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If the Stick Turns Pink. . . (The Pregnancy Test Series) [NOOK Book]

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It was the perfect plan. Melanie Watters wanted a baby badly, so she proposed marriage to the most confirmed bachelor in town—her best friend, Bailey Jenkins. In return for getting Melanie pregnant, frustrated pageant-judge Bailey could escape the clutches of the town's tiara-hungry single women. Surely their friendship could survive this marriage of convenience unscathed?

They had agreed to divorce after Melanie became pregnant, but playing house with Bailey soon stirred deep ...

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If the Stick Turns Pink. . . (The Pregnancy Test Series)

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Overview

It was the perfect plan. Melanie Watters wanted a baby badly, so she proposed marriage to the most confirmed bachelor in town—her best friend, Bailey Jenkins. In return for getting Melanie pregnant, frustrated pageant-judge Bailey could escape the clutches of the town's tiara-hungry single women. Surely their friendship could survive this marriage of convenience unscathed?

They had agreed to divorce after Melanie became pregnant, but playing house with Bailey soon stirred deep passions in her, and things quickly got complicated. Melanie found herself torn between her desire for a child and her growing feelings for her husband. Would having the baby she'd dreamed of ruin their perfect marriage?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426883736
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Series: Pregnancy Test , #2
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 416,654
  • File size: 481 KB

Meet the Author


Carla Cassidy is an award-winning author who has written more than fifty novels for Harlequin Books. In 1995, she won Best Silhouette Romance from RT Book Reviews for Anything for Danny. In 1998, she also won a Career Achievement Award for Best Innovative Series from RT Book Reviews. Carla believes the only thing better than curling up with a good book to read is sitting down at the computer with a good story to write.


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If the Stick Turns Pink ...


By Carla Cassidy

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd

Copyright © 2003 Carla Cassidy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373196458


Chapter One

Be careful what you wish for ... it just might come true. The old adage whirled through Melanie Jenkins's mind as, with trembling fingers, she removed the pregnancy test from the drugstore sack.

Six weeks ago she had made a wish and prayed that she'd get pregnant and have a baby. With no romance in her life and no Mr. Right on the horizon, she'd come up with a plan to ensure that she would attain her wish.

Once she took the home-pregnancy test, she'd know within three minutes if her wish had been granted. The only problem was that she was no longer certain she wanted her wish to come true.

If she was pregnant, then she lost the man she loved. If she wasn't pregnant, she got to continue to live with the man she loved but wouldn't have her dream of a baby.

She took the test instrument out of the package, wishing she could go back and change all the rules. But she couldn't. She was the one who had set the rules, and it wasn't fair to change them now, after the fact.

So, what did she wish now? It didn't seem to matter. No matter what the results of the test revealed, ultimately she'd lose something.

"Well," she muttered to herself, "let's see if the stick turns pink...."

Melanie Watters would never have thought about it had she not seen him naked. "Him" was Bailey Jenkins, her very best friend and confidant.

Every day for the past few weeks she and Bailey had met at his pond after work for a late-afternoon swim. Today she was earlier than usual. There had been no school that day. Instead, the day had been scheduled for parent-teacher appointments. By two o'clock Melanie had met with all her little students' parents, and her work was finished until later in the evening.

She'd changed into her bathing suit in the school rest room, then had driven directly to Bailey's.

His familiar maroon pickup truck was parked in front of his attractive white ranch house, but instead of going to the house, she headed for his office in the barn.

As the only veterinarian in the small town of Foxrun, Bailey could usually be found in the barn either sitting at his computer doing paperwork or caring for an animal who'd been brought in to him.

He wasn't there, nor was he in the house, so she headed down the lane toward the pasture and the pond that had for the past several weeks provided cool relief against the unusual heat of early summer.

As she drew closer to the pond, she heard the sound of splashing, but the thick blackberry bushes directly in front of her obscured her view of the water.

She worked her way around the blackberry bushes and froze as Bailey came into view. He stood on the end of a small, wooden pier. His back was to her and it was obvious he'd been skinny-dipping.

The late-afternoon sun played on his broad, tanned shoulders and slim waist and emphasized the musculature of his buttocks and legs. Melanie gasped and ducked back behind the bushes, her heart pounding a strange rhythm in her chest.

She'd always known, someplace in the back of her mind, that Bailey had a decent physique, but she'd never realized quite how utterly fine it was.

"Stop it," she commanded herself. This was Bailey ... Bailey, the best friend who had held her head while she'd thrown up when she was sixteen and learned about sloe gin fizzes the hard way.

This was Bailey, the confidant who had heard all her fears when her mother had been diagnosed with cancer a year ago, a cancer that thankfully was now in remission.

Okay, she had just gotten a startling reminder that Bailey was not only her best friend but pure male, as well. She drew several deep breaths to steady her suddenly racing pulse, then cried out, "Hey, Bailey, are you out here?"

"Mellie ... hang on a minute, I'm not decent," Bailey's deep voice returned.

"You're never decent," she replied, striving for the teasing tone that had always marked their relationship, trying desperately to forget what she had just seen.

"Okay," he replied a second later. "Come on around."

She rounded the blackberry bushes to see him standing on the pier, this time clad in a pair of cutoff jeans shorts.

"You're early," he observed as he sat on the edge of the dock with his feet dangling in the water.

She moved onto the dock and sat down next to him. "We had parent-teacher appointments all day and I finished up early. I've got to go back later this evening for several appointments with parents who work during the day."

Had his chest always been so broad with just the right amount of dark springy hair sprinkled in the center? Why had she never noticed before?

(Continues...)



Excerpted from If the Stick Turns Pink ... by Carla Cassidy Copyright © 2003 by Carla Cassidy
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    good story

    It was the perfect plan. Melanie Watters wanted a baby badly, so she proposed marriage to the most confirmed bachelor in town- her best friend, Bailey Jenkins. In return for getting Melanie pregnant, frustrated pageant-judge Bailey could escape the clutches of the town¿s tiara-hungry single women. Surely their friendship could survive this marriage of convenience unscathed? They had agreed to divorce after Melanie became pregnant, but playing house with Bailey soon stirred deep passions in her, and things quickly got complicated. Melanie found herself torn between her desire for a child and her growing feelings for her husband. Would having the baby she¿d dreamed of ruin their perfect marriage?

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