WITH MURDEROUS INTENT
by Maggi Andersen
To escape a deadly stalker, Caitlin Fitzgerald flees her home in Ireland and takes a governess job in the top end of Australia. In her chosen safe haven, she has poisonous snakes, spiders, and crocodiles to contend with. And the very handsome and moody station owner, Jake Monterey, to keep her awake at night. But not only is Caitlin at risk of losing her heart to Jake and his two adorable children, the danger she thought she’d left behind has found her again. Has she unwittingly placed the lives of those she loves in jeopardy?
In ten hours she would leave Ireland, possibly forever. Caitlin Fitzgerald eased her stiff shoulders and stirred the froth in her coffee with a spoon. The café was overheated, the air stuffy with the scents of the overdressed crowd, sheltering from the weather. A heavy downpour reduced the view through the window to a blur of moving shapes.
Caitlin’s best friend, Rebecca Dunton, a teacher at the school where Caitlin had taught until last week, furled her umbrella as she entered through the door, her short brown hair curling damply around her face.
She ordered a drink at the counter and came and sat down.
“It’s bad news,” she said without preamble.
Caitlin huffed out a breath. Somehow she’d convinced herself there was nothing seriously wrong with Becky. “Tell me.”
“It’s breast cancer.”
“Oh my God, Becky!” Caitlin leapt up to hug her. “They’re sure?”
Becky nodded and, with a shaky hand, picked up the coffee cup just delivered to the table. “They plan to remove the lump. I go into the hospital next week.”
“I can’t leave now. I’ll cancel.”
Becky slammed the cup down, spilling froth onto the table. She reached over the table and grabbed Caitlin’s hand. “You will go. You must.”
“But you need support through this.” Caitlin swiped away a tear. “I want to be here for you.”
Becky adjusted her glasses with a finger, a gesture so familiar it tore at Caitlin’s heart. “No, my sweet. You will go as planned. You know you can’t stay here.”
“If you stayed in Dublin, I’d be worried about you the whole time. Now that wouldn’t be good for me, would it?”
“I guess not,” Caitlin said doubtfully.
“Good, then it’s settled. We’ll keep in touch.”
“I believe there’s some mobile reception there, although it’s unreliable. I’ll ring you every day.”
“You won’t. It would cost you a king’s ransom. Text me whenever you can.”
“You can believe it. I’m there at the end of the phone, anytime you want to talk.”
Becky gave a wan smile. “I know you will be, Cat. And God bless you for it. But I won’t relax until you’re on that plane and safe.”
If you like romance and suspense put together, you will absolutely love this book. Wow, was I hooked right from the start!!
Caitlin flees Ireland to escape her stalker/ex boyfriend and to take a new position as governess to the children of a widowed man who is often away on business. His children are ages eight and six. This new boss of her's is named Jake and he actually has a girlfriend whom he visits while he is away on business, named Patricia. Occasionally, she also comes to Jake's house.
In the beginning, Jake and Caitlin don't really hit it off, and to say that they can be a little blunt and/ or short with each other is putting it nicely. But as time goes by, you can tell that they are starting to get some feelings for each other, which is sort of only natural with as much time as they are spending together. For instance they start to have regular talks after dinner which the children really start to enjoy as much as Caitlin and Jake realize that they are to.
Now, Caitlin isn't the type that would ever try and take another woman's man, and Jake clearly has a woman already....Patricia....and that's where the story really starts to get interesting. Also, there is still the whole stalker issue. He hasn't exactly just given up simply because Caitlin moved across the country. This is where all the suspense comes into play. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that you will definitely want to get your own copy of this story and find out what happens.
Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbors chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.
She supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals) and animals often feature in her books.
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