Heartskeep heiress Leigh Thomas hated the label. But the one night she’d dared to rebel had ended in disaster. When sexy and forbidden bad boy Gavin Jarret had rescued her from a dangerous situation, she’d seduced him with all the secret passion in her wild heartand had become his alibi for murder.
Coming home to Heartskeep seven years later brought Leigh face-to-face with the pastwith Gavin as attorney for the estate. He was more off-limits than ever, but the heat in his deep gray eyes said Gavin still remembered that night. Now their professional relationship stirred a killer at largeone whose desperation to keep them apart would make their “strictly business” vows impossible to keep .
About the Author
The Easter Bunny is supposed to bring candy. One year he brought a bouncing baby to Dani's parents instead. She'll let you make your own association here.
Dani's parents claim they were elated, but she thinks it just took time for the shock to wear off. As the oldest of what turned out to be six brothers and one sister, Dani grew up amid noise and chaos. Mom thrived on it, Dad thought about immigrating to Australia.
She would like to say she takes after her dad, preferring order and quiet in her life, but since she seems to find herself constantly surrounded by chaos that she's either created or somehow become embroiled in, she figures you could say she got the best of both of them.
In high school, Dani met a man at the drugstore where she was working the soda fountain. Yes, they really did exist outside old movies. Dani went home and told her sister she'd met the man she was going to marry.
Almost two years later, she did. Two sons came along eventually, and thirty-some years later she's kept her promise. She told her husband their lives would never be dull. There are times she's sure he'd like to consider immigrating to Australia as well.
Reading and writing have always been part of her life. As a child she wrote plays and talked neighborhood children into performing for parents and anyone else she could coerce into sitting through them. The rest of the time she spent reading — walking every Saturday to the library to replenish her stack of fiction.
In high school Dani finally began writing her own novel. The murder mystery featured a private investigator and a mysterious, beautiful woman. (Her first romance though she didn't know it back then.) Written in pen and pencil — no crayon she's happy to report — on all sorts of notebook paper — her study hall teachers thought her very studious — she finished the story after months of labor. Proudly, she gave it to her sister and best friend to read.
Her sister was furious that Dani had killed off the female lead at the end. Her best friend pointed out the entire story took place in an impossible 24-hour period. Other than that, they both swore they liked it.
Over the years, Dani continued to dabble in writing, particularly after she discovered science fiction. Unfortunately, good science fiction requires a solid scientific background. Not her strong suit.
But the most inhibiting factor was that in the old days writing involved typewriters and carbon paper. For those of you too young to remember, typewriters didn't all plug into the wall, and none had anything resembling a "memory." They had messy ribbons and sticking keys and bells that went ding when you came to the end of the line. That's literal, not figurative.
Carbon paper is a vile substance that requires patience, discipline, and strong spelling and accurate typing skills. Dani guarantees you, if man had not invented home computers, she'd still be living the stories in her head. Block and move, and spell check, now done with the click of a mouse button, was an incredible boon to writers the world over, she declares. So when her sister asked her to write her a romance novel while Dani was between jobs, it sounded like a snap.
Ignorance is bliss. Dani says she wrote her first romance novel in something like one week. She was so pleased by the results, she followed it up with two more. Then she discovered a group of writers who met once a week to critique and offer support to one another. Shortly thereafter she discovered a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. Of the five writers who formed the initial critique group, the three who were able to persevere are now all published authors. Moreover, Dani is proud to add that all three have been nominated for RITA Awards.
Dani concludes with: "Thanks to the loving support of my very own hero and the two sons we raised, I sold 13 books in five years. I'm proud to call myself a writer. And hopefully, I've given to others some of the pleasure I've derived from a lifetime of reading."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gavin and Leigh first meet when they're quite young. He's the bad boy and she's looking for something different. After they're finished the night she challenges him to make something of himself, which he does. When Leigh returns to claim her inheritance, they find themselves attracted again but don't know how to deal with their pasts.It's quite a sweet story and the characters are great fun.
I love it. I'm reading this series totally backward - I've had The Third Twin for years and read it several times. Now I've read this one and I understand a lot more (though I have to read Third Twin again to remember what it is I understand!). Now I really want the first book - The Firstborn. Excellent characters, staying true to their characterization throughout the book. A good story - two stories really, how Gavin and Leigh first encountered each other and then the present-day story. The villain is very nasty, and clearly out of his depth - which is a good thing, he's bad enough while flailing around, I'd hate to meet him when he was sure of his ground. It takes Gavin and Leigh a long time to get past their first meeting and deal with now - actually, it's really funny how they sort of overrun themselves. A kiss (or two, or three), then a proposal, then a discussion of how they're attracted, and finally admitting it's more than attraction - or at least more than wanting a fling. And the mysteries of Heartskeep add a nice fillip to the story as well. There are a lot of threads, each of which is interesting and all of which intertwine reasonably well. Good story, a lot of fun to read and one I'm going to reread. But not until I get Firstborn.
when i first got this book i didn't want to read it before i got the first book bubt i just couldn't resist. this book is full of suspence and mystery anad has steamy nights all packed into this one amazing book i defintly recomend this book to everyone now all i have to do is read the first book and the third book