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When Stella's search for treasure to save her plantation is interrupted by the discovery of wounded undercover U.S. Marshall Garrett Shaw--the object of a manhunt--on her property, she hides him in her house, and as desire flares between them, danger and dark secrets threaten to tear them apart. Reprint.
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Stella St. Vallier, the heroine of this lurid novel of romantic suspense, is part traditional Southern belle, part liberated feminist and all woman. She and her ancient great-aunt Rose are the last in a long line of strong, valiant St. Vallier women. Together with an elderly servant-cum-companion known as "Maman," they inhabit the ancestral plantation house, Shadow Oaks, and its declining sugarcane operation in Louisiana. Stella's efforts to save the plantation are complicated when she discovers a drug-smuggling operation on her property directed by P.G. Toutant, owner of the Scarlet Door, a sleazy strip club in Cane Town. Cane Town's sheriff, Jervis Archer, is worse than worthless, a slimy, rutting pig of a man. When Stella confronts Toutant, he has her thrown out of the club. Everyone Stella turns to, from the DEA to distant neighbor and U.S. Sen. Myron Leblanc, seems to be an enemy. Within Shadow Oaks lie hidden treasures and secret rooms. Within Stella lie the twin tensions of sexual violence and incipient romance, and she must navigate a tricky course to save herself and Shadow Oaks. McKinney has freighted her passionate story with many tired contrivances. Sometimes the clich?s are overwhelming, but neither they nor the contrivances are likely to discourage readers who enjoy tales of strong women triumphing over bad men and finding true love. (Feb.)
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Dr. Stella St. Vallier takes a sabbatical from her university position to try to save her family's failing cane plantation outside New Orleans. As she struggles to come up with a way to make the plantation on which her family has lived for 10 generations profitable, she runs across what may be a drug-smuggling operation on her land. But nobody seems interested in her suspicions, not even the sheriff who has had the hots for her since high school, or the senator who lives next door. Stella's investigation turns dangerous when she crosses paths with conspirators who have also murdered, laundered money, and participated in crooked politics. Then, when she confronts the sleazy owner of Cane Town's topless bar, she meets the very attractive bouncer, Garrett, and has to wonder, is this hunky bad boy involved in the conspiracy, or is he an undercover federal agent? McKinney's wonderfully atmospheric romantic suspense should appeal to fans of Tami Hoag and Karen Robards. Diana Tixier Herald
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Book Description Kensington, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0821768328
Book Description Kensington, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0821768328
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