Another Man's Wife [NOOK Book]

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Nate Hawkins was a close friend of fellow air force pilot Scott Pierce. But he concealed one fact from Scott: Nate was in love with Scott's wife, Laurel. Now Scott is dead—and Laurel is obviously pregnant. But the timing's off, and as far as Nate's concerned, that can mean only one thing.

Nate doesn't know it, but he's wrong. After years of fertility treatments, Laurel is indeed pregnant—with Scott's child. She loved her husband faithfully. But...

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Overview

Nate Hawkins was a close friend of fellow air force pilot Scott Pierce. But he concealed one fact from Scott: Nate was in love with Scott's wife, Laurel. Now Scott is dead—and Laurel is obviously pregnant. But the timing's off, and as far as Nate's concerned, that can mean only one thing.

Nate doesn't know it, but he's wrong. After years of fertility treatments, Laurel is indeed pregnant—with Scott's child. She loved her husband faithfully. But despite herself, she's starting to fall in love with Nate, the man Scott admired above all others.

The man who believes she betrayed her husband...his friend. But despite himself, Nate wants to be with Laurel, a woman he considers another man's wife.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426878398
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 9/20/2010
  • Series: Harlequin Super Romance Series , #1112
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 387,793
  • File size: 598 KB

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Another Man's Wife


By Rebecca Winters

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Rebecca Winters
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373711123


Chapter One

Major Nate Hawkins got ready to climb out of the military transport at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, aware that the moment his foot touched the tarmac, he'd be a civilian again.

Though he'd planned to stay in the Air Force until retirement, his mother's unexpected death during an avalanche six months ago had brought huge changes to the Hawkins family. It seemed life had other plans for him.

He reminded himself that he could've been like Spade, who'd bought it during that damn air demonstration in Italy at the same time Nate had been burying his mother.

Nate knew he should be grateful to be alive....

The transport door opened. He filed out behind a couple of crewmen. After leaving the milder temperatures back in Holland, the frigid March air came as a shock. You'd never know spring was officially here.

He grimaced to think that his mother wouldn't be home when he got there, and a sense of grief, of bleakness, settled over him. If this was how his father felt now that she was gone, then Nate understood why his parents' ski business was in danger of going under.

"Hey, Nate! This way!"

His brother's voice broke through the heavy shroud of oppression that had enveloped him during the long flight.

"Rick!" Thank God for that constant in his life.

A warm feeling displaced the sadness, and he rushed past people to reach his brother. Only a year apart in age, both men were six feet two, an inch taller than their father. They'd inherited his powerful athletic build, but it was Rick with the gray eyes who looked most like their dad.

Nate, on the other hand, had dark-blond hair and resembled their deceased mother, a statuesque, blue-eyed blonde from Are, Sweden. According to her, when the boys were toddlers people had often mistaken them for twins because Rick's hair hadn't turned brown yet.

They gave each other a fierce hug. "It's good to see you, man."

"You don't know the half of it," Rick muttered.

Nate took a second look at his younger brother. Since tragedy had struck their family, the happy-go-lucky attitude - which had earned him the name "lucky" on the ski slopes and the racetrack - was still missing.

That didn't surprise Nate, but the set of Rick's features did.

"I take it you've already seen Dad." Their plan had been to walk into the house together and surprise him.

"You could say that," came Rick's cryptic comment.

"Have you told him what we've done?"

"Not yet."

Something else was wrong, something besides the fact that being home again was a painful reminder of their mother's death.

"Is Dad waiting in the car?"

"No."

"You're not going to tell me anything else?"

Rick's lips formed an unpleasant twist. "You don't want to know yet. Come on. Let's get out of here, so we can be private."

On that mysterious note, Nate followed his brother through freshly fallen snow to the four-wheel-drive Blazer bearing the Eagles' Nest Ski and Bike Shop logo on the side. He tossed his duffel in the back seat and walked around to the front passenger door.

Nate had to admit he was relieved that Rick had come alone. Nate wasn't ready to be united with his father yet. The deep lines of grief carved in the older man's sun-bronzed face before they'd closed the casket still kept him awake nights.

For the two hours it would take to reach Copper Mountain, he and Rick could discuss how they were going to proceed from here.

Their mother had been their father's soul mate, his joie de vivre. Since the funeral, the fear that he might never recover had haunted both brothers.

It hadn't helped that after her burial, the demands of Nate's career had forced him to leave his desolate father. Having just returned from another long deployment with NATO forces, he'd been told to report to Edwards Air Force Base in California to get checked out in the MATV jet.

A couple of the guys had flown there in their Vipers to act as bandits. For several weeks, they did tactical fighting before he was sent to Holland. When he was on the ground there, he'd concentrated on his studies of Dutch for the exchange pilot program. Throughout that period there'd been little time to devote to his father's mental state.

Rick had left the day after Nate for Phoenix, Arizona, the U.S. headquarters for Mayada auto manufacturing, based in Kyoto, Japan. On the professional Formula I racing circuit for the Japanese, he'd accumulated an impressive number of wins around the world.

The heavy demands on his time meant he'd found it as difficult as Nate to keep in close touch with their dad.

Through sporadic, unsatisfactory phone calls to him and to each other, it became clear to both of them that their father wasn't doing well. Without the woman who'd been his life's partner in every conceivable way, he'd changed dramatically from the man he'd once been. Even the business they'd run together had started to fail.

Before her death, their father had always displayed an indomitable will, or so Nate had thought. There were Olympic medals and world championship medals for alpine skiing events hanging on the wall in the den. They provided evidence of their parents' remarkable talents and shared zest for life.

To Nate's chagrin, her untimely passing had sent their father into a sharp decline. The fear that he might remain in a permanent state of mourning had alarmed Nate enough to cut short his flying career and come home.

On his own, Rick had made the same decision. No one could bring their mother back, but they could try to bring a little happiness to their father's life. Not only that, Rick had chosen to give up his racing career in order to help salvage their parents' business, with its inevitable highs and lows.

Nate rubbed his face. He badly needed a shave. Rick looked like he could use one, too.

"Okay." He nudged his brother's shoulder. "Let's have it." They'd left Colorado Springs and were headed for Copper Mountain on Highway 9. The road was one continuous ribbon of black ice, but Nate never worried when Rick was at the wheel.

"I'm assuming Natalie didn't take the news well. How soon will she be joining you?"

"I'm afraid I didn't invite her along."

He turned in his brother's direction. "Why not? I thought you two were destined for something serious."

"So did I at first. There's a strong attraction between us, but -"

"But it never did feel right," Nate finished the thought.

"No. What about you and Kari?"

"She'd never be happy in the U.S. It just wouldn't have worked for us."

"It's the `feel right' part neither of us has found yet," Rick muttered.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Another Man's Wife by Rebecca Winters Copyright © 2003 by Rebecca Winters
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    pleasant romance

    Air Force pilot Nate Hawkins grieves the death of his friend Scott Pierce. He feels strongly he must do something for Scott¿s widow, Laurel, though he fears to do so, as he has secretly loved her for what seems to him is forever. Thus he offers friendship to Laurel, pregnant with her deceased husband¿s child after ironically years of fertility treatments. Though Laurel mourns the loss of her husband that she loved deeply, she begins to fall in love with Nate. However, not only does Laurel feels some guilt over violating Scott¿s memory, Nate does not believe he is half the man her husband was. Besides inadequacy, he knows she remains ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE though Laurel tries to persuade him that there is room for remembering her love for Scott and her love for Nate in her large heart. Though the triangular relationship including a ghost has been often used in novels and this tale is not quite at the extraordinary level that Rebecca Winters normally achieves, ANOTHER MAN¿S WIFE absorbs the reader through the tribulations of the lead protagonists. Fans will cherish the memory of Scott and pray that Nate overcomes his negative self-feelings to reach out for love. Laurel is a fine female lead, but her Yoda-like understanding reduces the conflict. Still a Ms. Winters¿ romance remains as always a pleasant read for romance fans. Harriet Klausner

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