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Heart of Shadows

Heart of Shadows by Joyce Lavene
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Rae Smith has a gift. Her grandmother calls it the gift of sight. During the five years she worked for the FBI, they called it profiling. The ability to get inside the mind of a killer. But it extracts a heavy price. Rae was one of the best. Until she lost it one day after finding another dead child. She turned on the man who confessed to the murder and almost killed him. The FBI retired her that day and she swore she would never be involved with another case. But Rae’s grandmother is seriously ill. More so than her roots and herbs can help. Without insurance, Rae needs money to help her. When software giant Steve Williams comes to her for help in finding his niece, she can’t turn him away. Steve convinces her that no one is going to believe a beautiful woman hanging on his arm is his cousin. She agrees to stay at his estate, posing as his new love interest. Yet, the more time she spends around him, the more she finds herself attracted to him. What makes it even more difficult is that Steve seems to be attracted to her as well. Rae tries to steer clear of close, personal contact with Steve but he insists on knowing her every thought and dream. His constant nearness, his solicitous touches and whispers of physical intimacy make her mind cloudy. She finds it difficult to concentrate on anything when he’s with her. His touch makes her want to run and hide, she tells herself. Then she finds ways for him to touch her. She’s scared and attracted to him, and when he finally kisses her, she understands the danger she felt from him. The man could consume her soul. Is he capable of killing his niece? as the girl’s mother insists. Rae watches him carefully. He’s a human dynamo who insists that life must go on without taking a break for his own personal tragedy. She’s seen him furious enough to break something and sensed a secret about him from their first meeting. Could he have hurt Bryce? If so, is he planning on using her to find the child’s body? She’s known from the beginning that the kidnaper has to be someone close to Steve. Now, she has to face the fact that it could be Steve himself.
Awe-Struck Publishing; March 2005
247 pages; ISBN 9781587494932
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Title: Heart of Shadows
Author: Joyce Lavene; Jim Lavene
She stopped short as she rounded the last aisle. There he was. He was reading an old book, a treasure she found at the auction last year. It was a book of love poems written by an eighteenth century monk to a wealthy matron. The copy was handmade, bound in cloth, and written in the tortured monk’s own hand. Rae’s heart was pounding. Whispers of sound buzzed through her head. Snatches of conversation and random thought tugged at her awareness. The scents from her shop mingled with the salty smell of the ocean on the night air. Control. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, fighting for serenity through the whirl of her emotions. She hadn’t had a problem with control for so long. He looked up. “Finished?” “What do you want from me?” “Just an answer.” He’d removed the hat, gloves, and coat. His face was arresting. Angular lines, high cheekbones, and a clever chin defined it. It reminded her of a painting she’d seen of the fairy king. His eyes were bright blue between dark lashes. His mouth had an ironic quirk to it. Either he had a wonderful sense of humor or he thought the world was a pretty strange place. He watched her as closely as she watched him. Like two jaguars claiming the same prey. Straightening her spine, she pushed back a strand of her hair that always refused to be tamed by her clip. “You’ve waited a long time. You must be a very patient man.” “Not really. But sometimes, you have to be patient to get what you want.” “And what is it that you want?” The blue gaze pinned her in place then assessed her slowly. “You.”