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While on assignment on Mishkwa Island, Secret Service agent Maria ''Goose'' di Guzman, investigating the island's deepest secrets, goes up against drop-dead gorgeous park ranger Rush Guthrie who pursues her while she pursues the truth. While on assignment on Mishkwa Island, Secret Service agent Maria ''Goose'' di Guzman, investigating the island's deepest secrets, goes up against drop-dead gorgeous park ranger Rush Guthrie who pursues her while she pursues the truth.


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While on assignment on Mishkwa Island, Secret Service agent Maria ''Goose'' di Guzman, investigating the island's deepest secrets, goes up against drop-dead gorgeous park ranger Rush Guthrie who pursues her while she pursues the truth. While on assignment on Mishkwa Island, Secret Service agent Maria ''Goose'' di Guzman, investigating the island's deepest secrets, goes up against drop-dead gorgeous park ranger Rush Guthrie who pursues her while she pursues the truth.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    This book didn't work for me for several reasons first of all it was too "out" there, the whole island with rules, the pagan thing, none of it was my thing. The heroine is from the Secret Service and someone featured in the author's last book. She likes to go by the name Goose since her real name Maria brings back bad memories. The hero Rush was a SEAL sniper slowly getting into the land of living after leaving the army. The very first day Maria makes a move on him but Rush stops it since he want This book didn't work for me for several reasons first of all it was too "out" there, the whole island with rules, the pagan thing, none of it was my thing. The heroine is from the Secret Service and someone featured in the author's last book. She likes to go by the name Goose since her real name Maria brings back bad memories. The hero Rush was a SEAL sniper slowly getting into the land of living after leaving the army. The very first day Maria makes a move on him but Rush stops it since he wants the real her, not Goose who tries to make herself perfect and tries to hide the fact that she is deeply unhappy and filled with guilt. Then there is a young sixteen year old messed up cousin that reminds Maria of her sixteen year old self filled with self-loathing. My problem with the book was that I didn't like the pace and the cast of characters that much. The heroine had too much of angst in her, she was 16 when her twin was killed because she let her sister's ex-boyfriend and killer into her life by dating him, after that she never really moved on neither did her parents. The romance didn't really click with me either. All in all a disappointing read and a plot that I didn't like.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Very cute! Great back and forth banter, loved the inner dialogue Goose has and it was refreshing to read about a guy who's so straight forward and honest. Rush says exactly what he's feeling and thinking and I loved it. Fun story! Very cute! Great back and forth banter, loved the inner dialogue Goose has and it was refreshing to read about a guy who's so straight forward and honest. Rush says exactly what he's feeling and thinking and I loved it. Fun story!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bungluna

    I enjoyed the first half of the book, which was lighthearted. Then the book took a turn for a darker tone and I felt like I'd made a wrong turn into a different story. After that I never quite connected to the story again. I usually enjoy this author very much, but this one didn't quite work for me. 2.5/5 I enjoyed the first half of the book, which was lighthearted. Then the book took a turn for a darker tone and I felt like I'd made a wrong turn into a different story. After that I never quite connected to the story again. I usually enjoy this author very much, but this one didn't quite work for me. 2.5/5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I really liked the first half of the book but when the witchy coven stuff appeared the book went downhill fast. Best: description of the location, Maria (Goose) & Rush were interesting main characters. Worst: pagan / assassin / suicide junk & the too drawn-out sexual description. And " dark magic" is NOT sexy as stated in this book. I really liked the first half of the book but when the witchy coven stuff appeared the book went downhill fast. Best: description of the location, Maria (Goose) & Rush were interesting main characters. Worst: pagan / assassin / suicide junk & the too drawn-out sexual description. And " dark magic" is NOT sexy as stated in this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terry Hammoutene

    This story had some good points and some bad points. I felt some parts where to unrealistic while others matched up. The plot made sense but the way it fit in was a little confusing. The humor was ok. The cousin was unlikeable and you kind of figure it out a quarter of the way in

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lizbeth Selvig

    When Secret Service agent Maria “Goose” diGuzman arrives on Mishkwa Island in Lake Superior, ostensibly to investigate the local park ranger for his subversive political agenda, it takes her about thirty minutes for deep-seated attraction to grip her and refuse to let her go. It also takes that long for her to know beyond a doubt that ranger Rush Guthrie is as far from subversive as a man can get. Rush is a former Navy SEAL who has come home to the tiny island in order to exorcise demons left fro When Secret Service agent Maria “Goose” diGuzman arrives on Mishkwa Island in Lake Superior, ostensibly to investigate the local park ranger for his subversive political agenda, it takes her about thirty minutes for deep-seated attraction to grip her and refuse to let her go. It also takes that long for her to know beyond a doubt that ranger Rush Guthrie is as far from subversive as a man can get. Rush is a former Navy SEAL who has come home to the tiny island in order to exorcise demons left from his elite military career. He may be quiet, and still a little too attached to the weapon he carries in his pocket, but he knows who he is and he’s good at reading other people. In Goose he sees a woman who is hiding her true self under a façade of cool, calm professionalism. It doesn’t take long for Rush to know he wants to exorcise her demons, too, and free the passionate Maria so long overshadowed by buttoned-up Goose. But as Rush and Goose fall headlong into a relationship that will force them both to unearth deep secrets from the past, there is big trouble on Mishkwa. Someone is running a counterfeit operation and Goose suspects the people closest in the world to Rush are involved. The investigation she starts with Rush includes hunting an overly horny bull moose and attending a Lunar celebration starring naked, pagans including Rush’s own sixty-something aunt. But things turn serious when Rush’s cousin, Einar, and an extremely troubled teen named Yarrow become the focus of the hunt. Is it even remotely possible that the man Rush has always treated like a brother is part of a deadly scheme? Or that Yarrow is part of the plot? Or is something or someone else at work? Susan has crafted an amazing story that weaves both edge-of-the-seat intrigue, wonderfully humorous elements (I mean, a dumpster-humping moose named Sir Humpalot?) and absolutely believable, heart-tugging internal struggles into a truly fun summer read. Rush is a hero worth a very huge crush, and Goose/Maria is a heroine we can all relate to—with the ability to save even a former SEAL. I recommend you definitely read this book, if for nothing else than to find the “Hello, Maria” scene – it’ll melt your heart. I promise.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    I really enjoyed this one! I was on page 36 and totally in love with the sexual chemistry and sarcastic banter between Goose and Rush. Sure they’d just met, he was a suspect she was investigating, and she sure didn’t like the way he was making her feel...all hot and bothered under the collar. And she may not have been 100% professional or acting appropriately when she coped a feel but I loved it. And I loved even more that Rush shut her down and his reasons why. Most men think and act with the li I really enjoyed this one! I was on page 36 and totally in love with the sexual chemistry and sarcastic banter between Goose and Rush. Sure they’d just met, he was a suspect she was investigating, and she sure didn’t like the way he was making her feel...all hot and bothered under the collar. And she may not have been 100% professional or acting appropriately when she coped a feel but I loved it. And I loved even more that Rush shut her down and his reasons why. Most men think and act with the little head but there would be no rushing into any situations for this man named Rush. He’s got the patience of Job. He’s an ex-Navy SEAL sniper - he’s used to waiting for what he wants. And above all else he wants honesty from Goose and won’t accept anything less. Rush goes to great lengths to expose the “real” Maria di Guzman with the curly, unruly hair and imperfections because Goose with the poker straight perfect hair and the plastic, fake personality she displays to the world - is not the woman he wants. Actually the more involved I got in Money Shot it became evident that Rush and Goose were complicated, baggage-carrying, scarred characters. They were actually much more similar than they realized. Both were working out issues from their past including why Rush left his job as a high-ranking sniper for the SEALS and the immense guilt Goose feels over the death of her twin sister when they were teen-agers. Emotional, soul searching stuff. Add in some woo hoo witchy-poo black magic led by tea-shop owner Aunt Lila, paganpaloosa, a surly, smart-aleck, rebellious 16 year old teenager Yarrow and the charming, looking-out-for-#1 cousin Einar and there’s lots going on in Money Shot. Ohh and I mustn’t forget to mention Sir Humpsalot - he's a randy moose on the loose dontcha know. I don’t think it will surprise anyone who’s passing the Korean super notes in Money Shot...it’s a small, marginally inhabited island - the prospects are few. For me Money Shot was all about Goose and Rush and their developing relationship and personal growth.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bookaholics

    Money Shot by Susan Sey Contemporay Romance- June 7th, 2011 3 1/2 stars Rush Guthrie left the Navy SEALS and came back to Mishkwa, Minnesota to find his humanity again. He tries to find peace living on the small island in Lake Superior. There he works as a park ranger, and is doted on by his Aunt Lila. He is slowly recovering his to his old self. But trouble lurks when Secret Service agent Maria “Goose” di Guzman shows up on the island to investigate him. Rush finds himself intrigued by the polishe Money Shot by Susan Sey Contemporay Romance- June 7th, 2011 3 1/2 stars Rush Guthrie left the Navy SEALS and came back to Mishkwa, Minnesota to find his humanity again. He tries to find peace living on the small island in Lake Superior. There he works as a park ranger, and is doted on by his Aunt Lila. He is slowly recovering his to his old self. But trouble lurks when Secret Service agent Maria “Goose” di Guzman shows up on the island to investigate him. Rush finds himself intrigued by the polished and sexy agent. However, he also knows that no Secret Service agent as cool and experienced as Goose is here just to investigate him. Something is afoot, and hopefully, Rush won’t get sucked in and fall in love with Goose as he helps unravel the real case she’s chasing.. For a book that has a lusty moose that enjoys humping the dumpster, this book is unexpectedly somber. The first half of the book is full of humor and charm, but it takes a decidedly darker turn at the end. Although I enjoyed the chemistry between Goose and Rush, I really didn’t like how serious it got at the end. It felt as though Goose’s and Rush’s personal/emotional trauma was too dark for the light-hearted tone of the first half of the story. Another character named, Yarrow also brought a dark tone to the story. She’s so angsty and resentful about her life. I really didn’t like how manipulative and mean Yarrow was. I didn’t like her character very much and as such, cannot enjoy the scenes where she appears. If you enjoy a good mystery and are looking for a contemporary romance with a serious tone, you will enjoy Money Shot. Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ada

    This book turned out to be a surprise. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it since it was vastly different from the previous Money, Honey except that we were introduced to Agent Maria "Goose" di Guzman. However, I found that by the end, it was a delightful surprise! No doubt that the best parts of the book were between Maria and Rush. Their dialogue was amusing at the start of the book but moved to intense and heartfelt by the end. By the time they revealed their feelings for each other, I was This book turned out to be a surprise. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it since it was vastly different from the previous Money, Honey except that we were introduced to Agent Maria "Goose" di Guzman. However, I found that by the end, it was a delightful surprise! No doubt that the best parts of the book were between Maria and Rush. Their dialogue was amusing at the start of the book but moved to intense and heartfelt by the end. By the time they revealed their feelings for each other, I was a puddle of emotions and I was sooo happy for them. No question this had a darker element than Money Honey as well with the dark magic and how Einar used Yarrow. It was never outright confirmed that Einar had sex with the 16 year old Yarrow but it was implied that he did and boy did the evil just flow when it came to the climax of the book. I highly recommend this read, it's different but in such a good way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    DaniSays

    I found this book cute. There wasn't much hot and heavy action but I didn't mind. This book was mostly about two people coming to terms with themselves and their past. The characters were so easy to get to know and it was so wonderfully written that you got inside the head of each character making your reading experience that much pleasurable. Obviously this is another romantic novel and it was good. A mystery/thriller, but given the setting it's not one that will keep you on your toes since the I found this book cute. There wasn't much hot and heavy action but I didn't mind. This book was mostly about two people coming to terms with themselves and their past. The characters were so easy to get to know and it was so wonderfully written that you got inside the head of each character making your reading experience that much pleasurable. Obviously this is another romantic novel and it was good. A mystery/thriller, but given the setting it's not one that will keep you on your toes since the suspects are sparse and, personally, very obvious. Overall it was a good read, something cliche yet different. You had no choice but to pity Maria, or "Goose", and Rush since their pasts are so sad. I would have enjoyed it more if I got some more of Maria and Rush falling in love. 4 STARS!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I really enjoyed Money, Honey--the author's debut novel. In Money, Honey, we met Goose, the heroine of this novel. I can't quite put my finger on why this is "just ok" for me. I may not have been in the mood for flowery prose. Sey tends to use too many adjectives and over-describe/use too many adverbs. Sometimes the moment and characters just call for all those words. And sometimes run-ons can just get too annoying. It wasn't just the prose, though. I could not connect with Goose, the heroine, who I really enjoyed Money, Honey--the author's debut novel. In Money, Honey, we met Goose, the heroine of this novel. I can't quite put my finger on why this is "just ok" for me. I may not have been in the mood for flowery prose. Sey tends to use too many adjectives and over-describe/use too many adverbs. Sometimes the moment and characters just call for all those words. And sometimes run-ons can just get too annoying. It wasn't just the prose, though. I could not connect with Goose, the heroine, who seemed a little too arbitrary and schizo. I'd say if I was on a really long flight and there was nothing else to read, this would be fun. But if you have indie in-flight movies, watch that instead.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Splage

    Just an OK read, but sort of a waste of time for me. 1 1/2 stars, I didn't despise it or want to burn it which I consider a 1 star, it was well written enough, but not quite a 2. I didn't really care about any of the characters, didn't connect with even one, good or bad, to feel for them in the story. I never really got into the story either, it just never caught my interest. She was a secret service agent investigating the hero because of a threat he made on the Governor of Minnesota- which was Just an OK read, but sort of a waste of time for me. 1 1/2 stars, I didn't despise it or want to burn it which I consider a 1 star, it was well written enough, but not quite a 2. I didn't really care about any of the characters, didn't connect with even one, good or bad, to feel for them in the story. I never really got into the story either, it just never caught my interest. She was a secret service agent investigating the hero because of a threat he made on the Governor of Minnesota- which was bogus and she realized it right away. Then the plot switched to counterfeiting, pagan worshipping, chicken blood, sort of cult like, but not "bad cult". I wouldn't recommend this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cardyn Brooks

    I wasn't familiar with S.S. when the cover of Money Shot caught my eye from the library shelf and led me to read the blurb, which led me to borrow it. So glad! Goose and Rush scope out each other and the community in ways that seem true to mmodern life without being cookie cutter caricatures of "the independent woman" and "reticent ex-military man". The cast of characters, community backstory, and mix of serious and absurd issues are really entertaining. Will defnitely explore her backlist and lo I wasn't familiar with S.S. when the cover of Money Shot caught my eye from the library shelf and led me to read the blurb, which led me to borrow it. So glad! Goose and Rush scope out each other and the community in ways that seem true to mmodern life without being cookie cutter caricatures of "the independent woman" and "reticent ex-military man". The cast of characters, community backstory, and mix of serious and absurd issues are really entertaining. Will defnitely explore her backlist and look forward to her new releases.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book was so hard to keep reading. I didn't really feel the chemistry between the characters and the way the hero kept telling the heroine to stop smiling freaked me out a little. The plot moved really slowly and the setting was super awkward. This pagan island is supposed to be isolated while they literally ski to the mainland. The best scene is at the very end and has nothing to do with the romance. Soooo, proceed with caution. This book was so hard to keep reading. I didn't really feel the chemistry between the characters and the way the hero kept telling the heroine to stop smiling freaked me out a little. The plot moved really slowly and the setting was super awkward. This pagan island is supposed to be isolated while they literally ski to the mainland. The best scene is at the very end and has nothing to do with the romance. Soooo, proceed with caution.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    It's started off a bit slow in someways, and in others, made annoying leaps. Wile it is unbelievable that the hero takes ne look at the heroine when she arrives on his snowy northern island and absolutely must have her, there is a terrific and convoluted plot, which, while not unpredictable in its ending, brought cross country skiing, counterfeiting, and pagan religion all together, believably, in one book. It's started off a bit slow in someways, and in others, made annoying leaps. Wile it is unbelievable that the hero takes ne look at the heroine when she arrives on his snowy northern island and absolutely must have her, there is a terrific and convoluted plot, which, while not unpredictable in its ending, brought cross country skiing, counterfeiting, and pagan religion all together, believably, in one book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    While I found the first in the series very good, this one just didn't work for me. Primarily I felt little tension or chemistry between the hero and heroine. I also didn't care for the mystery plot of a counterfeiter on an island of pagans. Too far-fetched. To be fair I didn't finish the book and things may have picked up after I left off. While I found the first in the series very good, this one just didn't work for me. Primarily I felt little tension or chemistry between the hero and heroine. I also didn't care for the mystery plot of a counterfeiter on an island of pagans. Too far-fetched. To be fair I didn't finish the book and things may have picked up after I left off.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison Henderson

    It took a bit longer than I expected to connect with the characters and the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. My patience was rewarded big time by the middle of the book. These complex characters didn't reveal themselves early, but instead, were revealed to the reader while they opened up to each other as their relationship deepened. It took a bit longer than I expected to connect with the characters and the story, but I'm glad I stuck with it. My patience was rewarded big time by the middle of the book. These complex characters didn't reveal themselves early, but instead, were revealed to the reader while they opened up to each other as their relationship deepened.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Gogos

    It was refreshing to see the hero was not the "cute flirt" but the handsome mysterious guy. The chemistry between Rush and Maria was electric and even though they were both tough, they were able to help each other through tough issues. I knew what was coming but was still shocked by the outcome. It was refreshing to see the hero was not the "cute flirt" but the handsome mysterious guy. The chemistry between Rush and Maria was electric and even though they were both tough, they were able to help each other through tough issues. I knew what was coming but was still shocked by the outcome.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    I just can't get into this one. Secret Service heroine comes to investigate hero and makes out with him on first day. Doesn't make sense and the story just isn't pulling me in. I did enjoy her first book Money Honey and def rec that one. I just can't get into this one. Secret Service heroine comes to investigate hero and makes out with him on first day. Doesn't make sense and the story just isn't pulling me in. I did enjoy her first book Money Honey and def rec that one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bobby_G

    Not very interesting or engaging novel. Plot was entirely predictable, I kept hoping for a pot twist that never came.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Becky Moore

    I really, really loved the main character, Ranger Rush Guthrie. Well written, overall it was enjoyable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    Fun, sexy with some seriously messed up characters--my kind of book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Foreman

    The island people were a bit strange, think Stars Hallow but an island version. The romance was good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    3.5 star

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is even better than Money Honey! Hunky guy, good story, and a happy ending. I LOVED it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    Quick, fun read. Lots of witty and sarcastic banter going on with the H/H. A bit predictable and somewhat weak plotline but still entertaining.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    3.5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Santis7i

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anika

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam

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