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The Doubting Heart by Brenda Gayle

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    When Shelby Holt convinces a friend to work at Wildhorse Pass tourist ranch, she never imagines he will die there. The police say Michael's death was accidental, but Shelby doesn't believe it. Haunted by guilt, she puts her academic career on hold to investigate.

    Just back from the Middle East, Chad Graham is guilt-ridden over Michael's death too. He poses as a ranch hand at Wildhorse Pass to investigate the woman claiming his cousin's death is suspicious. Were the police wrong? Or is Shelby hiding something?

    Shelby knows she can't trust her heart, but when it comes to Chad, she can't trust her head either. He looks uncannily like Michael. Yet even as their distrust deepens, sensual attraction simmers between them. The closer Shelby and Chad get to answers--and to each other--the closer they get to danger...and to a killer who will stop at nothing to avoid discovery.

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 350
    Word Count: 88858
    978-1-61217-697-0 Paperback
    978-1-61217-698-7 Digital

    Excerpt

    Shelby lowered her gaze,allowing it to linger on his hips, admiring the way the faded denim gently hugged the firm, rounded buttocks before falling over what she imagined were strong, powerful thighs. Then he raised his head and she was treated to a glorious view of glistening droplets of water coursing down his back, past where his waist narrowed, to disappear beneath the waistband of his jeans.

    Wow! The word reverberated through her mind and her skin glowed warm at the sight. She smiled, bemused by her reaction to the unknown man.

    Well, it has been a while and there’s nothing wrong with looking.

    He shook his head and turned toward her. The shimmering spray momentarily impeded her view of his face, then the mist fell away and everything began to move in slow motion. Her gut twisted painfully and she gasped for air.

    “Hello,” he said, moving toward her, not seeming the least bit self-conscious about finding himself the object of her stare.

    It can’t be! Her mind tried to make sense of what she was seeing.

    He was taller, heavier—in all the right places—younger. His hair was a darker brown and longer. He was unshaven, an affectation she generally abhorred, but on him the dark stubble added an unexpected measure of sensual intrigue. The line of his chin was stronger, too, and his mouth lacked the self-deprecating smile. But his eyes… Dark swaths of eyebrow added to their intensity and she couldn’t look away from their penetrating gray stare. Oh God, he has Michael’s eyes!

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04/01/2013

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The Doubting Heart is a gang-buster contemporary romance. Brenda Gayle writes believable characters you want to like, wonderful settings you'd like to visit, and layers of mystery that keep you guessing. A thoroughly enjoyable read to add to your beach bag!

AND the segue into the next novel at the end of this one will have you ordering an advance copy!

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