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by Kayla Janz
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance/Mystery/Crime
Description: Famed romance author Rachel Hardy has moved into the abandoned family cabin in the serene, little mountainside town of Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona to take a break from her hectic writing career and to get away from life in general. All that changed the moment she laid eyes on the run down place. Sheriff Todd Bradley was trying to solve a string of unsolved burglaries. Finding most of the stolen pieces in Rachel's garage sends Todd and Rachel together on a passionately dangerous and thrilling adventure to catch the Canyon Cat Burglar and to locate the still missing, extremely valuable necklace, The Irish Star. Can Todd learn to overlook the circumstantial evidence surrounding Rachel? Could she be the regionally infamous Canyon Cat Burglar? Together can they unveil treasures to last a lifetime?
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2005
eBookwise Release Date: November 2005
29 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [249 KB]
Reading time: 175-245 min.
"Unveiled Treasures is a charming story that will enchant you. Rachel and Todd do not expect the love that they find or that their road to love will be so bumpy. The author does a wonderful job mixing romance and mystery as Rachel and Todd struggle to have a relationship and find the thief. 4 Angels!"--Tewanda , Fallen Angels Reviews
"The sexual tension between Todd and Rachel will set you on fire from the very first time their eyes meet and continue through all of the dangers and uncertainties that they face together. This story is full of surprises, unexpected twists and turns, and you will be astounded to find out who wants this necklace and why. Blue Ribbon Rating: 5!"--Briana Burress, Romance Junkies
"I have to say that mysteries are not usually my cup of tea. I always have to go and read the last chapter of the story to see how it ends. I didn't rush to the end of the story with this book, I didn't feel the need. It caught my attention and had me so intrigued with the developing relationship between Rachel and Todd that I was done before I realized it. Ms. Janz has written a very good mystery/romance. Her characters are strong and very believable. She adds some great secondary characters and a dog that anyone would love to have. The sex is wonderful, hot, passionate steamy and all the other adjectives that you can think of. Overall, Unveiled Treasures is a very good book deserving a place on your keeper shelf. 5 Stars!"--Oleta M. Blaylock, JERR
"Unveiled Treasures is a fascinating story of adventure and betrayal. The attraction between Rachel and Todd is apparent from the beginning and gets more sensuous throughout the entire book. Kayla Janz did a terrific job of making you feel the emotions of each character. I felt happy one minute and ready to cry along with them in the next. The force of emotions between Rachel and Todd, shimmers right off the pages! 4 Angels!"--Tammy, Fallen Angels Reviews
Painfully sweet childhood memories flooded back as she passed the sandstone sculptures. They were a landmark so to speak, the turnoff to the cabin was near. She chanced a quick glimpse at the statues as she slowed to make her turn. Appreciating them for the works of art they were, she spoke to her companion "I'm not afraid of them anymore. I'm not a sleepy little girl caught by surprise in the middle of the night."
Her companion pulled his head into the cab of the pickup truck and looked at her with big soulful brown eyes. Half leaning and half crawling his way across the seat, he barked once and licked her face.
"I knew you would understand." She replied laughing, wiping slobber from her cheek. "So much has changed in my life, it's nice to see something familiar, something that's remained ... constant." Looking up the hill at what was supposed to be her driveway, she was awestruck by the beauty of the sun dappled, red and gold canopy of trees enveloping the drive. Still smiling, she willed her four-wheel drive pickup truck to make it up the very rutted and rocky lane hoping her memory had served her right and this did indeed lead to the cabin. "This will need to be graded before bad weather strikes, and if I don't get it done soon, we may not be able to make it out again," she grumbled to the Great Dane sitting beside her as she maneuvered the vehicle in front of the garage.
Rachel stepped out of her truck, waiting for her four legged friend to jump out and looked at the rundown cabin. In the mid-October sunlight, it looked awful. Unconsciously she began to chew on her lower lip, a nervous habit that surfaced when stressed or worried about something. A thoughtful frown creased her forehead as she stared at her new residence. She recalled it looking a lot bigger and in much better condition when she was a child. Laughing she realized how silly that sounded, even in her own head. Spinning in a circle she whistled for her friend. When he came running towards her, she spoke to him, "Brutus, my dear boy, I haven't been up here in twenty years. The place sure looks a lot different than it did when I was six. I forgot all about this place. I didn't even know it was still in the family."
Together they walked across the graveled drive to stare at their new home. Nestled in amongst the pinion pines and cottonwood trees stood the single story cabin. Made of brick and stone, the house was of very sturdy construction. She noticed the shake roof was in desperate need of repair. The shutters needed to have the old, peeling paint stripped off. The dirt-encrusted window panes were so dingy, they looked opaque. Rachel sighed and patted the dog's head, "We've got a lot of work ahead of us, just to make this place comfortable again. No, scratch that thought. Not comfortable, let's start with livable first." Brutus looked up at her, whined and dashed off into the trees chasing after squirrels.
The flagstone patio, with the short retaining wall winding around two-thirds of the house, was crumbling. The raised flower beds; or what she thought should be flower beds, were full of waist high weeds. Crossing the patio she noticed more weeds poking through every nook and cranny they could possibly find. Once she made her way to the edge of the patio, she gazed down at the creek, enchanted by the babbling song it sang.
"This is what I needed." She was looking forward to the opportunity to get her hands dirty and do something physically constructive. Never afraid of hard work, Rachel was still somewhat intimidated having to take on the daunting task alone. She continued to wander around the yard absorbing every detail along the way. Spinning a freestyle pirouette, she took a deep cleansing breath of fresh mountain air. It was going to be a big change to actually experience seasons. Living in Phoenix her whole life, she was excited by the idea. "What am I going to do without six months of summer?" she said to no one in particular. What she was really thinking was she missed her father and was second-guessing her spontaneous move to the mountains. At twenty-six years old she'd never lived alone. Moving from her parent's house into the dorm for four years had been a fun and exciting experience. After college she'd moved back in with her parents until meeting Jake. Moving in with him was an experience she wished she had missed. Once again she'd moved back to her parent's house. Only this time, Mom was gone. Three years now and the pain was still very sharp.
Shaking her head she frowned again and gave herself a mental chewing out. I couldn't wait to get out of there, now all I think about is running back. I shouldn't be homesick. I just got here! Rummaging through her purse for the keys to unlock the front door she turned when she heard a vehicle pull up the drive. She shielded her eyes from the afternoon sun as it glinted through the trees. A police officer stepped out of his SUV wearing dark sunglasses, shrouding his eyes from her. His physical appearance was the first thing she noticed about him. Big, broad shoulders, sun-kissed golden skin and sandy blonde hair just beginning to curl over the edge of his collar. If she could have imagined Adonis, he was now standing in her driveway. Rachel pasted a friendly smile on her face hoping she didn't appear as nervous as she felt. She appreciated an attractive man as much as the next woman, but was a little disconcerted by the sudden buzzing in her ears. Never a believer in love at first sight, but lust at first sight ... definitely. With his sunglasses still in place she couldn't tell if she was being considered a criminal or mentally undressed. He just stood by his truck staring at her. There was something in the way he scrutinized her that made her feel immediately self-conscious. Did she really look that bad? She lifted her chin in self-defense and stared back.