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The Haunted Heart Hotel

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Release Date:
February 1, 2013
ISBN:
9781612522838
Cover Artist:
Taria Reed

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Susan Miller had a job she loved in a La Jolla hotel where she planned holiday events and arranged wedding receptions and never, ever made beds. Now her mom needs help with the family hotel in Virginia City, Nevada. Somehow Susan has to pull the Haunted Heart Hotel into the twenty-first century without losing its nineteenth century charm and without spending any money.

Jesse Barnes is the loan officer who must play the villain in this melodrama. After his parents died when he was twelve, he grew up in foster care and is determined to show the world he can be a solid citizen even if it means foreclosing on a woman he’s come to more than admire.

When they begin to care for each other they must make some big decisions about where and in what jobs they will be most fulfilled.

EXCERPT

Sue looked at the bright blue sky and thought of sunny beaches, warm sand, and soft waves lapping her feet. Even though the town held the Polar Bear Plunge at noon, the temperature had only made it up to the low thirties. Grabbing her scarf as a brisk breeze tried to whip it off her face, she coughed as the wind blew wood smoke into her nose. The bonfire on the snow, beside the pool specially set up for the plunge, gave out more smoke than heat. She stared at the group of men -- and one woman -- in their bathing suits and shivered.

"They must be crazy," she said to her mom.

"They're brave, daring, exciting," Mom said, waving at an older man who was almost blue.

He grinned broadly and waved back.

"Isn't Robert handsome?" her mom said.

Not especially, even though he did his best to hold his pot belly in. Now, Jesse Barnes was another matter. Tall, broad shouldered, slim hipped, he stood by the side of the pond in a careless pose as if this were a sunny beach instead of a snow bank in Virginia City, Nevada, on New Year's Day.

"Oh, they're ready to go." Her mom jumped up and down.

Not a bad idea considering how cold it was. Sue jumped a little while the mayor counted down from ten to one and blew his whistle. The members of the Virginia City Polar Bear Club jumped into the icy water amid shouts from townspeople and tourists.

One minute later they emerged purple-lipped but grinning. Supporters surged forward with towels, but no one neared Jesse Barnes. Sue couldn't stand it. She ran to a pile of blankets, grabbed one, and threw it over Jesse's shoulders.

He pulled it around him and smiled at her, a slow lighting of his face, but his dark eyes remained somber. "Thanks. Would you mind handing me my towel?" He swiped at the water running down his face from his dark hair.

Sue picked up a towel from the pile of clothes. Jesse snaked one hand out from the blanket to take it and scrubbed his hair. He shivered as he lifted his clothes and stepped into his boots.

"Why don't you come back to the hotel with us?" The words were out befoer Sue could stop them. She didn't have this kind of relationship with jesse, the load officer. As the almost delinquent client, she could be the heroine in one of the melodramas regularly put on in Virginia Cityr, only she didn't see any hero riding to her rescue.


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