From #1 New York Times bestselling author and USA TODAY bestselling author J.R. Ward, writing as Jessica Bird. The classic tale of a man who always got what he wanted...until he met the one woman he couldn't afford to lose
Nate Walker has never shied away from the hard road. Even when it meant leaving behind his family's wealth...and the fiancee who only wanted a rich man. Nothing was going to stop him from opening his own five-star restaurant.
And he was on his way--until his car broke down on a dark road in the Adirondacks, leading him right to White Caps Inn...and Frankie Moorehouse.
Suddenly Nate has a job he doesn't really need--and an affair that has to end when summer does. Except Frankie has a way about her. She gets under his skin. She even makes him want to do what he never thought he could: stay forever.
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Posted November 25, 2011 by turcato , conroeA quick read for a Lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed the plot and the characters had a great chemistry.
June 27, 2011
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Excerpt from The Rebel by J. R. Ward
From the Book...
The only warning Frankie Moorehouse had that twenty gallons of water were going to fall on her and her desk was a single drop. One drop.
It hit the financial statement she was reviewing, right in the middle of the page that suggested the White Caps Bed & Breakfast was dangerously close to going under.
She groaned, figuring the roof must be leaking again. The sprawling mansion had all kinds of nooks and crannies, which made for an elegant and interesting floor plan. Unfortunately, the roof covering all of these architectural treasures was a complicated warren of angles that trapped old leaves and moisture, creating little pockets of rot.
Squinting her eyes, she glanced out the window, searching the dimming light for a rainstorm that wasn't there.
She looked up with a frown, saw a darkened spot on the ceiling, and had just enough time to get out the words "What the hell--" before the torrent hit her.
The water carried with it chunks of horse-hair
plaster from the ceiling and an evil tide of filth that had collected in the rafters. It hit her in a stinky mess, splashing all over the desk and the floor in a great whoosh of noise. When the torrent ceased, she took her glasses off and lifted her arms, watching brown rivulets drip off her skin.
It smelled, she thought, like bat guano.
The sound of pounding footsteps heading her way was neither reassuring nor welcome. She shot up from the desk and shut the door to the office.
"Hey, Frankie, what happened?" George's booming voice sounded characteristically confused. He'd worked for her for about six weeks and sometimes the only difference she could find between him and an inanimate object was that occasionally he blinked.
In the kitchen that serviced the White Caps dining room, George was supposed to be the fry-guy, the sous-chef, thepatissier and the busboy. What he did do was take up space. At six feet seven inches, and tilting the scale at well over three hundred pounds, he was a big oaf of a man. And she'd have fired him on day two except he had a good heart, he needed a job and a place to stay, and he was nice to Frankie's grandmother.
"Frankie, you okay?"
"I'm fine, George." Which was her standard reply to the question she despised. "You better go make sure the bread's cut for the baskets, okay?"
"Yeah, sure. Okay, Frankie."
She closed her eyes. The sound of dripping, dirty water reminded her that not only did she have to pull off yet another magic trick to balance the account for the month, she had to clean up her office.
At least she had the Shop-Vac to use for the latter.
Much to her dismay, White Caps had financial problems she couldn't seem to solve no matter how hard she worked. Housed in the old Moorehouse mansion, on the shores of Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains, the ten-bedroom B & B had been struggling for the past five years. People weren't traveling as much as they used to, so overnight guests were fewer and fewer and there wasn't enough local traffic in the dining room to cover the costs of the operation.
It wasn't just a general reduction in tourist trade that was the problem. The house itself was part of the reason the reservations were drying up. Once a gracious summer home from the Federal Period, it needed a major overhaul. Band-Aid fixes such as a fresh coat of paint or some pretty window boxes could no longer hide the fact that dry rot was eating up the porches, the eaves were rotting and the floors were beginning to bow.
And every year it was something else.