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Alejandro Martinez Garcia may be a two hundred year old ghost, but he’s nobody’s fool. When Christine Hart comes to stay at the inn where he has been imprisoned since his death, he immediately recognizes her as Christina Hoskins, the woman he once loved and was betrayed by so long ago.
Christine and Alejandro struggle to unravel the mystery of a missing deed, but neither counts on the promise they made to each other a lifetime ago, nor the evil force determined to keep them apart.
Christine walked out of the bathroom and stopped short at the sight that greeted her. That man needed to get off her bed and stay off of it! Seeing him lying on his side, facing her with his head propped up on one elbow was lethal to her state of mind. Too many unbidden images arose at the picture he presented. The sight of his pants and boots on the floor beside the bed caused her pulse to speed out of control. If that wasn’t disconcerting enough, all he had on were droplets of water running down his chest and a towel wrapped loosely around his waist.
Alejandro seemed oblivious to her scrutiny as he sat up and crossed his arms over his chest. He held himself up stiffly and looked at her with coldness in his eyes.
"It’s good that you came out so quickly Christina," the warning in his voice was clear. If she hadn’t come out, he really would have come in to get her.
"Sit down so that we can talk," he commanded with such authority that Christine did so immediately without thinking.
She was letting him intimidate her again! Even after the pep talk she had just given herself. She quickly stood up, marched up to Alejandro and glared down at him with her hands on her hips.
"I don’t know who you think you are, but I want some answers right now."
Alejandro stared at her with a raised eyebrow, but said nothing.
"Well?" Christine asked impatiently.
"Well what Christina?" he asked.
"Answers?" she reminded him.
"How can I give you answers if I don’t know the questions?" he asked innocently.
Christine felt like pulling her hair out. The man was being purposely obtuse just to irritate her! She could tell by the smug smile he now had stretched across his sensual mouth.
She hadn’t changed one bit. One of the things Alejandro had enjoyed about Christina had been her feistiness. When she became agitated like she was right now, her eyes shimmered with emotion. Her chest rose and fell with deep breaths as she was trying to calm herself down. Her mouth was pursed in such a way that he wanted to kiss her until her lips became soft and pliant beneath his. She was no wilting flower, and he loved her for it. Used to love her, that is, until she betrayed him. The thought of what she had done to him turned his amusement to bitterness. It was time to stop playing word games with her. She would help him and that would be the end of it.
"Listen, Alejandro, enough is enough. I want to know why you are in my room and what you want from me," Christine demanded, folding her arms across her chest, and frowning down at him.
"You’re right Christina. It’s time for some answers," he said, putting his hands around her waist, and pulling her down onto his lap. "I am trying to be patient, but you are making it very difficult--"
"I’m making it difficult. You--"
"Enough Christina!" Alejandro roared. Then muttered, "I don’t remember you being so talkative before".
"Before? What do you mean before?" Christine asked in confusion, as she struggled to get up. Though Alejandro wasn’t hurting her, his arms remained locked around her waist, despite her efforts to be released. The man felt like a solid wall against her struggles. Well, almost, she realized, as she continued to squirm. There was something definitely un-wall like pressing against her and, as the reality of what that was struck her, she stopped moving and sat very still.
"Wise choice mi amor," Alejandro said quietly. He was looking at her with such intensity in his gaze that Christine lost her breath.
A very intimidating, powerful male was holding her against him, yet she was feeling none of the fear that usually overcame her when she had close physical contact with someone. His raised voice didn’t particularly worry her either. Somehow, she knew this man would not hurt her. Instead of panic, she felt safe with Alejandro. Who was this man? Why did it feel so right to be in his arms? She looked up into his eyes with dazed confusion.
Eden wrote articles for the school newspaper while growing up, but never imagined attempting to write her own book. She had the opportunity to attend college overseas, where she met her husband. After graduation, they started a wholesale bakery. Though the business was successful, Eden felt as if she wasn’t following her heart. One night, she sat down at the computer and started writing a tale that seemed to spring out of a recent family tragedy. After several years of helping her husband with their business, and having three children, she finished her first book, Never Until Tomorrow, which received a 3 Star rating from Romantic Times Magazine. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. Eden has contributed articles to Romantic Times Magazine, and both the Arizona Author’s Association, and RWA Desert Rose Chapter newsletters. Her essay, Persistence, was a finalist in the 2002 Arizona Literary Contest. Yesterday’s Promise is her first paranormal romance, and she hopes her readers enjoy the twists, chills, and everlasting love this story brings to life. Eden lives in Arizona, plotting her next tale with her family, as well as two distinguished elderly cats, a rambunctious sheepdog, and a spoiled Chinese Pug who rules over everyone.
"YESTERDAY'S PROMISE is an inventive time travel romance complete with interesting characters, unexpected twists and a happy ending that couldn't be anticipated."--Connie Flynn, best selling author of The Dragon Hour
Readers will find in YESTERDAY'S PROMISE a love story that contains the most fervent desire of many women. It has the alluring dream that a woman will find a worthy man, whom she alone inspires so deeply that he will never be able to forget her. Furthermore, his love for her is so strong that, despite any and all circumstances, it will endure throughout all time. Coupled with that yearning is the strongly romantic idea that soul mates will find each other again and again. It is these two aspects of the story that stroked the romantic in me and made it worthy of my time. Indeed, the appeal of the book, I feel, stands on these notions; for while Alejandro and Christine are likable characters, they are both nevertheless somewhat unremarkable, as are their dialogues and their scenes together. In the future, I may forget the players, but perhaps not the story. This one is for those who like touchingly sweet rather than passionately spicy. -- Sandra Brill
This was definitely an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. Throw in a couple of unscrupulous characters and you have one tempting read. FSM, (Fran Swann-Mancilla). Rendezvous:I
The action in YESTERDAY'S PROMISE takes off immediately and doesn't stop. Using dreams as flashbacks, the author provides two stories in one. Not only is this a ghost and reincarnation tale, it also disburses history in a painless, fascinating way. ...Fantasy-fans of this type of story should surely give it a look-see. - Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Bookclub
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 222
Paper Weight (lb): 9.6
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