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The Favor: A Marriage of Convenience Romance

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In all honesty, I’d had a harmless crush on my boss for years now. I didn’t give myself a hard time about it. There was no way to remain unaffected by Dane Davenport. “Good-looking” was too tame a term for him. Tall, dark, and supremely male, he exuded a raw sex appeal that could shake any girl’s equilibrium. I exhaled heavily. “No. No, I wouldn’t.” It would be more unfair to ask them to play a part in the deception than it would be for me to lie to them.

I’d understood, so I hadn’t vilified him for it. But I’d hated that he’d made me feel like I wasn’t good enough to be part of the future he’d mapped out for himself, that I wouldn’t fit with whatever new image he meant to create. Yeah, my defenses had slammed up in an instant. And I was glad of that, because it had numbed the pain and allowed me to move on from Owen faster than I otherwise might have done. Suzanne wrote: "Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness wrote: "Just read and reviewed Spiral of need !! Loved it Suzanne ! Cant wait for DEEP IN YOUR VIENS #5 ! To be honest that my favorite series of yours :D" I wouldn’t have been the only one affected. My father and foster parents would have stood by me, but they’d have suffered embarrassment from it, too. People might have made cruel or snarky comments to them—maybe even at their place of work, which would have led to them defending me and possibly losing their jobs.Dane had overheard me arguing with my ex-boyfriend on the phone. He’d demanded the details and promised me he’d “take care of it.” A day later, he’d announced that the video no longer existed and that my ex would never bother me again. I’d asked Dane what exactly he’d done to fix the matter, but he’d been very vague. We hadn’t spoken of it since. Well, you’re getting the short one. Owen Redford and I grew up together. He was one of my closest friends. We dated during the last few years of high school, and he proposed to me after graduation—it was a gesture to show that him going away to college wasn’t going to change anything between us. But he ended our relationship five months later. He said we’d rushed into getting engaged and that we were too young to make such a commitment.” I’ve never made any secret of my aversion to relationships. I rarely date the same woman twice, and I don’t take the time to get to know them. People would never buy that I’m suddenly head over damn heels for a relative stranger. It would look especially suspicious to anyone who’s aware of the strings that are attached to my trust fund, yes?”

She jolted. “Are you just going to overlook the fact that you’re not thinking clearly? Because I can’t, Dane. One of us needs to be the voice of reason.” He gripped her arms and hauled her close. “Yeah, that’s where I want you.” Fisting her hair, he dipped his head, keeping their mouths a mere inch apart. He found his gaze drifting to that lower lip that drove him crazy. “Everywhere we go, I catch someone staring at your mouth. And I know they’re wondering what it’d be like to sink their teeth into this plump lower lip—I did the exact same thing the first time I saw it. So soft and bitable.” He bit said lip and gave it a gentle tug. She gasped, her mouth opening just enough for him to sink his tongue inside. The dark tailored suit looked damn good on him, but no suit could hide the menace that seemed to lurk just beneath the very controlled surface he showed to the world. That menace occasionally flared in his eyes or deepened his voice.Of course, if she’d known he’d request that she be his wife for twelve months, she’d have hesitated in accepting his help. Because what she’d learned from Dane was that the devil wasn’t ugly and terrorising. He was seductive and captivating. He hummed with whispers of temptation – the temptation to sin and surrender, to let him brand and possess you. He awakened every need and fantasy you had. BTW..just wanted to know,if there's going to be a Book 5 to the Deep in your veins series...IF yes.When do ..." From the author of The Wrong Bride and Forever After All comes an angsty and steamy marriage of convenience romance featuring a billionaire boss and his secretary.

The fact was that Vienna Davenport—and yeah, her having his surname brought him far more satisfaction than it should—mattered to him on a level he wasn’t sure he liked. For fans of Wright’s work, the UK mother of two is planning to expand her repertoire to include romance novels of the more traditional variety. According to her blog, she is currently exploring several ideas that would move her fiction away from the paranormal romance genre. However, as she attests, her existing series will remain the immediate priority for the time beings with several existing characters poised to receive their own dedicated sagas. No, you did what was best for you. You might have cared for Vienna, but you didn’t put her first. She was never your priority.”Second, even if he wasn’t too much of a workaholic to be fully invested in a relationship, he’d be too difficult a partner. In business, things were never good enough for Dane—he was always moving the marker, always driven to have “more,” always finding imperfections. I suspected he’d be the same way with his partner; that he’d never feel truly satisfied. That kind of relationship did not appeal to me.

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