Man in Control [NOOK Book]

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Ever since DEA agent Alexander Cobb had given Jodie Clayburn a Texas-size brush-off, they'd been sworn enemies. But eight years later, an undercover operation brought them back together again. This cynical Long, Tall Texan couldn't believe the baby-faced schoolgirl was now an understated beauty who electrified his senses and his heart. Or that she'd help him crack the drug-smuggling case that threatened all of Jacobsville. Tantalized to the core, Alexander would risk everything to possess--and protect--the ...

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Overview

Ever since DEA agent Alexander Cobb had given Jodie Clayburn a Texas-size brush-off, they'd been sworn enemies. But eight years later, an undercover operation brought them back together again. This cynical Long, Tall Texan couldn't believe the baby-faced schoolgirl was now an understated beauty who electrified his senses and his heart. Or that she'd help him crack the drug-smuggling case that threatened all of Jacobsville. Tantalized to the core, Alexander would risk everything to possess--and protect--the untouched young woman. This fearless secret agent always got his man--or in this case, woman. But this time, would the man in control get caught in his own web of danger...and desire?

Diana Palmer's 100th book!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426842313
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Long, Tall Texans Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 19,807
  • File size: 771 KB

Meet the Author



Diana Palmer is a former newspaper reporter with 16 years' experience on both daily and weekly newspapers. She began selling romance novels in 1979 and currently writes for HQN Books (mainstream romances) and Silhouette Books (contemporary series romances).

Diana Palmer has over 40 million copies of her books in print, which have been translated and published around the world, and she has written over 100 books for Silhouette, MIRA and Harlequin Books.

Her awards include 10 Waldenbooks national sales awards, four B. Dalton national sales awards, two Bookrak national sales awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award for series storytelling from Romantic Times Magazine, several Affaire de Coeur awards, and two regional RWA awards.

In 1998, a Japanese Harlequin reader poll gave her Silhouette Desire novel The Patient Nurse its favorite-book-of-the-year award.

She is listed in numerous publications, including Contemporary Authors by the Gale Group, Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers by St. James Press, The Writers Directory by St. James Press, the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers by Melrose Press, Ltd., and Love's Leading Ladies by Kathryn Falk.

She is a member of the Native American Rights Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Cattlemen's Association, the Archeological Institute of America, the Planetary Society, the Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, and numerous conservation and charitable organizations. Her hobbies include gardening, archeology, anthropology, iguanas, astronomy and music.

She has been marriedto her husband, James, since 1972. They have one son, who is in college studying to pursue a law enforcement career.

Diana herself went back to college as a day student at the age of 45, inspired by her husband, who had quit a blue-collar manufacturing job to return to school and get his diploma in computer programming. He retired from his own computer business in 1998, and now enters skeet-shooting competitions in local, state, national and international competition.

Diana graduated summa cum laude from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia, in 1995 with a major in history and a double minor in archeology and Spanish. She was named to two honor societies (the Torch Club and Alpha Chi) and was named to the National Dean's List.

In addition to her writing projects, she is currently working on her master's degree in history at California State University. She hopes to specialize in Native American studies.
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Man In Control


By Diana Palmer

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-76537-1


Chapter One

Alexander Tyrell Cobb glared at his desk in the Houston Drug Enforcement Administration office with barely contained frustration. There was a photograph of a lovely woman in a ball gown in an expensive frame, the only visible sign of any emotional connections. Like the conservative clothes he wore to work, the photograph gave away little of the private man.

The photograph was misleading. The woman in it wasn't a close friend. She was a casual date, when he was between assignments. The frame had been given to him with the photo in it. He'd never put a woman's photo in a frame. Well, except for Jodie Clayburn. She and his sister, Margie, were best friends from years past. Most of the family photos he had included Jodie. She wasn't really family, of course. But there was no other Cobb family left, just as there was no other Clayburn family left. The three survivors of the two families were a forced mixture of different lifestyles.

Jodie was in love with Alexander. He knew it, and tried not to acknowledge it. She was totally wrong for him. He had no desire to marry and have a family. On the other hand, if he'd been seriously interested in children and a home life, Jodie would have been at the top of his list of potential mates. She had wonderful qualities. He wasn't about to tell her so. She'd been hung up on him in the past to a disturbing degree. He'd managed to keep her at arm's length, and he had no plans to lessen the space between them. He was married to his job.

Jodie, on the other hand, was an employee at a local oil corporation which was being used in an international drug smuggling operation. Alexander was almost certain of it. But he couldn't prove it. He was going to have to find some way to investigate one of Jodie's acquaintances without letting anyone realize they were being watched.

In the meantime, there was a party planned at the Cobb ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, on Saturday. He dreaded it already. He hated parties. Margie had already invited Jodie, probably because their housekeeper, Jessie, refused to work that weekend. Jodie cooked with a masterful hand, and she could make canapés. Kirry had been invited, too, because Margie was a budding dress designer who needed a friend in the business. Kirry was senior buyer for the department store where she worked. She was pretty and capable, but Alexander found her good company and not much more. Their relationship had always been lukewarm and even now, it was slowly fizzling out. She was demanding. He had enough demands on the job.

He put the picture facedown on his desk and pulled a file folder closer, opening it to the photograph of a suspected drug smuggler who was working out of Houston. He had his work cut out for him. He wished he could avoid going home for the party, but Margie would never forgive him. If he didn't show up, neither would Kirry, and Alexander would never hear the end of it. He put the weekend to the back of his mind and concentrated on the job at hand.

There was no way out of it. Margie Cobb had invited her to a party on the family ranch in Jacobsville, Texas. Jodie Clayburn had gone through her entire repertoire of excuses. Her favorite was that, given the right incentive, Margie's big brother, Alexander Tyrell Cobb, would feed her to his cattle. Not even that one had worked.

"He hates me, Margie," she groaned over the phone from her apartment in Houston, Texas. "You know he does. He'd be perfectly happy if I stayed away from him for the rest of my natural life and he never had to see me again."

"That's not true," Margie defended. "Lex really likes you, I know he does," she added with forced conviction, using the nickname that only a handful of people on earth were allowed to use. Jodie wasn't one of them.

"Right. He just hides his affection for me in bouts of bad temper laced with sarcasm," came the dry reply.

"Sure," Margie replied with failing humor.

Jodie lay back on her sofa with the freedom phone at her ear and pushed back her long blond hair. It was getting too long. She really needed to have it cut, but she liked the feel of it. Her gray eyes smiled as she remembered how much Brody Vance liked long hair. He worked at the Ritter Oil Corporation branch office in Houston with her, and was on the management fast track. As Jody was. She was administrative assistant to Brody, and if Brody had his way, she'd take his job as Human Resources generalist when he moved up to Human Resources manager. He liked her. She liked him, too. Of course he had a knockout girlfriend who was a Marketing Division manager in Houston, but she was always on the road somewhere. He was lonely. So he had lunch frequently with Jodie. She was trying very hard to develop a crush on him. He was beginning to notice her. Alexander had accused her of trying to sleep her way to the executive washroom ...

"I was not!" she exclaimed, remembering his unexpected visit to her office with an executive of the company who was a personal friend. It had played havoc with her nerves and her heart. Seeing Alexander unexpectedly melted her from the neck down, despite her best efforts not to let him affect her.

"Excuse me?" Margie replied, aghast.

Jodie sat up quickly. "Nothing!" she said. "Sorry. I was just thinking. Did you know that Alexander has a friend who works for my company?"

There was a long pause. "He does?"

"Jasper Duncan, the Human Resources manager for our division."

"Oh. Yes. Jasper!" There was another pause. "How do you know about that?"

"Because Mr. Duncan brought him right to my desk while I was talking to a ... well, to a good friend of mine, my boss."

"Right, the one he thinks you're sleeping with."

"Margie!" she exploded.

There was an embarrassed laugh. "Sorry. I know there's nothing going on. Alexander always thinks the worst of people. You know about Rachel."

"Everybody knows about Rachel," she muttered. "It was six years ago and he still throws her up to us."

"We did introduce him," Margie said defensively.

"Well, how were we to know she was a female gigolo who was only interested in marrying a rich man? She should have had better sense than to think Alexander would play that sort of game, anyway!"

"You do know him pretty well, don't you?" Margie murmured.

"We all grew up together in Jacobsville, Texas," Jodie reminded her. "Sort of," she added pensively. "Alexander was eight years ahead of us in school, and then he moved to Houston to work for the DEA when he got out of college."

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    An older Diana Palmer, but pretty good

    This is an older story, and not bad, but just strange to read considering the change in the romance genre recently. It was the usual angst driven love story with rich man and young virgin. It's the kind of story Diana Palmer does best, so if you're looking for an easy, mindless read, this is a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Once again Diana Palmer hit it out of the park.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Nightbird

    Cool! It makes me want to read more! I love it!

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Love it

    Love a man in control...

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    good book

    You get into the writings of Palmer. This is great reading.

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    Chapter 5 A New Friend Or Not?

    Walking from the medical bay after my weeks of bed rest was a blessing. Everything was cleared and l was ready to go back to work. Vengence once said it was a unwise choice to go right back at it. I disagree. I was heading to the combat room for some early training. I would spend hours in their at time before the attack. Now i need to train to get away from the scary nightmares. Holograms poped up a few minutes later. I went at them swinging. I punched a "con" hologram in the face before bashing my knee into the metal gut of the guy. "Not bad." I spun around aiming for the mech that startled me. "Calm down i'm on your side!" The silver mech put his hands up in surrender. "Sorry l dont like being startled and right after the..." l didnt finish my sentance. "Its understandable. I am Sideswipe. Its a pleasure to meet you." He responded with a cheerful tone. "Silentecho." I replied softly. I bid my good bye quickly sprinting out of the combat room. I ran into Vengence. Just my luck. "Why are you running Echo?" "Oh , hey Vengence. I'm not running just...moving at a slightly fast pase." I replied. He gave me a look. "Echo.." "It's fine you big over protective bear." He gave a grin. "Aww but who else would care for you." He said. I shrugged and waved good bye to him. I made my way to the medical bay with regreat. "Ratchet...You in here?" i called out. I heard a grumble coming from deep in the bay. "You and your brother on my last nerve Sideswipe. " Ratchet yelled. I gulped. Sunstreaker and Sideswipe were known for their extream pranks and their tag team in battle but put against Ratchet. Not so pretty. Their was a yelp. I cringled only imagining what was going on. "Ratchet" l yelled. I heard a crash and winced. I walked further in and yelped when a wrentch hit my helm. "Ratchet", l whined rubbing the area. "Sorry", came his gruff responsive. "My weapons, were they put in my room?" I asked softly. I looked down from the watching optics of Sideswipe. Rathets tone softend."Echo they are. I had the trigger happy one put them their." "Thank you Ratchet." I barely whispered before basicly turning and quickly running out of their. I heard some along the lines off "Shes kinda cute" come from Sideswipe before a loud crash came across metal hitting metal. "To cute for you trouble maker", Ratchet grumbled. Good old Ratchet is just like an over protective uncle. A small smile graced my lip plates. Optimus was out to go see family. I think he mentioned about having a baby sister he wanted to see meaning that no one would be in the data room. I made my way to the data room and started to read on the golden age. I got settled down smiling as l continued to read the data pad. Something beeped. I looked up smiling. Little Spark was curled up by me. I gently petted his spiky metal furish frame." Aww come to keep me company little one." He responded with a soft tap of his tail. My optics started to close as l faded into a peaceful recharge. My recharge was filled with horror. Nightmares of what would have happened had the autobots not gotten me. Nightmare of Megatrons evil presence burned into my head as i turned restlessly in the chair that which I had fallen in statis on. I awoke with a start to dark blue optics staring straight into mine.

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