The Girl Most Likely

The Girl Most Likely

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by Donna Alward
     
 

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No one wants to take a risk on The Girl Most Likely To Have Fun...except the one person in the world she'd rather not ask.

Katie Buick dreams of opening her own niche restaurant, but finding a financial backer for a reformed party girl is proving impossible. Until she makes a final desperate plea to Ric Emerson, former geek and high school friend turned successful

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No one wants to take a risk on The Girl Most Likely To Have Fun...except the one person in the world she'd rather not ask.

Katie Buick dreams of opening her own niche restaurant, but finding a financial backer for a reformed party girl is proving impossible. Until she makes a final desperate plea to Ric Emerson, former geek and high school friend turned successful businessman. Too bad they haven't spoken since she humiliated him before their prom. The last thing she expects is for him to say yes, or for him to have made such a complete transformation from old friend to heartthrob. But she learned the hard way that nothing good comes from mixing business with pleasure.

Ric knows Katie's idea is brilliant, and with his business acumen and her work ethic, they're sure to be a success. Building the business brings Ric and Katie closer together. Chemistry still simmers between them, blurring the lines between personal and professional despite their best intentions. Ric trusts Katie to make their business a success, but can he trust her with his heart a second time?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780993716713
Publisher:
Donna Alward
Publication date:
04/14/2014
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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The Girl Most Likely


By Donna Alward

Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Copyright © 2006 Donna Alward
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59998-343-1


Chapter One

A slow song came on the radio, and when Ric smiled at her, Katie's resolve faltered. Don't ask me to dance, she prayed.

"Wanna dance?"

Oh, shoot.

He held out a hand and she didn't know what to do. Her hesitation must have been obvious because Ric looked at her meaningfully and cajoled, "It's just a dance, Katie. We've done it before."

Of course. At the country club. They were teenagers and two out of a handful of young people there. Occasionally, they'd be pressed into dancing. It hadn't been unpleasant. But Ric hadn't raised her temperature then, not as he did now.

She took his hand and her body shivered as he took her into his arms. His hand pressed against her waist, drawing her closer as they circled the floor with tiny steps. Beat by beat, all her resolve melted until she leaned into him, her head resting lightly on his right shoulder. He brought their hands in so they rested on his chest, and she felt the erratic beating of his heart against her fingers. His body was warm and hard and for the first time in years, Katie felt a security there, like she was cherished and protected.

It was easy to rest here, to let herself forget how hard it was to prove herself. She forgot all the disparaging words and skeptical looks when she said she was starting her own business. She could escape that loathsome title-Girl Most Likely to Have Fun-and simply be Katie, the woman. She hadn't ever been that person before, and it filled her with sweetness.

The song ended, but she was still in his arms, her eyes closed, feeling his chest rise and fall with his breathing as their feet still shuffled along. The DJ droned on and commercials blared through the speakers, but it didn't register. Ric dropped his head and she felt his lips against her hair as he kissed the top of her dusty head.

"Katie," he whispered. Without warning, he dipped his head further and captured her lips with his.

They were warm and persuasive, tinted with the taste of iced tea. His tongue slipped inside and she met it, letting him take the lead and following willingly. Their feet stopped moving and they stood still while her arms slid up over his shoulder blades.

It was all she'd imagined, and more. He was firm but gentle, solid and sure, and his quiet command of her mouth made her feel more feminine than she had in a long time. Kissing Ric just fit.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters and the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist.

An avid reader since childhood, Donna always made up her own stories. She completed her Arts Degree in English Literature in 1994, but it wasn't until 2001 that she penned her first full-length novel, and found herself hooked on writing romance. In 2006 she sold her first manuscript.

Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her Harlequin career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She's a two-time winner of both the Bookseller's Best Award and the Colorado Award of Excellence, and a 2012 RITA finalist.

Donna loves to hear from readers; you can contact her through her website at www.donnaalward.com, visit her facebook page, or through her publisher.

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Girl Most Likely 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Katie was voted the girl most likely in high school, unfortunately Katie was actually the girl most likely to have no self esteem, no self confidence, and most likely to let people walk all over her. Ric was the geeky, unpopular, math nerd, but they were friends because their parents were friends. Then Ric asked Katie to the prom in front of her friends and she laughed (not because she didn't like him, but because she was nervous and already had a date. They didn't speak again for ten years until Katie asks Ric to back her restaurant idea, he suggests a partnership, because he still likes her and thinks if he can just spend time with her she'll realize how much she likes him. I think the main problem I had with the book is that Katie is just to ridiculous for words. Some guy she worked with and was also dating, got her fired from the restaurant where they both worked because he wanted the promotion they were both in line for. Instead of screaming her innocence she let everyone think she did it, even her parents. Ric is so in love with her that he just can't let go of the thought that they might get together. I know I'm always trying to make the people who humiliated me in high school and be my friends too.
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sheiladancer More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A GREAT AUTHOR; I HAVE READ MOST OF HER BOOKS AND ENJOYED THEM ALL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago