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"WHERE THERE'S A WILL is fast paced with lots of steamy sex scenes and a gorgeous otherworldly man that wants nothing but to make your fantasies come true. Ryder is the epitome of every woman's fantasy. He makes you feel beautiful when you don't see it yourself. He spoils you, he pleasures you, and he excites you." - Fresh Fiction

"Witty and steamy summer read" - Publishers Weekly

"Kelley kicks things off with a bang. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the third installment!" - RT Book Reviews

"Cute and fun read. It was a good way to spend a few hours on a Sunday.

" - Cocktails and Books

"I closed this book with the biggest grin on my face.
And I think you will too!
" - Sassy Book Lovers

"I really enjoyed this book and think it's a great, sexy, lighthearted read that I will definitely recommend" - Darhk Portal

"Couldn't put it down! " - Seriously Reviewed

"Yes, I have a winner! I found another Must Have author. Where there's a Will had me intrigued from the very beginning." - Bitten by Love Reviews

"The ending was my favorite part of the story and hope the author will do another book about these two. " - Urban Girl Reader

"This is a fast enjoyable read its sexy and cute with bouts of humor great chick lit. " - Just One Opinion

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Chapter 1

"Please, Lord, you have to send me a miracle. A man, in case you want specifics."

Haley Tillman really needed to get laid before she incinerated. If a man looked cross-eyed at her, the only thing left would be a pile of smoking ashes.

Just one little bitty miracle. Was that too much to ask?

She was thoughtful for a moment, then decided she'd better revise her prayer. Once, she'd asked for a stuffed bunny rabbit. The next day her dad took her to the taxidermist to pick up Fifi, the family dog that had died two weeks before, or as Haley preferred to call the beast when no one was around, The Tasmanian Terror. The mongrel was more her mother's pet. Her father had had the miniscule creature stuffed.

There was also a sale on stuffed rabbits. She hated the glass-eyed zombie rabbit and hid the nasty looking creature in the back of her closet. There was no escape from Fifi, though. Her mother placed the silent menace in the living room where everyone could see the dog.

So maybe a prayer revision might be in order. "Not just any man. I want a really hot, drool-worthy, sexy man." That still wasn't good enough. "No, he has to be more than a normal man. He has to stand above mere mortals. No more dweebs, losers, or rejects." She figured it wouldn't hurt to ask for the best.

And no more crying jags like the one last night just because she'd been stood up. She threw the cover back and grabbed her black-rimmed glasses off the nightstand before heading toward the bathroom.

A miracle would be nice. She snorted. As if a miracle was ever going to happen. She was pretty sure hot and sexy would never make it to her front door. Her almost date hadn't been drool-worthy. She supposed Ben wasn't bad looking, in a GQ, polished sort of way.

Haley sighed. Being stood up was nothing new. Anyone with a little bit of sense would be used to it by now, but not her. Okay, so maybe she sort of expected it because she'd cornered him. She did not wear desperation well.

"Ben could've said no," she mumbled as she walked inside the bathroom and flipped on the light. Her coworker from the bank owed her. Haley had worked all week crunching numbers for him.

She casually glanced toward the mirror and saw an apparition.

Her heart pounded inside her chest. She stumbled back, bumping into the bathtub. Before she toppled inside, she slapped a hand on the toilet seat and regained her balance.

As her pulse slowed to a more normal rate, she cautiously scanned the tiny room. She was the only one there. Her imagination was getting the best of her. That's all it could be. Over-tired, stressed, of course she was seeing things. She came to her feet, nerves stretched taut. Her stomach rumbled.

Please don't be the ghost of Nanny.

She loved Nanny, but her grandmother was gone, and though Haley had lots of fond memories, she wanted her to stay gone.

She was still trembling when her gaze landed on the mirror. She jumped, heart pounding again until she realized it was only her reflection that stared back. Fantastic, she'd scared herself. This had to be an all-time low.

She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, then opened them again. Mornings were not good. She should drape black silk over her mirrors until she at least had her first pot of coffee. Not that she was monstrously hideous, but she was no beauty queen, either.

She had her father's looks. Her father was tall. Haley was five feet seven inches. She also had her father's dull, dishwater blonde hair. Her hair had turned bright orange when she attempted to color it in the eighth grade. She decided dull blonde was better. Her boobs were too big, too, but they matched her hips.

All the magazines she read said you had to like at least one thing about yourself. Her legs were nice and long. When she wasn't tripping over her feet, she was fairly satisfied with them. Except her life was never going to change. And miracles? She stopped believing in miracles a long time ago.

She brushed her teeth, then dragged a comb through her tangled hair so it didn't look quite so much like a rat's nest. There was a half gallon of ice cream in the kitchen freezer. It wouldn't be too difficult to eat herself into sugar oblivion. She could bring new meaning to the phrase death by chocolate. What would her sister say? Rachael never, absolutely never, let sugar cross her lips, and she always said Haley was killing herself. Right now, she didn't really care.

The buzz from her doorbell blasted through the tiny two-bedroom house that she'd inherited from Nanny, effectively drawing her away from her dreary thoughts. Bummer. She'd already started planning her funeral. She sighed. It was way too early for doorbells.

She grabbed her faded pink terry-cloth robe off the hook on the door and pulled it on over her green froggy flannel pajamas and left the bathroom. The doorbell buzzed again.

"Okay, okay," she mumbled.

Once she stood at the front door, she peered through the peephole her father had installed for safety, as if anyone would ever break into her house. What would they steal? Her hand-me-down furniture?

She blinked. No one there. Were they hiding?

Hmm, serial killer lurking outside her door? Would that count as a date? Nope, they didn't have murders in Hattersville. Nothing, absolutely nothing, ever happened in the small town. She shook her head and opened the door a crack, making sure the chain was secure.


A man stepped into her line of vision. Haley's mouth dropped open. Good Lord! This had to be the guy who invented tall, dark, and sexy! Her thighs quivered.

At least six feet one inch of pure testosterone stood on her porch. He had the dark good looks of a male stripper, only with clothes on. The stranger removed his black Stetson, slowly dragging his fingers through thick, coal-black hair. His deep blue eyes held her gaze before sliding down her body as if he could see more than the sliver revealed from the slightly open door.

Warm tingles spread over her like a Texas wildfire in the middle of summer. She could barely draw in a breath as her gaze moved past broad shoulders and a black Western shirt that hugged his scrumptious muscles. Then her eyes slipped right down to the low-slung jeans riding his hips, past muscled thighs, all the way to his scuffed black boots.

Oh, Lord, her every fantasy stood on her front porch!

She forced herself to meet his gaze.

I want him! She felt like a kid in a candy store with lots of money to spend. Mommy, Mommy, can I have the hot sexy cowboy? Pleeeeeeeeease!

If only it was that easy. No way would she ever have the opportunity to have sex with someone who looked like him. What was he doing at her door, anyway? Lost?

"Haley, right?" he asked with a slow drawl that made her body tremble with need.

How did he know her name? She grasped the door a little harder. He smiled as though he knew exactly what she was thinking. Her world began to tilt. She remembered that breathing might not be a bad thing so she drew in a deep breath. "What?" the word warbled out. She cleared her throat and tried again. "Do you need directions or something?"

"You're Haley."

She nodded.

He smiled wider, showing perfectly straight white teeth. "Mind if I come in?"

Her fantasy of this cowboy's naked body pressed against her naked body shattered like rocks hitting a mirror. Oh, this guy was good, real good, but she wasn't born yesterday. He'd obviously seen her name on the mailbox out front. She raised her chin. "I don't need a vacuum. I have all the pots and pans I will ever use-including waterless cookware. There's a complete set of encyclopedias on my e-reader and I have a double-barrel shotgun for protection. Now, do you want to tell me why you're ringing my doorbell at this time of morning?"

"You prayed for a miracle. I'm the answer to your prayer." He rested his hand on her grandmother's white rocking chair. Her rocker had always sat in that same spot on the porch for as long as Haley could remember. The cowboy lightly set the chair in motion. Back and forth, back and forth, his thumb lightly caressing the weathered wood.

Wow, her prayer had really been answered? The man upstairs had given her more than she'd asked for. She reached up to smooth her hair about the same time reality set in. Had she lost her mind?

"Go away!" She slammed the door shut. Her pulse raced so fast Haley thought her heart would jump out of her chest. At this rate she was going to have a heart attack before she turned twenty-seven! Who was he? Definitely the wrong house. Shoot, the wrong town. No one who looked like him lived in Hattersville. Definitely a salesman. As if she needed another vacuum cleaner. Three were quite enough. Another magazine subscription might have been nice. One could never have enough magazines.

But wouldn't it have been nice if he was sent in answer to a prayer? How had he known she'd prayed for a miracle? Not that it mattered since she'd slammed the door in his face.

Oh, hell!

What was she thinking? Haley smoothed her hands down the sides of her robe, took a deep breath, and started to open the door. She remembered at the last minute to remove her glasses and stick them in her pocket. Rachael had said they made her appear to be more professional. Haley thought the glasses made her look like Buddy Holly. She wore them out of habit rather than a need to see. She pasted a smile on her face and opened the door as much as the chain would allow.

The cowboy wasn't there.

Had she only imagined him, too? She closed the door enough so that she could slide off the chain. Her smile was still firmly in place when she opened the door again. Nothing. Only old Mrs. Monroe watering her lawn across the street. She looked up and waved as her crotchety husband came around the corner of the house, getting a face full of water. Mrs. Monroe quickly dropped the hose.

"Damn, thought we'd finally got some rain," he sputtere...


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402263899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402263897
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rosemary Rodgers hooked me on romance with 'Sweet Savage Love'. I consumed books after that until I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing. Not as easy as it looks! But I'd found my niche. I instinctively knew this is what I wanted to do.

It didn't take me long to discover how things worked in the publishing world. You write a book, you mail it off, you get rejected, you write another book. I did this for six years until one day I talked my husband into mailing my manuscript for me. I couldn't take one more look of pity from the postal workers. Being the loving husband that he is, Karl mailed Bachelor Party to Hilary Sares at Kensington to be considered for the Precious Gem line on a Tuesday. On Friday of that same week, Hilary called to offer a contract.

Wow! Wouldn't it be great if everything in life was that easy? Publishing can be a rocky road with lots of highs and lows but, oh, what a fun trip! I love writing.

When I'm not writing, I love doing crafts, and I'll try just about anything. At present, I'm scrapbooking and making necklaces. The necklaces are amateur at best but I'm hoping to improve over time. We'll see :)

I'm country all the way. I love antiques, embroidered scarves, crocheted doilies and quilts.

I met the love of my life when we were kids, we married when we were still just kids even though everyone said it wouldn't last. That was almost 44 years ago and Karl is still my very best friend. We have 2 fabulous children who married fabulous people and gave us four wonderful grandchildren that we can spoil--then return to the peace and quiet of our home.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It was definitely an eye opener for me. The whole book is about a girl that has a horrible opinion of herself. Haley sees herself as an overweight, unattractive person with no sex life. She has a job that she loves but her "beautiful" neighbor covets her job and she doesn't see how she is going to keep it. She goes through an eye opening bit of lessons that show her that she has curves in all the right places and is actually a knock out, while her neighbor was a vindictive selfish B*TCH!! Yeah I said it (sort of). Haley has to learn that she is a wonderful beautiful person in her eyes before she can show the world the real her.

Enter the sexy man, well Nephilim, that will show her how. Ryder is a man that sees her for the eye popper that she is. Helps that he sees her as a curvy woman with a beautiful body that he wants her to share. He also has a six pack and a cowboy persona. Can you say YUM!?!? I can. He gives her lessons on how to gain the life she wants through sex. Walk around all day topless, look at naked pics of yourself. Oh yes please give me one of him.

The drama? He can't stay and she can't tell anyone about him. Want to find out if she can find a way to keep the Nephilim of her dreams and her new look? You have to read the book. Just make sure that you have a drool cloth. This book is so hot it's off the charts. Here is a line from the book that cracked me up.

"What she had on wouldn't excite an old man overdosed on Viagra." Tell me you didn't laugh. Dare Ya.

5 Stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on February 15, 2013
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Haley Tillman is depressed. She doesn't have a very good self-image. She is constantly down on herself for not looking perfect. After her latest date stands her up Haley makes a wish. She never counted on it coming true.

Ryder is a Nephilim. He is part human and part angel. He overhears Haley's wish and makes it his job to fulfill it! The only thing is, he never counted on getting attached to Haley. After all, that is the number one rule for Nephilim, don't get attached to humans. He just can't resist the beautiful Haley. He wants to prove to her exactly how wonderful she is and their attraction grows. What will happen when he leaves her? Will it destroy all the confidence it's built within her.

Karen Kelley's Where There's A Will is simply put, fantastic! The attraction between Hayley and Ryder is powerful. I love the character of Hayley. Some people might think she's frustrating but I could relate to her self-doubt. A lot of women experience body image issues and low self-confidence. What I like about Hayley is that she proves lack of confidence isn't necessarily related to how you look, it's all about how you feel about yourself. Hayley's image of herself is tarnished from years of self-doubt and the people around her letting her believe it. I love the many ways Ryder forces her to see herself in a new light. I found it refreshing as well as sexy as hell. Ryder manages to build Hayley's confidence while fulfilling her every fantasy. Where There's A Will is an erotic must-read!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renee Booth on September 11, 2012
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So I had a look at what other people have been rating this book at and the majority of what I saw was pretty average. I'm not sure why, but each to their own. I have nothing but high praises for Karen Kelley and this fantastic book!

So where do I start?!?!?!

I absolutely adored this book. It touched base with so many issues that women internally battle with every day. The only difference with this is that Haley's prayers were answered by one smoking hot angel who's soul purpose for meeting her was to make her believe she was beautiful and sexy and not the frump that she thinks she is. Can I get one of those? Because the journey to self love that Ryder took Haley on was just amazing. Beautiful, sexy, erotic, loving, humorous and intense all at the same time. I don't even think I have ever been as animated while reading a book as I was while reading Where There's a Will. I giggled, laughed, got teary eyed, got anxious, wiggled my toes in anticipation, I swear my heart even skipped a beat a few times. There is nothing a woman wants more than having the man of their dreams adore every part of their body, to feel sexy and powerful even with all of those little imperfections.

The journey doesn't go without a few hiccups though, which makes for one exciting roller-coaster ride of drama and emotions.

My final word?

I closed this book with the biggest grin on my face.

And I think you will too!

If not, shoot me! (Not literally)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By My Secret Romance Book Reviews on September 19, 2012
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Haley Tillman prays for a miracle. Actually she prays for a man; a hot, sexy, above mere mortal man. She's tired of getting stood up and disappointed. Above all she really wants to get laid. Ryder answers her prayers. Literally! He's half angel and half mortal; a Nephilim. Overhearing her prayers, Ryder decides to take action.

I want a guardian angel! Seriously, Ryder if you're out there... Where There's A Will is a hot, sexy read. Ryder is confident and so alpha. He pushes Haley out of her comfort zone. He brings her fantasies to life. What woman wouldn't want that! She experiences things she never would have before. Haley lacks self confidence and as a result is a bit of a pushover. I can't blame her though; the poor thing. Her own family considers her frumpy and the "fat girl". It takes a Nephilim to reveal the sexy, feisty jewel that's underneath. Real emotions develop between them. But, how can it work when one lives forever and the other a mortal? I was rooting for this two to the very end.

Add this to your shelf when you're in the mood for something steamy.
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