Winter Heart (3rd in Wolf McCloud series)

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Dinah Odell is prepared for anything when she disguises herself as a nurse while on the run, except for Tristan Fletcher, who captures her heart, but the revelation of her secret may either shatter or strengthen their new relationship.

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Tristen Fletcher is fiercely loyal to a half-sister considered insane, and he will do anything to secure her safety. His first priority is to find a full-time caretaker, but gets more than he'd bargained for with the spirited Dinah Odell. From his first glimpse of the fiery beauty perched up a tree, hurling insults at his prized dogs, he realizes that she is more of a threat than a salvation - especially to his well-guarded heart. Still, something in her tortured eyes compels him to take her in. Willing to offer her shelter, protection and even marriage in exchange for companionship for his sister, Tristen is intrigued by the mystery surrounding the new nurse. Dinah Odell is on the run. Escaped from the mental asylum she'd been wrongly committed to by a vindictive uncle, she takes on the identity of a nurse. One look at her broodingly handsome new employer, however, immediately makes her question the sanity of her plot. But, where else can she possibly go? Further complicating things, Dinah feels a real compassion for Tristen's sister and is soon to learn of the painful memories of their tortured childhood. Her feelings grow for this man daily, as she watches Tristen care patiently for his unstable sister, as well as witnessing his determination to build a school for orphaned children of the streets. His protective nature and gruff exterior, she comes to understand, protects him from what she craves the most, love and trust. Once married, under the terms of the nurse's agreement, Tristen and Dinah are thrust into a battle of willpower, each determined to resist the attraction that threatens to consume them. But, before love reigns triumphant, the past that Dinah has desperately tried to put behind her becomes a nightmare that even Tristen might not be able to save her from. If you like romances that go beyond the typical to explore deeper issues, with a touch of mystery and intrigue, this one's for you. Jane Bolander lures you into her story with realistic, multi-faceted characters that you come to know. Then, once hooked, you feel their joy, pain, sorrow and rapture right to the very end. A most satisfying experience.Bravo! Winter Heart dares to be different and the romance is even better because of it! Ms. Bonander creates characters with that old friend feel to them. Winter Heart will leave a profound impression on you long after the last page.Lori Wright -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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Half-breed Tristan Fletcher, adopted by Cecil Fletcher over the objections of his hostile wife, has survived his miserable childhood by holding his emotions in check. He plans to open a school at his ranch for reservation children but first must find a companion for Emily, his mentally frail older sister. The woman who appears as potential nurse and wife, sassy Dinah, is a lot more interesting and attractive than expected by the seemingly cold, taciturn man, even when her past secrets (and several pursuers) catch up with her. Unfortunately, our hero's woundedness is more backdrop from the past than central to Bonander's (Wild Heart, Pocket, 1995) 19th-century historical.?MKC
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