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Once, he was able to walk away from the one woman who set his soul on fire. Now, things have changed. Dane Pierce returns to Hollywood to play the greatest role of his life: that of an old friend, upholding an impossible promise he made to a man that will never know if the promise is kept.
But promise or no promise, Dane cannot hide his desire for Jessica MacKendall for long in this heart-stopping sequel to STARCROSSED HEARTS.
"Wait. Who is that? That guy just walking in?"
Roxanne followed Jessica’s gaze to rest on the tall man entering the ballroom. He was wearing a white, high collared shirt, a burgundy velvet waistcoat, black silk pants and cape, and over-the-knee black boots. His thick, chestnut brown hair was pulled into a ponytail at the nape of his neck, and hung to the middle of his back. A narrow, black satin mask was tied around his head.
He carried himself like a nobleman.
"Don’t have a clue," Roxanne uttered. "Despite my vast popularity, I don’t know everyone on the list, you know. But it looks like he’s headed this way. I’m outta here."
"Rox!" Jessica whispered urgently, but her panic was wasted on Roxanne’s retreating bustle. The man meandered, but was definitely making his way toward the empty corner where Jessica stood.
As he passed the dining table closest to her, he leaned across it and plucked a small, deep red rose from the arrangement and brought it to her. Coming close, he offered her the bloom with a slight bow.
Speechless, Jessica took the rose and unconsciously held it to her nose. The man held out his hand, and she gave up hers; he brought it to his lips with great ceremony.
It was as if a spell had been cast. Despite the dim lighting, and the mesmerizing aura that surrounded him, Jessica was suddenly aware that his appearance was, in part, a deception. The green eyes that fixed on hers from behind the mask could not be disguised.
"Dance?" he asked softly, still holding her hand in question.
Wordlessly she allowed him to guide her to the dance floor, the rose still held delicately in her hand as she slipped her arm around his neck. Pulling her firmly against him, his hand sliding across her back was comforting and, most certainly, welcome.
"I didn’t recognize you at first," Jessica told him, her smile filled with relief and amusement.
"Well, that’s the whole point, isn’t it? The essence of a masquerade? I’m not him, you’re not her, we can each be someone else for a couple of hours. Live different lives, be people we’d rather be… but just for a couple of hours."
"Okay," she replied, closing her eyes and relishing the feel of the contact between her forehead and Dane’s cheek. She could almost slip away… dance her way into a fairy tale and never come back.
“Everyone needs a little romance in their lives,” Anne Carter will assure you. “Some need more than others.” She should know. A storyteller since 7th grade, Anne and her younger sister would dream up a new chapter to a romantic saga each night before going to bed. Soon, writing became an obsession. Raised in Southern California where she, her husband and three children make their home, Anne interrupts her passion occasionally to run her bookkeeping business and possibly put dinner on the table.
Although A HERO’S PROMISE centers on the lives of those stellar gods and goddesses of the silver screen, Anne is quick to point out that this book isn’t about Hollywood glitz. “I’ve always been a teenybopper, and proud of it,” she confesses. “But my stories reach to the human side, the deep, heart-wrenching emotions unleashed by the forces of true love.”
A HERO’S PROMISE is Anne Carter’s fourth published novel. Visit her website at www.beaconstreetbooks.com
"A good mystery romance that keeps the reader guessing for most of the story. In Too Deep is rich with turmoil, and ties up all the loose ends.
"Ms. Carter had done an excellent job with In Too Deep. It is rare to find a hero as believable as Jack, and a heroine as true to life as Maddie. Their trials are real life and their fears and anxieties something every reader can relate to. Ms. Carter's story is funny, touching, and poignant. A true pleasure from beginning to end." --Tamara McHatton, Rhapsody Magazine
"Maddie Tyler has no idea what she’s setting in motion on the day she speaks to the man who was her first high school crush. Maddie is married, with a teenaged son, but her marriage is floundering, her heart is vulnerable, and Jack MacKenzie is by all accounts a wonderful man. Maddie’s husband wants a divorce, and Maddie realizes she doesn’t love him. Soon she’s falling in love with Jack. Her life is looking just about perfect. But life is not done with Maddie. Behind the scene, someone is watching, someone who has a vested interest in how Maddie’s life turns out.
"Anne Carter writes competently about life and love. Her characters are real with flaws as well as heroic qualities. In Too Deep is Maddie’s story, and following her sometimes mundane, sometimes turbulent life, is fascinating. 4-1/2 stars" --Rickey R. Mallory, Affaire de Coeur
“A VERY enjoyable story, unique and thought-provoking.
IN TOO DEEP has so many unique and exciting twists and turns that I couldn't turn my Rocket off until I knew how Anne Carter planned to solve her heroine's dilemma! The characters are well-drawn and believable, the story unlike any romance I've read. It leaves the reader with a smile and the feeling that Jack McKenzie and Madelyn Cross were made for each other. I would recommend this book to anyone in search of a satisfying, warm-hearted romance. “
"IN TOO DEEP is the sweet, tear-jerking story of two people who have both failed miserably in love, but finally get it right... [Maddie and Jack's] love is of the sweetest kind, and their chemistry is wonderful..." -- Christine Chambers, Romantic Times
“...Dane has mellowed, but...he’s still the most amazing, vital, appealing hero I have had the pleasure of curling up between the covers with in a very long time!” -- Roberta Olsen Major, author of BOUND
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 402
Paper Weight (lb): 16.7
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