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Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back—until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendrick, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the attraction she still feels for him.

Now Jill and Mac are tangled in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens—Mafia dons, ...
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Overview




Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back—until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendrick, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the attraction she still feels for him.

Now Jill and Mac are tangled in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens—Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there's no place like home. An unlikely pair...but a perfect match.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426874451
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 57,570
  • File size: 648 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of more than one hundred romances and women's fiction novels, and she has yet to run out of ideas! Her funny family stories and sexy romances consistently appear on the USA TODAY bestseller list and have landed as high as #5 on the New York Times list. She has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award. Her books have been named to the Top 10 Romance Novels lists of 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association, and she was the only author on the list all three years. Because her degree in Accounting wasn't very helpful in the writing department, Susan earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction.

Susan makes her home in the Pacific Northwest where, rumor has it, all that rain helps with creativity. Susan is married to a fabulous herolike husband and has a six-pound toy poodle...who is possibly the cutest dog on the planet. Connect with Susan online at her Web site, www.SusanMallery.com.


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Someone Like You


By Susan Mallery

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-77009-X


Chapter One

"I LOOK LIKE A FREAK," Shelley said as she plopped down in the chair and covered her face with her hands.

"I'll have to move under the cover of darkness so I don't frighten small children."

Jill Strathern sat down next to her assistant and patted her back. "You're not a freak."

"You're right." Shelley raised her head and sniffed.

"Being a freak would be an improvement." She gave a strangled sob.

"This is all fixable," Jill reminded her. "You're not scarred for life."

"My psyche is."

"I think you'll recover."

In fact, Jill was sure of it. Shelley had left work the previous evening excited about her appointment at a new and trendy salon. She'd gone in expecting some subtle highlights and a few layers. She'd left with a botched body perm, orange brassy color and a cut that could only be described as ... unfortunate.

"You know what? I have a great idea." Jill stood and walked around her desk where she flipped through her electronic Rolodex. "I know exactly who can fix this for you."

Shelley looked up. "Who?"

"Anton."

Shelley sucked in a breath and for the first time that morning, hope filled her swollen eyes. "Anton? You know him?"

Anton, like Madonna, was famous enough not to need a last name. Two-tone highlights and a styling cost as much as a small imported car, but the rich and famous swore by his magic fingers.

"I'm his lawyer," Jill said with a grin. "Now let me call him and explain we have a hair emergency. I'm sure he can take care of everything."

Fifteen minutes later, Shelley had an appointment for early that afternoon. Jill promised to let her make up the time by coming in early for the next couple of days.

"You're the best," Shelley said as she walked to the door and stepped out into the hallway. "If you ever need me to do anything, let me know. I'm serious. A kidney. Have your baby, whatever."

"Maybe you could look over the brief I left on your desk," Jill told her with a laugh. "It's due first thing in the morning."

"Absolutely. Right this second. Thanks."

Jill chuckled as she turned back to her computer. If only all of life's problems could be solved so easily.

Two hours later, she looked up from her research. Coffee, she decided. A nice, little jump start to keep her brain going. She stood and headed for the centrally located lunchroom where jumbo carafes full of liquid energy waited.

On her way back, she detoured around to the other side of the offices where her husband, also a third-year associate, had his office. They'd been working so many hours the past few weeks, they'd barely seen each other. Her calendar was free. If Lyle's was, too, maybe they could grab lunch together.

His assistant was gone and his door closed. Jill knocked lightly once, then pushed inside. She moved quietly, not wanting to interrupt if he was on the phone.

He was busy, all right, but not with a call. Jill stopped in the center of the room. Breath left her body as the mug of coffee fell to the carpeted floor. She didn't remember letting go, but she felt the hot liquid splash onto her legs.

Her husband of three years, the man she lived with, worked with and cooked for, stood beside his credenza. His jacket was over his chair, his pants around his ankles and he was busily banging his assistant. So busy, in fact, he hadn't noticed Jill's entrance.

"Oh, yeah, baby," Lyle breathed. "Just like that."

But the woman saw Jill. Her face paled and she shoved Lyle away.

Later Jill would remember the silence and how time seemed to slow. Later she would recall the way papers had fluttered to the floor as his assistant scrambled off the credenza and jerked up her panty hose. Later she would want to kill Lyle. But right now she could only stare in disbelief.

This wasn't happening, she told herself. He was her husband. He was supposed to love her.

"Next time you should knock," he said as he bent over and grabbed his pants.

She had, she thought, too stunned to feel much of anything. Then she turned on her heel and ran from the room.

FORTY-NINE HOURS and eighteen minutes later, Jill decided that being buried alive was too good for Lyle. Still, she was due some serious revenge. Unfortunately, as she had no idea on how to get the revenge she so desperately needed, she contented herself with imagining him lying on the edge of a desert highway, gasping for breath as she zoomed by at a comfortable ninety miles an hour. She liked the vision of her soon-to-be ex-husband as roadkill.

"Lying weasel rat-fink dog," she muttered as she slowed at the bottom of the freeway off-ramp and turned west.

The lying weasel rat-fink dog was currently back in San Francisco, moving into what should have been her junior partner office with a window. No doubt he would celebrate what should have been her promotion by taking out his assistant, then seducing her with wine from the collection she'd put together, and carrying her off to what had been their bed.

Yes, it was true. Jill's day had gone from bad to worse. It wasn't enough to catch her husband in the act; later that afternoon she'd been fired.

"I hope Lyle gets a sexually transmitted disease and Big Willie falls off," she said aloud, before correcting herself. "Not exactly 'Big'Willie. In fact, nothing to be proud of. I had to fake most of those orgasms, you rat bastard lying weasel dog."

Worse, she'd cooked for him. Jill could accept a bad sex life, but to think she'd ducked out of important meetings so that Lyle could come home to meals she'd prepared really made her teeth ache.

She wanted to roll down the windows and scream into the sea-soaked air that she hated her husband and couldn't wait until their divorce was final. She wished she'd never met him, had never fallen for him and had never married him. But there was no point in frightening the seagulls on the sidewalk and the two old guys playing checkers in the park.

The only bright spot in an otherwise completely black situation was that Shelley's hair had turned out movie-star gorgeous. Something to hang on to, Jill thought as she pulled to a stop at a red light and looked around for the first time since leaving San Francisco. Really looked.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulously fervent romantic cozy

    In San Francisco, attorney Jill Strathern goes to see her spouse, who practices law in the same office. However, instead of legal or family matters, she catches Lyle with his pants down having sex with his assistant. Lyle¿s blithe comment is that she should have knocked. Reeling from the unfaithfulness of the man who supposedly loved her, that afternoon her firm gives Jill the pink slip, something that her rat of her husband caused. Taking their communal property car that he loves, Jill goes home to Los Lobos, California to temporarily take over a local practice.--- Former Los Angeles police officer Mackenzie Kendrick returns home following the death of his partner and the subsequent death of his marriage as his wife could not cope with the darkness that engulfs him to become sheriff. When Mac and Jill meet, an attraction heats up between them, but she remembers as a teen stripping in front of him only to have him puke. As they fall in love while trying to pick up the pieces of their respective lives, neither sees hope for a future together as he plans to stay while she plans to move elsewhere to apply her corporate law expertise.--- SOMEONE LIKE YOU is an entertaining legal thriller police procedural romance starring two delightful protagonists who know that like years ago the timing is wrong. The story line focuses obviously on the growing heated love between the lead protagonists, but also provides the audience with a deep look at a small town legal practice and sheriff¿s department with a dose of small town justice. Fans will relish Susan Mallory¿s fabulously fervent romantic cozy.--- Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    My favorite book

    This book was incredible. Jill went downhill with her previous marriage and went back uphill when she bumped heads with her past crush, Mac. Even though they come across obstacles such as mafia, Mac's eight year old daughter, social workers, and their friendship they fall in love with each other. THIS IS A MUST READ.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2004

    Mac notices Jill now!

    Jill Sathern has had a crush on Mac Kendrick forever and now she finds herself right back in their hometown, Los Lobos, at the same time and next door to each other. Both have been off to the 'big city' Mac's been married and divorced and has a 8 y.o. daughter, Jill's just left her 'lying weasel rat fink dog' husband, lost her job because of him and had no where else to go. We get to 'watch' Jill and Mac find love in the middle of life w/his daughter, her aunt's matchmaking, the town's many civic activities, her aunt's questionable boyfriend, Jill's need to go back to the big city and Mac's desire to live in this small town. I enjoyed this look at Jill & Mac finally coming together - Ms Mallery created a wonderful story and I want Jill for a best friend and Mac - I'll let Jill have but he is a hunk!<g>

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    Loved it!!!

    Quick easy read, loved the characters- one of those books you don't want to end because you want to see what happens next. Would definately read more books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

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    Fantastic read!

    Fantastic read!

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly recommended..

    I have read several books by this author..All of them are great..I have yet to be disappointed in anything I have read...If you are someone who likes to read romantic books then these are for you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Jessie to Kat

    If you got blocked gt the book called because you are mine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    This is an enticing story of love lost and then found again.

    This is a true romance that keeps you wondering and guessing about wht the outcome will be. There are many twists and turns in the plot, and you will enjoy trying to figure out how all of it will end. I recommend it to those who love romance fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Very Cute Story!

    Very cute, I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    blah lah lah I like ducks omg omg omg.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Good!

    It is a sweet book. I enjoyed read it. I even read the second book in the serie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Sandkit

    Hey i got evekit. She need friend cuz her momma dead i thonk so i swipe her to play with.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 5, 2012

    Krazy

    Good! Mission complete: Operation find a friend!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Berrystar

    Honeykit is about to become an apprentice shes becomeing one to night

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Every book of hers I love, she is just a wonderful writer.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Cute

    Cute and fun story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    Sweet Read & romantic fantasy.

    Have you ever wondered what life would have turned out like if you got together with your first love?

    Well, here you go. Fantasy, but sweet & well written. The characters have depth and don't lose themselves in the romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    Good book!

    It was whitty and a very good story. There were times i could not put it down. Highly recommend it.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    it was ok

    i found the begining a little slow....but i love the connection that jill and mac had....the ending was great!!...would of like to to hear what happened when gracie came back

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    good book

    i read this book in three days. it was addicting. a good story about a big city lawyer who moves back to her small town....

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