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THE WAGER + Giveaway
"Jake!" Grandma peered around the mannequin and yelled. "Help her out of that dress! We have a wedding emergency! Hurry!"
"Right." Jake released Char’s hand and shook his head as he took a step away. "Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve helped you out of your clothes, huh, Char?"
And special moment gone.
Ignoring the burning sensation on her face, Char walked into the dressing room and pulled the curtain.
"Don’t you need help?" came Jake’s voice.
"I think I know how to undress myself, Jake."
"Yes." His warm chuckle made Char want to smack him. Shivering, she reached for the zipper. "But when I do it, it’s unforgettable. That’s all I’m saying."
Fine. She’d had enough. Refusing to let him think she was afraid of him touching her, she took his challenge. With a huff Char pulled open the curtain. "Prove it."
His eyes widened and then a wicked smile curved his lips. "My pleasure."
The way the man said "pleasure" did really unfortunate things to Char’s body, things that made her re-think her rash decision.
"Where’s the zipper?"
"Aww… can’t find it? That happen to you often, Jake? Can’t find the zipper, where does my equipment go…"
"Oh that, I never have problems with. You should know."
Her eyes narrowed into slits as she watched him close the curtain and then do a turning motion with his finger.
She turned around and faced the mirror. Jake placed his hands on her shoulders then ran them down both of her arms. She would not shiver, she would not react!
He placed his hands on her hips, then unzipped the dress. Slowly he ran his hands back up the sides of her body, all the way until he hit just below her breasts. Her breath hitched as he winked at her in the mirror, bypassing her breasts and finding the fastener behind her neck.
Char chewed on her lower lip as she watched him delicately undo the fastener and then held the dress to her body so it wouldn’t fall.
"You have beautiful hair." He ran a few pieces through his fingers and sighed, locking eyes with her in the mirror.
He wasn’t smiling. Was he seriously paying her a compliment? To her face? Or her reflection?
"It’s just a compliment, Char. Not a proposal."
She blushed profusely. "Thank you."
The way he looked at her made her feel naked. And now she remembered why things had gone haywire in the first place. She never knew which Jake she was talking to. The one who had been her friend when she was little, or the millionaire playboy who had no soul.
Char doubted he even knew which one he was. She just needed to make sure she remembered, lest she end up with a broken heart again.
"Everyone decent?" Grandma called from the other side of the curtain.
Jake stepped back and winked. "Unfortunately."
Char felt her face heat.
"Damn," Grandma called. "You’ve lost your touch, son."
"Don’t I know it." He licked his lips and nodded one last time at Char before stepping on the other side of the curtain.
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COLORADO DREAM Author: Charlene Whitman Publisher: Ubiquitous Press Pages: 450 Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance Yearning to become a
concert musician, a young woman from New York travels to Colorado to purchase a
violin, but when she meets a wild, untamable cowboy, her dream is threatened
and her heart torn ... In New York in 1877, Angela Bellini longs to become a concert
violinist and get away from her abusive father. When her dream takes her to Greeley, Colorado, to purchase a violin from a master instrument maker, she
learns she must wait three weeks until her violin is ready before she can head
home. Angela is determined not to let
anything or anyone waylay her dream, but when she meets rough-and-tumble cowboy
Brett Hendricks, her heart is torn. He is her opposite in every way—uncouth,
cocky, and reckless. But she is hopelessly drawn to him,…
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
This is one of those books that you can both love and hate it at the same time. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word. More like a "what am I reading". This is a train wreck but it is so good that I can't stop reading. This book is told from the first person. I am mixed on first person books. Some I have read are good and others were not so good. This book is in the good category.
The main character is so socially awkward that agai…
Title: Joseph’s Journey: When Dad Left and Never Came Back 2nd
Author: Christina Nicole Smith
Publisher: Be A Blessing Enterprises
Genre: Juvenile Literature/Nonfiction As a mother, how do you explain an absentee father to your
child without blame, anger or resentment? Empower them! Seven-year-old Joseph
shares his story about when he first learns about the POWER of choice he
possesses after his father leaves and doesn't come back. His mother teaches him
the difference between his father’s choices and his own. Do Joseph and Mom
become angry with Joseph’s father? Well, a belief is just a thought you keep
thinking over and over...find out what happens on Joseph’s Journey!
I really liked this book and the message that the author shared. My nephews have had to deal with their father choosing not to be a part of their lives. This has been a big deal in their lives, even though they may not come out and straight voice their opinions. My oldest nephew is angry. …