In the NHL, I’m known as the Hard Hitter but my puck-handling skill isn’t my greatest accomplishment. That would be my four-year-old daughter Daisy and I’ll do anything to protect her. I’m careful who I let into our lives, but the more I’m around Samantha, my daughter’s speech pathologist, the more I’m reminded of how long I’ve been functioning solely as a dad. I don’t want to trust her, don’t want to get close. I don’t want to fall in love with her or her big, welcoming family but sometimes, don’tshave a way of becomingdos, no matter how hard you fight it.
Getting involved with a client’s father is a strict “no,” but when Zander shows me how good he is at talking bad, it sets off a firestorm of need hot enough to melt the ice in the rink he plays on. I’m not good at relationships and have basically given up on men, but a brief fling with a dirty talking hockey player sounds pretty good at the moment. I didn’t expect to actually fall for him and his daughter, or that it would be so good, but leave it to me to do the one and only thing that taps into his darkest fears and incinerate the fragile trust that’s built between us.
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Every girl in Rachel’s sorority wants the smoking hot mechanic next door, herself included, but a man is the last thing she needs in her life—especially a tattooed single dad with a reputation as a badass. A man like that draws attention, and a woman hiding out from an abusive ex needs to keep a low profile. But when her car breaks down and he comes to her rescue, it’s not just her spark plugs he gets firing.
Women hadn’t been on Jaxon’s list of do withouts, there just hadn’t been any energy left to even think about one—until the girl next door comes up empty on cash to pay for her car repairs and offers housekeeping and babysitting services to even the debt. It’s the perfect arrangement until #1—the in-laws mistake Rachel for his girlfriend, and #2—she moves into his home. Their agreement is hands off, business only, but being around her is a special kind of torture that quickly reminds him he’s still a man, and now, with more time on his hands, he’d finding it harder and harder to keep them off of her.
Find Alec Carson a wife.
It almost sounds easy. After all, Alec Carson isn’t just a billionaire or “Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor”—he’s six gorgeous feet of power, sex and utter physical perfection. Unfortunately, he’s also the guy I’ve spent eight years thinking about. Fantasizing about. And wishing I could stab a fork in his eye after he took my virginity on prom night and bailed, never to be seen again. Until now.
The success of my business depends on finding Alec Carson a perfect bride. So exactly how is it that I ended up in his bed, lost in the raw hunger that only responds to touch and taste and want? The heat that always blazed between us has only grown hotter, scorching the air…and resulting in my better judgment disappearing in a puff of “I hope I regret nothing” smoke.
Alex Carson already broke my heart once—I need to find him a wife before he does it again. But it’s going to be almost impossible…especially when the guy who was always a stickler for rules no longer plays by them.
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