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Her Heart's Desire
Julie Skerven
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Samantha Logan is a runaway bride. Jake Ramsey is a PI on a stakeout. When they meet in the dark after midnight, it’s explosive.
Wrestled to the floor upon arrival at her family’s supposedly vacant cabin, she’s terrified, until she recognizes her attacker. Jake is shocked to find the voluptuous intruder below him is his employer’s daughter.
Together, the must battle her kinky ex-fiancé, espionage, and each other to solve the crime and discover the passion between them. Will Jake be able to save himself from Samantha’s charms? Will Samantha capture Jake’s love—her heart’s desire?

BOOK EXCERPTS
Samantha Logan parked her car in front of her family’s di-lapidated summer cabin. Her fingers trembled as she pulled the key from the ignition. Well, she’d done it this time! The morning newspapers would expose the entire disaster, com-plete with the glaring caption—“Runaway Bride.”

Thank goodness she had found out what a lying, cheating skunk Grayson St. James was before she made the mistake of marrying him. No one would think of looking for her here. She would hide out until the furor died down.

She walked up the rutted path, retrieved the spare key from above the door, and stuck it in the lock. It wouldn’t turn. The darned thing was probably rusted. Frustrated, she threw down her bags and got a good grip on the doorknob, rattling it as she tried to force the lock.

Suddenly, the door flew open, taking her with it. She tumbled inside the pitch-dark room. Crashing to the floor with a thump, the air whooshed from her lungs.

Stunned, she desperately gasped for air as a heavy person jumped onto her back, pinning her to the floor. A mingling of woodsy cologne and testosterone washed over her as he flipped her around. She now lay pinned under his muscular, very male body—if the bulge that was pressed against the junction of her thighs was anything to go by.

He was too big to be her ex-fiancé, but could Grayson have dispatched some thug to retrieve her? Or even worse, had she stumbled across a squatter, a criminal hiding out in the woods? Panicked, she took a wild swing into the darkness. Her fist crunched into hard flesh and bone as she struck a glancing blow off his jaw.

It had no effect on the hulking brute on top of her. The solid wall of muscle shook off her blow with a muffled grunt and flattened her even more with his weight. She tried to hit him again. He blocked her move, capturing both her wrists in a steely grip.

One of his large hands began running over her trembling body. As it skimmed over her breasts, she let out a blood-curdling shriek.

He froze, his hand still cupping her breast. “Stop that damned caterwauling.”

Samantha recognized the voice, and her terror melted like ice cream on the Fourth of July. If there was anyone she didn’t want to see, or be felt up by in the dark, it was Jake Ramsey. “Ramsey, what the hell are you doing here?”

“Well, if it isn’t my little Sunshine. What’s the matter, honey, cold feet?”

Samantha pushed against his rigid body. “Take your hand off my breast, goon.”

He removed his hand, but not without a teasing squeeze. “Sorry if I offended your delicate sensibilities, Sunshine.”

Samantha frowned at his sarcasm, as his solid weight slowly lifted off her aching body. He knew very well that she hated the nickname he’d hung on her during her turbulent teens. Obviously, he hadn’t mellowed in the seven years she’d been away.

The lights came on and she glared at the tall, redheaded, brute that was hobbling her way. He had a few sprinkles of sil-ver at the temples now, but she wasn’t fooled into thinking the years had softened him. She’d just had a sample of his rough treatment.

He was dressed, or should she say undressed, in a tight pair of jeans that were halfway unzipped. His feet and his chest were bare. Her gazed followed the sprinkle of hair on his chest to where it whorled around his navel and disappeared into his pants. He looked like a sleep-rumpled male centerfold come to life. That is, if one discounted the brooding expression in his gunmetal gray eyes.

She ignored his speculative gaze and focused on his limp. It was gratifying to know that she’d gotten the better of one man this horrendous evening. But why was Ramsey here? He definitely wasn’t one of Grayson’s pawns. Had matchmaking Uncle Delbert gotten wind of her departure? One look at Ramsey’s grim expression told her he wasn’t one of cupid’s little helpers. No, her father must have found out about her departure prematurely and sent the goon squad after her.

BOOK REVIEWS
HER HEARTS DESIRE by Julie Skerven is fast paced and keeps you guessing through all its twists and turns. Add in the spicy romance between two hardheaded characters and you have one delightful novel! I urge everyone to buy this guaranteed pleaser!
Nadine St. Denis, Romance Junkies


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Samantha Logan is on the run from her cheating ex-fiancé. The last person she expects to run into at her family’s lake cabin is Jake Ramsey—her father’s P.I. and the object of her teenage affection. Discovering that he’s on a stakeout—and finding him even more attractive than she remembered—Sam decides to stay and help him out.
As Sam and Jake work together, they find themselves working even harder—and failing—in their attempts to conceal the growing passion between them.
Sam and Jake are realistic and engaging characters. Skerven does a nice job of injecting humor and intimacy into their interactions. Also, their developing relationship nicely dovetails with the mystery they are trying to solve.
Thanks to this truly enjoyable book’s sexy banter—and some even sexier love scenes—the reader roots for them to get together and stay together in this read.
Four Stars ~ Romantic Times Reviewer, Stephanie Schneider


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Blue Ribbon Rating: 4
"HER HEARTS DESIRE is fast paced and keeps you guessing through all its twists and turns. Add in the spicy romance between two hardheaded characters and you have one delightful novel! I urge everyone to buy this guaranteed pleaser!"
~ Reviewed by: Nadine St. Denis, Romance Junkies


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4 Angels!
Julie Skerven’s Her Heart’s Desire is a tremendous book. The author mixes romance, intense sexual chemistry and mystery to create a book that you will hate to see end. Samantha and Jake shoot sparks off of one another as they work to solve the mystery. Do not miss this book.
~ Reviewed by: Tewanda , Fallen Angel Reviews


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Not just a romance, the plot has a few well placed mysteries that will keep the reader on the edge of their seats until the end. A few surprises are thrown in also: who really is Grayson St. James, was Tad really guilty and what is the mystery that Jake has hidden in his laptop. All these questions and more are answered in this book
~ Reviewed by: Louise Riveiro Mitchell The Road to Romance


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Her Heart's Desire is an absolutely great book with every turn of the page. It is fast-paced, action with great banter, and that is only in the first few pages. The story line and the characters are very believable, holding your attention from beginning to end. I thoroughly loved this book. It is first rate in every sense of the word. Love the parts where Jake said he would turn Samantha over his knee and paddle her behind if she refused to listen.

Ms. Skerven writes a story that is captivating to the very last page. I could not put it down. The chemistry between the two characters is excellent. I look forward to reading more of her work. I wish that I could have given it more than 5 cups. It was well worth the read many times over. A feel good all over book.

Cherokee 5 cups
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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1593742223
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593742225
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Pess
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 174
Paper Weight (lb): 7.6



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