How else to describe the pact Jessica Randall had made with wealthy New Zealand rancher Gabe Dumont? In exchange for marriage and an heir, he would save her family property. The agreement was calculating, completely devoid of any tenderness, just like the man himself.
Their relationship was supposed to be a simple arrangement. Instead, it was fraught with secrets and mistrust, jealousy and ultimatums--emotions that wouldn't allow her to maintain the distance she needed. Worse, the sizzling attraction between them made this marriage of convenience decidedly inconvenient.
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1 . Bored silly.
Posted July 02, 2012 by MH , INDYI like her books usually. However I couldnt even finish the first chapter. To be a really interesting book for me, it has to have a hook that gets you in the first few pages...This one fell flat. Which is sad really. I like her other books. Could be that this was just an early attempt on her part.
February 13, 2007
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Excerpt from Bound by Marriage by Nalini Singh
The last person Jess Randall expected to see as she walked out of the arrival gate at Christchurch International Airport, was the man she was about to marry. "Gabriel. What are you doing here?"
"You've been living in L.A. for a year and that's all you have to say?"
Flustered, she leaned forward to drop a quick kiss on his cheek. It felt unfamiliar, awkward. "Sorry, I was just surprised. Aren't you busy with station work?"
"I wanted to talk to you about something. But first things first." He bent his head and, without any prelude, kissed her full on the mouth.
Knocked completely off her bearings, she couldn't do anything but clutch at his shirt in an effort to keep herself upright. Her heart was a staccato drumbeat in her ears, her blood a rush of thunder. And all around her burned a rough male heat that demanded everything she had.
It was the most intimate kiss they'd ever shared, the closest their bodies had ever come. And it made her nerves tighten in sheer panic. Not because she didn't like it, but because she did.
"Welcome home," he said, releasing her. The look in those green eyes was unmistakable"Gabriel Dumont was a man more than ready for his wedding night.