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Catfished and scammed by an Internet con-man, Evie Hansen is wary of trusting the handsome stranger she meets in a pub.
It’s high summer, Katherine Bay is swarming with holidaymakers, and Evie, left high and dry by her internet lover, literally has nowhere to bed down for the night.
Cynical and world-weary, Magnus Haultain does not believe in love at first sight, but he’s irresistibly drawn to the beautiful stranger drowning her sorrows in Murphy’s Irish Pub.
As a cyber detective, when Magnus learns Evie’s been left in the lurch by an internet lover; he suspects she’s the subject of a sophisticated scam.
Although reluctant, Evie accepts his offer of a bed for the night. Magnus's suspicions prove to be right, and his timely intervention prevents Evie from being bilked out of her inheritance from her father.
When Magnus suggests she moves in with him, she refuses. After years spent caring for her invalid father, Evie is determined to strike out on her own and create a new life for herself.
She’s nowhere near ready to give up her hard-earned freedom.
Magnus, tumbling head-over-ears in love, is not about let Evie walk away without a fight.
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About the Author
I have lived in New Zealand’s beautiful farming country all my life. After growing up in rural South Auckland I married Martin, and together we’ve farmed sheep, cattle, dairy cows and run a kiwifruit orchard. This rural lifestyle provides a rich source of settings and inspiration for my stories.
For many years we’ve been based in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region – an area famed for productive land, generous rainfall, beautiful beaches, abundant seafood and lush verdant growth.
The Bay, stretching from East Cape to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsular, was named by Captain James Cook in the 1700′s when local Maori tribes provided his crew with food and hospitality, a trait that persists among its inhabitants to this day.
An ardent fan of romance, I love exploring human hopes and frailties, aspirations, love and laughter. Why Romance? To me, first and last, family matters. And Romance is all about reaffirming and celebrating family values.
I enjoy reading and writing about people who overcome adversity and commit to a relationship. I firmly believe there are romance heroes because I have one at home.
As a mother of five, sister to six siblings, and aunt to twenty (and that’s only on my side of the family) I know that the best things in life never come easy. Intimate experience of grief and anguish of life’s trials and the joy of overcoming tragedy shine through in my emotionally gripping novels.
Writing has always been a major part of my life. For years I wrote a Country Comment column for The New Zealand Herald and freelanced on local and regional newspapers in the Bay. Years living in small towns with all their joys, trials and tribulations add an extra dimension to stories.