Gwen's got ten days to raise twenty thousand dollars in cash. Can she rope a rancher in the ride?
"A cute, light read with quite a few touches of humor."
~ InD'Tale Magazine
SANTA FE FORTUNE
Some things are worth more than money...
North Carolina artist Gwendolyn Marsh is on a New Mexico mission. She's got ten days to raise twenty thousand dollars in cash. In financial straits herself and hoping to help her sister, Gwen's determined to bring monetary relief fast. What Gwen doesn't bank on is getting the utterly handsome and irresistible Dan Holbrook in the bargain. Still recovering from a failed first marriage, Gwen's not sure she'll ever love again. Can a midnight ride in the desert convince her to change her mind?
Billionaire bachelor Dan Holbrook is an outdoorsy man who knows how to behave in polite company. So when his sister Nancy asks him to run her Santa Fe gallery while she's away, Dan thinks he'll have no trouble manning the store. That is, until Ms. Gwendolyn Marsh blows into town like a wild, west wind, upending his world with her womanly ways. Dan's heart hasn't healed from its last disaster. Can he risk opening himself up to hurt a second time?
SANTA FE FORTUNE...
He moved nearer now, his mouth just inches away. "I'll be damned if I don't want to kiss you," he said, his voice a husky rasp.
And she'd be damned if she didn't want him to. "Dan..." she said, tilting up her chin and closing her eyes.
"But I won't," he said, snapping her back to attention, eyes open. "Not now. Not here. Not like this..."
She started to speak as he brought his fingers to her lips. "If ever I've seen a woman who deserves to be kissed well, it's you. But the timing has got to be right. You have to be sure." He cast a cursory glance at her wedding band and backed away. "I need to be sure. Something tells me we've both gone down a path neither of us wants to travel again..."
A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Short contemporary category-length, approximately 50,000 words.
Ginny Baird is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of romance and women's fiction. She has published several novels in print and online and also received screenplay options from Hollywood for her romantic and family comedy scripts. Her series include: Christmas Town, Holiday Brides, and Summer Grooms Novella Series.
Jess travels to Madrid on a business deal, but wakes up married to a matador instead!
Was it really a mistake?
"Turns the classic romance plot amusingly inside out...cleverly plotted." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet, romantic tale that leaves one yearning for a matador of their own."~ InD'Tale Magazine
HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR
New York telecommunications expert Jessica Bloom has never quite gotten things right. She's failed at relationships, and only believes herself to have moved ahead at work due to dumb luck. Her fortunes change when she flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal -- but wakes up married to a matador instead! While she's held a burning attraction to her handsome business adversary for months, she never dreamed she'd make such an enormous split-second decision. Surely, this is a mistake they can both get undone? Her new husband, however, has plans to the contrary...
Fernando Garcia de la Vega runs a telecommunications firm poised for a US takeover. What Fernando doesn't expect, is its beautiful International Division head also capturing his heart. Descended from a long line of bullfighters, Fernando stands to inherit the family's lucrative estate, if he meets the criteria in his grandfather's will and marries by age thirty-two. Yet, a marriage of convenience was something Fernando was loathe to consider... until now. When the fates conspire to put the right woman in the right place -- at the right time, how can Fernando deny his destiny? His only problem lies in convincing Jessica to remain his bride.
HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR
Fernando sighed, worry lines creasing his brow. "You're terribly angry with me, aren't you?"
"It takes two to tango, Fernando. I'm not saying all of this is your fault. I played a part in what happened yesterday too."
He turned toward her with a penetrating look. "That's what I don't understand. Why did you?"
Jess felt a lurch of emotion as he dissected her with his earnest green gaze. "I...don't know."
He leaned toward her with a husky whisper. "Oh, but I think you do."
He drew nearer, his mouth hovering over hers. Jess cursed herself for so badly wanting his kiss. His kisses had been so tantalizing last night, they'd made her lose all sense of reason. And it wasn't just the way he'd held her. When he'd looked deep in her eyes and said that one thing, she'd inexplicably believed him as she had no man before."Why did you?"
Fernando reached out and cupped her chin in his hand. "Because, querida, when I saw you standing there in that garden, with that beautiful smile on your lips, I knew with a certainty that I'd have to claim them. That I wouldn't rest until I made you mine."
"It was a simple sexual attraction."
"There was nothing simple about it," he said, brushing his lips to hers.
Jess closed her eyes as her heart stilled. She couldn't let herself do this, but she couldn't stop herself either. His masculine scent washed over her as she felt his palm press into the small of her back.
"Jessica," he said, resting his forehead on hers. "When I tell you the truth about this morning, I don't want you to believe that anything last night was a lie."
And then to prove it, he kissed her deeply, with a skill and a passion that made her lose grip of her wine, sending the contents of her cup sloshing sideways."Your sister's riding pants," she said, nearly breathless.
"They'll wash," he said, tenderly stroking her thigh.
"Fernando," Jess gasped, pulling back. "We can't."
He studied her a thoughtful moment as she gazed at him wide-eyed.
"Then we won't," he said with a quick peck on her lips.
She shivered involuntarily in spite of herself. This man had a way of completely undoing her.
"We'll have a little something to eat first." He pulled several small bundles from his bag, along with a small knife and a cutting board.
"While we talk?"
"Of course," he said, handing her a napkin for her slacks. "Then afterwards, I'll let you decide."
Fernando shot her a sexy grin as he refilled her wine.
"Whether or not I'm the husband of your dreams."
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Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…