Monday, January 15, 2018

A Stranger in the Cove Templeton Cove Stories #8 by Rachel Brimble

Series: Templeton Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Jan 1st 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Mac Orman is on a mission. When he discovers his recently deceased father had been
searching for his birth mother, Mac aims to finish the job by finding the grandmother he
never knew. His quest leads him to Templeton Cove—and a firecracker of a woman who
instantly jump-starts his tortured heart.  
For Mac, Kate Harrington is the most tempting kind of distraction. But their sizzling
connection comes with a side of suspicion for Kate, who doesn’t trust this brooding
stranger in her town. Mac arrived with no plans to stay, but as he falls for Kate, he
wonders how he could ever possibly leave.
Oh, for the love of God. The man’s smile was slow, soft and as sexy as hell. It was like an invisible
aphrodisiac on her newly ignited libido. She took another sip of her drink, her heart  racing and her
body on fire. He looked at her as though he had X-ray vision…or the ability to make her want to strip
without the request even passing his lips. Every inch of her body was intensely aware of him and she
didn’t like it. Not one tiny bit. Good looks and even better bodies were not to be trusted. This guy
could be just as much of a cheater as her ex. Even more so, if his killer smile was anything to go by.
She couldn’t imagine a woman not being affected by it. So why did she want to keep looking at him?
He leaned his elbow on the bar and faced her. “So…” He took a sip of his drink. “Do you
live around here?”
Feigning nonchalance, she sat straighter on her stool and drew forth as much of a welcome attitude as
she could. It wasn’t this stranger’s fault he’d attracted and intrigued her in one very dangerous blow.
He smiled. “That’s all I get?”
“That’s all you get.” She returned his smile, her body relaxing a little. His voice was rich
and deep and had the same warming effect on her as a shot of whiskey on a cold night. “That is, until I
know a little more about you.”
“Shoot.” He drank. “Ask me anything you want.”
“Okay…” Her gaze dropped frustratingly to his mouth, most likely quashing her
nonchalance in a heartbeat. She shifted on her seat and lifted her gaze to his…although his eyes were
by no means a safer option. She cleared her throat. “What brings you to the Cove?”
His gaze locked on hers and the seconds ticked by. His blue eyes darkened as his smile
faltered.  Kate raised her eyebrows, curiosity whispering through her. “Was that not a good
question to start with?”
He flitted his focus to the band once more. “I’m looking for work.”
She frowned. “In Templeton?”
“It’s as good a place as any, isn’t it?”
She hazarded a guess that the shift in his tone was meant to induce a throw away question, to make her
believe it was no big deal why he was in Templeton. Little did Mr. Bad Boy know, she was
blessed—or sometimes cursed—with the innate ability to read between the lines, to sense when
something wasn’t quite right with people or situations. Her senses pinged to high alert with this guy
at the sudden stiffness in his body, the way his jaw had set. His easy demeanour of a moment before
had been replaced with clear defensiveness.
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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After
having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since
2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and
an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was
selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she
isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside
with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers.
Rachel would love to hear from you!


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  1. The cover is terrific and I'd stop to read what the book is about seeing it.

  2. I quite like it but hasn't he got broad hands?