I’m a powerful man. My sharp business sense earned me that nickname. My façade is my armor.
Underneath is where I keep the devotion I have for my daughter. Since her mother died, I’ve devoted my life to her. Expanding my business on the West Coast is one way to ensure I build the legacy she deserves. And that’s all I plan to do for our three months in San Francisco.
Until I meet Pippa Bennett.
I swear, I didn’t mean to start flirting with her. It was a complete accident. So was continuing.
I can’t resist the pull between us any more than I can change the tides in the Bay. We have the same sense of humor, we have chemistry for days, and she’s as kind and sweet with my daughter as my family is. This is fast spiraling out of control.
She’s a divorcee, I’m a widower. Neither of us was prepared to take a chance on love again. Besides, we always had a time limit. But as it grows closer, I can’t help but wonder–can I let her go, or could this one be forever?
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I’m persuasive. I’m witty. And boy, do I know how to turn on the charm.
If only I could turn my family’s attempts at persuasion off. Their meddling is out of control. No one asked them to matchmake. Certainly not me. And certainly not with an interior decorator raising her younger siblings.
Then Victoria Hensley turns out to be more than just a decorator.
Her laughter is contagious. Her beautiful lips and curves are beyond tempting. Sparks are flying between us, to my dismay and my family’s delight. Next thing I know, I’m training her brother in soccer and reading bedtime stories to her sister. Who am I?
Turns out I can’t say no to Victoria. And I refuse to let her say no to me. I know I’m a client, that I’m technically off-limits. But doesn’t that make it all the more exciting? I’m determined to see this thing through to the end. And I won’t settle for anything less than a happily-ever-after.
I travel the world as a TV producer, never able to spend much time with them. Which might be a good thing. Because my best friend’s little sister has never felt like that to me. That sexy little spitfire has always caught my attention. If I don’t stick around too long, Sebastian will never notice the way I look at her.
But Alice Bennett has other plans.
Her new restaurant would be a perfect feature on one of my network’s shows.
It’s almost too easy to set up meetings with her. Invent excuses to need more information. To boss her around the way she seems to like. It’s harmless, I tell myself. I’m moving to London in three weeks, I tell myself. I’m not going to upset Sebastian, I tell myself. Famous last words.
I can’t cross the line with her. We can’t jeopardize the family relationships. But between stolen kisses and wicked-hot nights, it’s spinning out of our control. When the chance of a lifetime comes knocking at my door, it’s time to decide what has more allure–my career, or a chance with her?