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TOMORROW EXCERPT FROM:
She’s going to strip him bare…
Single mom Madison Walker busts her ass working two jobs—exotic dancer by night and secretary by day, which includes playing barista to her boss, the insufferable, but hot as sin Jaxon Sutherland. If he’d take the silver spoon out of his mouth, he’d be a little more…sufferable. Maybe even downright irresistible. What the man needs is a good dose of reality, and he isn’t going to find that in the super-rich la-la land he lives in.
Billionaire investor Jaxon Sutherland has always liked the finer things in life and makes no apologies for it. The more expensive, the faster, the flashier, the better. So why are the disapproving looks from his sexy new secretary getting under his skin? Hell, why is he so tempted by a woman who most definitely doesn’t fit into his exclusive circle?
Their two worlds collide and a challenge is issued. One Jaxon can’t back down from. Stripped of all of his luxury, Jaxon shows Madison that underneath the expensive suits, he’s a decent man. A man Madison does find irresistible.
He fits into her world. But can a night-time stripper, day-time office gal and barely holding it together mother of two, fit into his?
“Are you calling me spoiled?” A vein in his forehead started to pulse. So, she’d struck a nerve. Good. Because he’d been striking one with her since she’d started this damn job.
“You’re worse than spoiled. You’re entitled. You wouldn’t last a day on a budget.”
“Really?” He lifted a condescending eyebrow. “What are you? In your mid-twenties? What kind of budget do you really have, Miss Walker? Putting enough aside for your bar tab? Cover charges? Concerts? Girl weekends? Whatever wild oats you’re sowing right now?”
At the unintentional insult, she lifted her chin in the air. She refused to let the remark get to her. He didn’t know anything about her life. At her age, what he’d described was exactly what she should be doing. But that wasn’t the life she’d been given. And though she’d wished things could be different, she wouldn’t change how it’d played out because she wouldn’t have her kids. No matter how tired or how broke she was, they were her everything.
“You think life’s that simple? This coming from a man who has an endless supply of money. Who’s never had to worry about running out? Never worries about rent, or gas, or groceries, or hell, college tuition. You’ve had everything handed to you.”
If the man’s face got any redder his head might actually explode. She shouldn’t be getting so much enjoyment out of his reaction, but she was. After everything he’d said to her, after every little superior dig, to finally get under his skin was a huge sense of victory and she was relishing every damn second of it.
He shoved back his chair and rose, slowly. Placing both hands flat on the desk, he leaned forward, his nostrils flaring. “Put me on a budget, then, Miss Walker. I’ll prove you wrong. I’ve about had it with you judging me.”
“Yeah. Same here, buddy.”
Her comment seemed to hit home because the tension and anger eased from his frame and he sat back down. They stared at each other, neither breaking eye contact. She could almost hear the old western stand-off music play in the background.
“You’re serious then?” she asked.
“I’m dead serious. You set the rules of the challenge.” He cleared his throat as he tugged on his tie.
“Anything goes. Have the arrangement to me within the hour.”
Fighting a smile, Madison strode out his office. She was going to make Jaxon Sutherland the poorest he’d ever been in his entire life.
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys, and knights. In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her, though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.
And eventually sold.
Today, she is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author of the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.
Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much-needed reading in.
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