- Three men, three lies. One thought it was for her own good, one did it
for his own good, and the third nearly destroyed her career. Blacklisted
by the city's finest restaurants, Chef Reese Dunbar must now put the
resuscitation of her battered reputation in the hands of yet another
man. The television experience Nick Coltrane's cooking show offers is
her best option for restoring her name and becoming the Big Apple's
super chef. But after giving her body and heart to him, her trust is put
to the test when she discovers that Nick has lied about the real reason
he brought her on board, and worse yet, Nick can't cook.
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"I checked you out before I accepted this job."
"You knew?" he asked, his voice catching.
She gave him a Mona Lisa type smile. "I do my research, Nick."
The spicy beef dish he'd just consumed seemed to congeal in his stomach. Had she checked out his cooking credentials also?
"I can see you on the stage." She laughed. "Maybe more than behind the stove."
Lady, you don't know how right you are. "Ah, well, cooking's my new love."
"Where did you do your
Great. She had him. The only way he could think of to deflect this conversation was to play dumb. "Huh?"
She leaned in, revealing more decolletage. "Cooking school. Which one did you attend?"
He struggled to come up with a response, but his mind was elsewhere. Mesmerized, he watched as she played a finger around the rim of her margarita glass, picking up stray salt particles. How was a guy supposed to think up a plausible story to explain his origins when his brain was otherwise engaged?
She touched her fingertip to her lips. Nick couldn't speak. His eyes locked on her lips as other parts of his anatomy were unlocked. Was she coming on to him?