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Almost Like Being in Love [Mass Market Paperback]

Christina Dodd
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May 25 2004 Lost Texas Hearts
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd’s contemporary novel—set in Idaho ranch country—is the second book in a trilogy of heartwarming, sexy romances about three sisters who grew up in different foster families and are reunited as adults.

As the middle child, Pepper Prescott's rebellious nature helped her survive when her parents disappeared and she and her siblings were sent to different foster homes around the country. Now an independent young woman, Pepper finds herself on the run after witnessing a shooting. Fearing for her life, Pepper flees to the only place she ever considered home and is shocked to find her old lover, Dan Graham, living on the remote mountain ranch. A battle-hardened ex-Special Forces soldier, Dan no longer strikes Pepper as a man she can trust with her secrets, her life, and her love. But as long-simmering desires flare into a deep, sensual passion, Pepper realizes the only way she can reclaim her life is to ally herself with the enigmatic warrior who's willing to help fight for her future by solving the mysteries of her past—and making her his wife today.

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Readers who were wooed by the first installment in Dodd's contemporary Prescott sisters trilogy, Just the Way You Are, may be disappointed by this unlikely, terrorism-based tale. Orphaned, separated from her siblings and shuttled through foster care, landscaper Pepper Prescott relies on her inborn wiliness and the militaristic self-help strategies of author Jennifer Napier, an active U.S. General, to overcome life's challenges. But when she witnesses her idol shooting an aide who threatens to expose her sale of government secrets, Pepper flees to the Idaho ranch that once provided her only stable home. Her ex-boyfriend Dan Graham, now an undercover Special Forces agent, is keeping up the ranch in an attempt to draw out an international terrorist intent on killing him. Despite mutual deceptions, the two rediscover both trust and passion before the General, Dan's terrorist prey, two of Pepper's long-lost siblings and a passel of U.S. forces converge at the ranch for the melodramatic denouement. An excess of unrealistic plot points and purple prose ("she screamed out loud, an incoherent cry of inexpressible fulfillment") mar the story, and the character of garden-loving, gun-toting Pepper never quite gels. Still, the starkly beautiful setting and the raw sexual bond Dan and Pepper share will please readers with a taste for the dramatic.
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General Jennifer Napier is Jackie Porter's role model, so when Napier is in town autographing her latest book, Jackie gushes out her life story to her before rushing off to work. Returning to get a book signed, she sees something that sends her fleeing across the country to her foster mother's remote Idaho ranch and back to her real name, Pepper Prescott. At the ranch she finds Dan Graham, the son of a neighboring rancher who had won both her love and virginity when they were teenagers. He is ostensibly taking care of the ranch, but in reality he is serving as bait for a vicious international terrorist. Both Pepper and Dan are vulnerable characters with huge abandonment issues, but their mutual passion is blazing. Dodd's bang-up climax features high-tech armament and a birth and reunites Pepper with her sister, Hope, from Just the Way You Are [BKL Je 1 & 15 03]. This enticing stand-alone sequel will leave readers eager for the rest of Dodd's Prescott saga. Diana Tixier Herald
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Storyteller July 4 2004
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In the second installment of Dodd's contemporary trilogy, the middle Prescott sister, Pepper is featured as a hard-nosed, hard-working, wounded young woman with a tremendous amount of trust issues. Orphaned, and torn from her family at the age of eight, she had been parceled out and lived in various foster homes, none for very long as her rebelliousness caused her to be tossed around quite often. Only once, - the final foster home in Diamond Idaho, where she had stayed the longest did she feel some sense of belonging, but even from there she ran. The years in between, after reading an inspiring memoir of a woman's accomplishments, she turned her life around and started a thriving landscape business. Discovering and witnessing her hero, General Jennifer Napier, killing her aide after he accused her of furnishing government secrets to terrorists, Pepper who had been living under an assumed name herself, knew she had to run for her life because who would believe her word over that of a General. Running to the last place that had felt like a home to her, Pepper discovered that her long lost lover Dan Graham, had taken up residence and was now keeping up the ranch. Not only was Dan there, but her foster mother had died and left the ranch to her. Years before, Dan was the reason she had left, and the years in between hadn't lessened the attraction they both still felt, but trust was another matter entirely.
In this sequel, Dodd turns up the heat in some very passionate and exciting sensual laden encounters. Brisk writing, page turning action, and hot and steamy sex had all the makings of this being a stellar read, but for the fact that I was totally aggravated with our heroine and hero - especially Pepper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Like Suspending Disbelief... June 8 2004
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Orphaned at age 8, Pepper Prescott had a troubled youth, bouncing around the system and acting out a bit before she eventually pulled her life together to become a successful landscaper in Washington, DC. Her newly ordered life comes to a grinding halt when she witnesses a crime perpetrated by the military self-help author she idolizes. The one bright spot in her checkered past was the high school year she spent on a ranch in Idaho with a foster mother who genuinely loved her, so when she is accused of committing the crime she witnessed, it's the first place she runs to.
Enter Dan Graham, Pepper's first and only love, who was devastated when she ran away from home all those years ago. The son of the owner of the neighboring ranch, Dan felt he needed to leave town after Pepper ran away so he joined the "army". Several years later he returns home, apparently retired from the "special forces", after being seriously injured while fighting "terrorists". He's been looking after the ranch of Pepper's foster mother who has recently died.
We see a touching romance between Pepper and Dan. Normally reunion stories leave me slightly irritated that the protagonists didn't just work out their issues at the time that they split, but things are handled so well here that I really believe these two needed the intervening years to bring them to this point where they could be together. Dan has never gotten over Pepper, and almost from the moment he sees her again, he wants to be with her forever. His attempts to lure her to his way of thinking are steamy and meaningful at the same time. I adore this love story.
Things would probably be all right if that was all there was to "Almost Like Being in Love". I like both Pepper and Dan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mind Numbing, Inaccurate, Just Plain Stupid May 26 2004
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I thoroughly enjoyed the escapist fun of Ms Dodd's "Rules" books and thought I'd pick this one up to lighten an otherwise stressful visit to ailing parents.
Dumb Move.
In addition to the lame "love" story (I especially liked the part where their hormones raged three and one half seconds after she falls thru a window and he attempts to kill her....), the book is riddled with inaccuracies.
Ms Dodd knows little to nothing about the military or its operations. Her ignorance would be kinda funny if the opinions of equally uninformed readers weren't being influenced by her plot points. A few howlers: First, General Officers are not allowed to promote their autobiographies until AFTER they retire. Second, Aides de Camp do not serve for five years (they'd go insane...). Third, Lieutenants refer to Colonels as "Sir". Always.
It seems as if Ms Dodd attempted to throw together a book using the Global War On Terrorism to incite sales. Perhaps it will, but the lame prose and rail thin story line will probably turn anyone off before the bad guys are caught and corralled and the last kiss is smooched.
My suggestion, Ms Dodd: Go back to what you know - fun, frothy, period romanced (just not THIS period!)- and lay off any involvement with the modern US military, current international relations, and the national intelligence community - not to mention counter-insurgency operations and the GWOT. You're out of your league.
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4.0 out of 5 stars engaging romantic suspense May 26 2004
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When their parents died in a car accident the four siblings were sent to different foster homes. The oldest sixteen years old Hope always hoped she would one day bring them back together, but over a decade later has failed. Eight years old when her parents died, Pepper spent years rotating through the foster child system until elderly Idaho rancher Mrs. Dreiss took her in.
Pepper has become Jackie Porter, successful landscaper using the motivating words of General Jennifer Napier to be all that she can be. At a book signing, Jackie meets her heroine, but when she returns to get a book signed for Mr. Dreiss, she sees the General kill her aide Major Otto Bjerke. Jennifer realizes a witness saw her commit murder, but Jackie escapes.
Jackie is dead and Pepper is reborn as she flees to Mrs. Dreiss' ranch only to learn that her guardian angel died; neighbor Dan Graham has cared for the spread that she has inherited. Though Pepper wants Dan to leave her alone, they fall in love. Jennifer is coming, but so is Hope as both have found Pepper, but who will get to her first.
This engaging romantic suspense will hook readers from the moment Jackie flees for her life. Pepper and Dan are a fabulous pair and the return of Hope and her now husband Zack is terrific. Readers will wonder why Pepper failed to know that Mrs. Dreiss died and also question why the general is selling top secret info without being caught (kept secret for most of the book). Fans will roots for Pepper to survive her ordeal and have a family welcoming with Hope.
Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute in its own way
Even if the plot is unrealistic and melodramatic I found the story cute and the main characters lovable. Read more
Published on June 29 2007 by Toni Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful next book
Pepper Prescott had her world torn apart at a young age. Her parents were killed and she was separated from her siblings. Pepper has created a new life for herself as a landscaper. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
No one--I repeat no one!--writes better heroines than Ms. Dodd. Pepper is smart, funny and utterly adorable. And as always, the love scenes are really intense and made me blush! Read more
Published on June 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars HAVEN'T READ IT YET, BUT...
Already assuming I'll enjoy it as much as I loved Hope's story...
I was putting a box of books together to sell to a "we buy your books" store & just realized... Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by C. A. GARNER
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up to JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
Pepper Prescott believes her family betrayed her when she was put into foster care, so now that she's an adult she has changed her name and made a life for herself without letting... Read more
Published on May 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE!
What a fun and charming book! I've always enjoyed Ms. Dodd's historicals and was doubly delighted when I found out she was dabbling in contemporaries last year. Read more
Published on May 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm exausted and it's the fault of this book!
I usually read historicals but I read Christina Dodd's first contemporary and really liked it, so when I saw this was out I snatched it up! ARGH! Read more
Published on May 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Christina Dodd novel
Well guys, Ms. Dodd has done it agian. This is just a wonderful book. I love her characters and the action is just great. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Pepper is totally untrusting of other people and has no faith in anyone. She has been orphaned by her parents who were running away after embezzling from the church. Read more
Published on May 25 2004
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