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Discovery in Passion: Bk 1 in the Passion series
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Copyright:  July 1st 2009

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Nothing is ordinary in the small town of Passion, especially the love.

Nothing is ordinary in the small town of Passion, especially the love.

Wanting to start fresh, Cassie Evans relocates to the small town of Passion where she moves into the home of her dreams, complete with dreamy next door neighbor, artist, and handyman Thomas Healy. The only problem is, the house she bought just might be haunted.

Thomas Healy lives a life of solitude and that suits him just fine. Then Cassie Evans moves in next door and begins to turn his peaceful live upside down. He tries to ignore her, but ignoring a woman as beautiful as Cassie isn’t so easy, especially when she shows up at your door, naked, begging for you to paint her. Thomas’ first mistake was to agree to it, his second was to take Cassie to bed, now she’s all he can think about.

When their blossoming love is overshadowed by a ghostly haunting, the curious Cassie launches an investigation into the life and death of her home’s previous owner, uncovering a mystery and attracting the attention of a killer. Where will Cassie’s discovery lead her, to the love of her life or to death itself? Welcome to the town of Passion.
“Mind if I position you?”

“Oh, baby, do with me what you will.”

Thomas hoped he could get this done without embarrassing himself. Her deep seductive voice definitely was doing a number on him. “Lie partially on your side.”

“Like this?”

“Not that much; tilt your upper body to the side a bit. Like this.” Oh, touching her had not been a smart move. Biting his lip, Thomas shifted her into position. “Now lift your right leg, bend at the knee and place your left hand across your belly. Perfect.”

“Thank you.”

He was going to lose it. Seeing the roses on the table, he picked them up and snapped off the blooms.


“I’ll buy you more.” She’d brought over four, and he was going to use all four. Leaving one on the table,

Thomas began plucking petals from the rest and dropped them onto her naked body. They fell lightly to land on her chest, belly and hands. The last bloom he took and carefully slid it into her hair just over her right ear. He took a step back, looking at her through a painter’s eyes and was satisfied with what he saw.

“Are we good to go?” Cassie inquired.

With a nod, Thomas walked to the easel. Lifting the charcoal pencil, he began to work.

“How many nudes have you really painted?” Cassie asked while Thomas worked busily behind the easel.


“Wow. My nose is itchy.”

“Don’t move.”

“Easy for you to say.” She wiggled her nose, and he scowled at her. “Sorry.”

“You only think your nose is itchy because you can’t move. We haven’t been at this long. I’ll be done soon enough, then you can scratch your nose. Think of something else.”

“How long will this take?”

He paused, looked around the easel at her. “We can quit right now if you like?”

“No. I’ll deal with it. So, why did you move all the way out here?”

“Why did you?” His hand worked quickly, putting the lovely image before him on canvas.

“I pulled out a map, closed my eyes and pointed. When I opened my eyes, it had landed on Passion. Here I am.”

His eyes lifted from his work. “You pointed to a map and that’s how you chose where you’d live?”

“You betcha.”

She was an odd one. “Why didn’t you stay in Calgary?”

“I wanted to be on my own, and I knew if I stayed too close to home I would only end up relying on my parents. It was time I moved out on my own in any case.”

“You’re what…twenty-three-ish?” Thomas spoke while his hand drew the fine lines of her figure.

“Oh, you are a sweetheart. I’m twenty-eight.”

His eyes lifted now with a great deal of surprise. “You don’t look it.”

“You definitely know how to flatter a girl. What’s your story, Thomas Healy? Why did you choose to live in this small out of the way town?”

“It was quiet.” It was proving to be a little more difficult drawing her breasts than he thought it would be. Closing his eyes, he chastised himself for letting his mind wander, then returned to his art.

“It was quiet? What kind of answer is that?”

“A simple one. You moved your leg.”

“I did not.”

Thomas grunted, setting his pencil down before walking to her. “You’re leaning it against your other leg.” Taking her knee in his hand, he moved it back into place. His eyes drifted to the ripe pinkness between her legs, and he nearly drooled all over her. “Keep it there.”

“I know you want me, Thomas.”

Who wouldn’t want her? “We can’t always have everything we want.” He proceeded to draw the detail of her body.

“Certain things we can, and I wouldn’t mind one bit if you took me.”

“I’m sure you wouldn’t, but I don’t mix business with pleasure.”

“Fine, I’ll hire someone else to fix up my house.”

“You signed a contract which is legally binding.”

She huffed. “Then I’ll break it and let my lawyer deal with the outcome.”

“It’ll be tied up in court for months, maybe longer, and you still wouldn’t get your way.”

“Why are you being so stubborn?”

“It’s ingrained. I said don’t move,” he chastised her when she sat up.

“I nearly had you on the stairs at my house, and trust me, you weren’t thinking of business or the damn contract

at the time. I could have you begging me to take you. Just like that.” She snapped her fingers.

“And you would only humiliate yourself. Lie back down,” Thomas insisted.

“The hell I will.” She stood up, rose petals floating to the floor.

“If you don’t lie back down, I won’t be able to finish the painting.” He lied; he could draw or paint her with his eyes closed. Every curve of her body was ingrained in his memory.

“Screw the painting. You’re trying to tell me that if I came to you now, wrapped my arms around you and rubbed my naked body against you, that you wouldn’t take me?”

Thomas laid his pencil down because he knew he wasn’t going to get anywhere until she was through with her snit. “Funny, you don’t strike me as a desperate woman.”

Her jaw dropped. “Desperate! How dare you.”

“I believe anything worth having is worth waiting for. Anything that is rushed is not. I’m not looking for a quick fuck, and if that’s all you’re looking for, go hang out at the local bar and wait for the oil riggers to come in.

They’re always looking for a quickie.” He mentally cursed himself for what he’d said.

“You bastard.” Grabbing her wrap, she threw it on and stomped from the house.

“That was nice, Thomas, really fucking nice,” he muttered after the door slammed with her exit.

Professional Reviews

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Cassie Evans is not your average heroine. No instead she is a modern Marilyn Monroe who has the sultry looks, bodacious body, blond hair and brains. For the first time she’s on her own and will not stop to prove that she is all grown. Everybody says she should just forget about the house she bought, that she should just pack up and leave. Giving up is not something Cassie Evans knows how to do. Something is wrong in her house and she knows that the people in Passion know what it is. Nobody wants to tell her the truth but she knows a sexy neighbor that can help. Thomas Healy is definitely a man she wouldn’t mind going over and asking for a cup of sugar of. Built with muscles and a body to die for he is making Cassie think of all the what if’s. Can Cassie prove to everyone that she is not some flighty airhead and that the dead people in the house are real?

Thomas Healy has had a lot of heartache in his life, something that he is still trying to overcome. Losing his mother was hard but losing Cassie is going to be harder. He has never known a woman like her. Cassie is fun, adventurous, overly sexed in his opinion but has brought light into his dull dark life. Though she is beautiful Thomas is wondering if she is all there. One minute she wants him then the next she is talking about seeing dead people. He knows it can’t be possible but knowing that her life is in danger is something he cannot risk. He’s already lost a loved one in his life and isn’t ready to chance losing Cassie. Can he prove to her that she needs him in her life and together anything is possible?

Oh my god this is a great series. This is the first of an awesome series that will leave you well breathless. From the page it is packed with action, passion and murder that will have you flipping the pages. The storyline just pulls you in and never leaves you bored. I loved Cassie and her stubbornness for it’s definitely what Thomas needs in his life. Awesome book and can’t wait for more from this talented author. Discovery in Passion is packed with everything from action to suspense and murder to passion. This is a must read passionate and hot romance.

Shiela Stewart writes in a way that caught my attention and held it from the first page. Very hot scenes! Five Stars!

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