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Behind every member of the Sisterhood, there’s a man who knows better than to get in her way. Now the guys are bonding together, in the first in a thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. Through public triumphs and private sorrows, the men in the Sisters’ lives—husbands, friends, colleagues, and lovers—have offered invaluable aid and supp Behind every member of the Sisterhood, there’s a man who knows better than to get in her way. Now the guys are bonding together, in the first in a thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. Through public triumphs and private sorrows, the men in the Sisters’ lives—husbands, friends, colleagues, and lovers—have offered invaluable aid and support. In the process, they’ve become an informal brotherhood of their own, able to relate to the unique challenges and rewards of life among the vigilantes.But after years of bit parts, the Sisterhood’s significant others are itching to take center stage. Frustrated with the limits of the criminal justice system, Nikki’s husband Jack Emery has recruited his friends Ted, Joe, Harry, Bert, Jay, and Abner. They have brand-new headquarters with state-of-the-art equipment, an unlimited bankroll, and a plaque on the door that reads BOLO Consultants. Their first case: toppling ruthless slum landlord Tyler Sandford—also lieutenant governor of Virginia. Sandford may have friends in very high places, but that’s no match for BOLO—or the women who’ve got their backs…100,000 Words


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Behind every member of the Sisterhood, there’s a man who knows better than to get in her way. Now the guys are bonding together, in the first in a thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. Through public triumphs and private sorrows, the men in the Sisters’ lives—husbands, friends, colleagues, and lovers—have offered invaluable aid and supp Behind every member of the Sisterhood, there’s a man who knows better than to get in her way. Now the guys are bonding together, in the first in a thrilling new series from New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels. Through public triumphs and private sorrows, the men in the Sisters’ lives—husbands, friends, colleagues, and lovers—have offered invaluable aid and support. In the process, they’ve become an informal brotherhood of their own, able to relate to the unique challenges and rewards of life among the vigilantes.But after years of bit parts, the Sisterhood’s significant others are itching to take center stage. Frustrated with the limits of the criminal justice system, Nikki’s husband Jack Emery has recruited his friends Ted, Joe, Harry, Bert, Jay, and Abner. They have brand-new headquarters with state-of-the-art equipment, an unlimited bankroll, and a plaque on the door that reads BOLO Consultants. Their first case: toppling ruthless slum landlord Tyler Sandford—also lieutenant governor of Virginia. Sandford may have friends in very high places, but that’s no match for BOLO—or the women who’ve got their backs…100,000 Words

30 review for Upside Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    ReadingWench

    You just can not go wrong with Fern Michaels!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Story is divided into 3 novels/novellas.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Perry

    An Almost Snappy Travel Read: Upside Down by Fern Michaels I downloaded this book to my iPad prior to a recent trip assuming it would serve a snappy read while waiting in departure lounges and on the actual flight. Unfortunately, as I was unfamiliar with Fern Michaels' brotherhood and sisterhood series, this was not the case. As the title indicates, the novel, Upside Down is Men of the Sisterhood, #1. In retrospect, I should have checked Goodreads and/or the author website before beginning. The f An Almost Snappy Travel Read: Upside Down by Fern Michaels I downloaded this book to my iPad prior to a recent trip assuming it would serve a snappy read while waiting in departure lounges and on the actual flight. Unfortunately, as I was unfamiliar with Fern Michaels' brotherhood and sisterhood series, this was not the case. As the title indicates, the novel, Upside Down is Men of the Sisterhood, #1. In retrospect, I should have checked Goodreads and/or the author website before beginning. The fault for much of my dissatisfaction, therefore, rests with me and not the author. Nevertheless, I have penned a few comments. Chapter One overwhelmed me with the introduction of a barrage of quirky characters. The purchase and renovation of a building in Georgetown, Washington into a state of the art complex dubbed BOLO owned and operated by a diverse group of men (aka brotherhood) proved interesting. The tale unfolded at bullet-speed with a band of women dubbed "sisters" connected in various ways to the men and equally quirky introduced. That they'd shared history yet the men mandated this enterprise a secret aroused instant intrigue. Private Investigators, double agents, techno gadgets, funny incidents, a corrupt Lieutenant Governor, class-action suits against a drug company and dog-food processing plant, and a loveable pet German Shepherd added suspense and delight to the tale. As I progressed, however, I quickly realized my understanding undermined and my comprehension of nuances strained because of strangeness with what had happened to these characters in Fern Michaels earlier books. Despite the limitations, I committed to finishing the story. In the end, I assessed the plot thin and despite the issues and conflicts peppered throughout, scant resolved. I disliked the abrupt ending as it made clear the intent of Sisterhood, #1 was for readers to read Sisterhood, #2. Notwithstanding my reservations, there was wording that caught my eye. For example, in Chapter Three when Jay Sparrow reflects about the men's attorney, Lizzie, Fern Michaels uses the descriptors, "Lizzi looked like a winter ice princess, with her long silver hair and long white coat." I liked how the author profiled Myra in Chapter Eight by stating "...Myra reached for her pearls, her lifeline when things moved out of her comfort zone." I also thought the scene of Betty Lou's small mother-daughter Georgetown restaurant in Chapter Eleven vividly depicted. In order to fully appreciate Fern Michaels' books, I would recommend readers check out those published beforehand that are related to this series. Marianne Perry Author of The Inheritance Writing inspired by genealogical research to solve family mysteries. www.marianneperry.ca

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roz Curney-Sherod

    It was nice catching up with the "Sisterhood" series again after taking a couple years off and starting again with the men! It was kind of sad that the women choose their careers over their men and didn't see the effects that was having. It was good that the men changed places with the women and realized that they had to go on with their lives and find something constructive to do while trying to give the women a chance to figure things out, i.e. why they weren't happy. I quickly became familiar It was nice catching up with the "Sisterhood" series again after taking a couple years off and starting again with the men! It was kind of sad that the women choose their careers over their men and didn't see the effects that was having. It was good that the men changed places with the women and realized that they had to go on with their lives and find something constructive to do while trying to give the women a chance to figure things out, i.e. why they weren't happy. I quickly became familiar with the characters again but didn't know how short this first installment was, almost like a novella. It will be interesting to see where this series goes because once the women separated, the stories became boring and only featured Mayra and Annie in the "Sisterhood" series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Zoooom! From the first page until the cliff hanger on the last, this is a wonderful book. Fast paced with action and justice! Upside Down is the first book in The Men of the Sisterhood series. This book is not a stand-alone book – you simply must have book two at the ready because when Upside Down ends you won’t be able to rest until you find out what happens next. Upside Down updates us on the happenings with the Sisterhood and your reading won’t be as rich if you haven’t read a few of those boo Zoooom! From the first page until the cliff hanger on the last, this is a wonderful book. Fast paced with action and justice! Upside Down is the first book in The Men of the Sisterhood series. This book is not a stand-alone book – you simply must have book two at the ready because when Upside Down ends you won’t be able to rest until you find out what happens next. Upside Down updates us on the happenings with the Sisterhood and your reading won’t be as rich if you haven’t read a few of those books. A short book packed full of excitement! Enjoy! NetGalley and Kensington Books Zebra Leads provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Miller

    I really liked this good novel. Having read previously the Fern Michaels' Godmothers Bundle: The Scoop, Exclusive, Late Edition, Deadline & Breaking News, I was excited to read the first novel in the Upside Down - Men of the Sisterhood #1 - by Fern Michaels. This first in the series seems to have many interesting characters. There was quite a bit that made me interested in reading more, making me look forward to the next book Countdown - Men of the Sisterhood #2 - by Fern Michaels. Story is inte I really liked this good novel. Having read previously the Fern Michaels' Godmothers Bundle: The Scoop, Exclusive, Late Edition, Deadline & Breaking News, I was excited to read the first novel in the Upside Down - Men of the Sisterhood #1 - by Fern Michaels. This first in the series seems to have many interesting characters. There was quite a bit that made me interested in reading more, making me look forward to the next book Countdown - Men of the Sisterhood #2 - by Fern Michaels. Story is intersting and lead into the next novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    A little disappointed in this book. The sisterhood series all had a beginning and an end. So you could read book 5 in the series without having read book 4. Th is was like a cliffhanger. Did not even know it was the end of the book when I was done reading. The story line is as good as usual, but nothing hAppened really. It was a long prelude to book 2 of the men of the sisterhood series which I am r e Ding next. Review to be continued....

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    I had a little bit of trouble really getting into this one. I think the main problem was that I had already read most of the stories that had the women of the Sisterhood as the main theme. So I already knew what was going to happen to some of the relationships of the men. Maybe other people wouldn't have that problem. It seems like it would work out okay as a stand alone story. I have to give Dennis credit for coming up with a brilliant idea to solve a couple of personal problems for the men and I had a little bit of trouble really getting into this one. I think the main problem was that I had already read most of the stories that had the women of the Sisterhood as the main theme. So I already knew what was going to happen to some of the relationships of the men. Maybe other people wouldn't have that problem. It seems like it would work out okay as a stand alone story. I have to give Dennis credit for coming up with a brilliant idea to solve a couple of personal problems for the men and their loved ones. BUT then just as I was starting to get in the story? Oh no, you didn't!! The book ended just left me hanging. Hanging off that cliffhanger and I am so NOT a happy camper. I also am not used to this author doing this kind of thing so I was surprised and shocked and disappointed. I gave it 2 stars here on Goodreads because what there was of it was just okay.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Breckenridge

    Fern Michael's has done it again. I am a huge French Michaels fan. I became hooked with the Sisterhood since I read the first one which is the first of any of her books I read. I am happy she is now writing one with it being the men this time. I can not to read the next one. It is just like Fern Michael's to reel you in. There is never a dull moment in the book. The Men of the Sisterhood will leave you wanting more. With them all being involved with the women of the Sisterhood it leaves you wond Fern Michael's has done it again. I am a huge French Michaels fan. I became hooked with the Sisterhood since I read the first one which is the first of any of her books I read. I am happy she is now writing one with it being the men this time. I can not to read the next one. It is just like Fern Michael's to reel you in. There is never a dull moment in the book. The Men of the Sisterhood will leave you wanting more. With them all being involved with the women of the Sisterhood it leaves you wondering who will come out on top. The men have in the past helped the Sisterhood out. They all know each other well because in truth they are one huge family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Blackton

    I enjoyed this book just as I have enjoyed the sisterhood books but I didn't understand why the men were being so secretive. Why didn't they want their women to know what they were doing? Why did they appear to be setting themselves up in competition to their women? Why couldn't they all work together? I did read this book before I have read all of the sisterhood books that introduced these men, maybe it will become clear and I have done that. I enjoyed this book just as I have enjoyed the sisterhood books but I didn't understand why the men were being so secretive. Why didn't they want their women to know what they were doing? Why did they appear to be setting themselves up in competition to their women? Why couldn't they all work together? I did read this book before I have read all of the sisterhood books that introduced these men, maybe it will become clear and I have done that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    SWagen

    Enjoy reading the series. Glad the characters are continuing on in the guys version of 'Vigilantes'. Too short. Didn't like the ending. Felt like I was left hanging upside down. Lol Enjoy reading the series. Glad the characters are continuing on in the guys version of 'Vigilantes'. Too short. Didn't like the ending. Felt like I was left hanging upside down. Lol

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nita

    I am a big fan of Fern Micheals . I will read anything she puts out.It's about time she puts out something with the men that goes along with the sisterhood. I would hoghly reccomend this book to anyone who like Fern Micheals. I am a big fan of Fern Micheals . I will read anything she puts out.It's about time she puts out something with the men that goes along with the sisterhood. I would hoghly reccomend this book to anyone who like Fern Micheals.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy Wever

    What? Not a book. I am disappointed. And I'm never disappointed in a Fern Michael's novel. Upside Down had no ending, no slide into book 2, nothing! And it was slow and boring all the way through. I don't even know if I want to read Countdown "Book 2" . What? Not a book. I am disappointed. And I'm never disappointed in a Fern Michael's novel. Upside Down had no ending, no slide into book 2, nothing! And it was slow and boring all the way through. I don't even know if I want to read Countdown "Book 2" .

  14. 5 out of 5

    MaryAnn Quellos

    Good as ever I loved the series of the Sisterhood. I am certain I will love this series too. Fern has done a great beginning of a new series. Can wait to start reading the next book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norma Gorrill

    Upside down A great start to a new series by Fern Michaels and on the men of the sisterhood. This is a great read and a great beginning to a new series. This is my review and mine alone. Norma Gorrill

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christi Williams

    Love these books

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    This story reminds me of the show Timothy Hutton played in, basically Modern day Robin Hoods. A good part of the story. Now on to the next section.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Very disappointing book. I'm a Fern Michaels fan but this was not very good at all!!!! Don't bother! Very disappointing book. I'm a Fern Michaels fan but this was not very good at all!!!! Don't bother!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Wiley

    I like the sisterhood better but this was a nice change

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cucinella

    Yep! Another great one from the sisterhood series but the guys are up something this time. As always Fern Micheals keeps you reading and wanting more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Plot never developed and it seemed to just end. Disappointing as authors other books fully developed

  23. 4 out of 5

    June

    Finding it hard to suspend disbelief and think I will wait until I am in a more receptive mood.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natajia

    Didn't even make it past the first chapter. Didn't even make it past the first chapter.

  25. 5 out of 5

    sandi

    I was so disappoint in this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    It was really short. I felt like it ended before the story ended. But it was well written and made me want to read want to see if there was more to the story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Saeeda

    Upside down Slow boring about boys against girls. Spying every time and secretly plotting against each other. Lastly working in harmony .good story

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This series is building on another series, The Sisterhood series, by the same author. In this book, the men who are connected to the sisterhood (husband, significant other, fiance, etc.) have formed their own group to do the same sort of things the sisterhood has done-help eliminate some of the people and structures/organizations that do not help mankind. The concept was interesting, and I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy from NetGalley to read and review. This is a rather short book This series is building on another series, The Sisterhood series, by the same author. In this book, the men who are connected to the sisterhood (husband, significant other, fiance, etc.) have formed their own group to do the same sort of things the sisterhood has done-help eliminate some of the people and structures/organizations that do not help mankind. The concept was interesting, and I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy from NetGalley to read and review. This is a rather short book and only lays the groundwork. There is really no story—that will follow in subsequent books. If you have read the other series books, you will be familiar with all the characters. However, I really did not like nor could I understand how the author characterized them. Of all the main characters in the book, I did not find one I like or thought would become as well known or liked as the members of the sisterhood. The men came across as very boorish, very thuggish. For some reason, ever relationship within the sisterhood has failed or is failing miserably. Granted, everyone is committed to his/her profession (the sisterhood really don’t go around doing the things they did in the series books), but it seemed as if not one single person wanted to work at any relationship. I could not really understand why these women or men, all well-educated, mature and quite responsible, appeared to have no interest in working on their individual relationships. They seemed to have just given up, without any work or compromise (which anyone who has been in any relationship will acknowledge is important to continuing the relationship). They were far more interested in doing their “secret” work. The men went to great lengths to keep the existence and plans for their new organization a big secret from anyone and everyone. Since most of them, if not all, knew of the sisterhood and its activities, I could not understand the need for secrecy from their significant others. The men took some strong actions to keep them in the dark. Some of these actions bordered on being quite violent and really well beyond what was necessary. In fact, the men were going after individuals who had major faults, but their own actions showed some major faults themselves-and were not much better than those of the people they were pursuing. One thing I noticed that surprised me was the fact that when told what was going to happen or when fairly extreme actions were related, the men practically cheered on the perpetrators. I doubt anyone would condone what they were doing and would probably question whether this group was sincere in its desire to be “do-gooders”. There were many alternative actions the author could have portrayed that would not have been so distasteful. This is a series in the making, but I wonder if any readers will actually enjoy reading such brutish nonsense. As in the sisterhood novels, the group seems to have endless supplies of money, way advanced and not yet realistic abilities, and entry into all sorts of circles and other organizations that make you wonder just how they managed that. This was novel and actually interesting in the sisterhood novels, but I am not sure this will continue in this new series. The author as taken this about as far as it can go, and this new series shows just that. It just doesn’t ring true, and many of the actions became a real turn off for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (BTH Reviews)

    *I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.* review “Upside Down” is the first novella in the Men of the Sisterhood series, a spin-off of the Sisterhood series. I received the ARC as a separate book, but this was later made the first section of Double Down. Although I had the ARC from Netgalley, I read “Upside Down” in the hardback edition of Double Down. It covers chapters one through *I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.* review “Upside Down” is the first novella in the Men of the Sisterhood series, a spin-off of the Sisterhood series. I received the ARC as a separate book, but this was later made the first section of Double Down. Although I had the ARC from Netgalley, I read “Upside Down” in the hardback edition of Double Down. It covers chapters one through thirteen. Honestly, I don’t see the point of selling this as a separate book. Even the divisions in the full novel don’t seem to serve a purpose, other than dividing the book into thirds. Regardless, since I still need to give feedback to Netgalley about “Upside Down,” I will review it separately. For the other two sections “Countdown” and “Takedown,” I will just review them as the remainder of Double Down. “Upside Down” doesn’t have much plot movement. It is basically a narrative of all the characters and their relationships. If you haven’t read the Sisterhood series, most of this will probably be meaningless to you. For example, you might not care about which couples are having problems in their relationships, because you aren’t connected or invested in these characters yet. To put it somewhat harshly, “Upside Down” felt like a giant info-dump. Even a lot of the dialogue seemed to serve the sole purpose of bestowing information to the reader. Since the men and women are already friends or are in romantic relationships with one another (or have been in the past), they should know much of what they discuss already. The dialogue didn’t feel natural. For example, during one discussion between Lizzie and Sparrow, Lizzie says, “my husband Cosmo.” Since Lizzie and Sparrow are friends, he should already know that Cosmo is her husband. In real life, Lizzie wouldn’t have said that. She would have just said, “Cosmo” and Sparrow would have known who she was talking about. The reader does learn what the men are planning to do and what their first case will be. Other than deciding who will do what, nothing happens to actually work on the case. The big priority is how to hide what they are doing from the women. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with “Upside Down.” However, I am going to be generous with my stars, because I feel like this novella should have never been sold separately. It’s the first part of a book, which will probably end up being much better once the characters get moving on their case. What the publisher should have done is made sure each section had enough forward momentum in the story to make sure it could stand alone as part of a serial. “Upside Down” can’t do that, but maybe the other two sections can. Nevertheless, if you are interested in The Men of the Sisterhood series, I recommend bypassing “Upside Down” and just reading Double Down, which is the complete story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

    Loved the Sisterhood series. Charming short novel, disappointed it ended a bit like a cliffhanger and makes me read the next in the series.

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