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Once Upon A Valentine (Anthology)

Harlequin Blaze, February 2012
ISBN: 0373796676
ISBN 13: 978-0373796670

Once upon a sexy time…

She had long gorgeous hair
Summer Tomlinson always had a thing for Andrew Macmillan. Now that they’re business partners — as well as bed partners! — Summer wonders if letting her hair down will catch him for good….

He sought a sleeping beauty
Historian Ashlynn Scott is seeking the fabled castle of Sleeping Beauty. But with just one kiss, she finds herself tangled up — and tangled in the sheets! — with a rogue adventurer. She might never want to wake up!

She was being chased by every man
Ginger Redman wanted to be irresistible, so she made a wish on a magic cookie. And the baked treat delivers — sending her sexy best friend, Stephen Fox, right into her bed!


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Stephen thumbed through his address book and hit the call button, then held his phone to his ear.

“Uh-huh?” Ginger answered.

A smile tugged at his lips. “When are you ever going to answer with ‘hello’?”

“Probably never.”

“Are you home yet?” he asked.

“No, I’m randomly wandering the streets on my way there.”

He heard something on her end of the line, then. “Was that a whistle?”

She cleared her throat. “Yeah.”

“Some guy just whistled at you?”

“I’m getting some…attention.”

“You must look totally hot tonight.” He grinned. “What are you wearing?”

“Don’t be a smartass. I mean, I think I look good, but…this is…different. Remember that cookie I told you about?”

“The magic cookie.”

“Right. Well, you can mock me if you want to, but I think it’s real. It’s making men extremely interested in me. But it’s not real, so I’m just ignoring it.”

Good, he thought. The idea that men were hitting on Ginger didn’t sit well with him at all. “I need you.”

“Pardon me?”

He cleared his throat. “I need to get together. Jorgensen’s requested our meeting be moved up to tonight. And he wants to see you too.”

She sighed with frustration. It was a sound he was used to hearing from her when it came to the author, but tonight, and sent right through the phone into his ear, the breathy sound shot right through him and made him even more painfully aroused.

Damn it. He didn’t need this complication tonight. He wanted to ignore his attraction to her, hoping it would lessen with time, but if anything it had only increased with each day that passed.

He wasn’t surprised that other men would want her—with or without any so-called magic in the mix. She was gorgeous: beautiful face, with a cute little freckle just under her left eye he found distracting during meetings; a gorgeous body that filled out blouses much too well—more distraction; a generous and funny personality that always lightened his heart even on rough days when the numbers weren’t looking good.

Damn. He wanted her.

But he didn’t want to scare her off. She would never have to know the truth of how he really felt.

“How much have you had to drink?” she asked.

He eyed his car keys before shoving them back in his pocket. After four and a half beers downed in less than an hour, that probably wasn’t a good idea. “Too much to drive.”

“Fine. I know you’re just around the corner from me. Meet me at the corner of Adelaide and John. We’ll take the subway to get to Jorgenson.”

“You’re really okay with the meeting tonight? It’s kind of inconvenient.”

“I know how much it means to Red Fox…and to you. We’ll get this jerk to sign the papers, Stephen. Promise.”

“I hope you’re right.”

“We’re a team, Stephen. Together we can accomplish anything.”

He ended the call and looked at the screen. He had a picture of her to go with her phone number. He stared into her green eyes for just a moment before he tucked the phone into his pocket.

Looked like he’d be spending Valentine’s Day with Ginger after all. It would be easier to keep other men away from her if he was at her side.

Trying to remind himself that she was just a friend was getting more difficult when his body reacted to the very sound of her voice, the image of her both on his phone and in his head. He couldn’t shake this feeling that there was magic in the air tonight when it came to Ginger Redman.

He decided to blame the beer.