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Sandra Brown, author of fifty New York Times bestsellers, is known for creating gripping love stories filled with insight and emotion. Here she explores the conflict facing a young woman abroad who's torn between two men -- one who wants her to be his wife and one who wants her to be his lover.

On the surface, Jordan Hadlock has it all. A great job managing the English newsstand in the old quarter of Lucerne, Switzerland. And rich and renowned Swiss industrialist Helmut Eckherdt...

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Overview

Sandra Brown, author of fifty New York Times bestsellers, is known for creating gripping love stories filled with insight and emotion. Here she explores the conflict facing a young woman abroad who's torn between two men -- one who wants her to be his wife and one who wants her to be his lover.

On the surface, Jordan Hadlock has it all. A great job managing the English newsstand in the old quarter of Lucerne, Switzerland. And rich and renowned Swiss industrialist Helmut Eckherdt intent on marrying her, even though she hasn't said yes. What more could she ask for? A clap of thunder and a pounding on her door soon give her an answer. Reeves Grant appears seeking shelter from a sudden downpour, but the real storm is inside Jordan and the passion they share that night. The next morning he disappears without a trace.

Still reeling from the encounter, Jordan plays hostess at Helmut's lavish dinner party, where she receives two more shocks. Helmut announces that he and Jordan are to be wed -- at the very same moment she spies Reeves Grant snapping pictures of the event and her new "fianc&eacute." Now Jordan is moving toward the altar with a man she likes but doesn't love. And working on a feature of the wealthy Helmut -- often only inches away from her -- is photojournalist Reeves Grant, bringing with him all the memories of the emotions she felt one special night, emotions she can't help reliving whenever he is near.

In Not Even for Love, Sandra Brown, as always, captures the wild fluctuations between doubt and desire in complex relationships...as she offers us the engrossing tale of a woman who must learn to trust her instincts to discover exactly who she is and what she wants.

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Sandra Brown fans will be wild about this handsome hardcover edition of Not Even for Love, a timeless story of a woman and the two men who love her that spent more than two decades out of print. After her husband's death, Jordan Hadlock leaves her midwestern hometown looking for a change. She finds it, as well as the stability she craves, managing a bookstore in Lucerne, Switzerland, and soon becomes involved with aristocratic Swiss businessman Helmut Eckherdt. But Jordan is determined never to risk her happiness on love again, and she intends to let the wealthy, powerful man follow through on his offer to marry her. Then one stormy night, she offers shelter to American photojournalist Reeves Grant. The handsome stranger bursts into her life and, in one mad moment, she surrenders to passion and shares intimacies with Reeves she's never permitted her would-be fiancé. Afterward, Jordan realizes it's now impossible for her to agree to marry Helmut...but she believes she can never marry Reeves, either. After all, it was her desire for security that ruined her first marriage. How can she hope to be happy with a man who has built his career on risking his life while traveling the world? Trust Sandra Brown to find a way to bring these star-crossed lovers together. Sue Stone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446531627
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (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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    Not Even for Love


    By Sandra Brown

    Warner Books

    Copyright © 1982 Sandra Brown
    All right reserved.

    ISBN: 0446531626


    Chapter One

    The man finished the champagne in the fragile crystal stem and set it on the silver tray deftly held aloft by a passing servant. The tuxedoed waiter paused momentarily for the man to avail himself of another glass of the bubbly wine, then disappeared into the chattering crowd.

    Reeves Grant sipped at his fresh glass of champagne, wondering why he had even taken it. He didn't want it. Everything had suddenly gone sour. Even the world's most expensive vintage left a brassy taste in his mouth. Derisive green eyes swept across the august assembly of celebrities and VIPs, surveying it with tolerant boredom.

    An aging but still beautiful French film star was strategically draped on the arm of her new husband, an oil tycoon from Tulsa, Oklahoma. West Germany's gold-medal-winning Olympic downhill racer was earnestly hustling a sulky, sensuous princess from a Mediterranean country, but she studiously ignored him. A New York designer and his "companion and protégé," both dressed in flaming pink tuxedoes, were entertaining a group of avid listeners with a malicious tale about a former cover girl model who had gained forty pounds and had come to them for a figure-camouflaging wardrobe.

    All in all, the crowd were rich, famous, or important. Or a combination of all three. Or merely outrageously notorious for one reason or another.

    Greeting them all with dignified graciousness was the host of the lavish reception. Tall, strong, and lithe of figure, he looked to be exactly what he was, a Swiss industrialist of incalculable wealth. His blond, blue-eyed good looks secured his position on the list of the world's "beautiful people."

    Disobedient green eyes refused a cerebral command and unerringly moved to the woman standing beside the millionaire. She was dressed in a stunning white gown. White, for God's sake! he thought snidely.

    Twenty-four hours hadn't dimmed Reeves Grant's memory of how beautiful she was. The one-shoulder Dior sheath was worthy competition for any other gown there. The opal and diamond necklace around her slender throat was as exquisite as any of the jewelry that bedecked the other women in the room, and its simplicity was almost virtuous by comparison.

    Her hair came close to being styled too casually for the formal occasion. It wasn't loose and flowing as Reeves had last seen it. Instead it was swept up into a knot at the top of her head. But the secreted pins seemed to have a tenuous hold on those dark, thick, glossy strands, a few of which had already escaped their confines. With the least amount of encouragement-say, a man's caressing fingers-the whole mass would probably come tumbling down around his lucky hand.

    Dammit! What the hell is the matter with you? he demanded of himself. He had been suckered, but good. Yet, like some masochistic fool, he couldn't keep his eyes away from her. The question kept repeating itself in his brain: What had she been doing in that bookshop last night? Or better still, what was she doing here? Among all this? These people? With that man? The tiny modest apartment over the bookshop and this palatial reception room with its frescoed and gilded ceiling, its marble floors, its glittering chandeliers, had nothing to do one with the other. She didn't belong here. She belonged in that infinitesimal kitchen with its cheery percolator and the smell of fresh coffee. He could still see her curled up in the corner of that short sofa, one of the comfortable pillows hugged to her breasts ... Damn!

    Leaving the dregs of the champagne, he set the glass on a small table. His Nikon camera hung around his neck by its thin leather cord, and he adjusted it now. He was so accustomed to the camera being like an extension of himself that it didn't seem incongruous with his evening clothes. The crowd, well used to being photographed, seemed not to notice the camera either as Reeves threaded his way through them, his eyes intent on the cameo profile of the woman as she shook hands with a Belgian diplomat. The man at her side had just introduced him to her.

    She leaned over the man several inches shorter than herself and spoke courteously to him, though her words eluded Reeves as he brought the camera up to his expert eye. He adjusted the ring around the lens until the delicate features of her face sprang into focus.

    She was accepting the diplomat's officious kiss on the back of her hand when the photographer snapped the shutter. The automatic flashing device on his camera startled her, and she turned her head in the direction from which it had come. Quickly, he rolled the focus ring again as her face now filled his lens. Her smile was tentative, shy, and self-conscious as he pressed the shutter release.

    This time the flash hit her full in the eyes and she was momentarily blinded. A dark forest of lashes blinked over gray eyes several times before she could clearly see. The photographer slowly lowered the camera away from his eyes, green eyes that impaled her with a ferocious, accusatory glower.

    Her gracious smile froze for an instant before it totally collapsed. The eyes widened perceptibly. The mysterious rings around the irises grew darker. A darting pink tongue flicked over lips suddenly gone dry. Then the lips formed a small, round, surprised O.

    Reeves had seen that same expression of wonder and caution just last night. It had been raining. The thunder had echoed through the narrow alleys and bounced off the stone walls of the ancient buildings of Lucerne, Switzerland. Rain had pelted his bare head.

    But suddenly the storm had ceased to matter. When he saw her face through the glass door of the bookshop his other senses had rested while his vision reigned supreme, devouring her image.

    (Continues...)



    Excerpted from Not Even for Love by Sandra Brown Copyright © 1982 by Sandra Brown
    Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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    • Posted February 29, 2012

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      Not Even For Love by Sandra Brown
      Reeves Grant has shown up at her bookstore at night in the rain.
      Jordan Hadlock allowed him in and gave him towels to wipe up the water.
      3 years ago her husband had died and she moved to the outskirts of
      London to run the newsstand and live upstairs.
      Helmut has announced their engagement after she's spent the night
      with the new photographer. She had only agreed prior to think about it.
      Because of a newspaper article she no longer has a job now either but
      the paper said she was to marry Helmut.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 23, 2004

      It was OK!!!!

      I thought it was slow and it didn't catch my eye until the middle of the story. Overall it was OK. I still love her novels!!!!

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    • Posted March 28, 2011

      Great book!

      highly recommend!

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      This is my second Sandra Brown Book. I must say, she is "Fab" "U" "Lous". I can't wait to read her other books. She has a way about her writing that has you feeling the emotions her characters are going through. I can't get enough of them. You won't want to put it down.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 11, 2007

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      I thought this book was great! This is the first Sandra Brown book I have read, and it had me hook, line & sinker from the beginning!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 19, 2003

      HIGHLY LISTENABLE

      You know when talented Karen Ziemba does a reading that the listening will be first-rate. She does her usual exemplary turn with the latest from New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown. It would seem that if life isn't perfect for Jordan Hadlock, it is very, very good. She's on an emotional upswing after an unhappy ending to her first marriage. She has a job she enjoys at an English newsstand in Lucerne. A picture perfect setting! Add another figure to this painting - rich and famous Swiss industrialist Helmut Eckherdt wants very much to marry her. Reluctant to enter into another marriage Jordan has been delaying Helmut. She likes him, but she still isn't sure. Can a woman ever be truly sure? A partial answer to that question comes to her doorstep one rainy night: handsome Reeves Grant is seeking shelter from a torrential downpour. He finds more than shelter in Jordan's arms. However, upon awakening the next morning Jordan finds him gone. Reeves is gone, but not forgotten in Jordan's mind and heart. Later when she serves as hostess at an upscale dinner party hosted by Helmut, the industrialist announces that the two will soon be wed. A photojournalist is there to record the announcement - it is Reeves. As the day of her wedding approaches, Jordan finds herself often thrown together with Reeves. Each encounter leads to a wellspring of emotions. Should she follow her heart or her mind?

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