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Lori Foster Bundle by Lori Foster
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Jun 23, 12

bookshelves: family, romance
Read from June 21 to 23, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Setting: family home on large acreage, lake on one side, lots of nature, near small town of Buckhorn, Kentucky with about 700 residents, large summer tourist traffic. 4 adult brothers (with 3 fathers, and 1 tremendous mother) plus 16 year old son of one, living together – and perfect specimens of manhood – in looks, in generosity, in consideration, in fun, in support, in values.

Theme: love, trust, fear

Characters:
Sawyer Hudson – oldest brother – father died serving in the military – town doctor. He (and his brothers) have raised his son Casey. Sawyer married in medical school to high school sweetheart, she was bored and felt neglected and slept around. He was divorcing her when found out she was pregnant (unknown father)… she had no one else, so he was in the delivery with her, she said she was giving baby up for adoption, Sawyer signed birth record as father and with support of mother and brothers, finished medical school, set up practice from room added to house, and raised Casey. Out of respect for women and women patients, he goes out of town when he needs sexual relief.

Honey Malone – frightened, sick (bronchitis), feverish, on the run… she runs off the road, through Sawyer’s fence, and partly in the lake. Her father is rich businessman, disappointed in not having a son, cold toward daughters, more interested in business than them… he changes his will so that Honey’s future husband would inherit his wealth upon his death. Honey is engaged to one of his father’s employees, and overhears that he’s more interested in her father’s money than him, she quietly moves out – but when she’s being followed, when someone breaks in to search her sister’s house (where she’s staying), and she is run off the road, but neither the police nor her father take her seriously, she decides to ‘get out of Dodge’… sells one car, rents another… her clothes are at her sisters, but the rest of what she took from her fiance’s is still in her car, and goes with her.
Summary:
And immediately, Sawyer is attracted to and wants to protect Honey. He doctors her (both her concussion and her bronchitis), she sleeps in his bed, he won’t let her leave, the brothers gain her trust… they decide her ex-fiance is the most likely culprit… Honey fits in with the family – insisting on taking her turn in chores, not letting especially Morgan to intimidate her… and after a few weeks, when she realizes she’s getting it too deep, and her car still isn’t running, she decides to borrow a car, go into town, and get on a bus… but they stop her… and when Sawyer reads her note, saying she’s too attracted to him to stay, he knows what to do…. And they make love, and come up with a plan to ‘flush’ out her tormentor… and then accidently, when Casey retrieved her music tapes (not country western) so that they could listen to ‘real music’, she finds a tape, where her ex-fiance is talking with 2 men, contracting with them to kill her father and to then to kill her, so that he would inherit all of the money…. What the thugs were looking for.

They spring the trap, and when her ex-fiance sends the thugs in the middle of the night, the brothers are ready… though Honey was supposed to stay in basement with Gabe and Casey, she can’t see the others risking for her, so she joins in the fray… and gets hit in the face, and Sawyer goes berserker, and all is well. And they finally are able to exchange words of love, and plans to marry.

Setting: family home on large acreage, lake on one side, lots of nature, near small town of Buckhorn, Kentucky with about 700 residents, large summer tourist traffic. 4 adult brothers (with 3 fathers, and 1 tremendous mother) plus 16 year old son of one, living together – and perfect specimens of manhood – in looks, in generosity, in consideration, in fun, in support, in values

Theme: love, trouble, life out of control, pregnancy

Characters:
Morgan Hudson – 2nd brother, shared father with Sawyer, their father died serving in military. He was the most hot-headed of them, more easily got into fights… and as an adult, he becomes sheriff – for the control of himself, for the control of others. He likes to do what’s necessary for the outcome he desires.

Misty Malone – Honey’s sister. She comes for the wedding… but her life is out of control – she’s pregnant (broken condom), her boyfriend doesn’t want the baby & she does, so she leaves him – making her homeless, and she is accused of stealing at the video store she works at, takes it to court, is found guilty and forced to repay & is on 6 months probation.
Summary:
Misty runs into Morgan first – and when Morgan is hit with attraction, and she is prickly, he becomes more prickly… and for the next week they avoid one another… and at the wedding, forced to dance together, and both feel the attraction, and both deny the attraction, and he rudely tells her he’ll be glad to see her go… at dawn he comes across her by the lake, they have words again, and she has morning sickness… and he finds out the truth of her circumstances… and when he tries to tell her to stay, she tries to leave – but he gets Gabe and Jordan out of bed, and takes the spark plugs from her car… and … she can’t leave… He lets it out that she’s pregnant, so none of them will let her leave.

And he keeps the theft quiet, and though not sure at first, believes her, and hires a PI to prove the truth… he negotiates with her to have all believe he is her beau (to keep the guys away), and they start to be friends… She stands up to him, he hires her to work at the station… and he shares the house he is building on a different part of the property… and their passion is strong… and Misty has a way with Jordan’s animals, and Jordan hires her on to help him out… and Morgan proves her innocence… freeing her, and he asks her to marry him - when she asks why, he comes up with lots of reasons, but doesn’t say he loves her… so she turns him down… but after talking with Honey, he tells her he’s been telling her he loves her in many ways… ahhh so now she’ll marry him.

Setting: family home on large acreage, lake on one side, lots of nature, near small town of Buckhorn, Kentucky with about 700 residents, large summer tourist traffic. 4 adult brothers (with 3 fathers, and 1 tremendous mother) plus 16 year old son of one, living together – and perfect specimens of manhood – in looks, in generosity, in consideration, in fun, in support, in values
Theme: love, innocence, self image, growing up

Characters:
Gabe Kasper – the least ‘focused’ of the brothers. The baby – his father had an uphill battle getting mom to accept his courtship, and he shamelessly used the other 3 brothers to get on her good side – they’ve been married 24 years, and retired to Florida. The women love him, he loves all women – young and old… He loves the water… Story begins with him lounging on a dock over the lake, while 3 women giggle and swoon over him…. : ) He’s handy – and helps out wherever needed, but in a relaxed, unstructured way… He helped Morgan build his house, he mows lawns, he fixes the restaurant’s plumbing, he can tune up boats and cars.. etc. His income is close to his doctor brother’s.

Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Parks- at 12, she and her mother were run off the road by a truck, her mother trapped in the car while Lizzy thrown free… and she sat by the road side, not knowing what to do… and the news and the doctors made it out that the traumatized little girl let her mother die by doing nothing. Her father, though missed his wife, did his best by his daughter, but she never quite fit in with the others. She is red haired, freckled body… and thinks she’s ugly, and dresses in shapeless, formal clothing. For her master’s thesis she is studying what makes a hero… and comes across a news piece of Gabe, and how he rescued a mother and 2 children in the lake, with a boat without driver ‘circling’ them (boat’s driver drunk, and fell overboard)… She wants to figure out what makes some a hero and not others, and to help the nonheros.

Summary:
Gabe doesn’t understand Lizzy… but she is persistent. He refuses to let her interview him, but when she starts talking to everyone else, he makes a deal with her… he thinks she needs to loosen up, so if she goes swimming in the lake with him, he’ll answer one question…

And her shyness, her lack of confidence, her innocence her gorgeous body in a swim suit, her turning him down but then bit by bit enjoying his touch, and he becomes overwhelmed with desire for her… He agrees to answer a question for a kiss… he takes her to a drive-in movie and teaches her about sexual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base… and for the month she’s on vacation and finishing her thesis, they are together – she becomes embroiled in his family and in his life. She finds a sense of confidence… Gabe helps her to forgive her 12 year old self… She tells him he loves her, but he doesn’t answer it back… and she accepts with the intention of enjoying their time … but as her time to leave comes near, Gabe realizes he wants her… and Morgan and Sawyer encourage him to tell her how he completely feels… and to formalize his business… and he tells her he loves her, and wants her to come back to him… ahhhh just the words she wanted to hear…



Setting: family home on large acreage, lake on one side, lots of nature, near small town of Buckhorn, Kentucky with about 700 residents, large summer tourist traffic. 4 adult brothers (with 3 fathers, and 1 tremendous mother) plus 16 year old son of one, living together – and perfect specimens of manhood – in looks, in generosity, in consideration, in fun, in support, in values.

Theme: love, obligations, family

Characters:
Jordan Sommerville – a few years have passed – 3 married brothers, one new niece (Misty) and another on the way (Honey)… # 3 brother - his father was only married to mom for 5 years… at first happy, but when he lost his job, he started drinking and she divorced him. Jordan felt the need to prove he would never be like his father… he has a voice to die for – and that voice, along with his love of animals and he is the town vet, taking in strays all of the time.

Georgia Barnes – mother of 2 young children, moved them and her mother to Kentucky to get away from her vindictive in-laws – who drove her husband away from her and the kids, and threatened to take her children. They put on a downpayment on a house with the money dad left mom. She got pregnant and married at 16… she loved dancing… and the only job she can find that makes any money is by working waitress at a sleezy bar (next county over) and dancing on the weekend.
Summary:
Jordan and a few others go to the bar to ask the owner to cut off people who are drinking too much, (and causing trouble in their dry county)… and they step in just as Georgia begins her very sexual and energetic dance… Jordan is immediately drawn to her… and when 2 men grab her legs, he steps in and a bar fight ensues. And his brother is sent for to take him and Georgia to jail…

And there is incredible attraction between them… and he finds out she is a mother, and when they get to her home, her mother is ill so Morgan and Jordan step in to care for her, the kids, and mother… getting mother to the hospital… and 18 year old Casey comes to deliver a change of clothes for her, and Jordan takes her and the children home… and he realizes that he can’t leave her…

And with bits of persuasion from all the family, Jordan worms his way into her life… and Georgia is overwhelmed with all of the support – foot rubs, repairs to her home, her kids being accepted with the rest of the gang… but still they haven’t made love.
And Jordan, looking for options for Georgia, comes up with the idea that she could teach dance… and he buys a warehouse for her, just as the bar she’s working at shuts down… and the brothers counsel him to give it up, to tell her how he feels – and of course she does… and his mom and stepdad arrange a grandkid sleepover in the living room, and he gets to spend the night with her… and his fantasy, for her to ride him and move like she does on the dance floor. … and she accepts the warehouse, and accepts his proposal… and he moves permanently into her house. Ahhh


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