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Dietitian Andrea Martins believes her heart disease and the law suit behind her are no one's business when she starts her new job.
When Chief of Cardiac Services, Dr. Braeden Landry finds Andrea cozying up to his patients, sparks fly. He doesn't need another lawsuit filed by irate family members.
"So, this is where you are, instead of meeting with me!" The voice boomed from the doorway. Andrea glanced down at her watch. Ten thirty!
"Hello, Doug." Braedenâ€™s tone softened when he acknowledged his patient, effectively disguising his anger. "I hope you donâ€™t mind if I take the dietitian away from you for a few moments. We have a matter to discuss."
Not waiting for a reply, the doctor firmly escorted Andrea by her elbow into the hallway. Expecting him to stop there, she didnâ€™t resist, but he steered her toward a supply room past the nursing station. A gathering of nurses stared as she and Braeden marched by them. Andrea could imagine what they were thinking as he forcibly shoved her into the enclosure. Her elbow joint pulsed under his firm grip. He kicked the door shut and spun her around to face him.
A strong odor of rubbing alcohol overpowered the air. Finding it difficult to breathe, Andrea fought to keep her wits about her.
"Whatâ€™s the idea of having me waste a half-hour waiting for you to put in an appearance, Miss Martin? Did it ever occur to you that I have a busy schedule, which doesnâ€™t allow for lost moments of waiting for no-shows?" His eyes shot daggers; a little shiver ran down her back. "Have you no sense of responsibility, or professionalism?" The snarlish tone broadcast his anger through the door. She twisted in such a frantic manner that he had no choice but to let her go. He blocked the exit; she backed against the wall.
"What do you have to say for yourself?"
Fighting for control of her words she remained speechless, then stepped toward him, her forehead almost touching his chin, her hands clenched into fists.
Dazed at his outburst, she couldnâ€™t talk.
"Well?" Dr. Landryâ€™s cold stare penetrated deep into her hopes for self-preservation. Her mind functioned only enough to know that at this particular instant, if she lashed back, sheâ€™d regret it. She wanted to cringe like a trapped animal, but she managed to hold onto her dignity. Her bodyâ€™s stance must have signalled strength because she noticed a change in Dr. Landryâ€™s expression. The irritation in his eyes softened. The aroma of his cologne filled the room, dissipating the alcoholâ€™s smell.
Her breath caught in her lungs when she saw his mouth lower slowly toward hers. She should have side-stepped his advance, but rooted to the floor as she was, she couldnâ€™t. He placed his hands on her shoulders, yet not with a power grip. She could have brushed them away. Mesmerized by his seduction, her paralyzed limbs couldnâ€™t move any more than she could protest.
The clock on the wall ticked noisily, matched by the quickened beat of her mutinous heart. Helpless because of her lack of will to escape, she waited. The crowded surroundings faded into nothingness as she became aware only of his presence, of his dark dissecting eyes. His kiss, when it landed, smouldered on her lips. And she responded in kind. The exquisite pressure of his mouth on hers and the erotic touch of his hands as they gently skimmed down her bare arms, blindsided any reason for defense. Her breathing became shallow as she struggled for sanity amidst the enchantment. A few thundering seconds later, the doctor released his hold, but his eyes never left her face.
Andreaâ€™s fingertips flew to a mouth now bereft of his divine touch. A sudden compulsion overtook her brain, pushing out his intimidation. Without thinking or caring, she reached up and dragged his head down to her level again, angled her mouth, and planted her lips on top of his.
Whether the plunder was meant as punishment or expressed desire never entered her mind--the effect was the same. She realized heâ€™d gotten into the spirit and encouraged her action with passion. The lingering kiss ended, the crinkled lines around his eyes deepened like crevices in an earthquake zone. She staggered backward.
"Well, Miss Martin, you surprise me. Now I understand why the patients go wild for you." His forefinger brush
Carol lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with Karl, her hero of forty plus years. Now that their four children have left the nest, there is time to enjoy taking trips to scout out locations intended for her stories. As fast as she finishes one story, another is burning in the back of her mind, its characters urgently needing release to continue their development. She would love to hear how you like her stories in the guestbook of her homepage at: http://www.geocities.com/carolmcphee2003
"Dietitian Andrea Martin has a special connection with the cardiac patients in the hospital where she works. She believes in living life to the fullest, without regard for time. Dr. Braeden Landry is an overworked but brilliant heart surgeon who has forgotten that life is meant to be lived, and not simply saved. Andrea helps Braeden reconnect with his patients and shows him he needs to live life too, while Braeden gives Andrea her heart's desire. With vivid descriptions, well-drawn characters, and touching plot twists, Carol McPhee brings this romance to a happily-ever-after that is as real as it is satisfying." -- Paula Altenburg, President, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada
Jeweled Seduction by the wonderfully talented Carol McPhee is an absolute delight to read! Impressive characters, compelling plot twists and the delectable sexual tension will delight all. I gladly recommend this well-crafted novel to all readers who enjoy a great suspense.-- By Romance Junkies Reviewer, Nadine St. Denis
Carol McPheeâ€™s Jeweled Seduction is an intricately woven tale of love, treachery, betrayal and lies. The heat sizzles between the feisty heroine and determined hero as witty dialogue, heart-pounding adventure and deep, dark secrets keep the reader spellbound -- Leanne Karella,, Wings Author, www.leannekarella.com
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 290
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