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Press:Thorndike Press Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (August 7, 2013)
Author Name:Garwood, Julie


#1 "New York Times "bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and--of course--romance. 
Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop's Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit--only then will they own it.
A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic.
Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.
There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding.
Among them are Peyton's contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn't inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.
It's soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her--until she's nearly killed.
She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.
He saved her life once; he can do it again.
Julie's previous two titles, The Ideal Man and Sweet Talk, both debuted at #2 on the "New York Times" bestseller list.

About the Author

JULIE GARWOOD is among the most critically acclaimed -- and popular -- romance authors around, with thirty-six million copies of her books in print. 
The author of numerous bestsellers, she lives near Kansas City, Missouri.

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Finn wasn’t ready to go inside yet. 
Beck would come and get him when it was time.
It was warm today.
The sun was shining, and it was at least seventy degrees, he guessed, maybe seventy-five.
He and Ronan had spent a week working in Chicago where it had been around ten degrees every single day with crazy below-zero wind chills.
The heat felt good on his face.
He liked being outside, cold or hot, and he liked being home, too.
It had been such a long time.His cell phone rang, reminding him that he needed to turn it off before the ceremony.
He saw who was calling and felt a wave of exhaustion.
On-again off-again Danielle was trying to reconnect with him.
He wasn’t about to get into that drama.
He’d had enough, and he simply didn’t have the stamina for any more of her games.
He declined the call and turned off the phone.
He should go in, he decided, and was about to do just that when he saw her.
The vision in blue.
He watched her cross the parking lot and start up the walkway, her high heels clicking against the brick.
He noticed her body first, of course.
It was damn near perfect.
The short, fitted dress showed off her curves and her long, gorgeous legs.
Her stride was every bit as sexy as her body.
The way she moved was sensual and seductive.
She was absolutely beautiful.
Her long dark hair, the color of midnight, fell in soft curls just below her slender shoulders.She must have felt him watching her, for she suddenly turned and looked up the hill.
When she saw him, she stepped off the path and started walking toward him.
He wanted to swallow, but he couldn’t seem to remember how.
He had never reacted to any woman this fiercely, this quickly.
What had happened to his self-control? He excused his bizarre behavior by reasoning that she was no ordinary woman.
He didn’t want to stare, but the closer she came, the better she looked.
Beneath her thick dark eyelashes were the most beautiful, crystalline blue eyes he had ever seen, and her rosy lips were full and inviting.She stepped directly in front of him and gave him a heart-stopping smile.
The dimple in her cheek was sexy as hell.
So was her scent, which was light and feminine.Her eyes sparkled with laughter when she stretched up, kissed him on his cheek, and said, “Hello, Hotshot.”He was speechless.
Peyton Lockhart? He couldn’t believe it.
She was all grown-up.
She had gone from a skinny little girl to this beautiful woman with a devastating smile.
When did this happen? The transformation seemed to have taken place overnight, but then Finn realized he hadn’t been around while she was growing up.
He’d gone to California to do his undergraduate work at Stanford and had stayed there for law school.
During that time his parents had downsized to a smaller, more energy-efficient home about a mile from their old house in Brentwood.
Whenever Finn was home on break, he never had enough time to go back to the old neighborhood.Finn overcame his surprise enough to speak.
“Don’t call me Hotshot.”“You didn’t know who I was, did you, Finn?” she asked, saying his name to placate him.“I didn’t have a clue,” he admitted.
He was still trying to get past his initial reaction and stop acting as though he had never seen a beautiful woman before.
This was Peyton, the little girl who would sit on the front steps and wait for him to come home from high school so she could tell him about her day.
She was a nuisance back then, and now a temptress.“Are your sisters here? I won’t recognize them, either, will I?”“Yes, they’re here already.
I’m running late.”Beck whistled from the doorway to get Finn’s attention.“Aren’t you in the wedding?” she asked.He nodded.
“Yeah, I should go in.
It’s good to see you again.”Peyton didn’t want to miss the bride walking down the aisle.
“It’s good to see you, too.”It had suddenly become awkward, and she didn’t understand why.
He wasn’t leaving.
Beck whistled again, but Finn didn’t move.“Are you going to the reception?” he asked.“No, I’m afraid I can’t.”“Maybe I’ll see you after the wedding, then.”Peyton continued on, but when she glanced back, she thought it strange that Finn was still standing in the same spot.Finn had walked down to the parking lot to get away from the noise.
He was listening to phone messages and turned just as Peyton was approaching.
He offered to walk her to her car.“How come you aren’t coming to the reception?” he asked.“I have to work,” she answered.
She dug the keys out of her little clutch and hit the unlock button.
Standing beside her car, she said, “It really was good to see you.”“I’m sorry we didn’t get to—” He stopped.
“When did you get this car?” he asked, staring past her and frowning.“About a year ago.
Why?”Finn moved closer and squatted down behind the rear bumper.
“These are bullet holes.”“Yes, they are,” she agreed.
She didn’t seem the least fazed.
“I’ve got to get going or I’ll be late for work.”He wasn’t about to let her leave.
“They haven’t been here long.”“The bullet holes?”“Yes, the bullet holes,” he said.He was asking questions so rapidly he wasn’t giving her time to answer.“Yes, I was in the car.
I was on the highway when it happened.
He wanted me to stop.
I didn’t know he shot at me until I was back in Texas.
The holes are so low, I didn’t see them until a few days later.
In fact, you’re the only other person who’s noticed them.”“You couldn’t hear gunshots?” His voice was brisk, no nonsense.
He was all FBI now.Her hand went to her hip.
“I was in the middle of a blizzard at the time.
All I could hear was the howling wind.”“Where exactly were you?”“Northwest of Minneapolis.
Finn, I’ve got to leave.”She wasn’t going anywhere until she gave him a few more details.“Who did you report it to?”Peyton knew he wasn’t going to like her answer.
“I didn’t report it.”“Because you didn’t realize he was shooting at you.”“Exactly.”“But when you did see the bullet holes—”She cut him off.
“I didn’t report it.”“Why the hell not?” Frustration made his voice sharp.
“He could be out there now trolling for his next victim, and maybe this time he’ll hit the gas tank or, worse, the driver.”She shook her head.
“No, he won’t.”“Did you get the make or model?”“I have to leave.”“No, you have to answer me.”“You know what, Finn.
You’re just as bossy and stubborn as you were when I was a little girl.”“And you’re just as aggravating.
Now answer me.”She gave in.
“It was a big white truck, and I know for a fact that he isn’t out on the highway looking for other victims.” Unless someone gets on Drew Albertson’s bad side, she silently added.
She took a step closer.
“And I’m not a victim.
I took control of the situation and forced him to stop chasing me.”“How?” he asked, trying to concentrate on what she was saying and not how sexy she was or how good she smelled.“I sent him into a field.
Actually, I sent him through a fence into a field.”“How did you do that?”“Some...intricate driving moves.” Slamming on the brakes and going into a spin that she was helpless to control could be considered an intricate move, couldn’t it?“Intricate driving moves, huh?” he repeated, smiling.“Yes,” she said.
“He didn’t get hurt,” she hastened to add.
“His car sank into the snow, and he was stuck.
I pulled over to make sure he didn’t need an ambulance.
I watched him get out and start pounding his fists on the truck.”“You saw the shooter?”Uh-oh.
Too late, she realized she shouldn’t have mentioned that fact because now he was going to ask her another hundred questions.
She decided to stop him before he got started.“I didn’t get a close look at him, but I’ve got a good idea who he is.”He seemed to take the news in stride.
Who is he?”“His name is Rick Parsons, and he works for the company that hired me.”He nodded calmly, but she noticed his jaw was clenched.
“Since you never reported the incident to the police, he wasn’t arrested.”“That’s right.”“Why was he chasing you?”“Because I left,” she said, evading the details.
“They really hate it when you leave the company”—she shrugged—“so they shoot at you.”Peyton thought he would think her answer funny, but apparently he wasn’t amused.
She was sure he would have kept her there with his questions for the rest of the evening, or until he had the entire story, if a groomsman hadn’t appeared and told him he had to return to the church for photos.Finn answered that he would be right there, then opened the car door for Peyton.
Before he started back up the hill toward the church, he turned to Peyton and said, “We aren’t finished with this.”

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     Intertaining enjoy the book.
  •     I wish I could say this was another winner for Ms Garwood. I will admit my opinion may have much to do with the Audible recording I listened to. The speakers voice was pleasant and versatile but her knowledge of the accent for MN was awful. She used an accent that many comics use, more of a characature than reality. I would like to think the author would know better but then she does mention lutafisk (not all that popular there either) several times so maybe she doesn't. I have lived most of my life in and around the area.All this made the story seem more like a joke than anything else. I did enjoy catching up with Ronan and Grayson a bit.
  •     Tantilizing
  •     I thought it trashy and expensive for junk stuff.
  •     I love the whole series from Julie Garwood and this fits perfectly into the mold. I won't give the book away as the description of the book covers it but I will say it is worth...
  •     Have read several in this series and really enjoy the easy read.
  •     The heroine was a little naive at times. But the beginning of the story was nice. There were so many conflicts during the story you'd wonder how it would all come together but the...
  •     Predictable and unrealistic . I think character development for the female protagonist was lacking
  •     In this superb 12 book series (Buchanan/Renard/ MacKenna, bestselling authorJulie Garwood outdid herself again,in book 11..".Hotshot!" Although this is a series, each book can be read as a stand alone.............Ever since she was a child in a near death experience, Peyton Lockhart never once had forgotten the boy that once saved her life, or more Importantly, the man he was today. Each year on her birthday, she sent him an email thanking him and calling him "Hotshot". Why not? He was an olympic gold medalist in swimming having a gorgeous face and sinfully sexy physique and a FBI agent who saved her from drowning when she was just a little girl. She also knew she had a problem, especially since quitting her last job only to return home finding bullets encased in her car. Shaking it off, she did have a wedding to attend to and a resort to take care of. If she and her sisters didn't get the renovations completed in the year's time, they would lose it all and that was something that Peyton wasn't about to let happen. The moment that special agent Finn MacBain saw the gorgeous blonde approach the church steps, he was in awe,making him utterly speechless. She was beautiful, with long slender and classy looking legs,but mostly, sexy as all hell and she called him "Hotshot". Peyton? Her smile was enough to cause him impure thoughts but he was also no fool. Not believing in relationships, attachments or even the silly notion of love, Finn knew he could get lost in those blue eyes alone and for that bit of knowledge, he decided to keep his distance because this little blonde bombshell who constantly sent him an email each year, could be more dangerous than his very own enemies, or so he thought. One look at her car and those bullet holes, told Finn an entirely different story and one he dreaded. Peyton was in danger and someone was trying to kill her. But who and why? Not taking him seriously, Peyton not only worked her heart out at the resort but someone had just tried to kill her again, and before she knew it, Finn was there being her protector all over again and even more so, he was lighting a fuse in her that could only be extinguished by him. When sparks begin to fly between Finn and Peyton, more attempts are made on her life forcing Finn to come to terms with a shocking revelation, but not before a cold and calculated killer decided it was time to up the score even more!..........I loved this book by Miss Garwood.....thank you.....♡♡
  •     I really liked this book... it was such a sweet romantic story with a little bit of adventure added.
  •     I love Garwood and I reread them over and over. They have a rhythm and lovely flow and characters that have distinctive voices. This...
  •     I have read everything the author has written. This book kept me turning the pages,but mostly because I kept waiting for everything to improve. The characters and the plot all seemed a little flat and one dimensional. Julie Garwood usually makes her characters relatable and likable, but I thought the heroines choices where unbelievable and trite, while the hero seemed like a typical cardboard alpha male.This book read more like a first draft than a finished product. All the secondary characters seemed like placeholders who were given a single personality trait and never fleshed out beyond that.This is the first Julie Garwood book that I dislike. If you are a completest and must read it, save your money and go to the library.
  •     Julie Garwood's stories are usually very good and fun to read. This one is not. It is very contrived (the bad people are ridiculously bad, there are always more than one person committing the same type of crime that could be "the bad guy" - just unlikely, unbelievable plot lines. That takes the enjoyment out of it because you spend time being disappointed at the silliness instead of enjoying the story. While I expect fiction to be fiction, I don't enjoy stories where the author hasn't put any effort into making it somewhat believable. It had potential but doesn't meet it.
  •     With her trademark sense of humor and ability to take you into the story, Julie Garwood delights and intrigues you to the last word. From the moment a young Finn MacBain rescues a very young Peyton Lockhart, to the grown Finn locking eyes on the grown Peyton I couldn't read fast enough. Following his many outstanding accomplishments, Peyton gives her hero the nickname "Hotshot". I absolutely fell in love with her quirky heroine. Peyton had me gripping the book when she had to deal with her sexual predator of nightmare boss. She flees her dream job to find her life in danger, and her hotshot hero once again coming to her rescue. Being a huge fan of Ms Garwood's Highlander novels, shades of Gabriel MacBain from THE GIFT, rolled in on me as Finn blasts his way into my heart. Peyton and her sister's are given the opportunity to own their uncle's resort, Bishop's Cove, if they can turn it around in a year. With danger still on her heels, more treachery is a foot when Peyton and her sister begin their task. Through love and heartbreak, to a diabolical relative, and danger and intrigue, the journey keeps you turning to the last page and then some. Thanks for sharing such a gift with us!
  •     It kept you in suspense. Had difficulty putting it down. Loved the way Finn met his future wife as a child. Well thought out plot.

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