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Rachel Winslow lost everything in the Sudan desert. She defies everyone to return and find the truth, betting her survival on a dream.
Jake Spenser’s years as an agent are over, but he teaches desert survival to others. He’s vowed never to return to Ankria, but when his nephew is missing, he must use Rachel to find him.
Through danger and betrayal, Jake and Rachel find a dream can come true.
"How about sharing some of that humor? I can’t see anything funny around this arid ridge," Jake drawled dryly.
"That’s because you’re busy being in charge."
"Now that is funny," he grunted. "Have you decided I’m the boss because I know more? Or because I’m a man?"
Incensed, Rachel spun around to face him. She hadn’t realized he was so close until their bodies brushed from shoulder to thigh. If she were a cat, every hair on her body would be standing on end at the jolt of awareness that passed through her.
Adrenaline or fear caused this intense emotional overload, she rationalized, a basic human survival instinct. She wasn’t sure if she believed herself.
His mouth lingered inches from hers and she knew he intended to kiss her. Her lips parted in anticipation. She realized she’d been waiting for this moment for months.
Green flames danced like St. Elmo’s fire in his eyes as they gazed at her upturned face, then his lids flicked closed. When he raised them, the flame was gone, leaving ashes. He stepped away.
"You certainly don’t know enough," Rachel muttered. Her sharp disappointment surprised her. Heat flushed her cheeks when a crooked grin crossed his face.
"Maybe not, but I’m willing to learn."
"When there’s something I want you to know, I’ll have my secretary set up an appointment." Rachel sniffed. Her traitorous mind pictured several things she’d like to show him that she’d never seen in a standard medical text and she couldn’t think of an intelligent response to put him in his place.
"I forgot my social calendar back in the states, but let me know when and I’ll be there." He waved her forward.
She huffed and attacked the stony path instead of giving in to the childish urge to kick him. Every hundred strides, she raised her head to study the surrounding land and distract herself from her growing fatigue. Despite the thick layer of sun block, the fierce sun was broiling her exposed skin like a steak on a grill.
A cluster of boulders assumed the outline of a herd of camels. She studied the jumbled rocks. They looked familiar.
Working with Rob’s clinic meant trips to distant settlements. The elusive memory clicked and Rachel knew exactly where they were.
The small village of El Barfur, in the next valley, had been her first real taste of Africa. Veiled women walked the narrow streets side by side with females naked to the waist. Multiple gold chains clinked on slim wrists. Ivory beads decorated braided hair more beautifully than the ivory tusks had adorned the endangered elephant.
She’d been intrigued by the heavily burdened camels, young girls balancing water jugs on their heads, men from their teens to ancient grandfathers squabbling and haggling alongside the crowded paths. The strife seemed far away. The ancient tribal warfare disguised as freedom fighting remained unreal.
Until the raiders came.
Multi-published author Barbara Edwards grew up in New England, giving birth to her interest in history. She has traveled extensively across the United States and uses every opportunity to explore the research resources available. A member of RWA since 1989, she is currently the Chapter President of Charter Oak Romance Writers. She teaches a class on romance writing at Manchester Community College and speaks at various local organizations on writing.
Barbara and her husband lived in Florida for ten years where they became Civil War re-enactors. She has a dog that thinks its more fun to take a walk than watch her write and enjoys raising roses.
"Quote." – Pat Potter, Award winning author calls Another love…“A real page turner with wonderful characters and a unique plot. You can’t miss with this one.”
Reviews from Romantic Times Magazine **** 1/2 (four and one-half stars)
Drew Larkin has fallen into the hands of his prey. When Meg Warren rescues him from the tumble he takes from his horse, she unwittingly provides the opportunity he needs to prove she is involved in the kidnapping of his nephew. The pretty Meg vows she knows of no plot to hold the boy ransom in exchange for a political favor, one that would force Drew's father to betray President Cleveland.
But she does have a secret. Never having the love of a family, she means to keep hers together. It is the only way to protect the brood of orphans she has adopted. She must resist the powerful feelings this stranger evokes at all costs. Drew is torn between his growing desire for Meg and loyalty to his family. How can they trust one another, despite their growing attraction?
ANOTHER LOVE is a story that is hard to put down. The characters are well-developed and the setting is vivid amidst a solid, balanced plot.
ANOTHER LOVE, Reviewed by Debbie Pollart
Meg Warren has more than her hands full with her adoptive brood of five and making a living off of her upstate New York farm. When Meg saw that some of the orphaned children she knew became little more than unpaid servants under the stern care of their adoptive families, Meg took it upon herself to remove those most affected, or least likely to be adopted, and headed back to her home after the death of her abusive father. Unfortunately, the children didn't always come to Meg by legal means. She knows that one day someone will find her out, and she fears that that day has come. Her few years living in New York City have left her alert to strangers, and when Drew Larkin shows up wounded and bleeding on her doorstep, she knows taking him in may jeopardize those closest to her.
Drew knows he is close to finding his nephew Jimmy, recently abducted from his grandparents' home. Jimmy has become a political pawn because of his grandfather's close ties to President Grover Cleveland. With talk of switching from the silver standard to the gold, huge fortunes are at stake and pressure is being put on those with presidential influence, including Drew's own father. Drew has been sent on a secret mission to find out who has been threatening his family. While Drew is convinced that Meg is somehow involved with the plot to take Jimmy, he can't seem to keep his hands or his lips from betraying his mission or his resolve. Relieved that Jimmy has been found by his relatives, Meg reluctantly agrees to help Drew ferret out the people responsible for his kidnapping.
Unfortunately, their cover story has them married and returning to the high-society and politics of Drew's world. Meg has agreed to the sham marriage because she intends to get an annulment and return home once the mystery is solved. Unfortunately for her, Drew has his own ideas about an annulment and his growing feelings for Meg override his continuing suspicions. Distrust on both sides must be overcome before true love makes the day. Throw in some political intrigue and whodunit and enjoy this afternoon read.
ANOTHER LOVE, REVIEWED BY: Leann "Buzzy" Arndt
The horse of a different color? Perhaps something of the sort. Another Love is painted with a kaleidoscope of perception. A historical that at times feels like a James Bond film. A true paint box..
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 300
Paper Weight (lb): 12.6
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