More Than You Wished
The Hamilton Family Series
Originally Released 2001; reprinted Nov. 2016
Reclaiming her family’s Carolina rice plantation from her ruthless stepfather was Bria Hamilton’s only wish — and she was taking a chance by hiring Northerner Lucas Kincaid to help her. With her own painful scars still fresh ten years after the War Between the States, Bria couldn’t trust any man — especially one as dangerously attractive as Luke — to understand that the legacy of Concord meant everything to her. More than a warm smile or a tempting promise, and more than the sudden, yearning hope that Luke might offer the kind of happiness, she had never dared with for…
Bound to his own past as surely as Bria was bound to hers, Luke had only one reason for working at Concord — vengeance. He couldn’t afford to let his response to Bria distract him from his only change to punish the man who had caused his family so much harm — but when Bria proposed a marriage of convenience, he couldn’t deny her. Just as he couldn’t deny the laughter that sweetened their moments together, the passion he longed to teach her, and the love he never meant to feel…
This book generated the most reader mail (or email) with a very specific question: Is there a third book? The answer is ‘no.’ It never occurred to me that some readers would find the ending of More Than You Wished as requiring further clarification. The ending of the book is closely tied to the romance that precedes it – More Than You Know. By the time the first inquiries about a third book started to arrive, I had already moved on to The Compass Club series and couldn’t look back. (Writing only a book a year has limitations, but the demands of my day job were such that I couldn’t produce more.)
I had to reread the book years later when it was turned into an ebook and (modestly) thought it held up well. By then I didn’t remember all the ins and out of the story so it was like discovering it fresh. Luke and Bria’s love story worked for me, and I realized Luke was the kind of attentive, compassionate, and sexy man I could still admire. I hope you find him the same.
I learned a lot more about trauma since writing about Bria’s ordeal, but in looking back, I think I gave her the right tools to work through it. This wasn’t the days of therapy, after all. Luke’s response to her revelation was important to me. Sometimes what one needs is someone to listen. Not judge. Not fix. Not comfort. Just listen…and believe.