Holiday Affair

Holiday Affair

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It was nothing more than a holiday fling...until he moved in next door.

Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He's got a body just made for

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It was nothing more than a holiday fling...until he moved in next door.

Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He's got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.

When Nick blows into town, he's stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He's unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can't seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy's heart or will she be the one woman he simply can't walk away from?

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ISBN-13:
9781622669066
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
Affair
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Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
27,570
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Holiday Affair


By Annie Seaton, Rima Jean, Alethea Spiridon Hopson

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Annie Seaton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-906-6


CHAPTER 1

No more prim and proper Dr. McIntyre.

Lissy McIntyre sat on the side of the old sailing ship as it rounded the point into Butterfly Bay, curly, sun-streaked strands of auburn hair pushed across her face by the breeze. She imagined the reaction of her history colleagues at the university if they could see Dr. McIntyre in backpacker mode. The days spent basking in the warmth around the pool at Hamilton Island over the last week had made her almost forget it was winter back home on the New England tablelands of Australia.

Sails snapped as the wind caught them and the crew scurried to tighten the ropes to ease the beautiful old timber schooner into the bay for its overnight anchorage. The musical tone of backpackers chatting in different languages provided a cheerful end to the first day of her sailing adventure.

She lifted her camera to capture the sunset. A rugged face appeared in the viewfinder, blocking her view of the sky. Brilliant blue eyes peered cheekily into her camera. She snapped a quick shot of the sailor up the mast. She stood to click a series of images of the sun setting over the water as flashes of pink, silver-tipped clouds suffused the sky, and the golden orb slipped toward the horizon. Lowering the camera, she waited as the sailor climbed down the mast toward her. He swung down on the lower ropes, his deep voice serenading her with a bawdy sea shanty. She laughed and finished off the last two lines of the song with him.

"What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Put him in bed with the captain's daughter?" The man grabbed two beers from the ice container on the deck and sat on the steps next to her.

"Cheers. I'm Nick and I think I'm in love, Angel Face." He held up a beer and tilted his head to the side with a questioning look. "A toast to the sunset?"

She nodded and smiled at him as she reached for the beer.

"And a toast to a beautiful lady," he said.

She caught her breath as deep blue eyes locked with hers. Her hand shook as he captured her fingers and she grasped the icy bottle. He was almost too good-looking. A bright blue bandana held back a thatch of shaggy sun-bleached hair. She held his gaze as he clinked his bottle against hers. Dr. McIntyre would have blushed, but Lissy McIntyre took it in stride. It wasn't every day that a man like this sang to you and offered you a toast. She took it in the holiday spirit, which she was sure he'd intended, although he held her gaze a little longer than a casual look called for.

"Thanks, and cheers. I'm Lissy."

"Backpacking?" He sat comfortably next to her, his muscled legs stretched out on the timber deck, his shoulder resting casually against her. She looked up at him and felt a strong urge to pull loose the bandana and run her fingers through his shaggy hair.

"Sort of."

Nick turned to her, revealing laugh lines around his eyes and sexy mouth. He was much older than she had first thought.

"Just a bit of a trip around North Queensland. How about you?" She was not going to give away too much. She wasn't ready yet to slip back into her real world of boring history professor. She had found comfort in being her Gramps's Lissy in the ten days since she'd scattered his ashes on Blackrock Beach and flown to the tropics for a restful holiday.

"Same. Just crewing on the boat for a friend for a few weeks," he replied. "Speaking of which, I'd better go and help with the anchor. We're almost to the island." He tipped his head back, swigging the rest of his beer. He grasped the rope to swing himself to the upper deck, the muscles in his arms bunching. Giving her a broad wink, he grinned cheekily at her.

"Save a dance for me tonight, Angel Face." Nick headed for the front of the large yacht, chatting and joking with the other passengers. He was tall and broad and had an almost primitive sexuality. He was one of the best-looking men she had ever seen and an unfamiliar warmth pervaded her body. Reluctantly, she dragged her eyes away from the breadth of his tanned back and tautly muscled legs as a voice interrupted her thoughts.

"Half your luck. You've been chosen for the night."

Lissy turned to see a blond girl in the charter company's uniform looking at her with a bemused expression. "Excuse me?"

"You're the chosen one for tonight."

Unease unfurled in her chest. "What do you mean?"

"Nick had the same bet with the crew last trip. He picks his conquest for the party on the way into the bay. The woman he chooses to share a beer with before we moor is the chosen one, and the crew bet on it either way, depending on their impression of the girl. I overheard the boys laughing about it last trip."

Lissy cursed herself for her naivety.

"Thanks for the warning, but I'm not interested."

"Your call, but he is a good catch if you can pin him down." The girl shrugged as she gathered up the empty bottles and made her way toward the galley. "No one has been able to, so far."

"What a jerk!" Lissy mouthed under her breath.

Did he really think one beer would get her into bed with him? It didn't matter how good-looking he was. She gritted her teeth, curling her fists by her sides.

Even so, it didn't matter how she looked — did he really think she was that easy? History was not going to repeat itself. One absent backpacker father was quite enough for this family. This guy needs to be taught a lesson.

Her throat ached. Unshed tears stung her eyes as the emotion of the last week caught up with her. The cancellation of her mother's flight from Denmark had left her alone at the memorial service, except for Gramps's fishing mates. As she had looked across the water to the rising sun, she'd whispered the words Gramps had penned for her to read while scattering his ashes to the chilly easterly wind.

"Let the ocean soothe your sorrow. I am now with you always; in the sea, the sands, and the wind." She breathed in deeply as she looked out at the sapphire blue of the Pacific Ocean, letting the sound of the water soothe her grief.

The electronic anchor clattered to the sandy bottom of the bay, interrupting her sad thoughts. Brushing the tears away with the back of her hand, she waited for an opportunity to make her move. It wasn't long before Nick turned and walked back toward her, and she caught his eye, blowing him a kiss.

He smiled wickedly at her. "Looking forward to that dance." She watched him swagger to the side of the boat to lower the dinghy, with more than a touch of arrogance in his bearing.

"Me too," she simpered as she stood up and bent over in front of him to pick up her rucksack, making sure he got a good view of her long tanned legs. Out of the corner of her eye, she watched as two crewmembers gave each other a high five. The anger built in her chest and she gritted her teeth as they helped Nick with the ropes holding the rubber dinghy high on the side of the yacht, joking and laughing.

Picking up her rucksack, she made her way to the group waiting to climb down the rope ladder to the dinghy for the short trip across to the island. Standing next to two Italian girls, she grimaced. They whispered and giggled, pointing at Nick expertly steering the dinghy through the coral heads in the bay. He dropped the first group on the island and turned back to those waiting on the boat. He stood aft, one hand on the tiller, the other shading his eyes from the setting sun, his muscled legs braced against the small waves hitting the boat. He looked up to catch Lissy's eye, and a slow, sexy grin spread over his face.

No man should be so sexy.

Lissy was the last to climb down the rope ladder and as she prepared to step across to the dinghy; a rogue wave pushed it away from the side of the old schooner.

"Quick, jump!" he yelled. She threw her rucksack into the dinghy and jumped, landing awkwardly on her backside.

"Are you hurt?" Nick put out his hand to help pull her up, his eyes full of concern.

"Only my pride," she said. He took her hand and a tingle of warmth shot up her arm. Her fingers felt hot in his grasp and she fought the urge to snatch her hand away as he looked down at her sprawled on the side of the dinghy. The Italian girls giggled, clapping their hands with delight and pretending to swoon as he lifted her up into his arms. He pulled her tight against him, the hair-roughened warmth of his chest brushing against her bare shoulders. "Thank you, she said breathlessly, as she fought the mirth building in her chest.

"No injuries from the fall?" he asked softly. She shook her head and removed her hand from his tight grip. She sat down on the soft side of the dinghy and Nick steered through the coral to the island where the rest of the crew were setting up camp.

Two hours later, Lissy sat watching the sparks that whirled in the breeze as Nick added more driftwood to the fire. The crew had given them a feast of fresh fish, salad, and tropical fruits. Replete, both tourists and crew settled on sand still warm from the sun. The campfire provided a soft flickering light and one of the backpackers gently strummed his guitar. She gazed into the fire, remembering the days at Blackrock Beach when she and Gramps had fried fresh fish over a driftwood fire on the beach. For the first time in a week, she moved past the grief and found joy in the memory.

"He must have been good." Goose bumps raised on her arms as she felt the warmth of Nick's breath on her neck.

She moved away slightly. "Excuse me?"

"There's only one thing that will put that look on a woman's face," he whispered in her ear.

"Oh yes, he was." She grabbed her rucksack, and used it as a pillow. She looked up at the brilliant stars dotting the black sky. "The very best." Gramps had been the only stability she had ever known. If Nick thought she was talking about a previous lover, so be it, since he deserved everything he was about to get.

He held her eyes and then dropped his gaze to linger on her body stretched on the sand. She held her breath as he slowly looked down from her shoulders to her breasts and then back up to capture her gaze. Lissy shivered, imagining the tips of his fingers caressing her skin. The music increased in tempo, and a couple of the girls began to dance on the beach. He leaned down to her, his breath tickling her neck as he whispered in her ear.

"Come on. Dance with me?" She shivered again and goose bumps ran down her arm despite the warmth of his body pressing into her side.

He pulled her up and her eyes held his as he pulled her close. Wrapping her arms around his neck, she molded herself to the hard planes of his body and they moved in time with the slow music. Their bare feet slipped through the soft white sand as they danced slowly around the fire, the crackling of the flames and muted guitar music surrounding them. He gently pushed closer and her lips found their way to his neck, her mouth opening slightly as she inhaled, his musky scent teasing her nostrils.

Closing her eyes, she sighed softly. She felt his hard chest against the softness of her breasts, and she forgot why she was dancing so closely with a stranger. She pretended Nick was someone who cared about her. As he guided her around the fire in time to the soft music, his hand caressed her back. The pressure of his hand increased as he guided them toward the shadows at the edge of the clearing. The first fluttering of panic began in her chest. With every step she became more aware of the proximity and warmth of his body and the temptation she faced. He dropped his lips to her neck and gently sucked on her skin. An explosion of feeling raced from her neck to her stomach. She pulled back gently and looked up at him, giving herself some breathing space. She breathed rapidly, her lips slightly parted as Nick looked down at her.

"I admire a woman who knows what she wants." His voice hinted at all sorts of pleasures.

"Mmm ... very tempting." She regretted the words as soon as they were out of her mouth.

Get yourself out of this before it is too late. Standing on her toes, she moved her hands from his neck to his shoulders and put her face close to his.

"What a shame all the tents are so close," she breathed into his ear. "No privacy here, and I show my appreciation rather loudly."

She pursed her lips, fighting to keep a straight face. She tried to hold back her laughter, imagining herself as a femme fatale, a passionate woman of the world, and a lusty participant in the bedroom. Nothing could be further from the truth — especially the last few years when she'd buried herself in her studies and research.

She quickly lowered her head to hide the laughter in her eyes and Nick pulled her close, whispering in her ear.

"Don't cry. I'll take care of you." She looked up at him, tears filling her eyes. She swallowed the giggle bubbling in her throat and then reached up as though she was going to kiss him.

"Sorry, buddy, you've lost your bet tonight." Pushing him away, she strolled across to the group around the fire and sat down next to the Italian girls. After tying her sarong tightly around her breasts, she clenched her hands to still the shaking of her fingers.

Yes, a real femme fatale.

CHAPTER 2

Nick had first noticed her standing apart from the group of noisy backpackers at the marina that morning. Boarding the vessel alone, she had kept to herself all day. Deep in thought as the old schooner sailed across the Whitsunday Passage to Hook Island, he noticed her brush away tears a couple of times. He had also taken several long appreciative looks at her sunbathing on the front deck from his vantage point high up the mast as he rigged the sails. After watching her all day, he was not surprised to feel that jolt of heat run through his body. She had a tilted nose with a light sprinkling of freckles and full red lips. Red-gold hair fell in a tangle of curls to brush her delicate bare shoulders. She was older than most of the backpackers on the charter, but had a maturity and a beauty that made him look again ... and again. It would have been an enjoyable way to end his last trip on the boat.

No commitment, no strings attached; just the way he liked it.

Now, Nick was angry at his stupidity in getting himself entangled in this situation on his last day on the boat. It was because of that stupid bet. He had lost control of the situation when he had become so attracted to Lissy. On the other trips this week, he had shared a few flirtatious kisses with the chosen girls to win the wager with the crew. When he looked down at Lissy, he had been lost in her sad, dark eyes. As he shifted his eyes to her soft mouth, her lips had beckoned him. He had only to dip his head slightly and he could have covered her mouth with his own, savoring the tempting sweetness of those luscious lips.

He shook his head in frustration.

What the hell is wrong with me? I'm getting soft.

It was time to get back to work and finish the blasted report or the funding would dry up. The recent calls from his family indicated it was time to go home and be the dutiful son and brother for a while. The emails from his mother hinted at upcoming changes in the family, and how much they missed him. The pull of Italian blood was strong. As much as he hated to admit it, he loved his time back in Armidale on the family farm. La mia famiglia ... the close bond that held his brothers and sisters together no matter where they were in the world was fostered by their mother.

"Penny for your thoughts?" He jumped as a hand touched his arm.

The first woman who had really attracted him for a long time stood in front of him, backlit by the flickering firelight. Smarting from the unflattering image of himself as a Lothario who would make money from a demeaning bet, he knew it was time to make amends.

"You really don't want to know what I'm thinking. Boring thoughts about work," he said. He walked over to the camp fridge, grabbed two beers, and held one out to her.

"Peace offering?"

After a pause, she reached for the beer. "Why not?"

They sipped their beers in silence as they walked back to the group sitting around the fire. They sat on the soft sand and Lissy looked over at him and spread her hands. "Can you really call this work?"

He laughed and decided it was not the right time to tell her all about himself, now that she seemed to have forgiven him for his crass behavior. He would give it a while and then admit that there was more to him than just a drifter in the Islands.

* * *

The whoosh of waves breaking on the crushed coral beach woke Lissy early the next morning. Rolling onto her stomach, she opened the flap of the one-man tent and propped her chin on her hand, enjoying the view of the old sailing ship silhouetted by the rising sun. She saw tanned muscular legs through her tent flap and she sighed at the sight of Nick heading for the water, clad only in a pair of tiny black swimming trunks. Closing her tent flap, she rolled on to her back, crossing her arms on her chest. Even though she knew what Nick was after, she still found him incredibly attractive ... and kind. It had been good of him to apologize last night.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing romance. She is a true romantic at heart and loves a happy ending. Annie lives with her husband, and "Bob" the dog and her two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town in New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

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Holiday Affair 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
RobinCovington More than 1 year ago
I love a holiday romance story - sun, sand, sexy times - and these characters were so lovely that I was rooting for them the whole time. highly recommended read!
Evelyn0 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! A perfect sunlounger, slurp it up, romantic read.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Aubrey Review Copy Provided by the Publisher I loved University and always wanted to become a professor. The storyline of this novel played into those dreams right from the start. Two young, attractive and intelligent people have a chance meeting. They spend a glorious night together and things are left up in the air. The chemistry is hot but both have trust issues for two different reasons. When Lissy and Nick meet you can feel the electricity between them jump right off the page. Neither one knows what to do with the heat they have and both fight it from beginning to end. Holiday Affair was a super quick read that left me wanting more from this author. Nick the super hunky hero of the story comes from a huge family that is full of life and laughter. Lissy is an only child primary raised by her grandfather. The allure of his family is strong for Lissy. Will these two find love by letting go of their trust issues and huge walls? You need to read to find out!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this story. It was a very short book at only 133 pages - but lots filled those pages. I truly believed these characters - and the ups and downs of their relationship. I am really looking forward to further books in this series - it looks like I have some catching up to do. Yippee.
chicagogirl21 More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book!! Nick and Lissy meet and share one night of passion. Little did they know that their lives would be entangled when they left this holiday paradise. Nor did they realize that Lissy was dating Nick's brother. When the truth comes out, you can only imagine how interesting the story becomes. It was a great read. This is book one of a three book series aboiut three brothers. I cannot wait to read book 2!!
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
HOT, sexy and an absolute hunk of love...Nick Richards! ** SWOON** This story will make you want to go sailing and looking for a sailor swinging from those ropes. Yes, he is all what we women dream of. Lissy does not stand a chance. Fate keeps throwing them together. A one-night-stand with Nick complicates matters when she returns home and finds out he is her new boss and the brother to her friend. You know Nick is not staying long... that is not his way and he is not into commitments. Lissy's heart is going to be broken... you know it. I absolutely LOVED this story!
Sheilag2367 More than 1 year ago
I love the "Affair" series! The romance is always so heartwarming and Ms.Seaton's characters are all so well written that you are immediately invested in their story! Each Richard's man is scrumptious and this story of Dominic (Nick) and his distrust of love and commitment and Melissa (Lissy) and her distrust of happiness ever after fuels the storytelling and grabs your heart strings! Don't miss this book....this series.....to find out how love, trust and understanding finally win the day!
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
What a great read and worth the five stars!! It keeps you guessing will they or won't they.....which is why I highly recommend this read Brilliant
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TanaT More than 1 year ago
Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton This is the first book I’ve read by Annie Seaton and I do have to say she is one damn great author. Her descriptions made me want to go on a holiday on a sail boat and find my own sailor. Annie writing is good the story flows extremely well and I have to say I really enjoyed Holiday Affair. We meet Lissy McIntyre who has just lost her grandfather and has decided to take a vacation on the open sea. During her trip she meets Nick who she assumes is some sexy sailor/drifter and she ends up having a fling with him. Knowing she will never lay eyes on him again. The chemistry between Nick and Lissy is great and you know reading this that somehow their paths will cross again. Fate works in mysterious ways!! Back at home the new history teacher slash neighbour is none other the Dr. Dominic Richards aka Nick. Well let’s say this does not go over smoothly at first and the chemistry is off the charts. Can two people who won’t admit they want each other find their happy ever after? This is a must read if you enjoy a funny, sexy romance novel this is the one to purchase. I have rated Holiday Affair a 4 star rating and would recommend all my friends/followers who enjoy romance novels to go out and grab yourself a copy I loved it.
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I dont know hows writing these reviews but this is a very boring book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The storyline was not bad but so many things were under-developed. I never felt a strong connection to the characters and the development of their attraction to one another. I felt like the situations moved very quickly from one thing to the next and never gave me a chance to get immersed in what was happening or what the characters were feeling. Even the sensual scenes were very clipped. I had a tough time finishing the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for sitting poolside...ended to fast and left me wanting more...
Anya_Millar More than 1 year ago
What happens when one wild tryst moves in next door? Lissy never thought she would see much less have to deal with Nick again… little did she know. Guess who the new History professor is? Yep, fate was having a little fun wit the normally stuffy Lissy. Watching as Lissy and nick find their way towards a HEA, via lovers then enemies, you are drawn into their electric chemistry and funny moments. I loved the vivid writing and character development. A total player and a stuffy professor … In this truly sweet romance, full of emotion and a double lack of faith in love, you are taken on a wonderful journey. A cool glass of tea or a hot cocoa and a cuddly blanket are a must for reading Holiday Affair by Annie Seaton!
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arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"Holiday Affair" by Annie Seaton was a very enjoyable romance read. There are a lot of twist and turns and fast-paced that I couldn't put this novel down until the end. The characters were very real... some I liked and some well...I will let you read andjudge. The heroine... Lissy McIntyre ...bless her heart...had just loss your gramps and she is hurting.... so she takes a holiday of sorts...and meets this beautiful looking, but all into himself...Nick Richards.... and this story picks up from there....rocky and stormy...chemistry...yes! Now, will these two be able to get all their emotions and commitment issues together?...Now this is the time I will say you must pick up the good novel of "Holiday Affair" and see how this story turn out. After a tragedy comes... will Lissy and Nick be able to make decisions that will determine their future?...Will there be a 'Happy Ever After?' I thought the story line was very well written, full of emotions, sweet and sexy read.I even liked the cover of this novel...WoW! If you are in for a good romantic read....pick up "Holiday Affair and be ready for a good read. I would definitely recommend "Holiday Affair."
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