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September 1, 2015 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn

Simon & Schuster | July 2015 | Hardcover • eBook • audio 246 pages

Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn

1st Paragraph:

Everyone knows that the best part of any great love story is the beginning. The middle is like driving across the United States—flat, predictable, and offering little more than fast-food culture and rest stop romance. In what other context do men and women live under the same roof and go weeks without sex? The end of a love story is either a catastrophic tragedy or an anticlimactic whimper. And it’s the end, so unless it’s Jerry Springer-worthy, who even cares? But the bliss of ignorance that comes in the beginning is a drug we all wish we could cook, shoot, and ride till the wheels come off.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

I read The Intern’s Handbook, the previous book in the series, and it was a surprise hit for me. It was clever, quirky, and entertaining. I’m looking forward to more of the fun in Hostile Takeover.


More Information

Book Description:

Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife—in Hostile Takeover, the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn’s bestselling debut The Intern’s Handbook, which the New York Post called “a sexy, darkly comic thriller.”

At the end of The Intern’s Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the “placement agency” that trains young assassins to infiltrate corporations disguised as interns and knock off high profile targets. As HR’s former top operatives, they are successful until conflicting management styles cause an ugly breakup that locks John out of the bedroom and the boardroom.

But when Alice takes on a new HR target, John is forced to return to the office battlefield in a role he swore he would never play again: the intern. What starts out as a deadly showdown turns into the two of them fighting side by side to save HR, Inc.—and their marriage.

“Those who like Dexter will love John Lago” (Booklist), and in Shane Kuhn’s sequel to The Intern’s Handbook, readers will be rooting for this smart, witty antihero to come out on top.

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  1. cleopatralovesbooks / Sep 1 2015 9:51 am

    This sounds like fun – not sure about the sentiment but I get where the author’s coming from!


  2. laurelrainsnow / Sep 1 2015 10:00 am

    Welcome to this event, Leslie, and I like the opening lines. The book sounds very unique…and because of that, I do want to know more. Here’s mine: “DRIVING LESSONS”


  3. Sarah's Book Shelves / Sep 1 2015 1:26 pm

    Wow – I was initially not a fan of the cover, but then I loved the writing in this intro. I’d definitely keep reading.


    • Leslie / Sep 1 2015 1:29 pm

      I wasn’t drawn to the cover either. But because I had read and enjoyed the author’s first book I was interested in learning more about it.


  4. Literary Feline / Sep 1 2015 1:33 pm

    Haha! I like the intro. I can tell this will be a clever read. The beginning of a love story is quite special. I’m not sure I agree with his views on the middle, but I can see how it might seem that way, depending on the story. Why does this bring to mind that one movie? Oh what’s it called? Mr. and Mrs. Smith, I think.


    • Leslie / Sep 1 2015 1:44 pm

      Yeah, Mr. and Mrs. Smith! I was thinking the same thing.


  5. Diane / Sep 1 2015 6:20 pm

    Not a fan of the cover, but WOW, that intro is so true about “beginnings” LOL (I still remember) Thanks for joining us this week.


    • Leslie / Sep 1 2015 6:24 pm

      If I hadn’t read and enjoyed the author’s first book I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at the cover. The first book was a lot of fun and a nice change of pace from what I usually choose to read.


  6. Freda Labianca / Sep 2 2015 5:11 pm

    I loved this book, and series for that matter. My review will be posted soon.
    Freda’s Voice


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