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Demon Rumm [Mass Market Paperback]

Sandra Brown
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29 Nov 2005
It was the publicity stunt from hell as far as Kirsten Rumm was concerned. She may have been writing the book about her late husband, aeronautical daredevil Demon Rumm, but she didn’t see the need to play host to the arrogant bad-boy actor starring in the film version’s title role. Still, for the good of the project, Kirsten agreed to share her beachfront home with the impossibly sexy screen idol.

Any other woman would do anything to be in her sandals, but Kirsten wasn’t falling for Rylan North, even if he did play his role of male lead to perfection. His down-home charm, his gentleness and virile charisma, might be seducing her in every sense of the word, but he was an actor, after all. Seducing an audience was his job. Rylan could have any woman he wanted. So why was he so desperately pretending to want her?

From the moment he saw her, Rylan North knew that Kirsten Rumm was the woman he’d been waiting all his life to cast as the star in his real-life love story. What did it matter if he was every woman’s fantasy if he couldn’t get Kirsten to so much as glance his way? He’d caught the look of past hurt behind her sky-blue eyes–a dark secret that shadowed the sparkle. Rylan was determined to find out what tragedy held this passionate woman back from a second chance at love even if it cost him his reputation, his career, and his life. But first he’d have to get Kirsten to act on her instincts . . . and to trust the flesh-and-blood man behind the fantasy.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (29 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576078
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Brown is the author of fifty-seven New York Times bestsellers, including SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published seventy-two novels, most of which remain in print. As of 1990, when Mirror Image made The New York Times bestseller list, each subsequent novel has become a Times bestsellers. In 1992 her novel French Silk was made into an ABC-TV movie. Brown now has seventy million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.

A lifelong Texan, Sandra Brown was born in Waco, grew up in Fort Worth and attended Texas Christian University, majoring in English. Before embarking on her writing career, she worked as a model at the Dallas Apparel Mart, and in television, including weathercasting for WFAA-TV in Dallas, and feature reporting on the nationally syndicated program "PM Magazine." She is much in demand as a speaker and has appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX, as well as charity functions throughout the year. TruTV (formerly Court TV) also sought Brown to host the 2007 premier of its popular series "Murder by the Book."

Brown was recently given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature, the American Business Women's Association's Distinguished Circle of Success, B'nai B'rith's Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, and the A.C. Greene Award. In 2008 Sandra was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer's Association. In addition, Sandra is a member of Author's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Literacy Partners, and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Sandra and her husband Michael Brown live in Arlington, Texas.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not satisfied 24 Feb 2011
By lady
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The item did not meet my specification at all. am thinking of returning it. i thought it had a cover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Sexy Romance 30 May 2007
By Bookworm - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike most other people that reviewed this book, I could hardly put it down. I was surprised, actually, when I came to review it how little everyone liked it. I thought it was a downright sexy romance novel and I loved both of the characters. Rylan North is the most coveted actor in Hollywood and he's supposed to be arrogant and sure of himself. Kirsten Rumm is a widow with some issues and he's the perfect antidote for her. What I really liked about this book was his genuine kindness toward her, even when she was constantly pushing him away. I loved the dialogue and the storyline. I loved the whole book from start to finish.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eeeek. I want my money back 15 Dec 2005
By K. Rowland - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about a famous heart-throb (Rylan) who moves in with a woman (Kirsten) who wrote the screenplay for his latest movie. The movie is about her late husband's life and death. Rylan moves in to learn more about him and in the meantime, he falls in love with Kirsten.

The problem is, the story and the characters lack depth. The reader never gets to understand why these two people liked each other. They never even got to know each other. Every chapter is the same scenario; Kirsten avoiding Rylan and Rylan rethinking his every move like a 16 year old boy in heat.

I am no longer going to blindly purchase a book because Sandra Brown's name is on the cover.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking! 1 Sep 2005
By annmmar - Published on
This was one of Sandra Brown's earlier books before she made it big and it was reprinted in hardcover. Rylan North is the famous actor chosen to act the part in Kirsten Dumm biographical portrait of her husband. When he asked to come and stay with her so he can channel her husband she is against it, and so begins this tug and war between the starcrossed lovers. She eventually allows him to stay with her. He then starts to fall for her but he is not sure if her feelings for him is real or if she is channeling her husband's love on him. Interesting read, I have read better titles by the author, but I enjoyed this because I always like seeing the hero fighting for the woman. Unlike my fellow reviewers I did not buy it i borrowed it from the local library and even if I did buy it I think it would be worth the cash.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just my view 19 Feb 2008
By The Chalcenteric Kid - Published on
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Having just read the highly informative "Why We Read What We Read" by Lisa Adams and John Heath where I learned that 20% of all romance novels are read by men, I have been cautiously dipping my literary toe into a wide range of what the genre has to offer.

"Demon Rumm" by Sandra Brown is what she herself would describe as a "traditional" romance. Ms Brown in recent years has moved away from the formulaic writing she displays in this book into what she calls her more "mainstream novels".

But what is this book like?

I have been listening to the unabridged CD version and the best way to describe it is "Audio Playgirl". All the men are handsome. All the women are slender. All the loving is steamy. There is lots and lots of kissing with lots and lots of tongues being involved and there is absolutely NO SWEARING. Most of the "encounters" are graphically described in loving "above the waist" detail, but the actual dirty deed is glossed over in usually a very perfunctory way with both protagonists having their best ever experience in the bed department that did not involve buying a new mattress.

The two main characters misunderstand each other throughout the whole book before they realize they can't live without each other because "we just damn well fit so well together".

Cue Marriage Bells.

The End.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Demon Rumm 4 Feb 2008
By Kelly - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Demon Rumm was a stunt pilot that perished in the air. His late wife Kirsten has written a book on his life, and is not happy when Hollywood wants to turn it into their next blockbuster. After negotiations are complete, she is resigned to having the lead actor underfoot for a time. Ryland North is the actor chosen to play Demon, and he feels that to get in character, he must live and breathe his life.

I liked the story, but didn't feel the emotion or chemistry between Ryland and Kirsten. It felt forced.
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