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Recklessly impulsive, red-haired Kate McTavish, crashes into the regimented life of a man trying to escape the bitter memory of another redhead.
Despite Kate’s ensuing afflictions and their clash of personalities, Kate and Dayton Deveraux learn the truth of the adage: "There are none so blind as those that will not see."
Dayton stared at his guest huddled and shaking in spite of the heat from the hearth. He silenced a groan. Exasperated with himself, the last thing he intended was to make Kate more ill at ease in his home than she’d been in her smashed car. Did the thought of him touching her again repulse her, or was she merely shy? He thought he better reassure her. “Don’t worry. I’m not into attacking waifs who appear on my doorstep in a storm... or a runaway fiancée, either.”
She didn’t look the least bit cheered.
Spurred by his suspicion that she may have hypothermia, Dayton started to unbutton her sweater, swearing beneath his breath. Not much wonder she’d had trouble. The fasteners were so dainty his fingers could barely undo them. Worse still, she sat like a quivering lamb with a ringside seat at its own slaughter.
He deliberately kept his gaze pinned to her slender throat as he parted her cardigan and rolled it off her shoulders. In the fireplace, a log burst into flame. The increased firelight illuminated her freckled skin as if its intent was to mock his restraint. The smooth effusion of her well-molded breasts above the blue lace could not escape his eyes. Her bared flesh beckoned to the primeval male in him. He had refused to give her leeway to protest, but his body’s rebellion against his good behavior played heavily on his nerves.
Dayton clenched his teeth.
Without pausing to think and add to his stress, he laid her on the carpet and quickly unzipped her slacks. He tried to ignore the matching panties visible through the front opening. He was made of flesh and blood, not steel. And right now his blood was rushing through his veins in a beeline for his nether parts, igniting his emotions to a fevered pitch. He forced himself not to look at her face, but he could feel the anxiety in her eyes.
He grabbed the robe, helped her to a sitting position and gently poked her arms into the sleeves like a father would dress his child. He was feeling anything but fatherly.
Dayton saw Kate glance down at her exposed body and haphazardly gather the loose sides of the robe together. He quickly secured the belt around her waist with an overlapping twist. Tension rifled the air. “No point in taking off your underwear. You’re wearing so little, they’ll dry in minutes.” He winked, hoping to lighten the situation.
She reddened, then a quirky grin flashed a different aspect of her personality. When it left as fast as it came, Dayton regretted the loss because anguish and confusion took its place. He helped her to stand, praying the robe’s concealment of her erotic lower parts--even her toes--could no longer taunt his control.
Wobbling slightly, she tightened the belt and stared down at the flow of cloth. The sleeves drooped below her hands; the hem dragged the floor. Dayton held back a relieved smile. Her eyes enlarged when she looked up at his height. She must be about five-foot seven, but barely reached his chin. His hand gently at her back, he ushered her to the sofa.
“I c-can’t believe all that has happened t-tonight.”
She flopped down and he joined her, keeping a respectable distance between them. Her hands shook as she raised them to rub her cheeks. She glanced at Duke and shrank back against the sofa. The dog hadn’t been doing anything but watching. Dayton felt her fear like a living thing. “Duke, stop staring at our guest.”
Duke evidently considered his name as an invitation for closer inspection. He rose, nuzzled against her knees and laid his head in her lap. She couldn’t back farther.
Dayton cleared his throat, abashed at Duke’s unusual behavior. “I don’t know what’s got into him tonight. Must be keyed up because of the storm. Damn! The hot chocolate! I put the kettle on and forgot it.” He rushed for the kitchen, but turned at the threshold. “How’s your head? Want a Tylenol?”
“Not hurting as m-much.”
“Then you don’t need anything for it?”
“Don’t think s-so.”
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
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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: 336
Paper Weight (lb): 14.2
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