Dream's End [NOOK Book]

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MAKE IT HAPPEN!

That's what shy secretary Eleanor Perrie was determined to do! She was fed up with Curry Matherson's treatment of her. His nontreatment, that is. Her tall, dark Texan boss--the man who consumed her every thought--barely even looked at her. It was a situation that called for drastic measures. It was a situation that called for...a makeover! Gone were the prim-and-proper outfits, the owlish glasses, the demure hairdo... Out came the stylish dresses, and down came ...

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Overview

MAKE IT HAPPEN!

That's what shy secretary Eleanor Perrie was determined to do! She was fed up with Curry Matherson's treatment of her. His nontreatment, that is. Her tall, dark Texan boss--the man who consumed her every thought--barely even looked at her. It was a situation that called for drastic measures. It was a situation that called for...a makeover! Gone were the prim-and-proper outfits, the owlish glasses, the demure hairdo... Out came the stylish dresses, and down came the hair! Curry was stunned. Was this fabulous, sexy vision really Eleanor?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426842351
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 19,731
  • File size: 588 KB

Meet the Author



Diana Palmer is a former newspaper reporter with 16 years' experience on both daily and weekly newspapers. She began selling romance novels in 1979 and currently writes for HQN Books (mainstream romances) and Silhouette Books (contemporary series romances).

Diana Palmer has over 40 million copies of her books in print, which have been translated and published around the world, and she has written over 100 books for Silhouette, MIRA and Harlequin Books.

Her awards include 10 Waldenbooks national sales awards, four B. Dalton national sales awards, two Bookrak national sales awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award for series storytelling from Romantic Times Magazine, several Affaire de Coeur awards, and two regional RWA awards.

In 1998, a Japanese Harlequin reader poll gave her Silhouette Desire novel The Patient Nurse its favorite-book-of-the-year award.

She is listed in numerous publications, including Contemporary Authors by the Gale Group, Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers by St. James Press, The Writers Directory by St. James Press, the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers by Melrose Press, Ltd., and Love's Leading Ladies by Kathryn Falk.

She is a member of the Native American Rights Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Cattlemen's Association, the Archeological Institute of America, the Planetary Society, the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, and numerous conservation and charitable organizations. Her hobbies include gardening, archeology, anthropology, iguanas, astronomy and music.

She has been marriedto her husband, James, since 1972. They have one son, who is in college studying to pursue a law enforcement career.

Diana herself went back to college as a day student at the age of 45, inspired by her husband, who had quit a blue-collar manufacturing job to return to school and get his diploma in computer programming. He retired from his own computer business in 1998, and now enters skeet-shooting competitions in local, state, national and international competition.

Diana graduated summa cum laude from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, in 1995 with a major in history and a double minor in archeology and Spanish. She was named to two honor societies (the Torch Club and Alpha Chi) and was named to the National Dean's List.

In addition to her writing projects, she is currently working on her master's degree in history at California State University. She hopes to specialize in Native American studies.
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Dream's End


By Diana Palmer

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-51280-5


Chapter One

Eleanor Perrie peeked up from her typing. The distinguished man in the gray business suit had begun shifting restlessly on the luxurious couch. He seemed to be checking his watch every minute. She permitted herself a tiny smile before she touched the intercom button between the living room, where she worked, and the stables down below the big ranch house.

"What is it?" came the impatient reply.

"I think your souffle is done," she said, purposefully vague. "It's very puffed and browning off on top."

There was soft, deep laughter just for an instant on the other end of the line. She could almost see the grin on that swarthy face. "I'll be right up, Miss Perrie."

"I sincerely hope so, Mr. Matherson," she replied with sugary sarcasm, and cut off the connection. She glanced at the man in the gray suit and smiled. Her creamy complexion lit up and emphasized the odd pale green of her eyes, hidden by oversized round eyeglasses with black frames. Her jet black hair was coiled and pinned on top of her head.

"Mr. Matherson will be right up," she said courteously, raising her voice now so that he could hear her from across the room.

"Thank you," the impatient man said stiffly.

"One of our prize Appaloosa mares was foaling this morning," Eleanor added for effect. "Mr. Matherson wanted to see about her."

"I understand," the older man nodded, with a polite smile that didn't reach his eyes.

Oh, no, you don't, Eleanor thought with amusement as she dropped her eyes back to the letter she was typing. Curry Matherson knew how to get what he wanted from people, and this poor little fish was about to find it out. Curry had planned to build a very sophisticated office complex on land that belonged to this annoyed speculator. The whole deal hinged on whether or not Durwood Magins, sitting nervously on the very edge of the big sofa, could be persuaded to sell at a fair market price - not the exorbitant figure he was demanding.

Tired of bargaining with him, this morning Curry had called Magins to tell him he was dropping the whole project and had found another site. Fifteen minutes later, Magins had been sitting on the same sofa he was glued to now. And Curry, who was only looking at the new foal, not helping to deliver it, had allowed him to sit there and sweat it out for two solid hours. Eleanor watched the greedy little man with mingled compassion and amusement. His own avarice seemed to her to be his worst enemy. And he should have had the sense not to tangle with Curry in the first place. This was really one of her boss's nicer tactics.

Seconds later, Curry Matherson walked into the room. There was a half smile on his lean, tanned face that was at variance with the glittering, quite dangerous look in his silvery eyes. He towered over most people, and since Magins wasn't tall anyway, Curry made him look like a dwarf. Her boss's athletic body was built with hard riding and ranch work, as well as sports, at which he excelled. Curry excelled at everything.

She tried not to look at him too hard as he shook Magins' hand with a grip that probably bruised it, but her eyes kept going back to him, tracing the hard lines of his face, the thick dark hair that was just a little unruly from the wind. She'd loved him forever, it seemed. Since the day she applied for the job as his private secretary three years ago....

He hadn't been in a good mood at all on the morning of her interview, and Eleanor had been a little bit afraid of the tall, dark man. If she hadn't just lost her parents, and suddenly discovered how badly off she was going to be financially, and needed a job in such a desperate hurry, she'd probably have walked out the door.

(Continues...)



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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Again, Diana Palmer

    Great read...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Endingstar to All

    11th result! Sorry!

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Very enjoyable read!

    My favorite romance author is Diana Palmer, and this book didn't disappoint. Great story with a happy ending. That's what I love about her books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Diana Palmer once again brings the cowboy spirit and attitude to life and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Good romantic story

    This is one of Diana Palmer's older releases. The story line is good, I liked the characters, it's just a little dated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Loved it!

    I really like Diana's books, where the men are real men and the women are treated with respect and deeply loved. Call me old fashioned but when I read a romance novel I want some romance, not an agressive hard nosed female and a whimpy "yes" man. There are books where thats expected an I enjoy reading them however, this is old fashion romance and there are many of us who enjoy being pampered for a change.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Disgusting

    This is the most disgusting story I have ever read. All of a sudden he realizes he "loves" her. After all those years of being around her, she takes off her glasses, puts on some eye shadow and she's a desirable woman? Give me a break. I don't understand how the same person can write some of the good books Diana Palmer has, and also write this drivel.

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