Rebecca Stratton vintage harlequin romances
English author of wonderful stories
Rebecca Stratton has various jobs through the years and she was always writing. She got a job in an office which enabled her to save up enough money to quit and start writing full time at the age of 45. Her first attempt at a romance novel was accepted by Mills and Boon and she was on her way.
Stratton published over 40 romances in the 1970's and 1980's. Most of her books are about English girls in exotic locations, such as Spain. She also published several romances for Harlequin under the pseudonym of Lucy Gillen. Most of the titles listed below are Harlequin Romances, the first couple are in the Harlequin Presents line.
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106 YELLOW MOON
Since her father had never taken any interest in them, Catherine had had to act virtually as a mother to her two small half-brothers, and she simply adored them. So she could hardly believe it when her father died--and left the two boys to the guardianship of a Greek uncle none of them had ever heard of. Catherine was heartbroken to realize that she must part from the children and send them to live with this man, Stefan Medopolis, in his Greek island home. It softened the blow a little that she was at least going out there herself until the children were settled in -- but really that was only deferring the agony of parting from them. And then it seemed that Stefan Medopolis was planning to take over Catherine's life as well -- with Catherine, of course, having no say in the matter! She loved her little brothers, but even for them could she put up with the situation?
121 WARM WIND OF FARIK
"I do not carry passengers, Miss Palmer," Celik Demaril told her sternly. "You are a member of the crew as far as I am concerned--and will be expected to do your share of the work. You came of your own freewill!" He was right Linsie thought miserably, indisputably right. Determined to make a success of her first assignment, Linsie had pursued the elusive Turkish millionaire relentlessly. Now, she had trapped herself on his yacht. She had been prepared to do almost anything for an interview -- but hadn't expected to be a deckhand!
1748 THE GOLDEN MADONNA
Sally Beckett and her friend Michael were looking forward to a pleasant and instructive three months in Spain, studying art with a world-famous artist.But both of them had reckoned without the irresistible force that was Miguel Cordova.
Tara was engaged to Clifford Hautain. She was sure she loved him. But why did she find his brother Philip so intriguing? It wasn’t as if Philip was interested in her—he obviously preferred the charms of the sophisticated Elwyn, who made it clear to Tara that he was her property. Yet…
1779 THE BRIDE OF ROMANO
It was the charming Paolo Veronese who had got Storm the job of governess to little Gino in southern Italy, but it was Gino's stern guardian, Alexei Romano, who caused her all the heart-searching. She knew that in getting involved with Alexei she would be utterly outclassed, but all the same
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1816 CASTLES IN SPAIN
Holly was delighted to have the chance of visiting the Spanish castle where her aunt Nan Delgaro had lived since her marriage.Don Jose Delgaro gave her a charming welcome, but it was his son Marcos whose attitude really puzzled Holly. Was he trifling with her until he married the attractive Helena Mendez?
1839 RUN FROM THE WIND
Laura had heard so much about the little French village of St. Louis les Bigots from her Uncle John that she had always longed to visit it -- and now here she was at last. But what was the mystery surrounding Uncle John, and what had he done to make the villagers hate his memory? And why was Laura so anxious to clear his name, particularly where Jean-Pierre Herve was concerned?
1858 ISLAND OF DARKNESS
Leonora ventured to the Isola de Marta and there met Jason Connor, the famous racing driver, blinded in a car crash, but still a tremendously attractive man. How could she help falling in love with such a man? But when Jason underwent the operation that would give him back his sight, Leonora realized that she had little chance of ever sharing his life. Or had she?
1883 AUTUMN CONCERTO
It was through the attractive young Frenchman Jacques Delange that Ruth had lost her job, so it was really the least that Jacques could do to find her another - working for his uncle Hugo. But Hugo Gerard was to cause Ruth considerably more heart-searching than had his nephew!
Rona's new job, looking after an enchanting little girl on a glamorous Greek island, sounded fabulous, and she set off in the highest spirits. But until she arrived on the island no one had ever told her about the legend of the Firebird.
1913 THE FLIGHT OF THE HAWK
Jenny Francis was surprised but pleased when her grandfather left her part ownership of his wine-producing business in Spain, and she went off at once to Andalusia to inspect her inheritance.She discovered that her cousin Antonio Francisco had had a more unusual reaction to the situation
1942 THE FIRE AND THE FURY
Dorcas already resented the imperious Don Julio Valdares for what he was doing to her half-brother Ramon, whom she so dearly loved. So it was more than she could bear when Valdares also started interfering with her promising friendship with Rafael Montez! Why couldn't Don Julio just mind his own business?
1955 MOON TIDE
Kate Wilmot had inherited a house in Hawaii, jointly with two other people: the charming Calvin Morton and the equally charming but unpredictable Kai Fernandez. Under the conditions of the will they had to live there for a year.Inevitably, emotions of all kinds were aroused. Sooner or later, someone was going to get hurt. Who would it be?
1976 THE GODDESS OF MAVISU
Delia knew she should never have let herself fall in love with the devastatingly attractive Kemal Selim. He was a Turk, with all the traditional Turkish preference for a meek and docile wife of his own nationality -- someone like Suna Kozlu.But sometimes feelings were difficult to control.
1991 ISLE OF THE GOLDEN DRUM
Carys wasn't looking forward at all .o being stranded on a Pacific island for the next two months with her tycoon boss and his son Michael, whom she had just refused to marry. But the two of them together were less of a problem than the island's owner, the inscrutable Drifford Campbell.Carys is in a plane crash just off the coast of a remote island (Isle of the Golden Drum) in Hawaii. Driff rescues them and tells them there won't be a boat for 2 months and he doesn't have a radio. Driff is a famous writer of adventure novels.
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2006 PROUD STRANGER
ITALIAN ROMANCERosalind had fallen in love with Southern Italy. When the charming Luigi Mendori offered her a job and the chance to stay on after her holiday was over, she was delighted. So she accepted gladly---only to find that her new boss, Luigi's brother Lucifer, was far from charming!
Rosalind meets Luigi when she is out walking, the next day he contacts her out of the blue to offer her a job. Rosalind has a job waiting for her back in London but really enjoys Italy. So she goes to the interview, but Lucifer (Luca) is the one that interviews her .He is suspicious that the real attraction isn't Italy by his brother, but he does give her the job. She is to be a live in companion to Luca's grandmother. The grandmother spends a lot of her time trying to find a wife for Luca. He is turning 35 in several months and he needs to be married by then, or will lose the business he inherited. Luca will not marry for any reason but love, but the grandmother is determined to get him married.
2018 CHATEAU D'ARMOR
Jesamine, a free-lance journalist, traveled to France to write a story on an old family of nobility, a family, that coincidentally, had ties with her own. She found the project fascinating and romantic, but there was one problem. It was Paul d’Armor, the handsome grandson of the old comte. She’d immediately gotten off on the wrong foot with him, and it was beginning to look as if she’d never consider her anything but foolish. Would she never convince him otherwise?
2036 THE ROAD TO GAFSA
Jade was determined to remain in Tunisia indefinitely with her boyfriend; her guardian was equally determined that she would not--and he arranged for his friend Jean Daker to separate the pair. Jean Daker was a force to be reckoned with. Would Jade be able to defy him?
2050 GEMINI CHILD
Michelle was 22 years old before she learned that she had a twin brother. Apparently he was living in Greece where he had been brought up. She traveled post-haste to meet him there, and Georgi welcomed her with delight. The same, unfortunately, could not be said for Georgi's stern stepbrother Andrea..
Michelle's famous actress Aunt Faye has died and left her everything. She turns out to be Michelle's mother. A cousin adopted Michelle but didn't want her twin brother. He was adopted by a Greek couple living in England, who soon returned to Greece. His adopted mom was widowed and remarried to Andrea's father. The family is really unwelcoming, they think she is really Georgi's old girlfriend.
2078 GIRL IN A WHITE HAT
Charlotte had been enjoying her job in Spain as secretary-companion to an old friend of her mother. Then, suddenly, the complications in her life made her head spin. Rescued from a series of predicaments by Don Gerardo Cortez, the local lord of the manor, Charlotte found herself becoming more than a little interested in him. But falling in love with him was a grave mistake!
Charlotte is an English girl living with a widowed old friend of her mother. Charlotte's employer has a son just a few years older then Charlotte and is doing a bit of matchmaking. Charlotte meets Gerard when she hits him with her bike. She always wear her white hat in the strong sun. Later Gerardo takes the hat from her head when he kisses her. This later causes problems when he returns it.
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2091 INHERIT THE SUN
Beth stared at Louis, her eyes wide and dazed. She couldn't believe her ears. You mean I have to convince you of my ability to handle the money before I can inherit my share?" she asked. "That I can't have it until you say I can?" The acquisition of the fortune she had come such a distance to claim depended upon Louis Marizzi's goodwill. To think that she had been put in such a situation!
2106 MORE THAN A DREAM
Alexandre Larouse wasn’t the kind of man for half measures. He was either loved or hated. Well, April thought, she loved him. Not that it would do any good to admit it now. Alex was angry and bitter; her distrust had hurt him deeply. If only she could see him and apologize, tell him how this whole misunderstanding got started…but perhaps she should just return to England and try to forget the unattainable Alex Larousee.
2131 THE SIGN OF THE RAM
Sara was thoroughly enjoying working in Venice for a few weeks, but she hadn't expected to meet anyone quite as impressive as Carlo Cantorini. He was rich, handsome and aristocratic, and a charming man, once they had got over the initial distrust of each other. But, Sara was warned, he was a confirmed breaker of hearts, and she had better be careful about her own! But the spell of Venice and Carlo combined had been too much and already the warning had come too late, and everything and everyone seemed to be conspiring to throw her into his company. How could she escape with her heart intact?
2141 THE VELVET GLOVE
"Marry? But I don't want a husband!" Laurette made the declaration firmly--as if trying to convince herself, as well as Nuri, that it was true. In fact, ever since Ian, the handsome British diplomat, had offered her love and a return to England, Laurette's thoughts were confused. How could she leave Turkey and her adopted family? And especially Nuri. Nuri, whom she found aggravating and fought with; Nuri, whom she had just discovered she loved! Could he possibly love her, too?
2154 DREAM OF WINTER
Anything had seemed possible then....There was a time when Sophie had felt very differently about champion skier Karl Bruner. But that was three years ago; then she had been eighteen years old and dazzled by the charm and reputation of a man of the world. Now, Sophie had returned to Switzerland's beautiful Schillenberg mountain, as nursemaid to her cousin Flora's child.With the glamorous Flora possessively claiming all Karl's attention, it seemed as if Sophie's youthful dreams would remain just that
After all , he was related to her…so, why all the fuss, wondered Bryony. True, they were not blood relatives, but Bryony had always thought of Dominic, her stepbrother, as just that—a brother. Now her friend Marion was implying that things were otherwise…and Bryony, despite her ardent denials, began to wonder if her feelings for Dominic were something more than brotherly. Especially that surprising day when he swept her into his arms and kissed her.
They all live on Caribbean island that Dominic owns. She has 2 half brothers from her father’s marriage to Dominic. She was from a short relationship her father had after Dominic’s mother died. Bryony never met her father until her mother died when she was 12 and he brought her to the island. Her father dies a few years ago and Dominic became her guardian. He is about 14 years older than her. Her youngest brother,Tim, is in love with much older woan and Dominic says he is too young to know his own mind and forbids him to see her. Bryony is on Tim’s side. Marion, an old school friend, and her brother come for a visit.
2180 IMAGE OF LOVE
Something about Don Jaime disturbed her. Visiting Spain again, Roseanne found she wasn't allowed to forget Pablo Ostera, her holiday friend who had died tragically the year before. Don Jaime in particular seemed intent on reminding Roseanne of her friendship with his dead cousin. Then, in his private study, she discovered a portrait of herself done by Pablo -- one she hadn't even known existed, Why should Don Jaime keep it? It wasn't as if he had a personal interest in her...
2201 BARGAIN FOR PARADISE
"You want Paradis for your collection!" Venture accused him, showing the bitterness she felt at her island home being desecrated with a holiday hotel. She had been prepared to hate the French hotel tycoon, and had pictured him as short, fat and elderly. Nicol Regalle, young and handsome and arrogant, was a shock. Her friend, Madam Barbe, had used her native powers to forecast trouble with his coming. Now Venture realized that the trouble might well involve her heart!
BARGAIN FOR PARADISE
"Cry if you wish, I'll understand"
"Please do not hesitate," Nicol said "I offer you a convenient shoulder."
"Of course I won't cry!" Venture told him swiftly in spite of the pain from her injury. Somehow, being carried in his arms brought his face alarmingly closer than before.
"Why not, ma chere? Because you fear I shall think you childlike?" His arms held her more tightly as he looked down at her. "You have been trying to convince me that you are not a child ever since I arrived at Paradis, have you not?"
Her whispered denial faded as his lips touched hers lightly and silenced her into breathlessness. "But I am convinced," he whispered, and sought her mouth again......
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2222 THE CORSICAN BANDIT
She had never met a more disturbing man Troy's visit to Corsica was inspired partly by desire to see a place she'd heard about since childhood, and partly to complete her grandfather's book about Corsican wildlife. It had been an impulse, like so many of her actions. And when hotel accommodation proved lacking, that same impulse led her to accept Lucien Gaffori's offer of a cottage while she completed her project.But Troy soon discovered that she had far more interest in her new landlord than in her book!
2261 LOST HERITAGE
The gold bracelet was her only clue. Happy as she had been with her adoptive parents, Charlotte couldn’t resist an opportunity after their death to find out about her real mother and father. And so she found herself in France working for the wealthy and influential Menais family---the name on her baby bracelet. But handsome, domineering Raoul Menais already suspected her reasons for taking the job. Charlotte felt sure he would throw her out if he thought the facts surrounding her birth might bring scandal to the family name.
The gold bracelet was engraved with her name and the name Elizabeth and Raoul Menais. It was pushed through her parent's letter slot after they adopted Charlotte. She sees a notice about businessman Raoul Menais being at a business conference in a nearby hotel and Charlotte goes to check him out. He turns out to be much too young so she leaves. Charlotte later sees an ad for a secretary to Madam Menais and she gets the job. Charlotte doesn't tell the family who she is because she assumes she is illegitimate and doesn't want to embarrass the family.
2268 THE EAGLE OF THE VINCELLA
“My cousin will never marry you.” Stefano said. “The Vincella have always been practical and the present generation is no exception. Marco will choose the best of both worlds; a wealthy wife and a beautiful mistress.” His mocking words followed Jana as she rushed from the room ,blinded by tears. How could she have been foolish enough to imagine that that Conte di Vincella would want an ordinary English girl for his wife—a girl who had nothing to offer but love?
2274 LARK IN AN ALIEN SKY
Had she said yes much too quickly? Corinne had met Gregori on a holiday in Paris. Older than she, he was a lover who swept her to heights she'd never dreamed of. She had vowed to meet him in Greece and marry him there. She had promised to become part of his threateningly close-knit, powerful family.Now it was too late to wonder if she had been foolishly impulsive. But standing under the wedding garlands with her proud, exultant bridegroom, Corinne was overcome by a sense of dread .....
Gregori comes to get her from England 2 months after Paris. Her name Corinne Thomas sounds like the Greek word for lark, so that is his nickname for her. Corinne has doubts and tries to call off the wedding but Gregori won't allow it. Robert, Corinne's childhood friend comes to Greece to break up the romance.
LARK IN AN ALIEN SKY
"Persephone!! Who is she?" asked Corinne. Gregori was growing angry, she knew, but his deep voice was controlled.. "She is someone I have know for a very long time." he said. "Someone we have all known. Why do you question me about her now, in the small hours of the morning?"
"Why didn't you tell me about her?"
"Why should I tell you about her? I married you!" he rasped in a voice that sent shudders through her. "You are my wife and that is all that concerns me; it is all that should concern you!"
Her eyes were shimmering with tears. "I thought being your wife was all that mattered," she whispered, "but I can't make love with a man who sees me only as a substitute for a woman he can't have!"
2303 CLOSE TO THE HEART
MIDDLE EASTERN ROMANCE
"I'll find some way to get through to him!" Lisa resented having been bodily thrown off his estate, without even a chance to speak to the arrogant Yusuf ben Dacra. After all, her cause was important. She and her group were outraged that this wealthy, influential man intended to destroy a small Moroccan village in order to build a luxury resort. Determinedly Lisa pursued him--to warn him of possible reprisals. She was surprised to find that Yusuf was the most intriguing and sophisticated man she'd ever met!
CLOSE TO THE HEART
"You can't go on keeping me here!: Lisa's voice was shaking. "It just isn't right!"
"Right?" Yusuf's hand still held her chin. "By what right, mademoiselle, did you invade my privacy with your silly warnings?"
Lisa's pride prevented her from begging. "You're an arrogant selfish monster and I wish I'd never come on board your wretched yacht!"
His mouth tightened in a straight line as he pulled her close to his lean hard body. "So do I ," he murmured. "Mon dieu, so do I"
Seconds later the warm thrilling touch of his mouth parted her lips, bruising in its hardness. Alarming and exciting and breathtaking in its fierceness.
When he let her go Lisa looked up at him with stunned eyes. Never before had she been so affected by a single kiss.......
2339 TEARS OF VENUS
Was Guido Alessio suspicious of everyone or just Helen? Then why had he hired her to be his daughter's tutor? Helen reasoned that his overprotective attitude stemmed from love for Isabella. But surely even in Italy 10 years olds should be in school? And how did the absence of a wife and mother relate to the ghostly woman who prowled Helen's room? Guido said it was a dream, but Helen knew better-apparitions didn't wear diamond necklaces!
She had met Vincenzo, Guido's brother, in England he hired her as a tutor to his niece. But there are problems with the family. The ghost wearing the Tears of Venus ( a heirloom family necklace of diamonds) was Guido's crazy stepmother. There is also an aunt who accuses Helen of stealing the necklace. The little girl is being kept home because her grandmother is unstable, she turns out to be Vincenzo's child, claimed by Guido to avoid a scandal.
THE TEARS OF VENUS
"Why are you not in bed, signorina?" The tone of his voice was somehow accusing.
"Something woke me up," Helen said. "I thought I saw a woman." In her mind the shadowy figure was growing less distinct and Helen shook her head in confusion. "It frightened me."
Guido turned her toward her bedroom. "If you are fearful that someone is in your room, I will reassure you." He slipped past her and turned on the lights. The room was, of course, empty.
Helen's voice was husky as she thanked him for his trouble. Looking up, she lost herself in the gleaming depths of his black eyes.
He slid his hand around her waist and drew her toward him. His touch fired her senses and she couldn't move away.....
2356 APOLLO'S DAUGHTER
She'd fight every inch of the way! Bethany's life on a Greek island had been carefree and loving until her stepfather, Pavlos, died. Now his stern cousin, Nikolas, was determined that Bethany act like a traditional Greek lady. Not if Bethany could help it! Nikolas must realize she wouldn't be tamed. What Bethany didn't realize was that Nikolas Meandis usually succeeded in whatever he attempted. And inevitably, as Bethany changed from girl to woman, she found she didn't mind at all!
2376 TRADER'S CAY
Her resolve to stay would not weaken ,as coheir to the lovely Caribbean island, Trader's Cay, Francesca Dale was determined to stay and fight for her rights. She was willing to share and share alike with the other heir, Antonio Morales, in spite of his obvious resentment. But when she was warned that Antonio just might be tempted to marry her in order to gain the whole inheritance, she knew that her defenses would have to be very strong indeed!
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2399 THE INHERITED BRIDE
"I'd marry the devil's daughter to get it!" For Lari to stay on at Anchoterrias, the beautiful Spanish vineyard, and for Eduardo to inherit it--they had to marry each other. Her stepfather's will said so. So married they were. In return for the estate, Eduardo promised to take care of Lari--nothing more. Lari, however, soon longed for a closer relationship with her husband...but the beautiful Juana seemed determinedly capable of preventing that from ever coming about!
Lari's stepfather, Eduardo's uncle, put in his will that if Eduardo doesn't marry Lari, whoever she marries will get the vineyard. So she does enter the marriage but she is afraid of Juana. Juana led her into a defective elevator and she could have died. Lari told Eduardo but he doesn't believe her. He also had a hard time believing it when Juana almost kills Lari by feeding her mushrooms, which are deadly to Lari.
THE INHERITED BRIDE
"Eduardo, I know she was there..."
Lari was still upset from her ordeal in the elevator. She knew the woman had been there when it had jammed, and she must convince Eduardo. "I saw her standing there...." she began.
"Lari," Eduardo said, "my dear child, who on earth would want to harm you in the way you're implying?"
"I don't know," she said weakly. So many things whirled around in her mind and confused her, and there was nothing she could do.
One thing she could do something about, though, was his manner of addressing her. She spoke without hesitation, "And I hope you don't intend making a habit of calling me your child," she told him sharply. "I was under the impression that to get Anchoterrias you were marry me, Eduardo, not adopting me!"
2405 LEO MAN
He's every bit as sexy as his father! " Her grandmother thought that description would appeal to Rowan, but Rowan was determined to avoid any friendship with the arrogant James Fraser. Aboard his luxury yacht, that wasn't easy. When they were all shipwrecked on a tropical island, it proved impossible. And besides, if it weren't for James, none of them would be alive. Rowan was confused. Was it merely gratitude that she now felt for this strong and rugged man?
THE LEO MAN
"You make me forget what has to be done!"
James was looking at her as he spoke with an expression that set her blood pounding. His hands clasped her around the waist, sliding up under her shirt. His long, touch fingers pressed into her yielding flesh and drew her closer until she could feel the hard virility of his body through the few clothes that she wore, teasing her senses in a way that both excited and alarmed her.
His breath was warm against her lips, and suddenly his mouth took hers with an almost savage force in a kiss that seemed to last forever. Then abruptly, he drew himself away.
Bewildered, Rowan stared at him breathlessly. "James---"
"I shouldn't have done that.....under the circumstances," he said quietly. "So forget it, will you?"
2434 THE SILKEN CAGE
MIDDLE EASTERN ROMANCE
Worried to death about what had become of her twin brother, Peter, Troy set off for Morocco to look for him. However, her searching proved futile—until Kadir ben Raschid unexpectedly offered his assistance. He was an impressive, powerful man, and his help was Troy’s only chance. So she allowed herself to be whisked off to a desert oasis, never guessing she was a pawn in a game of revenge—and love.
Her brother Peter is missing and she sets out with Kadir to find him. Kadir brings her to his father’s palace and won’t let her leave. Turns out that Peter left the palace with Kadir’s sister, Ayesha. Troy is to be the bait for Peter. Brother does come and says he rescued her from a silken cage.
THE SILKEN CAGE
"It is necessary that you remain her." Kadir continued quietly. "You seemed to --fall into my hands, mademoiselle, and I couldn't resist such an opportunity. You will remain until your brother returns."
"Why should he come back, and why is it necessary for me to be here?"
Kadir's heavy lids concealed his eyes. "Much as I regret it, subterfuge is necessary....You are the bait that will lure your brother back."
Troy could only stare at him. "But why?" she demanded huskily. "What has he done to make you go to such lengths to get him back? Tell me!"
He was too close, and her anxiety for Peter was being crowded by emotions that had no place in the present situation.
"He stole something dear to me," Kadir said, "and I mean to have it back...."
2452 THE BLACK INVADER
Kirstie is originally from Scotland but has lived in Spain with her grandfather for the last 7 years. Grandfather lost money and had to sell house and lands. All that is left is an overseer's cottage on estate, where they both live. Kirstie goes to work as a secretary to Miguel's uncle at her old house. Miguel has a relative who is desperate to marry him and she make Kirstie's life miserable.
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2466 THE DARK ENIGMA
Greece held disturbing surprises for her...Carey had been Niki's nanny for four years. Now that he was an orphan, she was taking him to Greece to his mother's family. Niki's uncle, Dimitri Karamalis, turned out to be stern and high-handed. Carey was anxious about leaving her young charge with the handsome Greek....And she was anxious for herself. Dimitri seemed to have definite plans for her future as well--and somehow Carey found she couldn't refuse him!
2489 THE GOLDEN SPANIARD
Mere chance revealed the whereabouts of Manuel Montevio, the legendary Golden Spaniard. And journalist Kristie Roderigo, on holiday in Seville, decided to turn it into a golden opportunity. Manuel, an ex-Grand Prix driver, hated the press. But that made Kristie more determined than ever to ferret out his story…somehow. She wasn’t to know the disturbing effect he would have on her senses ---or on her equilibrium!
Was it too late for a change of heart? Their engagement was still unofficial, but Richard wanted Willow to meet his family in Hawaii. What girl could refuse an invitation like that? She should have realized that every garden paradise has its serpent. Hawaii's was Richard's disapproving half brother Adam le Brun. He was the dominating type who wanted to run everyone's life, including Willow's. She found him hard to resist - especially when she realized that Adam didn't want her to marry Richard.
2543 THE MAN FROM NOWHERE
He was a stranger, a man of mystery. Linsie bitterly resented Jean-Pierre Chardin, the disturbingly enigmatic Frenchman who had bought her grandfather's prosperous Loire vineyards. "Why is it you have such passionate hatred for me?" he asked, bewildered and hurt. And Linsie, engaged to quiet undemonstrative Andre, couldn't answer honestly. All she knew was that encounters with Jean-Pierre left her restless - and with the feeling that something very important was missing from her life.