by Lynn Raye Harris, author of (Harlequin Presents, April 2013)
Roman Kazarov wants revenge. He was in love with Caroline Sullivan five years ago, but she dumped him and he lost everything. Now, he’s built up a fortune—and he’s coming for her. Or, more specifically, her company, the chain of luxury department stores that have been in her family for generations.
But of course Roman wants more than just the stores. And Caroline has a secret she’s desperate to keep—but if she has to spend time with Roman, how will she guard her most precious secret and her heart?
I love a story like this, where two people were in love but circumstances forced them apart. Now they are back together for a different reason, and determined not to succumb to the emotions they once felt.
Roman wants the stores and he wants to punish Caroline. Caroline wants to keep her legacy for her child. And she wants to keep Roman from learning that her deceased husband isn’t actually the father of her son. You can guess who is the father, right?
This story was so emotional to write—and something happened during the writing that made it even more so for me. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or read my blog, you might know about my beloved cat, Miss Pitty Pat. Last summer, she collapsed and we had to race her to the vet. She had a blood clot, something I’d never heard of in cats (Google saddle thrombus if you want to know more) and it’s generally fatal.
I was in the middle of this book at the time, and I was devastated. MPP (as we always refer to her in texts and emails) was my little girl, my darling, and she followed me everywhere I went. When I wrote books, she was always there with me, regardless of whether I was in my office, or on the couch or bed with my laptop.
Amazingly, she survived that episode, though she had to have a leg amputated. I finished the book (with her beside me as usual) and when my editor asked about the dedication, there was no better human or animal to dedicate it to. If you have the book, you’ll see it simply says “For MPP.”
I thought about what else to say, but I didn’t want to have a book come out with a long dedication about how she’d battled heart disease and lived through that episode when she could be dead by the time the book came out.
I miss my sweet cat so much, and I’m proud to share this book—her book—with you. Yes, it’s dedicated to a cat. Perhaps that’s eccentric or just plain weird, but it makes complete sense to me.
I hope you’ll enjoy the story, and I hope you’ll agree it’s emotional and passionate. MPP wasn’t impressed, but I can assure you that had nothing to do with the content of the story.