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A Husband of Her Own

AHusbandOfHerOwnDundee, Idaho #2

Thirty-two-year-old Rebecca Wells is desperately trying to overcome her reputation for being high-strung and unpredictable. She wants to marry and settle down, start over with a clean slate and – deep down – hopes to finally gain the approval of her father.

As a token of her good will, her father thinks now is the perfect time for her and Josh Hill, the boy who grew up across the street, to put an end to their twenty-four-year rivalry and become friends. Only she and Josh have quite a past, and Rebecca doesn’t want to let go of her resentment because, as much as she refuses to admit or acknowledge it, she feels more for him than she’s ever let on –

And the guy she’s always loved to hate is the one guy she’d most hate to love.

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A Husband of Her Own by Brenda Novak

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This book was originally released:
May 1, 2003

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Excerpt

Maybe Josh wouldn’t show, Rebecca thought hopefully, noting the dearth of traffic. If he stood her up, she could shrug when she next saw her father and say, “I was perfectly willing to make peace, Dad, but he never arrived.” And then she’d look innocent for a change.

Perfect. She smiled as she began readying her station with rods and tissues for the permanent wave she’d be giving at eleven, imagining the look of disappointment on her father’s face if for once Josh failed him. This whole truce thing could end up working in her favor. She could feign disappointment in his stubborn refusal to put the past behind them and–

The bell rang over the door, causing Rebecca’s daydream to dissipate. She knew without turning that Josh had arrived. The murmur that ran from Katie, the other stylist, to Mona, the manicurist, to Nancy Shepherd, who was having her nails done, would have told Rebecca even if her sixth sense did not.

But her sixth sense was working just fine. Somehow she could always tell when Josh was around. He made her feel clumsy, nervous, unattractive.

No wonder she didn’t like him. Anyway, despite her wishful thinking, she’d known all along that he’d appear. He’d never been one to back down from a challenge.

Rebecca cleaned her combs and scissors before looking up. She needed a moment to gather her nerve. These days Josh was so much easier to hate when he wasn’t within ten feet of her. Ever since she’d made the mistake of going home with him last summer, something had changed. She wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but it made their relationship, or absence of a relationship, very complex. She supposed kissing a man the way she’d kissed him, as though she longed to climb inside his skin and live there the rest of her life, had a way of confusing the issues.

Reviews

ARomanceReview.com

I have been sort of in reading slump this past month but reading A Husband of Her Own has brought me out. Do you remember when your mother told that the boy who picked on you in school secretly liked you? Rebecca and Josh`s situation will have readers laughing out loud. If you like your hero and heroine to be at odds with one another before they give in to that wonderful feeling called love, then this is the book for you. I’m eagerly anticipating the next installment from the town of Dundee, Idaho.
–Ronica, 5 roses

Writers Unlimited Reviewer

A powerful author, Ms. Novak is an expert at creating emotionally driven romances full of heat, sensual tension and conflict that not only satisfies her characters, but her readers as well. Spirited, yet humanly flawed, Rebecca and the tough yet tender Josh are two wonderfully written characters who manage to successfully grab readers’ hearts and refuse to let them go… From the first page to the last in A Husband of Her Own, the reader is captured by the tender passion, the emotional depth, powerful sexual tension and true-to-life flaws and characteristics of all the characters.
–Diana Tidlund

Old Book Barn Gazette

Ms. Novak always writes a wonderful story, whether it’s her Superromances or her single-title books. I know when I pick up something she’s written that I’ll be totally satisfied. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed with this one.
Allyn Pogue, Reviewer

Escapetoromance.com

A HUSBAND OF HER OWN is Brenda Novak at her best. Rebecca’s emotional journey to love and self-acceptance was both moving and captivating. For readers in search of a romance with heart, A HUSBAND OF HER OWN is the only choice.
–Julie Shininger

Romance Reviews Today

“The warm and engaging A HUSBAND OF HER OWN will capture your attention and keep your sympathy way past the last page. Don’t miss it.
–Jane Bowers

Heartstrings

“A satisfying journey of the heart.”
–C.L. Jeffries