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Title:
Wade
Author:
Blake, Jennifer, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, [2002]

©2002
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378 pages ; 17 cm
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English
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9781551668987
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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestselling Author Wade Benedict has a job to do: infiltrate a treacherous land and rescue Chloe Madison. It was her father's dying wish -- and Wade is taking it personally. The problem is, this stubborn, angry and courageous woman doesn't want to be saved, and no self-appointed rescuer can force her to abandon her friends or her commitments. But Chloe has met her match in Wade, a man as honorable and determined as she. Included only in Basic 7 Series.


Author Notes

Best-selling romance author, Jennifer Blake was born in Louisiana in 1942.

She has written over 50 titles which have been published in 18 languages. Her titles include "Arrow to the Heart," "Silver-Tongued Devil," "Bride of a Stranger," "Royal Seduction," "Garden of Scandal," and the "Southern Gentlemen" series. Blake also writes mysteries under the pseudonymn Patricia Ponder, gothic romances as Elizabeth Treherne, contemporary romances as Patricia Maxwell and Maxine Patrick.

Blake's works have earned her numerous awards and honors. She is Writer-in-Residence for the University of Northeastern Louisiana, and is a charter, and honorary, member of Romance Writers of America. In addition to those honors, she has received a Golden Treasure Award for Lifetime Achievement from Romance Writers of America and the Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Fiction and she was inducted into the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Romance Halls of Fame.

Blake currently resides in Louisiana.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though nearly a year has passed since the World Trade Center attack, readers may be unprepared for Wade, the final entry in Jennifer Blake's Louisiana Gentlemen series (Clay, etc.). Since she was 14, American Chloe Madison has lived in Hazaristan, a fictional "mirror" country, under the rule of her hateful stepbrother, Ahmad. Despite her less than desirable circumstances-Chloe, like all the women, must wear a burqa, has no rights and may be beaten if she so much as speaks too loudly-she refuses to flee with Wade Benedict, an old family friend sent to rescue her. Inevitably, she has a change of heart, but in a particularly outrageous plot twist, Ahmad follows them to the U.S. and declares a personal jihad against the whole Benedict clan. Ever game for a challenge, the Benedicts rally together in an over-the-top, patriotic conclusion that will give readers cause to cheer. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

Chloe Madison first saw the tall American at the Kashi stadium after a public execution. It happened as the throng, most of them Taliban militia officers, was leaving the sports arena. The program had been a full one - the removal of the right hands of two thieves, the whipping of a woman who had refused the marriage arranged by her father, and finally the hanging from the goalpost of a man who had struck a holy mullah. The few women present were huddled together near the segregated section where they'd been seated while waiting for their men to push their way through the crowd to collect them. Chloe, waiting with her stepsister, heard her stepbrother's harsh call. Sickened by the barbarous spectacle and also by the suspicion that she'd been brought here expressly to see the woman punished, she was off balance as she swung around to locate him. It was at that moment that the stranger shoved into her. She stumbled, caught her sandal in the hem of the voluminous burqa that covered her from head to foot and fell to one knee. Immediately the stranger was beside her, grasping her cloth-covered elbow as he spoke in English. "I'm so sorry. Are you hurt? Let me help you up." Then in a lower, almost inaudible rumble, he added, "Your dad sent me to get you out of this hellhole. Meet me tomorrow in the Ajzukabad bazaar." It was a shock to hear her own language spoken after so many years in Hazaristan and amid the babble of Pashtu that was the lingua franca of a country with several different tribes and their dialects. Chloe lifted her eyes and met the man's gaze from behind the small rectangle of crocheted mesh that allowed her to see. It was an act of outright provocation according to all the precepts drummed into her these past few years, but she couldn't help it. He looked down at her with clear, steady purpose, this American in his jeans, neatly pressed white shirt and engineer's boots. His broad shoulders filled her view. His chiseled, hickory-tan features, clean-shaven so they appeared ridiculously easy to read compared to the bearded males around her, were set in lines of determination. Shadowing the mint-tea-brown of his hooded eyes was an unnerving concern. Seconds ticked past, stretching endlessly. The last time Chloe had been this close to a male person not of her stepfather's family, the last time she'd known casual male contact of any kind, was as a California teenager almost twelve years ago. His nearness was overwhelming, his grasp searing in its intimacy. She could catch the almost forgotten scents of American deodorant soap, warm denim, and clean male. The combination touched some powerful chord of memory, bringing the flashing images of loud music with a hypnotic beat, dune buggies in unlikely colors, hot sand, cold ice-cream cones, coconut-scented suntan oil, and clean ocean breezes. It was a vision from a time when she had been young and free. So young, so incredibly free. Before she could stop them or even guess they would come, tears rose into her eyes. "Chloe! Imbecile, get up at once." That command in the harsh, unmistakable voice of her stepbrother struck like a lash across Chloe's nerves. She snatched her exposed foot back under the turquoise blue cloth of her burqa and lowered her gaze. Wrenching from the American's loose grip, she struggled to her feet within the hot, cumbersome folds. The American put out a hand again as if to steady her, but she stepped away from him. Moving swiftly, she rejoined Ahmad and her family. Her stepsister Treena reached to draw her nearer to where she stood with her husband, Ismael. A shiver for the close call rippled along Chloe's nerves. She could have been beaten for the exposure of skin above her ankle, might still be for appearing to encourage male attention. The American took a hasty stride after her, as if he meant to insist on an answer to his suggestion. "Be gone, infidel," Ahmad said with a growl in his voice, blocking the way with a hand on the knife in his belt and his turbaned head set at an arrogant angle. "You are not wanted here." "I was just apologizing to the lady," the American said. "Didn't mean to knock her down." Ahmad's English was rudimentary since he scorned to learn the language of a people he considered to be demon-ridden aggressors. Without so much as a glance in Chloe's direction, he answered in his own tongue. "She does not require your apology as she received no injury beyond the filth of your touch. You will not know because you are a foreign dog, but it is forbidden to look upon our women, much less lay hands upon them. Do it again, and your ignorance will not save you." "Even a cat - or a dog - may look at a queen." Chloe stifled a gasp at both the American's apparent understanding of Pashtu and the challenge in his reply. Ahmad would not recognize the English saying, but would understand the defiance all too well. "And a dog may be blinded!" Ahmad began. "Please," Treena said as she leaned toward Ismael, a slight figure with bowed head, drooping under the weight of her burqa. "The heat, the dust, the ... the terrible things seen have been too much ... I am unwell. Take me home, I beg you." Ahmad's sister, pregnant for the fourth time in six years, should not have been present at this ugly spectacle at all. The Taliban government required every able-bodied citizen of Kashi to attend, however, and encouraged those from outlying areas to view the proceedings. It had been Ahmad's pleasure that his family make the drive from Ajzukabad for it today. Since he had become the nominal patriarch after his father, Chloe's stepfather, had been conscripted into the Taliban militia and sent to guard the northern frontier, his wishes must be obeyed in all things. Ismael nodded at his wife's request, then squared his shoulders and looked toward his brother-in-law. "Ahmad, brother of my wife's heart ..." "I heard," Ahmad said shortly. "Very well. Chloe must do the chores of my sister for the next week as punishment for her clumsiness. Come." Shouldering his way past the American as if he didn't exist, he led them all toward the exit. Chloe did not dare look back at her countryman as she followed with Treena behind Ahmad and Ismael. It was Treena who turned her head. Her eyes mirrored both apprehension and satisfaction as she glanced toward Chloe once more. In a voice that was little more than a breath of sound, she said, "He watches." "I care not," Chloe answered in the same whispery mouthing of air that women had perfected out of necessity in male-dominated Hazaristan. "Though I am grateful for your intervention just now." "So was my brother, I think. These are troubled times. To take revenge against an American in some dark alley is one thing, but to do so in a public brawl would have been foolish." Chloe, discovering that her hands were still shaking, closed them on the inside folds of her burqa as she walked. "Just so," she agreed. "But still." "Yes, my brother has more pride than wisdom, more thought of his rank and consequence than of diplomacy." Excerpted from Wade by Jennifer Blake Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.