Expecting His Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Series #2704) [NOOK Book]

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The one-night baby!

Levander Kolovsky has a dark, dangerous past. He trusts only himself and doesn't want a wife or an heir to the Kolovsky name.

Millie has returned to Australia to find Levander. They shared one unforgettable night together. And now she's come to tell her secret: she's expecting his baby....

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Expecting His Love-Child (Harlequin Presents Series #2704)

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Overview

The one-night baby!

Levander Kolovsky has a dark, dangerous past. He trusts only himself and doesn't want a wife or an heir to the Kolovsky name.

Millie has returned to Australia to find Levander. They shared one unforgettable night together. And now she's come to tell her secret: she's expecting his baby....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426812347
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Series: Expecting! Series , #2704
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 102,371
  • File size: 131 KB

Meet the Author

Carol was born in England to Scottish parents, which meant many long, happy summer holidays spent in Scotland with her two sisters.

The only thing a secretarial course taught her was that she didn't want to work in an office. Applying to do her nursing training, she was advised to write the entrance test for the three-year State Registered Nurse Course, but at 18, the two-year State Enrolled Nurse program sounded more attractive. Anyway, if she liked it she could always make up the time later, couldn't she? How simple it all sounded.

On completion of her training, she worked for five years in a phenomenally busy Accident and Emergency Department, which she adored. However, itchy feet got the better of her and she headed off for a year in Australia with her younger sister.

Six weeks before she came home Carol met her future husband. Proof, she says, that whirlwind holiday romances can work. An extremely expensive courtship followed. Long letters, longer telephone calls, and even longer air flights, until finally they married and settled in Melbourne, Australia.

Now seemed the perfect time to get her nursing on track, and she applied and was accepted to do her Bachelor of Nursing. However, a vague feeling of nausea on enrollment day was to change all that. Surely she could combine university with one tiny baby, couldn't she? After all, how much work could it be?

Through all of this the desire to write a romance was there and many a night was spent bashing away at the typewriter, and later the computer, but it was so much harder than it first looked and she never managed to quite finish it….

While pregnant with her second child,abrilliantstory line came to her. The first book was unceremoniously shelved and she worked hard on her masterpiece. Finally, she plucked up the courage to submit and smugly awaited its acceptance. Of course, it was rejected and, in truth, it was absolutely awful, but an encouraging letter pointing out where she had gone wrong (it was a long letter) kept the writing bug alive.

Six months after the birth of her third child, the sudden death of her father, and its painful aftermath forced her to reappraise her life's goals. Her father had never been one to waste a moment, and realizing what a precious gift life was and with her husband's encouragement, Carol decided to seize the day. The initial manuscript was taken down, dusted off, revamped, relocated, and rewritten and finally, after the longest time, accepted.

Now she is happy to concentrate mainly on writing, though she will always nurse. The ambition to do a Bachelor of Nursing has been replaced by a desire to do a Bachelor of Midwifery and she is awaiting the implementation of the course in Australia. She remains quietly confident that she can somehow combine family, writing, study, and nursing. After all, how hard could it be?

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They had to be breaking up, Millie decided.

Or rather he was breaking up with her.

To keep her brain from freezing over as she served patrons long into the night at the terribly exclusive Melbourne restaurant, Millie Andrews invented a background for each of the tables she waited on.

And now, as the clock edged past midnight, there were just three tables left.

One was a rather boozy celebratory business dinner, which thankfully, now that the bar was closed, was starting to wind up. The second consisted of a rather strained couple. The lady had duly eaten her way through fish and salad, minus dressing, and was clearly uncomfortable in her very tight black velvet dress. Millie decided she had probably just had a baby and was feeling horribly self-conscious at being out with her very good-looking but extremely passive-aggressive husband—'You don't really want dessert, do you, darling?'

And then there was the beautiful pair.

Blonde, svelte and jangling with nerves, a stunning woman was imploring her dining partner to 'just, please, listen'—reaching for his hand, her throaty voice urgent as her… Millie couldn't quite make this one out—husband, fiancé…? No neither fitted. Boyfriend? Or just lover, perhaps…? As he sat and listened impassively, utterly unmoved by her desperate pleas.

'Please, if you would just listen to me—really listen…'

They were too rich to notice or care that a waitress was clearing away their barely touched plates, and Millie's ears were on elastic as the blonde beauty begged for her chance, her bright, blue eyes glittering with tears as she choked the words out and reached for his hand again.

'Before yousay it cannot happen, just hear what I have to say first…please.'

'Perhaps you should try listening…' he growled. His voice was accented, deep, low and just divine, but since till then the only words he'd growled in Millie's direction had been, 'Rare steak, fresh tomato salad,' so far she hadn't been able to place it.

'All night I have told you no, yet still you persist.'

'Why do you think I persist, Levander?'

Russian, Millie finally recognised, lingering rather too long over clearing the table. His salad had barely been touched; his steak was only half eaten. If she'd followed protocol, she should have asked then if everything had been to his satisfaction—if, by chance, there was a problem with his meal—but the intense conversation and his mood certainly didn't encourage interruption, and, given that it was her last night in Melbourne, protocol went where it belonged.

Straight out of the window.

'You persist because you hope I change my mind. How many times do you have to hear me say it to understand that I never will?'

Even as she backed away, and even though the kitchen had long ago closed, Millie was tempted to offer them the dessert menu. Prepared even to whisk up dessert herself if it meant she could listen on.

They fascinated her.

Fascinated her.

From the second they had walked in she had been entranced.

By him.

As he'd walked through the door, standing tall, brooding and vaguely familiar in a charcoal suit, loosening his tie as his eyes scowled over the room, a low murmur had gone around and every head had turned—especially Millie's, as she'd tried and failed to place him. Ross, the manager, had raced over and steered them to the most private table at the back of the restaurant, then delivered Millie a quick warning before he dispatched her to take their orders.

'Nothing's too much trouble, okay?'

His date was beautiful, yes—on any other night she'd be a fascinating subject—but the glamorous woman faded into insignificance beside her date, because he was…

…exquisite.

As an artist Millie was often asked where her inspiration came from—and here was a fragment of the answer.

Inspiration came in the most unexpected places and at the most unexpected times. Twelve hours before she left Australia—twelve hours before she headed home for London—her head should be buzzing with "to do" lists. She should be adding up her tips and working out if she could afford the night in Singapore she'd booked en route. Instead she was consumed with this fascinating man—his beauty was, quite literally, inspiring.

His bone structure was impeccable, and his features had Millie's fingers aching to pull out a sketchpad and capture them: in perfect symmetry, as with all true beauties, his high cheekbones razored through his face, a strong jawline was dark and unshaven against his pale skin. His thick, longish hair was charcoal, not quite black, but too dark to be called brown, and whatever pallet his creator had used, the brush had been dipped twice in the same well—his eyes held the same bewitching hue, only deeper and glossier.

His date was gorgeous—possibly one of the most beautiful women Millie had seen—yet she dimmed beside him. The whole restaurant dimmed a touch, and she wanted to capture that, make him the sole focus—like endless Russian dolls, Millie mused, seeing the germ of the picture she would create in her mind's eye: him—the biggest most stunning, most exquisitely featured—and the rest—his date, the other clients, the staff, the street outside—ever diminishing objects, growing smaller and smaller till there was nothing left.

'You are a cold bastard.' His date hissed the words out, almost spat them across the table. But he didn't flinch and neither, Millie noted, did he attempt to dispute the fact.

'It must be hereditary.'

'So that's it? After all I've told you—you can just sit there?' Still he didn't answer—utterly bored, he had the audacity to yawn as she promptly burst into tears.

'You're not even going to think about it?'

Again he didn't answer, and even though Millie still hadn't managed to pin a label on her as, sobbing yet somehow elegant, the blonde stumbled out of the restaurant, it was clear that whatever her title had been a few minutes ago it had just been superseded. As of this moment she was an ex.

'She waits now for me to run after her…'Those charcoal eyes stared up at her, his lashes so thick, his gaze so intense, that for a second Millie's world stopped.

I'd wait, Millie thought, stunned that he was talking to her, that he didn't seem remotely embarrassed that she'd witnessed this intensely personal moment.

'I will sit here for a while longer—hopefully she will get the message and go home.'

'Or she might ring you on your mobile,' Millie said, blushing furiously as she did so, because even if it seemed to be idle conversation, as a lowly waitress it was inappropriate to comment. Management's orders were very clear: she should merely smile politely and move on.

Only she didn't.

Instead she hovered on the giddy line of propriety. His eyes pinned her, and the impact of him close up, of actually conversing with him, was utterly, fabulously devastating—and he surely knew it. Knew it because instead of looking away, instead of dismissing her, he responded with a question.

'Would you wait?'

'Perhaps…'Her voice when it came was breathy, her shirt suddenly impossibly tight as she struggled to drag air into her lungs, her skin on fire—and not because Ross, her manager, was looking on and frowning at the exchange.

'Once I'd calmed down, once I'd…' She didn't get to finish as, almost on cue, his phone rang. And at that point she crossed the line. Instead of turning and discreetly walking away, instead of heading back to the bar to let him take his call, she stood there, watching transfixed as he picked up his phone with long, pale, slender fingers that had Millie wondering if he was also an artist—wondering if that might be the reason she was so drawn to him.

'Thank you for the warning,' he said, turning off the phone.

'You're welcome,'Millie croaked, her cheeks flaming as attraction fully hit, and she was, for the first time, privy to that unscrupulous face breaking into a smile.

'Another.' He gestured to his glass, and Millie was about to say no, that the bar had closed about ten minutes ago. But glancing over to her boss, and seeing him frantically nodding, Millie gave a smile and, slipping away, headed over to the bar.

'What was that all about?'Ross asked the second she was within earshot.

'What?'

'Come on, Millie, don't play games with me. What was that cosy little exchange you were having with Levander?'

'He was just talking.' Millie flushed, and not just at being caught flirting—even his name was sexy.

'You were the one who said that nothing should be too much trouble. It would have been rude to walk away.'

'You know how to handle things.' Ross shot her a warning look.

'Do you want me to take his drink over for you?'

'Of course not.' Millie shook her head, quickly changing the subject as Ross poured a generous dash of vodka into a glass.

'Should we get the port those businessmen wanted? They might get upset if they see us still serving him.'

'The bar's closed,' Ross said, placing the drink down for Millie to take over.

'At least to anyone who isn't a Kolovsky.'

'Kolovsky?'Mille frowned, trying to place the familiar name and hoping he'd elaborate, but Ross just grinned.

'It's Russian for money!'

Placing his drink in front of him, Millie was curiously disappointed when he didn't look up, when he didn't even give a distracted thanks. Instead he stared across the room and out onto the street, drumming his fingers restlessly. Never had it taken so long to place a drink on a table, to clear away a few stray glasses and wait—wait for him to bring her into his delicious focus, to once again, even for a moment, be the woman who held his attention.

Only he didn't.

'You might as well go home, Millie.'Ross came over as the last of the rowdy businessmen finally tipped out onto the street, but the words she'd been waiting to hear all night didn't sound quite so sweet now. Despite her tiredness, despite an empty suitcase waiting to be filled and a flight to be caught back to London in the morning, suddenly she didn't want to go. Staring over at the table, she watched as he leant back in his chair and took a slow sip of his drink. Ross did the same.

'I might as well get started on some paperwork—he looks as if he's settled for the night.'

Millie couldn't help but frown—an extra drink for a special customer was one thing, but for Ross to happily sit and while away an hour or two was unprecedented. This time Ross was only too happy to elaborate.

'He's a great tipper—as you're about to find out.' He held out a black velvet folder and peeled out an indecent amount of notes, taking his cut and handing the rest to Millie.

'Looks like you'll be staying in Singapore after all!'

'Goodness.'

'You deserve it. You've been a great worker—a real asset to the restaurant.'He went over to the till and handed her an envelope.

'There are your other tips and your wages, and there's a reference in there, too. If you're ever back in Melbourne, know that there's always a job here for you.'

More than anything Millie hated goodbyes. Ross wasn't even that much of a friend, but still tears filled her eyes as she took the envelope. Maybe it was emotion catching up, maybe it was the fact that no doubt she'd never be back, her dream trip to Australia to showcase her art having been nothing but a flop, but for whatever reason, she gave him a small hug.

Without this job she'd have been home weeks ago.

Without this job she'd still be wondering if she might have one day made it.

Like it or not, at least now she knew the answer.

There were a million things she had to do, but instead of turning left as she exited the restaurant Millie turned right, noisily clipping along Collins Street on black stilettos that needed re-heeling, barely even glancing into the exclusive shops as she headed to the gallery for one final glimpse of her work in the window.

And then she saw it. Millie's head turned so abruptly that she was positively whiplashed as she put a very beautiful face to a very beautiful name.

House of Kolovsky.

The cerulean blue frontage and the embossed gold lettering were familiar the world over—yet so far removed from Millie's existence that till now she'd barely even given the building a glance. Unable to resist now, though, she teetered forward, gazing into a magnificent window, dressed with ream after ream of the heavy silk that was so much the Kolovsky trademark, with opals as big as gulls' eggs seemingly casually tossed in—but the effect was so stunning Millie was in no doubt that each jewel had been placed with military precision, along with the tiny lights that were twinkling and catching the fluid colour of the fabric.

Kolovsky was renowned for its stunning fashion collections as well as the fabrics themselves: rich, heavy silks that were supposed to have the same magical effect as opals—capturing the light and even, it was rumoured by devotees, changing colour according to a woman's mood. Millie had raised her eyebrows in rather bored disbelief when she'd read that in a magazine, but standing with her nose practically against the window, seeing the heavy, fabulous tones and sumptuous attention to detail, Mille could almost believe it. What she was finding rather more difficult to fathom, though, was what had taken place earlier. She had flirted with none other than Levander Kolovsky.

She had seen him before—it was all coming to her now: notorious bad boy, the darling of the tabloids here in Melbourne, his every move, his every comment, his every encounter faithfully and libellously documented.

Millie let out a gurgle of laughter. She'd been flirting with the biggest rake in Melbourne. Just wait till she told Anton!

Peeling herself away from the window, Millie allowed herself just one final glimpse. She would have loved to feel her body draped in something so exquisite. Not that she could ever afford it. Millie sighed, picking up her pace and walking the few doors down to the gallery. She could barely afford anything at the moment—which was how a tortured artist was supposed to start, Mille reminded herself. But her usual pep-talk was starting to lose its oomph—cold reality hitting home as she stood on the pavement outside the gallery.

Very soon she wouldn't be a struggling artist. Instead she'd be a teacher.

Seeing a light on inside, Millie stood well back, not wanting Anton, the owner, to see her tears as she bade goodbye to her dream.


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    Beautifully sweet

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    This little romance really hit home for me. We travelled to Russia and brought back a wonderful russian princess, but we unfortunately travelled once and came home empty. Having the hero from Russia and from poverty reminded me of how special all of those darlings are! Very romantic and quite heart warming! A must buy!

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    Great book

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