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Mischievous Matchmaker Book Two
Bree knows she’s next on her friend Petra’s list of so-called accidental setups, but when Cooper washes up on her doorstep during a vicious thunderstorm, he’s the last man she’s expecting. Despite her long-standing grudge against the hunky doctor, she can’t deny the sight of him soaked to the skin and looking sexy as hell is making it hard for her to turn him away.
Mother Nature forces them to seek shelter from the storm together. With her most debilitating fear exposed, Bree finds herself in Cooper’s arms, setting off a chain of events that ignites white-hot passion more all-consuming than either of them has known. A passion that is fragile due to the secret hiding in their history.
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Release Date: July 17, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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The only explanation for inviting him over on the night of his birthday was that she’d lost her ever loving mind. That must have really been magic rainwater he’d been soaked in during that storm. It was unnerving that he hadn’t gone back to looking unremarkable in the three days since she’d seen him last, stalking out of her house in her brother’s sweats and climbing into that sexy old Jaguar he drove.
How many times had she seen him in his navy scrubs and dark-framed glasses and not thought anything of it? There had been hundreds over the two years they’d worked together. Not once had she ever thought “Wow!” when she saw him. Okay, maybe there had been a couple of times when he’d first come to work at the hospital, but his ego and that sour disposition he usually had quickly diminished his looks in her eyes.
After the night he screamed at Carrie for mixing up two patients’ meds—a mistake that had seemed innocent at the time—she’d stopped looking at him altogether. Now she couldn’t stop looking, couldn’t stop noticing little things she’d never noticed before.
Like the way his clever hazel eyes didn’t seem to miss a thing, or that a dimple appeared near the corner of his mouth when he smiled—something he didn’t seem to do unless he genuinely meant it. She’d never noticed the agile way those gorgeous hands of his moved, or the way the muscles in his arms rippled and strained against his skin when he was working.
And his mouth.
Ugh. She could not stop sneaking glances at his mouth, which was pure torture because every time she did her body lit up like Christmas with the memory of how that kiss he’d laid on her had burned through every single cell in her body.
As much as she hated to admit it, things between her and Cooper Bennett had been changed by Petra’s odd choice and the way it had piqued Bree’s curiosity. She couldn’t deny that the way he’d treated her during the tornado warning had a big part of swaying her opinion about him as well. Any number of men she’d known in the past, including The Jailer, would have taken full advantage of the situation.
And when she really thought about it, she knew damn well if he’d stopped talking and turned his head and kissed her while they were huddled in her brother’s makeshift bedroom, she would have let him do anything he wanted to her.
Her stomach fluttered when there was a knock on the door. She checked her hair one more time, smoothed her hand over the front of her dress and gave herself a nervous look before she switched off the bedroom light and headed for her living room.
“Wow,” he said when she opened the door.
Those hazel eyes looked her over slowly, top to toe, and she knew she’d made the right choice. The dress she’d chosen was a new favorite of hers in a dark-emerald green that clung in good places and draped in others.
“Right back atcha,” she said, and stepped back so he could come inside.
He was rockin’ the jacket and button-down shirt over jeans look in a big way.
And he had flowers.
“It’s not my birthday,” she told him, taking the gorgeous bouquet of red, orange, yellow and dark pink ranunculus as he came inside.
She blushed when he bent and kissed her cheek.
“I came over empty-handed once,” he said, as though that were an explanation.
She looked up at him, not sure what to say next. In her past, guys had shown up for dates empty-handed all the time. Did this mean chivalry was not dead?
“They’re really beautiful, Cooper.” She stepped a little way into the living room and set them on her coffee table. “Thank you.”
“Did you do all this for me?” he asked, his eyes scanning her house.
She’d lit candles throughout—in the living and dining rooms and even in the kitchen. The lights that were controlled by dimmer switches were turned fairly low, and she’d put the mellow blues channel on Pandora.
“I have to tell you, this looks more like a seduction scene than a birthday party,” he said, his eyes dark in the low light but clearly glittering with amusement.
He shrugged out of his jacket when she reached for it.
“How would you know?” she asked, managing to hang it on the coat tree without burying her face in the collar to see if it smelled like him the way she wanted. “You said you’ve never had a birthday party before.”
“But I have been seduced a time or two,” he told her.
“I’ll bet you have,” she muttered.
She realized he must have thought she had a no-shoes policy in her house as he toed off his shoes. The fact that she’d completely forgotten to put shoes on and was barefoot might have had something to do with giving him that impression.
“So the concept isn’t completely unbelievable, despite your former aversion to me?”
Damn him. He looked so smug she wanted to throw herself on him and kiss the look off his freakin’ face. “Not completely.”
“What changed your mind?” he asked with a cocky smile.
That kiss. The rainwater. The fact that he hadn’t once made her feel as if she was crazy because of the way she’d reacted to the tornado warning.
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