One Perfect Night [NOOK Book]

Overview

Peppa Grant's fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she's also heard that he's aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company's annual party...but he's also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family's holiday get-together, she agrees.

Cameron needs a date to the family party ...

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One Perfect Night

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Overview

Peppa Grant's fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she's also heard that he's aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company's annual party...but he's also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family's holiday get-together, she agrees.

Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron's only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892912
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 309,201
  • File size: 813 KB

Meet the Author

 

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. She writes contemporary romance for HQN and Harlequin Australia and lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website at www.rachaeljohns.com.

 

 

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"Don't look now, but Mr. McSexy just entered the building."

"Blast." Peppa Grant spun round and did exactly what her best friend and colleague Izzy had ordered her not to. Her breathing faltered at the sight of six foot plus of unadulterated male who now towered at the entrance to the company's function room. An anxious hush fell over the previously buzzing room. As all eyes snapped to him, she tried not to quake in her costume's fairy shoes.

Until half an hour ago, Cameron McCormac had meant nothing more to Peppa than the new name at the very top of the office food chain. Now he was the man who owned the car she'd sideswiped in the car park tonight.

The dangerously handsome man who was making her pulse spike simply by standing in the doorway. "Oh, God."

As Peppa pushed her barely touched glass out of reach and let her head fall onto the table in front of her, Izzy giggled.

"It's. Not. Funny," Peppa declared when she finally looked up. Her eyes sought the company's new CEO again and she felt her heart collapse into her stomach.

"You're right," Izzy said, reaching out and stroking Peppa's hair like a mother over a sick child. "If I'd just put a prize-winning dent in the big boss's red, convertible pride and joy, I'd probably be at Sydney airport boarding a plane or planning to hitch a ride with Santa back to the North Pole."

"Hilarious." Peppa shot her friend a sarcastic smile. "Please tell me McSexy has just vanished up a chimney?"

Izzy took a sip of her chocolate mocktail, her sea-blue eyes sparking with laughter as she peered theatrically over Peppa's head. "No can do. Looks like he's doing the rounds, handing out candy canes or something to all the children. Molly must have put him up to it."

Molly, although old enough to be his mother, was Mr. McCormac's personal assistant. Rumor had it when he did anything remotely human, she'd put him up to it. She'd been with the company longer than anyone and was the brains behind this event, the annual Christmas party for children of Lyrique Recordings' employees. Peppa had a fleeting fantasy of leaving a message with Molly about her little misdemeanor in the car park but that wouldn't be right. And she hadn't been brought up to take the easy option.

"I'll do it now," she said, resting a hand on her queasy belly as she pushed herself off the stool and onto quaky feet. Although whether her shakiness was from trepidation or her gorgeous boss's sexy gait and air-of-confidence, she couldn't be sure. "Confess before I'm due on stage and then, if he has any sympathetic bones in his body, he'll let me entertain the kids before the crucifixion."

"You're such a drama queen," sighed Izzy. "The top job pays well. He has enough money to line his undies drawer in gold. You apologize. You give him the details of your insurance company. You get on with your life. Simple."

Simple. Right. But Izzy didn't know that Peppa had just switched to a budget insurance provider. As she had never needed to claim in seven years of driving, the switch had seemed a good decision at the time. The upside was low monthly rates. The downside? A mammoth deductible on claims.

Well, that faux-pas may not only have cost Peppa her car and her job, but paying back the damage to the boss's vintage Lamborghini would seriously endanger her ability to pay her mortgage. Not to mention she'd have to put her plans for an overseas holiday on hold—a holiday that had been all about helping her mind and emotions recover from the battering of the past few months.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Spend the holidays down under....

    My Review:
    When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be a light, fun read about a one-night stand, but this book is so much more than that. Penelope and Cameron are so much more than two people that have gotten caught up in a bit of passion. They have each been left seriously wounded by past relationships. And while Penelope is still open to the possibilities, she is definitely trying to guard her heart. Cameron, on the other hand, has no plans to ever open his heart again. But when they are faced with their undeniable chemistry, they cannot control when their emotions become irrevocably involved too.

    All of the twists and turns in this book were not anything new. They have all been written before which is why I gave this book a slightly lower rating, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was highly entertained by it. I even shed a tear or two during the climax of the story line...and that always means good things in my book when I am reading a book. I became attached to these two characters and was cheering for them all the way to their HEA, even when I was cursing bad decisions based upon their scars (especially for Cameron.) The level of his pain and scars from his wife's death is heart-wrenching especially when considered after his tragic childhood. As you read this book, your heart is literally breaking for him and his pain.

    Rachael Johns has created a wonderful little world here that starts at the holiday Christmas party (which means that this is a wonderful holiday read) and takes you all the way to the HEA that these two characters truly deserve. It's a fun book. It's an emotional book. It's an entertaining book. I liked it...a LOT!

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    One Perfect Tale

    One Perfect Night is a steamy, yet tender, love story. With both characters having painful loves of the past, Peppa and Cameron tumble into a relationship neither saw coming. Rachael Johns crafted a beautiful story that you will cling to until the very end. I am so excited to see what Johns pens next.

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