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From the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany to the shimmering seaport of Miami, from the cutthroat business of rival shipping empires to the passionate battles of the heart comes a novel of desire, ambition and deadly betrayal.

Known affectionately as the “Queen of the Seas,” Adriana Falcone as taken over from her late husband as head of the centuries-old Falcone Line of cruise ships.  And she has come to realize that to navigate the dark and turbulent waters of this business, you either sink—or learn to swim with the sharks.

Thorne Weston is the most dangerous shark of all.  As the head of Blue Ribbon Cruises, he is Adriana’s fiercest rival.  And when her company’s future is in jeopardy.  Adriana is forced into an unwilling partnership with this enigmatic man.  A man whose true agenda remains a mystery.

But Adriana has enemies she never imagined.  And Thorne becomes her only sanctuary as Adriana confronts the legacy of the Falcone empire, a decades-old secret shrouded in treachery, and the cold heart of a determined killer.

“Do you often play for Longmont?” Mack paused, watching Lara tuck a stray tendril of hair neatly behind an ear.

“No.” She felt unaccountably nervous. “I play regularly on a women’s team.  And anywhere else another player is needed.”

“Like it?”

“Love it.  It’s exhilarating to lean from a saddle, race at thirty miles an hour, and crack a three-inch ball between the goal posts. I play for the thrill of it.”

“I know. Once you’ve played, you’re hooked for life.”

He dangled his helmet from one hand as they talked. Lara noted the gold-tipped hair on his chest, exposed by the deep V of his knit shirt crowded her mind. A slight smile began to stretch across his face, telling her that he was aware of her interest.

“That’s a bad habit,” he admonished.

“What?”

“The way you’re looking at me. I feel like a horse at a Fasig-Tipton sale that you’re bent on acquiring.”

Lara narrowed her eyes at his arrogance. “Well, in that case, it’s a habit I definitely intend to correct.” She glanced away, sensing his quickened interest.

“But if I were for sale”—he watched her intently—“would you buy?”

“No.” She deliberately scanned his lean body with a feigned boldness. “I couldn’t afford your price.”

He laughed. “Don’t sound too sure. I have a feeling you might be able to afford me after all.”

  • Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1551665054
  • ISBN-10 : 1551665050
  • Publisher : Mira (June 1, 1999

This book is out of print, but you can likely find a copy on Amazon. Click here.

 

 

French Edition

Recently reissued in France!

From the sun-drenched hills of Tuscany to the shimmering seaport of Miami, from the cutthroat business of rival shipping empires to the passionate battles of the heart comes a novel of desire, ambition and deadly betrayal.

Known affectionately as the “Queen of the Seas,” Adriana Falcone as taken over from her late husband as head of the centuries-old Falcone Line of cruise ships.  And she has come to realize that to navigate the dark and turbulent waters of this business, you either sink—or learn to swim with the sharks.

Thorne Weston is the most dangerous shark of all.  As the head of Blue Ribbon Cruises, he is Adriana’s fiercest rival.  And when her company’s future is in jeopardy.  Adriana is forced into an unwilling partnership with this enigmatic man.  A man whose true agenda remains a mystery.

But Adriana has enemies she never imagined.  And Thorne becomes her only sanctuary as Adriana confronts the legacy of the Falcone empire, a decades-old secret shrouded in treachery, and the cold heart of a determined killer.

“Do you often play for Longmont?” Mack paused, watching Lara tuck a stray tendril of hair neatly behind an ear.

“No.” She felt unaccountably nervous. “I play regularly on a women’s team.  And anywhere else another player is needed.”

“Like it?”

“Love it.  It’s exhilarating to lean from a saddle, race at thirty miles an hour, and crack a three-inch ball between the goal posts. I play for the thrill of it.”

“I know. Once you’ve played, you’re hooked for life.”

He dangled his helmet from one hand as they talked. Lara noted the gold-tipped hair on his chest, exposed by the deep V of his knit shirt crowded her mind. A slight smile began to stretch across his face, telling her that he was aware of her interest.

“That’s a bad habit,” he admonished.

“What?”

“The way you’re looking at me. I feel like a horse at a Fasig-Tipton sale that you’re bent on acquiring.”

Lara narrowed her eyes at his arrogance. “Well, in that case, it’s a habit I definitely intend to correct.” She glanced away, sensing his quickened interest.

“But if I were for sale”—he watched her intently—“would you buy?”

“No.” She deliberately scanned his lean body with a feigned boldness. “I couldn’t afford your price.”

He laughed. “Don’t sound too sure. I have a feeling you might be able to afford me after all.”

  • Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1551665054
  • ISBN-10 : 1551665050
  • Publisher : Mira (June 1, 1999

This book is out of print, but you can likely find a copy on Amazon. Click here.

 

 

French Edition

Recently reissued in France!

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