Escape: Heartbreaker\Duncan's Bride

by Linda Howard

HARLEQUIN | January 28, 2014 | Mass Market Paperbound

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Two timeless tales of romance and suspense from New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard 

HEARTBREAKER 

Michelle Cabot reluctantly returns home to Central Florida, having inherited her father''s cattle ranch—and the mountain of bills that go with it. But Michelle''s determined to turn things around, even as she discovers she''s heavily indebted to neighboring rancher John Rafferty, a man she''s spent ten years trying to forget. John has his own ideas for how the spoiled princess he remembers might pay him back—but when Michelle''s secrets come to light, he''ll do anything to protect her…including letting go of the past once and for all. 

DUNCAN''S BRIDE 

It''s been seven years since rancher Reese Duncan''s first wife left him high and dry, and he''s been trying to rebuild his life ever since. What he needs is a dependable mate—someone uncomplicated with whom he can start a family and who will help out around the ranch. At first glance, city girl Madelyn Patterson seems all wrong. But Madelyn isn''t after his money or his land. She wants the one thing Reese can''t guarantee—his heart.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.66 × 4.14 × 1.28 in

Published: January 28, 2014

Publisher: HARLEQUIN

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373778406

ISBN - 13: 9780373778409

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Escape: Heartbreaker\Duncan's Bride

by Linda Howard

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.66 × 4.14 × 1.28 in

Published: January 28, 2014

Publisher: HARLEQUIN

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373778406

ISBN - 13: 9780373778409

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She found the paper while she was sorting through the personal things in her father's desk. Michelle Cabot unfolded the single sheet with casual curiosity, just as she had unfolded dozens of others, but she had read only a paragraph when her spine slowly straightened and a tremor began in her fingers. Stunned, she began again, her eyes widening with sick horror at what she read. Anybody but him. Dear God, anybody but him! She owed John Rafferty one hundred thousand dollars. Plus interest, of course. At what percent? She couldn't read any further to find out; instead she dropped the paper onto the littered surface of the desk and sank back in her father's battered old leather chair, her eyes closing against the nausea caused by shock, dread and the particularly sickening feeling of dying hope. She had already been on her knees; this unsuspected debt had smashed her flat. Why did it have to be John Rafferty? Why not some impersonal bank? The end result would be the same, of course, but the humiliation would be absent. The thought of facing him made her shrivel deep inside, where she protected the tender part of herself. If Rafferty ever even suspected that that tenderness existed, she was lost. A dead duck…or a sitting one, if it made any difference. A gone goose. A cooked goose. Whatever simile she used, it fit. Her hands were still shaking when she picked up the paper to read it again and work out the details of the financial agreement. John Rafferty had made
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Two timeless tales of romance and suspense from New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard 

HEARTBREAKER 

Michelle Cabot reluctantly returns home to Central Florida, having inherited her father''s cattle ranch—and the mountain of bills that go with it. But Michelle''s determined to turn things around, even as she discovers she''s heavily indebted to neighboring rancher John Rafferty, a man she''s spent ten years trying to forget. John has his own ideas for how the spoiled princess he remembers might pay him back—but when Michelle''s secrets come to light, he''ll do anything to protect her…including letting go of the past once and for all. 

DUNCAN''S BRIDE 

It''s been seven years since rancher Reese Duncan''s first wife left him high and dry, and he''s been trying to rebuild his life ever since. What he needs is a dependable mate—someone uncomplicated with whom he can start a family and who will help out around the ranch. At first glance, city girl Madelyn Patterson seems all wrong. But Madelyn isn''t after his money or his land. She wants the one thing Reese can''t guarantee—his heart.

About the Author

Linda Howard was born on August 3, 1950. She went on to a small community college, as the only journalism major, but soon dropped out to work at a trucking company as a secretary. She sold her first book to Silhouette Books in 1980. She has written over 50 books including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, Dying to Please, Open Season, All the Queen's Men, Kill and Tell, Mr. Perfect, and Son of the Morning. She has received several awards including the Romance Writers of America's RITA, the Silver Pen for Affaire de Coeur as well as the Romantic Time's Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Sensual Romance, the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award for Series, and the W.I.S.H. Award for her character Joe Mackenzie.

Editorial Reviews

"Linda Howard knows what readers want."

-Affaire de Coeur
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