The Mason Dixon Line
by Linda Morris
Carolyn Hart has excelled at one thing her whole life: looking good. She’s always had the beauty, the style, and the attitude to turn heads. But making her own way in the world turns out to be a lot tougher than getting electing homecoming queen. She has no idea what she wants to do with her life, her credit card balance is becoming self-aware, and her love life is DOA. And now her boss at Horizons, a school for kids with special needs, has given her an unwelcome assignment: to work with a cartoonist to create a kids’ book as a fundraiser for the school.
Former troubled kid Mason Dixon would do anything for the aunt who took him in after his parents gave up on him. But when he offers to illustrate a kids’ book as a fundraiser for her pet cause, he winds up taking on way more than he bargained for. The gorgeous teacher’s aide he’s assigned to work with challenges him at every turn and makes him wonder if there’s any line he won’t cross for her.
“Got a pen?” Mason asked her.
She rifled through her purse. “Yeah, here. Why?”
“Thought I’d do some drawing. Waiting is boring.”
“We’ve been waiting like thirty seconds.”
“And I’ve been bored for thirty seconds. I’d rather draw.”
She watched him stroke his pen across his napkin and frown when the pen’s nib tore the paper. “This napkin sucks. Got any paper?”
She dug through her purse again until she found a long receipt. “Sure.” She handed it over.
He eyed it. “You blew two hundred and fifty-six bucks at Victoria’s Secret?”
“Hey, I gave it to you so you could draw, not criticize. No judging!” Flushing, she grabbed for the receipt but he held it out of her reach, grinning. He was cute when he smiled. Damn him.
“Who said I was judging? That purchase actually sounds worthwhile.” His lips curved and she had the oddest sensation he was imagining what she might have bought. “What was it? Two hundred and fifty bucks ought to buy a lot of lingerie.”
She scowled. “You’ll never see it, so don’t worry about it.”
“Oh, I don’t plan on seeing it. But I can dream, can’t I?”
“Is that the Mason Dixon version of flirtation?” She crooked one eyebrow. He didn’t plan on seeing it? That was a first. No guy had ever come right out and admitted he had no shot at seeing her scantily clad.
Most men were optimistic that way, even if it was totally unfounded.
He looked down at the receipt and began to doodle, his cheeks reddening. “I wouldn’t say I was flirting with you.”
The title drew me to this book like a southerner is drawn to sweet tea. The Mason Dixon Line by Linda Morris is a wonderful, quick read. It was very obvious from early on what direction this book would take, but that doesn’t detract from it at all.
Carolyn Hart, a private school teacher’s aide, and Mason Dixon, a freelance artist with a bad attitude about the education system, meet to corroborate on a fundraising project for Horizon, a school for kids with special-needs and Carolyn’s workplace, over spring break. The sparks fly like a flint and steel from their first meeting and they continue until the very end.
Carolyn’s attitude about Mason is pretty clear with this statement, “He was so damned superior, with his moral rectitude and his above-it-all views about teachers.” Mason is bent on keeping himself and his feeling free of Carolyn even though he finds her “hot, but she was as shallow as a mud puddle.”
Their differences are obvious. Carolyn and Mason are written by Ms. Morris with a great deal of reality and even more wit! I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Mason Dixon Line and I recommend it if you are looking for a short, lively and wonderfully spicy book.
~Patricia, Room With Books~ © Feb 11, 2014
Linda Morris is a writer of contemporary romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, along with a joke or two thrown in. Her book Melting the Millionaire’s Heart was an Amazon Top 100 Series Romance bestseller.
When she’s not writing, working, or mommying, she’s doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn’t eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels, and she’s never looked back.
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