What You Need to Know

By HelenKay Dimon, author of Everything You Need to Know (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin)

Hello everyone! I’m so excited EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW is now out. I love this story because it has my two favorite things – a grumpy businessman hero and a strong heroine. Give me a guy in a business suit and a woman who is not impressed by his bossiness and I am a happy reader. Let me write that story and it is pure bliss.

Now, I’m not saying I’m anti-cowboy or anti-home builder or even anti-special agent. I love those hero types, too. But there is something about the self-made millionaire type who works hard and plays hard, looks hot in a suit and isn’t convinced he has time for serious dating that always works for me. Make him a little controlling and maybe a tad aloof and I am in. Then add a heroine who can see right through his act? Love.

In EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, entrepreneur Jordan doesn’t really have time to date. She works as an office temp and starts a website – Need To Know – to help the women of Washington, DC navigate the weird world of dating powerful men in that city. She’s careful and smart and I thought seeing the hero, Forest, through her eyes might provide some insight into their relationship:

She quickly figures out there’s something a little naughty about him:

Then Forest slipped past her. His shoulder brushed against hers and the fresh scent of soap fell over her senses. He had the cleaned-up-businessman look, but underneath she sensed something rougher. Something not so proper.

And the guy could dance:

A few steps and she went into his arms. A palm pressed low on her back and the fingers of his other hand entwined with hers. His firm yet gentle touch and the mint on his breath had the tension across her shoulders easing. His steps were sure, as if he danced around his office each night.

But she isn’t the type to fall at a guy’s feet, especially when he takes a verbal shot at her new business:

You have a certain reputation with women.”

His eyes narrowed. “Which is?”

Sex God. “You get the women you go after.”

Where did you hear that?”

Like she was going to stroke his ego and repeat all the gossip. “Doesn’t matter.”

His head rolled to the side as he groaned. “Damn it, not that stupid site.”

Uh…” The brakes slammed on in her brain. “What?”

You think this is a game to me?”

Go back to the website comment.”

He shook his head. “Answer the question first.”

Need warred with curiosity. He’d mentioned Need to Know, not by name, but she got the idea, and she wanted to double back and poke around there. See what he knew and assumed. Her defenses rose as fast as her urge to stick up for all her hard work. But she continued to fight for focus. “I’m a challenge to you.”

The smile came out of nowhere. So did his hands. One skimmed over her shoulder to the side of her face. “You are that.”

She never thought he’d admit it. And the touching…not good. Not when her defenses against this guy, maddening and bossy and all, were stuck on permanent sputter. One caress and her insides took off on a spell of shivery nonsense.

She was doomed.

Come on, how could these two not end up together?

About the Book

everything you need to knowWelcome to Need to Know—Because a Woman Can’t Be Too Informed

Dating in D.C. is like navigating an apocalyptic wasteland populated by men in expensive suits with zero mating potential. Need to Know provides all the information a savvy single woman like you needs to avoid dating disasters.

By night, Jordan McAdam is the proprietor of a popular website that rates D.C.’s hottest bachelors—everything from how quick they are to email you back, to their skills in the sack. She’s been burned once too often to accept any man at face value. By day, her job as an office temp puts her in the perfect position to do a little fact-checking on her rich and powerful subjects. When her latest assignment brings her face-to-face with the sexy but mysterious Forest Redder, Jordan decides to do a little “hands-on” research of her own. To Jordan, he seems like the perfect man—but she knows there is no such thing. Moreover, there’s a big problem: Forest knows Jordan’s the woman behind the scandalous site—and Jordan knows he knows. Will he expose her secret—or find his own posted on Need to Know?

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