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Back in print after 12 years, here is a rare historical romance from the bestselling author of Where There's Smoke. In 1800s Texas, a wealthy matriarch makes a scandalous offer to a preacher's daughter: to marry, in name only, her rebellious son. Now, embroiled in a nightmare of distrust and betrayal, the innocent young lady must try to melt the ice of hatred around the playboy's heart.

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Overview

Back in print after 12 years, here is a rare historical romance from the bestselling author of Where There's Smoke. In 1800s Texas, a wealthy matriarch makes a scandalous offer to a preacher's daughter: to marry, in name only, her rebellious son. Now, embroiled in a nightmare of distrust and betrayal, the innocent young lady must try to melt the ice of hatred around the playboy's heart.

Back in print after 12 years, here is a rare historical romance from the bestselling author of Where There's Smoke. In 1800s Texas, a wealthy matriarch makes a scandalous offer to a preacher's daughter: to marry, in name only, her rebellious son. Now, embroiled in a nightmare of distrust and betrayal, the innocent young lady must try to melt the ice of hatred around the playboy's heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446605694
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 4.09 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 13, 2004

      WOW!!!

      I cannot even put into words how good this book is. This book is my all-time favorite! I can only say WOW!

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 12, 2014

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      Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

      I’m becoming quite a fan of Sandra Brown. Hidden Fires, like many of Ms. Brown’s books, has a delightful love story of two reluctant people with a strong physical attraction to each other. It is her formula and it works. In Hidden Fires we meet Lauren Holbrook who travels to the Texas territory to accept a job offer to be a receptionist. The young, innocent woman travels across the country to escape her pastor who tried to force himself on her and then tried to coerce her into marrying him. When she arrives at what she hopes will be a sanctuary, she discovers not the friendly welcome she anticipated. The Locketts make sure she knows she is not wanted or welcome at the family ranch. Ben has passed away without explaining to Lauren why he invited her to Texas. His plan was for her to marry Jared, who only goes along with the marriage because of a business deal. Both Lauren and Jared discover they are falling in love, but there is much standing in the way of their happiness. 

      Sandra Brown is a New Times Best Selling author. With each book she sets the standard higher, and yet with each subsequent book she manages to surpass the previous goals. She is a master at developing a feeling of longing in her characters. I loved the way Sandra Brown allowed the suspense to strengthen. This book is filled with suspense, mystery, historical romance, and intrigue. My copy is an audio format. Kevin T. Brown is the talented narrator.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 24, 2013

      My favorite of my favorite author.  I would buy it again if it w

      My favorite of my favorite author.  I would buy it again if it was available for nook.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 7, 2013

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      Great book!!!! Makes you feel every emotion as if you are there

      Great book!!!! Makes you feel every emotion as if you are there with them!!!! Just wish these books were available on the nook.

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    • Posted February 11, 2011

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      Good mystery/historical romance

      An intriguing plot and a well written historical romance. The characters are well formed and engaging.

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    • Posted October 2, 2009

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      One of my favorites

      Another Dawn was always my favorite Sandra Brown Book but this one is now a close second. I couldn't put it down and read it in two days.

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    • Posted May 9, 2009

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      Great

      A romance with intriguing characters; a few of them ruthless. Lauren's intelligence and honesty make her an endearing character. And you know that there is more to Jared than just womanizing and drinking. I loved the magnetism between the two.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 8, 2007

      An Excellent Romance book

      This book had a realistic view of how love can make people sad, angry, confused and happy all at the same time. It has a very unique storyline and a tragic twist. It shows how far someone will go to be with a person they love.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 18, 2006

      Almost Perfect

      This book by Brown is probably my favorite of her books that I have read. I have read this on 4 times now and will probably read it again. The only thing missing is a follow up to the characters- I would love to see another one related to this.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 2, 2005

      Extreme page Turner!!!!!

      I could not put this down. I read well into the night (early morning) two nights in a row reading this book and plan to start all over again tonight. It is such a wonderful, passionate and emotinal love story - a MUST READ! I would love to read another story with these same characters.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 30, 2005

      Loved It!!!!

      I dont know about anyone else but I really really liked this story. This is one of my favorite books by Brown, and trust me I have read many of her books. I am so glad I bought this book. All the characters in this book are so likeable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. You will all love it. I know I did.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 18, 2004

      A Great Read

      I loved this book. Sandra Brown is a great author. She really took her time developing the romance story. It has all the elements for a great romance. I highly recommend this book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 26, 2003

      must read

      i'm a sandra brown fan. but book was by far her best. this was ine of the first of her bookd that i've read, and loved the story so much that i've read it at least six times, and every time i still need a tissue. this book left am impresstion on me and every one that i've recomened it to. its deffintly a must read.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 17, 2003

      High School Freshamn Romance Freak

      I loved this book it was one of the first books of Sandra Brown that I read. I read this book in two days. I can remember finishing it on a Tuesday at 3:27a.m. I still can't get enough and find myself reading it over and over. All her books are great. Keep doing what your doing Sandra.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 5, 2002

      The best book ever

      I never really liked love stories until my sister told me about this book she read so I said I'll try it i read the 1st chapter and couldn't put the book down this is a must read.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 21, 2002

      A real page turner

      I just read the book today and just got done reading it. It's not only a pager turn but a tear jeaker. I still fill like I am one of the Characters in the book. If you haven't read it now I truley RECOMMEND it.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 4, 2001

      True Romance!

      I just finished this book today and it is all I have been able to think about. I loved everything about it. The charachters were so likable. It was so romantic but also had a lot of action.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 1, 2001

      Brilliant!

      My friend, Emily, and I were both ready VC Andrews. After we finished, I changed to Nora Roberts, her to Sandra Brown. One day, she told me about 'Brown, and I decided I'd try her. My first book was 'Hidden Fires'. It was one of the best books I have read out of my three fav. authors!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 23, 2000

      'L'amour!'

      The crazy things people do for love! I loved every sceond of it. It was heart-wrenching and socked you right in the gut. Truly a must read!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 16, 2000

      I WISH I WAS LAUREN!

      I SAW IT AT MY LOCAL PHARMACY AND I READ IT DURING MY LUNCH BREAK. I WOULD STAY UP HALF THE NIGHT TO FINISH IT. A CLASSIC LOVE STORY

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