Just Kate (Harlequin Bestselling Author Series)

Just Kate (Harlequin Bestselling Author Series)

by Linda Lael Miller, Cathy McDavid

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Ever since Kate Blake’s sister died in a car accident, it’s been just her. Just Kate to keep her family together. Just Kate to live up to her senator father’s expectations and her mother’s idea of perfection. But now, after a painful betrayal by those she loves, she decides it’s time to live for herself and claim what she wants. And what she wants is Sean Harris. The only man she’s ever loved. And her late sister’s husband.

But years have passed since Abby’s accident, and both Sean and Kate feel it’s time to move on. Still, when Kate meets the rugged Australian on his home turf, she is surprised by what she finds with Sean—a sense of home and belonging that she’s never known. And the one person who loves her for nothing else except being…just Kate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459249059
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Harlequin Bestselling Author Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 59,566
File size: 421 KB

About the Author

Linda LaelMiller is a #1 New YorkTimes and USA TODAY bestselling author of morethan one hundred  novels. Long passionate about the Civil War buff, she has studied theera avidly and has made many visits to Gettysburg,  where she has witnessedreenactments of the legendary clash between North and South. Linda exploresthat turbulent time in The Yankee Widow.
New York Times bestselling author Cathy McDavid has been happily penning contemporary westerns for Harlequin since 2006. Every day, she gets to write about handsome cowboys riding the range or busting a bronc.It's a tough job, but she's willing to make the sacrifice. Cathy shares her Arizona home with her own real life sweetheart and a trio of odd pets. Her grown twins have left to embark on lives of their own, and she couldn't be prouder of their accomplishments.

Date of Birth:

June 10, 1949

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The exchange was so blatant, so audacious that Kate Blake couldn't believe she'd seen it. It was intermission and the lobby was crowded. People swirled past her, laughing and talking as they waited for the opera to resume. Kate stood frozen in their midst, fingers curved around her glass of orange juice, her indigo eyes wide, afraid even to blink.

She hadn't imagined it. Brad had handed another man a packet of white powder and taken money in return, right there in front of half the population of Seattle.

Perhaps, she thought desperately, it was all a mistake. Perhaps she had only imagined that the packet contained cocaine, and that Brad, the man she'd meant to marry in less than a month, had just accepted money for it.

In the next instant, Brad turned, tucking a folded bill into the pocket of his coat as he moved. His eyes met Kate's, and it was clear that he knew she'd seen. There was no apology in his gaze, however, only defiance. Then he was looking at his companion again, and Kate might not have existed at all.

She felt dizzy, and then claustrophobic, and she knew she had to get out into the fresh air fast. She set her cup aside and hurried toward the main door.

Outside, Kate gripped the stair railings in both hands and dragged in deep, clean breaths until the choking sensation passed. A glance back over one elegantly bared shoulder told her that Brad hadn't followed. He probably hadn't even noticed she was gone.

She looked up at the dark, star-speckled sky aglow with city lights, and her vision blurred as tears filled her eyes. She was torn. One part of her wanted to go back inside, grip Brad by the lapels and demand to know why he'd thrown everything away; another preferred to pretend that nothing had changed.

Kate inched down the stairs, still grasping the railing with both hands. Brad was the man she'd planned to marry. He was her father's campaign manager. And she'd just seen him break the law in the most brazen of ways.

A thousand thoughts whirled through her head. This wasn't new behavior for Brad; she was certain of that. And yet she hadn't known. She'd been engaged to him and she hadn't known what kind of man he was! How could that be?

There were no cabs lined up in front of the theater, since the opera would run another full hour. Kate looked back again, knowing she should go inside, call for a taxi and wait in the lobby until it arrived. But something within her demanded action. She needed to walk, hard and fast, with the cool, clean night wind blowing against her face. She started out in the general direction of her downtown condominium, chin held high, her grandmother's antique brass evening bag swinging at her side.

Hard-eyed street people watched her pass, but there was none of the usual panhandling. Kate supposed that in her present mood she didn't look approachable.

Moments later, as she passed a popular department store, her pace slackened. The breeze had dried her tears. Kate's reflection in the windows regarded her forlornly as she took in her own tall, slender body, the sleek designer gown that had cost the earth, the soft and loose arrangement of her dark hair.

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Just Kate 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
just kate is a story about a woman that has taken care of everyone else in her life. after being betrayed by those in her life, she decides it's time she took care of herself....just kate. she leaves the family home an travels to australia and ends up living temporarily with her sister's widower. she discovers they have feelings for each other that at first make her feel guilty. sean makes her realize the marriage to her sister was not a good one and before the accident tht took her sister's life, they had divorced. a wonderful love story about two people struggling with very different feelings about the same thing, the love they feel for each other. a glass of wine, fire in the fireplace and this story...the perfect evening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have been a good book if some of the story hadn't been completely left out. Why was Sean suddenly in love with Kate? What happened to Brad? At the end of the book, Sean does something huge without explanation and the last chapter seems to have skipped an enormous amount of detail. Love LLM, but this one needed a few more chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is far more sexually explicit than you normally get with a LLM novel. Also, I don't find the dynamics between the two lead characters all that believable -- I know I couldn't just fall into a steamy sexual relationship with my ex-brother-in-law. The lead female character (Kate) is so bland and malleable that I can hardly see her attraction. The lead male character (Sean) comes across to me as a nice enough fellow, but a bit lecherous. There was nothing in the book that totally put me off, but there was nothing that really grabbed me either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both books are filled with conflict, forgiveness and love
khloris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is classic Lael Miller, a re-issue from the 1980s, when, in my opinion, LLM was at her best. A great story about a woman taking control of her life and getting the man she's been in love with for years. The backdrop is Australia. A fun, fast, sexy read.
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Always enjoy here books.
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Moans and strips him
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loved the book ill read it at least 8 more times
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I love her books, but this seemed like it was a "hurry and get it written book". I was very disappointed.
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If this were the first of her books i had it would have been the last
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read ,worth the time
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I love Linda Lael Miller but this book just doesn't make it. The lack of a back story just leaves you shaking your head. I understand that Kate had feelings for her Sisters husband but why did he have feelings for her? It really needed more background in all areas. Not something I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is very good story. Wish she would leave out some of the sex , do not need it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much sex, guy destroys himself,disfunctional family, guy too much in control to the point of abuse. No, couldn't waste my free time on this one, which wad a suprise.
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