Letters to Kelly [NOOK Book]

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So here I sit, writing letters that have no hope of reaching you until I am free to deliver them myself. With luck, that will be soon. For your eighteenth birthday is coming, and I intend to be there, like I promised?.

For years, a trumped-up charge?and a Central American prison cell?kept Jax Winchester from claiming the girl he loved. Now he was a free man. Or was he? For only the memory of Kelly O'Brien?and the letters he'd composed to her?had kept him going. But once he was ...

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Overview


So here I sit, writing letters that have no hope of reaching you until I am free to deliver them myself. With luck, that will be soon. For your eighteenth birthday is coming, and I intend to be there, like I promised….

For years, a trumped-up charge—and a Central American prison cell—kept Jax Winchester from claiming the girl he loved. Now he was a free man. Or was he? For only the memory of Kelly O'Brien—and the letters he'd composed to her—had kept him going. But once he was released, he knew he was still a prisoner—in a jail of his own making. The way out this time? Keep that promise he'd made to Kelly all those years ago—and claim her for his own….

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426851056
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Series: Silhouette Intimate Moments Series , #1213
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 117,928
  • File size: 176 KB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Suzanne Brockmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than 20 category romances. Her first book was released in 1993, and since then, she's received 17 different awards, including Best Series Romance of 1996, a 1997 Career Achievement Award and 11 different W.I.S.H. Awards for creating completely irresistible romantic heroes, all from Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller List, the Waldenbooks Romance List and on the keeper shelves of romance readers everywhere.

Suzanne lives near Boston with her husband, a lawyer, and two children, both professional actors. When Suzanne isn't writing, she's busy making music. Formerly the lead singer and songwriter for an original Boston rock band, she is now vocal arranger, director, and lead alto of the eight-voice a cappella group Serious Fun.

Suzanne is also one of the founders and volunteer organizers of Natick's Appalachian Benefit Coffeehouse, raising money for the Cabell/Lincoln Country Workcamp, which rebuilds housing for the poor, elderly and disabled in West Virginia.

Biography

Although Suzanne Brockmann can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling something (one of her earliest masterpieces was an action-packed radio play called "Mice on Mars"), she didn't begin to write seriously until she was married with young children. She spent several years trying to break into the super-competitive field of screenwriting before deciding to try her hand at genre fiction; and, it was only after months of intensive research that she finally homed in on Romance. In June of 1992, she sat down to write her first book. By year's end, she had completed ten manuscripts, and in August of 1993, she sold her first book, the contemporary romance Future Perfect.

Brockmann's first novels were stand-alones. But as her career progressed, she noticed that romance mini-series, with their opportunities for character development and intersecting story lines, had become extremely popular. Seeking to increase her readership, she decided to write a mini-series of her own. She found her "hook" in a magazine article on Navy SEALs and, in 1996, she released Prince Joe, the first novel in her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. The alpha males of Brockmann's fictional SEAL Team 10 proved to be the perfect romantic heroes, and the series was an immediate hit with readers. Four years later, she launched a second series of military/romantic thrillers centered on the friendships, romances, and working relationships among a team of Navy SEALS and members of an elite security agency called Troubleshooters, Inc. Starting with The Unsung Hero in 2000, the Troubleshooters books have catapulted the author to the top of the charts.

Brockmann is known in the industry as a risk-taker, having written stories around such sensitive topics as interracial romance and homosexuality, In 2004, she garnered attention for her eighth Troubleshooters novel, Hot Target, which involved one of her most popular recurring characters, openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, in a romantic subplot. Brockman, who dedicated the book to her gay son Jason, was not sure how readers would respond. To her surprise, the reaction from gay and straight alike proved positive. She stated on her website: "I love the fact that the world I've created in my books -- a diverse American world filled with the same variety of people who live in my urban American neighborhood -- has been so enthusiastically embraced by readers."

Brockmann's distinctive literary blend has come in for its fair share of praise. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, veteran Booklist reviewer John Charles stated: "Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance." And USA Today has called her "[t]he reigning queen of militaray suspense." As further proof of her mainstream appeal, she remains one of a handful of Romance novelists to have made the leap from mass market paperback to hardcover.

Good To Know

In an interview with the online magazine All About Romance, Brockmann says: "I started reading when I was three (my first 'real' book was Beverly Cleary's Here Comes the Bus -- I remember this because no one believed that I was really reading it and I got really upset when my older sister took it back to the school library before I'd finished it!)."

A serious history buff from her youth, Brockmann has read widely on WWII and has been known to incorporate stories from that era into the books of her Troubleshooters series.

Brockmann loves music. She attended Boston University as a film major with a minor in creative writing but dropped out to perform with a rock and roll band. She also sang with and served as music director for a Boston-based a cappella group called "Serious Fun" and produced its first and only CD in 1998.

Brockman is married to novelist Ed Gaffney.

The mother of an openly gay son , Brockmann is a proud member of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays).

In her writing, Brockmann employs a device she calls Deep Point of View. She explains it in an interview with the online writers' journal Writers Write: "In my books, I use subjective point of view, but I'm not satisfied with merely showing the reader what that camera sees from its perch atop a character's head. I bring the camera down, inside of that character's head, so we see the world through that character's eyes. We hear things through his ears. We smell what he smells, feel what he feels, think what he think. With deep POV, I write using words that that character would use. I tell the story with that character's voice."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    I love this book!!!

    I had read this book years ago back when it first came out in paper back. I loved it. So when I found it as an ebook I had to read it again! :)

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    You WILL Love This!

    If you're a fan of Suzanne - you will not be disappointed. I fell in love with Kelly & T and felt everything they did on their roller coaster! I couldn't put it down and read it in a day!! Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Another hit!!

    This is different from what im used to reading from Suzanne, but still a fantastic love story!

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Borning!

    Jax is a writer, and the banter between him and the fictional character he is writing about is more entertaining than anything going on between him and Kelly. The intimate parts are short and lame! I love Suzanne Brockmann, but this book was so boring, it took me several weeks to finish it (out of boredom myself). I was more interested in how the story Jax was writing would end then the book itself. Unfortunately, she did not tell us how that story ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Letters to Kelly= Inspiring

    A real romance that stands the test of time. Another excellent read from Suzanne Brockmann.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Beautiful story

    Heartbreaking, tearful story. I love love this book. Everytime i read it, its like the first time.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Great story

    This was a beautiful story, the female character was lacking a bit. The male character was so sweet and strong. The ending brought tears to my eyes. The writing style was unique and well done as always for Suzanne Brockmann. The troubleshooters series by her is my all time favorite modern times series. I will read anything she writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Letters to Kelly

    Letters to Kelly is an intriguing read for those who are interested in fiction romance novels. There is a battle between the past and the future, and facts and feelings. The main characters and their personalities immediately draw the reader in. It is a very well written book with suspense and irony. I enjoyed the consistency of the characters charisma and passion.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    I'm in love!!

    Jax was in love with Kelly seven years ago. But they were torn apart by her brother. Seven long years have passed and Jax has found his way back to his beloved Kelly just to realize she hates him for breaking a promise he made to her when she was sixteen. Jax only wants to make it right and show Kelly that he never stopped loving her and never will. But will Kelly allow him even that?
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    I fell in love with Jax right away. His character is so deep and the love he has for Kelly is so true and raw it just breaks your heart when Kelly refuses him. I've never read--not to mention seen--a guy cry before, but Jax cries when he realizes that he broke his promise to Kelly, he cries when he comes back and realizes he'll never have her, he cries when he tells her he loves her!! I mean, seriously, this is the most in-touch-with-his-emotions guy I've ever heard of. It's so touching to see how he cares for her.

    Kelly was not an extremely strong character in my opinion. She may have had an attitude and definitely was adamant about not seeing Jax after he comes back, but she was so annoying. Jax promised her he'd be back on her eighteenth birthday, but he never showed up. Okay, so what? Did it never cross her mind to ask him why? Did she honestly think he'd just forget? I think that was the most annoying part of her character.

    The romance was so sweet it hurt sometimes to read it. The way Jax hurts from his broken promises to Kelly trying to convince herself not to love him. It's got so much heart in it that I'm amazed it's a short novel.

    It's short, but I think it's the best book in the Silhouette series. Okay, so I haven't read all of the Silhouette books, but I know this one was very well written and the hero is to die for. I would totally suggest this book to anyone looking for a good short romance or just a romance in general. Love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Excellent Read!

    This book was excellent! You will laugh, cry and feel! I did all three. This was a very emotional book. Jax' feelings are expressed so well. I read this book 3 times already. I loved it. Jax fell in love with a very young Kelly when she was of an age that it was looked on as inappropriate, but you could see that the love they shared was real. Buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    A wonderful book

    This book covers all the emotions. You will laugh, cry and be filled with joy. Jax Winchester fell in love with Kelly O¿Brien when she was a teenager. Circumstances kept them about for seven years. Jax returns as a best selling author and his plan is to make Kelly his own. Kelly has a lot of trust issues to work through before she can give her heart to Jax. The story within a story of Jared and Carrie really blends and adds to the main love story. Letters to Kelly is a treasure, definitely a keeper.

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