C.J.'s Fate

By Kay Hooper

Earlier than such New York Times bestselling thrillers as Blood Dreams and Sleeping with Fear, Kay Hooper made her mark with novels uniquely mixing romance and suspense. during this new version of C.J.’s Fate, Hooper supplies a humorous, attractive, heartfelt tale approximately breaking loose, taking chances—and discovering the very last thing you’re having a look for.

Librarian C. J. Adams thinks marriage is an outstanding tradition—for some other person. the affection of her existence is background, and in her event, few males evaluate with the bold heroes who formed civilization. Well-traveled, well-educated, and content material to stick unmarried, C.J. is confident she isn’t lacking something. yet her shut acquaintances disagree. after they get to the bottom of to discover her soul mate in the course of a visit to Aspen, C.J. remains a step sooner than them by means of enlisting a stunning stranger to pose as her lover. however the guy proves to be way more charismatic—and convincing—than she anticipated, and C.J. quickly discovers a facet of herself she didn’t understand existed. She by no means imagined that the Rockies had extra in shop for her than a snowboarding journey with associates, yet no matter if she likes it or now not, C.J.’s destiny is ready to be sealed.

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She authorised his phrases at face price. He sought after her. and he or she silently said for the 1st time that she sought after him besides. hope and want ate at her, filling her physique with an empty soreness in basic terms he may possibly assuage. The admission made, C. J. now not made any attempt to carry again or deny her reaction to him. Her palms twined one of the delicate strands of his darkish hair, her physique twisted so one can be toward him. She felt her breasts overwhelmed opposed to his muscled chest and, even in the course of the cumbersome limitations of 2 sweaters, was once conscious of her nipples hardening in aching reaction. tough arms slipped underneath her sweater to the touch the sleek epidermis of her again, drawing her nearer, trailing fireplace anyplace they paused. His lips slanted throughout hers with using starvation, seducing her, educating her to reply merely to his contact. And reply she did, her mouth clinging to his, her tongue becoming a member of his in a passionate, determined duel as previous because the stars. For her, the realm vanished. there has been purely this flaming hope, this hurting have to be in the direction of him than she could be, to develop into part of him. “Lord, you’re so sweet,” he muttered hoarsely whilst his mouth left hers finally to burn the delicate flesh of her throat. “So hot and candy, darling…” C. J. in basic terms dimly heard his phrases, her head tilted again to permit his exploring lips to ravage the place they'd. She used to be floating someplace magical, bewitched and enchanted. the autumn again to earth, whilst it got here, used to be abrupt and whole. And C. J. didn’t understand no matter if to scream in frustration or to chuckle in hysterical aid. “Hey, lovebirds—we’re going to prepare for dinner. Are you ? Or may still I chew my tongue? ” It was once Jan, status with the opposite ladies within the doorway to the living room, and smiling wickedly on the couple on my own within the room. numerous giggles and one “Whew! ” her phrases. C. J. stared into glazed red eyes for a undying second, after which scrambled hurriedly from Fate’s lap. Too shocked through her personal reaction to be embarrassed, she smoothed her sweater into position and murmured, “Dinner. after all. ” in precisely an identical method she might have said—“Thank goodness, kept through the bell. ” 5 the debate round their desk later that night used to be informal, based frequently round the following night’s social gathering, which the administration on the hotel had determined to throw. It was once their contribution to the festive temper that had gripped the site visitors all day, a warm-up—so to speak—for Saturday’s marriage ceremony. Semiformal, it were determined, with everybody doing the simplest they can within the approach of garments. C. J. ’s buddies being what they have been, there has been no loss of formal gown in the workforce. as well as their bridesmaid clothes, each one had introduced alongside dressy issues “just in case. ” Like Boy Scouts, they believed in being ready. other than, in fact, for C. J. Even destiny admitted that he’d introduced a dinner jacket alongside. hearing the others conversing, C. J. stored her eyes diminished to her plate. She wasn’t brooding about what had occurred within the front room prior; pondering that, she had came upon, used to be a little like contemplating a dip in a pool full of hungry sharks.

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