The Best Mistake
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by Linda Kage
Description: Her biggest mistake might be the best thing ever to happen to him. Deri "The Mistake" Crandall wants nothing more than the love and acceptance from a family. After her mother dies, she finally discovers who her father is--except he and his family aren't exactly everything she's dreamed of. Not about to let a little thing like that bother her, she strives her hardest to fit in. Though honest to a fault, she even lies to gain their affection. But who could have predicted the one man with whom she immediately clicks is the very millionaire her grandfather orders her to betray? Cole Harrety's life is all about work and ignoring play, until a petite, curvy bundle of quirky woman literally tumbles into his lap. From the moment he loses a staring contest with her, he knows Deri is exactly what's been missing from his mundane life and no other woman will ever compete with her. With a web of deception already woven, can their new bond survive a shattered trust?
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./Champagne Rose, 2012
eBookwise Release Date: April 2012
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [171 KB]
Reading time: 100-141 min.
"How're you doing?"
Deri gritted her teeth. "Hurts."
His chocolate-brown eyes filled with sympathy as he lightly stroked her hair. "We've almost got you free. Just hang in there."
A moment later, some unknown person yanked the ladder away. The release of pressure was almost more brutal than the pinching agony, but it soon dissipated to a dull throb. Deri closed her eyes and let out a breath. Her head lulled against that thigh tucked beneath her cheek, and she focused on the warmth and muscles layered under smooth cotton slacks to keep her mind off the pain.
"I'm going to check your ankle out, okay?" Large, capable fingers slipped off her shoe.
She ground her teeth and swallowed yet another whimper.
"Sorry," he rasped. He gently cupped her heel as he examined the damage, prodding with the barest of pressure from his thumb. Deri held her breath, but the burning was not appeased.
When she heard, "Holy mother of God," her eyes flew open, and she lifted her face.
Hot Guy shifted to block her view from the damage. "Don't look."
That didn't exactly placate her. "What's wrong?"
"Well, it's...it's swelling and bruising already. We need to get you to a hospital. Now."
She nodded. "Okay."