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by Adrianna Dane
Description: Esmerelda, Massachusetts, a community built on tradition, held secrets and painful memories. John William (J.W.) Dalton and Willow MacKenzie had once been passionate lovers, two halves of one soul, torn apart by greed and misunderstanding. Now, ten years later, J.W. is sheriff and Willow has returned to Esmerelda to finally lay to rest the tormenting ghosts that continue to haunt her. Her love for J.W. has never died. Willow's return will open old wounds. Can J.W. protect her from the destructive truth that awaits?
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2004 http://amberquill.com
eBookwise Release Date: August 2004
24 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [57 KB]
Reading time: 36-50 min.
"Don't be fooled by first-time author Adrianna Dane. When you pick up this short contemporary erotica by Amber Quill Press, I'm just letting you know, you'll be back for more. Ms. Dane writes with flare, cutting a deep emotional edge in Esmerelda's Secret ... Intense, fast-paced, and filled with intense erotic passion and deep emotion. Willow shows amazing strength, especially when she finally finds out the truth. J. W. is hot and sexy, fierce and demanding, and honest and loyal to a fault. Ms. Dane writes such powerful characters in this story, making it a captivating read."--Robin Taylor, The Buzz
"4 1/2 Roses ... A story that will pull you in from the beginning and doesn't want to release you until the end. Ms. Dane is able to draw you into the story to feel all the hurt, pain, sadness and love that Willow and J.W. feel. Willow and J.W. compliment each other in both their actions and their love for one another. The depth of their love is what helps them move forward and leaves them with only the happy memories from their past. Esmerelda's Secret is a short story and the debut story for Ms. Dane, and what a great way to start! I will be watching and waiting for more stories from Ms. Dane."--Pam Clifton, A Romance Review
"J.W." Instinct had her body responding to him. She was not prepared for this.
He turned toward her. John William Dalton, eldest son of Jack Dalton, and the current favored son of Esmerelda. There stood the man who had stolen and destroyed her heart and soul, leaving her with long, dark years of emptiness.
In uniform, he appeared larger, more muscled than she'd remembered, his face chiseled in shadows. Hard eyes studied her, and it was obvious he found her lacking. Willow gripped the towel. How had he known she was here?
At last, he broke the silence. "Hello, Willow. It's been a long time. I'm sorry about your mother, but I hope you're not planning on staying long. We don't need your kind around here." His voice caressed and destroyed her in the same breath.
So much for pleasantries. The words had been meant to hurt and to send her into retreat. Hurt, they did. Retreat, never. She would not let him see her pain.
Willow turned away, rummaging through her suitcase, blinking rapidly to hold back the tears. She couldn't find what she sought, so stopped looking. "What do you want, Sheriff? Are you here to railroad me out of town before I can cause another scandal?" She faced him, in control of herself now. Her hands were balled into fists, her stance rigid, and her head high. "I'm not seventeen, Sheriff, and I don't scare easily. I'll leave when I'm damn well ready to leave. Your scare tactics won't work."
"Think not?" His voice was deceptively quiet. "You've forgotten a lot since you left..."