Kiss and Tell

Kiss and Tell

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by Cherry Adair

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She was looking for adventure.

Marnie Wright has seen more than her fair share of testosterone.  Growing up with four overly protective brothers was one thing.  Now a mountain man named Jake Dolan has invaded a peaceful day of soul-searching at her grandmother's secluded cabin.  Sure, she was trespassing on his private property,


She was looking for adventure.

Marnie Wright has seen more than her fair share of testosterone.  Growing up with four overly protective brothers was one thing.  Now a mountain man named Jake Dolan has invaded a peaceful day of soul-searching at her grandmother's secluded cabin.  Sure, she was trespassing on his private property, but did he have to pull a gun on her?  There's more to this longhaired soldier of fortune who calls himself the Tin Man, but she's not sure she wants to stick around to find out what.  Then he stashes her in his secret lair--an underground techno-fantasy complete with security monitors and an arsenal--and Marnie realizes the guy is military, top secret military.  He's also got the most beautiful mouth she's ever seen.

He could get her killed.

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Editorial Reviews

Jill M. Smith
Romance, adventure and humor make this book a true keeper. I predict that Ms. Adair will discover quite a large audience for her brand of storytelling!
Romantic Times
Patricia Rouse
- contemporary romance at its finest with its perfect blend of adventure, humor and sensuality. Ms. Adair is definitely an author to watch for!
Romantic Times Columnist
Kathee S. Card
- repartee is snappy, smart,and brisk. Watching them circle warily kicks the notch of suspense to fever pitch. Very Highly Recommended
Dede Baker
I just finished Kiss and Tell-it was WONDERFUL to the last word. I was even weepy at end. Sigh. Cherry Adair is a real find.
A Novel Idea Bookshop
Patricia Kersten
An excellent book.The sensual tension between the two is exhilarating. Full of suspense, love scenes and emotional turmoil. Highly recommended.
From the Publisher
"A sexy, snappy roller coaster ride!"
Author of Baby Don't Go

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Wright Family Series , #1
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The perimeter alarms were set to go off when anything heavier than a hundred pounds crossed the almost invisible breakers. At first all Jake saw on the monitor was the fawn-colored Great Dane. The damn thing was a mean-looking bastard and as big as a house.

"Where the hell did you come from?"

The dog's large, square head and pointy ears swiveled, as if it could smell him down here, twenty feet below ground level. Jake stuck his size fourteens up on the counter and took another swig of soda. His eyes narrowed as he scrutinized the flat-screen monitor before him.

A second later his feet dropped to the floor at the same time his fist crushed the empty can. "Shit."

The dog had been hiding her.

For a split second . . .

Jake absently touched the scar on his throat and ignored the from zero-to-eighty acceleration of his blood pressure. He leaned forward to adjust the focus and shifted closer to get a better look.

A slender blonde, drowning in a green down jacket, sat not thirty feet from the front door of his cabin on the tree uprooted by last year's storm. Fair hair, all the colors of the sun and fingered by the breeze,
danced in joyous spiral curls around her face and hunched shoulders as she concentrated on something in her lap.

Her skin was fair instead of dusky, her hair silky, not coarse, the angle of her head unfamiliar. She was no ghost from the past. Thank God.
Nevertheless, he didn't want her here.

Jake didn't know who she was or what she was doing in the high, remote
Sierras at the nose of winter. Her mere presence was suspect. Not that she appeared to be anything other than a cute blonde on a solitary mountain hike. But then looks could be deceiving.

Neither the girl nor the dog was welcome.

He didn't like dogs. In his line of work they tended to be unpredictable.
As for the fluffy blonde . . . Jake slam-dunked the squashed can into the trash, then leaned forward for a better look. He definitely didn't like that breed, either.
Closer inspection didn't improve her one bit. Unfortunately he hadn't had a woman in nearly a year, and this cupcake made his mouth water. Too bad.
Like a mouse to an elephant, like David to Goliath. She was exactly the type of woman he avoided like the plague--petite, blonde, and delicate.

He was bone exhausted from an assignment in a small, forgotten Middle
Eastern country where all hell had broken loose. All he'd wanted to do was take a break. Instead he'd come home to find the shit hitting the fan, his sixteen-year career in the toilet, and the vacation he'd wanted being enforced.
He had no time for the blonde outside.

Most likely a strong "boo" would send girl and hound running for town.
After they left he'd get back to figuring out who was screwing with his life.

Marnie Wright wished she'd brought along a warm cap. Cold air nipped at her ears, making them sting. Dismissing the discomfort, she focused on the sketch pad on her lap.
It had been a bonus finding this old cottage tucked into the hillside.
She'd hate to waste the light walking the mile back to her grandmother's cottage just because she was cold. She flipped up her collar and hunched her shoulders.
Only the front walls and the peak of the shingled roof showed through the surrounding trees, shrubs, and piles of deadfall. It was in better shape than Grammy's. While rustic, the wood siding and front porch had recently been repaired. The roof appeared solid, the windows intact.
Marnie flexed her fingers, narrowing her eyes at the log cabin before she continued drawing. The little house was perfect for the creepy Halloween story she was working on. All it needed was a little atmosphere. She shaded a curved whisper of smoke above the chimney, elongating dark shadows to make the small house unwelcoming and sinister. The fluid black lines of her charcoal pencil skimmed the page. Beside her, Duchess's head swiveled.
"What're you listening to? A chipmunk?"
Her dog made a low sound in her throat and wagged her tail.
Marnie laughed, her breath misting in the frigid air. "Don't go far." She put her hand behind her pet's massive head and looked her sternly in the eye. "And don't play with it, you hear me?"
Duchess bounded to the closed door of the empty cottage. She settled her backside on the front step, ears perked. Marnie smiled. Duchess loved her creature comforts. Rather than frolic about in the cold, she wanted inside.
"That's not home, goofus. Give me a few more minutes and we'll pack up and go, okay?"
She had lugged her sleeping bag and supplies to her grandmother's cottage before she and Duchess had taken a stroll, ending up at this isolated place. The exercise, and the cold, had made her hungry, too. She smelled rain and wanted to be back before it started pouring.
With a frown she considered for half a second going home to Sunnyvale. The river had a tendency to flood, making the bridge impassable. Leaving would be the prudent, safe thing to do.
But she didn't want to be prudent and sensible anymore. The decisions and choices she made in the next couple of days were going to change her future. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she needed to learn to take the chances life presented her.
Some of her happiest memories had been made up here at Grammy's cottage. And here was where she was going to decide the course of the rest of her life. A little rain wasn't going to deter her.
She'd almost forgotten what a pain in the butt it was to get up here.
She'd left her car at the end of the narrow mountain road, then crossed the skinny footbridge fording the river, passed over another bridge spanning the ravine, and then had a three-mile hike up the mountainside.
As kids, she and her brothers hadn't noticed such minor inconveniences. It had always been a grand adventure to come here with Grammy. They'd explored every inch of the mountain, played in the river, and climbed the trees like monkeys.
A little rain and cold wouldn't hurt. This was probably the last time she'd-- . . .

From the Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

Cherry Adair lives in Northern California and collects people, teapots and books. Lots of books. With their two grown daughters out of the nest, Cherry and husband David have lived under the dominance of their feline, T.C. (Temporary Cat), for ten years.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## This book was fabulous. The heroine is absolutely amazing. Strong, beautiful, funny and smart. And the hero is gloriously yummy. As always, he starts off as a hardass, but ends up falling for this unique heroine. Their chemistry is undeniable! I would highly recommend this book! The one you should skip is the story about Michael (or as*hole as I like to call him) "In too deep". That was awful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marnie has escaped with her great dane puppy for a winter weekend at her grandmother's remote cabin, as she tries to decide the direction of her life. She encounters Jake, her not so friendly neighbor. Jake is on leave from T-Flac, under suspicion, and trying on his own to uncover the identity of the terrorist who has been dogging his missions. A severe storm destroys Marnie's cabin, the roads are washed out, and Marnie winds up joining forces with Jake just as a team of dark clad operatives arrives to take out Jake. The dialogue sizzles. Marnie is a truly spunky heroine, not afraid to step up. The action has twists and turns, and enough hot romance to enamor Cherry Adair fans. This one is a keeper - good for a light afternoon read or cozy fireside reread. Formatting on the nook has a few glitches - the lack of spaces between paragraphs even for obvious scene changes is sometimes jarring, but still a recommended action-romance read.
StephanieLynn78 More than 1 year ago
While spending time at her grandmother’s cabin, Marnie Wright stumbles across Jake Dolan’s private domain. Jake does his best to keep his distance from Marnie because he doesn’t want a woman in his life. Before long, they are unable to resist the attraction and soon Jake is fighting to keep her safe from the people who are trying to destroy him. Kiss and Tell is very special to me because it was the first book by Cherry Adair that I read. I love the amazing Wright family. Their stories are not to be missed and are a must have for any Cherry Adair collection.
LindaBr1 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the T-Flac series. It has the same hot suspenseful romance that I’ve come to expect from a T-Flac man. Kyle and Delanie have to realize if they expect to make it out alive that they are going to have to trust each other. Read it to find out exactly what happens. I guarantee that you won’t regret it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the charactors n the dog n the love. The story linge was well written. One heck ok a book
RoxannP More than 1 year ago
If Jake were real I would want this man to be MINE! Though Marnie is a wonderful, strong woman that I wouldn't want to mess with! This is my favorite of The T-Flac books! Amazing heroes, strong heroines, action, adventure, humor and heat if you haven't read a Cherry Adair book you are missing out!
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Marnie goes to her Grandmother's old cabin in the Sierra mountains for a weekend to reflect upon her life and set a more daring course. She didn't bargain for getting caught up in Jake Dolan's world of terrorist intrigue but that's what happened. He's trying to deal with assassins and get Marnie home safely. I really enjoyed Jake and Marnie and their romance was off the charts steamy! They couldn't be more different but at the same time perfectly suited for each other. She's funny and he's sardonic so the dialogue was a pleasure to follow. My problem with the book is it didn't seem to integrate the two aspects of the story very well. The romance seemed to be happening independently of the ops segment, which was rather protracted. The romantic tension was perfect but the intrigue related to the terrorists/assassins flagged. While I enjoyed the story, it was just okay. Even so, I'm glad I read it and will continue the series for now.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With the recent death of her beloved grandmother, illustrator Marnie Wright needs some alone time to reassess her life. Over the objection of her father and four older brothers, Marnie accompanied by her Great Dane Duchess travels to her grandmother¿s cabin in the Sierra Mountains. However, her idyll time is interrupted when she meets Soldier of Fortune magazine pinup Jake Dolan, who wants nothing to do with his temporary neighbor.

However, everything changes when a storm destroys her cabin, but before she can settle in his place, five hit men arrive planning to kill Jake. As he wonders how they are connected to his recent Mideast fiasco that has his job and reputation in jeopardy, Jake hides his guest in his secure underground bunker. Although he mistrusts her after a previous woman betrayed him, Jake and Marnie begin to fall in love even as he goes about dispatching the enemy.

KISS AND TELL is an entertaining romantic suspense that never eases up on the full speed ahead throttle. The lead couple is a dynamic pair, especially the incredibly brave Marnie. Her comments as the danger mounts are priceless. Though the underground lair seems stretched, readers will fully enjoy Cherry Adair¿s delightful tale.

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Zazoo1137 More than 1 year ago
Top Notch Romance!!! Cherry Adairs characters will steal your heart.   Kiss and Tell is the very first contemporary romance book I read.   Before TFLAC I was a historical romance snob.   I didn't think I would like to read anything other than historical. I was wrong.  I was so enthralled with her series and characters I bought the rest of her books the next day and went on ebay to buy all her OOP books as well.   Cherry is a first rate author and a classy lady.  She is always available to her fans.   You can find her on FB wishing her fans a happy birthday and handing out crazy Snapple Trivia LOL   Other authors aren't quite so accessible to their fans.  I like how her characters are flawed in some way.  They are real people.  If you like hot and steamy but not  vulgar.  I would be sure to put this in your TBR pile 
Angie-S More than 1 year ago
Jake and Marnie sizzle with chemistry! This was the first time I ever read a Cherry Adair book. I was hooked! I love the scenes where Jake and Marnie try to hide their attraction to each other. It is sweet and unexpected. I love that Marnie, in spite of her asthma, gets to save Jake's butt when he is supposed to be the tough, hero type. I have read this book over and over about 20 times. I never get tired of it. Love Cherry Adair's writing style!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my introduction to Cherry Adair. The book is fast paced with great characters. Highly recommend!
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Really enjoyed the female lead. She was funny and tough without being a sap. The action scenes were way to drawn out but I still enjoyed the story between the lead characters. Not great but not awful either.
TinaHamilton More than 1 year ago
With the release of Ice Cold and the return of T-Flac, I decided to go back to the beginning. This was the first Cherry Adair book I picked up and it hooked me from the first page. Her stories are well written, face paced and romantic with a lot of steam tossed in. Jake is one of my fav characters and I love when he pops up again in future books. Marnie has the fun of being the sister to the amazing Wright brothers a dubious honor for any woman. This book is still a fun read and an enjoyable story.
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THEMANDIB More than 1 year ago
The 2nd book in her T-Flac series and it's just as great as the first! I found myself wishing that I was trapped in a secret lair with a hot mountain man soldier! Cherry's books have a way of taking you to the exact place thatcher characters are, the details are unreal! I can't say enough how awesome her books are, don't miss out on a single one!
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cjh7 More than 1 year ago
Once you read this book, you won't be able to stop reading until you finish the series!!!