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The Man For The Job
Marie-Nicole Ryan
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Ex-police detective Mike Carlton considers bodyguard work a necessary evil--it pays the bills. But he changes his mind as soon as attorney Gwyn Wells waltzes into his office.

A stalker? Yes, he'll guard her all night long if necessary. All he has to do is convince her he's THE MAN FOR THE JOB… and for her.

BOOK EXCERPTS
Like an armored tank brooking no obstacles, Gwyneth strode along the busy streets of the Big Apple. For once she wasn’t worried about being mugged or stalked--just let someone try.

"Wilford Wells, just wait until I get hold of you. I’ll wring your wrinkled old neck for the trick you’ve played on me," she muttered, knowing she must look as demented as half the people around her. And for once, she didn’t give a damn what anyone thought.

‘Now then, sugar’, Uncle Wil had said, ‘This Mike Carlton, I checked him out. He’s the best.’

The best? If that phony cretin was the best, she’d hate to see the worst. She’d show her uncle what she thought of the best. She’d pull his gray, stringy ponytail out by the roots.

Dammit. She’d presented herself at Mike Carlton’s office, expecting to be treated with due respect, and instead he’d hit on her like she was a lap dancer in a stripper bar.

He’d even had the nerve to kiss her in the back seat of a taxi. Never mind that Richard’s kisses had never made her hot and squishy inside. Mike’s lips were tender and warm, and he’d tasted of his morning coffee. How could one kiss--a kiss that reminded her of a rich burgundy, dark and earthy--upset her so?

What was the matter with her? She had no business thinking about Mike’s lips or his earthiness--no matter that she already had. Keeping her head on straight was of paramount importance. At least it always had been.

Gwyneth turned into her office building and managed a semblance of self-control while riding the creaky elevator to the tenth floor. True, she and her uncle could have afforded offices in a better location, but Uncle Wil had argued that their clients might be intimidated by more ostentatious surroundings. And these were certainly humble.

Humble or not, the sight of Wells and Wells, Attorneys-at-Law always made her feel proud, even if the faux gold paint was a touch tarnished. She loved her uncle, but he was in for a shellacking. And she was just the woman to wield the brush.

"He in?" Gwyneth asked the assistant she shared with her uncle. Without waiting for an answer, she flung open the door to his office.

"Good afternoon to you too, sugar."

She leaned across her uncle’s desk, resisting the urge to throttle the only relative with whom she could stand to be in the same room. "You have some explaining to do."

An expression of total bewilderment took up residence on her uncle’s grizzled face. Rearing back in his chair, he frowned. "What the hell’s the matter with you?"

"Th-that detective you referred me to--he’s a joke. That’s what’s the matter with me."

"You saw Mike Carlton, right? Not one of his flunkies?"

"Yeah, I saw him. He’s arrogant, rude and a throwback." Maybe it was the glint in her uncle’s faded blue eyes and the twitch of his lips--or maybe it was the prickle on the back of her neck, but something made her stop mid-rant.

"He’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?"

"You got that right," came the already too familiar voice.

Gwyneth whirled. "You!" Advancing on the arrogant upstart who stood leaning against the door frame, looking ever so pleased with himself, she shouted, "I can’t believe you’d have the effrontery to show your face in my office after your unconscionable behavior in the taxi."

"You hired me, counselor," Mike replied with a shrug, turning his palms upward. "What else could I do?"

"No, I distinctly remember firing you," she bluffed, all too aware that she’d done no such thing.

His forehead furrowed, but crystal green eyes shone under thick, dark eyebrows. "Fired? No, I think I’d remember if you’d fired me."

"I did," she insisted, barely refraining from stamping her foot. "I’m sure I did."

"Were we in the taxi when you supposedly fired me?"

"Of course we were." The nerve of the man--acting so innocent, when all the time he knew exactly what had transpired between them.

AUTHOR BIO
Marie-Nicole Ryan is a nurse who has always loved reading romance and mysteries. She lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. Her son thinks it’s cool that she’s an author. Her Chow Chow Tazz has no comment. This is her third published novel.

BOOK REVIEWS
LOVE ON THE RUN sprinkles generous humor over a dollop of danger, an adorable boy, a tasty hero, a spunky heroine, and a unique plot. Marie-Nicole Ryan knows how to create atmosphere and charm the reader." -- Denise A. Agnew, best-selling author of Treacherous Wishes

Marie-Nicole Ryan’s first book is a winner in LOVE ON THE RUN...If you like a good read that will make you laugh and make you cry then LOVE ON THE RUN is for you.--Lynda S. Burch writing as Lynda LaPorte, EDGE OF PARADISE

...The dialogue is fresh and often-times humorous. -- Anita Tooke, OUT OF HER DREAMS

See you in my Dreams, is a novel you won’t want to put down, once you start it. It is a wonderfully told story, with many twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat, until the very satisfying end.--Susan R. Sweet, A Deadly Agent. http://www.wings-press.com

It’s a testament to a skilled writer when a somewhat jaded reader has trouble putting a book away for the night. I instantly warmed to the two leads in this lovely melange of Cinderella and reincarnation story, actually two tales in one. Ryan has a deft touch with her dialogue, creates unusual and sympathetic characters and paints scenes that take the reader seamlessly between the harshness of the mean streets, the glittering world of an elite modelling agency and the couple’s dreamy past lives. There is an intriguing little mystery, too. This novel should please every hopeless romantic. -- Betty McCarthy, Thief At Heart, January 2004, http://www.wings-press.com

SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS "Ryan's tale of star-crossed lovers who have loved and lost is a poignant--and sometimes gritty--tale that will resonate in readers." Four Stars Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times.

"See You In My Dreams is jam-packed full of suspense, mystery and action. A page turner from start to finish. Strong characters abound in this riveting novel about two people whose lives are connected both in the past and present. This story explores two souls that always find each and leave the reader thinking of the possibilities "could this really happen?" -- Four Angels, Penny, Fallen Angel Reviews.

"See You in My Dreams reminded me a lot of Judith McNaught's first contemporary romances. It had a very mainstream style..." Four and ½ Hearts, Tara Black, The Romance Studio.

"Once you start SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, you will not be able to put it down. Come and experience a world where fairy tale dreams really do come true." Four Blue Ribbons, Robyn Reo, Romance Junkies.

LOVE ON THE RUN: "The dialogue is witty. The plot is well-constructed and believable. The action is constant with enough tension to keep the reader's interest throughout. Truly a delight to read." Barbara Buhrer, Word Museum.


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1590886526
ISBN(13-digit): 9781590886526
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 359



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