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Coming Undone

Coming Undone, September 2007
by Susan Andersen

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Featuring: Priscilla Jayne Morgan; Jared Hamilton
384 pages
ISBN: 0373772130
EAN: 9780373772131
Mass Market Paperback
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Fresh Fiction Review

Coming Undone
Susan Andersen

Reviewed by Audrey Sharpe
Posted September 9, 2007

Romance Series

Seventeen-year-old Jared Hamilton's life of isolation and privilege ends during a heated argument with his cold- hearted father in which Jared believes he has inadvertently committed murder. Terrified and alone, Jared flees the mansion, and becomes the prime suspect until the real murderer is caught. In the meantime, Jared finds himself living on the streets of Denver, where he meets PJ, a thirteen-year-old girl whose mean-spirited mother refuses to let her come home. Together, they work to survive life on the streets, but after Jared's half-sister, Victoria, rescues them and sends PJ back to her mother, Jared never hears from PJ again.

Fifteen years later, Jared is a partner with his sister's husband John in Semper Fi, a private investigative firm in Denver, and through grit and hard work, PJ has left the trailer parks of her youth behind and become Priscilla Jayne, one of country music's hottest rising stars. Their paths cross again after PJ receives negative press when she fires her mother as her manager, and her mom begins spreading rumors about PJ's unreliability. PJ doesn't want to tell the press the truth; that her mother, who has never loved her, was embezzling PJ's money. So when Jared suddenly turns up at PJ's hotel room door, she's thrilled, at least until she learns the real reason he's there; he's been hired by PJ's record label to be her watchdog during her upcoming concert tour. PJ is furious; she prides herself on her professionalism, and being dogged by Jared wherever she goes makes her feel like a child. Even worse, her long-buried feelings for the boy she knew, the one whom she believed had forgotten about her once he had a loving family, are still smoldering, and the strong, silent man at her side is making her burn.

Jared isn't sure how he feels about his new assignment. Seeing PJ has reminded him the hurt that followed her abandonment all those years ago, and he wants to keep himself emotionally detached. But spending so much time with her makes him realize that PJ's professional attitude is rivaled only by her kind heart, and he informs both the record label and PJ that he's calling it quits; at least until PJ receives a threatening note from a potential stalker. Suddenly, PJ needs a bodyguard, and Jared knows that he's the only man for the job. The question is, can he guard both PJ and his heart?

COMING UNDONE, the follow-up to Susan Andersen's popular trilogy (GET LUCKY, HEAD OVER HEELS, HOT & BOTHERED), is a winner. Readers who have been waiting for Jared and PJ's story won't be disappointed. Much to my delight, Ms. Andersen minimizes the glamour of PJ's lifestyle, preferring to show the warm relationships with her band mates, her fierce determination in the face of adversity, and her love of music that have brought her the success she richly deserves. Add to that the sensual but misunderstood and emotionally battered hero, Jared, and you have all the ingredients for a passionate tale. While summer may be over, this book generates enough heat to melt a glacier. Enjoy!

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SUMMARY

On the Steal the Thunder tour, the real show's offstage

It's supposed to be the biggest summer of Priscilla Jayne Morgan's life. She's on the brink of country music superstardom, yet she had to fire her crooked-manager Mama, and the tabloids are having a field day. Now her record label's hired a watchdog to escort her on her massive summer tour. And not just anyone, either -- they sicced Jared Hamilton on her, the guy she once idolized more than anyone in the world.

Well, she doesn't care how hot he is. It's been too many years and too much water under the bridge, and she'll be damned if he gets to tell her what to do now.

Jared remembers exactly how headstrong P.J. can be and he knows she's going to be a handful. Problem is, he'd love to have his hands full of her. But he's cool. He's professional. And he's always in control.

He'd better be. Because for five long weeks he's stuck in close quarters with the wildest girl in show business.


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