Must Love Sidney
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by Mary Eason
Description: Maggie Malone might not believe in all that fairy tale stuff but meeting Jackson Riley certainly made her a believer in love, (okay--so maybe it was lust) at first sight. Unfortunately that little reality check hit her like a ton of bricks and had just the opposite affect on Maggie than it would any other red-blooded twenty-five year old woman. Everything that she believed she wanted in life--all of her well thought out future plans were in some serious jeopardy right about now. Jackson Riley had to be just about the hottest thing around and Maggie, well she was in way over her head with him. The problem? Well it was clear to Jackson Riley what the problem was. It was five foot two, blond hair, green eyes with the biggest 'get lost' attitude he'd ever ran across--Maggie Malone. The solution? What usually worked with most women that got under his skin? Normally the second they opened their mouths he lost interest. Unfortunately, that wasn't working with Maggie Malone. Everything Jackson found out about her only made him that much more interested in her and spelled nothing but trouble for his weekly schedule of dating Austin's most beautiful women. For the chance to get to know the real Maggie Malone beyond her tough girl act, Jackson was willing to give up more than just one night a week. Maggie could have all seven if she liked. Rating: Sensual Genre: Contemporary Romance.
eBook Publisher: New Concepts Publishing, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: May 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [330 KB]
Reading time: 234-328 min.
Since I was thirteen years old, I've wanted only one thing from life. To become an attorney. I didn't have any interest in fairy tales or love stories. I only wanted the dream, and I was determined to make it happen no matter the cost.
Of course, Genna and Serena, my two best friends since grade school still held out hope for me. They believed, with every new boyfriend, I would find someone who was going to knock me off my feet and change all my plans. When Ben Riley came into my life, they were certain of it. I didn't have the heart to tell them it was impossible. Not even with Ben.
My future was the law.
Unfortunately, Ben had a slightly different opinion of where our relationship might be heading, in spite of my attempts at getting him see the friendship was all there could ever be between us.
Of course, Ben's outlook on life was a wee bit desperate due to the fact his Uncle Jackson was forcing him to learn the finer points of his company's business by sending Ben off to the further most reaches of the world. Paris of all places. Since his uncle announced this piece of news, Ben had been working overtime trying to find a way out of going. Jackson was the epitome of 'evil uncle' in Ben's eyes.
"Guess what, my uncle wants to meet you tonight." Ben announced when I opened my door to find him standing there.
I couldn't tell him, I had no desire to meet his uncle. I really didn't want to give Ben any more ammunition for his cause.
I kept that piece of information to myself. "Ben, I'm sorry but I can't. I have to study, remember. I have finals." Never mind it was Friday night and I hadn't been studying when Ben knocked on my door. I'd been immersed in one of those juicy little romance novels I would have denied right up to the death of ever possessing much less actually enjoying.
"Maggie this is important. You know I need your support. Can't you take a break just this once for me? I really want him to meet you. I'm certain once he does he'll understand why I can't go to Paris. Please--it's important."
When Ben looked at me with those sad eyes, I could almost forget that little uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach that was always there in the face of Ben's determination to make more of our relationship than friendship.
I pressed the heel of my hand against my forehead, knowing I would give in. "Okay, but only for a little while." Too late, I remembered I was dressed in faded jeans and a plain white tee shirt. I probably wasn't going to help Ben's cause out all that much. "I should probably change first, though."
Ben smiled down at me, took my hand, and whisked me out the door. "No time, we're late."