I stumbled upon Jacquie D'Allesandro by reading her historical romances which are fantastic but was thrilled to learn that I love her modern romances even more. She has a simple way of bringing people together and have them face real challenges that aren't too over the top and don't drag on forever. With this short Harlequin romance, she does exactly that with humor, sex appeal, and heart.
Riley Addison, head of accounting for Prestige Construction in Atlanta, is looking to reclaim her fun, carefree self. After putting her life on hold to look after her younger sister, she wants to go out and live and love the way she did before all of the drama and responsibility came down on her. While volunteering as a fortune teller for the annual company fair, she is instantly attracted to a mystery man who comes to her tent to have his fortune read. She boldly tells him that he's going to get very lucky and plans a midnight rendezvous with him at his hotel.
Jackson Lange is the new head of marketing for Prestige in New York. The CEO has invited him to Atlanta for the company fair and dinner weekend so he can get to know his colleagues. Not knowing anyone, Jackson entertains himself for the charity event by participating and spending money at all the booths, but when he enters the tent to get his fortune told, he's essentially poleaxed by the beautiful and sensual fortune teller and arranges to meet her at his hotel at midnight. When they meet at the hotel, they finally introduce themselves and realize that they are speaking to one another's bane of their existence. Riley is supposed to be the ice queen of accounting who keeps rejecting his budget and Jackson is supposed to be the old curmudgeon with delusions of grandeur. Riley politely excuses herself and runs away from the situation, but back at the office, they still can't deny their attraction to one another and throw caution to the wind. What could one night together do when they live so far apart from one another anyway?
This was a short fun read with lots of chemistry and the right amount of tension. The relationship is built at a nice pace and their actions and behaviors are realistic as they deal with the obstacles of seeing each other for only a short time. This author does battle of the sexes very well and this one won't disappoint.
- Mass Market Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Books (1 November 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373691998
- ISBN-13: 978-0373691999
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.5 x 16.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 99.8 g
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