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The Buckhorn brothers return in two timeless tales from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lori Foster

Gabe
Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn County, Kentucky, can have any woman he wants. But it's prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks who gets under his skin. She thinks Gabe's some kind of hero and wants an interview for her thesis. He doesn't consider pulling ...

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Overview

The Buckhorn brothers return in two timeless tales from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lori Foster

Gabe
Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn County, Kentucky, can have any woman he wants. But it's prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks who gets under his skin. She thinks Gabe's some kind of hero and wants an interview for her thesis. He doesn't consider pulling a couple of kids out of the lake heroic, but he'll answer her questions in exchange for kisses…and more.

Jordan
Jordan Somerville thinks he wants a woman who's a paragon of virtue. But then the gentle veterinarian—rescuer of strays—meets Georgia Barnes, single mother and exotic dancer. She's a far cry from Jordan's dream woman—and she's made it clear that he's hardly her dream man, either. So why is he suddenly tempted to break all his own rules?

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Lori Foster delivers the goods."
-Publishers Weekly

"Steamy, edgy, and taut."
-Library Journal on When You Dare

"The fast-paced thriller keeps these well-developed characters moving...Foster's series will continue to garner fans with this exciting installment."
-Publishers Weekly on Trace of Fever

"Foster rounds out her searing trilogy with a story that tilts toward the sizzling and sexy side of the genre."
-RT Book Reviews on Savor the Danger

"Foster writes smart, sexy, engaging characters."
-New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373776474
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Series: Buckhorn Brothers Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 183,116
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin and Silhouette. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. She’s had top-selling books for Amazon, Waldenbooks and the BGI Group. For more about Lori, visit her Web site at www.lorifoster.com.
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"Isn't he just the absolute sexiest thing you've ever seen?"

"Hmm. And thank heavens for this heat wave. I love it when he leaves his shirt off." A wistful, feminine sigh. "I swear, I could sit here all day and look at him."

"We have been sitting here all day looking at him."

Gabe Kasper, pretending to be asleep, had to struggle with a small smile. Life was good. Here he was, sprawled in the warm sun, letting the waves from the weekend boaters gently rock the dock, with a fishing pole loosely held in one hand, a Van Halen hat pulled low over his eyes and a gaggle of good-lookin' women ogling him. He had not a care in the world. Man couldn't ask for much more satisfaction out of living.

"He is so gorgeous."

"And wicked lookin'. I dearly love those whiskers on his chin."

Aha. And here his brother jordan had sworn the whiskers looked disreputable and tried to convince him to shave. Jordan could be such a stuffed shirt sometimes.

"I like that golden hair on his body, myself." Gabe almost chuckled out loud. He couldn't wait to tell his brothers about this. Now that the two eldest were married and off-limits, Gabe and Jordan, the only two single ones left, got even more attention. Not that he was complaining. Female adoration was one of those things that couldn't really go to excess, at least, in his opinion.

"I don't mind tellin' you, Rosemary, it made me nervous when the first two brothers got married off. I cried for two days, and I was so afraid they'd all end up doing it. Heck, besides dying to have one of them to myself, those brothers were the biggest tourist draw we had here in Buckhorn."

Gabe bit the side of his lip. He'd just keep that little tidbit to himself when he did the retelling. Hell, his brothers' egos—Morgan's especially—were big enough as it was. No need adding to them. No, he'd just stick to sharing the compliments about himself.

"And Gabe is the biggest draw my boat dock has. With him sitting there, no one wants to get their gas or bait anywhere else. I keep thinkin' I ought to pay him or something."

"Ha! You're just hoping to get a little closer to him."

"No, I just wanna make sure he doesn't take his sexy self off to some other dock."

"Amen to that!"

Giggles erupted after such a heartfelt comment and Gabe sighed. He had no intention of switching loyalties. Hell, Rosemary's daddy had been letting him hang out on his docks since he was just a grasshopper and had first noticed what a pleasing thing it was to see females in bikinis. this place felt almost like a second home now. And since Rosemary's daddy had passed away, he felt honor bound to stick around and help out on occasion. The trick was to keep Rosemary from getting marriage minded, because that was one route his brothers could travel alone, thank you very much.

"It amazes me that those brothers aren't full related. They all look different—"

"But they're all gorgeous, I know. And they're all so… strong. My daddy used to say it took a hell of a woman to raise boys like that. I just wish they didn't live so far out on that land. Thinking up a good excuse to visit isn't easy. Not like accidentally running into the other men here in town."

Gabe did smile at that, he couldn't help himself. He and his brothers—he refused to think of them as half brothers—had often joked about going into town to see who was looking for them. Usually some female or another was. But by living out a ways, they could always choose when and if they wanted to get friendly. It had been helpful, because once they'd hit their teens, the females had come on in droves. His mother used to claim to keep a broom by the front and back doors to beat the women away. Not that any of them minded overmuch, though his two new sisters-in-law were sure disgruntled over all the downcast female faces since the two weddings had taken place.

Gabe was just about to give up feigning sleep when a new female voice joined the others over by the gas pumps.

"Excuse me, but I was told Gabriel Kasper might be here." It was more a statement than anything else, and rather…strident to boot.

Female, but not at all local.

This new voice wasn't soft, Southern or sweet. She'd sounded almost impatient.

Gabe decided just to wait and see what the lady was up to. It wasn't unusual for someone female to be looking for him, and most everyone in these parts knew that in the summer, you could find him by the lake more often than not. He resisted the urge to peek at the owner of the voice and kept his body utterly relaxed.

"Whatdya want Gabe for?" That suspicious tone was from Rosemary, bless her sweet little heart, and Gabe vowed to take her to dinner real soon.

There was a beat of silence, then, "I have personal business to discuss with him."

Oh, great, Gabe thought. That'll get the gossip going. What the hell kind of personal business could he have with a woman he didn't know? And he was certain he didn't know her. She didn't sound at all familiar.

"Well, he's right there, but he's relaxin', and he won't thank you none for disturbing him."

"I appreciate your warning."

Well used to the soft thud of sneakers or bare feet on the wooden planks of the dock, Gabe almost winced when the clack of hard-soled shoes rang over the water. He ignored it, and ignored the woman he could feel hesitating next to his lawn chair. The breeze stirred and he caught a light feminine scent, not really perfume, but maybe scented shampoo. He breathed deeply, but otherwise remained still.

He heard her clear her throat. "Uh…excuse me?"

She didn't sound so confident, and he waited, wondering if she'd shake him awake. He felt her hesitate, knew in his gut she was reaching for his naked shoulder.

And the fishing pole nearly leaped out of his hand.

"Son of a bi—" Gabe jolted upright, barely managing to hang on to his expensive rod and reel. His feet hit the dock and he deftly maneuvered the rod, going with the action of the fish. "Damn, it's a big one!"

Rosemary, Darlene and Ceily all ran over to his side.

"I'll grab the net!" Rosemary said.

Ceily, who usually worked the diner in town, squealed as the fish, a big ugly carp, flipped up out the water. Darlene pressed to his back, peering over his shoulder.

Gabe slid over the side of the dock to the smooth, slick, moss-covered concrete boat ramp, bracing his legs wide to keep his balance while he struggled with the fish. Rosemary, a fisherwoman of long standing, didn't hesitate to slip in beside him. She held the net at the ready. Just as Gabe got the carp close enough, she scooped him with the net. The fish looked to weigh a good fifteen pounds, and she struggled with it while Gabe tried to reach for the net and hold onto his pole.

But then Rosemary lost her footing and Gabe made a grab for her and they both went down, splashing and cursing and laughing, too. The rod jerked out of his hands and he dove forward to grab it, barely getting ahold and soaking himself thoroughly in the process. The other two women leaped in to help, all of them struggling to keep the fish and the rod while roaring with hilarity.

When the battle was over, Gabe had his fish, and a woman, in his lap. Rosemary had settled herself there while Darlene and Ceily hung on him, both struggling to control their raucous laughter. He'd known all three of them since grade school, so it wasn't the first time they'd played in the water; they felt totally familiar with each other and it showed. A long string of seaweed clung to the top of Gabe's head, and that started the women giggling again.

Gabe, enjoying himself, unhooked the big fish, kissed it—making the women smack at him—then tossed it back.

It was then they heard the tap, tap, tap of that damned hard-soled shoe.

Turning as one, they all peered at the woman who Gabe only then remembered. He had to shade his eyes against the hot sun to see, and it wasn't easy with three women draped over his body.

Silhouetted by the sunshine, her long hair looked like ruby fire. And he'd never in his life seen so many freckles on a woman before. She wore a crisp white blouse, a long jean skirt and black pumps with nylons. Nylons in this heat? Gabe blinked. "Can I help you with somethin', sugar?"

Her lips tightened and her arms crossed over her middle. "I don't think so. I was looking for Gabriel Kasper."

"That'd be me."

"But…1 was looking for Gabriel, the town hero." Darlene grinned hugely. "That's our Gabe!" Ceily added, "The one and only." Gabe rolled his eyes. "That's nonsense and you all know it."

The women all started in at once, Ceily, Rosemary and Darlene assuring him he was all that was heroic and wonderful and more.

Little Red merely stared in absolute disbelief. "You mean, you are the one who rescued those swimmers?"

He gently lifted Rosemary off his lap and cautiously stood on the slick concrete. The women had gone silent now, and Gabe could see why. While they looked downright sexy in their colorful bikinis, loose hair and golden tans, this woman looked like the stern, buttoned-up supervisor of a girls' prep school. And she was glaring at them all, as if she'd caught them having an orgy in the lake, rather than just romping.

Gabe, always the gentleman, boosted each woman to the dock, then deftly hauled himself out. He shook like a mongrel dog, sending lake water flying in cold droplets. The woman quickly backed up two steps.

Rosemary plucked the seaweed from his hair and he grinned at her. "Thanks, sweetie. Ah, would you gals mind if I talk to.. " He lifted a brow at Red.

"Elizabeth Parks," she answered stiffly. She clutched a notepad and pencil and had a huge purselike bag slung over one shoulder, stuffed to overflowing with papers.

"Yeah, can I have a minute with Ms. Parks?" He had the sneaking suspicion Ms. Parks was another reporter, and he had no intention of chatting with her for more time than it took to say thanks but no thanks. "I won't be long."

"All right, Gabe, but you owe us for rescuing your fish."

"That I do. And I promise to think up some appropriate compensation."

Giggling again, the women started away, dragging their feet every step, sashaying their sexy behinds. But then two boats pulled in and he knew that would keep them busy selling gas and bait and whatever other supplies the vacationers wanted. He turned to Red. "What can I do for you?"

Now, without the sun in his eyes, Gabe could see she had about the bluest blue eyes he'd ever seen. They stood out like beacons among all that bright red hair and those abundant freckles.

She flipped open her bag and dragged out a folded newspaper. Turning it toward him, she asked, still with a twinge of disbelief, "Is this you?"

She sounded suspicious, but Gabe didn't even have to glance at the paper. Buckhorn, Kentucky was a small town, and they looked for any excuse at all to celebrate. The town paper, Buckhorn Press, had used the changing of a traffic light for front-page news once, so it was no wonder they'd stuck him in there for a spell when he helped fish a few swimmers out of the path of an unmanned boat. It hadn't been even close to an act of heroism, but if changing traffic lights was important, human endangerment was outright momentous.

"Yeah, that's me." Gabe reached for his mirrored sunglasses and slipped them on, then dragged both hands, fingers spread, over his head to smooth his wet hair. He stuck his cap on backward then looked at the woman again. With the shades in place, he could check her over a little better without her knowing.

But the clothing she wore made seeing much impossible. She had to be roasting in that thick denim and starched cotton.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Loved this series! I bought this book on audible to listen whil

    Loved this series! I bought this book on audible to listen while commuting and ended up buying it in digital format as well. I couldn't stand having to wait until morning to find out what happened next and ended up finishing it in two days. This was my first Lori Foster book and now I'm hooked!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    This also was a good book. Having the two stories back to back w

    This also was a good book. Having the two stories back to back was a nice bonus so you can keep going with the stories of the other two brothers. Now just waiting for Sawyer's son, Casey's story. This series was a nice,sweet and heartfelt read. Lori Foster does great with her characters and makes you feel that this is an actual town and people like this these men live there....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Worth reading

    I liked both books, but wished both stories had been deeper and more in depth. They were good, fun and sexy, but short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Hint

    Do not buy this! Buy the Lori Foster Bundle - you get all 4 brothers' stories in one volume and saveminey. Great books, well written, it's just smarter to buy the bundle

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Pulls you in.

    The Buckhorns make you want to know about them. You keep reading because curiosity demands it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Battlescar

    He purrs slightly.

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    I enjoyed Gabe and Jordan's stories.  This was the first I've re

    I enjoyed Gabe and Jordan's stories.  This was the first I've read of the brothers,  but now I'm interested in finding the other brothers
    stories.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Lori Foster has yet to let me down. No matter what series I am

    Lori Foster has yet to let me down. No matter what series I am reading I am instantly hooked!!

    Gabe and Jordan did not disappoint. I thought based on the previous books that Gabe might be a little self centered because of how women fall at his feet. However he came off as very humble, he didn't want to have Elizabeth do her thesis on him. He felt he didn't do anything no other person would have done. He knew that women drooled over him but he didn't use it against any of the women, he never led anyone on. Elizabeth's character was so sweet, it was hard not fall for her character.

    Jordan... ah well he seemed all calm and content in previous books. However in his book you get see how much restraint he doesn't have when it comes to Georgia. All he wants to do is protect her while she doesn't want protection. Georgia is so independent her character was a wonderful reversal of anyone you would suspect Jordan would fall for.

    I would recommend any of the Buckhorn books to anyone! I can't wait to get Casey's book next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Shadesong

    Lionheart im losing patience. Ill tell you one more time. Leave her alone or ill kill you

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Lionheart

    My father is astralgod, the one who controls starclan. Try convincing him to hurt me.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Blood

    Blood leaps at Shadesong and slits his throat. He leaves sur duper deep deep gashes in his throat and throws him at the wall. Blood leaps at Sundapple and leaves ashes into er flank stomuch and eyes to scare her. Shadesong is dead forever and ever. The end.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Sundapple

    Rolls her eyes at lionheart and blood. I hope u kno i dont pay attentuon to that kinda stuff. And lionheart, i kno it was u bcuz ur other posts dissapered. I hope u know im going to b telling starclan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Elders den

    Foreverclan elders den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Absolutely loved it

    This book combines two into one. Both stories are a part in a series....all stories are fantastic! I can't wait to read Casey's story next. They are easy and fast reads, but very entertaining.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    A MUST read!!!

    I could NOT put the book down... I so felt like I was there in the story. It was/is as good as any movie...leaves you wanting more...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Love

    Love this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Good book

    Sooo romantic the way the younger brothers act to being in love is just soooo cute

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Must read series.

    Loved the series. Great job.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Very Enjoyable

    The characters are so caring of others, witty, and sensual. Her books also include plenty of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

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