|Thorns (2003) [Novel]|
by Cissy Hassell
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From the time Melissa Graham meets a hostile Austin Kincaid at the airport, to arriving at her fatherís ranch where her stepmother is in labor, she feels she has stepped straight into a war zone. Her homecoming with her estranged father is overshadowed by the birth of a son. Betrayal rears its ugly head as devotion to his wife and son take precedence over what was to be a time of healing and rebirth of their relationship. Just when things are looking up between her father and step-mother, there is Austin to contend with.
Stunned by his hostility towards her, still, she stands toe-to-toe with him in a contest of wills, he claiming she's a cold-hearted witch come to stir up trouble, she claiming sheís there to make amends. From the beginning to the end itís a battle of the strongest but somewhere along the line, Melissaís heart takes a u-turn into a sea of desire and a hint of a promise of love. The question now is will she stand strong like an oak or bend like a willow to hold fast against Austin as he climbs the wall around her heart? Or will she fall into that sea of desire and taste the promise it holds?
(from author's website)
Original title: Thorns
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Contemporary