Release Date: January 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Tags: Texas, sexy, small-town, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, southern, Kelsey Browning
After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually. So when a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright.
Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.
Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.
From the moment Jamie Wright met Roxanne Eberly, he has wanted her. It doesn't help that her business is lingerie and he spends his time wondering what she will look like in it. Jamie, an aspiring lawyer finds himself in need of a wife, but the only woman he has in mind is Roxanne who is the complete opposite of what his boss has in sight for him. There is chemistry though and sometimes you cannot deny the best thing that has ever happened to you.
Very fun read. Roxanne is battling her own feud when she is sued over her lingerie line, Jamie wants to help but the emotional feelings from lawyer, business partner, and lover are just to overwhelming. Jamie knows Roxanne is not ringer material for a lawyer on the fast track, but it doesn't mean he finds himself lost in her when they are together. Both on different tracks, but maybe if they can work as one they may have a chance.
Her nervousness had nothing to do with this evening’s charity auction and everything to do with the dark-haired man next to her. Jamie was GQ personified with his high-dollar haircut, tailored suit and crisp pinpoint shirt. Only his hands didn’t jibe with his polished appearance. His thumbnail was bruised, and scrapes marred his knuckles.
Blue-collar hands on a white-collar man.
A shiver tiptoed up Roxanne’s spine.
Anyone originally from a town as small as Shelbyville, Texas, should still have a little dirt on his shoes or hay in his hair. Not Jamie. He’d made a complete transition from hometown boy to smooth, confident big-city attorney. Tonight he blended with Houston’s movers and shakers in a way Roxanne never had and never would, even though she’d grown up in the city.
Even her suspicions about Jamie’s stratospheric smarts didn’t stop her from being attracted to him. But was she ready to go all-out and try to attract him back?
“What did that poor cow ever do to you?” Jamie asked. Laughter came from their table mates—her friends Allie Shelby and Eden Durant and Jamie’s legal assistant, Kurtis.
Her attention shifted from Jamie’s hands to his eyes, smooth chocolate, dark and rich with amusement. Laughter was a good sign. People who were attracted to each other laughed together. Maybe that was her green light. “I think they imported the meat from Rhode Island.”
“God knows, hotels have a knack for destroying perfectly decent food and serving it to the unsuspecting.” Kurtis waved a hand at the crowd of five hundred people clustered at round tables throughout the Empire Hotel’s ballroom. “And the legal profession is famous for choking the life out of a chicken breast.”
At the mere thought of a law career, cold fear streaked through Roxanne. Three more years of college heaped on the first hellacious four. Huge textbooks filled with long, snaking words. This time, her shiver wasn’t based on sexual awareness but on awareness of how different she and Jamie were.
“Speaking of choking—” Kurtis reached over to fuss with Jamie’s muted purple tie, “—who tied your tie tonight?”
Jamie pushed Kurtis’s hand away. “I did.”
“On Monday, I’ll send you a YouTube video showing you how to craft the perfect double Windsor,” Kurtis said. “The single is just so—”
“Lopsided,” Jamie interrupted. “I know. You tell me that every day.”
That tie looked pretty perfect to Roxanne, kind of like its owner. She studied the two men more closely. Kurtis nagging. Jamie rebuffing. It was all so familiar. So domestic. Could they be involved? Like involved involved?
Jamie dressed too well, was too handsome and charming to be for real. And if this man was gay, it meant women were definitely still being punished for the whole apple thing that went down a few years back.
Author of the Texas Nights series
Co-author of The Granny Series
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.