by Lindsay Armstrong, author of An Exception To His Rule
Damien Wyatt can’t understand how a girl like Harriet Livingstone is able to slip under his guard.
She’s not a raving beauty on first impressions although he soon comes to appreciate her looks more and more, especially her legs. She is a rather vague, scholarly person, not his type at all. Moreover she appears to view the world, himself included, from a slightly superior position that irritates the life out of him. Another thing that irritates the life out of him is how his aunt, his brother and particularly his dog, come to adore her.
There’s also the fact that Harriet is accident-prone and a menace on the roads. That’s how they meet, when she’s swerved to avoid another dog and run into him almost totalling his beloved Aston Martin and breaking his collar bone. He’s been cruelly outspoken on that occasion and it’s only when they meet again that it dawns on him he’s been too cruel and he now has this girl on his conscience. Not only that but he suddenly finds himself fancying her rotten, even to the extent that just the thought of her legs is seriously interfering with his sex life.
But Damien swore never to trust another woman and Harriet has reason to want to remain unimpressed even although she’s falling in love with him.
As I was writing Exception, the question that arose for me was not a new one. How does a tough, arrogant man, left bitter and cynical about women after the carnage of his marriage, fall in love again?
I’ve written this scenario before and it’s pulled me up and taken a lot of thought, a lot of rewriting and plot restructuring to get it to feel right and believable. So I was a bit wary when Harriet and Damien showed every intention of leading me down this sometimes tricky path again!
But it was when Damien started to realize he never seemed to stop worrying about Harriet Livingstone, much as she might exasperate him at times, that I saw the bridge he needed to cross over from the hell of his past. And once Harriet aroused his protective instincts, the next step – falling in love with her and persuading her to believe in him – seemed to be the ultimate answer.
I hope you enjoy Harriet and Damien’s story,
About An Exception To His Rule:
Never, ever, date the boss
Mining millionaire Damien Wyatt lives by one rule: never more than one night. But when Harriet Livingstone appears across an interview table—the same woman who totaled his sports car!—he’s tempted by her stunning beauty. So he steals a kiss and she wipes the smile from his face with a well-delivered slap!
Harriet Livingstone wouldn’t take the job if she weren’t desperate—the last thing she wants is to get involved with the attractive yet arrogant Damien! But keeping their relationship out of the bedroom is becoming a battle…one neither of them really wants to win.