Beauty and the Blue Angel [NOOK Book]

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Waitress Daisy Cusak went into labor right in the middle of the dinner rush. Racked by pain, she couldn't protest the strong arms that carried her to help. Navy pilot Alex Barone became her strength; his calming voice and caring touch helped her deliver her baby. But it wasn't just hormones that made the potent flyboy the star of her fantasies....

Alex wanted her, too--and intended to have her before his leave was up. But Daisy was more powerful than any G-force he'd ...

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Overview


Waitress Daisy Cusak went into labor right in the middle of the dinner rush. Racked by pain, she couldn't protest the strong arms that carried her to help. Navy pilot Alex Barone became her strength; his calming voice and caring touch helped her deliver her baby. But it wasn't just hormones that made the potent flyboy the star of her fantasies....

Alex wanted her, too--and intended to have her before his leave was up. But Daisy was more powerful than any G-force he'd experienced. She and her newborn daughter targeted Alex's heart, and before he knew it, his days of flying solo were numbered.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426867996
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Dynasties: The Barones, #1514
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 244,522
  • File size: 482 KB

Meet the Author

Maureen Child is the author of more than 130 romance novels and novellas that routinely appear on bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the National Reader's Choice Award. A seven-time nominee for the prestigous RITA award from Romance Writers of America, one of her books was made into a CBS-TV movie called THE SOUL COLLECTER.  Maureen recently moved from California to the mountains of Utah and is trying to get used to snow.   

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Beauty & The Blue Angel


By Maureen Child

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373765142


Chapter One

Daisy Cusak ignored the ribbon of pain snaking through her. "Just a twinge," she whispered, then ran the palm of her hand across her swollen belly. "Come on, sweetie, don't do this to Mommy, okay?"

The pains had been intermittent all day, but she'd brushed them off. All of the books said there was nothing to worry about until the contractions were steady and just a few minutes apart. Well, heck. One every hour and a half or so wasn't anything to worry about, right?

Besides, on a busy Friday night, she could make a lot of tips serving dinner at Antonio's Italian restaurant. And right now, that money would mean a lot.

All around her, noises of the busy kitchen echoed - pans clashing, chefs cursing, expensive china plates clinking. It was music of a sort. And the waiters and waitresses were the dancers.

She'd been doing this for four years and she was darn good at it. Though people wouldn't exactly consider being a waitress a career, Daisy didn't have a problem with it. She loved her job. She met new people every night, had a few regulars who would wait an extra half hour just to get seated in her station, and her bosses, the Contis, were just so darn nice to work for.

Rather than fire her for being pregnant, members of the Conti family were continually urging her to sit down, get off her feet. Someone was always near to help her with the heavier trays, and she'd already been assured that her job would be waiting for her after she took some time off with the baby.

"You'll see," she said, smiling down at her unborn child. "It's going to be great. We're going to be great."

"Everything all right, Daisy?"

She turned abruptly and grinned at Joan, one of the other waitresses. "Sure. I'm good."

The other woman looked as though she didn't believe her, and Daisy silently wished she was just a little bit better at lying.

"Why don't you take a break?" Joan said. "I'll cover your tables for you."

"It's okay," Daisy answered firmly, willing not only Joan, but herself, to believe it. "I'm fine. Honest."

Her friend gave her a worried frown, then stacked two plates of veal parmigiana on her serving tray. "Okay, but I've got my eye on you."

Along with everyone else at Antonio's, Daisy thought. She picked up a pot of coffee, pushed through the Out door and walked into the main dining room. Casual elegance flavored the room. Snowy-white linens draped the tables, candles flickered wildly within the crystal hurricane globes and soft strains of weeping violin music drifted from the overhead speakers.

Above the music came the comfortable murmur of voices, punctuated every once in a while by someone's laughter. Wineglasses clinked, forks and knives clattered against china, and men and women dressed in starched white shirts and creased black trousers moved through the crowd with choreographed precision.

Daisy smiled at her customers as she offered more coffee and took orders. She bent to grin at a toddler who was strapped into his high chair and laughing over the spaghetti he'd rubbed into his hair. Most of the wait staff hated having kids in their sections. It usually meant lost time when the customers left, because the mess had to be cleaned before anyone else could be seated. And lost time meant lost money.

But Daisy had always loved kids. Even the messy, cranky ones. Which, Joan had told her too many times to count, made Daisy nuts.

A group of men in their thirties followed the hostess and began to thread their way through the maze of tables to the huge, dark maroon leather booth at the back of Daisy's station. As they passed, she caught a look of apology from the hostess seating them. Four men would be big eaters and probably end up running Daisy's legs off. On the bright side, though, they might turn out to be good tippers, too. And she was always trying to beef up the nest egg building ever so slowly in the bank.

Another pain gripped her, this time sharply, briefly, in the middle of her back, and Daisy stiffened in reaction. Oh no, honey. Not now.

As if her baby heard that silent plea, the pain drifted away into nothing more than a slow, nagging ache. That Daisy could handle.

All she had to do was get through the next couple of hours and she'd be home free.

All he had to do was get through the next couple of hours and he'd be home free. That was what Alex Barone kept telling himself.

He was the last to be seated, and caught himself damn near perched on the edge of the leather banquette, as if ready to hit the floor running. When that thought flashed through his mind, he gritted his teeth and eased back on the bench seat. Damned if he'd feel guilty for coming into this restaurant.

Damned if he'd worry about the ramifications.

Although, if he'd known his friends were going to choose Antonio's, he might have bowed out. There was no point in going out of his way to antagonize an old family enemy.

He glanced around at the place and smiled to himself. As a Barone, he'd been raised with stories that made the Conti family sound like demons. But if this was their hell, they'd made a nice place of it. Dim lighting, soft music ... the scents coming out of the kitchen nearly made him groan in appreciation.

Nearly every table was full, and the wait staff looked busy as ground troops settling in for a big campaign. That thought brought a smile. He'd been in the military too long.

While his friends laughed and talked, Alex let his gaze drift around the room again, keeping a watchful eye out for any loose Contis. But since none of them knew Alex personally, what were the chances he'd be recognized as a Barone? Slim to none.

So he was just going to relax, have dinner, then leave with no one the wiser.

In the next instant, all thoughts of leaving raced from his brain.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Beauty & The Blue Angel by Maureen Child Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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    Half way thru stil loving it.

    Ms Child does a great job with her addition to this series. Alex finds himself a women who can make a home anywhere because she knows all you need to do that is your family that she now has.

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