The Cinderella Seduction by Hope TarrGreek tycoon Nikolaos Costas has a debt to collect fro the Stefanopoulos family and he won’t leave until he gets his money. Stefanie Stefanopoulos has been tasked with entertaining—i.e. distracting—him while he’s in town, all in hopes of getting him to forgive the debt. She may not be an ugly duckling, but she’s a far cry from her petite stepsisters and she knows that the gorgeous playboy won’t even notice her. It doesn’t stop her from wanting him to, though.
Four months ago, Nick’s bachelor-style life was turned upside down. Now the sole parent to a seven-year-old daughter he never knew existed, Nick doesn’t have time for pleasure. But he hadn’t factored in Stefanie or the intense attraction he’d feel for her. As her seduction heats up, so do the stakes, both professionally and romantically. Can he let business go long enough to allow Stefanie into his heart?
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- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Length: 180 pages
- Release Date: November 11, 2013
- ISBN: 978-1-62266-320-0
- Imprint: Indulgence
The Cinderella Seduction – Excerpt #3
Stefanie peered past Nick to the Ferrari occupying a prime street parking space directly in front of her house. Really, who leased a Ferrari for just a few days? Apparently a visiting Greek billionaire did. And damn, she almost never scored that spot. Her ramshackle car was parked on a side street five blocks away, the closest she’d been able to get the last time she’d driven it. In addition to being extremely genetically blessed and born into the best of families, was he also like…living The Secret?
“What happened to the driver my pop arranged?” she asked, hoping she didn’t sound as miffed as she suddenly felt. Was the town car with its driver—a splurge for them—not good enough? “I—how do you say it?—ditched him,” he said, his grin making him look more like a mischievous schoolboy than a mogul with the power to bulldoze her father’s business and her grandfather’s legacy.
Stefanie had planned on doing the driving, an intention she’d made clear last night. “Are you sure that’s a good idea? You don’t know the area.”
He had, she grudgingly admitted, saved them a hike in the heat. Still, the way he seized control as a matter of course—as if being the leader was his birthright—galled her. As the owner of her own business, Stefanie was used to calling the shots. Ceding the proverbial driver’s seat didn’t sit well with her, not that it seemed she had a choice. Apparently “seducing” him would involve embracing her more traditional side.
He shrugged. “True, I do not, but you do. And the car has GPS,” he added in a teasing tone, reaching past her to open the door.
Remembering she was supposed to be winning him over, not picking him to pieces, she pasted on a smile. “In that case, how can I resist?”
Grabbing her handbag off the hook, she deliberately brushed his biceps, the muscle beneath the fine tailoring solid as steel. “Oh, sorry,” she said though of course she was anything but. Unfortunately she was turned on as well. Fantasizing about what it would feel like to be banded by his powerful embrace, wondering if she’d get to find out for real, she shivered against the sudden tingling tripping along her spine.
If Nick was affected by the casual contact, he gave no sign of it. Letting out a laugh, his big hand took possession of her shoulder, the heat from his palm searing through her clothes. “Do not look so worried, Stefanie. You will be safe with me.”