Some Girls Do

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Katie Collins, a tycoon's personal assistant, is assigned to find a suitable husband for his too-shy daughter. But in an unexpected turn, sparks soon fly between Katie and the tycoon's bodyguard—much to Katie's dismay. Original.

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Overview

Katie Collins, a tycoon's personal assistant, is assigned to find a suitable husband for his too-shy daughter. But in an unexpected turn, sparks soon fly between Katie and the tycoon's bodyguard—much to Katie's dismay. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
...a witty feel-good read with charming characters and a page-turning plot.
Romantic Times
Top Pick!..a down to earth plot with a heart as big as Texas. This story... is told by an author at the top of her game.
February, 2003
Rendezvous
...a real winner...[Leanne Banks'] fans will be happy to follow where she leads..
February 2003
Publishers Weekly
Category romance veteran Banks (The Playboy & Plain Jane, etc.) debuts in the single title arena with a cute but strained romantic comedy. Wealthy Ivan Rassmussen offers his assistant, Katie Collins, $100,000 to find a blueblood husband for his unattractive daughter, Wilhemina. Katie accepts-a decision that pairs her with grim but gorgeous Michael Wingate, a security expert similarly roped into the project. The matchmaking has barely begun when Wilhemina runs away to Texas to catch herself a cowboy. As Michael and Katie pursue her, Katie reveals the beauty and sexuality under her plain-Jane image, while Michael shows his caring side. They're halfway in love by the time they find Wilhemina, but so is she. Now, all the three have to do is explain to Ivan the Terrible how his well-guarded daughter managed to get pregnant by a hog farmer. Banks's prose sparkles with energy and heart, but the book's sexy veneer fails to mask its oddly dated premise. In addition, a plot chock-full of clich s (from the tyrannical tycoon to an unlikely inheritance) makes it difficult to bond with the characters. Only when the story lets itself relax into a gentler realism-during interludes between Wilhemina and her goodhearted farmer, for example-does it strike a true vein of gold. (May) Forecast: Some Girls Do will likely be an impulse buy for romance and chick-lit aficionados. With its low cover price and bright, stylish cover-featuring a tube of red lipstick and a blurb from Janet Evanovich-this book is easy on the pocket as well as the eyes. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Given the opportunity to earn enough money to make a difference in her life and that of her deaf younger brother, Katie Collins-purposely dowdy and unattractive for reasons of her own-agrees to help her wealthy boss's insecure, socially challenged daughter find an acceptable husband. The catch? Kate has to accomplish this task in six short weeks, and she has to work with an arrogant, gorgeous security expert. Lively writing, appealing, well-drawn characters, and a wealth of insightful, often hilarious, pithy quotes courtesy of the heroine's late mother add sparkle to a story that sweeps its characters from Philadelphia's Society Hill to down-to-earth Texas and for all its humor and lightheartedness addresses a number of serious issues. Banks (The Playboy & Plain Jane) is a best-selling writer of series romances and lives in Virginia. This is her first single title release. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446611725
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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Some Girls Do


By Leanne Banks

Warner Forever

Copyright © 2003 Leanne Banks
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0446611727


Chapter One

Ivan Rasmussen looked at his world as if he were the Almighty himself. Katie supposed that in Ivan's creation story, he looked at his hugely successful company and like the Almighty, saw that it was good. He looked at his grand house in exclusive Society Hill and saw that it was good. He looked at his most recently acquired wife, who was able to trace her ancestry back to the Mayflower, and saw that she was good.

But when Ivan looked at his youngest daughter, Wilhemina, he saw that she was not so good. She was a mess. Wilhemina bore the influence of every woman who'd passed through her life from her now-deceased Las Vegas showgirl mother to the Slovakian housekeeper who'd once sneaked cookies to her. Unfortunately Wilhemina had inherited her looks from her portly father, Ivan. All her personal stylists had quit, and although Wilhemina was eager to do charity work, no one really trusted her to complete an assignment. Staring at a recent photograph of Wilhemina, Ivan pinched the bridge of his nose as he stood beside the full-length window of his home office furnished in leather and aged oak. "Patricia and I are finally taking a cruise to Europe," he said. "We'll be gone for six weeks." Katie's palms grew moist. She prayed he wasn't going to release her. "Congratulations," she said, fighting her nerves.

"You and Mrs. Rasmussen will enjoy the time together." "Yes," he said with a lack of enthusiasm. "There won't be much for you to do while I'm gone, so I'm giving you a temporary assignment. There's a possibility for a bonus in it for you too," he said and glanced at her. "I want you to look after Wilhemina."

Katie breathed again, slowly. Wilhemina was odd, but not impossible. "You want me to keep her personal calendar organized?"

He shoved one of his hands into the pocket of his Brooks Brothers wool slacks. "In a manner of speaking." He stretched his sagging chin upward and nodded. "I want you to be her companion. When Wilhemina gets bored, she-" He sighed. "She eats." Katie nodded, aware of Wilhemina's diet struggles. "Oh, yes, sir."

"It's no secret we've been hoping Wilhemina would find a nice young man to marry. Despite all our efforts, no one has been found."

"I'm sorry, sir," Katie said, unable to conjure another response. She knew Ivan had exhausted every possible means short of cosmetic surgery to find an approved husband for Wilhemina. He had employed high-class matchmakers and used on-line dating services with disastrous results. She heard he'd even consulted a love magic specialist in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

"You're a sensible woman, responsible, highly motivated, compassionate. How would you like a shot at it?" Katie blinked. "A shot at what, sir?" "At finding a husband for Wilhemina. The primary requirement is that the prospect will have to pass a security test."

Katie's mind reeled. "You want me to find a husband for your daughter?" she asked, unable to keep the disbelief from her voice.

He lifted his chin again, stretching his neck against his crisp white collar in a gesture that indicated his supreme discomfort. "I realize it's a long shot, but I'll make it worth your while if you can do it."

"How does Wilhemina feel about this idea?" He shrugged. "I haven't told her, but she won't mind. She wants to get married." "I don't know what to say," Katie said. "Katie, you've met my daughter. She needs to be guided and protected. I'm not getting any younger and I want the peace of mind that she'll be taken care of after I'm gone. God knows, I can't count on Patricia." Katie swallowed a wince. She knew Patricia regarded Wilhemina as the proverbial millstone around Ivan's neck.

"Why me?" "Because you'll view it as a job, as a challenge." That sounded like a load of malarkey. "And there's the bonus," Ivan said with the same gleam in his eye that she suspected the serpent had worn when he was tempting Eve. "Which is?" she prompted. "Fifty thousand dollars," he said, and watched her with a cagey expression on his face.

Katie didn't breathe for a full moment. When she finally did squeeze in a millimeter of oxygen, she couldn't have formed words if her life depended on it. "Okay, to hell with it. A hundred thousand dollars if you can find a husband for Willie who meets the approval of my security specialist."

A hundred thousand dollars. Katie's world spun on its axis. A hundred thousand dollars could change her life. It could change her brother Jeremy's life. Katie was bound and determined to make sure he received the special help he needed. She took a deep breath. "Let me get this straight. You will give me a bonus of one hundred thousand dollars if I am able to find a husband for your daughter. This husband must meet the approval of your security specialist." Ivan nodded crisply and extended his hand. "Do we have a deal?"

"I'd like the agreement in writing," Katie said, fully aware that she was negotiating with Ivan the terrible, one of the craftiest men in America. "Expenses in addition to the hundred thousand must be covered, and they will be non-refundable. I also want the guarantee of my current position if I can't-"

"Never say can't," he said, wagging his finger at her. "Can't is a four-letter word." "Regardless of the outcome of this endeavor," she said, slowly searching for acceptable words, "I want a guarantee that I will retain my current position." "Of course," he said, looking as if he was certain he'd gotten the better end of the deal. He extended his hand again, but a knock sounded at the door.

"I'll get that," Katie said, quickly stepping past him. Ivan stuck his arm in front of her, blocking her. "It's Wingate. I've been waiting for him," he said, surprising Katie with his eager bolt to the door. Ivan opened the door, again wearing his shark smile. "Michael, my boy," he said in a hearty voice. "Come in, come in."

Michael was not a boy, Katie immediately concluded as she watched the tall, dark man slowly stride into Ivan's office. He wore his dark suit far better than Ivan wore his. His leather shoes gleamed from a scrupulous buffing. His red silk tie contrasted with his crisp white shirt. Katie scrutinized him. His square jaw was perfectly shaven, his mouth held just a hint of sensual curve. High cheekbones framed a roman nose. His eyes were cool, dark, and observant and his short hair meticulously groomed. Katie wondered if he was a marriage candidate for Wilhemina. If so, Katie suspected the poor girl would have her hands full trying to keep this man under control. "It's good to see you again, Mr. Rasmussen. I'm glad you called," Michael said, smoothly accepting Ivan's pumping handshake.

"Call me Ivan. Michael Wingate, this is my personal assistant Katie Collins. The two of you will be coordinating a special project together." "Special project?" Michael tossed Ivan a cautious sideways glance as he leaned forward to offer his hand to Katie. He flicked his dark gaze over her and she felt his instant assessment and brief flicker of curiosity.

She had the uncomfortable sense that this man might see more than she would like. Katie gave his strong hand a brief squeeze. "Mr. Wingate," she murmured. "Miss Collins," he said, and turned back to Ivan. "You mentioned a special project, sir." Ivan lifted his chin and gave a nod. "Yes, I told you I have an interesting business proposition for you." "But you wouldn't elaborate when I asked," Michael said in a silky smooth voice.

Ivan smiled coyly. "I like your drive, boy." Katie's stomach twisted. Someone got the shaft whenever Ivan was coy. She prayed it wouldn't be her. She looked at the broad-shouldered back of Michael Wingate and had a niggling suspicion that this was not a man who liked to play.

She noticed Michael remained silent. A negotiation strategy, she suspected, having watched Ivan engage other men. He who speaks first loses, she'd once heard Ivan say. Ivan cleared his throat. "I have a family matter that requires your services. I'd like to see my daughter settled and married. While my wife and I are away on a cruise, my assistant, Miss Collins, has agreed to help Wilhemina. I would like you to handle the security details." Complete silence followed again, although this time, a hushed quality of shock filled the air. Unable to deny her curiosity, Katie surreptitiously took a half step forward so she could view Michael Wingate's face. He did not look pleased.

"Mr. Rasmussen, I appreciate you thinking of me, but I no longer provide bodyguard services myself. Perhaps I could assign one of my employees to assist you. I was interested in providing a security program for your company." "I know," Ivan said. "But I've used the same security for three years. Except for some dated equipment, they've done a decent job. If I'm going to change security companies, I've got to be sure you're going to do a better job than they do."

"I've shown you our employees' résumés and you know our record is exemplary," Michael said, and Katie noticed the slightest twitch of impatience at the corner of his right eye. "But your other clients are small potatoes compared to Ivan Enterprises," Ivan said, waving his hand in a dismissive gesture. He swaggered, as much as a short, portly man could swagger, over to his desk and withdrew a Cohiba Esplendido cigar from the wooden humidor. He offered one to Michael. "You and I both know that if you win my security contract, you'll be moving in a totally different league. If you want a shot at my company business, you have to prove you can take care of my family business."

One day, Michael Wingate promised himself as he accepted the cigar, he would be able to tell Ivan Rasmussen to stick his prized Cohiba Esplendido up his ass. Not now, though, he thought as he watched Ivan make a show of trimming and lighting the cigar. As much as he hated the fact, the truth remained that Ivan Rasmussen not only offered Michael the opportunity to take his business to the next level, an association with the manipulative little bastard would give Michael the chance to gain back a measure of his respect. That combination kept Michael from dropping his Cohiba onto the floor and grinding it into Ivan's antique oriental rug.

Instead Michael drew no pleasure as he trimmed his cigar and puffed. From the time he was a child, Michael had known the art of cigar smoking was a necessary evil among Philadelphia's elite. Since he'd become an adult, he'd learned the size of the cigar correlated with the wannabe dick size of the smoker.

Ivan wore a thoughtful, cagey expression. The man knew he held all the trump cards. Michael fought the sensation of chains closing around him. He could take this or leave it, he told himself. He could walk out of here. But Ivan's offer included too many benefits, none of which included working with his strange assistant. Michael wouldn't be worth a nickel as a security specialist if he hadn't learned how to assess a person in sixty seconds or less. With the exception of her killer legs, the woman was so plain Michael wondered if she had gotten an un-makeover. Her drab shapeless dress, unflattering hairstyle, and glasses made her look older than she was. He wondered why she wanted to look older. There was always a reason. In his profession, he'd learned everyone had secrets. He wondered what secret the deliberately painfully plain Miss Collins hid. Her unlined skin and watchful blue eyes gave her youth away. He could feel her watching him even now. He pegged her age at twenty-six, her sexual appeal, intentionally zip. For a sliver of a second he wondered if she was one of those women who dressed like plain-Jane, but made love like a man's favorite bad-girl fantasy. He pushed the thought aside.

"What are the terms?" Michael asked, returning his attention to the more important matter at hand. Ivan smiled broadly. "I knew you would be interested. You're hungry," he said. "I like that. It's a piece of cake. Miss Collins will provide prospective candidates for my daughter to marry. You will thoroughly screen them. No ex-convicts, no freeloaders, no disease carriers, and no red-necks. I can't accept a redneck for a son-in-law. And you're to provide protection for Wilhemina and my home in my absence." Michael had learned the hard way to detest vague agreements. "What is the duration of the assignment?" "Just until Patricia and I return from the cruise," Ivan said with a shrug.

"And we agree that if I handle the security for your daughter, then my company will handle the security for Ivan Enterprises beginning on the date of your return," Michael clarified.

Ivan frowned. "Well, we might have to negotiate the start date for your company. After all, I'll have to give the current security company notice."

Michael felt as if he were nailing a slimy worm to the wall. "What exactly would the start date be?" Ivan rolled his shoulders in a near-squirm. "How about six months after I get back from Europe?" "How about two weeks and in writing?" Michael returned. He was nobody's fool.

Ivan stretched his neck and gave an uneasy chuckle. "You and Miss Collins have a bit in common. You both drive a hard bargain. She wanted the agreement in writing too. No problem. I'll have my attorney draw up the papers." "That's not necessary," Michael interjected, not distracted by Ivan's false flattery. "I'm sure your attorney is busy with other matters. I'll have my attorney draft an agreement." He pulled out his Palm Pilot and flipped through his calendar. "Shall we meet Thursday at ten A.M. or three-thirty?" "Ten A.M., but my attorney will want to look over the agreement before I sign it," Ivan said with a wary glint in his beady eyes. He wore the expression of a man having second thoughts, as if he knew he'd dangled a juicy T-bone in front of a starving dog, and if he wasn't careful, the dog would take a few of his fingers along with the steak.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks Copyright © 2003 by Leanne Banks
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 June 8, 2004

    A great book

    Katie Collin¿s boss is leaving on a six-week trip to Europe. While he¿s gone, he wants Katie to help his daughter, Wilhemina, find a husband. If she¿s successful, Katie will receive a $100,00 bonus. The money will offer her the chance to provide a better life for her younger brother who attends a school for the hearing impaired. The boss then offers Michael Wingate the job of providing security for his entire company, if Michael agrees to provide protection for Wilhemina during this six-week period and screen the possible marriage candidates to weed out those that are `unacceptable¿. Since the search for a husband isn¿t proceeding very well, Wilheminia takes off for Texas in search of a `cowboy knight¿. Katie and Michael have little choice but to head for Texas and track her down. Over the course of the book, Michael learns that Katie¿s not who/what she appears to be and she¿s trying desperately to run away from her past and escape the shadow of her now-deceased mother, who was not the most respected woman in town (not above using her feminine charms to get what she needed/wanted, had four children with four different men, lost custody of two of her children, etc). My one and only complaint was at the end of the book, Michael did some investigating and discovered that Katie had been left an inheritance by her grandparents, who she¿d never even met. In my opinion, it seemed very contrived, wasn¿t really needed, and didn¿t add anything to the story (it did offer a chance for Katie to reunite with her sisters, but that could have easily been achieved in other ways). The book is well written, and Katie and Michael are very likable characters. They had clear goals and strong motivations for wanting to achieve them. I was rooting for them to be successful throughout the entire book (as well as rooting for Wilheminia to find her soul mate). And I *loved* Sunny Collin¿s (Katie¿s mom) words of wisdom, which appeared at the beginning of each chapter (ie: ¿God created passion. Denying passion will only make you cranky.¿).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Poor editing!

    The story was nice, but the editing was so poorly done that it distracted from the flow of reading. There were mistakes on almost every page. Did anyone at the publisher's office even read this book?? If I were the author, I would be extremely upset.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    LOVED IT!!!

    Read it in one day!! it was great !!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    LITE READ-- FOR A LONG ROAD TRIP.

    A VERY GOOD READ A LITTLE LONG BUT GOOD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2009

    LOVED IT !!!!!!!!

    The book was Great i loved it. it was different and it had two different romances going on at once but easy enough to keep up my first book that i read out of high school and that was the reason i started reading it was just great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    great book

    This was a wonderful book. The sequel is even better. Pick it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    A Perfect Summer Read!!!!

    What an awesome book!! I loved every moment, could not put it down. Took it on vacation to read at the beach and it was time well spent!! I read romance books just like this one and this is by far the best!! Leanne writes as if you are the character in the book and makes you feel what is happening. The romance between Katie and Michael is super hot and she writes is very well. A good story line with hope for all of us that there can be a romantic, passionate, and caring man out there somewhere for all of us to have. Oh how I would love to meet a man just like Michael Wingate!! I am looking forward to reading the next one. Highly recommended, read it, you will love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    Some Girls Do

    Katie Collins downplayed her looks to blend in at her job. Her latest duty is to help her boss¿s daughter land a husband. When the daughter runs away to Texas, Katie is forced to turn to bodyguard Michael Wingate for help. Michael needs to land a major security job to prove something to his self. He does not need to baby-sit an heiress and her matchmaker friend. On the road to Texas, Katie comes out of her shell. Michael is making her think and want things she has never thought about before. This book is wonderful. It is a laugh out loud funny. The chemistry between Katie and Michael is fantastic. I am so glad this book was recommended to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    Some Girls Do

    Katie Collins downplayed her looks to blend in at her job. Her latest duty is to help her boss¿s daughter land a husband. When the daughter runs away to Texas, Katie is forced to turn to bodyguard Michael Wingate for help. Michael needs to land a major security job to prove something to his self. He does not need to baby-sit an heiress and her matchmaker friend. On the road to Texas, Katie comes out of her shell. Michael is making her think and want things she has never thought about before. This book is wonderful. It is a laugh out loud funny. The chemistry between Katie and Michael is fantastic. I am so glad this book was recommended to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Funny and sweet

    Working as a personal assistant to CEO Ivan Rasmussen, Katie Collins is unwilling to jeopardize her financial security. She hides her beauty behind black-rimmed glasses and boring, gray suits. When Ivan offers her $100,000 to find a husband for Wilhemina, his overweight and shy daughter, she willingly accepts. She is counting her pennies, knowing that the money will provide for her and her deaf younger brother, Jeremy. Ivan also enlists the aid of security specialist Michael Wingate, offering him a potentially lucrative contract with his company. All he has to do is be Wilhemina's personal bodyguard and screen the prospective men that Katie finds. Michael grudgingly accepts since he has his personal agenda to achieve. Over an evening of margaritas, Katie tells Wilhemina her a childhood story of a cowboy knight in shining armor. Unknowingly, this feeds Wilhemina's desire to find that special someone. Putting personal differences aside, Katie and Michael set off for Texas to find their charge. Both suffer from trust issues, stemming from their traumatic childhoods and set out to find her together to fulfill their job obligation. However, Katie is also worried about the gentle and naive Wilhemina. The journey is even more painful for Katie since she has vowed to stay away from Texas, where she was raise by her mother, who fathered four children with four different fathers. Self-reliant over the years, Katie and Michael are surprised by each other's acts of kindness and their latent feelings for each other bloom. The secondary plot deals with Wilhemina and Douglas, the hog farmer. We learn that the rich girl is a shy and vulnerable woman who just wants to find someone to love. 'Some Girls Do' is a wonderful single-title debut for Leanne Banks. If this book is any indication of future books, I look forward to the sequel, 'When She Was Bad', which tells the story of Dee Montague, Katie's younger sister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    great book

    great book. lots of laughs. highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    A Must-Read Romance

    Series romance author Leanne Banks has made the taken the plunge into the single title market and yee haw howdy, the results are terrific. Some Girls Do offers readers a double-your-fun story of love and laughter. After leaving behind her trailer park childhood for a job working for Ivan ¿the Terrible¿ Rasmussen, Katie Collins never dreamed her job would require finding an acceptable husband for Ivan¿s overweight and socially inept daughter. Katie had always tried to be normal (whatever that was) and to stay under the radar. She just didn¿t want to be like her late mother Sunny. But the 100K price tag that Ivan attaches to the assignment persuaded Katie that this might be worth the effort. She had responsibilities and that kind of money would be a big help. Michael Wingate owned a security company and in trying to win Ivan¿s business, he found himself embroiled in the husband-hunting plan as well. After Wilhemina jumps ship and heads for Texas to do a little hunting for herself, Michael and Katie follow her. Of course, Texas is the last place Katie wants to be. It¿s what she¿s been trying to escape all her life. And Michael isn¿t without demons of his own. He has something to prove and maybe this will do the trick for him. But these two prove to be a match for each other and watch out as the sparks fly! Add a cowboy gigolo, a hog farmer named Douglas, and a hairless cat to the cast of characters and readers are in for a wild adventure. And although Sunny Collins is dead, she still influences her daughter from the grave by invading her thoughts, often at the most inopportune times. Be sure to pay careful attention to the Sunny-isms sprinkled throughout the book. You may want to frame them and hang them on your wall. Some Girls Do will make you laugh out loud and is ripe with sensuality and excitement. It has something for every reader: a plain-Jane woman, an unhappy rich girl, a sweet cowboy who is every girl¿s dream, a hunky businessman who is your dream if you¿re not into cowboys :-), and a happy ever after conclusion. Get your copy ASAP and enjoy the ride!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    A REALLY GREAT BOOK!

    I picked this book up not knowing what to expect. I'd never heard of this author before and I got the book for free at a conference I attended. Now I'm mad I waited this long to read it. Wow! If you're looking for an author who writes a terrific light-hearted read sprinkled with some great characters and hilarious one-liners (the Sunny Collin's Wisdom killed me!), click the 'buy' button right now. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    enjoyable contemporary romance

    Katie Collins hides her beautiful body beneath the guise of a prim and proper lady because she wants no trouble with the spouse of her boss Ivan Rasmussin. When the computer game CEO offers Katie a chance to make one hundred thousand dollars, she jumps at the opportunity because she needs money to reunite with her three siblings, each from a different father. Ivan wants Katie to find a husband who passes his criteria for his shy obese daughter Wilhelmina. Ivan bribes security expert Michael Wingate to serve as bodyguard to Wilhelmina while he vacations overseas and to conduct background checks into the men that Katie selects. Michael reluctantly agrees because he expects to take over security for Ivan¿s firm if he holds up his end of the bargain. When Katie tells Wilhelmina of a fairy tale in which the princess finds true love in Texas, the heiress eludes her two watchdogs and journeys to the Lone Star State. As Katie and Michael follow, they fall in love even as Wilhelmina meets her prince, but will these two deserving couples find permanent happiness with one another? SOME GIRLS DO is an enjoyable contemporary romance starring several delightful characters. The story line focuses on two lonely women who find love when neither expected anything. The support cast augments how deep the audience sees inside Wilhelmina and Katie. Though the males in her father¿s circle are too nasty for consideration, fans can bank on this author providing a wonderful tale of love. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2002

    Leanne Banks First Single Title is a Hit

    Some Girls Do Readers around the world have come to know and love Leanne Banks from the approximately 30 Harlequin / Silhouette romance books that she has had published over the years . Leanne quickly became an autobuy for millions of readers but readers still wanted more . Now readers have been given what they have been asking for for years ... Leanne Banks has released her first Single Title for Warner Forever , Some Girls Do .And readers are given an extra special treat because they get not one but to terrific romances for their money . Priscilla "Katie" Collins loved her family , but she couldn't get over the pain of her mother's reputation and losing her sisters .Though she loved her mother she wanted nothing more then to leave Texas and her life behind , So the day she turned 18 she changed her appearance and took off vowing to be nothing like her mother . She never once looked back ...leaving the pain and the memories behind . Then her mother is killed and her baby brother is left deaf after a car crash . A brother that she knew nothing about . A brother she loves immediately and will do anything for .Including work with Michael Wingate if it means having the money to provide the proper care for Jeremy . When Security specialist Michael Wingate's father took the easy way out and ended his life he left eight year old Michael with the responsibility of a mother who couldn't deal with her pain . Little Michael was left to face everything by himself , never able to count on anyone for love or support .After years spent rebuilding his life and making a name for himself , Michael finally has the opportunity of a lifetime . Money talks and Katie and Michael agree to help their boss find a husband for his ugly duckling daughter , Wilhemina , while he enjoys his honeymoon with his newest wife . Katie and Michael soon realize that no matter what she looks like on the outside , nothing can hide the beautiful heart that lies inside of Wilhemina Rasmussen . Unfortunately Katie and Michael aren't able to protect her from men who see her as a means to her father's money . Unable to chance having to meet up with these men again Wilhemina runs away , to find the love that Katie described in her fairy tales , and she finds it .In the arms of someone far removed from her life , Hog Farmer Douglas McGinley. Forcing Michael and Katie to chase after her before her father returns . To the one place Katie never wanted to see again.....Texas . Once on the road Katie and Michael start seeing another side to each other . A side that draws them both to each other and though they fight it .... ultimately to bed .....and the realization that they are more alike than they thought . That in each other they have found someone to love and lean on ....the other half to their souls ....and for Katie an understanding of why Some Girls Do . With her first Single Title Leanne Banks shows just why fans love her and publishers are willing to work with her . She can create magic with words and transport her readers into the depths of her pages right along with her characters ......and leave them wishing that they could stay their with their newfound friends . Because that is what her characters become to her readers ....Friends ....Friends who you enjoy being around , watch grow and fall in love , make babies ...Friends that they don't want to leave behind . While Some Girls Do manages to cut through the invisible lines between classes and shows that love knows no boundries it ultimately shows us that beauty is only skin deep , you need to really open your eyes and look past the weight or looks of the person to see the beauty within , The beauty that makes that person so much more special than someone who only wears their beauty on the outside . Some Girls Do has so much appeal because Leanne Banks didn't cater to just the beautiful people when she wrote Michael and Katie. She also gave the average everyday not so

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