuck's sake. You are going to school, you are earning a living, you are getting your shit together. Do you actually want to date someone who judges you for doing what you have to do to get your life moving forward? And why why why why why why why would you ever go somewhere you know one of your clients will be at? I have a client who lives about 3 hours from my city. If I were ever in the same town for some reason, I would be ducking and diving and disguising my voice to make sure he neeeeever knew it was me. Not out of some fear he would blackmail me, but because hi, these people are freaks. You do not want them to know anything personal about you. Hello. Okay, so see this is why I can't read/watch anything that involves strumpeting. I just take it all so personally. Anyway! I cared little to nothing for anything not involving strumpeting or "investigating". However, as with all these amateur sleuth novels, I was mostly irritated with the meddling. Seriously, the jump drive thievery made me want to scream. Do these people not understand the word "inadmissible in court"? How about, "Someone's trying to kill you, stop going places alone"? I know I sound like I hated this book. I REALLY didn't. It's fluff, and you just can't take fluff seriously. If Emily had had another profession, I never even would've picked this up because I don't do fluff well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaden

    I really loved this book. An author I sort of "stalk" on here mentioned he had picked up this book, and from the premise, I expected this to be a fair amount spicier, but no matter, it was so adorable. I very much enjoyed the main character, Emily. She's fun and relate-able and perhaps a bit goofy, but not a total bubblehead like some amateur sleuths who you wonder how they managed to get to adulthood alive. I certainly learned a lot about a career as a "phone actress." Her love interest sounds I really loved this book. An author I sort of "stalk" on here mentioned he had picked up this book, and from the premise, I expected this to be a fair amount spicier, but no matter, it was so adorable. I very much enjoyed the main character, Emily. She's fun and relate-able and perhaps a bit goofy, but not a total bubblehead like some amateur sleuths who you wonder how they managed to get to adulthood alive. I certainly learned a lot about a career as a "phone actress." Her love interest sounds like a total dreamboat as well. I know they say you should have a flaw in your romantic hero so he has a way to grow, but nope, let's have this guy be perfect. Which he is. More please. Another thing, and this is something I don't usually notice, is how good a job the author did with the setting. I've never been to the Tampa/St. Pete area, and now I kind of want to visit. I see in another review that someone mentioned laughing out loud, and I know I did that too at least once. Even though this is a murder mystery, this is pretty light and fun. To be fair, it's not perfect. There is a bit of "telling" and "info dumping" in the first chapter or two when the main character gives back story about a rival named Dani or a gay friend named Dennis. But the writing smooths out very, very quickly. Also, I'm not a good enough writing "analyst" to know why I felt this way, but that character, Dennis, felt a little flat. I kind of liked him and his more likable boyfriend, Craig, but I'm not sure I saw his purpose in the story. I'm pretty sure he was supposed to be the super ego/voice of reason character who grounds Emily, but...hmm...she kind of pays zero attention to anything he says, and Craig kind of duplicates that roll (role?) and is a bit more effective. Also, and I never take "points" off for this, the bad guy comes after the hero which means the hero didn't really solve the mystery. Instead, the bad guy reveals himself. I have to say I haven't read a mystery in years where the sleuth clearly figures out who the bad guy is instead of either stumbling onto the right answer or the bad guy decides to go after the hero. (Wait a minute. There was a fantastic Josh Lanyon mystery that came pretty close.) So, yes, while I'd be insanely impressed with an author who doesn't use the "pursue the hero" device, I think the way the murderer is revealed in Phone Kitten is very satisfying. I would LOVE to read a sequel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annmarie

    A friend of mine turned me onto this free Kindle book site called Pixels of Ink. I both love and hate this site. Usually twice a day they list 3-5 books that are free for Kindle on Amazon at the time of the post. I LOVE free books. I HATE the temptation because, even though they aren't taking up physical space, adding 5 books a day to my to-be-read pile is intimidating even for me. Anywho, this leads me to my latest book, "Phone Kitten", which I got free thanks to the above mentioned Pixels reco A friend of mine turned me onto this free Kindle book site called Pixels of Ink. I both love and hate this site. Usually twice a day they list 3-5 books that are free for Kindle on Amazon at the time of the post. I LOVE free books. I HATE the temptation because, even though they aren't taking up physical space, adding 5 books a day to my to-be-read pile is intimidating even for me. Anywho, this leads me to my latest book, "Phone Kitten", which I got free thanks to the above mentioned Pixels recommendation. This book was just a funny, cute, and light hearted mystery. Emily Winters finds herself fired from her newspaper job, through no fault of her own, sees an ad to be a phone sex operator and thinks why not. Now, I do have to say that I was slightly worried about a raunch factor, but the author handles the subject matter with a sly, witty, subtle touch that just had me giggling in some parts. What Emily finds is that once the deed is done, most of these guys just want someone to talk to and at two dollars a minute, she's happy to oblige. With her life back on track Emily has met a new guy and on their first date, she accidentally runs into one of her clients. When he turns up murdered the next day, she is sure she's in trouble. So she decides to start "Drewing it", as in Nancy Drew, against the advice of her best friend Dennis. Emily is sweet and completely inept in the style of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. The romance with Rick is just adorable and hot in all the right places. Did I mention that I liked this book? It hit all the right notes in all the right places for me. Chick Lit, Romance, Comic Mystery, what ever, it was enjoyable. Like a perfect cupcake. You couldn't live on it, but boy is it good. I can't wait to see where this series goes. As I said it was free when I got it and is now listed at $2.99. Unfortunately it only seems to be available in ebook format at the moment. Hopefully that changes soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rives

    Phone Kitten by Marika Christian In the mood for a lighthearted mystery with a little romance on the side? Check out Marika Christian's PHONE KITTEN. Christian introduces Emily Winters, an imperfect but perfectly lovable character. Emily is a self-proclaimed Chub and accustomed to going unnoticed. When she is fired from her job as a copy clerk for a large newspaper, she needs to find work fast and signs on as a phone sex operator. Emily's life begins to change when Emily discovers that as Peyton, h Phone Kitten by Marika Christian In the mood for a lighthearted mystery with a little romance on the side? Check out Marika Christian's PHONE KITTEN. Christian introduces Emily Winters, an imperfect but perfectly lovable character. Emily is a self-proclaimed Chub and accustomed to going unnoticed. When she is fired from her job as a copy clerk for a large newspaper, she needs to find work fast and signs on as a phone sex operator. Emily's life begins to change when Emily discovers that as Peyton, her sex kitten alias, she is able to tap into resources she never knew she had."What would Peyton do?" becomes a kind of mantra, pushing Emily further and further from her shell. When one of Emily's clients is murdered, she decides to solve the case and write the story that will make her the journalist she has always dreamed of being. Of course, nothing turns out exactly as planned but Emily will keep you laughing as she stumbles into unexpected situations--and acquires a new boyfriend along the way. My only problem with Phone Kitten was that it was over too quickly. Who knew murder could be so much fun? Just hope Christian has another Emily Winters book coming soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    This was really cute and fun. The plot was silly, but it was supposed to be. Emily made relatively stupid choices several times, but she was supposed to. What mattered here, I think, is that Emily herself (even when she was being stupid), was credible and very well portrayed. She grows some over the story, but not enough to make the story moralistic or heavy-handed. Nice, light reading, and not as graphic as one might think given the blurb.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    I loved this clever cozy. Emily is a likeable and relatable heroine just trying to pay the rent and her tuition when her job as a 'phone kitten' sex line actor gets her mired in a mess. Well, it's partly her job and partly her Nancy Drew tendencies. Supporting characters are richly drawn and memorable. The Florida St Pete setting will make you yearn for a vacation. In all, a perfect cozy read! Five enthusiastic stars. Bring on more Emily! I loved this clever cozy. Emily is a likeable and relatable heroine just trying to pay the rent and her tuition when her job as a 'phone kitten' sex line actor gets her mired in a mess. Well, it's partly her job and partly her Nancy Drew tendencies. Supporting characters are richly drawn and memorable. The Florida St Pete setting will make you yearn for a vacation. In all, a perfect cozy read! Five enthusiastic stars. Bring on more Emily!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*

    Don't be turned off by the 3 stars! This book is not what I expected at all. I expected a fun and cute romance with a bit of naughtiness thrown in for good measure. I expected it to be a bit raunchier than it was. However, Phone Kitten was such an amusing book, I didn't find myself missing it. Emily Winters is easily forgotten. Her boss doesn't even know her name. People look over her like she was no more interesting than a crack in the sidewalk. The only men in her life are a gay couple who are li Don't be turned off by the 3 stars! This book is not what I expected at all. I expected a fun and cute romance with a bit of naughtiness thrown in for good measure. I expected it to be a bit raunchier than it was. However, Phone Kitten was such an amusing book, I didn't find myself missing it. Emily Winters is easily forgotten. Her boss doesn't even know her name. People look over her like she was no more interesting than a crack in the sidewalk. The only men in her life are a gay couple who are like brothers to her. Emily is finally taking charge of her life though. She is trying to write articles for the newspaper that she works for, she has lost a ton of weight and she is finally starting to have some self confidence. But a woman that she thinks is her friend betrays her and gets Emily fired from her job. Distraught, Emily finds herself looking in the classifieds for a job and the words "phone actress" stand out to her. It's easy money and after a little bit of getting settled, Emily gives herself the persona "Peyton" and goes to work. Her confidence goes up and she finds herself dating one of the most attractive men that she has ever met, a cop named Rick. Emily keeps her profession a secret though for obvious reasons... Emily is a phone sex actress. Every day, she talks to lonely men and *ahem* satisfies their needs. But not everything is sexual and she finds that some men call her over and over just to have someone listen to them. One of these men is the real estate developer that is trying to "improve" the up and coming neighborhood Emily lives in with high rise condos and expensive boutiques. When Emily finds out that he is killed, she is determined to find out who did it and why. But Emily is way over her head and suddenly this detective lifestyle is too much, especially juggling not telling her supa-hot cop boyfriend and not getting caught. This really was a fun amusing book. I found myself giggling at the random things Emily would say and her insecurities are rather refreshing. She is extremely body conscious and it shows with the writing. She is going through all of the stuff that women go through when they want to lose weight. She is surprisingly awkward, shy, and her self confidence needs a lot of work. Emily is easy to relate to throughout the book. She creates this all powerful alter ego in Peyton and she becomes stronger by acting without fear like she thinks Peyton would do. Despite it being a somewhat unconventional profession, Emily is able to build up her confidence by being appreciated by these men that would otherwise ignore her. Emily: Peyton: The other characters in the book were fun as well. Dennis and Craig were amazing and I want to have a friends like them in real life. They are supportive but tough on her, not letting her get away with being stupid and putting herself at risk. They act like over protective brothers and are sort of necessary to Emily's life to keep her from doing incredibly reckless things. There are a few issues I had with the book overall though. The writing style was rather amusing but there are some plot holes that I couldn't get around. The entire time, Emily is saying that she is plain and not noticeable but then she all of a sudden has men hanging off of her. Rick, Jim, Damon...it is kind of silly in a way. There is a lot to be said for confidence and a change of clothes but I just don't believe it. Also, I can get why a guy wouldn't want to tell you he's a cop but after you have made out with her on your couch, you sort of need to tell her what you do for a living. Not a bad book though. It was light and fluffy and just what I needed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    While the main character got a bit annoying the plot was good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I loved this book!! Very fun and funny! The story never slowed down and the characters were all very distinct and lovable. I personally was amazed that for the first time in a long time, I guessed the wrong suspect to be the murderer. Major kudos for being unpredictable. (I'm crazy good at guessing, surprises, twists, etc) Emily does work as a Phone Sex Operator, but nothing ever gets gross or unclassy. In fact, this book is EXTREMELY tame considering her line of work. Every time work is mentioned I loved this book!! Very fun and funny! The story never slowed down and the characters were all very distinct and lovable. I personally was amazed that for the first time in a long time, I guessed the wrong suspect to be the murderer. Major kudos for being unpredictable. (I'm crazy good at guessing, surprises, twists, etc) Emily does work as a Phone Sex Operator, but nothing ever gets gross or unclassy. In fact, this book is EXTREMELY tame considering her line of work. Every time work is mentioned for her, it results in a good hardy laugh. One thing that did irk me and keeps me from a full 5 star rating, (view spoiler)[ is Emily constantly is drooling over how lovely Rick is and how chubby and unattractive she thinks she is, and I would have been able to tolerate a little bit of it at the beginning, because hey, she's been working hard and just lost a lot of weight, so why would she be comfortable in her own skin. By the end though, she shouldn't have been so "I'm so unpretty" she's a P.S.O! She should have felt like a sex goddess, by all the attention she had been getting (From Rick as well as other male characters). It just got twilight Bella annoying by the end. (hide spoiler)] Defiantly don't miss this one if you want a good comedy mystery!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    This is definitely Chick Lit. Fluffy, light, like cotton candy—don’t expect great depth, and as it is (or was) a freebie on Amazon, accept that we now live in a world where e-books are going to increasingly have greater need of editing by people who proofread while they aren’t multitasking fourteen other things, but those people seem to be a rare breed, disappearing, so try not to let missing words or faulty punctuation that crop up occasionally irritate you. Having said that—this was actually a This is definitely Chick Lit. Fluffy, light, like cotton candy—don’t expect great depth, and as it is (or was) a freebie on Amazon, accept that we now live in a world where e-books are going to increasingly have greater need of editing by people who proofread while they aren’t multitasking fourteen other things, but those people seem to be a rare breed, disappearing, so try not to let missing words or faulty punctuation that crop up occasionally irritate you. Having said that—this was actually a fun read, even if I am a guy, and some diverting escapism. Although the premise might discourage some—our heroine Emily has discovered she has a flair for success at her new phone sex job and through this job she suddenly gets pulled into a murder mystery—I think it is both her self-deprecating wit and the reader’s quick identification with and sympathy for her (she lost her old job at a newspaper because she was screwed over by a bullying beautiful-but-oh-so-shallow false friend) that makes this work. I laughed more than usual while reading this—it’s not coarse, it’s clever, and that earns a thumbs up from me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    A stellar debut from Marika Christian incorporating the world of phone sex with a murder mystery. Phone actress, Emily Summers, takes it upon herself to solve the crime of the murder of one of her most frequent callers; but soon eneough she finds herself in more danger than maybe even Nancy Drew can handle. Meeting a lot of crazy, kooky and just suspicious characters on her path, Jim Alexander's killer could be anyone. To top of all the drama, Emily's met a guy she really likes, but when he turn A stellar debut from Marika Christian incorporating the world of phone sex with a murder mystery. Phone actress, Emily Summers, takes it upon herself to solve the crime of the murder of one of her most frequent callers; but soon eneough she finds herself in more danger than maybe even Nancy Drew can handle. Meeting a lot of crazy, kooky and just suspicious characters on her path, Jim Alexander's killer could be anyone. To top of all the drama, Emily's met a guy she really likes, but when he turns out to be a cop, all of a sudden, Emily's job and plans to find the killer become not so secret anymore. Will she solve the case before she or anyone else gets hurt again? A great debut with a quick-moving plot; quirky characters you won't forget and all the drama you could hope for in a contemporary fiction novel. Take this one to the beach this summer; I'm holding out hope for Phone Kitten Part Two!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I absolutely loved this book. So much so, that since I had checked it out from Amazon Prime, as soon as I finished I went in and purchased it because this was one I knew I needed to own! Made me laugh out loud, much like the first time I read Janet Evanovich. I immediately went online, hoping with fingers crossed, that there were more books with this character or more books from this author. Unfortunately there are not at this time, although the author's posted responses to the comments all said I absolutely loved this book. So much so, that since I had checked it out from Amazon Prime, as soon as I finished I went in and purchased it because this was one I knew I needed to own! Made me laugh out loud, much like the first time I read Janet Evanovich. I immediately went online, hoping with fingers crossed, that there were more books with this character or more books from this author. Unfortunately there are not at this time, although the author's posted responses to the comments all said she is working on book 2. Keeping my fingers crossed that it happens soon!! I can't wait!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Atlas

    Very enjoyable. Cute main character,Emily -- reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. Mysteries can be confusing for me with my trouble concentrating and the generally large number of characters. But the author did a good job making the characters distinct which made it much easier. Nice, sweet romantic subplot too. If there ends up being a sequel, I'll be sure to get it. Very enjoyable. Cute main character,Emily -- reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. Mysteries can be confusing for me with my trouble concentrating and the generally large number of characters. But the author did a good job making the characters distinct which made it much easier. Nice, sweet romantic subplot too. If there ends up being a sequel, I'll be sure to get it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Martin

    This was an enjoyable book that kept my attention nearly all day. If you enjoy romantic mysteries with a big dash of humor, Christian delivers. I might have given this 5 stars if main character Emily had not put herself down so often or put herself in danger so often. Some of the secondary characters could be better developed. I would read a sequel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book kept my interest and was a good story. I liked the characters and the fact that it was a nice, light read. I'm often impressed with Amazon's free ebooks and appreciate the fact that it helps me broaden my reading genres. This book kept my interest and was a good story. I liked the characters and the fact that it was a nice, light read. I'm often impressed with Amazon's free ebooks and appreciate the fact that it helps me broaden my reading genres.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Little Red Readinghood

    It started out great really funny. However I get annoyed when the heroine sits on information and puts herself in danger. How stupid can you be? That reduced it to three stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Loved the book at the start, then it all went a little far fetched.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mo Vielma

    “It was like one of those bad seventies movies.” And this is just a bad book. I try to read from every genre just to get familiar with different authors. I like a good romance/mystery novel and that's what I thought this would be. A good detective story with a bit of romance. Pro: It's a good premise. Emily Winters is a wanna be reporter who gets fired for attempted plagiarism. The real culprit? A coworker whom she thought was her friend. Emily is also a student working to get a degree in media? writ “It was like one of those bad seventies movies.” And this is just a bad book. I try to read from every genre just to get familiar with different authors. I like a good romance/mystery novel and that's what I thought this would be. A good detective story with a bit of romance. Pro: It's a good premise. Emily Winters is a wanna be reporter who gets fired for attempted plagiarism. The real culprit? A coworker whom she thought was her friend. Emily is also a student working to get a degree in media? writing? I'm not sure I remember. So now she’s a student with no job. What’s a girl to do? Especially if she’s a girl with a sexy voice she becomes a phone sex operator, of course. Emily is also used to being forgotten or not seen. But she's working out and eating right. She's an ex-fat girl who slims down and begins to find all the wonders of what it's like to not be chubby. She even meets a hunky guy from one of her classes who finds her physically appealing and actually wants to date her. But she doesn’t really get to know him or anything about him. But he’s hot so who cares! Cons: All the usual suspects. The characters just seem like stereotypes or even caricatures of what they are. Emily is the overly self-deprecating, ex-fat chick with the super sexy voice who becomes a phone sex operator. When one of her callers is murdered, Emily decides to investigate his death not because she's implicated (she hasn’t even been called in to the police station when she begins her investigation) in the murder but because she's going to show her former boss and her former "best friend" that she can write a good investigative report; you know, even though Emily didn't seem to have ambitions of being an investigative journalist. The only writing we know she’s ever done is about her lifestyle change and how it's affected her. You don’t really get a sense of Emily’s and Rick’s romance. She thinks he’s hot and out of her league. He thinks she’s hot and he doesn’t like that she seems to eat nothing but salad. Even the reveal of the killer was anticlimactic. “He even started to cry.”?????? What? You killed a man and tossed his body into the ocean from your boat and when you’re caught you’re pushed down the stairs and cry?! I think I was hoping for something along the lines of Janet Evanovich meets Sue Ann Jaffarian. Stephanie Plum meets Odelia Grey. But nope. You won’t find that here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    CB Ross

    I tend to 'automatically' pick up a "Cozy Mysteries" book as, having read a fair number, they have been the kind of stories that I could have read to my maiden aunt (if I had had one!) without any embarrassment on either side. Then I read this one! Telephone sex; homosexual couple; 'Escort'; adultery. My (mythical) maiden aunt would have been appalled. At least I have learned one lesson - don't assume that "Cozy Mysteries" are all of the same kind! I shall not be returning to this author! I tend to 'automatically' pick up a "Cozy Mysteries" book as, having read a fair number, they have been the kind of stories that I could have read to my maiden aunt (if I had had one!) without any embarrassment on either side. Then I read this one! Telephone sex; homosexual couple; 'Escort'; adultery. My (mythical) maiden aunt would have been appalled. At least I have learned one lesson - don't assume that "Cozy Mysteries" are all of the same kind! I shall not be returning to this author!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ms Mary E Doyle

    Florida but not as I know it .... It started with plagiarism & ended with friendship & love. In between phone sex that paid well, a hot cop. A murder with reporter turned detective & nearly getting killed in the process. Thankfully it all ended well with the hot cop recovering & all the criminals in jail & a bunch of flowers from mafiosa

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I somewhat liked the MC but not happy with the mystery. (view spoiler)[Solved by bad guy revealing himself for no reason. Insufficient clues pointing to him in the investigation. (hide spoiler)] So not satisfying on the sleuthing or puzzle side. 2 star but would give more a chance. I somewhat liked the MC but not happy with the mystery. (view spoiler)[Solved by bad guy revealing himself for no reason. Insufficient clues pointing to him in the investigation. (hide spoiler)] So not satisfying on the sleuthing or puzzle side. 2 star but would give more a chance.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patti Fischetti

    A witty romp of sex, murder and love. The title doesn't really give any clue to the story so when I started reading it was a pleasant surprise. It was witty, exciting and clever. It really had me at the first word and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. A witty romp of sex, murder and love. The title doesn't really give any clue to the story so when I started reading it was a pleasant surprise. It was witty, exciting and clever. It really had me at the first word and I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    June

    Fun! Emily is unexpected and very likable. It was a light and enjoyable mystery romp with solid characters a good story line.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Fun and phone sex Loved the book and fell in love with the characters too!. Can not wait for another book, there really must be more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lory

    Didn't even finish this book as the first chapter didn't even peak my interest. The summary had got my attention but the writing didn't come up to my expectations. Didn't even finish this book as the first chapter didn't even peak my interest. The summary had got my attention but the writing didn't come up to my expectations.

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