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Relentless Pursuit Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012

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Sara Orwig lives in Oklahoma and has a deep love of Texas. With a master’s degree in English, Sara taught high school English, was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma and was one of the first inductees into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame. Sara has written mainstream fiction, historical and contemporary romance. Books are beloved treasures that take Sara to magical worlds. She loves both reading and writing them.

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William Delaney gazed into thickly lashed big brown eyes. While he loved his five-year-old niece with all his heart, this was the first time in his life he had had a problem with a female. Ever. From his earliest memories until now they always had given him smiles and laughter. He loved females and they loved him. Caroline's solemn gaze broke his heart.

He knelt to be level with the girl. Would he ever get accustomed to taking care of her? The responsibility weighed heavily and he was at a total loss—another first in his life.

"Here is a little present for you, Caroline. Just because you're a sweet girl." William watched her tiny hands tug free pink silk ribbon and silver paper to reveal a book.

She hugged the book, focusing on him. "Thank you," she whispered.

His heart skipped a beat with her simple thanks because he didn't always get that much response from her. "If you like it, I'll read it to you tonight. For now, after you have lunch, Miss Rosalyn will read your new book to you."

Caroline opened the book.

"I've got to go," William said, lightly embracing his niece, thinking as he always did how frail she seemed. "As soon as I get home tonight, I'll come see you," he added, releasing her. His heart thumped when big brown eyes stared at him. "Miss Rosalyn has your breakfast ready."

The nanny smiled at the girl and took her hand. "We have oatmeal plus one of your favorites—strawberries," she said brightly.

As Will left, he hoped Caroline would eat something. Too many times in the year since he'd become her guardian, she would take only a few bites and then sit politely while he finished.

He drove his black sports car through the gated area in Dallas where he lived and headed for his private jet.

At half past eleven, he walked through the doors of an Austin restaurant where he was meeting a teacher. She had been recommended as a superb educator and one who could suggest excellent tutors for Caroline.

One more effort to find help for his niece. Since his brother's death in a plane crash the previous summer, Will had spent the past school year talking to Caroline's pre-kindergarten teacher, her tutors, her counselors, the child psychiatrists and the pediatricians. None had helped bring Caroline out of the shell she had retreated into with the loss of her parent. The death of her dad, plus her mother walking out of the marriage when Caroline was a baby, had been too much.

Will had never met Ava Barton. All he knew, aside from her great reputation, was that she was widowed. He had formed an image in his mind of someone who resembled one of his own elementary school teachers. When he entered the waiting area, he expected to see spectacles, graying hair and a smiling face.

The lobby was already becoming crowded. As he looked around, his attention was caught by a gorgeous sandy-haired blonde who met his gaze. Distracted, he momentarily forgot the teacher while he glanced swiftly from straight, silky hair that cascaded below her shoulders down to a tiny waist. Her short tan skirt revealed her knees, long legs and dainty feet in high heels.

His gaze traveled back to lock on her wide eyes, so green he could only stare and forget the purpose of his appointment.

Seemingly as captured in the moment as he was, she stared back at him. While seconds ticked past, her eyes widened a fraction. When she walked toward him, images of any teachers he had ever had vanished. The realization that he might actually be facing Ava Barton shook him. He should have a professional relationship with a teacher, but the relationship he wanted with the woman walking toward him was strictly that of a man attracted to a gorgeous woman. The tension that rocked him made him want to know her better, and his desire had nothing to do with her job.

He regained his wits. "Ava Barton?"

"Yes," she replied, offering her hand.

Her dazzling smile heated his insides. Her hand was warm, delicate, soft. He regretted having to let go the sizzling contact.

Fighting to keep his focus on her face and not yield to the temptation to look her over again from head to toe, he released her hand. "I'm William Delaney, Caroline's uncle and guardian," he explained. His secretary had arranged this appointment, and now he regretted not giving more time and attention to Ava Barton's background beyond teaching.

"I'll get the maitre d'."

Within minutes they were seated in a quiet area near a splashing fountain.

"You're not what I expected," he admitted as soon as they were alone. She had a smattering of freckles across her nose, but otherwise her skin was smooth, pale with rosy cheeks.

Her lips were full, enticing and as he focused on her mouth, he wondered what it would be like to kiss her. Another unprofessional curiosity. He was going to have to make a choice in dealing with her: keep it strictly business, or do what he wanted and get to know her as a woman. When he looked into her big green eyes, the decision seemed clear to follow his heart. He shrugged away a swift surge of guilt because he usually could follow a professional course with ease. But when he looked at her, he knew there was no way he could stay businesslike.

"Teachers come in all sizes and shapes," she said. "You're what I expected, but then I've seen your pictures in the newspapers and Texas magazines."

"You don't look like any teachers I ever had. I might have been more enthused about school if I'd had you for a teacher."

"I doubt it," she said, giving him another dazzling smile.

"You have no idea. I could have been the studious type."

"You look like the sports—no, the debate type."

"You're an observant teacher. Or good at guessing."

Before she could answer, their waiter appeared, took their drink orders of two glasses of water and left them with menus.

"I appreciate you meeting with me," Will said. "You have an impressive resume and you've been highly recommended by Caroline's principal and her teacher. The teacher she'll have next year is using one of the textbooks you authored."

"Thank you. I feel strongly that nearly all children can be taught to read." She tilted her head to study him. "If we had talked on the phone, it would have saved you the trip to Austin. I already gave your secretary a list of qualified tutors, so I assume you want to discuss the candidates."

He nodded. "I wouldn't have missed this lunch for the world," he said, not just because Ava could help Caroline, but because he was enjoying her company himself, too. She was stunning, and it was difficult to keep his mind on his mission.

"Your secretary told me about your niece, Caroline. She's had trauma in her young life."

"She lost her single-parent dad over a year ago, and after the accident she shut out the world."

"What about her mother?"

"She walked out when Caroline was four months old."

"Four months? What kind of marriage was that?"

"The kind the men in my family have had. Mom and Dad divorced and it was bitter. But we were all older than Caroline. I was fourteen. Marriage is not an institution that holds appeal for any of the males in my family."

She had a slight frown as she stared at him intently. "Two marriages gone sour doesn't mean all marriages are bad."

"We do well in the financial world. Not so great in personal lives. With her mom gone as far back as she can remember, Caroline poured all her love on her dad. When she lost him because of the plane crash, it was devastating to her."

"Does her mother ever see her?"

"She gave up all rights when she left."

"What kind of mother does that?" Ava asked, her green eyes open wide. Sea-green eyes he could gaze into all day.

"The kind of beautiful woman whose total focus is on herself, who loves money and things money can buy. When they dated, my brother was wild and a partying man. She liked to party. When they married, he settled like a rock, but she didn't want to give up the party life, or take responsibility even though in our family she would have had all the staff she wanted. They agreed to postpone a family until later, and then Caroline was a surprise that didn't go over well with her mother."

"Caroline is young for the kind of loss she's had. It hurts terribly and I'm sorry."

He glanced at the wedding ring on her finger. "I'm sorry for your loss. I see you're still wearing your ring."

Looking down, she touched her ring while her sandy hair swung forward on both sides of her face, making him want to run his fingers through the long strands.

"I wear my ring because I'm not interested in dating, and it keeps men from inviting me out. I loved my husband and losing him was dreadful. I don't ever want to run that risk again."

He studied her. "So you've given up on men, marriage and life in general."

"Not life in general. I love kids and working with them. You don't sound as if you have plans for marriage in your life."

"I definitely do not. I'm not getting into that trap. With the Delaney men's track record, marriage means heartbreak, bitterness and loss. No, thank you. How long have you been widowed?" he asked, expecting her to reply a year or less.

"Six years now. We were undergraduates in college when we married and he was killed in a motorcycle accident that first year of our marriage."


"Thanks. You didn't come here to discuss my history. Tell me about Caroline."

"Caroline has withdrawn from the world. Maybe it's defensive—if she doesn't love, maybe she won't get so hurt with loss. I've heard all kinds of theories, but that one makes the most sense. Caroline talks very little. She is unresponsive to people, and consequently she has performed poorl...


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; First Edition edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373731728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373731725
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,670,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Relentless Pursuit by Sara Orwig5 yo Caroline has lost her father and his brother is the guardian and he's at a loss as to what to do with her as she's hiding in a shell. He confronts other professionals and hopes to hire a kindergarten teacher who will break the shell and bring her back to what she once was.
They meet and she agrees to gather some things and meet him for the plane ride back to his home in Dallas, TX. He's paying a very high price per day for her services...
Will Delaney is going to try to persuade Ava Barton to stay longer than the weekend to help his niece.
They are both sexually drawn to one another and she is afraid to stay longer because of that. She has seen only in one day a slight breakthrough to the little girl and gives him other suggestions that may make her open up more.
He's willing to give her a bunch of money to get his neice ready for kindergarten in the fall and she has a lot of choices now to decide what to do with her life and her dream.
Very easy to follow the two main characters and the little girl. There are other family members but they trickle in and are easy to keep track of.
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Relentless Pursuit (Harlequin

Texas billionaire, Will Delaney, finds himself guardian over his five year old niece, Caroline when her dad and his brother died in a plane crash. Caroline barely talked and was withdrawn, a total opposite of the little girl he once knew and he tried everything to get the laughing little girl back. He flew to Austin from Dallas to meet Ava Barton to see her recommendations for tutors but as his eye's locked on Ava, he was drawn into her beauty as no other woman had done and he hoped to get her to spend more time with him and of course little Caroline!

Ava Barton, a widow for six years, had her life planned and was in the process of making her dream come true, all see needed was land, a building for her school to teach children to read, and some grants! Then playboy Will Delaney offered her a cool million dollars to help his withdrawn niece for the summer! How could she refuse? Then Will pursued her until she had no choice but to give in to his demands........
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I recently borrowed this book from a friend to read. Often I enjoy Harlequin novels , but this was not one of those times. Since the author is a USA best selling author I am going to assume that she was just having an off day when she wrote this one. While the premises was interesting and caught my intention, I felt it read more like a first draft than a completed novel published my such a big name publisher. I did not like Will the hero. Right from the beginning it seems like the only thing he can think about is sleeping with Ava even though he is supposedly looking for a tutor for his neice. I did find Ava all that believable. First if a guy started to come on to you the way Will does and you really weren't interested would you really fly to his home with him?

And the idea of her opening her own school seemed to out there for me.
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