Desert Heat

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F+W Media, Oct 22, 2012 - Fiction
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Mallory James doesn’t trust men. How could she when her own father abandoned her twenty-two years ago? Now, when she receives a phone call from a man claiming to have found the body of her father in the Arizona desert, Mallory has no way to find out the truth. For closure, she flies to Phoenix to claim the body.

Mike Malone has more trouble than he knows how to cope with. An environmental group, the Salt River Protection League, has gotten an injunction that prevents his guest ranch from operating. Tired of the battle, his longtime girlfriend has left him, and his friends - all depending on him for their livelihood - are getting desperate. The last thing he needs is the body of desert rat, Skeeter James, in one of his vacant cabins. And Mike really doesn’t need a beautiful woman taking his mind off business.

The minute Mallory reaches the deserted guest ranch things seem odd. Mike’s friends aren’t welcoming, and one in particular, Diana, seems to want Mallory gone. A vial of gold and half a treasure map are the only legacy Skeeter leaves. Before she can have the burial, Mallory is lured into the desert, bucked off a horse sabotaged by a thorn under his saddle blanket and stalked. Although she is falling for Mike, she can’t love a man she can’t trust. At first, Mike is skeptical of Mallory’s claims, but as incidents begin to pile up, he is forced to admit someone is trying to hurt her. But how can they stop what they don’t understand?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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With the Arizona desert as its backdrop, Desert Heat is a tale of one woman's quest to learn more about the father she never knew.
When Mallory James set out to a ranch in Arizona to claim the body
of her father, she had no idea what was in store. Saying she got more than she bargained for will be an understatement. She not only encounters hostility, murder and crazy plots to get rid of her, she also winds up with both physical and emotion treasures.
The plot of Desert Heat is refreshingly unpredictable as at one point even the hero, Mike was in the frame for murder.
I love the fact that Mallory had her own mind and despite the obvious attraction between her and Mike, she didn't lose her head or give in to her feelings until Mike had been cleared as a suspect.
I also loved that Mallory's rival for Mike's affection was an ordinary girl not some high powered model/rich girl seen in so many romance novels these days. Dianna was just an ordinary girl with a crush on the boss making her very relatable.
Desert Heat is a great read because it's not just a romance novel. Although the attraction Mallory and Mike sizzled throughout the book until the very end when they got together, Desert Heat also has a good plot to rival that of any crime novel.
Its plot has enough twists and turns to keep lovers of suspense on their toes till the very end. I highly recommend it.

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About the author (2012)

I draw inspiration from the area where I live, Western Colorado, my husband of twenty-nine years and our daughter, Brandi. Composites of our small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, three ducks, and cats of every shape and color often show up in my stories!

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