|Description: When treasure hunter and spy Laurel Blackwood raids Victoria Peak in Belize to recover a rare Mexican fire opal rumored to evoke dark desires and passions, she unwittingly sets off a sequence of dangerous events--and finds herself in the midst of a battle between good and evil… and lust and love. Being chased through the Yucatan jungle is perilous enough, but Laurel must also keep the opal from falling into the hands of a deadly terrorist cell, a greedy Belizean dignitary, and one particularly hot and scandalous treasure hunter named Devon Mallory.
For ten years, Devon has had his eye on the thirty-million-dollar prized opal and his heart set on winning Laurel for keeps. But her web of secrecy and now her betrayal over recovering the legendary stone without him has Devon hell-bent on stealing the opal from her and collecting on the massive pay-out. Unfortunately for Devon, there is much more to Laurel Blackwood than she lets on. And soon, he’s caught in the eye of the storm—falling under her sensuous spell, willing to put his own life on the line to help her protect the mystical jewel.
But Devon will eventually have to decide which gem is his true object of desire…
To My Readers: Where do I begin? I was a huge fan of the Secrets anthologies before I tried my hand at writing a novella for the collection. My first story was published in 2005 and I have enjoyed every single day thereafter as a Red Sage author.
Object of Desire is my first single title for Red Sage, and I am so thrilled to have this book published! I love gutsy women who can take care of themselves, but who have soft sides only a special hero knows about. Laurel is such a woman. And Devon… Well, to me, he’s a modern-day Han Solo (the ultimate hero in my opinion!). He’s a scoundrel, to be sure. A reluctant hero. A man who’s willing to step up to the plate—as long as there’s a reward involved. But when he finally meets the right woman… Even lost treasures can’t compare to fiery passion and bone-deep love.
Thanks, as always, to Alexandria Kendall, my publisher. And to Felecia, my editor. You’ve both made a dream come true for me.
Finally, I’d like to dedicate this book to the most important people in my life.
To the readers I have accumulated over the years: Without you… well, my parents would have to buy a lot of books to keep me in the business! Thanks for your continued support and the kind words so many of you send me.
To my family: Thanks for your never-ending encouragement and belief in everything I do!
To Julie Townsend, Willie Inazu, Joanne Frederick and Joan Cihak (and in loving memory of Mary J. Leader): No words can express how grateful I am for your support, friendship and mentoring. I am so lucky to have such incredibly smart and wonderful people in my life!
To my critique partners, Sherri Knauss, Erin Grady, Wendy Hood and Rachelle Chase: You always tell it like it is, and that has saved me from traveling some less-than-stellar paths! Thanks for all the encouragement and support you have offered, and for lending an ear during moments of panic! You are more than critique partners—you’re dear friends and sisters in crime!
And to AJM: For listening to me all the damned time and never complaining about it (or my endless hours of writing).
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