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RAISING THE STAKES
by Sandra Marton

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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Dawn Lincoln Kitteridge has learned to live with being repeatedly beaten and raped by her abusive husband. But when he threatens their son, Dawn decides to take matters into her own hands. On a hot summer night, she grabs her child out of his crib, steals her husband's truck keys and never looks back.

Jonas Baron, weak from fighting cancer, wants to repay a debt to his old business partner by finding the deceased man's granddaughter. By using his trump card—he funded his nephew Gray's college and law school scholarships—Jonas enlists his help in finding her. Angry at the manipulation, Gray is determined to pay the debt and puts a team of investigators on the job.

Gray's detectives track Dawn down in Las Vegas where she's living under the name of Dawn Carter and working in the special services department of a resort and casino. What should be a quick meet-and-greet stretches into a 10-day period where Gray and Dawn fall in love. But Gray struggles with telling Dawn the truth about his identity and how he knows about a past she has never told him about.

Sandra Marton just keeps getting better with each and every book. This is a can't-put-it-down, powerful read that covers every emotion. Her vivid descriptions and use of imagery bring this story to life. Gray and Dawn are very likeable and sympathetic characters that have such an intense bond and chemistry that it leaps from the page. This is a definite must-read for the summer. (Jul., 296 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Shannon Short

Publisher: Harlequin

Published: July 2002

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