A Southern Promise

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A promise to protect

They say money and murder go together like biscuits and gravy, but Julianne Dawson thought her family was different. Even if they are the wealthiest family in Durham, North Carolina, she can't believe someone close to her could've killed her beloved Aunt Binnie.

Detective Howie Berry is determined to find the murderer. But the more he gets to know Julianne, the more he's drawn to her. She's not just the town's golden girl—she's smart and incredibly tough. Howie can't get involved, though, since the next clue he uncovers could tear her family apart. He'll protect Julianne at any cost…except the truth.
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About the author

Jennifer Lohmann is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart, having grown up in southern Idaho and Salt Lake City. When she’s not writing or working with public libraries to connect readers to the books they love, she wrangles three ridiculous cats. Fortunately, the boa constrictor is better behaved. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her own personal Viking hero. Find her online at jenniferlohmann.com.

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Publisher
Harlequin
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Published on
Dec 1, 2015
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781460388518
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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