A Single Kiss
by Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hannah Stark has set her sights on corporate law to assure her a career of paperwork, predictability, and conservative suits. Contracts, finance, and the art of the deal sing to her, while the mess and misery of the courtroom do not. But her daughter needs to eat, so when Hannah is offered a temporary position in a small town firm’s domestic relations department, she reluctantly accepts.
Trent Knightley is mightily drawn to his newest associate, though Hannah is as protective of her privacy as she is competent. When their friendship and attraction heat up, Hannah’s secrets put her heart and Trent’s hopes in double jeopardy.
“I’m not sure why we’re having this conversation. Hannah’s your employee.” James tapped a golf ball into a practice cup. The door to his office was closed or he’d never have indulged, though in Trent’s experience, when the putter came out, James was working through some maze of subrogation or indemnity language.
“We’re having this conversation because I very nearly kissed an employee. You’re pulling to the left.”
James nodded, ever serious about his play. “Because I’m the office Lothario, you’re coming to me for what? Pointers? Absolution? Both?”
“How about moral support?”
He missed again, by a whisker. “Is this serious?”
“I don’t know.” Trent sat back in James’s ergonomically ingenious chair and propped his feet on the corner of the desk. “It’s something.”
“You’ve known the woman two days, and you’re hitting on her? Mac won’t approve.”
“Mac doesn’t approve of anything except thin mints in moderation and regularly annihilating the state’s attorney’s case.”
“He’s getting worse.” James moved back a couple of feet and squinted down the handle of his putter. “Needs to get his wick trimmed.”
“Your answer to everything.”
“When has a good old-fashioned bout of sweaty sex ever hurt a guy’s outlook on life?”
“It ain’t world peace, James.”
“A little not-quite kiss on the cheek in public is hardly World War III. Did she slap you?”
“She’s the quiet type.”
“Did she quietly ask you to desist? Threaten legal action?” He wiggled swooping golden brows.
“She did not.” Not yet.
“What did she do?”
This was what Trent had sought from his brother, analysis and reflection rather than interrogation. “She blushed.”
James straightened, expression puzzled. “A grown woman admitted to the bar in the great State of Maryland, practitioner of family law, wearer of sensible shoes – all you did was not kiss her on the cheek and she blushed? Blushed?”
“Very becomingly, and gave me a Mona Lisa smile.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.