Ms. Simon Says

Author: Mary McBride

Publisher: Warner Forever

Release Date: March 2004

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Shelby Simon is "MS. SIMON SAYS" for the Chicago Daily Mirror, giving advice to people who have written in. Shelby wakes up one morning to CNN reporting that letter bombs have been sent to other newspaper offices that are affiliated with the Chicago Daily Mirror. She rushes into work and to her horror; she finds that the letter bombs are meant for her. Her boss immediately puts her on leave and contacts the police to get her a bodyguard.

Mick Callahan is put in charge of Shelby's safety until she finds a secure spot for her go to until the letter bomber is caught. Mick became a widow when his wife was murdered by a man trying to steal her purse. He is a very angry man that has trouble trusting the opposite sex after learning some secrets that his wife kept. He takes her to her family's secluded home in Shelbyville, Michigan. He is ready to head back home when a package comes to the house, and Shelby finally realizes the impact of what is happening to her. He decides to stay for a while to make sure she is safe.


Shelby is glad to be back home; however, she finds that her parents are separated and her sister's ex-boyfriend is no longer married and living in Shelbyville again. The wheels in her mind start turning and she decides to try to rectify breaking up her sister and her boyfriend. She also plots to get her parents back together. Mick forms a relationship with her parents and they like him. Shelby's parents are hoping that she will settle down, get married, and have children soon. Shelby and Mick have ample time to get to know each other. The chemistry ignites to the surprise of them both.


Mary McBride creates a new twist in the bodyguard forced to protect a woman in danger. While this plot is used often, the storyline has a few different scenarios unfolding, keeping the tale different. Shelby is outspoken and opinionated, and Mick is brooding and strong willed, and together they make the sparks fly and readers wanting to continue turning pages. I look forward to the December 2004 sequel to MS. SIMON SAYS that features Shelby's sister Beth. I have added Mary McBride as an author I can't wait to grab at the bookstore.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Kim Atchue-Cusella

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