Thursday, October 20, 2011

Excerpt - Deal With This

Book 2 in The Goddard Project series
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava - December 2007
ISBN 0-7582-1180-5
© 2007 Lucy Monroe

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Oh, for crying out loud.

A feminine sigh filled with exasperation sounded from the other side of the door. "Yes, I heard. I also heard that he already knows one of the house rules and you'd better remember it fast, or it won't be just the empty room I'm renting."

Despite the threat, she didn't sound angry and Gavin's moue of disappointment sans even the slightest fear of real retribution reflected it. With another sigh, Jillian tugged Gavin out of the doorway. The pink-haired man moved reluctantly to the side and Jillian took his place.

Alan Hyatt was a damn good agent. So, he'd read the file more than once and he'd studied pictures of the woman framed in the doorway.

Pictures which had hinted at the fire beneath the glossy exterior, but which had not prepared him for the impact Jillian Carlyle would have in person. Unlike in the publicity shots provided with her file, her burnt red hair did not fall in sleek waves around a perfectly made-up face. Instead corkscrew curls bounced past her shoulders in haphazard fire. And without the make-up, fine freckles dusted her nose and cheekbones.

Her eyes were the same jewel green as in the publicity shots, but this close he could confirm that the deep color was natural, not the result of contact lenses. She wasn't dressed like she was in the photos either. Her current clothes were every bit as bright as the front door and as body hugging as Gavin's, but with much different impact to Alan's libido.

The woman was fine. Truly fine. And damned if that spark of mischief in her eyes didn't curl around his heart and squeeze.

"This is a bad idea." The words were out before he realized they were even in his mind, but he meant them.

He did not need to be attracted to a woman who might well prove to be key to his investigation. Sexual yes...he could do the sex thing. But he shouldn't be attracted. And that thing with his heart. So not on his list of things to do today, tomorrow, next week, or even next year.

He'd had his fill of civilians. Non-agency women. They were not for men like him. They ended up in love with someone else...or just not loving him enough to accept who he was, what he was. A fifth generation federal agent, his job was more than a career, it defined him as deeply as anything else his parents had taught him. If he was being honest, he'd have to say even more deeply than a lot of it.

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14 comments:

marybelle said...

Thank you for the wonderful excerpt. Always appreciated.

Virginia said...

Thanks for the great excerpt Lucy! Must read this book.

Judy said...

Alan finally has his own story! And Jillian is so right for him.

Maria D. said...

Thanks for the excerpt! Have this one on my reading list

catslady said...

Your excerpt of course leaves me wanting more :)

REGINA ROSS said...

Great excerpt :)

Lorna said...

Love the "this is a bad idea' line! It says so much :-)

Jane said...

I loved this book.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Oh that is a great excerpt!! and Alan gets his story told...

shadow_kohler said...

Great excerpt! I cant wait to read more! Thank you for sharing!

Anne said...

I think it's time for me to re-read Deal With This. I don't remember this at all.

Lucy Monroe said...

Yay! Thanks, everyone! :)

Sandra Lynne said...

This book looks good! Great excerpt. Gorgeous book cover! :)

erahime said...

Great cover! And great excerpt, too!