Practice Makes Mr. Perfect [NOOK Book]



Police detective Brett Callahan thought he needed love lessons to lure the woman of his dreams to the altar, so he convinced his neighbor, Josie Matthews, to play teacher. But none of his teachers had been as sweet and seductive as Josie, and none of their lessons had evoked passion like this!

Josie saw no harm in giving Brett a few pointers on the art of courtship. After all, she was immune to his attractions. But after a few ...

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Police detective Brett Callahan thought he needed love lessons to lure the woman of his dreams to the altar, so he convinced his neighbor, Josie Matthews, to play teacher. But none of his teachers had been as sweet and seductive as Josie, and none of their lessons had evoked passion like this!

Josie saw no harm in giving Brett a few pointers on the art of courtship. After all, she was immune to his attractions. But after a few "practice" dates, she longed for Brett in ways she hadn't realized—and that scared her. For Brett was off-limits, and she couldn't risk giving her heart unless she could convince him to make her his bride!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460353981
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 671 KB

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Practice Makes Mr. Perfect

By Patricia White

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. All right reserved. ISBN: 0-373-19677-6

Chapter One

"I love you."

"Say it again."

"I love you."

"One more time."

"I love you."

"You're getting close."

"Aw, hell, this isn't going to work." Detective Brett Callahan stood and ran his hand through
thick tawny hair. He paced the living room of his suburban Chicago apartment looking like a
predator in search of prey.

"No, it's getting better. Really." Josie Matthews folded her legs beneath her on the leather

"This whole thing is driving me crazy," he said, turning to her.

A fine-looking specimen, that one, Josie thought. Good thing they were just friends. Anything
else would be way too dangerous.

"I just don't get it," he said. "I've taken her to dinner, sent her flowers, even got Stadium Club
tickets to a White Sox game."

Oh, brother, no wonder Simone Trifarra, the woman Brett was dating, didn't take him seriously.
The guy was clueless. "Baseball will do us in every time," Josie said.

He narrowed his blue-green eyes at her, not appreciating her sense of humor in such dire

"Sorry." She shifted under her friend's scrutiny.

"It sounds like you're doing everything by the book, so to speak."

"Well, it's not working. If I asked Simone to marry me tomorrow, she'd say "no." I just don't get

As hetowered over her, she tried to ignore his too-broad shoulders tapering to trim hips. She
didn't dare make eye contact. He had an eerie knack of reading people's minds, and if he read
hers he might misinterpret her hormonal lapse for an invitation to curl up on the sofa next to her
for some serious one on one.

Sure, and turtles dance. She was just Jo, his bowling partner, the girl upstairs who watered his
plants when he went hunting with the boys and force-fed vitamins down his throat when he
worked sixty-hour weeks while trying to start a security business on the side.

"This shouldn't be that hard," he said. "We get along great. I think I love her. Why do I have
such a hard time saying it?"

"It's a guy thing," Josie said.

He stopped and stared her down. Uh-oh. She'd been caught eyeing the way his butt filled out
his snug Levi's.

"And you know this how?" he said.

Ouch. Of course he wouldn't think it was from her vast expertise about men. Brett and his cop
friends thought of her as one of the guys.

"Thanks a lot, Callahan," she said.

"No, I mean, you're obviously not a guy," he said.

"You noticed?" In a mock primp, she fingered her short blond curls sticking out beneath her
Chicago Bears cap.

"Come on, Jo. Help me out."

He sat beside her on the couch and the strong scent of male mixed with spiced aftershave
tickled her nostrils.

Get a grip. This is Brett, your bowling partner, your pizza buddy.

A man in love with someone else. Thank goodness for that. One more reason to resist
temptation. There's no way she'd get involved with a cop, not that she'd gotten involved with
any man since she lost her husband nearly five years ago. He'd died after his equipment
malfunctioned while skydiving. She'd never risk her heart again, especially to a man like Brett
whose very job put him in danger.

Brett touched her shoulder and heat shot down her arm to her fingernails. And they say
fingernails have no feeling. Well, just because she was celibate didn't mean she was immune.

"What?" he said.

She glanced into his eyes, her heart beating a little faster. "What, what?"

"You smiled."

"I did?"

"Women," he said, an exasperated edge to his voice. "One minute you're all over us, the next
you're giving us the silent treatment because we didn't notice your new hairstyle."

"And all you can think about is work and football," she shot back.

"Hey, I like hockey," he said.


"Come on, Jo. Teach me what a sophisticated woman wants. How she wants it."

Anger burned low in her belly. She'd spent five years of marriage trying to be sophisticated for
Danny but always came up short.

"Why are you asking me? Do I look like an expert on the subject?" She fingered her threadbare
jeans above the knee. A huge perk of working from home as a freelance copywriter was being
able to wear comfortable clothes and no makeup.

"Who else can I ask?" Brett said. "I'll be the joke at work if the ladies find out I need help in the
love department, and you know the guys at the police department, they're merciless. Besides,
you were married once. What happened between you and that guy, anyway?"

"Wouldn't you like to know," she said.

She'd never told Brett about Danny's death because she couldn't stand people pitying her. Sure
Brett knew she'd been married, but she'd never told him more than that. He was the one person
in her life she knew wanted to be with her because of who she was, not because he felt sorry
for her. She knew he'd pity her if he found out she'd been widowed at twenty-four. Brett always
took care of people.

But she was done with relying on others to care for her. After losing Danny she realized how
important it was to take care of herself.

"Come on, Jo, I need some serious one on one."

"And I need something to drink." Jumping to her feet, she crossed the room to the kitchen of his
modern apartment. She whipped open the refrigerator, welcoming the cool air. She was greeted
by a white take-out container, three bottles of cheap beer and a half-eaten hunk of cheese
wrapped in cellophane. How did this man survive?

She found a pewter beer stein in the cabinet and filled it with cold tap water. It was one thing to
bowl with the guy, share a double-dough bacon pizza and watch Lost in Space reruns with him.
But to teach him how to be Don Juan? This wasn't her forte. She'd been out of circulation for
years and wasn't up on current dating rituals.

Heck, she'd only dated, only loved one man her whole entire life. She was no expert on
seduction or snagging the mate of your dreams. After all, Danny had found her, waitressing at
the Lucky Duck Pancake House in her small, rural hometown of Keller, Wisconsin.


Excerpted from Practice Makes Mr. Perfect by Patricia White
Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
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 July 21, 2003

    A very worthwhile read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed PRACTICE MAKES MR. PERFECT! It was a fun, enjoyable read filled with emotion and heart. I read it on a train trip and couldn't put it down until I was finished, which was luckily at my stop. I cannot wait until Ms. White's second book, GOT A HOLD ON YOU, comes out next month!

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