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A marine biologist, whose biological clock is on the downward slope, responds to a personal column ad from a rancher for a partner to give him an heir. While the biologist’s mind is set on artificial insemination, once he meets her, persuasion for natural conception is the rancher’s intention.
“Hello, Dana? Can you come down? I really need to see you!” Julie Reagan’s hand trembled while holding the receiver. “I’ve done something so stupid I can’t believe it.”
“I’m on my way!”
Two minutes later, her heart beating ridiculously fast, Julie paced the hall in front of her apartment threshold.
Dana, dark ponytail bobbing, breezed down the stairs and stepped inside. “What’s this about being stupid? You’re too methodical to do anything dumb.”
Julie flipped back her coppery bangs and closed the door. Leaning against the foyer wall she folded her arms. “Dana, did you see yesterday’s personal column in the newspaper?”
When she nodded, Julie pointed to the edition spread wide on the chrome kitchen table.
“I always read that column after I scan the front page. Some of the letters are real dorky. Why do you ask?” Dana yanked out a chair and plopped down. “Well? C’mon; out with it.”
“I want you to read an interesting letter that’s in today.” Julie slid onto the chair opposite her friend.
“There usually are a few intriguing ones; that’s why I read them.” Dana raised an eyebrow. “Just be glad we’re not so desperate we have to advertise for a mate.”
“Speak for yourself; you’re engaged. No one rings my bell.” Julie hesitated, then stared straight into Dana’s questioning eyes. “One letter was so compelling, I answered it.”
“Tell me you’re kidding.” Dana sat up straight, her blue eyes widening with disbelief. “You’re not kidding. Which one did you answer? No, let me guess.” She hunched over the paper with keen interest, her finger slowly guiding her through each block of letters.
Julie watched Dana’s concentration, then noticed her friend’s finger pause and slide back up the column, landing on the very ad Julie had answered.
“That one!” Dana’s eyes sparkled with certainty.
“You’re right. How did you know?”
Dana tamped down her enthusiasm and looked thoughtful. “Because you’ve been talking about having a baby.” She shifted her glance from the paper to Julie’s face. “Did you give the guy your real name when you wrote to him?”
“No. I signed it LFC.”
“Good. What does that stand for?”
“Longing for children, which is what I am. I didn’t want to give my name to a stranger.”
“At least this guy doesn’t beat around the bush. He lays out what he wants, and he’s not gross about it. You’re direct by nature, too, Julie. That’s why you picked this letter.” Triumph shone in Dana’s eyes. “He says he wants children. You’re shy. Could you go to bed with a guy you haven’t known for a long time?”
“Dana, he doesn’t say it has to be through intimacy. I can’t imagine sleeping with a stranger, but if we like each other and the commitment is there, I might consider it. You know I’ve been going to look into artificial insemination. Maybe he’d be willing to settle for being a sperm donor. He appears to be straightforward, but there’s no way of telling exactly what he has in mind unless I meet him.”
“Julie, all things considered, you’ve led a sheltered life. You haven’t dated enough to know much about men. A meeting might not tell you anything. You’d have to get to know him first. He’ll be in your life for a long time if you have children together.”
“I’m aware of that, but I think it could work if we’re compatible. He says marriage isn’t an option.” She paused. “I wonder why?”
“Maybe he’s already married.”
Julie shivered at the distasteful thought. “If that’s the case, then it’s a no go. But I’m at least curious enough to find out. You think I was stupid to reply?”
“Rash... daring, maybe. Not your normal pattern, but not stupid. How will he reach you?”
“I gave him my phone number.”
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 McPhee’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
Carol McPhee’s None So Blind is an above average soap opera with willful, redheaded Kate McTavish continually trying to run away from herself and her problems, real and imagined. Dayton Deveraux, is the man who rescues her from her burning car. However, he is wary of hot-headed, redheaded women. I found this book well plotted with emotional conflicts and problems for both hero and heroine. It makes you wonder if love can really overcome their dilemmas. -- JoEllenConger, Queen Of Candelore Review Rating: 4
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 331
Paper Weight (lb): 14.0
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