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Authors: Mary Jo Putney

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The Burning Point

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The Burning Point
Mary Jo Putney
Berkley Books (2000)
Romance, Fiction, General, Contemporary, Wrecking, Family Violence, Family & Relationships, Abuse

The first contemporary novel by New York Times bestselling author, The Burning Point is a riveting story of the ties that bind two people together—and the incendiary forces that can tear them apart.
Kate Corsi always dreamed of working for her family’s world famous explosive demolition business—a wish her old-fashioned father denied until the day he died. According to his will, Kate will receive a fortune while her ex-husband, Donovan, will inherit the family business. But only if they agree to live under the same roof for a year.
Forced into a reluctant alliance, Kate and Donovan must discover the truth about her father’s death—and confront the past that almost destroyed them both. And as they face their shattered dreams, their wrenching secrets and bitter resentments, they find themselves sliding perilously toward the burning point where passion catches fire once more….
* The Burning Point was listed as one of the five best romances of the year by Library Journal.

The Burning Point

Book 1 of the Circle of Friends Trilogy


Mary Jo Putney

(c) 2000, 2011 by Mary Jo Putney, Inc.


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Thank You


To Ruth Cohen, an agent who has always gone "above and beyond."

"Love is the burning point of life....The stronger the love,

the more the pain."

"But love bears all things."

Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers,
The Power of Myth



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I'd like to thank the Loizeaux family of Controlled Demolition Incorporated for their help with the technical aspects of this book. Needless to say, they run CDI in a far

more enlightened, not to mention less accident-prone, fashion than my

fictional explosives demolition firm.

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In particular, I want to thank Stacey Loizeaux, third generation member of CDI and clear proof that there is no reason why a woman can't blow things up if she wants to. Any errors are my own.

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It takes a lot of feedback from friends when an author is cautiously making her way from one genre into another. Profound thanks for insight and support go to

(in no particular order) Binnie Braunstein, Kate McMurry, Laura Resnick, Jeri Wright, Suzanne Kelly, Mary Kilchenstein, Denise Little, Laurie Miller, Val Taylor, Jaclyn Reding, Barbara Ankrum, Chris Ashley, Shannon Katona, Brad Clark, and Mary Shea. Not to mention Loretta Chekani, Marjorie Farrell, Alison Hyder, Julia Kendall, Carol O'Hanlon, Ciji Ware, Nic Tideman, Peggy Wyne, and most especially

the indomitable Pat Rice.

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I also want to thank Colleen Faulkner for the feral cats, but honestly,

I really can't take one of the kittens.




Twenty-five years ago


A piercing wail shattered the dawn air. The waiting crowd, safely restrained behind barriers, began to buzz with anticipation. In the command post, Kate Corsi danced excitedly from foot to foot. "Now, Papa?"

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