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After inheriting a home and a business from a grandmother she never knew, Kate Rollins moves from Los Angeles to a small town in Montana with the hope of raising her son to become a responsible, happy man. There she meets Chance McLain. A series of events threatens to keep them apart when even they cannot deny their attraction.
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The review of this Book prepared by Yvette


Kate Rollins worked as an advertising executive in Los Angeles. Mired in a floundering marriage, she has a near death experience after a drive by shooting. The drive by shooting sent her on a near death journey where she meets the grandmother she never knew. She senses a tragedy and murder through feelings her grandmother transmits to her.

Newly divorced Kate moves herself and young son to the house and roadside diner she inherited in Montana. There she finds herself embroiled in local efforts to prevent a mining company from destroying local water supplies and poisoning cattle and wildlife.

Here she comes in contact with a sexy rancher, Chance McLain. An instant attraction occurs though Kate isn't ready to accept a man back into her life yet.

The characterization of Chance and his realization of the depths of his feelings for Kate; while he is still tied to another woman is finely drawn.

Very sensual, this plotline speeds up after a slow startup and the last one third of the book keeps the reader turning pages as the events occur at a fast pace. I enjoyed the characters and the different love plotline found in this story.

The review of this Book prepared by Marilyn Malone

Zebra, Mar 2001, 6.99, 416 pp.
ISBN: 0821767984

Unhappy with her fast-paced Southern California lifestyle, Kate Rollins nervously walks to the garage where her car is parked late at night. She knows she already disappointed her pre-teen son David by working late on the advertising campaign rather than coming home to take him to the movies as she promised. Kate never reaches her car as a drive-by shooting leaves her in the hospital with a near death experience and just fortunate to be alive.

Kate recognizes that one of the people she seen in her near death experience is her recently deceased grandmother Nell Hart, who she never met due to a family squabble. Nell left Kate some property in Lost Peak, Montana. Still frightened from her trauma and worried about David's recent behavior and whom he hangs with, Kate takes her son and relocates to Montana. Kate becomes involved with the local environmental movement and to her chagrin is attracted to Chance McLain. here is also the mystery of her grandma's death to solve.

To romance readers it is not a SECRET that Kat Martin consistently writes some of the best novels in the genre. Her latest tale is an exciting romantic suspense novel that works because of Kate, who already has a full plate, but more emotionally wrenching items pile onto her angst-laden soul. By limiting the paranormal elements, Ms. Martin capably enhances her story line while staying true to the theme. Sub-genre fans will take pleasure from this convincing story.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer    -   rescue kidnapped secondary character

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   rancher/cowboy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Effect of sexing    -   confused    -   a better lover


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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