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Meeting His Match
Shannyn Schroeder
Publication date: October 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Malcolm “Mac” Sterling has one goal: take over the family matchmaking business. His final obstacle? Host his family’s new dating show and prove he can help each contestant find true love. One catch. Mac’s meddling mother has approved a co-host, a so-called expert who seems impervious to his charms. Now he could lose everything, because if his co-host proves she’s the better matchmaker, he can say goodbye to his legacy.

Natalie “Gem” Hale never intended for her alter ego as an online dating expert to get her the opportunity of a lifetime—or for that opportunity to come with a co-host who’s as infuriating as he is tempting. But she didn’t get this far by backing down from a challenge. All she has to do is keep her secret identity a secret.

Except as sparks fly and the competition heats up, Mac realizes his co-host is hiding something. He’s just got to figure out what.

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EXCERPT:

Mac paced through the reception area waiting for Bradley Winford and this Gem person. He’d yet to get a last name on the woman. He tried sitting on one of the armchairs but was too restless. He’d asked Paul to come to the meeting, but he’d had other clients to deal with. As Mac made another circuit through the room, cursing himself for his need to arrive everywhere early, the front door opened and Gem strode through, looking a little harried.

Once inside, she smoothed a hand over her hair and down her dress, which was blue, a shade darker than her eyes. The front dipped low, but not immodestly so. She rolled her lips together and trekked on crazy high heels to the receptionist’s desk. She was told to have a seat, the same way he’d been.

She sat on a chair, her back stiff and hands folded in her lap. Briefly closing her eyes, she inhaled deeply and when she reopened them, her gaze met his. Her left eyebrow quirked but didn’t make it to a full arch. Her lips moved incrementally into a smile. Then she shot her gaze downward.

Shifting on the chair, she angled her body and crossed her legs. She knew exactly how to draw a man’s eye, he’d give her that. Eyelids lowered slowly and then she glanced up at him again, barely making eye contact.

Was she seriously hitting on him?

When she brushed her hair off her shoulder—not quite a flip—he confirmed it. She was flirting. He stayed rooted to his spot, afraid to continue his pacing because then he might miss something good. Slipping his hands in his pants pockets, he rocked back on his heels waiting for her next move.

Really, if this was the best she had, he truly had no worries about competing against her.

When he didn’t respond to another smile or a too-obvious bend at the waist to reveal cleavage, she stood. She strode with a slow, hip-swaying swagger to where he stood and pointed at the poster behind him. “Have you ever seen this show?”

Her voice was low and slightly husky. In the right room at the right time, it was the kind of sound that would’ve had an effect on him. He ran his tongue over his teeth and looked at the poster.

“No, I’ve never seen it.”

“Too bad. I was hoping you could tell me if it’s worth binging.” She reached in her purse and pulled out a pack of gum, offering him a piece.

He shook his head but continued to watch her. She slowly folded the stick of gum on her pink tongue and when she reached around him to toss the wrapper in the trashcan, she not too subtly brushed against his arm.

“Excuse me,” she whispered. When she straightened, she extended her hand. “Hi, I’m—”

“Good, you’re here.” Bradley Winford’s voice boomed through the room.

Gem turned, smile bright. “Mr. Winford, good to see you again.”

Winford shook her hand a little too vigorously. “I see you’ve met Malcolm.”

What Mac wouldn’t have given to see her face.

“Who?” she asked.

Brad pointed to him. “Malcolm Sterling, your competition for the show.”

Slowly, she turned and the look on her face was even more priceless than he’d imagined.

Mac stepped forward. “Malcolm Sterling from Everyday Love.”

A flash of something came across her face, her mask slipping. It wasn’t just surprise. There was something else there. Quickly, she schooled her features back into the flirt. It seemed to be the only thing she did quickly. She shook his hand and offered a brief smile.

“Nice to meet you, Malcolm. Gem.”

Brad clapped his hands. “Let’s get this started, shall we?”

Gem turned and followed Brad. Mac fell into step beside her.

“My friends call me Mac.”

“Excuse me?”

“Only my mother calls me Malcolm.”

“That would’ve been useful information to have, oh, say, ten minutes ago. You obviously knew who I was the minute I walked in.” Her voice came out a sharp whisper so Brad couldn’t hear.

“I did,” he admitted.

“Any reason you didn’t introduce yourself?”

“I was enjoying your flirting techniques.”

She shook her head and stepped into the conference room. She waited until Brad took a seat and took the one directly across from him. Mac chose the seat beside her.

She shot him a look of irritation.

Suddenly Mac decided this adventure might not be so boring after all.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Learys series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) currently has 3 titles out – Under Your Skin, In Your Arms and Through Your Eyes. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies. Find out more at: http://www.ShannynSchroeder.com

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Author: Cate Beauman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Stained glass artist Callie Davis is in desperate need of a vacation. Burnt out and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, she’s fleeing the pressures of her career and is taking refuge on Massachusetts’ tiny Carter Island. Callie yearns for long, lazy days and pretty walks on the beach—blessed solitude and an escape from the complications of her life. Then she bumps into gorgeous Nate Carter and everything changes.

 

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“Would you like to dance?” Nate asked.

Callie smiled. “I would love to.”

He took her hand and they walked to the center of the crowded floor. “Does this work for you?”

She nodded. “It’s perfect.”

“All right then.” He kept her hand in his and wrapped his arm around her waist.

She settled her arm around the back of his neck and followed his lead, breathing in his aftershave and laundry soap scent, trying to remember the last time she’d let a man hold her. “The park looks amazing. Very festive.”

“They did a great job with the setup,” he said as his eyes tracked around the grounds before they met hers again. “We always have a solid turnout. Thursday night is kind of our way of celebrating the end of the season before we welcome mainlanders for the rest of the weekend.”

She let herself relax against him. “I’m glad I’m here to enjoy it.”

“Me too. Although I’m sorry you missed dinner.”

“That wasn’t my intention. I ended up having something small to eat at the cottage.” She’d made quick work of shoving half a granola bar into her mouth as she slid on her sandals on the way out the door.

“I tried to snag you a brownie, but people around here are pigs when it comes to Molly’s baking, so…” He shrugged.

She smiled. “I appreciate the effort.”

He looked to his left, did a double take, and smiled, letting go of Callie’s hand long enough to send up a quick wave. “Ah, shit,” he said under his breath as he captured Callie’s fingers, lacing them with his.

She frowned. “What?”

“Mrs. Beckle.”

Callie casually glanced in the direction Nate had just waved, where two women looked his way. “I take it Mrs. Beckle’s not the tall brunette?”

“No, that would be Anna, Mrs. Beckle’s daughter,” he said on a bit of a sigh. “Mrs. Beckle is convinced that Anna and I are fated or something.”

Callie looked Anna’s way again, noting her enviable curves filling out her red sleeveless top and black maxi skirt, then back into Nate’s eyes. “She’s very pretty.”

“Yeah, but she’s not very nice. She put gum in my hair when we were in second grade—a huge wad of Hubba Bubba. It was two pieces—maybe three. My mom tried getting it out with ice cubes and peanut butter, but she ended up shaving my head.”

Callie laughed, truly delighted with the man staring into her eyes. “So you’re a grudge holder?”

He frowned. “I thought you’d be on my side. Shaved head. In January. Do you know how cold it is around here that time of year?”

Callie threw her head back, laughing in a way she hadn’t in far too long—or maybe since Saturday night when Nate had held her in the frigid Atlantic waters.

He laughed too and pulled her closer against him. “It’s true. And I’m only half joking right now.”

It was hard not to really like Nate Carter. “You know, if law enforcement doesn’t work out, you should give comedy a try.”

He eased back enough to touch a hand to his heart. “The pain is real.”

Chuckling, she shook her head. “You’re a funny guy.”

“I’m glad you think so.”

It seemed she didn’t do much else but think about Nate, especially after seeing him again this morning.

The musician strummed the last few notes of the song, and the band picked up the pace with Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” Callie looked at her fingers intertwined with Nate’s, knowing she needed to let him go. “Thanks for the dance.”

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