Secrets and Seductions (Logan's Legacy Series) [NOOK Book]

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Follow a determined woman who searches for her past. Will true love stand in her way. . .or fulfill her deepest desire?

After learning of her mysterious heritage, Emma Wright went to The Children's Connection-and straight to the adoption agency's handsome director Morgan Davis. She wanted the truth, but client confidentiality forbade him from granting her request. But when Morgan offered her a job, Emma jumped at the chance to get close to the ...

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Overview

Follow a determined woman who searches for her past. Will true love stand in her way. . .or fulfill her deepest desire?

After learning of her mysterious heritage, Emma Wright went to The Children's Connection-and straight to the adoption agency's handsome director Morgan Davis. She wanted the truth, but client confidentiality forbade him from granting her request. But when Morgan offered her a job, Emma jumped at the chance to get close to the man with the answers. She didn't count on falling for him. . .hard.

A loner at heart, Morgan didn't consider himself the marrying kind until Emma sauntered into his office. Though passion sizzled between them, he wondered if an ulterior motive lurked behind her bedroom eyes. Morgan was fighting the battle of his life-holding on tight to bachelorhood-and losing!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426860966
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Logan's Legacy Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 535,616
  • File size: 598 KB

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Secrets & Seductions


By Pamela Toth

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

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

ISBN: 0-373-61385-7


Chapter One

Hands clenched tightly in her lap, school counselor Emma Wright tried to hide her apprehension behind a confident smile as she faced the Human Resources director. According to the local newspaper, a third of the maintenance staff and half the teachers' aides in the small Oregon school district where Emma worked had already been laid off because of budget cuts.

Emma's stomach had been in a knot ever since Sandra had asked her to come into the office. As the director flipped open the folder containing Emma's records, Emma hoped desperately that the reason for the summons had been to find out whether she could increase her workload, divide her time among more schools.

"I'm sure you're aware of the cuts we're facing for the new school year," Sandra said with a rueful expression as her gaze finally met Emma's.

Emma lifted her chin, forcing it not to wobble. "Of course." She gripped her hands together even more tightly, worried that the time she had missed after her miscarriage would be counted against her. "It's always a disappointment when education's not a priority, isn't it? I'm ready to do everything I can to help."

What she wanted desperately was to argue her case and to point out how badly the younger children in the district needed her. Theother counselor, an older man, had an intimidating manner that seemed to scare them.

"I'm so glad you understand," Sandra said, her smile giving Emma a boost of reassurance. "Your evaluations have been excellent, so I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding something else."

For a moment Emma was stunned. "What are you telling me?" she asked through lips that suddenly felt like rubber. A rush of noise, like the sound of a jet engine, filled her head.

"Klaus has been here longer, so the district really has no choice." Sandra spread her hands wide. "I know you've experienced some personal trouble, but perhaps this will give you a chance to start fresh. I'm so sorry, but we won't be renewing your contract for the new school year."

Emma slumped back in her chair, feeling as though she'd been shot. "I see," she croaked.

Since her divorce, work had been her lifeline. She loved this job. Worse yet, with all the bills she'd been stuck with, her paycheck was a necessity.

Sandra slid back her chair, a signal that the interview was over. Her husband was an attorney in nearby Portland, so she probably didn't even need to work. "Be sure to let me know if there is anything I can do."

"Thank you." Emma's reply was automatic as she got to her feet on legs that trembled.

Sandra's bright smile was firmly in place when she circled the desk and opened the door. "Good luck."

Emma didn't have another "thank you" left in her, so she merely nodded before she walked back through the outer office. At least it was empty, so she didn't have to put on a happy face for the next clueless employee.

How much bad news was one person expected to handle without screaming, she wondered silently as she walked through the summer sunshine to her car? Two miscarriages, a divorce and now this.

When Don walked out, leaving her with a broken heart and a stack of bills, she'd been grateful for supportive parents and a job she enjoyed. In less than a week, she had lost both.

"Mr. Davis asked me to convey his apologies for running late. He'll see you just as soon as he finishes his call." The assistant adjusted her headset and smiled at Emma Wright, who was seated in the small waiting area.

The brass nameplate resting on the corner of the desk next to a potted plant with purple leaves read Cora Hanson. Behind her blond head, the tall windows framed a summer sky that was the same intense blue as the most precious turquoise jewelry.

"Is there anything I could get you?" Cora asked.

"Coffee? Some water?"

Emma shook her head. "No, thank you. I'm fine."

Actually she had been anything but fine since first learning about Children's Connection, an adoption agency associated with Portland General Hospital. Coffee would only make her more jittery. As for water, well, she didn't want any interruptions once she got in to see Morgan Davis, the agency director.

Scarcely able to contain her impatience after waiting a week for her appointment, Emma had arrived early at the sprawling medical complex. She was meeting a friend for lunch afterward and hoped to have some startling news to share.

After parking her car in the garage, she'd followed the signs directing her past lawns that were still green despite the dry July weather and well-tended flower beds exploding with color.

Now she flipped through the pages of a travel magazine without the slightest idea of what she saw there. Her hands shook with a combination of nerves and anticipation, her palms damp and her heart thudding.

She hadn't seen it coming, the bomb her parents dropped that shattered Emma's life as she'd known it. She hadn't suspected a thing, not until she looked into her mother's eyes and saw the lie. In just a few minutes, though, she would finally have what she needed to begin piecing the scattered bits of her life back together.

"Ms. Wright?" The assistant had sneaked up without Emma's notice to hover expectantly. "If you'd come with me, Mr. Davis will see you now."

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    Diappointed

    The Logan's Legacy Series always gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Although Secrets and Seductions is number two in the series, I'm glad I saved it for last because it was not my favorite. The heroine, Emma didnot make you want to empathize with her. Her logic in not wanting to talk with her adoptive parents who had only been loving and supportive to her was beyond reasoning simply because they had not told her she had been adoptive. Her devious plan to extract confidential information from Morgan also did not endear me to her.

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