Completely Smitten [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sheltered preacher's daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small town to do all the "bad" things she'd never done. She soon found herself in a hotel room with U.S. Marshal Kevin Harmon. But her knight in shining armor showed no interest in teaching a disappointed Haley Lovemaking 101....

Kevin had every interest in teaching the bold, beautiful virgin in front of him a few lessons in love. But his integrity--and a deep-rooted fear of commitment--kept him in check. Then an ...

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Overview

Sheltered preacher's daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small town to do all the "bad" things she'd never done. She soon found herself in a hotel room with U.S. Marshal Kevin Harmon. But her knight in shining armor showed no interest in teaching a disappointed Haley Lovemaking 101....

Kevin had every interest in teaching the bold, beautiful virgin in front of him a few lessons in love. But his integrity--and a deep-rooted fear of commitment--kept him in check. Then an unexpected road trip with eager Haley put his resolve to the test. And soon they were both on a wild journey of discovery and setting a new course--for love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426842276
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Hometown Heartbreakers Series , #1520
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 81,105
  • File size: 706 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery


Susan Mallery is the bestselling author of over 35 books for Harlequin and Silhouette. She is a reader favorite, publishing in the Harlequin Historicals, Silhouette Intimate Moments and Silhouette Special Edition lines.

Best known for combining humor with emotion and creating extraordinary characters who live on in the imagination, Susan publishes five or six books each year.

Susan is married and lives with her husband in sunny Southern California where the weather is always perfect and the eccentricities of a writer are considered almost normal. She has two beautiful but not very bright cats, and the world's greatest stepson.
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Completely Smitten


By Susan Mallery

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Susan Mallery
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373245203


Chapter One

All Kevin Harmon wanted was a beer, a burger and a bed, in that order. He'd had the kind of day designed to make a man rethink his career choices. He'd been bit, he was stuck in the middle of Kansas on a night that was practically guaranteed to produce twisters, and he'd just been offered a promotion. Not one thing was going right with his life. For once he wasn't looking for trouble, so of course trouble came looking for him.

He'd been around long enough to know that when a pretty, wide-eyed blonde walked into a seedy roadside bar, somewhere, somehow, there was going to be hell to pay. Kevin was determined to stay out of the way. No matter what.

He turned his attention from the petite blonde back to the bartender. "Burger," he said, pushing the plastic menu back at the man. "Extra fries."

The bartender nodded and wrote something on a pad of paper, then set a frosty mug down on a once-white coaster advertising the local grange.

Kevin took a long drink. He'd just spent the better part of the day transporting a convicted felon across state lines. The process had not gone smoothly, which explained the bite on his arm. The skin hadn't been broken, but he really hated when there was trouble on the road. If he hadn't drawn the short straw, he would be down in Florida, helping with a drug raid. But no, he was stuck in Kansas where the air was so thick you could practically stand a spoon up in midair. The pressure was rising - or maybe falling - he could never remember which one caused storms to spin out of control and become tornados.

He'd grown up with twisters, back when he'd lived in Texas, and he'd never liked them. They always seemed to show up right when he was supposed to be whipping the crosstown rival at a baseball game.

Kevin thought about tornados and Texas. He even tried to remember if he needed to buy milk when he flew home the next day. Anything to keep from turning to watch the progress of the blonde. It wasn't that she was so attractive that he couldn't resist her. Far from it. Sure, she was pretty enough, but pretty was a dime a dozen.

Instead, what made him determined to stay out of it was the nervousness he'd seen lurking in her eyes, and the hesitation in her step. She belonged in this bar as much as a dog with mange belonged in church.

The bartender flipped on a small television. Instantly the sound of a ball game blasted into the halffull room. Kevin continued to drink his beer, while he stared determinedly at the screen. He ignored everything else, even the half sly, half defiant male laughter behind him.

Bullies moving in for the kill.

He swore under his breath as he set his mug on the bar and pulled off his cap. The one with U.S. Marshals embroidered on the front. He was hot, he was tired, he was hungry. The last thing he wanted tonight was a fight.

Since when did fate pay any attention to what he wanted?

He turned on the bar stool and surveyed the situation. The blonde stood between two big guys with more tattoos than sense. A third, smaller man, had his hand on her arm.

She was of medium height, maybe five-four or five-five, with short hair and big eyes, more blue than hazel. There wasn't a speck of makeup on her face, but she was still attractive, with full lips and a stubborn-looking chin.

Her clothing choices made him wince. The shapeless short-sleeved dress she wore fell nearly to her ankles. It looked ugly enough to be embarrassed to be a dust cloth - with a white lace collar and some god-awful flower print. What was it about women and clothes with plants on them?

Kevin approached the quartet. The blonde struggled to break free of the little guy's hold. When she looked up and saw him, relief filled her eyes.

"You with them?" he asked, getting more tired by the second.

She shook her head.

Kevin turned his full attention on the man holding her arm. "Then, son, you'd best let the lady go."

One of the big guys took a step toward him. Kevin flexed his hands.

"I've had a bad day, gentlemen. I'm hungry, tired, and not in the mood. So you can walk away right now, or we can move it outside. I feel obliged to warn you that if we take this to the next level, the only one walking away will be me."

Haley couldn't believe it. She felt as if she was in one of those Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry movies her dad liked so much. She half expected to see the darkhaired man pull out a .357 Magnum and ask someone to make his day.

Instead, the skinny man with rabbit teeth who'd been holding her arm let go. He took a step back, holding up his hands and trying to smile.

"We didn't mean nothin'. Just thought the lady would like some company."

His two friends nodded. They were big. Bigger than her rescuer. A couple of their tattoos had interesting swearwords woven into the designs. She'd been trying to read them when Mr. Rabbit Teeth had grabbed her.

The three of them threw some bills on their table and left. Haley breathed a sigh of relief.

"That was something," she said earnestly. "I didn't know what to do. I mean, when he wouldn't let go. I thought about screaming, but it's kind of embarrassing to have to do that. I didn't want to make a fuss."

The man who had come to her assistance didn't say anything. Instead, he headed back toward the bar and slid onto his stool. She followed.

"Thank you for rescuing me," she said.

"Make a fuss," he said, reaching for his beer.

She sat next to him. "What?"

He took a long swallow, then stared at her over the mug. "Next time you get in trouble, make a fuss. Better yet, next time stay out of bars."

Haley reached out to tug on a strand of her hair, only to remember too late that she'd cut it all off the previous afternoon. Instead of a long braid nearly to her waist, she had short bits of fluff flying around her head.

She smoothed what was left of her bangs, then nodded. Stay out of bars. It was probably good advice. "I just can't," she said with a sigh. "Not yet."

The man stared at her. "You have a death wish?"

She laughed. "I'm not going to get killed. I just need to handle things better." She scooted a little closer and lowered her voice. "Do you know that until two days ago I'd never been in a bar before?"

Her rescuer stared at her in disbelief.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Completely Smitten by Susan Mallery Copyright © 2003 by Susan Mallery
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    Great reading! Show's how a woman can follow her inner strength.

    this is a good book. It is romantic fantasy but also shows the difficulty of breaking out of the mold of expectations and following your heart.

    I like that the character was conflicted over not upsetting parents and prachers but staying true to your dreams.

    Good book with a heart.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Fun!

    Probably more 3 1/2 stars, this is a cute, quick, fluffy read. Haley, while believeable, is almost too innocent for a twenty-five-year old, even when taking into account her sheltered upbringing. Kevin is a little bit too obsessed with his former "bad boy" past, especially given the fact that he's been in law enforcement (and rising in the ranks, too) for going on ten years. Predictable but fun, Completely Smitten is an entertaining way to spend a rainy afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    cute and funny!

    really cute and funny, plus you get a bonus book! the bonus was a good read as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    I Absolutely Recommend!

    I found this to be a quick and enjoyable read. The characters were very likeable and the plot, while not original, was entertaining none the less.
    I read it in one sitting and it left me with a wonderful happy feeling. What else do you need?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    A Really Cute Read

    This is a reissue of an earlier book and it is a cute and very fast read about a preacher's daughter who decides she wants and needs a change. She has been guided by her father and the members of his parish all of her life and is about to marry an assistant pastor that she doesn't even like. But being an obedient daughter she has always followed "orders". She withdraws her savings, cuts her hair and sets off to be "bad". She meets a very worldly Texas Ranger in a bar where he saves her from being accosted by a trio of bullies and too many margaritas. He ends up getting shot in a prison riot and she ends up driving him home since he can't fly with a bullet hole in his leg. She trades her sensible car for a yellow Cadillac convertible (used) and they head out on a several day journey. As I said, a cute read with a happy ending. P.S. Under her loose fitting dresses a new WalMart wardrobe turns her into a beauty. Just fun!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 17, 2012

    A+

    A good romance novel. Cute and funny, though predictable. But then again, romance novels all are. Great read.

    -Bre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Very Good

    The bonus book , im my opinion was the better book, but both books were very good and were fun easy reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Good Book!

    This is the first Susan Mallery book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was funny, it was passionate (a little too much description for my taste) and VERY, VERY written.

    I'm also a writer and Susan paints the pictures of the scenes and characters wonderfully!

    You won't be disappointed!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Love her

    I love Susan Mallery!

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    super cute

    its a short read but its so cute. i couldnt stop reading it. i read it in 2 days you have to read this book

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    cute, easy read

    i always enjoy a cute easy read. this was just that.

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