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by Lila Munro
Piper McGee can smell a set up a mile away. She can smell a Marine even further. Born to a dual-enlisted couple who divorced before she was old enough to remember a single family holiday together and proceeded to redefine the very definition of family through several marriages and even more step-siblings, Piper has made it her life’s promise to herself to never become involved with one of the few and the proud. They’re among the most irresponsible people she knows, leaving destruction in their wake and broken hearts paving the way to their next duty station. And in her opinion, Alec Douglas is just another example, until he pries her heart open along with other parts of her, making her question everything she's ever let herself believe about honor, courage, and commitment.
What does a man do with six month’s down time and no warm body to share his bed? For Sergeant Alec Douglas, contemplating that question led him to fall prey to his two best friend’s plan to find him that very thing. They know Alec has yet to stay with any one person for more than a few dates. They also know a tragedy from his past created the problem and while that haunts him, making it nearly impossible for Alec to trust his heart to anyone, they also know he’s a sucker for a challenge. Will the enticement of a few thousand dollars riding on him breaking his own rule be just the thing to disrupt his cycle? Taking their bet might be profitable, but is winning the money they’ve dangled under Alec’s nose worth losing himself to the girl they’ve picked out for him?
In his quest to get her to say yes to his crazy proposal, he tracks her all over town only to discover the beautiful, long-legged blond isn’t the studious book worm he mistook her for. In fact, she's one of Jacksonville’s finest in the form of Orchid, exotic dancer. Her rejection only spurs him to make sure her dancing days are over and she only performs her private pirouette for him, and only him, for the rest of their lives if he has his way.
“No, damn it. I have…commitment…issues.” Alec leaned back and rested his head on the back of the couch. “I guess.”
“Well, aren’t we a pair?” Piper said, scowling at him. “Me, too. Game over.”
“What? You sure are a pessimist. What’s wrong with hanging out and getting to know each other? Make a little money...” Alec paused and waggled his eyebrows at her. “Have some fun?”
“I don’t do fun,” she said over a clenched jaw. “And it’ll never work because you’re not getting anywhere near my fun and I’m sure your friends are perceptive enough to figure out we’re taking them down the river.”
“Well, Miss Glass-Half-Empty, what if they don’t and it all works out?”
“Happily ever afters don’t exist,” Piper insisted, twirling a golden strand around her forefinger.
“Depends on your perception.” He yawned and rubbed his eyes with the backs of his hands. “Sounds to me like a perfectly happy ending.”
What he was saying made sense enough to her, at least the part where they just hung out and got to know each other, absolutely not the having some fun part. And she definitely needed the money.
“Okay, say I agree to this, what are the ground rules?”
“Well, since you’re so adamantly against us actually going on a date, and I’m assuming sex is out, we need to make it look believable we’re a couple…you know be seen places, me stay here occasionally so everyone thinks we’re getting busy, that sort of thing.” Alec left the couch again and rummaged through her refrigerator. “Damn woman, do you ever eat?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, the Identity series, and most recently the Toy Box Tales in conjunction with BethAnn Buehler. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012-2013. And has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13.
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