Major Attraction (Harlequin Blaze #150) [NOOK Book]


Popular Dr. Cyn's latest sexual advice columns are sending military men in D.C. running for cover—except Major Ethan McCormick. Cyn—real name Josephine Cynthia Gardner—is out to prove that guys in uniform don't make good relationship material or lovers.

Ethan is unfazed by the "attack" on his profession. Sure, he's a stickler for the rules, and you could bounce a dime off his neatly made bed. But he's more than ready to muss those same ...

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Popular Dr. Cyn's latest sexual advice columns are sending military men in D.C. running for cover—except Major Ethan McCormick. Cyn—real name Josephine Cynthia Gardner—is out to prove that guys in uniform don't make good relationship material or lovers.

Ethan is unfazed by the "attack" on his profession. Sure, he's a stickler for the rules, and you could bounce a dime off his neatly made bed. But he's more than ready to muss those same bedclothes with the right woman....

Dr. Cyn's on a mission to scout out a hot military man, seduce him and report back to headquarters. But after one sizzling night with Ethan, she's willing to confess to a major attraction. One that's far too real and all-invasive. But what will happen when Ethan discovers she's some kind of "under-the-covers" operative?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426867637
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Series: Harlequin Blaze Series , #150
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 577,233
  • File size: 473 KB

Meet the Author

Julie attributes her passion for writing romance to all those fairy tales she read growing up, and shyness. Encouragement from her family to write down those feelings she couldn't express became a love for the written word. She gets continued support from her fellow members of the Prairieland Romance Writers, where she serves as the resident "grammar goddess."

This award-winning author and teacher has published several paranormal romances in addition to her beloved romantic suspense. Inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie and Encyclopedia Brown, Julie believes that the only thing better than a good mystery is a good romance.

Born and raised in Missouri, she now lives in Nebraska with her husband, son, and smiling guard dog, Maxie.

Write to Julie at P.O. Box 5162, Grand Island, NE 68802-5162 USA.

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Major Attraction

By Julie Miller

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-79154-2

Chapter One


Josephine Cynthia Gardner repeated the statement her editor had just expressed and sank into the chair on the opposite side of the newspaper editor's cluttered desk. She could tell this wasn't going to be good.

"Isn't that a sort of old-fashioned view for you?" J.C. questioned.

"Oh, honey. We could all use a man in our lives every now and then." Her editor, Lee Whiteley, dug into the sleeve of the turquoise silk caftan she was wearing, fishing for a tissue to dab her nose. Her garish outfit matched her personality. She'd never been shy about voicing her opinion. "Don't you miss sex?"

J.C.'s eloquent splutter betrayed her unattached, career-obsessed, too-long-without-sex status.

"Just as I thought."

"I don't have to test every position for myself before writing about it or recommending it."

"Oh," Lee tutted, "poor thing."

J.C. bristled at what sounded like genuine sympathy. She didn't need it. She tugged down the hem of her royal-blue blouse and sat forward to correct the misconception. "Not poor thing. Professional. I read, I research, I interview people. I can find what works and doesn't work in a relationship without muddying up my own life with a man I don't need right now."

"But you do." Lee leaned forward. With at least one ring on each finger, she braced her hands on top of her desk. "I have a topic for your next series of articles that simply cries out for firsthand experience."

This definitely did not sound good. "Firsthand experience?"

"It came to me in a dream last night, J.C." Lee splayed her bejeweled fingers like the grand ta-da of a cut-rate magic act. "American heroes. It's a hot topic right now, and I think you should jump on it."

J.C. twisted her lips into a skeptical frown. "You want me to jump on an American hero?"

Lee shot her fingers through the hair at her temple, leaving the carrot-red strands sticking up straight from their gray roots. "Listen to me, Dr. Smart Mouth. It's a plum assignment. I'm asking you to surround yourself with some of the most gorgeous men in the country and tell me what's to love or not about them."

J.C. threw up her hands in surrender. "Maybe you'd better explain this dream of yours in more detail before I start to think you're asking me to prostitute myself for the paper."

"Fine." At last Lee sat back in her chair and assumed as businesslike a pose as a woman wearing turquoise and glitz with carrot-red hair could manage. "I look for all the news that's fit to print, not just your column. You might be earning a pretty penny in syndication, but it's still headlines that sell my papers. Heroes are in. Men in uniform - cops, firefighters, soldiers. Readers want to read about them. They want to know how to find a hero of their own."

J.C. definitely didn't like this idea.

"Men are more heroic when it comes to serving their country than they are when it comes to serving their families. That civilian adoration is a power trip."

J.C. had grown up in the empty shadow of such a supposed military hero. Her father had used his uniform as an excuse to stay away from his wife and daughter. He'd used it as a calling card to seduce women all over the world. He'd even worn it to marry a gullible woman when he'd been stationed in the Philippines, conveniently forgetting to notify - or divorce - J.C.'s American mother.

She knew the truth behind the myth Lee wanted her to profile. She waved her hand aside. "The creature you're talking about - a dependable uniformed lover - doesn't exist. You might not like the tone of my columns."

Lee harrumphed in her chair. "Well, that's damn cynical of you. You don't turn thirty until December, and yet you already sound like an old crone."

"I sound realistic. I'm not knocking the institutions of law enforcement and the military - I know we need them, and I appreciate that they're here to defend me." Lee wanted firsthand experience? She was an expert on busted relationships and martyred hopes and fruitless dreams - and how to steer clear of them. "But I am not going to recommend to my readers that they can solve their loneliness by dating a man they have to salute and call 'sir.'"

J.C.'s bitter diatribe didn't seem to dissuade Lee from the idea. In fact, judging by the twinkle in her hazel eyes, Lee liked her star columnist's opposing point of view.

"Why don't you approach the articles from that perspective?" Lee challenged. "Infiltrate the military. Get to know some of those hunky scoundrels and find out what makes them so darn irresistible to women when - as you say - we should know better. Is it the broad shoulders? The shoot-from-the-hip attitude? The ribbons and shiny brass trim on their uniforms? The way they pop to attention so easily ..."

Lee's voice trailed off, and her eyes fixed in a dreamy stare behind the rhinestone-studded half-glasses perched atop her nose.

J.C. quirked an eyebrow, wondering just what kind of fantasy her editor was conjuring - or remembering - right now. She leaned forward and snapped her fingers. "Hello? Earth to Lee." The editor's gaze blinked back into focus. "What were you thinking about just now?"

"Not what," came her devilish reply. "Who."

Despite her love for flash over fashion, Lee Whiteley was a brilliant, insightful woman. Besides sharing a feminist streak, J.C. had always appreciated the way Lee's mind worked, and how her unique blend of creative energy and business savvy had helped produce some of the best writing of J.C.'s career. Lee's cutting-edge topics, penned with J.C.'s professional expertise and frank, witty style, had been picked up over the wire from Lee's weekly newspaper, Woman's Word. J.C. credited her editor almost single-handedly with conceiving the idea for her Dr. Cyn advice and editorial articles, saving her from the need to sign on to dull university research projects to supplement her dream of becoming a full-time writer.

But this was a distinctly soft side to Lee she hadn't seen before. Curious. And suspicious. This meeting to discuss her next series of columns had been a setup from the moment she walked through the door. A shameless match-making ploy to get her sex-and-relationship columnist back into some sex and relationships.

"Okay, I'll bite." J.C. suppressed a wary groan. "Who were you thinking about? And why is this going to change my mind?"

The older woman's eyes twinkled with mischief. "PFC Robert Tortelli. Now there was a soldier for you. I sent him off to Vietnam with a smile."

Was this a story about great sex back in high school? Or of a lost first love? J.C. shook her head and brushed a lock of short, chestnut hair behind her ear. "But you've never been married. Private Tortelli apparently didn't come back. At least not to you."

"Oh, he came back, all right." Lee sighed and twirled the giant turquoise and silver ring around the index finger of her left hand. "I welcomed him home with a big smile, too."

"So the sex was good?"

"The sex was great."


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