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It’s real what they are saying: funds alterations every thing. And in Linda Howard’s red-hot novel Burn, the alterations come quickly, livid, and full of the type of attractive suspense, heart-stopping romance, attractive humans, and dicy enterprise certain to provide the such a lot bang to your dollar. funds definitely alterations Jenner Redwine’s lifestyles whilst she wins a lottery jackpot. however it additionally expenditures her lots: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend quickly turns into her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders supply her the chilly shoulder whilst she stops buying every little thing. Flush with new cash, Jenner can’t think ever discovering a spot on this planet of the rich. Seven years later, notwithstanding, she’s rubbing elbows with the wealthy, besides the fact that children she nonetheless seems like a celebration crasher. fortunately she reveals an ally–and a advisor to the rarefied realm of privilege–in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who fast turns into Jenner’s confidante and surrogate sister. while Sydney invitations Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxurious liner, Jenner reluctantly has the same opinion. yet whereas she’s expecting–and dreading–two weeks of masquerade balls, artwork auctions, and preening glitterati, what she will get is extra like a Hitchcock motion picture than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by means of a menacing stranger, Jenner needs to cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme–or else. With nowhere to run, and with Sydney’s lifestyles in addition to her personal in danger, Jenner is drawn right into a video game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing chance. yet as her panic provides technique to excitement, and worry of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers emotions she hasn’t had in years–and realizes she’s stumbled on a existence worthy dwelling. If she survives.

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Sheer terror, the sense of standing on the edge of a cliff and teetering back and forth, made sweat form along her hairline. Then common sense asserted itself, and the world around her swam back into normal focus. She chewed and swallowed. Nah, things like that didn’t happen to people like her. She doubted she’d won even five bucks. There had been a lot of people in there buying lottery tickets. The odds against her winning had to be at least a thousand to one, maybe two or three thousand to one.

Tonight, though … hell, why not? Let Dylan wait for his beer. She grabbed a six-pack, then joined the queue, which wound between two aisles to the back of the store, then snaked halfway up another aisle. She passed the time by examining prices, looking at candy, and trying to decide which numbers to pick. She was sandwiched between two guys, both of whom smelled like stale beer and equally stale sweat, and who both kept making occasional comments to her, which she mostly ignored. Did she have some invisible sign on her head that said, “All losers apply here”?

The tight smile widened the barest bit. “It’s short for Alanna. ” From the complete lack of humor in the comment, Jenner suspected no one dared. ” Small? No one Jenner knew would call fifty grand “small,” but in a place like this, even to the inhabitants of the less-than-lavish offices, it was probably chump change. Again she perched on the edge of her seat, and studied Al Smith across the expanse of desk. Ms. Smith couldn’t be called a pretty woman. Not only was her dark hair too short, she didn’t wear much makeup—if any—and the gray suit she was wearing made her look boxy.

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