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Review for What a Woman Wants (Manley Maids #1) by Judi Fennell


What a Woman Wants (Manley Maids #1)
by Judi Fennell

What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman wants... 

Resort entrepreneur Sean Manley was all set to buy an historic mansion at a great price, making a name for himself while making millions, when the seller and a poker bet change the game. Now he’s in the place as a hunky male maid and there’s one more complication: Livvy Carolla.

The house is Livvy’s inheritance. Her plan? Unload it to the highest bidder and use the cash to start her own bakery business. One look at the help” and she’s hot to take him with her. Until she finds out he’s got a secret agenda.

But when Sean falls for the free-spirited, strong-willed Livvy, he has new ideas for the estate—and Livvy’s part in it. If all goes well, they’ll both be getting what they want. And then some.


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My 4 Star Review 

This is the first book of Judi's that I have read and I will say it was a refreshing delight to read. 

What a Woman Wants is the first book in the Manley Maids series and features three brothers Sean, Bryan, and Liam Manley who have lost a poker hand to their sister and become maids for a month as part of her business.

The first story is about Sean, he is a resort entrepreneur, who buys historic mansions and turns them into resorts. Sean has had a Historic Mansion that he wants in his mind for some time now. The Martinson Estate, owned by the previous owner, Grandmother Meriweather Martinson. Her granddaughter, Livvy Carolla has inherited the Mansion, but wants to make a quick sale. She had no relationship with her grandmother at all. So she wants nothing to do with the Estate. 

Livvy who was abandoned as a child into boarding school,never had a relationship with her grandmother. She goes to the Estate with the intention of getting it sold as quick as she can. What she does not plan on is having to deal with Sean. 

Livvy has a big obstacle in front of her and that is her grandmother's will. One that it seems she planned out very well with conditions that had to be met with by Livvy. Livvy enlists the help of Sean on her scavenger hunt so she can get things done and sell the Estate. what she does not know is that Sean has a plan of action himself. After all he wants the Estate himself, BUT Livvy does not know this. 

I loved the back and forth between these two. The cat and mouse of the clues that Livvy had to find because of her grandmother and her will Stipulations. 

Will Livvy find all the clues and sell the Estate? Will Sean get what he wants in the End? Or will these two comes together and build a life together at the Estate?? 

What a funny, sweet read it was. I enjoyed this one and I am looking forward to the next one as well. 



Other Books In The Series 


What a Woman Needs (Manley Maids #2)
by Judi FennellWhat happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman needs...

Big shot movie star Bryan Manley is destined for fame and fortune, not a repeat of his penny-pinching "normal" childhood. But a bet is a bet, so he agrees to play maid for Beth Hamilton—as long as he can use his servitude as research for his next role, and then resume his life in the spotlight.

After her husband’s death and the publicity surrounding it, all Beth needs is a quiet, normal life for herself and her children. She never expected a new Prince Charming to show up at her door, let alone as the new maid. But when the paparazzi follow, Beth is sure of one thing: Bryan has to go.
Then flirtation turns into seduction, and Bryan needs to convince Beth he’s more man than maid—or an actor playing a maid. Because this latest gig as the love of Beth Hamilton’s life just might be the role of a lifetime…

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What a Woman Gets (Manley Maids #3)

What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman gets...

Business owner Liam Manley has no patience for women like Cassidy Davenport—women happy to spend a man’s money without giving a thought to any actual work. But to make good on his bet, Liam must not only tolerate the couture-clad socialite, he’ll have to clean up after her. Until Cassidy’s father suddenly cuts off her finances. With no money and no home for Liam to clean, Cassidy has no choice but to accept a job offer—as Liam’s new maid…

Liam is eager to teach her a lesson about the real world, but he winds up learning a few things himself. Free from her father’s influence, Cassidy can finally pursue her own life, and winds up showing Liam how resourceful and determined she can be. Not to mention how sexy she is with (or without) that designer wardrobe. But when sparks fly between them, will it be true love…or just another messy affair?

Scheduled for Release on 

November 4th 2014

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About Judi 




I have been writing for as long as I can remember, winning my first writing award in a second grade Caldecott Medal contest. Readers' Digest gave me my very first publishing credit in April, 1994, and I was hooked. I seemed to have followed writing contests around, being a finalist in such online contests as American Title III, sponsored by Romantic Times BOOKreview Magazine and Dorchester Publishing, and two First Chapters contests, sponsored by Gather.com and Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books.

             My imaginary friend was Casper the Friendly Ghost. The little ghoul even had a special place set for him at our dinner table and got blamed for many of my childhood mishaps. I grew up watching BewitchedI Dream of Jeannie and The Addams Family--my mom looked like Elizabeth Montgomery and I had a special Barbie outfit that looked like Morticia Addams' dress. My favorite books areBewitching by Jill Barnett and A Knight In Shining Armor, by Jude Devereaux, so it should come as no surprise that I like to write tongue-in-cheek lighthearted paranormals. 

          I love pop culture and manipulating language, so you'll find lots of puns, double entrendre, plays-on-words, alliteration, clich├ęs, and twisting of phrases, as well as several one-liners in my stories that give me a few chuckles. I studied Spanish at Penn State (Go Lions!), lived in Spain, and traveled throughout that beautiful country. 

          I've always written and still have my journal from fourth grade where, even then, my stories were full of fantastical creatures, whimsy, and magic. I wrote my first romance in 9th grade and still have that story in my memory chest. Even back then I dreamed of being a writer.

          Now with kids, a husband, a house, a social life (Go Survivor Girls!), two cocker spaniels named Vixen and Raven, and a kitten named Pagan who won't come near me unless I've got food, I get to live my dream of being a writer!

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