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Brianna Chapman has learned to handle just about anything. Witnessing the murder of her parents had that effect. Knowing the unsolved arson had been meant for her is the one thing she can’t handle. Instead of dwelling, she stuffs her guilt soundly into her subconscious through diving into the teaching job she loves by day and the dirt of the landscaping business she owns by night. Her habit of remaining aloof to personal relationships is, well, working.
Will her guilt be as easy to keep buried if the killer comes back to finish the job?
In the midst of juggling a scorched yard, dead animals on her doorstep, and her vandalized car, the one thing she didn’t count on was the staggering Nathan Reed. A nationally renowned woodworking artist, Nathan and his two priceless nephews move into the run-down historical house behind her and over Black Creek. They have a canny way of maneuvering around her aloof demeanor and into her heart. Will they still want to be part of her life when they discover she is haunted by past memories and hunted by present dangers?
Black Creek Burning©/R.T. Wolfe/Short excerpt/Chapter 10
“I’m not above doing that. You should know that. I can take care of my own car.” Brie turned as she thought of just how she was going to do that, and reached up to pull out a single tea bag and mug. “And there is no you and me. It was just a kiss. Now, we have to move backward for Andy’s sake.” And mine, she thought.
He made his way to her in three long strides, picked her up by the shoulders and plopped her on the kitchen counter, smashing his mouth to hers. Framing the side of her face with one hand, Nathan laced his fingers in her pinned up hair with the other.
She couldn’t think and for the first time in her life let go. Slipping away from her blessed control, she blocked out the possible consequences and surrendered to the now. Her skin nearly ignited from the feel of his body as she pulled him in closer. She held onto his lanky back, his strong arms, feeling his rough hands on her face, in her hair. His mouth and his tongue emptied her mind. She clamped her eyes shut and wanted to stay right there.
As he’d done at the midnight hour in her basement, he pulled away as quickly as he took her.
Nathan whispered close to her face, “Just a kiss my ass.”
I’m just going to say it…I’m insanely jealous of R.T. Wolfe. Yes, I admit it. Jealous!! I can’t believe this is a DEBUT novel. And its a Romantic Suspense to boot. *pout* My RS is nothing like this. I want to be R.T. when I grew up.
As most people know, Romantic Suspense is my all time favorite genre to read. I blame Karen Rose, Karen Robards, Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krantz, Linda Howard, Cherry Adair and Julie Garwood for the obsession. Thanks ladies…that said, I was mesmerized by not only the whole story but by R.T. writing style. Its fluid, well paced and the little nuisances are fantastic. There is a lot going on in the book but the way she weaves it all together is effortless. That’s rare in a Romantic Suspense but she does it and does it well. Between Nathan, Brie, her jobs, the children, the cast of secondary characters, the setting (yes, the setting), and suspense element its one great book.
I will also admit that I read it in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. Just when I thought I figured out the “whodunit” I was completely wrong. I’m NEVER wrong figuring out the villain but in this one I never saw it coming. Great job Ms. Wolfe. You had me gasping in the end.
Nathan is one of those hero’s that you know is a good guy. Sexy, thoughtful, not overly Alpha, not afraid to get his hands dirty and will admit his own failings. *sigh* He never crowded Brie but gave her space. Of course, their last time together in the book was HAWT, completely well paced and DAMN…
Brie was a bit brittle in the beginning for me. I understood her need to not get close to people but she needed a lot of help getting back to life after the tragic death of her parents. That’s not something that you can ever forget. Her nightmares didn’t help. With the help of two boys, one sexy man and her neighbors, she was able to forward with her life. Amanda was particularly helpful and hilarious.
Did I mention that the dialogue was well written and funny in some parts. The interaction between all the characters was believable and I felt a sense of being in the room with them at all times. I never felt left out of the story. Nathan’s and Brie’s careers are front and center in the story but Ms. Wolfe doesn’t dumb them down for a reader. Ms. Wolfe treats her readers with respect in their own knowledge teaching, landscaping and woodworking.
I appreciated the non-gore violence in the book, too. There is a scene at the school that left me a bit shaken considering what happened a couple of weeks ago but its relevant to the story. Other than that, the suspense element was completely understated but you always knew it was there. Again, great job.
I will repeat, I want to be R.T. when I grow up as a writer. She has written the perfect romantic suspense book for this reader. I also went to her website and I CAN NOT WAIT until February when the second book in this series comes out. 🙂
R.T. Wolfe’s romantic suspense, Black Creek Burning, is the first in a series set in beautiful upstate New York. She enjoys creating diverse characters and twining them together in the midst of an intelligent mystery and a heart encompassing romance.
It’s not uncommon to find dark chocolate squares in R.T.’s candy dish, her Golden Retriever at her feet and a few caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on her counters. R.T. loves her family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover of migrating whooping cranes.
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Review from 2010 EPIC Award Winning Author, Laurie Larsen:
“I thoroughly enjoyed RT Wolfe’s masterful debut novel, Black Creek Burning. Written with confident expertise on a variety of topics such as landscaping and home remodeling, I got wrapped up in the engaging storytelling of this wonderful tale of love, danger and suspense. Along the way I completely fell in love with hero Nathan as he patiently transformed the heroine Brie from an icy self-proclaimed independent into a woman willing to accept the love of a strong man and a family in need of a mother. The details were delicious, the settings were masterfully painted, the mystery was a stumper and the romance was beautifully satisfying.
A top-rate romantic suspense from a talented promising new author. I hear rumors that this is the first book of a series, and I gleefully await the sequel.”