Billionaire Stefano Mercado takes over a tour company and is implementing drastic changes to bring it into the 21st century, but he doesn’t count on working with the woman he once loved and lost. Even worse, she loathes him after he abandoned her without explanation.
Single mom Roxie Sullivan wants to prevent Stefano from turning her world upside down again. He’s guilty of hurting her and now his plans for the company could ruin her future, but her feelings for him reignite the minute they reunite. Still, the last thing she needs is a sexy as sin, unreliable playboy bossing her around.
Soon resisting the heat flaring between them becomes impossible, but will succumbing to their passion lead to more heartbreak or the future they both deserve?
When the tour company she works for is acquired by a new firm the last person Roxie expected to see was Stefano. They have a history, one that is not exactly a pleasant memory for her. Now he would be her boss.
Stefano knows he has to make things right with Roxie. He’d been young and stupid. Now successful and needing her support he takes her to dinner so they can hopefully make amends and move forward.
This is a favorite part of that dinner.
Why didn’t she have better memories from their time together? Another voice rang in his ears. A much raspier one— Never leave a woman unsatisfied. Ironically, John had taught him that rule after Stefano confided in him and told him about sleeping with a girl he had never called again— or checked on. He’d promised John he would call her, or write, after leaving Saddle Creek. But he’d let business and putting the past behind him override that promise. Sadness welled up his throat. He swallowed. “All I’m asking for is a shot. Give me a chance to show you what changes we plan before shutting the idea down.”
“Okay. But I have one condition.”
The Roxie he remembered never agreed to anything without negotiating first. “Go ahead.”
She stared at him straight in the eye, her irises darkening to a sultry green. “I want to show you how important a tour guide is to the company, too. So you’ll come with me while I take a group on tour. If I keep my mind open, why can’t you? Please? It’s only fair.”
He cleared his throat, forcing down the lump. No doubt if anyone else asked, he would have denied the offer— dismissed them, even. After all, he was the boss. However, Luther had explained a takeover like this would run smoother if they got the top employee in their corner— particularly because she would be the one to steer the downsized team in the right direction. Besides… Didn’t he owe her that for all he put her through?
He stretched out his hand. “Deal.”
She glanced at his hand for a beat, and then took it in hers. The brief touch shot a thrill up his arm. Her skin felt warm, soft, lovely. “Deal.”
She withdrew her hand from his, and he could swear her discomfort was almost palpable. Frustration poured over him. Had he been that bad a guy… that bad a lover that she just couldn’t stand him? Maybe his stupid ass had been so fascinated by her as a teen that being with her had meant more than it did to her. Shit. Why did her opinion of him matter?
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Change is never easy and raising a child alone isn’t either. Roxie has to come to terms with her feelings for Stefano, he would leave again, there was no question about it. She couldn’t open herself up to that hurt again.
Stefano was finding it hard to ignore his feelings, he still wants Roxie. He had to make this conversion a success and Roxie was a big part of it.
A bumpy road, for all involved, with lots of sizzling emotions. Second chances are worth it, aren’t they?
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Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband–living proof that opposites attract.
She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.