Of Plans and Pretence and Virtual PA’s, by Trish Morey
Do you consider yourself a planner?
Leo Zamos is. He has to be — he’s an international business broker, travelling the world and bringing deals and parties together, oiling the wheels of negotiation and give and take and never able to relax until the deal is done. He can’t afford to leave anything to chance. He lives for his plans. He lives for success.
Eve Carmichael has her own big plans — in the forefront of her mind is renovating her grandfather’s old house in Melbourne before it falls down around her. But another is to never meet Leo Zamos in the flesh again. Just one meeting and she’d abandoned good sense and ended up in a filing room clinch with him that ended all too soon and left her wondering and wanting more. But she doesn’t want more now. She has a young child to look after — an unplanned result of all that pointless wondering, but a result she wouldn’t change for quids.
Eve is a virtual PA now, working from home to support herself and her young son, and by chance and happenstance Leo is now her number one client. And if there’s one good thing about being a virtual PA, it’s that they conduct all their business via the internet. If they never meet, she figures, he’ll never know who she really is and she’s safe pretending they don’t have history. It makes perfect sense — until Leo lands in Melbourne needing more of Eve’s services than she’d ever expected possible.
Here’s an excerpt from the opening of Fiancee from One Night…
Leo Zamos loved it when a plan came together.
Not that he couldn”t find pleasure in other, more everyday pursuits. He was more than partial to having a naked woman in his bed, and the more naked the woman the more partial he was inclined to be, and he lived for the blood-dizzying rush from successfully navigating his Maserati Granturismo S at speed around the sixty hairpin turns of the Passa dello Stelvio whenever he was in Italy and got the chance.
Still, nothing could beat the sheer unmitigated buzz that came from conceiving a plan so audacious it could never happen, and then steering it through the ensuing battles, corporate manoeuvrings and around the endless bureaucratic roadblocks to its ultimate conclusion—and his inevitable success.
And right now he was on the cusp of his most audacious success yet.
All he needed was a wife.
You can see where this is going, right? Eve has to front up as Leo’s pretend fiancee for the night (because getting an actual wife within 8 hours was decidedly more tricky). But it’s what happens then that gets more interesting. You’ll have to buy the book to find out exactly what:-))
RT Book Reviews have awarded Fiancee for One Night a 4.5 star review, saying –
Broker Leo Zamos needs a fiancée to seal the deal on his latest coup so he turns to his über-efficient virtual PA, banking on her professional appearance — but she turns out to be a showstopper. Single mom Eve Carmichael needs the extra money Leo’s offering, and hopes Leo won’t recognize her from when they met years before. Morey takes readers on a lush tour of the land down under as she lets her romantic plot play out with characters who enrage and endear, and love scenes hotter than a blazing Australian summer.
I love it when plans go astray and get blindsided by life, and it’s kind of funny that both Leo and Eve found much, much more than they were planning on when life dealt them both a curve-ball.
Have you ever had your own plans come unstuck in spectacular style? And have you ever been grateful that they did? I’d love to hear your stories.
And to celebrate the recent acceptance of my 25th title for Harlequin Mills & Boon, one lucky reader commenter will win a signed copy of Fiancee for One Night, plus a book of their choice from my back list titles. Your choice!
Look forward to hearing your stories,
Update: The contest is now closed. Please check the comments for the winner announcement.