Romance Abroad Bundle
by Annie Seaton
Nothing more than a holiday fling…until he moved in next door!
Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And Lissy would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.
When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted Lissy. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?
Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.
For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn. But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.
Jessica Trent wants to be a full-time writer for Cuisine magazine, but in order to land the gig she has to snare a one-on-one with the reclusive Alessandro Ricardo, a man hell-bent on staying out of the limelight. The last thing she expects as she heads to Crocodile Springs resort in northern Australia is to end up traveling across the Outback with a rugged and far too sexy barramundi fisherman.
Ex lawyer Alex Richards protects his privacy and his heart in equal measure. So when a Yankee bombshell in need of a ride turns up and threatens both, he decides to teach her a lesson. As they make their way through the wild country together, the attraction between them ignites. Alex must choose between his heart or letting go of his past … and will Jessica understand why he lied once she finds out who he really is?
Holiday Affair Excerpt
“The professor is a hunk. Tell me all…you called him by his first name. Have you been out with him, or do you just know him from work?”
“Nuh, juss from work,” slurred Lissy. “He’s a nightmare to work with, very full of himself…not very nice at all.”
“What about Tom? Are you still seeing him?”
“Huh—” said Lissy “—thought he was different, but they are tarred with the same hairbrush.” Jenny burst out laughing.
“Oh, you are so funny with a few drinks under your belt. You mean brush, not hairbrush!” Lissy tried to be serious for a minute, and had to hang on tightly to the basin to keep her balance. She squinted into the mirror and saw that her curls were out of control.
“Woo…a bit giddy,” she said. “And I’m hungry.” Jenny pulled a chair over and sat her down in front of the mirror.
“Okay, let’s fix you up.” She stood behind Lissy and tried to tame her curls down with her hand. “Speaking of hairbrushes, did you bring yours, hon?” Lissy fumbled in her bag and tipped it out onto the bench. The contents of the bag rolled around and fell over the edge, just as the two glamorous women who were with Tom and Nick entered the restroom. She dived to the floor to catch lipstick, brushes, keys, and coins as they hit the floor. “Oh, hello,” she said giggling.
“Your legs match the rest of you.” The two women laughed and moved into the cubicles. “Come on,” Jenny said. “Our meals will be there soon.” She helped Lissy pick up the contents of her bag, straighten her hair and lipstick, and they headed back into the restaurant after visiting the cubicle.
“Oh, no you don’t,” said Jenny as Lissy spotted the two empty chairs at the Richards’s table and dragged Jenny over. She plonked herself down next to Tom, who looked as though he wanted to sink through the floor. Nick sat back and folded his arms, looking at them with interest.
“Hi, boys. I would like you to meet my very best friend Jenny. It’s her birthday and she would love a birthday kiss.” A little hiccough escaped her red painted lips and she giggled. “Hap…happy birthday, Jenny. Nice to meet you,” said Tom. He could not take his eyes off Lissy. She smirked; he had never seen her in anything but tailored suits and French-rolled hair. Nick continued to sit and look without saying anything. Lissy caught his eye. She leaned over and said, “Nicky dear, why do you look like the cat that got the cream?”
He shrugged his shoulders.
“Thank you, Tom, but it’s actually Clare’s birthday,” Jenny said. “Come on, Melissa, our meals will be there. See you later.” She grabbed Lissy and pulled her to her feet as Lissy laughed.
“Come on, we’ll leave this pair to their floozies.”
Italian Affair Excerpt
She looked up at him, and those green eyes that had been brimming with tears over the past week were alight with laughter, and her lips parted as she stared at him.
“I don’t expect sexual favors because I have helped you out, Brianna.”
She burst out laughing. “Oh, God, Tom. You’re so uptight. Look, I’ll make you another deal. You helped me out. I’m more than happy for you to be my ‘bidie-in,’ and I’ll help you get over your hang-ups.”
“Oh, you know what I mean,” she said with a dismissive wave of her hand. “No, Miss Psychologist, I don’t know what you mean. And how would you know if I have sexual hang-ups? You’ve known me a week and you don’t know anything about me. And I don’t know anything about you. That’s the reason we need to take this slow.” He glared at her. “If we take it anywhere at all.”
“I think we need to make an agreement. For all I know you’re after half my villa. We should have done that before. I’m surprised you didn’t insist on it, Mr. Organized.”
“A legal agreement?”
“Yes, a legal agreement. Just in case I’m after your marina.”
He laughed. “For what it’s worth.”
She turned away from him and her face was hidden in the shadows. “Just in case you think I might be on the make, we need to make an agreement. Between you and me, seeing we can’t involve the lawyers. I’ll go and get my laptop and you can type it up.”
“No, thank you. We’re not going to do that while we’re both angry.” Tom forced his anger down. “We’ll sort out an agreement in the morning. Okay?”
“All right, then. I’m going to bed.”
“Where shall I sleep?”
“I’ve put my stuff in the room near the bathroom,” she said, her back still turned to him. “You can have the other one or the lounge. I don’t give a shit.”
She turned slowly and her face was closed, her Scottish burr clipped. “What?” “You are a very beautiful woman, but I don’t think gratitude is a good basis for a sexual relationship.” “No matter, I’ve changed my mind anyway. We can live here together as strangers and when your visit’s up, you can go on your merry way with all your finances intact. Our agreement will make sure you don’t try to get half shares in my villa. After all, you don’t trust me. Why should I trust you?” She slammed the teapot into the sink. “Now, I’m going to bed.” She stomped across the living room into the bedroom and slammed the door.
“I do trust you,” he said quietly.
“Whatever,” came the muffled reply through the closed door.
Outback Affair Excerpt
Alex looped the leash through the dog’s collar and climbed out, waiting for Bowser to follow him, but he turned in a circle and settled back on the seat. Jess stayed in her seat as well until he walked around and opened her door.
“I thought you needed a stop.”
“I do.” She swung her legs through the door and looked down at the bare dirt at the side of the road before lifting her gaze to meet his. “Are there any snakes here?”
“Sweetheart, there is nothing here.” He spread his arms wide and followed her gaze as she leaned out and looked around. Deep blue sky, big sky, contrasted with the bare red dirt. The only thing breaking the flat, red vista was the narrow road heading west in a perfectly straight, unbroken line. “No self-respecting creature would survive out here.” Alex took pity on her as she looked hesitantly at the rough ground. She let out a soft gasp when he reached in and lifted her out, letting her slide down the front of him to the ground. A prickle of awareness shot through him as her soft breasts pressed against his chest, and he held her longer than necessary.
“I’ll get back in the truck with Bowser and close my eyes while you go around the back of the truck and use the…er… washroom.” He shrugged. “Sorry, we don’t have five star facilities in the outback.
“Looks to me like you don’t have any facilities.” She stepped gingerly toward the back of the truck and waited for him to get back in.
Alex hoisted himself up into this seat. He lifted Bowser onto his lap and waited. “What do you reckon, little buddy? She’s a looker, isn’t she?” All he got was a snuffle in reply. He leaned his head back on the seat and closed his eyes while he waited.
“Alex!” The shrill scream turned his blood to ice.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Annie Seaton lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats in a house next to the beach on the east coast of Australia. She sits in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren. She has always been fascinated by all things romantic and has found her niche in life writing romance novels, ranging through contemporary, historical, suspense and paranormal…but all with romance of course.
Her love of reading and history began at an early age and she was a child who always carried a book (or two) no matter what she was doing. Several of her favourite books were confiscated from beneath her desk by teachers who had no understanding of her capacity to read while she was doing her schoolwork!
Her working life has seen her through several major career changes and Annie has now retired from the world of full time work and has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a published author.
Annie’s debut full length novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March 2012 and has been a best seller on both Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. The sequel Italian Affair was released in June 2013, and will be followed shortly by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 and 2014 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Ignite and Covet imprints.
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