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While house-sitting at a waterfront estate, sweet, straight-laced Harley is stunned by the arrival of her employer’s supposedly dead son, a maverick Alaskan bush pilot recovering from wounds suffered in an airplane crash. Coming home after years of estrangement--and a stint in prison--to make amends with the old man is difficult for Tucker, but not half as difficult as keeping his distance from the super-sexy but virginal Harley while they share the house, awaiting his father's return. Having given up on the idea that he'll ever fully heal from his ravaged leg, Tucker balks when Harley urges him to swim as physical therapy--until she adds a unique incentive: "Catch me and you can have me." Her certainty that he'll never be able to swim that fast evaporates when he embarks on a rigorous training regimen, determined to claim her as his prize.

Witty and passionate, Hale’s Point (originally published as The Return of the Black Sheep) was honored with Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award.

“For twenty years, Tucker Hale has been estranged from his father and presumed dead. To his surprise, it is not his father he encounters one night when he returns home, but Harley Ann Sayers, a young woman who is spending her summer house-sitting. Still recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash, Tucker walks with a cane. Having some experience in therapy work, Harley offers to help him heal. Even though he feels the swimming will not help, he agrees to her idea of working in the pool just to please her. The added incentive of Harley’s ‘if you can catch me you can have me’ didn’t hurt either! But soon Tucker’s father will come home and old feelings and accusations must be dealt with. Old wounds seem harder to heal than new ones for these wonderful, deserving characters. The healing power of a loved one is extraordinary. Passionate, playful, powerful!” Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved

“An engaging and fresh new talent, Patricia Ryan creates a richly blended texture of passionate desire and tender love to keep our hearts aflame through each and every page.” RT BookReviews

“Patricia Ryan’s first work is an amusingly tender and emotionally poignant glimpse into the souls of two people wounded by the very ones who should have nurtured them… a stunning debut novel that very nicely showcases the talents of romance’s newest star.” Affaire de Coeur

“Patricia Ryan has crafted a love story that will have readers begging for more. Harley and Tucker are unforgettable characters and this is an unforget¬table story. Patricia Ryan has set a standard with this book. Read it and I know you’ll agree.” RomEx Reviews

“Patricia Ryan creates a wonderful story of two lost souls who discover that, in spite of their differences, they really do belong together. Passion and sizzle unite with humor and poignancy to create a moving story.” Rendezvous

About the Author: Patricia Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen romances and mysteries, including the #1 Barnes & Noble bestseller Still Life With Murder. Her novels have garnered rave reviews and been published in over twenty countries. A RITA® winner (for Silken Threads) and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two Romantic Times Awards and a Mary Higgins Clark Award nomination for the second book of her historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney, which she wrote under the name P.B. Ryan. Visit Pat’s website at

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