- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; 0380803097 edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380803097
- ISBN-13: 978-0380803095
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,466,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What the Heart Knows Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Setting: Rapid City, South Dakota--present day
Sensuality Rating: 7
Popular romance author Kathleen Eagle visits familiar hunting grounds in What the Heart Knows. Returning to the Bad River Lakota Reservation after a 13-year absence, Helen Ketterling has a secret--two of them, in fact. As an undercover investigator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, she's posing as a blackjack dealer in the reservation casino, The Pair-a-Dice City, to determine whether there's anything illegal going on behind the scenes. When her boss's brother, the former professional basketball player Reese Blue Sky, returns to the reservation to bury his father, Helen's biggest secret of all--her 12-year-old son by Reese--is exposed, while feelings thought long forgotten reignite between the two.
Eagle paints an intriguing portrait of contemporary life on the reservation and its unique issues, with a little mystery thrown in for good measure. In addition, her handling of the understandably turbulent emotions of the former lovers who now share a child is sensitive and astute. All in all, this contemporary draws its audience in, investing them inextricably in the outcome; it's impossible to put this book down. --Alison Trinkle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The shifting economics and shady business dealings brought to Native American reservations by legalized gambling are the backdrop for Eagle's (The Last True Cowboy; The Night Remembers) latest romantic suspense novel. The protagonist of this leisurely paced story is 38-year-old Helen Ketterling, a white woman who, while working undercover for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (as a blackjack dealer trained to spot corruption in the casinos), is forced to confront her feelings for her Lakota ex-boyfriend, former NBA all-star Reese Blue Sky. Both Helen and Reese have secrets. Not only must Helen lie about her jobAto Reese and his brother Carter, who manages the Pair-a-Dice City casinoAbut she never told Reese that he's the father of her 12-year-old son, Sidney. Reese, meanwhile, is afraid to tell Helen the real reason he retired from basketballAhis potentially fatal heart condition. The two become embroiled investigating the possibility that Reese's father was murdered because of his attempts to oust the criminal owners of the casino, who are white. In the generic romance-novel formula of crossed-signals and push-pull arguments, the lies and mysteries between Reese and Helen are revealed slowly, keeping the two lovers apart till the end. Eagle admirably avoids clich? trappings in her prose, and the reservation setting is well researched and poignantly rendered. These fresh details help to surmount the sometimes lumbering and predictable plot, and enliven the occasionally two-dimensional main characters.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.