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Two years ago, Camille Jameson and Zack Prescott shared a single night of passion. Now Camille has the chance of a lifetime--the opportunity to renovate Mississippi's proudest plantation house. The decorator accepts the dream job, not knowing that it's the Prescott family who has commissioned her. Or that Zack, the man she couldn't forget, would be there daring her to risk heartbreak--and love--again.
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Overview

Two years ago, Camille Jameson and Zack Prescott shared a single night of passion. Now Camille has the chance of a lifetime--the opportunity to renovate Mississippi's proudest plantation house. The decorator accepts the dream job, not knowing that it's the Prescott family who has commissioned her. Or that Zack, the man she couldn't forget, would be there daring her to risk heartbreak--and love--again.
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Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers - including most recently Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, Play Dirty, Ricochet, Chill Factor, White Hot, Hello, Darkness, The Crush, and Envy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Thriller Master Award from International Thriller Writers, Inc. She and her husband live in Arlington, Texas.

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
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 8, 2003

      It Was The Greatest Of All Time

      I could not put the book down. I stayed up till 6:00a.m reading it. It was worth it ! Sandra Brown is a great writer!

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 10, 2014

      Disappointed!

      Waited months for new books. Now some have been moved to December and the couple that were released were less than 200 pages and in my opinion weren't near as good as others I have read. Very disappiinted Sandra Brown.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 8, 2013

      High recommended! Must check it out!

      I love all of Sandra Browns books!

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 3, 2004

      AMAZING!

      This book was written beautifully. Though Sandra Brown always mentioned Camille's breasts and that kind of bothered me. But over all it was great! I found that Zack was a little superficial but his personality and sense of humor made you fall in love with him and the book. It was very good I enjoyed every second of the 4 hours in which I finished the book. (With occasional breaks)

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 6, 2014

      *I was given a complimentary copy of Love's Encore for an honest

      *I was given a complimentary copy of Love's Encore for an honest review.

      Love’s Encore is a second chance romance. Camille Jameson owns her own decorating business with her mother. Commissioned by the Rayburn Prescott, she gets the chance to renovate a Louisiana plantation house. Little does she know that the estate she will be working on is home to the one guy that she really loved…then ran from! Why Camille? He was totally into you! Camille see Zack Prescott again, sparks fly, and then they proceed with the “I love you, I hate you” dance we all love in these type of romances.

      I love the majority of the characters in this book. Rayburn Prescott is very charming and wonderful. His love for Zach and his late wife are endearing. The house staff Dearly Beloved (the back story to this name is cute) and Simon Mitchell are great, too. Unfortunately it’s Camille and Zach that are the most frustrating. Zach’s character bugs me. He has very poor communication skills and is overly grouchy. I feel we don’t get enough of a back story as to why he is the way his is. And some of his behavior toward Camille is infuriating! Camille’s character lacks a self esteem. I would think she would have more self confidence considering she owns her own businesses. But when it comes to Zach, she seems to put up with his terrible behavior and not engage her back bone.

      The sex scenes in the book are pretty modest considering our modern day romances. I actually enjoyed the word play to describe Camille and Zach during the steamy situations. And Sandra does a great job of building the chemistry between the two.

      The plot twist and the ending of Love’s Encore did not make me happy. I felt the plot twist was out of the blue and a bit unfeasible. And the ending really made me mad! We see this poor guy go through all of this plotting and conniving to get Camille and Zach together and we don’t get the full HEA with babies? You owe this to Rayburn Prescott, Sandra Brown! He needs to see his grandchildren running around on his plantation! Geeze! hahahaha

      Love’s Encore is an okay book. I cannot complain about the writing. Sandra’s writing is stellar. She transports you back into the 1980s and you feel like you’re sitting in your fresh from the cleaners creased Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and silk long-sleeved blouse with a slim gold belt while a guy who looks just like Tom Selleck woos you with a steak dinner! My problem is the plot and the main characters need more development. And I just can’t with the ending. I give Love’s Encore 3 out of 5 stars.

      Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 3, 2003

      A sweet romance

      You can always count on Brown! The perfect book to cuddle up with and get lost for awhile.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 12, 2014

      Sammi

      What? I dont even know you.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 8, 2014

      Was this really Sandra Brown

      I have read a lot of Sandra Brown books and loved everyone I always feel like it's a guarantee great read but this book just didn't work for me. It moved to fast and left out too many details.
      I had a hard time figuring out what time period the book was in. One minute I'm thinking present time than the next decades earlier and even after that maybe the 18th century. Really I just found no flow to this book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 28, 2014

      Becca

      Walks in

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 25, 2014

      Link

      Walks in

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 25, 2014

      Shelby

      .... secret:(

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      Posted July 20, 2014

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      Posted July 19, 2014

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      Posted July 19, 2014

      Jackson

      Steam

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 26, 2014

      Tyler

      Hahahaha okay sure what ever you say sherlock

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 22, 2014

      THOT OR NAW

      THOT

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 27, 2014

      Alyssa

      "Tyler? You here.."

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 22, 2014

      Stelian

      Im really sorry but ive gtg. Gives you one last lingering kiss. Bye

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 1, 2014

      Talon to sun

      Next result?

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