Thirsty Hearts #1
Micky Llewellyn has trusted men before—with disastrous
results. Now, she’s focused on her career, her friends,
making sure she doesn’t let another charming man lie to
and break her heart. Nick Halden’s life has unfolded
according to plan—a career at a top law firm and an
engagement to the perfect socialite (he hopes). Fate
them together, and in their struggle to balance love and
ambition, they have to decide what they want before they
the one thing that matters.
heroine: Micky Llewellyn
Occupation: High-tech marketing
Drink of choice: Slightly dirty vodka martinis
Favorite thing: The smell of a man in bed
Pet peeve: Liars and cheaters
Biggest weakness: Tall, dark, and handsome men with green
eyes and a secret
Meet the hero: Nick
Occupation: Corporate lawyer
Drink of choice: Scotch whisky
Favorite thing: A woman in knee-high boots — and nothing
Pet peeve: Manipulative in-laws
Biggest weakness: Sexy brunettes who don’t let him get
EXCERPT FROM CHARMING YOU
Uh-oh. Nick's demeanor shifted in front of her. She'd
wandered into forbidden territory. Micky tilted her head
examined the handsome, in-control man sitting across from
His lips pressed together in dismay. Something about his
relationship had gotten away from him. She wondered what
of woman it would take to make a man like Nick polish off
ounce of Scotch in less than nanosecond. She'd never had
power over a man. She should let it go, but she couldn't
"Christmas in Paris? Must be nice. Didn't your family
your being away?" she asked and then waited. Nick shook
head almost imperceptibly.
"We left after Christmas and just spent the New Year
"We?" Micky inquired.
"My fiancée and I," he admitted.
Micky took a deep breath to settle the anger that popped
inside her. She dug her heels into the floor and pressed
against the padded back of the booth.
Nick looked away from her and sighed.
"She broke things off. I tried talking to her, and she
wouldn't even return my phone calls. That was months ago.
Then, suddenly this week, she surfaces again. We're
to have dinner to sort things out. I don't know," he said
"Yet, you're here with me," Micky bit out, hoping she
keep her temper in check. These men and their
got her hackles up.
"Having a drink." A smile tilted his full lips.
"Don't you think it's kind of shitty to be having drinks
one woman while you're still engaged to another?"
"You looked upset in the elevator, and I thought it would
nice to have a friendly drink. We're going Dutch,
can have female friends. What have we done that's
Confronted with Nick's matter-of-fact assessment of their
meet-up, Micky had to admit that, for her, it wasn't
And she doubted that the pull of attraction went one way.
contemplated grabbing her purse and stalking out of the
"We've flirted," she admitted, which only served to amuse
"Really? You seemed pretty pissed off the other night
though I'm not entirely sure why."
"That's funny because the thing that pissed me off then
turned out to be true. You casually talked about being
all manners of women. So many women, so little time, I
Now you tell me that your called-off engagement might not
called-off. It makes me wonder if that's all some
tale to keep me thinking you're available when you're
Micky snapped, the control she had over her ire
"Believe me, I'm not one to date more than one woman at a
time. Most guys may say they want lots of women in their
life, but trust me, I don't need the drama."
"Women bring drama?"
"Not necessarily, but I've found that the level of crazy
man's life rises exponentially with the number of women."
sighed and started to speak again, but Micky cut him off.
"I see," she said, looking around the bar for the waiter.
"No, wait. I just mean that juggling women is a bad idea
a habit that I broke myself of a long time ago."
"Have you? Because I don't care what you say. I've seen
way you look at me, and it is most definitely
if you're promised to someone else. Is it so hard to wrap
one relationship entirely before looking for your next
The green in Nick's eyes deepened. He leaned over the
"You're right. I'm attracted to you. I'd love nothing
than to drag you upstairs to one of the rooms in this
and strip those uptight business clothes off of you."
Micky dropped her gaze to the drink in front of her,
to look Nick in the eye. The hairs on her neck rose and
vibrated. His words scalded her.
As infuriated as she was, she couldn't deny the twist she
felt in her belly as her insides turned liquid. She
her eyes shut, only opening them when she heard Nick
after a heated pause.
"But I haven't even come close to doing it. I know my
situation is complicated right now, and I wouldn't start
something I couldn't finish."
Micky looked up at him again. He clenched and released
fists, then pulled his splayed hands slowly toward him
the tabletop. His breathing hitched.
The waiter came to the table, and Micky handed him her
card without even seeing the bill. Nick did the same.
sat in silence and waited for the bow-tied server to
with their split bill. Micky's heart kept pounding.
the bill and slipping her card back into her purse, Micky
knew…she couldn't see him again.
Romance Contemporary | Women's Fiction Contemporary
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