Cinnamon Smith looks up from the counter of SpecialTeas, the teashop she operates with her college roommate. Heading her way is the heartbreaker who dated, dumped and deserted her sister years ago. But now Tom Marco is the general manager of the Imperial Hotel-Casino and a standing order from them could save their struggling business. The upscale property is up for a major industry award and Tom needs a lady to escort to the awards banquet.
It’s only one night, right? And he is so good-looking . . .
Fate has brought the hometown girl Tom fell for years ago back into his life and this time the former Army Ranger is determined their story will end differently.
Criminal activity at the Imperial and the storm of the century put their lives in danger. Someone is playing for keeps and Tom and Cinnamon are in his crosshairs.
“Yeah, I know. Not a couple, not interested. Right?”
Cinnamon caught her breath as Magdalena held the door for her and Tom turned to greet her. She fiddled with her skirt, buying a moment to compose herself.
The midnight-black tux hung on him like it had been custom-tailored. Maybe it had. He probably had any number of black-tie events to attend. And she was wearing a dress from a secondhand shop. Automatically she extended her hand as he held out his.
He tilted his head, regarding her as he drew her to him, a smile deepening at the corner of his mouth. The green glint in his eyes that had once haunted her dreams was back.
“You look wonderful.”
“So do you.” She flushed and bit her lip. “I mean . . .”
“Yeah, it’s a little like prom, isn’t it?”
“I wish I had a camera to take a picture of you two.” Magdalena was grinning. “But the photographers at the banquet should love you.”
Damn, it wasn’t fair how the tuxedo accentuated the dark line of his brows and lashes, the intensity of his eyes. She needed to get out of the apartment. Maybe on the street she could grab a breath of fresh air.
Oh, hell! He was watching her fan herself.
About the author:
Hi, I grew up enjoying the novels of such queens of romantic suspense as Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier. I tried my hand at storytelling while teaching in an elementary school. Musa Publishing published my romance Marriage Made in Haven in 2012. Last year the Wild Rose Press released my second novel Return of the Dixie Deb. A Man to Waste Time on is available for purchase now. I hope you enjoy it. I love hearing from readers!
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I'm currently writing a novella which will be included in a multi-author boxed set, due to be published in February 2019