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Just Kate [Mass Market Paperback]

Linda Lael Miller
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June 1 2005
Kate Blake has lived her life in the shadow of her powerful father. Now, after a wrenching betrayal, Kate is determined to reclaim her own future. It is the future that begins with rugged Sean Harris – the man that married her sister, a man who unleashed in Kate her primal desires she yearned to set free. In the ancient land of Australia, Kate discovers herself, the family secrets that have shadowed her and the love she’s been waiting for all her life… “Linda Lael Miller is one of the hottest romance authors writing today.” – Romantic Times
--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty historical and contemporary novels that reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed “barn goddess” now lives in Spokane, Washington. Her most recent New York Times bestsellers include McKettrick’s Choice and Secondhand Bride. Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women, awarded annually to women seeking to improve their lot in life through education. More information about Linda, her novels and her scholarships is available at www.lindalaelmiller.com. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The exchange was so blatant, so audacious that Kate Blake couldn't believe she'd seen it. It was intermission and the lobby was crowded. People swirled past her, laughing and talking as they waited for the opera to resume. Kate stood frozen in their midst, fingers curved around her glass of orange juice, her indigo eyes wide, afraid even to blink.

She hadn't imagined it. Brad had handed another man a packet of white powder and taken money in return, right there in front of half the population of Seattle.

Perhaps, she thought desperately, it was all a mistake. Perhaps she had only imagined that the packet contained cocaine, and that Brad, the man she'd meant to marry in less than a month, had just accepted money for it.

In the next instant, Brad turned, tucking a folded bill into the pocket of his coat as he moved. His eyes met Kate's, and it was clear that he knew she'd seen. There was no apology in his gaze, however, only defiance. Then he was looking at his companion again, and Kate might not have existed at all.

She felt dizzy, and then claustrophobic, and she knew she had to get out into the fresh air fast. She set her cup aside and hurried toward the main door.

Outside, Kate gripped the stair railings in both hands and dragged in deep, clean breaths until the choking sensation passed. A glance back over one elegantly bared shoulder told her that Brad hadn't followed. He probably hadn't even noticed she was gone.

She looked up at the dark, star-speckled sky aglow with city lights, and her vision blurred as tears filled her eyes. She was torn. One part of her wanted to go back inside, grip Brad by the lapels and demand to know why he'd thrown everything away; another preferred to pretend that nothing had changed.

Kate inched down the stairs, still grasping the railing with both hands. Brad was the man she'd planned to marry. He was her father's campaign manager. And she'd just seen him break the law in the most brazen of ways.

A thousand thoughts whirled through her head. This wasn't new behavior for Brad; she was certain of that. And yet she hadn't known. She'd been engaged to him and she hadn't known what kind of man he was! How could that be?

There were no cabs lined up in front of the theater, since the opera would run another full hour. Kate looked back again, knowing she should go inside, call for a taxi and wait in the lobby until it arrived. But something within her demanded action. She needed to walk, hard and fast, with the cool, clean night wind blowing against her face. She started out in the general direction of her downtown condominium, chin held high, her grandmother's antique brass evening bag swinging at her side.

Hard-eyed street people watched her pass, but there was none of the usual panhandling. Kate supposed that in her present mood she didn't look approachable.

Moments later, as she passed a popular department store, her pace slackened. The breeze had dried her tears. Kate's reflection in the windows regarded her forlornly as she took in her own tall, slender body, the sleek designer gown that had cost the earth, the soft and loose arrangement of her dark hair. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars I've moved on. Feb. 12 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have read a number of Miller's novels in the past. However, I find I've moved on. The story lines are definitely hot and steamy, but very little finesse or deeper emotions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read July 8 2001
By Luv2Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kate's life has had some drastic changes within a matter of hours. She has ended her engagement after discovering the true side to her fiance. Kate has also ended her career. During this time, Kate has been reunited with Sean Harris, her dead sister's husband, but also Kate's first love.
Kate has an adventure in Australia, after deciding to visit her nephew there. Kate and Sean's lives are changing and are never the same. However, the ghost of the past - Kate's sister, not only shadows their lives, but the lives of Kate's family as well. Will her sister's ghost destroy Kate's happiness and forever be a constant reminder and shadow of things gone by or will it be "Just Kate"?
A quick read, but a wonderful story!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Kate Sept. 20 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Just Kate is a reissue of an old book. The story is good, with LOTS of sex. The conflict comes when Kate goes to visit her sister's ex and her nephew. The family doesn't like it, her dad is powerful, mom is a wimp, and our hero realizes he married the wrong sister. Much of the story is set in Australia and is fairly typical Lael Miller.(old style) I liked it when I read it many years ago. If you're a fan, you've already read it. If you're not, it's worth a glance.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read. June 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As an avid romance reader living in Australia, I am always looking for more authors to read. There appears to be a severe shortage of good authors which are published for release in Australia. I picked up this book, Just Kate, hoping to find another author along the lines of my favourites, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Lowell and Linda Howard. This book was quite well written and I did enjoy it, but I found it quite offensive (being Australian myself) how the hero, Sean, used our slang. I have never come across an Australian guy who calls his girl "Sheila" as an endearment. Basically I found the book a good read, with plenty of sex, but not the sexual tension that makes you ache while reading it. I'll read other books by LLM, I hope it was just the Australian references that disappointed me with this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Aussie who likes the book but hates the slang June 30 2000
By "novabear" - Published on Amazon.com
I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer! If an Aussie male called me a sheila I would consider it to be a HUGE insult. As much as I love to read the romance novels written by the very clever American authors, I have yet to find one that can write accurately about Australia, esp. regarding the correct usage of our slang. Strange how one word out of place can make you cringe....I was thoroughly enjoying the very alpha Sean until he kept saying 'sheila' - it ruined the mood each time for me & traust me, I would have loved to have been on that camping trip with him!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Kate Feb. 8 2013
By NancyCinNC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kate has been in love with Sean since the day she met him. One slight problem, he married her sister Abby. Years later Abby has died in a car crash and Kate is engaged to her Father's campaign manager.

At the opera Kate sees Brad her fiancé sell Cocaine to someone and leaves him. She decides to walk home and comes across a man being robbed at an ATM. Tired of feeling the victim she hits the robber in the head with her copper purse. And finds that the man being robbed is Sean. When her father hires someone other than Kate to take Brad's place, She decides she needs a change of pace.

She flies to Australia to visit with Sean, and get to know her nephew Gil. Passion soon follows, but Sean starts to worry because his father in law had been behind a kidnapping attempt on Gil. He wonders if this could be just a setup and let's his paranoia set in.

Nice all around story.
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