the cameras are rolling?
harbored a secret crush for his long-time friend and assistant, Sarah. One
sizzling kiss is enough to convince him she’s the only woman for him, and he’ll
do anything to prove to her they have all the makings of an epic Hollywood
child only to crash and burn in her late teen years. Gideon was there to help
put the pieces of her life back together, and she now relishes her life far
away from the paparazzi flashes. Her need for privacy is the one thing holding
her back from exploring something more with him. When a video of their kiss
goes viral, she’s left wondering if he’s worth the risk of stepping back into
the spotlight to become his leading lady.
If anyone recognized Gideon as he passed through the crowded casino, they didn’t approach him. Part of it could be due to the corn-fed hulking mass of muscle trailing behind him, but at least it made for an uneventful trip to the steakhouse.
The real action didn’t start until the next patron walked in. A chorus of high-pitched, feminine squeals accompanied the dark-haired man, but it wasn’t until he turned around that Gideon understood why.
Gabe Harrison. A-list actor. Perennial member of People’s annual Sexiest Men list. And his future adversary on the silver screen.
A flash of recognition appeared in his dark eyes, and he extended his hand with a smile. “Gideon. So glad to finally meet you in person.”
“Likewise.” He peered over Gabe’s shoulder just in time to see Jason herding back what Sarah referred to as a pack of rabid fan girls. “You’re brave to travel without protection.”
Gabe waved it off with a shrug. “It’s only because I forgot to take my usual precautions. So, are you here for dinner?”
“No, I’m here to smell the beef.”
Gabe’s smile slipped for a moment, but then he laughed and wagged his finger. “Becca warned me about your sense of humor.”
“Just like she warned me about your practical jokes.” A wave of heat crawled up his spine. If he didn’t know better, he could have sworn his co-star was trying to initiate a game of one-upmanship. But thankfully, his brother Ethan’s girlfriend had also warned him about Gabe’s competitive streak. Becca was best friends with Gabe’s sister, and the concept of six degrees of separation had become much smaller.
“So there’s no chance of my pulling one over on you, eh?”
He ignored Gabe’s taunt and pushed toward the hostess stand. “I have a reservation for two.”
She fluttered her eyelashes at him. “Of course, Mr. Kelly.”
“Expecting company?” Gabe asked.
“Just my assistant.” He spotted a woman with red hair squeezing past the gathering crowd. “There she is now.”
As soon as he pointed Sarah out to Gabe, he knew he’d made a mistake. Not because of the way Sarah looked. No, to call her stunning wouldn’t even do her justice. The simple black dress hugged her yoga-toned body in all the right places, and her straight hair shimmered under the lights like ruby-colored silk. She was simple, elegant, classy.
And the absolute object of Gabe Harrison’s attention.
Now it was Gideon’s turn to experience the unpleasant surge of jealousy he’d witnessed in her earlier.
Her expression immediately turned wary when she saw Gabe. “Did I miss the memo about the cast party?”
Gabe pressed his finger to his lips. “Shh! We don’t want Mackinzie to find out where we are.”
Her lips twitched, and a new jolt of jealousy rushed through Gideon. “Precisely, and now that Sarah’s arrived—”
“Sarah?” Gabe oozed playboy charm as he took her hand. “You’re Gideon’s assistant? I would’ve mistaken you for his girlfriend.”
She covered a hoarse cough, and her cheeks turned pink.
Gideon’s fingers curled into his palm. If he wasn’t careful, Gabe would sweep her off her feet, and he’d never even have a chance to win her heart. He moved between them, breaking his rival’s hold on Sarah’s hand. “If you’ll excuse us, I think the hostess is waiting to take us to our table.”
“How about I join you?”
He was about to tell Gabe to piss off, but Sarah placed a calm hand on his chest and diffused his rage.
“I think it might be wise if we all moved away from the entrance before Jason gets trampled.” She nodded toward the bodyguard, who looked like he wished he wasn’t tackling this assignment solo.
“Then a table for three it is.” Gabe grinned at the hostess and tucked Sarah’s hand into the crook of his arm. “I’m looking forward to getting to know both of you. I mean, with your brother dating my little sister’s best friend, we’re practically family.”
Gideon gritted his teeth and ran to catch up with them. If his co-star didn’t turn off the charm soon, he might feel obliged to give him a black eye.
She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas. Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant. And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl