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In BLAME IT ON THE MOON by Shara Lanel, Kitty Lazarus can’t help reading the new pub owner’s mind — that’s her gift — but his thoughts are very different from anyone else’s. Very 3-D, and they always involve stripping her naked and doing wickedly erotic things to her.
Haden Blackwood doesn’t need the complication of lusting after Kitty Lazarus, especially when she leases the space he plans to expand his pub into. Worse, she has the uncanny ability to guess his thoughts. He’s got too many secrets to keep, like a tendency to howl at the moon when it’s full and an outstanding warrant for his arrest. But he can’t fight his sexual attraction to Kitty — she smells so good — and pretty soon he’s going to have to act on it.
Kitty’s not the only threat to Haden’s secrets. Someone from his past is trying to frame him — again — for murder. Plus, if he doesn’t trust Kitty with his true nature, he may find himself in jail during the full moon. But if he does involve her, she’ll become the target of a madman. This time, he’ll have to do more than blame it on the moon.