New York Times author Christina Dodd's bestselling romantic suspense series, Lost Hearts:
Mystery and misery scar their young lives. Three sisters and their foster brother are torn apart by tragedy and scattered across the country to grow up alone...
After Pepper Prescott witnesses a brutal murder, she's forced to flee a vengeful killer, leaving behind her home, her business...and the identity she's spent years cultivating. She seeks shelter in the only place she's ever felt safe—the small mountain town of Diamond, Idaho. Diamond was where she had spent a year of high school in a loving foster home. And met the boy who captured her heart, and taught her body to love…only to be forced to leave him without a backward glance.
Her flight brings her face to face with Dan Graham again. His time in the Special Forces has left him wounded, body and soul. Like Pepper, he hides a dangerous secret that could get them both killed. Yet no matter what bitterness and anger has kept them apart, sweet, swift passion still brightly flares each time they touch. Can they learn to trust each other before murder and treachery finds them? Or is it too late for them both?
ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE is a full-length novel of 94,000 words/350 pages. Readers of Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz will enjoy the Romantic Suspense, ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE: Book #2 Lost Hearts. This edition of ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE is enhanced with bonus material that includes eighteen pages of new material with commentary by the author.
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Readers who were wooed by the first installment in Dodd's contemporary Prescott sisters trilogy, Just the Way You Are, may be disappointed by this unlikely, terrorism-based tale. Orphaned, separated from her siblings and shuttled through foster care, landscaper Pepper Prescott relies on her inborn wiliness and the militaristic self-help strategies of author Jennifer Napier, an active U.S. General, to overcome life's challenges. But when she witnesses her idol shooting an aide who threatens to expose her sale of government secrets, Pepper flees to the Idaho ranch that once provided her only stable home. Her ex-boyfriend Dan Graham, now an undercover Special Forces agent, is keeping up the ranch in an attempt to draw out an international terrorist intent on killing him. Despite mutual deceptions, the two rediscover both trust and passion before the General, Dan's terrorist prey, two of Pepper's long-lost siblings and a passel of U.S. forces converge at the ranch for the melodramatic denouement. An excess of unrealistic plot points and purple prose ("she screamed out loud, an incoherent cry of inexpressible fulfillment") mar the story, and the character of garden-loving, gun-toting Pepper never quite gels. Still, the starkly beautiful setting and the raw sexual bond Dan and Pepper share will please readers with a taste for the dramatic.