Author: Linda Howard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition
Purchase Link: Amazon
Originally published in 1997, this timeless romantic suspense by Linda Howard is a classic by the author who has long since mastered the art of romance and suspense.
Roanna and her cousin Jessie's parents are killed in an accident and the two orphans move in with their wealthy grandmother Lucinda. Lucinda has a lot of plans for her grandchildren, as well as he nephew Webb. To Lucinda the children are the future of her family empire. She decides the Webb will inherit and expects that someday he will marry her granddaughter Jessie.
The the children grow they become closer and soon Lucinda's goals are met, Webb and Jessie marry. Roanna who is much younger is desperately in love with Webb, but she realizes there's no chance for her with him. She very accident pron, always saying the wrong things and not at all what every in the family expects a young socialite to be. She loves spending time with the families horses. Webb takes care of Roanna when he can, always spending time with her and giving her attention even when she follows him around like a little puppy dog.
Jessie, on the other hand is a complete witch to Roanna and her marriage to Webb isn't what she thought it would be at all. She begins a elicit affair and soon is violently murdered. With the case left unsolved and Webb as the prime suspect with no proof, he takes off and leaves Lucinda and Roanna when they need him most.
After 10 years Lucinda sends Roanna to go find Webb and bring him back. Still as ruthless as he once was, maybe more so he gives Roanna an ultimatum. He'll come back if she sleeps with him.
Check out the rest of the book and find out who really killed Jessie and who has set his sights on Roanna and Webb next. This book leaves you guess right until the end.
Roanna Davenport was raised a wealthy orphan on her grandmother's magnificent Alabama estate, Davencourt, where she had a passion for horses, a genius for trouble, and a deep love for her cousin, Webb. But everyone expected Webb to marry their ravishing cousin, Jessie. When he did, Roanna's desire became no more than the stuff of dreams -- until the night Jessie was found bludgeoned to death.
After the shocking murder of his wife, Webb left for Arizona, abandoning the legacy that he had once believed was all he wanted. But then an all-grown-up Roanna walked into a dingy bar in Nogales to bring him home; the mischievous sprite he had known ten years earlier was no more. Gone, too, was her fire. In its place was ice that melted at his touch. Webb is drawn back to Davencourt, to Roanna, and to the killer that once destroyed his life and waits only for the chance to finish the job....