New FREE Online Read: Blueprint for Temptation by Andrea Laurence
A new free short story by Harlequin Desire author Andrea Laurence has started on Harlequin.com! In “Blueprint for Temptation”, Nash Chamberlain’s niece and nephew need a nanny. He hires Gina Abruzzo…who falls into his bed. But will her family’s mob past nix this tryst? Click here to start reading.
Chicago’s star architect Nash Chamberlain is in a bind—he needs a nanny for his niece and nephew pronto! That’s when he runs into his former client’s beautiful daughter, Gina Abruzzo, and makes her a job offer she can’t refuse. But it soon becomes apparent that passion is part of the benefits package, and she falls right into his bed.
Ever since her mob boss father’s downfall, Gina Abruzzo has been down and out. Reconnecting with her former crush is a dream come true, and when Nash offers her a job—and a way into his heart—she can’t believe her luck. But it isn’t long before trouble from her family’s mob ties comes calling, threatening to derail her newfound family’s future…
“What do you mean, she quit?” Nash Chamberlain barked into his cell phone and squeezed his temples as a headache started to threaten. He’d just sat down to order a quick lunch at Geppetto’s, a local Italian eatery, and with a single call, his whole day had been derailed. He loved his niece and nephew, truly he did, but they were three-year-old firecrackers and since they’d hit their latest wild stage, every nanny he’d hired had quit unexpectedly.
“She just walked out,” his housekeeper, Daniel, said with an edge of panic in his voice. “She handed Jude to me—naked and painted head-to-toe with purple and red markers—and marched out the door.”
This was his fifth nanny so far since his sister had died in a plane crash and left him with custody of the twins. The first had lasted fourteen months caring for the one-year-olds, lulling Nash into a false sense of security. She ended up moving to California to be near her grandchildren and since then, every nanny stayed for a shorter period of time. Four months. Two months. One month. Two weeks.
Daniel continued to rant about the happenings at the house, but Nash found himself distracted by the waitress. Petite with a head of wild, dark brown curls, she was like a butterfly flitting from one table to the next. She looked familiar to him, but he just couldn’t place her. He wished he could. She was quite attractive and the first woman to catch his attention in a while.
“When will you be back, Mr. Chamberlain?” Daniel asked, pulling Nash’s attention back to the conversation and away from the waitress. The sounds of children screaming and things crashing in the background nearly drowned out Daniel’s question, though. His housekeeper was a whiz in the kitchen and kept his Chicago apartment spotless, but child care fell soundly outside his scope of work.
Nash looked down at his watch. After lunch, he had a full afternoon of important meetings with new clients. “I don’t know, Daniel. I’ve got a long day ahead of me. I’ll call the service and see how quickly they can send over another nanny. If you can make it through today, I’ll buy you a new iPad, okay? Hang in there.”
Daniel muttered something unintelligible as they ended the call. Sounded like he was telling Nash what he could do with the new iPad. Nash didn’t employ Daniel for his cheery temperament.
“Welcome to Geppetto’s. What can I get you today?”
Nash looked up into the biggest pair of brown eyes he’d ever seen. They were framed by the mess of wild brown curls he’d spied earlier and a wide, instantly charming smile. The waitress had arrived to take his order.
Instantly, his mind went completely blank, and his mouth bone-dry. His nervous system was shooting sparks through his whole body just from a quick glance over her petite curves. There was something about her that was so familiar to him, but he was certain he would have remembered meeting a woman like this.
Click here to keep reading “Blueprint for Temptation” and come back next week for a new chapter. And look for Saying Yes to the Boss by Andrea Laurence — book one of a new series, Dynasties: The Newports — on sale in July in stores and June 1 at Harlequin.com.
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