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“Can you do all of that for me, Rosa?”
His voice was lower and more persuasive now.
“Can you make my house into a home for me, Rosa? Make all of my dreams come true?”
She felt her pulse race, and licked her lips unconsciously.
“That’s why I’m here, Greg. To bring your dreams to life.”
Suddenly aware that he was leaning forward without intending to, as if his body was going to make him kiss her whether he planned to or not, Gregor froze, then cleared his throat as he sat back in his chair.
Rosa remembered her uncle’s words as she walked up the driveway, back into the life of the man she had broken up with so many years ago when he crossed the line and threatened her uncle’s position in his company. Seven years had passed between then and now. How much had changed? How much had she changed? And him? She was about to find out. She tried to will her heartbeat to stop racing, and her breathing to normalize enough for her to be able to talk coherently.
Mastering control over her emotions, she strode confidently up to him, and said, “Hello, Greg. Kind of funny, us meeting this way again after all of these years, huh?”
He nodded, and a small smile crossed his face.
“I swear I had no idea you worked for him when I asked him to do the work on my house. But everyone I talked to advised me that the only design house to use was Dormande’s...it wasn’t until I had met with him that he told me the name of his top designer. I would never have knowingly put you into such an awkward position. You know that, don’t you?”
She nodded back at him. “I figured. We’ve managed to live and work in the same city for seven years, and avoid each other. If all you wanted to do was see me again, you wouldn’t have gone through all of the expense of buying the single most desired piece of real estate in the city...you would have just called, right?”
He nodded as if that thought had never occurred to him. He decided against telling her of the many nights he had had to force himself to go to bed, or he had had to drink himself to oblivion rather than call her, to beg for a minute of her time. Those had gotten fewer and farther between as the years had passed. No need to even mention them now.
She looked toward the front door longingly before she turned to speak to him again.
“I just want to make one thing clear up-front, okay? This is strictly business between us now, right? I’m going to have to ask you a whole lot of personal questions over the next few months, to find out just what you want your dream house to be like. I’m not prying; I’m doing my job, as the Monsieur trained me to do it. And the more you share with me, the easier it will be for me to design your house to reflect you...to be a place of solace and comfort for you. That’s what we specialize in at the House of Dormande. That’s what you are paying us the big bucks for, right?”
He nodded solemnly at her. “That’s what I was told I could expect from you.” He cleared his throat. “I mean, not from you, you...but from your design house. I realize it may feel odd for us at first, but I hope you can work through that, and make my house what I want it to be.”
She nodded back at him. “Just business, until the house is done, okay? Deal?”
He nodded again. “Deal. We don’t need to shake on it or anything, do we?”
She smiled and shook her head. “No. I trust you.”
He almost said something dangerous to her about trust, but decided it was not a good idea when they were both on their best behavior.
He turned and walked toward the front door, and opened it. “Then come on in, and have a look around. I can walk through it with you until about four...then I have to get going to meet with a client. Any rooms we don’t get into by then, can be tackled later.”
She preceded him into the house, turning to ask him, “Where did you want to start?”
He cleared his throat again. “I figured that as long as the master bedroom, the master bathroom, and the kitchen were first, I could live with the rest of the house being a mess until you get to them. Of course, I expect you to re-do all of the rooms before you are done.”
Her eyes lit up with excitement. “I was hoping that you would say that! I’ve only seen photos of the insides of some of the rooms. I can’t wait to see them all, and to start making them into the show-pieces they should be!”
She looked at him conspiratorially. “This place is the challenge of a lifetime...you do know that, don’t you?”
I write because I am. There are always stories swirling in my head, characters talking. And I like a good, old-fashioned love story, with a strong, independent heroine, and an equally strong, opinionated hero. They may not realize when they meet that their instant chemistry signals anything more than lust. But eventually they have to face the fact that need, want, and love have combined to give them a happily-ever-after; but they both have to want it.
Never Too Old For The Game Of Love: Fun and Flirty with lots of heat packed in. Never To Old For The Game of Love is an entertaining read. An all too true storyline; many people as they age give up on love and this story shows you can stick with it. Everyone can find love. This couple shares a great story although I did feel that Alex and Tegan were far from “being old” as they are in the same age grouping as I am. Smile. -- Matilda, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More 4 cups.
Never Too Old For The Game Of Love Quote: Hot tamale! This author shows just what kind of love making it takes to make the world turn on its axis for 40 year old, Tegan O’Neil. Never too old has her heroine coming to grips with her new Latin lover with a salsa beat; but she doesn’t want her children finding out about him. Fiona McGier has a way of spicing up her romances so that you want to take a few private moments for yourself in a quiet room. So sexy! -- JoEllen Conger, Conger Books Reviews, rate 4
Never Too Old For The Game Of Love Review: After they were both divorced, Tegan O’Neil and her best friend and business partner, Patti, started a Party Catering business to help make ends meet. Everything was going just fine until Alexander Reye asked to have a stripper at his up-n-coming all-men’s party. It wasn’t easy to book a stripper when all she knew how to plan was children’s birthday parties… but Tegan found a solution.
This, the saucy beginning of a series, is a great introduction to the extensive Reye family. If you like sexy, this is for you. -- JoEllen Conger, Conger Books Reviews, rate 4
Love By Design Quote:
Love By Design by Fiona McGier is an above average story of the loves and losses of a well-to-do Latin family. It is enchantingly warm and sexy, and full of promise. I was impressed by this author’s delightful voice in portraying the ins-and-outs of a large loving family who stick together to help one another through thick and thin. It’s a must read.
Love By Design Review:
Rosie Reyes is one of Monsieur Domande’s top designers, and he unwittingly sends her out on assignment… to redesign the appointments for her ex-boy friend’s new mansion. She is determined to keep their renewed relationship professional, but her body has a mind of its own, remembering how good they had been together, seven years ago. Yet, she has a professional reputation to uphold, so she is determined to keep it strictly business.
Gregor Lubovick, an emigrant Russian, is surprised to find Rosie at his new mansion, redesigning its many rooms to comply with his every personal whim. Who better than his ex-girl friend; who could possibly know him better? He hasn’t forgotten his love for her, yet, this is business, and he forces himself to remember she is the professional designer that he has hired to do the job. He has only one problem… he has never fallen out of love with her. He worries about whether against all odds if after the job is finished can he win her back? He is determined he must keep his hands off her luscious body until the job is done… but then… look out!
This is a very enchanting read. I fully enjoyed it. -- JoEllen Conger, Conger Books Reviews, rate 4
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 245
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