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The Jaguar Legacy

Author: Fisher, Maureen Set In . . .
 Central America, Mexico
Genre: Romance
Time Frame: 2000s
Published: 2006
Description: Romance, suspense, and adventure detonate in the steamy jungles of Mexico, where a secretive archaeologist guards his discovery--the ruins of a hidden Olmec city. A driven journalist on the trail of an ancient Olmec curse has flashbacks to a past life where shapeshifting is reality.

A journalist determined to unveil the truth ...
Uninvited and unwelcome, journalist Charley Underhill arrives at a remote archaeological dig in Mexico, determined to learn the truth about unexplained deaths in the area. She seriously doubts The Curse of the Olmecs killed the men. If it means keeping a watchful eye peeled for hairy, hungry predators or lying to the no-good womanizing archaeologist with a sexy Scottish accent, brilliant scientific mind, and penchant for gaudy Hawaiian shirts, so be it. Only a dramatic exposé will fund her mother's life-saving treatment.

An archaeologist hell-bent on preventing a premature press leak ...
Uncovering the past is archaeologist Dr. Alistair Kincaid's purpose in life. Still smarting from a ruthless betrayal, he guards his latest discovery, an ancient Olmec city buried deep in the jungles of Oaxaca, in the hopes of making a career comeback. He won't let a snoopy reporter, even one with a quirky sense of humor, smarts, and a heartwarming smile, destroy his last chance at success. Or steal his heart.

Together, they uncover long-buried secrets best left untouched ...
Strands from past lives intertwine with the present, drawing the couple deeper into a legacy of shapeshifting and danger, romance and evil, reincarnation and karma. Torn between saving her mother's life and betraying the man she loves, Charley must make an impossible choice.

????? "Hilarious banter, scorching sexual tension, gripping suspense, mysticism -- THE JAGUAR LEGACY has it all! Page-turning romance as hot and steamy as the jungle setting."
?????"Outstanding and Powerful! THE JAGUAR LEGACY by Maureen Fisher had me hooked from the first word to the last. Fisher has woven ancient mysteries, past lives, and pure evil, into a story that left me begging for more."

EXCERPT

Kincaid took care to hide his elation. She'd practically admitted to having feelings for him. He lowered his voice to what he hoped was an enticing rumble. "We can take it slowly, one day at a time."

"That won't make the least bit of difference."

This wasn't going the way he'd planned, but it was too late to back off now. "I know you don't trust men, but I promise I will never lie to you."

Charley's voice quivered. "I'm not ready for this. Everything's moving too fast." She turned her back on him.

"I'll make you a deal." He swung her around to face him and clasped her hand in both of his. "I've never forced myself on a woman and I don't intend to start now. I promise I'll try to keep my hands to myself. The next move will be up to you. I won't touch you, well, unless I forget, until you tell me you're ready. Willing and eager would be good too."

Her eyes flickered, then widened in surprise. "Clever. You're putting me in the driver's seat."

He didn't feel so clever right now. "Aye. Another of my many virtues," he said, wishing he could retract his promise.

"Don't hold your breath waiting for me to change my mind," she warned with a steely smile.

He hid the queasy feeling behind a forced grin. What had he been thinking? He should have moved in for the kill when he'd sensed that, with a wee bit more convincing on his part, she'd have conceded defeat.

"This doesn't mean I'm giving up without a fight." He furrowed his brow to emphasize his next words. "I intend to use my killer wit and fatal charm in every devious manner known to man and beast to convince you to change your mind."

"Suit yourself." She clamped her mouth shut in a stubborn line and s
  
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