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The Bride's Necklace Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004

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According to the legend of the exquisite diamond-and-pearl bride's necklace belonging to Tory Whitting's noble family, it brings its wearer, if pure of heart, untold happiness—or it could bring untold tragedy. When her lecherous stepfather, Baron Harwood, attempts to molest her younger sister, Claire, Tory steals the heirloom to pay for their escape to London. Disguised as a servant, Tory becomes a housekeeper for Cordell Easton, the earl of Brant, who's well known for his womanizing ways. Cord is initially drawn to Claire's ethereal beauty, but Tory's intelligence and impudence intrigue him, so much so that he asks her to be his new mistress. Though tempted, Tory refuses, but when Harwood arrives to claim his stepdaughters, she and Cord are forced into a more permanent bond. Their marriage is as tense as the chess game they play, but Tory's inability to be up-front with her past and her emotions, as well as her constant attempts to manipulate and deceive Cord (always with good intentions, of course), can grow wearisome. Fortunately, however, Martin (Heartless, etc.) adroitly balances the passion and intrigue in this fast-paced Regency, and provides vibrant characters, a swashbuckling prison escape and a satisfying resolution of the necklace legend. (Jan.)
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After Victoria rescues her younger sister, Claire, from their molesting stepfather, Baron Harwood, she takes the legendary family heirloom, the pearl-and-diamond "Bride's Necklace," to finance their getaway. But they still need to find work. Victoria, or Tory, is hired as a housekeeper, and Claire as a chambermaid, by Cord, the Earl of Brant, who is surprised to find himself attracted to practical Tory, then shocked to discover that by deflowering her he has bedded the daughter of a peer. Cord outmaneuvers Harwood to keep Claire safe and marry Tory, but that isn't enough for a happily ever after. Tory is obsessed with finding her late mother's journal, which she thinks will prove that the current Baron Harwood was responsible for the murder of her father. Martin's sexy Regency-era romance, the first in a new trilogy, is full of adventure, misunderstandings, and honorable but misunderstood characters as well as a couple of villains with no redemptive qualities. Diana Tixier Herald
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ MIRA (December 28, 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0778321258
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0778321255
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.22 x 1.09 x 6.61 inches
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Currently living outside Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventy-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. Before she started writing, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, L. J. Martin, an author of Westerns and high-action Thrillers. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She spends her winters in Arizona.

"I love to travel and especially like visiting the places where my books are set," Kat says. "I love history and enjoy spending time in museums and art galleries. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and historical houses. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."

To date, Kat has over seventeen million copies of her books in print. She is published in more than two dozen foreign countries, including Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Japan and Greece.

Kat is currently writing her next Romantic thriller.

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