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Product Details

  • Series: Kimani Romance (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Kimani (June 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583147705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583147702
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kylie Hagan regarded with keen interest the handsome specimen of a man dressed in a dark business suit, who had just walked into her florist shop. That was so unlike her. She couldn't recall the last time a member of the male species had grabbed her attention. Denzel Washington didn't count, since each and every time she saw him on the movie screen it was an automatic drool.

She continued watering her plants, thinking that the woman he was about to buy flowers for was indeed very lucky. The good news was that he had selected her florist shop -- she was the newbie in town, and Kylie needed all the business she could get, since she'd only been open for a couple of months. Business was good but she needed to come up with ways to make it even better.

Her heart jumped nervously when, instead of looking around at her vast selection of green plants and floral arrangements, he headed straight for the counter. Evidently he was a man who knew what he wanted and what he needed to woo his woman.

"May I help you?" she asked, thinking that with a face and physique like his, he probably didn't need much help at all. He stood tall, six-three at least, with a muscular build, a clean-shaven head, chocolate-brown eyes and skin tone of the richest cocoa, altogether a striking combination. The drool she usually reserved only for Denzel was beginning to make her mouth feel wet. As she continued to look at him, waiting for his response, she suddenly noticed that he wasn't smiling. In fact, he appeared downright annoyed.

"I'm here to see Kylie Hagan."

Kylie lifted her eyebrows and the smile on her face began fading at his rough and irritated tone of voice. What business did this man have with her? All her bills were current, which meant he couldn't be there to collect anything. And if he was a salesman, with his less than desirable attitude, she wouldn't be buying what-ever it was he was selling.

"I'm Kylie Hagan."

Surprise flickered in his drop-dead gorgeous eyes.

"You're Kylie Hagan?"

"That's right and who are you?"

"Chance Steele."

The name didn't ring a bell, but then she had only recently moved to the area. "And what can I do for you, Mr. Steele?"

He stared at her for a moment, and then he said, "The only thing you can do for me, Ms. Hagan, is keep your daughter away from my son."

Kylie froze. The man's words were not what she had expected. For a long moment she stared back at him, wondering if she had misunderstood. But all it took was the deep scowl on his face to let her know she had not.

"Keep my daughter away from your son?" she repeated when she finally found her voice.

"Yes. I found this note yesterday that evidently dropped out of Marcus's backpack. They were planning on cutting school together on Friday," he said as he pulled a piece of paper out of the pocket of his jacket.

"What!" Kylie shrieked, grabbing the paper out of his hand.

"You heard me and you can read it for yourself," he said, crossing his arms over his chest.

Kylie read, then after the first few lines she wished she hadn't. Three emotions enveloped her: hurt, betrayal and anger. Tiffany had always promised that if she ever got serious about a boy that she would tell her. Granted, she and Tiffany hadn't been that close lately, but a promise was a promise.

"Now can you see why I want your daughter kept away from my son?"

Chance Steele's question sliced through Kylie's tormented mind and grated on her last nerve, deepening her anger. She came from behind the counter to stand directly in front of him. "Don't you dare place all the blame on Tiffany, Mr. Steele. If I read this note correctly, she was merely responding to a note your son had sent asking her to cut school. The nerve of him doing such a thing!"

"Look, Ms. Hagan, we can stand here all day and we won't agree who's to blame. But I think we will agree on the fact that your daughter and my son shouldn't even be thinking about cutting school. I have big plans for my son's future that include him attending college."

Kylie glared at him. "And you don't think I have those same plans for my daughter?" she snapped. "Tiffany is a good kid."

"So is Marcus," he snapped back.

Kylie breathed in deeply and closed her eyes in a concerted effort to calm down before a blood vessel burst in her head. They weren't getting anywhere biting each other's heads off.

"Ms. Hagan, are you all right?"

She slowly opened her eyes to focus on the man looming over her. Concern was evident in his gaze.

"Yes, I'm fine."

"Look, I'm sorry I came barging in here like this," he said, the tone of his voice calmer, apologetic.

"But after reading that note I got upset."

She nodded. "I can understand why. I'm pretty upset myself."

"Did you know our kids were hung up on each other?" he asked. She could tell that he was trying to maintain a composed demeanor.

"Mr. Steele, until you walked into my shop and dropped your son's name, I had no idea he even existed. Tiffany and I moved here a few months ago from New York State, right before the start of the new school year. I knew she had made some new friends but she's never mentioned anyone's name in particular."

"Okay, so as parents, what do you think we should do?" he asked.

His voice was drenched in wariness and Kylie could tell he was deeply bothered by all of this, but then he wasn't the only one. "The one thing we shouldn't do is demand that they not see each other. Telling them to stay away from each other will only make them want to see each other more. Teenagers will always deliberately do the opposite of what their parents want them to do. And once they start rebelling, it will be almost impossible to do anything."

She didn't have to tell him that she knew firsthand how that worked. Her parents had tried to keep her and Sam apart, which only made her want him more. The more she and Sam had sneaked around, the more risks they had taken until she had eventually gotten pregnant at sixteen…the same age Tiffany would be in about ten months.

"We have to do something. In confronting Marcus about that letter, I've thrown a monkey wrench into their plans for Friday. But how can we be sure this won't happen again?"

At the sound of Chance's voice, Kylie dragged her thoughts back to the present. "I'll talk to Tiffany and, like I said, she's a good kid."

"Yes, but it appears that my son and your daughter are at the age where overactive hormones cancel out good sense. We need to do what we can to make sure those hormones stay under control."

"I fully agree."

He reached into his pocket and pulled out a business card. "This is how to reach me if you need me to do anything further on my end. I talked to Marcus but things didn't go well. I did the one thing you indicated I should not have done, which was demand that he stay away from Tiffany. I don't think I've ever seen him that angry or rebellious."

Kylie nodded as she took the card from him. She didn't want to think about her upcoming talk with Tiffany. "I appreciate you dropping by and bringing this to my attention."

"Like I said earlier, I apologize that my approach wasn't more subtle. But Marcus's last words to me this morning were that nobody would stop him from seeing Tiffany. I was furious and still riled up when I decided to come over here."

He sighed deeply and then added, "It's not easy raising a teenager these days."

"Don't I know it," Kylie said softly, feeling terribly drained but knowing she would need all her strength when she confronted Tiffany after school.

"Well, I'd better be going."

"Again, thanks for coming by and letting me know what's going on."

He nodded. "There was no way I could not let you know, considering what they'd planned to do. Have a good day, Ms. Hagan."

As Kylie watched him walk out of her shop, she knew that as much as she wished it to be so, there was no way that this would be a good day.


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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Hernandez on June 26, 2006
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The Steeles are here and I'm SO happy to meet them!

This book introduces us to yummy Chance Steele, the eldest of the four sexy brothers from North Carolina and oh my, is he gorgeous! With a teenage son to raise alone and a company to run, he hasn't really given much thought to a serious relationship.

Kylie Hagan, owner of the town's local flower shop also faces the same dilemma, with a teenage daughter to raise -- romance is the furthest thing from her mind.

That is, until their kids get together. It seems the teenagers are in love (or so they say!) And guess what? Kylie and Chance are NOT happy campers. They both have high hopes for each of their kids and a budding relationship isn't one of them.

However, will their children's relationship awaken them to something they've been denying themselves? To the needs and mutual attraction they've been ignoring? Maybe...

This book is wonderful and Ms. Jackson's trademark love scenes are awesome: passionate, hot and too sexy. I can't wait to meet the next sexy brother - the family bad boy - Sebastian (Bas). Thank you, Ms. Jackson!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pearli7 on October 5, 2006
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I have been a fan of Mrs. Jackson's since 1994 when she first introduced her first family, The Madaris's and I have yet to be disppointed. She takes such time with her characters and developing their romances that is so endearing. She also puts such emphasis on things such as the holding of each other's gazes, or how they often stare into each other's eyes as if no one else is in the room that it makes my heart pound just reading it. And the love scenes . . . forget about it.

I will continue to read any and everything that she puts out because she pours her heart and soul into making her readers happy. And for the single readers, she gives a little hope that one day we too will find our "solid soul" mates. I just finished reading Solid Soul and ordered Night Heat (Bas's story) prior to this posting. I am glad that Bas ditched Cassandra with her snobbish self. I also hope that Lena and Donovan get the opportunity to develop their story as well. She needs love too and I see the potential for them as well as they will now be intertwined with one another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luv2Read on November 20, 2006
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Brenda Jackson has graced us with another family to fall in love with. This time it is the Steele Family - men worthy of loving and who are honor bound with family values worth fighting for. In Solid Soul, we meet Chance Steele, who is a widower with a teen age son. Chance is thrown into a meeting with Kylie Hagan, his son's Marcus' new friend, Tiffany's mother. Marcus and Tiffany decide it is way past time that their parents start dating again. Therefore, they concoct an imaginary love story between Marcus and Tiffany, knowing how Chance and Kylie feel about teenagers getting seriously involved. However, Marcus and Tiffany's plan works out just right for them when the tray is turned and their parents, Chance and Kylie fall into the web of love. Kylie is reluctant at first to become involved with Chance or any other man, but Chance is not just any other man -- he is a Steele, who knows what he wants, goes after what he wants, and does not give up until he has accomplished his goal.

This is an exciting, sometimes funny, but also very serious story of love and romance and family issues. I love the way Ms. Jackson ties in the real life issues in her stories and this one is no exception. After reading Solid Soul, you are bound to look forward to seeing what happens with the other Steeles and find out which Steele man is next to fall in the love. The second book in the Steele series is Night Heat, a story of fiery and sizzling love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheris F. Hodges on August 28, 2006
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I've loved Brenda Jackson's writing for a long time. This Steele series got off to a great start with Chance and Kylie. The story of the kids playing matchmaker was sweet and in true Brenda style, the lovemaking was HOT!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Toni Bonita on July 25, 2006
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Solid Soul by Brenda Jackson, the first book in a seven book series "Forged of Steele". Solid Soul is Chance Steele's story, when dose a single parents go to far in making sure their children do not make the same mistakes they did? On the other hand when does the single parent who not by choice is left to raise children alone go to far in keeping a promise to the parent who is no longer there. Tough love, tough choices, no love, no choices where does the vicious circle stop, where is the connection which makes the circle whole. These are the questions asked and answered by Chance and Kylie with a little help from their friends.

Once again Ms Jackson has hit her mark, giving her characters, sub characters just the right voice and interaction with each other to keep one wondering. The defining moment for me was on page 253, read and see why I say this is a choice all parents make married or single for our children.

I am waiting on the next six stories, I know the Steele family will give us the same joy, adventure, love, oh No's, fun and laughter as the Madaris, and Westmoreland families.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nealinda Stewart on January 2, 2007
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I came across this book from a book club I joined via mail and until then I had never heard of this author. She introduced to us Kylie Hagan and Chance Steele. Chance who came from a wealthy family was the perfect gentleman and she came from a family who was no where as supportive as they should have been for her and her daughter Tiffany.

When her and Chance met orignally because of the so called "relationship" of their teenage children....love came alive. I truly loved reading this book and finished it in two days. I just could not put it down. I will be buying all of her books from now on... Great Job Mrs. Jackson on a wonderful novel!!!
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