Burn : a novel /

by Howard, Linda.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: 367 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780345486561 :; 0345486560.Title notes: $26.00 7-2009 (db)Subject(s): Lottery winners -- Fiction | Cruise ships -- Fiction | Ocean travel -- Fiction | Hostages -- Fiction | Romantic suspense fictionSummary: When Jenner Redwine wins the lottery, she never imagined how much it would cost her. Luckily she finds an ally--and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege in a shy, kind-hearted heiress who invites Jenner on a charity cruise. But what should have been a "Love Boat" cruise suddenly turns into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger, and Jenner finds herself taken hostage by a menacing stranger--a stranger that helps her rediscover feelings she hasn't had in years. Now if she can only survive to live a life worth living ....
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It's true what they say: Money changes everything. And in Linda Howard's red-hot novel Burn, the changes come fast, furious, and filled with the kind of sexy suspense, heart-stopping romance, beautiful people, and risky business guaranteed to give you the most bang for your buck. <br>Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. <br>Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher. Luckily she finds an ally-and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege-in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who quickly becomes Jenner's confidante and surrogate sister. <br>When Sydney invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner, Jenner reluctantly agrees. But while she's expecting-and dreading-two weeks of masquerade balls, art auctions, and preening glitterati, what she gets is more like a Hitchcock movie than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by a menacing stranger, Jenner must cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme-or else. With nowhere to run, and with Sydney's life as well as her own at risk, Jenner is drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as her panic gives way to exhilaration, and fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn't had in years-and realizes she's found a life worth living. If she survives.

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When Jenner Redwine wins the lottery, she never imagined how much it would cost her. Luckily she finds an ally--and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege in a shy, kind-hearted heiress who invites Jenner on a charity cruise. But what should have been a "Love Boat" cruise suddenly turns into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger, and Jenner finds herself taken hostage by a menacing stranger--a stranger that helps her rediscover feelings she hasn't had in years. Now if she can only survive to live a life worth living ....

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Chapter One Seven years earlier . . . Jenner Redwine's cell phone rang as she was ?trudg?ing across the parking lot to her car. That would be Dylan, she thought with a flash of annoyance as she fished the phone from the bottom of her denim purse; she'd had the phone for just five weeks, and already he'd developed a pattern. She bet she knew what he wanted, too. She thumbed the Talk button, said "Hello," and waited to see if she'd won the bet with herself. "Hey, babe," he said, as he always did. "Hey." If he'd had an ounce of sensitivity he'd have noticed the distinct lack of welcome in her voice, but "sensitivity" and "Dylan" were direct opposites. "You off work yet?" As if he hadn't been watching the clock, she thought, but didn't say it. "Yeah." "How about stopping at the Seven-Eleven and picking up a six-pack, okay? I'll pay you for it." He hadn't yet, she thought grumpily, and she was getting tired of it. His dead-end job paid more than hers, but he was mooching his beer off her. Last time, Jenner promised herself as she said "Okay," and hung up. If he didn't pay her this time, this was her last beer run. She had just clocked out at the end of second shift at Harvest Meat Packing Company, she was exhausted, and the bottoms of her feet throbbed from standing on the concrete floor for the past eight hours. Dylan's job at a machine shop was first shift, which meant he'd been off work for roughly those same eight hours, but he hadn't bothered to get his own beer. Instead he'd been watching her television and eating her food. Having a steady guy had seemed like a good deal at first, but Jenner didn't suffer any fool gladly, even when the fool was herself. Unless Dylan pulled off a miraculous recovery, she'd shortly be placing him in the "mistake" column. She'd give him this one last chance--not because she thought he'd come through, but because somehow she needed this one additional bit of evidence to push her past the point of no return. Hanging on to people when she should let go was a character flaw, but she knew herself well enough to accept that she had to give him this one last chance, or uncertainty would eat her alive. Reaching her battered blue Dodge, she unlocked it and pulled hard on the door handle--the driver's door tended to stick. After initially resisting her effort, the door suddenly gave way with a creak of rusty hinges, and Jenner staggered back. Controlling her irritation, she got in, slammed the door, and stuck the key in the ignition. The engine fired right up. The Blue Goose didn't look like much, but it was reliable, and that was all she asked. At least she had something she could depend on, even if it was just a beat up, rusty car. The 7-Eleven nearest her duplex was a few blocks out of her way, but certainly close enough that Dylan could have gone there with very little effort. The shop was brightly lit, and the parking lot packed despite the late hour. Jenner wedged the Dodge into a space that was as tight as too-small panty hose, but what the heck; what did another ding matter in a car that was practically one big ding? She shoved her shoulder against the door and, sure enough, it swung open with too much force and banged the car beside her. Wincing, she contorted herself so she could slide through the small opening, and rubbed her finger over the ding in the other car in an effort to smooth it out--not that the owner was likely to notice one more, considering this car was almost as bad as the Goose. The combined smells of exhaust, gasoline, and hot asphalt hit her in the face. Typical summer smell, and all in all she kind of liked the s Excerpted from Burn by Linda Howard All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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