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Her Singapore Fling
Book Five in the Bennett Family Series – Jake
In desperate need of protection, Jianne Xang-Bennett reluctantly turns to her estranged husband, martial arts expert Jacob Bennett, for help. But there are problems: they’ve been separated for twelve years and cannot be in the same room together without arguing or ripping each other’s clothes off—often at the same time!
But Jacob will go to extremes for those he loves, and Jianne is the only woman who can bring this honorable warrior to his knees. Can they delve beneath their red-hot desire and blazing anger to find the love that has always been hiding?
HER SINGAPORE FLING (4.5) by Kelly Hunter: Stalked by an unwanted suitor, Jianne Xang’s estranged husband, karate instructor Jake Bennett, is the only one who can protect her. Married at a young age, Jianne felt more like a burden than a help with Jake’s siblings, and her wealth was a point of contention between them. Twelve years apart hasn’t dampened their chemistry, but is time and maturity enough to give them a second chance at happiness? This conclusion to the Bennett sibling series blends seamlessly with the previous novel. The little details peppered throughout the story add depth and authenticity while the nontraditional hero and heroine make for a refreshing read.
Sabrina Madan, RT
This RITA-nominated book is sexy, angsty and deeply moving—everything we love about modern category romance. Oh, and the heroine? She’s the tycoon. This one’s a keeper.
Kat, Book Thingo
It was all about saving face. From the tailor-made dinner suit and austere white dress shirt he wore, to the antique gold cufflinks at his wrists, to his hard won air of indifference. Every breath Jake Bennett took this evening was directed towards getting through his brother’s engagement party without incident and with honour intact.
‘Where’s your tie?’ murmured his soon to be sister-in-law as she stopped beside him, her eyes sharp and her smile wry. ‘The one I gave you earlier this evening. The one you’re not wearing.’
‘In my pocket.’ Where it was staying.
Not what Madeline Mercy Delacourte wanted to hear. ‘Something wrong with it?’ she enquired ever so sweetly.
‘Maddy, it’s lilac.’ He liked Madeline. He did. But lately she’d gone a little insane.
‘It’s lilac for a reason, Jacob. Seriously, if you looked any more formidable this evening I wouldn’t have any guests left.’
‘Well, I try,’ he murmured. ‘And stop trying to corrupt my apprentice.’
‘Po?’ Maddy’s eyes narrowed with concern. ‘What’s he done?’
‘You want to know what I found in the dojo showers this afternoon?’
‘Xena warrior princess?’
‘Lavender soap. Little squares of it, imprinted with fat naked cherubs. Have you any idea what sort of message soap like that sends a class full of black belts?’
A snigger from Madeline. Clearly she did. Clearly Jake’s formidable facade needed work.
‘Po said he got them from you.’
A peal of laughter this time. ‘Sorry,’ murmured Madeline once she’d managed to collect herself. ‘Have you enlightened Po as to the soap’s unsuitability for that particular bastion of rampant masculinity?’
‘I thought you might have a word with him.’
‘What? And deny you the opportunity? What sort of future sister-in-law would I be if I did that?’
‘A helpful one?’
‘That’s me,’ she said. ‘I’m all about the help. Tell you what. You manage a smile in the next twenty minutes and I’ll find Po and talk soap. Deal?’
‘Deal,’ he said and smiled.
‘Damn,’ she said, and Jake’s smile widened.
Shooting him a decidedly dirty glare, Madeline swanned off to mingle with the elegant throng gathered in the glittering cocktail bar of Singapore’s Delacourte Hotel.
That Madeline and Luke’s engagement needed to be celebrated in such moneyed style was a function of Madeline’s insane wealth and of a society that expected such an introduction to her betrothed as their due. The proud presentation of family, the underlying tow of big business, and most importantly, the forging of profitable alliances—all would take place here tonight. Society demanded no less of its inhabitants and for the chance to do business and grow rich here, people willingly paid the price.
As far as the proud presentation of family was concerned, the Bennett siblings and their partners were here en masse. Tristan and Erin had flown in from Sydney. Hallie and Nick and their month-old daughter had arrived this morning from London. Serena and Pete had flown in from Greece a couple of hours ago and hit the ground running. Serena was currently immersed in the crowd somewhere. As for Pete, he’d just moved silently into position at Jake’s side.
Did they think he hadn’t noticed the way they were shielding him? The way they’d taken it in turns to keep him company all evening? Monitoring his mindset and his attitude and heaven knows what else. Fussing over him, as if he couldn’t be trusted to take care of himself?
It was enough to give a man a stabbing headache.
I’ve a soft spot for Jake and Ji. I liked touching on the challenges that came of bringing together two people from different cultural and economic backgrounds. I loved breaking Jake down and exploiting his weaknesses and I adored writing about Po, the street urchin Jake opened his home and his heart to.
I broke a few rules with this story, writing another Singapore setting at a time when incoming sales information was suggesting that my Asian locations weren’t a drawcard, and writing a kid into the story which didn’t exactly meet the editorial guidelines of the day. Thirdly, I’d written an intercultural relationship—potentially a hard sell. I really wanted to write this story and explore these areas so … on my own head be it.
The story ended up selling well enough—not great, not my worst—and scored me a third Romance Writers of America Rita nomination for contemporary category romance. It also got a nomination from Romance Readers of Australia for favourite short category romance. Sweet news indeed.
You can find this story in duo format with Bennett book four, Untameable Rogue. Look for a book called Single Girl Abroad.
Single Girl Abroad
Duo format book containing Untameable Rogue and Red Hot Renegade.
Aus and UK editions
Red Hot Renegade
This story is called 'Red Hot Renegade' in Aus and the UK.
Red Hot Renegade
Red Hot Renegade
Aus eBook edition