Two of a Kind: Impulse; The Best Mistake

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From the incomparable master of romance Nora Roberts come two timeless tales of summer love, available for the first time in over a decade, in one collectible volume.

"Impulse"

For once in her life, Rebecca Malone decided to follow her impulses, jettison the familiar and head to Greece -- she was determined to have an adventure! So when a sexy stranger began to romance her, she couldn't resist playing the sophisticated, well-traveled woman a ...

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Overview

From the incomparable master of romance Nora Roberts come two timeless tales of summer love, available for the first time in over a decade, in one collectible volume.

"Impulse"

For once in her life, Rebecca Malone decided to follow her impulses, jettison the familiar and head to Greece -- she was determined to have an adventure! So when a sexy stranger began to romance her, she couldn't resist playing the sophisticated, well-traveled woman a powerful, engaging man like him might desire. Falling in love with Stephen Nickodemus was absolutely not part of her plan. How on earth was she going to explain to the man she'd given her heart to that she was not the woman he'd believed her to be? And then convince him she still was the woman he loved...

"The Best Mistake"

She'd been a model on the fast track to the stars when she'd gotten pregnant. Now Zoe Fleming was a hardworking single mother looking for a tenant to help her share the cost of running her household. What she got was J. Cooper McKinnon, both a curmudgeon and a charmer, a man who befriended her young son and bewitched Zoe from the start. She had less than no time for a man -- Zoe just needed the money. Either this was a recipe for total disaster -- or the best mistake she'd ever made!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373285150
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

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Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Great Stories

    I found these two stories to be one of the best i ever read. Impressions is very intense from start to finish. And Best Mistake to be a really good love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    WOW

    Now I have only read Impulse and I loved it! I am now about in the middle of The Best Mistake which I also think is good. Now if you want to read this book you have to like romance novels! Which I do, some parts give a little too much information for me but it is really not that bad. It is a fast read and I strongly recommend this book. I LOVED the ending of Impulse I almost thought it was going to end differently, but i'm glad it ended the way it did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    Not the usual Nora Roberts.......

    I found both segments of this book disappointing. The first Impulse was so blah I almost didn't read The Best Mistake, which was only slightly better....Seems to me Nora Roberts is pushing out too many books too fast.

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