Sandra Brown -- Temperatures Rising
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Temperatures rising by Sandra Brown.
1st hardcover ed.
Copyright 0<1989 by Sandra Brown
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Scout Ritland mentally summed up his first impressions of the woman he
spotted across the ballroom.
She was a stunner, a definite standout.
Between the two of them milled a crowd of blacktie-clad celebrants
getting drunk on self-congratulations and a tropical fruit punch that
made even the stuffiest imbiber feel loose enough to skip naked through
the Pacific surf.
Scout wasn't quite that far gone, but he was experiencing a pleasant
It was as loud as the calls of the night birds in the jungle
surrounding the landscaped grounds of the Coral Reef, the spectacular
resort that was enjoying its official grand opening tonight.
The potent punch had a tendency to thaw inhibitions, suppress morals,
and vanquish previously held ideals pertaining to sexual equality.
glazed by intemperance and uncharacteristic chauvinism, Scout stared at
the woman in the clinging white dress.
Without a smidgen of remorse he
was assessing her only as a sex object.
Parrish Island had that effect on people.
The place, no more than a dot
in a chain of dots on a map of the South Pacific, was intoxicating.
Fragrant flowers, banyan trees, and coconut palms abounded; Yankee
pomposity did not.
Only a few hours earlier Scout had finally succumbed to the island's
For the first time since his arrival months before, he had
looked beyond the shell-pink-marble walls of the hotel.
Up till now it
had consumed so much of his time, energy, and thought, he hadn't had an
opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled island and its friendly inhabitants.