A signature can change everything…
Rather than silver, Randolph Van Ayers III was born with a platinum spoon in his mouth and plenty of strings attached. Faced with a list of specific goals he must achieve in order to earn control of his family’s banking empire, he’s accomplished each task and triumphed. One item remains on his list. He must marry by his thirty-third birthday and stay married for one year. However, when his so-called fiancée leaves him on the courtroom steps only hours before his deadline, he realizes he might lose for the first time in his life, and a Van Ayers never fails.
Taught to rely on the universe for answers, Willow Day has always struggled in the material world, specifically her lack of material. With her small holistic store near foreclosure and without a home, she must do anything within her power to make the business work and take care of the woman who raised her. When the rude, yet gorgeous, Randolph the Third offers to fix all her troubles in exchange for one year of her life, she opens her mind and takes a chance.
It’s the battle of the mystical over the money. Between a hidden pet who looks more like a cotton ball, performance artists with wings, and a woman who spouts advice like a living fortune cookie, everything from restaurant reservations to a trip to celebrate the winter solstice create clashes for the couple as they learn how to fit into each other’s worlds.
With both their futures at stake, they must learn to accept reality, what the fates have dealt them and the consequences of falling in love from the moment they decided to sign on the dotted line.
“How is this possible?” She threw the candle down.
At last she cracked and he fought a smile. “How is what possible?”
She hit her fist into her leg. “How is it possible that a man who is as passionate, creative and gorgeous as you, be you!” The second the words left her mouth she turned away.
“I suppose the same way a woman as utterly breathtaking and ethereal as you is you.” He closed the distance between them and took her shoulders. “I know what my problem is.”
Her muscles tensed against his hold, but she didn’t back away. Instead, she glanced at him. “What?”
“I spend the better part of my existence thinking about how bad I want you.” He inched their faces close together, slid the strap of her dress down and kissed her on the junction between her neck and shoulder. “The whole time I painted I was thinking about you.”
No way would he let up. While his tongue trailed over her skin, lapping up her sweet taste, he pulled the other strap down.
Her breath quickened and she braced herself on the wall.
He nipped at her collarbone and down over her shoulder. With both hands, he kneaded her breasts, her already hard nipples scraping against his palms.
“Damn it!” She twisted her hand in his hair.
He reached behind her and pulled down the zipper to her dress. With no straps to support the garment, it pooled at her feet between them. The site of his wife’s nude body caused his erection to throb. “Something wrong?” In an attempt to show her how everything would go down, he unknotted his tie.
She jutted her jaw out, took hold of his shirt and pulled. The buttons popping off starting from the center and working their way up to his collar and down to his belt. “Is something wrong with you?” She snuck her fingers inside his shirt, scratching her nails across his chest.
“Nothing we can’t fix.” He pushed her hand down to the front of his pants.
She stared into his eyes and gave him quite a squeeze. “I thought you didn’t want to stay here.” Keeping her hold she slid her hand down his erection.
Turnabout was fair play. He cupped his hand between her legs. “Yeah, well I thought you said we weren’t having sex.”
“Who says we’re having sex?” She betrayed her own words by bucking her hips.
With no resistance, he slid a finger inside her. “You tell me.” He added a second.
Sweet, funny and romantic!
Willow and Randolph are complete opposites, but somehow they mesh perfectly well together. I loved seeing the Randolph change as their relationship progressed, even thought sometimes I wanted the yell at him for being such an idiot. Willow held back a lot from Randolph, they might not have had as many problems if she would have been more open with him.
Overall, this is one of the best marriage of convenience romances I've read. I'm hooked and will be reading other books by Ms. Carmichael.
Kim Carmichael began writing nine years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own.
A Southern California native, Kim's contemporary romance combines Hollywood magic with pop culture to create quirky characters set against some of most unique and colorful settings in the world.
With a weakness for designer purses, bad boys and techno geeks, Kim married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running and finally admitted handbags were an investment.
Kim is a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as some small specialty chapters. A multi-published author, Kim's books can be found on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.
When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
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Coming Soon from Kim Carmichael:
Twenty years ago the movie, Hollywood Stardust, defined a generation of teens and changed the four actors’ lives forever.
Typecast as the villain both in front and behind the silver screen, Logan Alexander has purposely allowed his star to fade. Now with the 20th Anniversary of the movie on the horizon, he is the only one fit to step into the spotlight, deal with the unwanted publicity, and make sure that things meant to be left on the cutting room floor remain there.
With her entire family in the “industry” Ivy Vermont has always longed to be a leading lady, yet her paralyzing stage fright has relegated her to stay behind the scenes as a fact checker for ’s entertainment webcasts. However, when her one time poster boy crush walks in to the studio demanding only she be in charge of his story, she knows she must take advantage of her big break.
Working together to produce an entire series of shows about the movie, Logan walks the fine line between staying true to promises long ago made and opening his heart for the first time, while Ivy struggles to keep her head in reality when faced with her ultimate fantasy.
Coming Spring 2015