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Product Details

  • Series: Sedikhan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591422
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust and more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Chapter One


His cynical face had the wicked fascination of a fallen angel and he had the strange olive-green eyes of a sorcerer capable of conjuring both white and black magic.

As Kendra's gaze met his across the crowded room, she felt a queer breathless shock and her hand tightened involuntarily on the stem of her cocktail glass. There was a mesmerizing intensity about those deep-set eyes; she felt as though she was wrapped in a shimmering force field of power. And suddenly she felt weak and ineffectual. Then one of the men in the little coterie surrounding Damon spoke to him and he glanced away, releasing her.

Releasing? Good heavens, she was being fanciful tonight! She made a conscious effort to relax her death grip on her glass.

She must be more tired than she realized. Joel Damon might be known for being something of a miracle worker as a director, but there was nothing in the least supernatural about him personally. His reputation with women was scandalous, even in the permissive culture of Tinsel Town. That narrowed, searing glance he had directed at her had merely been the appraisal of a virile predator seeking new prey. She surely should be used to that by now.

Her hand absently rubbed at the nagging little pain in the small of her back. The moment she became aware of what she was doing, she quickly jerked her hand away. This must be her night for being stupid. There were too many people here who would recognize and correctly interpret that little sign of weakness for exactly what it was. That had to be avoided at all costs. All she had to do was hold on until the painkiller she'd taken fifteen minutes earlier had time to take effect; then she'd be fine.

The gag today had been rough and she was tired-that's why the ache seemed so unbearable at the moment.

"God, you look gorgeous, Ken," Dave Balding's voice was lazily admiring her as he appeared at her side.

He looked more like an ebullient genie than ever, she thought. Oh, dear, yet another mythical simile. Her lips turned up in a rueful smile. "So do you, Dave," she said lightly. "I don't think I've ever seen you in a tuxedo. You look quite dashing."

He made a face. "Come on, Ken, cut the bull. We've known each other too long for me to swallow that." His blue eyes were twinkling as he patted his slightly rotund stomach. "Even Sheila said I looked like a pregnant penguin in all this sartorial glory. She should know; she's due herself next month."

"Is Shelia here?" Kendra's gaze eagerly searched the room, but Dave was shaking his head.

"Nope." He lifted his glass to his lips. "She didn't feel up to this kind of bash tonight. You know how she is when she's pregnant. She gets positively claustrophobic in crowds." He frowned. "I didn't like leaving her alone, but I couldn't risk offending the great man." He gestured mockingly toward Joel Damon across the room. "I may be assistant producer, but that doesn't mean I don't jump when Damon whistles. I have instructions from Michael Donovan that he's to have everything he wants for Desert Venture."

Kendra's brows lifted in surprise. Michael Donovan of Donovan, Ltd. Productions didn't have the reputation of relinquishing one iota of his power as executive producer in the blockbuster hits his company produced. Though he gave his directors complete artistic license, his iron hand was always visible behind the scenes. "That's rather unusual, isn't it?"

Dave nodded. "I'll say it is." He took a sip of his drink. "But then, so is Joel Damon. He can write his own ticket with any film studio in Hollywood these days. He picked up his second Oscar last year, you know."

"How could I help it?" With an odd sense of reluctance her gaze followed his to the corner of the room. In the conventional tuxedo he wore with such careless elegance, Damon's tall slim body gave off an aura of power that dominated the little circle around him. There was a lazy smile on those cynical lips now as he looked down at the woman beside him. She was chattering with almost desperate vivacity in the attempt to hold his attention. His green sorcerer's eyes were nearly hidden by his heavy lids, so that only a jewel-bright gleam shone through the dark lashes. Then those lashes flicked up and his gaze met hers with the impact of an electric shock. Electricity. Yes, that was the word for the whorls of power that were radiating from him, and again she was conscious of the sensation of being caught in the paws of a predator.

This time his oddly possessive glance didn't stop at her face, but wandered over her golden throat and shoulders to the full thrust of her breasts against the cinnamon chiffon gown. His gaze lingered there for a long moment and, incredibly, she felt her breasts respond to his hot glance as if he actually touched her. Then he looked at her slim waist, hips, and long legs. When his glance shifted from her to Dave, she let out her breath in a rush of relief.

Dave Balding's lips pursed in a soundless whistle. "When did you meet Joel Damon, Ken? I have an idea you didn't need my help to get you on the payroll."

"What?" She shook her head as if to clear it. What in heaven's name was wrong with her tonight? "I've never met the man," she said lightly. "I imagine the only reason I was invited to this party was that his secretary noticed my name on the production log." Her glance flitted around the room, dramatically decorated in black and white. "It's far from a select gathering anyway. Everyone from the wardrobe woman to the key grip is here tonight." Her gaze returned to the blonde standing beside Damon. "Not to mention half the starlets in Hollywood."

"Joel's leaving for Sedikhan tomorrow and he usually throws a party for the cast and crew the night before he goes on location," Dave said. "Not that I think he enjoys it. I get the distinct impression that the social scene bores him to tears." He moved his shoulders uneasily. "You're sure you haven't met him before? That look I'm getting from our lord and master is definitely menacing."

"It has to be your imagination," she said deliberately, shifting her position so that her back was turned to Damon. But even then she could feel the force of his gaze on her bare back and shoulders.

"From what I've heard, it's not unusual for Joel Damon to display an interest in a woman. Any woman." She took several sips of her champagne before speaking again. "Perhaps his boredom is extending to that lush little blonde who's hanging on to his every word."

"Maybe." Dave's smile brightened his plain face. "It's not the first time you've shut out the competition without even trying." His admiring glance skimmed over her long chestnut hair. It tumbled down her back in a silken curtain and shimmered with a thousand tiny flames in the softly lit room. "Most men take one look at you and immediately decide that you're just what they need as an erotic nightcap. I don't know how I escaped your luscious allure all these years."

"I do." Kendra's deep brown eyes were twinkling. "It probably had something to do with the fact that I tagged after you and Casey from the time I could toddle. What's that expression-'familiarity breeds contempt'?"

His face sobered. "Never contempt, Kendra," he said quietly, raising his hand and gently stroking the curve of her cheek. "I think I respect you more than anyone I've ever known." He hesitated. "How is Casey?"

"Better," she answered. "Much better." Her face clouded. "He was pretty bitter at first, but who could blame him? I don't think anyone could accept being partially paralyzed without going a little crazy. Particularly a man like Casey who knew it also meant the end of his career as a stuntman." She tried to smile. "He's studying law now, you know. Casey always was a great one for talking. He'll probably become a Supreme Court justice before he's satisfied."

"I wouldn't doubt it," Dave said softly. "Casey's the type of man who gets whatever he goes after. Is he still in that convalescent home in the Valley?"

She nodded. "Dr. Dystron says he'll be there at least for another six months for physical therapy. He's really chomping at the bit to get back to the real world." Her lips tightened with determination. "But I'll be damned if I'll let him get out before he can get around without that walker. It's going to be tough enough for him facing all of his old friends in the business. Besides, he'd start skipping the outpatient therapy, and he needs all those nurses right there to nag him about it."

Dave's eyes were thoughtful. "You know, when we were all kids together, you were the quiet gentle one who let Casey and me stampede all over you. It seemed impossible sometimes that you were really brother and sister." His hand moved from her cheek to squeeze her shoulder affectionately. "Somewhere along the way you've managed to develop into one hell of a woman, Ken."

"I've just grown up," she said simply. "After Casey's accident I didn't have much choice: I had to be strong enough for both of us. Casey needed an adult to depend on, not a child."

"You were only nineteen when Casey broke those vertebrae in his back." Dave's lips tightened. "There should have been someone there to help you. You've gone through hell with those three operations and Casey in one hospital after another." He frowned. "We all wanted to help, Ken. Why wouldn't you let us?"

"What could anyone do?" she asked wearily, her hand rubbing unconsciously at the tendons in the small of her back. "His friends all stood by him. His hospital room looke...

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Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

They are always interesting and well written.
Sharon Pickens
Sorry, but she wasn't impaired enough for me to buy into this and if she was it makes him an even bigger creeper.
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If you have never read a romantic novel, you might enjoy this one.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "virgie" on April 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An incredibly moving tale of love and trust. I couldn't put it down! Joel Damon is the distrustful and cynical movie director of "Desert Venture." Kendra Michaels is a fiercely proud and independent stuntwoman struggling to pay her crippled brother's medical bills. At first, Joel mistakenly believed Kendra was another aspiring little starlet using her body to get a part in his movie, and he's cynical enough to take what's offered. He then turns into a slave driver on the set when his 'Rainbow Lady' refuses to be his mistress. Joel has always been afraid to believe in anything because they've always turned out to be illusions, but then he discovers that nothing in his life's been real until Kendra.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) on June 20, 2011
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This is an older style romance written back when it was acceptable for a virginal woman to hop into bed with a bossy unlikable alpha man she's just met because he looks sexy.

Don't ask me for names, you don't need them. I read this on audio and they have already escaped my mind. He's an arrogant movie producer. She's works as a stunt woman. From the moment he sees her he decides she's a starlet who will sell herself out to get a plum role. He gets what he wants and he wants her bad.

She's taken a pain killer and had some champagne so I guess her thinking was slightly impaired but before they barely have a conversation (he basically bosses her around & insults her) she is driving off with him to his "castle" where she gives him her virginity.

Sorry, but she wasn't impaired enough for me to buy into this and if she was it makes him an even bigger creeper.

I finished this book even though it did nothing but annoy me. The heroine keeps her "big secret" (which isn't really) from the "hero" in an attempt to keep her independence. I thought this was a silly plot ploy to keep them apart for a few more pages. It didn't help that we never even get to meet the heroine's brother who is a big part of her motivation for the things she does.

And did I mention all of the talking during the sex scenes? If the author isn't waxing poetic and moving mountains and describing rainbows, she has the hero spouting sickeningly sweet nothings to the heroine about her glorious bod. At one point she tells him to shut up and get to work and I had to laugh because I was thinking the same thing.

I could complain about this book for hours but I have to get some work done. If I had it to do over again, I'd read something else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Los Angeles Reader on August 28, 2008
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The story is a bit unoriginal, but it's still a good summertime short read. The heroine is a bit too goody-goody and unrealistic for a modern day woman and she protests too much. The hero is the typical Alpha male who has everything, but has never fallen in love. The ending works out a little too well . . . matches the rainbow on the cover. I've always liked Iris Johanson's writing, although I don't remember it being this fluffy. Overall, ok, but probably not worth the cover price. The book was a lot shorter than I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2013
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I too was expecting more from this. Got it as an audiobook to listen in the car. Am only sticking with it until I find something else. Obviously dated; no cell phones or computers. And why the mythical location for the shooting of the movie? Certainly no real Middle East country like that exists today. The strong, handsome man who saves the poor, needy woman is so 70's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Roberts on March 12, 2014
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Could any romance be more a cliché? This book has everything: rape of a virgin, unplanned pregnancy, rich suitor, plucky heroine, undying love. If you have never read a romantic novel, you might enjoy this one. But if you ever read another one, you have already seen all the plot points in this novel fluff. A disappointment considering the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Conklin on June 11, 2014
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The story was very good,even though it was predictable. Girl meets boy,difficulties arise things get straightened out. They get together again and live happily ever after.
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By Sharon Pickens on March 20, 2014
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Love to read Iris Johansens books. They are always interesting and well written. All of the different locations are exciting.
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By Kindle Customer on December 30, 2013
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I like the way the book held my interest. Noting the different country and types of people helped to keep the book moving. A nice light romace.
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