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Heartlessby Diana Palmer
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As a teenager, Gracie worshipped her stepbrother, Jason, a strong, silent young cowboy who left home early to seek his fortune. Though Gracie hadn't seen him in years, when her mother passed away, Jason ensured that Gracie would be cared for. Now the wealthy owner of Comanche Wells ranch, Jason has finally come back home, and discovered that the little girl he knew is all grown up.
When a moment of unbridled passion results in a kiss, Jason realizes that he's falling for Gracie. But Gracie harbors a shameful secret that makes her deeply afraid to love. Stung by her rejection, Jason leaves, ready to put the past--and the one woman he can't have--behind him once more.
"A handsome rancher-tycoon and his shy, sheltered stepsister fall in love in Palmer's latest romantic melodrama (after Fearless) that's long on humid heat but hampered by cornpone theatrics. Gracie and Jason Pendleton share no bloodlines, but they've been close ever since Gracie came to live with her now-deceased mother, Beverly, who married Jason's cruel (and also now dead) father, Myron. Jason is a good ol' boy who prefers his Rocking Spur ranch to the family mansion old-fashioned Gracie tends to. Gracie, meanwhile, harbors a dark secret that has made her frightened of romance even though she's desired Jason for years. The feeling's mutual, and, eventually, their hearts collide despite the interference of Kittie Sartain, a bitchy redhead supermodel who tries to lasso Jason. Palmer, a romance veteran, knows how to concoct a savory chicken-fried love plot, but sometimes the gravy's laid on a little too thick. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Rule number one: never settle down. J. B. Hammock treated his women well, but with a no-strings detachment they gladly accepted. Until sweet Tellie Maddox began hovering around, caring about him.
And when Tellie lost her memory, she believed she was J.B.'s friend. Even he couldn't be so heartless as to push Tellie aside, and so he played his role...until friendship turned into something deeper than a heartbreaker like J.B. had ever intended.
Then Tellie's memory returned....
Jason and Gracie have been inseparably good friends until a moment of sudden passion pulls them asunder, and Gracie comes to realize that Jason will never see her as anything more than a younger stepsibling. It takes Gracie being kidnapped, Jason saving her, an interfering other woman and Jason almost dying before the two lovers conquer their fears of intimacy and admit their total love for each other.
As a teenager, Gracie had worshipped her stepbrother, Jason, a silent young cowboy who had left home early to seek his fortune. When danger threatens the ranch, the now-adult Gracie can only hope that her long, tall Texan will come blazing home to save her.
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