Improper Conduct (Chicago Heat) [NOOK Book]


Nick Novak is shocked when gorgeous Isabel Grayson suddenly reappears in his life. She'd broken his heart once years she suddenly needed his help? Nick's price is high—a no-holds-barred sexual fling with him. Maybe then he can get her out of his system.

Isabel is shocked by Nick's "proposal." But she desperately needs his assistance to find her runaway sister. By day she'll accompany him on the hot streets of Chicago. By night ...

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Nick Novak is shocked when gorgeous Isabel Grayson suddenly reappears in his life. She'd broken his heart once years she suddenly needed his help? Nick's price is high—a no-holds-barred sexual fling with him. Maybe then he can get her out of his system.

Isabel is shocked by Nick's "proposal." But she desperately needs his assistance to find her runaway sister. By day she'll accompany him on the hot streets of Chicago. By night she'll make love to every way possible. Maybe then she can get him out of her system.

But nobody expected what happened next....

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426881183
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Series: Harlequin Blaze Series , #55
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,201,365
  • File size: 722 KB

Meet the Author

Having finished her work in her third-grade class, Patricia started reading the book she'd just taken out of the library—Double Date. Noting this was a "Senior" book (meaning for seventh- and eighth-graders), a very suspicious Sister Mary Ursula confiscated it. The nun returned the book the next morning with the suggestion that Patricia confine her reading to history. An independent thinker even then, Patricia continued reading young-adult romances.

At 12, baby-sitting for one of her mother's friends, Patricia picked up a women's magazine and found the first installment of Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. Enthralled, she asked to borrow the rest of the magazines so she could finish the serialized novel. She was instantly hooked on gothics, the precursor to the romantic suspense that she herself writes today.

Writing was always a part of her life. At 15, she took a part-time job with a local newspaper answering phones and taking ads. She convinced the owner to let her rewrite the wedding announcements. Her talent with words duly noted, the owner hired her as the youngest stringer ever to work for the paper.

At 16, she was reporting on the city council meetings in her suburb and creating controversy that kept the editor's phone ringing. That summer, she took over the sports section when the sports editor went on vacation.

Unable to afford the journalism program at Northwestern University, Patricia settled on being a commuter student at the University of Illinois and earning a degree in American literature. There, she also discovered that she was seduced by images as well as words. After obtaining a master's degree in television production, she worked in educational media.

But that love of fiction never died. During the big surge of romances hitting the shelves in the late '70s, she realized she wanted to write romances herself. She tried, gave up...and a few years later tried again. She gave herself a deadline—one year to get published or forget it.

This happened to be the first year of her marriage, and she was still working a full-time job. Luckily, she'd married "the most supportive man in the world." And even more luckily, she sold a young-adult romance at the 13th hour. Actually, in the 11th month of that year she'd given herself.

How did it happen? She won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Best Young Adult Manuscript. Of course she wasn't at the conference to learn of this. A friend called the next day. And mysteriously, a few weeks later, she received a Golden Heart in the mail with no letter, no official notification of her win. But that seemed to be the norm for her writing career at that point. The same friend who had called her also said the editor who'd read her manuscript for the contest was saying that she was "her" author and "her" new book.

So Patricia waited...and waited for a phone call from the editor. Three weeks later, the editor called and asked if she had ever made an offer. Patricia said no. The editor said she hoped Patricia would accept her offer, because the book was already in production.

Patricia's writing career was on its way. Many books and years later, she's still at it.

Research is an integral part of Patricia's writing process. Recently she and her husband spent some time on a working cattle ranch in New Mexico to get the authentic details that she feels brings a story to life. Travel for research is the best part of the deal as far as she is concerned, especially if it involves animals. For some of her books, she swam with dolphins, photographed wild mustangs, and howled with wolves.

Her advice to new writers: "Find the passion in your story that goes beyond the romance." Patricia shares her own passion for writing with her office mates, Peach, Phantom and Dreamer (her cats), and encourages her students to find theirs at Columbia College in Chicago, where she teaches a couple of credit courses each year, including Writing the Suspense Thriller and Writing Popular Fiction.
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Improper Conduct

By Patricia Rosemoor

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2002 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373790597

Chapter One

Isabel Grayson ... well, if just seeing her name didn't make his day.

Nick Novak had taken up residence in Helen's Cybercafé, a trendy establishment painted in crackled pale yellow and furnished with overstuffed sofas and chairs. He was sitting near a fireplace at one of the computers lined up against a wall to have his Internet fix along with his morning coffee. His hard drive had crashed a couple of months before, and he still hadn't replaced it because he'd always found a better use for the money.

Helen had interrupted him from reading an emailed invitation to a poker party sent by one of his old buddies at the television station where he'd worked as a news cameraman until the previous fall. He fingered the card Helen had handed him - Isabel's calling card, and admired the rich texture of the stock and the simple elegance of the design. Both reflected the socialite herself, he thought, tamping down his initial physical reaction and flicking the card straight into the nearest waste container.

"What? You're really not going to get in touch with her?" demanded Helen Rhodes, a blond knockout and former baby-corporate Web Mistress who owned the cybercafé.


Narrowing her green gaze on him made the small mole at the corner of her righteye all but disappear. "Aren't you curious about what she wants?"

Nick thought about it for a moment and lied. "Nope."

"But it must be important - she's called every day that you've been gone."

He'd been gone away for more than a week this time. So Isabel was persistent in addition to being elegant, smart, and a bitch on wheels.

"I'm just not interested in whatever is on the mind of a poor little rich girl," he said.

"Well, I am!"

"That's because you want to run everyone else's lives."

"At least I have one. I don't go underground and disappear on my friends for days or even weeks at a time," Helen stated, her irritation with him finally surfacing. "Where were you when Annie needed us?"

Thinking of their friend's troubles, which had escalated while he'd been gone, Nick flushed guiltily. "It couldn't be helped. Annie's fine now. Better than fine. She's found the one man for her. Or don't you agree?"

The man being Nate Bishop, owner of Cornerstone Realty and the commercial building where all three of them had their businesses. Helen had been suspicious of their landlord from the first when he'd come on to Annie wearing full leathers and riding a Harley, a one-eighty from his business persona. But Nick had known about Nate's intentions all along - had given the guy some pointers with Annie, actually - and now was glad he had no cause for regrets. That Annie was finally getting a man worthy of her brought a smile to Nick's lips.

"Nate really did turn out to be Superman," Helen admitted. "I was wrong."

"That's a first - your admitting it, that is." Helen gave him one of her deadliest looks and then turned her gaze away. She eyed the waste container as if she were going to climb inside and retrieve the card.

"Go ahead. Do it," Nick said. "I'm sure Isabel would love to spill to you."

"I would love to spill something on you."

Nick laughed. "Another empty threat." Narrowing her gaze on him once more, Helen picked up his water glass and stared at him for one unsettling moment before downing the contents.

"A reprieve," he said.

"Go on, get out of here before I change my mind, before I do something really radical like revoke your caffeine and Internet privileges forever."

"Oh, no, anything but that," Nick said, logging off the Internet as he rose. He'd already taken care of a few business inquiries, and the rest of the email could wait. "Later."

"Yeah, no matter what you do to prevent it, bad pennies always come back."

Nick laughed. He and Helen had given each other a hard time since they'd met on their first day of college. Now here it was a decade later, and they hadn't grown out of the habit. They also hadn't lost their affection for each other. And for Annie Wilder. The three of them had remained best friends and a strong support system for one another. Together, they had all quit their lucrative rat-race jobs and had put all their savings into businesses they cared about. Unfortunately, his business had been more expensive to finance and harder to get going than an Internet café or lingerie boutique.

He exited the café, which faced the six-corner intersection where Bucktown and Wicker Park met in an eclectic fusion of mind-sets.

The neighborhood held its appeal for artistic types. The streets were dotted with galleries, and the triangular Flatiron Building across the way was taken up by studios of various sorts. It was too early, though, for the pierced and tattooed who frequented the area to be out and about. Instead, the street was filled with commuters - nine-to-five conservative suits and skirts heading for the rapid-transit station down the block. The neighborhood was so eclectic that if he stood in one place long enough, Nick knew every ilk of Chicagoan would eventually pass by.

Nick went with the flow of foot traffic to a nearby doorway that led to the upper floors of the building. He rushed up the flight of stairs to his business - and home, albeit the building was zoned commercial only - situated over Annie's Attic, lingerie store extraordinaire.

But he wasn't alone on the staircase. A woman was coming down toward him. One with luscious long legs, a graceful demeanor, and a familiar face, one even more lovely than he remembered. She had the same good bone structure, the same flawless skin, the same perfect features, but at the moment the delicate flesh around her luminous blue eyes was drawn and tight, making her seem decidedly unhappy.

Nick's smile faded. Isabel Grayson had shattered him emotionally once.

What the hell made her think he was going to give her a chance to do so again?


Excerpted from Improper Conduct by Patricia Rosemoor Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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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