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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bethany Maines Narrator: Reneé Raudman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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When Nikki Lanier signs up as a cosmetics rep at Carrie Mae, it's hardly her idea of a dream job. With a degree in linguistics and a hard-core workout regimen, the 26-year-old redhead once had hopes for a real career. But unemployed and desperate to escape life at home with her nagging mother, she'll try anything - even selling make-up to housewives. But soon, Nikki learns that the powder and lipstick are simply cover-up for The Carrie Mae Foundation: a secret organization of international espionage and high-tech mascara founded for the purpose of helping women everywhere.

Whisked off to Thailand with her appointed partner, the legendary Carrie Mae agent Val Robinson, Nikki is soon in over her head. Between investigating the abduction of a human rights advocate, tracking down a murderous arms dealer, keeping up with her wildly dangerous new partner, and occasionally trying to have a dating life (with a hunk who may or may not be CIA), Nikki has to use all the courage and cosmetic technology she's got to bring down the bad guys and get out alive.

With the support of the colorful Carrie Mae crew, a handsome yet suspicious stranger, and her wickedly unpredictable partner, Nikki will overcome even the most harrowing obstacles - including incessant phone calls from her mother - or die trying.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 2/20/2014

    " This book gets 2 stars because while I didn't like it, I also didn't hate it. It was just dumb. Cool premise, just horribly executed. If it wasn't going into WAY too much detail on the military tactics and gun facts, then it was them discussing makeup and shoe shopping. Really? Not quite sure who the intended audience for such a book is. Too prissy for me at parts, too butch at others, is probably the best way to put it. The best part was when they actually showed the main character going on her test mission. Wish there had been more of that because the actual mission was overall dumb and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dlora | 2/19/2014

    " The blurb on the book is a great summary: "A pinch of James Bond . . . a handful of humor . . . great escapist fun." The Carrie Mae Foundation philosophy is to improve the lives of women everywhere through education, medical, and financial assistance, which is financed by selling affordable, quality cosmetics. But the Foundation also has a secret arm of trained operatives who literally fight for the rights of women everywhere. Redhead Nikki Lanier, who is a horrible cosmetic saleswomen, seems like a good fit for the spy activities given her blackbelt training and linguistics background. So she is sent to the training camp in California and then on assignment to try to rescue a woman who has been kidnapped in Thailand. Like the blurb says--lots of fun humor, believable spy adventure and action with spy tools masquerading as cosmetics, and just fun escapist reading. You'll enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This is a "what if" book -- what if Mary Kay Inc. had a clandestine group dedicated to fighting women's causes around the world, such as human trafficing? Under the umbrella of the Carrie Mae Foundation, poised and talented women fight for right. This is not great literature, but it was a lot of fun for someone who is with the the Mary Kay Foundation. Their work is a lot more exciting! I was entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theatrecrazyredhead | 2/17/2014

    " This is one of the most entertaining mysteries I've read in awhile. The storyline is unique and a real page-turner. I highly recommend this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/16/2014

    " This was slow moving until the last 1/3 of the book. It was a fun story, but so much detail that I felt it dragged on and on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/16/2014

    " This book was a lot of fun to read and exactly what was promised (a little James Bond, humor, and escapism). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/25/2014

    " BULLETPROOF MASCARA is Bethany Maines' debut on the mystery scene, and the book is definitely good escapist fun. If you like spy novels with humor, this one will float your boat. This line from the back cover of the advanced copy I read says it all: "What do you get when you cross Avon ladies with Charlie's Angels? A world-class intelligence organization run by women who really know their foundation." BULLETPROOF MASCARA is out on March 2, 2010. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Martin | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked this book. Growing up I always wanted to be a spy or detective, but I ended up an accountant. Books like this are nice because they speak to that part of me that still desperately wants adventure. I believe I have had daydreams very similar to this plot and it felt like I may have written something similar in my head, I do have the same first name as the author... But, it was a great book. Good excitement, good adventure, good romance, good twists. And intelligently written, unlike some books that read like a teenager wrote them. Very good work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/20/2014

    " Had to pick up this novel because of the title! The background stories of the main characters weren't filled in enough for me, so I had a hard time engaging with any of them, which always makes it difficult to really get into the story. A light read mystery that had potential, but never seemed to quite get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/19/2014

    " Found this book to be laugh out loud hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly implausible, but very funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/1/2014

    " Pure, nauseating fluff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/15/2013

    " This past week I ran out of books to read on kindle so a co-worker loaned this book to me. I couldn't get interested in the main character at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savita | 12/11/2013

    " HA! Loved this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Heywood | 11/24/2013

    " It was okay. Very cliche, but there were some funny parts. I liked the idea and the basic story though. The ending was surprising. I like that. Too much swearing though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 7/19/2013

    " a fun, light hearted book. very far fetched, but definitely worth a pool or fireside read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 4/3/2013

    " A fun romp that combines Avon Ladies with James Bond in an adventure story with a touch of romance. Light easy reading but captivating and characters that you remember "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/21/2012

    " really a 3.5. fun entertaining page-turner (the only thing i can manage to get through right now). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/24/2012

    " Really enjoyed it, kooky heroine, espionage, little bit o romance equals good chick lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Lund | 7/7/2012

    " I like this novel, the storyline was always going and mixed surprises, although I think the beginning to middle of the book could have been cut down dramatically. I think it was too long, but overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/24/2012

    " Highly entertaining. Nikki Lanier becomes a Carrie Mae foundation special operative. She gets into all sorts of hair-raising situations. Goes to Thailand and manages to snag the guy- who just happens to be CIA. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne | 3/31/2012

    " Couldn't finish this one. The story of a makeup saleslady-turned-killing machine was very unrealistic. I read this one because the library was holding a reader's choice contest. Not worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 3/17/2012

    " Fun fluffy thriller. Pretty darn funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Jameson | 12/11/2011

    " I liked the premise of this book and thougth it would be fun. It was ok, some funny parts and a decent "spy" story, but definitely not one I feel like I'm going to go out and buy the rest of the serios, sadly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/25/2011

    " Good book to read while enduring a severe head cold! Not much plot, no hard words, nothing to remember. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/30/2011

    " I gave this one up about halfway through. The premise is silly, the storytelling uneven, the dialogue is trite and occasionally outright ridiculous, and I'm not wasting any more time on it. Sorry, book club, I just can't read it any more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie | 5/26/2011

    " Hilarious! I loved it! Such a spoof! Action, no swearing sex, etc. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/23/2011

    " Really enjoyed it, kooky heroine, espionage, little bit o romance equals good chick lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/15/2011

    " Found this book to be laugh out loud hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly implausible, but very funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 4/13/2011

    " Was amusing but it just isn't my type of book, so I never finished it. A good summer easy beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/15/2011

    " I liked the idea. Felt overly-long, though, especially the first part (all the training). I don't get why Nikki was so loyal to Val even after she tried to kill her twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theatrecrazyredhead | 3/10/2011

    " This is one of the most entertaining mysteries I've read in awhile. The storyline is unique and a real page-turner. I highly recommend this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/1/2011

    " Highly entertaining. Nikki Lanier becomes a Carrie Mae foundation special operative. She gets into all sorts of hair-raising situations. Goes to Thailand and manages to snag the guy- who just happens to be CIA. "

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