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Darkly handsome with an arrogant edge, architectural engineer Scout Ritland is the kind of American man who spells trouble. Chantal duPont should know, for she has experienced the best and worst of the country and its people--including one who broke her heart. Yet here she is, home on sultry Parrish Island, putting herself in the way of another bold Yankee. This time, however, it's for a good cause: Scout is the one man who can help her village, and she's not about to let him get the better of her--no matter how much she may want to.

Fresh from completing his work on the island's new luxury resort, Scout's ready for a little recreation--though being kidnapped and shot isn't on his agenda. But when he catches sight of an exotic beauty with electric blue eyes, events quickly spin out of control. Scout should be outraged to find himself held captive, but an abductor as alluring as Chantal makes it hard to stay angry.

Soon Scout is swept up by Chantal's need to help her people--and the role he is to play in her ambitious plan. With each passing day, the work and the woman present him with challenges he could never find at home. But as the project progresses, intrigue and adventure burn hotter than the island's volcano--and two people who have met their match in each other face a future that could tear them apart....

From the Hardcover edition.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers, with over seventy million copies of her books in print. She and her family divide their time between South Carolina and Texas. From the Hardcover edition.


Engineer Scout Ritland has just finished a major project on mythical Parrish Island, somewhere in the tropics. At a party celebrating the end of the job, he spots a beautiful woman from across the room and is immediately enthralled. When Scout follows her outside, hoping to break his long fast from the ladies, he is shot in the leg and kidnapped by Chantal duPont, the object of his desire. Chantal lives in a village that is separated from the rest of the island by a chasm spanned only by a suspension bridge. She and her father have been so impressed with Scout's engineering skills that they are sure he can build them a bridge so their people can join the rest of the island population. Scout is understandably outraged by the entire plan and threatens to leave as soon as he can walk. To prove to Scout that he can't get away, Chantal has her men burn down the bridge. While earlier Brown romances demonstrate her improvement in plot and characterization over the years, this title is the weakest one yet. The characters are almost caricatures, while the story requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief. Bernadette Dunne does an excellent job with a difficult piece of work; her Chantal has a slight French accent, while Scout sounds manly and angry most of the time. An optional purchase.-Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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