After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually. So when a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright.
Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.
Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.
“You know, the only thing Ashton Davenport has ever kept an interest in for more than fifteen minutes is a French manicure,” Roxanne said. “She’s probably already forgotten she sued me.”
“I can guarantee her lawyer hasn’t let it slip his mind.” He shifted the car into gear, pulled away from the curb and focused on the road in front of him instead of the woman beside him. “An attorney never forgets anything with the potential for billable hours. Granted, most noncompete agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, but Texas judges have become a lot more aggressive in enforcing them in the past few years.”
“But I told you yesterday, I’m not competing with her.”
He glanced over at her. “Any of your customers drive from Houston?”
A line formed between her brows. “Of course.”
“Then you’re competing with her.”
“Hey, everything will probably be fine. Once I get my hands on the actual agreement you signed when you worked for her, I’ll have a better idea if we can tiptoe right through this mess or if we’ll need a pair of hip waders instead.”
“We? Jamie, I can’t afford an attorney.” She fingered the sleeve of his pinpoint shirt and gave his dark suit pants and burgundy pin-dot tie the once-over. “I’m pretty sure your rates are too rich for my blood. I just wanted to talk with you. I didn’t expect you to take this on.”
“Maybe we can knock this out and you won’t have to worry about it.” Not only were they already tangled in one business relationship, he was already sloshing around in another. He’d never imagined that loaning money to Allie, and in turn Roxanne, would have sucked him into yet another hometown situation. Why the hell did he feel responsible for the woman sitting beside him wearing her perfectly applied made-to-sin bronze lipstick?
Because she had the same kind of drive he did. And damned if he didn’t admire her for it.
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.
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