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Breathless [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Lee Guhrke
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July 1 1999 Sonnet Books
Award-winning author Laura Lee Guhrke steps back to a timeof Southern propriety -- and passion -- in this thrilling page-turner laced with heated sensuality. A lawyer is reunited with an unforgettable lady from his past -- and together, they step into a web of small-town scandal and desire.

Lily Morgan may be Shivaree, Georgia's most talked-about lady. Everyone in town knows about the bitter break-up of her marriage five years before, when Daniel Walker, her husband's tough, uncompromising lawyer, tore her reputation to shreds and left her with nothing but a wish to get even. But now something about Daniel makes her blood boil and her pulse quicken...not with righteous fury, but with passion.

Daniel has returned to Shivaree to once again match wits with Lily Morgan. The thought of a rematch with Lily delights him, for he has never forgotten her hot temper -- or her lovely looks. But when a shocking murder shakes the town, Daniel joins Lily to find a killer, and their unexpected partnership sparks something between them that they never expected -- desire. Now Daniel, the strong-willed lawyer for whom winning is everything, realizes he must win the one reward he can't live without: Lily's forgiveness -- and her love.


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Respected attorney and rising young political star Daniel Walker takes on a case important to one of his supporters in the little town of Shivaree, Georgia, in the first decade of this century. A local judge has closed down the Shivaree Social Club after a five-year battle with Lily Morgan, the local librarian, a spunky red-haired divorcee. Lily and Daniel have a history. He was her husband's divorce lawyer and made her look like an adulteress, turning her into a friendless outcast. With the help of the judge's young wife, Lily is able to rally the local women into a Lysistrata-like strike until the men of the town arrange to vote to keep the club open or to close it down. But just before the election, one of the club's young prostitutes is murdered, and Lily's gentle, illiterate young helper, Amos, is arrested for the crime. As Lily and Daniel team up to provide a legal defense for Amos they begin to see each other as people, not just as the "enemy." Diana Tixier Herald

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke isn't one of those lucky authors who knew from her childhood onward that she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she was sure she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up and study the iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Then she dissected her first (and last) frog in high school biology class and decided that a different career choice was in order. When an English teacher told her she could never be a writer because her stories were "too sappy", Laura vowed that someday she would prove that teacher wrong and become a writer, but her parents wanted her to go to college first (mainly so that she wouldn't spend her lifetime living in their house with no gainful employment while writing the Great American Novel).
It took four years of college studying business, and seven years on the corporate fast track before Laura decided it was time to fulfill the vow she'd made to herself and prove her English teacher wrong. She wrote her first novel in 1991, had her first published novel in 1994, and now has six published historical romances to her credit. For her 1997 book, Conor's Way, she has been honored with the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Historical Romance. Her latest book, The Charade, is a March, 2000, release from Pocket Books.
Laura loves writing historical romance because she has always wanted a time machine and this was the closest she could get. Historical romance enables her to go back in time, experience excitement and adventure, and capture the hearts of handsome heroes, all without leaving the safety and comfort of her home, dishwasher and cable tv.
Laura lives in Eagle, Idaho, a small town outside the state capital of Boise, and when she's not writing, she helps her parents run their construction company (which explains why they wanted her to get that business degree). She loves living in Idaho because she gets to ski and fly fish, and because she doesn't have that big-city, over-an-hour-each-way commute to work. Besides, her golden retriever, Sam, would HATE living in a big city because you can't chase pheasants and roll around in the mud when you live in a big city, and according to Sam, there would be no point to life if you couldn't roll around in the mud.
Laura loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her at P.O. Box 1143, Eagle, ID, 83616, or you may e-mail her at lauralee@micron.net. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Americana Romance Aug. 9 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1905 Shivaree, Georgia, Lily Morgan is the town's most talked about woman. Everybody in town talks about her bitter divorce five years earlier and the fact that she had an affair. When Daniel Walker, her ex-husband's lawyer comes back to town tounges start wagging again.
Daniel truly believed that he did the right thing by scandalizing Lily's name during her divorce from his best friend. He truly thought she had an affair. Now back in Shivaree he's having second thoughts.
Lily and Daniel clash like lightening, but that doesn't stop the feelings they find they have for eachother. When a local prostitute is murdered, Lily and Daniel work together to clear the suspect's name. In the meantime, Daniel finds that he was wrong about Lily and they also find love. The only problem is Daniel is planning on a career as a politician and that does not include a divorcee' as a wife.
This was my first book by Laura Lee Guhrke and I truly enjoyed it. I hope to read more from her in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Americana Romance Aug. 8 1999
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In 1905 Shivaree, Georgia, Lily Morgan is the town's most talked about woman. Everybody in town talks about her bitter divorce five years earlier and the fact that she had an affair. When Daniel Walker, her ex-husband's lawyer comes back to town tounges start wagging again.
Daniel truly believed that he did the right thing by scandalizing Lily's name during her divorce from his best friend. He truly thought she had an affair. Now back in Shivaree he's having second thoughts.
Lily and Daniel clash like lightening, but that doesn't stop the feelings they find they have for eachother. When a local prostitute is murdered, Lily and Daniel work together to clear the suspect's name. In the meantime, Daniel finds that he was wrong about Lily and they also find love. The only problem is Daniel is planning on a career as a politician and that does not include a divorcee' as a wife.
This was my first book by Laura Lee Guhrke and I truly enjoyed it. I hope to read more from her in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read May 14 1999
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In 1905 Georgia, attorney Daniel Walker will do anything legal to win a case for his clients. His latest victory gained an acquittal for his client, the son of a powerful person in the state. As a by-product, the prosecutor, an irate Hugh Masterson, vows vengeance on Daniel.

State powerbroker Calvin Stoddard offers to support Daniel on a run for a state senate seat if he successfully handles a legal case. Daniel agrees and immediately heads to his hometown of Shivaree where a court order has shut down the notorious but popular Shivaree Social Club due to the actions of resident Lily Morgan. Daniel represented Lily,s ex-spouse in a divorce case five-years ago that painted her as a tainted lady. They are on opposite sides of the prostitute house issue until a murder occurs. To everyone's surprise, he agrees to represent the prime suspect while she agrees to be his "legal clerk. As they work in close proximity they fall in love, but his ambitions make a permanent relationship doubtful.

Fans of historical novels will be left BREATHLESS by Laura Lee Guhrke's superb tale. The story line blends a clever who-done-it inside an Americana romance that brings the first decade of the twentieth century rural south to life. The lead protagonists are an intriguing duo who fight to end their growing love for one another before it enflames them. The support cast augments the plot by pushing it forward and adding authenticity. Readers who enjoy an entertaining Americana romance with a murder mystery to spice it up will take immense pleasure from Ms. Guhrke's delightful novel.

Harriet Klausner
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Defense attorney Daniel Walker wins an acquittal for his client by tricking the real culprit into confessing. After the case, power broker Calvin Stoddard vows to support Daniel's run for a seat on the state senate if the lawyer handles a legal matter for him. Daniel, realizing that Calvin's support almost insures his election, agrees. Daniel's opponent is the local librarian Lily Morgan. Five years ago Daniel painted Lily as an adulterer as he obtained a divorce for her ex-spouse. A murder occurs, and the sheriff arrests Lily's friend. Daniel decides to defend the accused. Since his own clerk is unavailable, Daniel enlists Lily as his legal clerk. As they work together to prove his client did not do the crime, they fall in love. Breathless will thrill fans of historical mysteries, and romance readers will cherish the love story between the lead protagonists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lysistrata goes down the Georgia Oct. 24 2001
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The plotline of women withholding their favors as leverage goes back to ancient Greece (at least). It gets a humorous and warm treatment in "Breathless" where the women of a small Georgia town go on strike to shut down the town's main tourist attraction - a whorehouse. The book focuses on the romance between Lily, leader of the women, and Daniel, lawyer for the owners of the brothel. Their history is bad but when murder occurs they find themselves on the same side.
While there is a healthy dose of "Americana" in this book, I enjoyed the political edge - suffrage and women's rights. Still, the best part of the book are the strong characterizations including several strong secondary characters. The plotting is probably the weak point as the book lacked a strong page turning quality. Still, a fun relaxing read even if it probably isn't a keeper.
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