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Suddenly Sexy

Suddenly Sexy

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by Linda Francis Lee

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In this captivating contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a small-town wallflower learns that in the game of love, being shy gets you nowhere.
Kate Bloom’s ordered world is turned upside down when notorious bad boy and superstar athlete Jesse Chapman comes home. Seeing him again reminds


In this captivating contemporary romance, sure to delight readers of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a small-town wallflower learns that in the game of love, being shy gets you nowhere.
Kate Bloom’s ordered world is turned upside down when notorious bad boy and superstar athlete Jesse Chapman comes home. Seeing him again reminds Kate of all the reasons she harbored a Texas-sized crush on him back when they were kids. But she isn’t a little girl anymore . . . and she’s ready to show this hell-raising playboy just how much she’s grown up.
After a reporter starts digging into his past, Jesse Chapman returns home looking for space. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that’s just what he gets when he sees his little Katie. Suddenly the girl next door is hot and sexy—and more than even this legendary ladies’ man can handle.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Linda Francis Lee's Sinfully Sexy.

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“Linda Francis Lee delights readers!”
–RACHEL GIBSON, USA Today bestselling author

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Katherine Bloom told herself she could do this. She just needed to focus and concentrate on getting the job done as quickly and as efficiently as possible. She refused to think about the fact that she didn’t have much experience. Though surely it was no different than riding a bike. Once you’d done it, you never forgot how. And if this was what she had to do to keep her job, so be it.

Nerves tried to break through her raised-chin bravado, and suddenly keeping her incredibly great job as an award-winning newswoman didn’t seem all that important. If she hurried, she realized, she could walk out the door and be in Mexico by lunch. She could change her name. Dye her hair. Find employment selling tacos on the street corner in downtown Ciudad Juárez. Didn’t everyone need a career change at one time or another?

Groaning at herself, she shook the thought away. During the last week, she had put her reporter’s skills to work. She had found magazine articles, online Web sites, and books with titles like Make It Sizzle and Spice Up Your Life.

Not one to depend on a man to think of every eventuality, she’d had the foresight to purchase a few things she thought they might need.

A bottle of wine.

Some painful-looking utensils. Who knew things had gotten so creative?




Plus, carrots and potatoes.

She still couldn’t believe Julia expected her to cook on live television with a man referred to as the Naked Chef.

Kate took a deep calming breath, thought about the stress management techniques she had learned in the company-sponsored stress management course—which she had failed—then smoothed her apron.

Seconds more ticked by before she finally settled on a smile, taking in the pristine white-latticed window behind her, the perfect sink, the shiny oven. Even a real refrigerator. She had thought of everything when planning this kitchen.

Forget the fact that the refrigerator wasn’t plugged in, the sunrise in the window was painted, and the walls were fake. Only the stove top actually worked. Regardless, the television set for Getting Real with Kate couldn’t have looked more authentic if they had shot the segment from the cozy confines of someone’s very own home.

However, none of that mattered just then. With only three minutes until airtime, the producer made her heart go still when he spoke into her earpiece.

“Kate, we’ve got a problem. The chef isn’t here yet.”

Julia had sworn the cooking segment was going to be Kate’s ticket to better ratings. “We won’t have just any old chef for the launch of Getting Real, we’ll have a sexy naked chef. Women will love it!”

Kate wasn’t so sure.

“What do you mean, he isn’t here yet? He has to be here, Pete. I need him here.” Her voice tried to rise, panic surging through her. “I can’t do a cooking segment without a cook.”

Forcibly, Kate reined in her growing concern.

Fact One: She was not a worrier.

Fact Two: If she repeated something to herself often enough eventually it became true—or so they said in stress management. Any minute now she fully expected Fact One to come true.

And most important, as she had pointed out to Julia, Fact Three: She was a competent woman who had risen to the top of her field with hard-hitting news exposés.

Unfortunately, and a very heart-skewering Fact Four: The audience thought she was too prim and too proper. The focus group had used words like stiff, rigid, inflexible. One person had gotten creative and called her doggedly unbendable. Now there was a description to warm a girl’s heart.

Kate refused to give in and cringe with embarrassment. Who would have thought that strangers not liking her could make her feel so bad?

Which brought her to the mind-numbing and utterly terrifying Fact Five: Julia’s brainchild of moving Kate off the morning news and putting her on Getting Real with Kate—an attempt to show a different side of Katherine Bloom by having her interview and get involved with “something real.” This week she was getting real in the kitchen, her least favorite room in the house.

For years, her mother had had an on-again, off-again love affair with cooking. Kate had never known if Mary Beth Reynolds, Bloom, Fisher, Radley, Smythe, Lombardi would prepare an extravagant five-course meal or none at all. Kate had learned that it was easier to count on TV dinners and peanut butter sandwiches. Which made her ill-prepared for today’s segment without a chef.

When Kate had balked at Julia’s plan, she had been taken aside.

“Sugar,” Julia had drawled in her thick Louisiana accent, despite the fact that she had lived in Texas since she was seven years old, “I have to tell you. In this day and age of witty banter and anchors acting like family, and now that my daddy has passed on, if you don’t let those walls of yours down and show the audience that you know how to have fun, even I’ll have trouble convincing the new auditors to keep you employed.”

Kate’s response that she didn’t keep walls around herself had gotten little more than an unladylike snort from the very ladylike Julia.

The station was KTEX TV, founded and formerly operated by Philippe Boudreaux, man of extreme wealth, father of Julia. Up until the day her daddy died, Julia had meddled more than worked at the station, ensuring that her two best friends had been hired straight out of college.

Now the three of them were twenty-seven, with Chloe Sinclair serving as KTEX’s ultra organized station manager and Katherine as a news anchor. Julia did her best to be there for anyone who needed her, as long as it didn’t entail any actual work. Not that she needed an income. It was widely reported that Julia, as the only heir of Philippe Boudreaux, was set for life.

With equal measures of resolve and determination, Kate swallowed back panic. With or without a chef, she told herself, she was completely ready. She had memorized the recipe so she could concentrate on asking the whole slew of “light and fun” questions she had prepared, not to mention reel off the spontaneous “witty banter” she had been working on for a week. She’d just have to do the cooking herself, eek!, and chat with the camera.

“Two minutes, thirty seconds, and still no naked guy,” Pete squawked in her ear. “What are we going to do?”

They both breathed a sigh of relief when they heard Julia’s voice as she entered the studio.

“Hello, darlings! Julia is here to save the day.”

But saviors and chefs were forgotten when Kate turned around. She would have sat down on the kitchen stool if her knees hadn’t fused with shock when it wasn’t Julia in her high heels and short skirt whom she saw, but a man whose dominating size and presence blocked out everything else.

“Jesse,” she whispered on a rush of breath.

Jesse Chapman, tall, dark, and more handsome than any one man had a right to be.

“Surprise!” Julia called out, the simple word echoing inside the cavernous studio.

Kate took him in, absorbing his height, the brown hair, almost black, that brushed his collar, the dark eyes that traveled the length of her in a way that made her breath catch and her skin tingle. He looked like a cowboy stepping out for the night, his white long-sleeved, button-down shirt tailored perfectly over broad shoulders, narrowing into lean hips and thighs encased in tight, soft Wrangler jeans that cupped his crotch like a lover.

Heat scorched her cheeks when she realized where she was looking. Quickly, she lifted her gaze, reminding herself to breathe.

“Hello, Katie.”

He said her name with a deep rumble that skittered down her spine, his smile tilting one corner of his mouth. If she had needed any proof, the fact that he had called her Katie would have been enough to prove that Jesse Chapman stood before her. No one called her Katie. No one but Jesse.

“Aren’t you going to welcome me home?” he asked, his smile sliding up at one corner.

Julia hooked her arm through his. “Can you believe it? Our very own Jesse has returned. I couldn’t have been more surprised when I came down the driveway this morning and I glanced over and there he was standing at the curb in front of your house, Kate. Just standing. Just looking.” She laughed with the same abandon she always did. “Looking like a cover model, I say. Doesn’t he look great?”

Saying he looked great was like calling a blistering West Texas summer day warm, but Kate hardly heard. Jesse was here.

She had grown up next door to him since the day she was born. She was four years younger, and her very first memories were of him. It was Jesse who had always reminded her that it wasn’t her fault after every one of her mother’s five divorces. Jesse who had never made her feel embarrassed when a new “father” moved in. And Jesse who had let her sleep in his bed after those new fathers inevitably moved out, leaving her mother in despair.

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Meet the Author

Linda Francis Lee is the award-winning author of Suddenly Sexy, Sinfully Sexy, and Simply Sexy, among many other novels. A native of Texas, she now calls New York City home.

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Suddenly Sexy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
jclc314 More than 1 year ago
This was exactly what I needed! A good, quick fun, read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesse Chapman and Katherine 'Katie' Bloom had grown up as neighbors and close friends, despite their age difference. Jesse had helped Katie as she grew up into a lovely lady. He had protected her from bullies and kept her sane when her mother ignored her which was most of the time. In return, Katie loved Jesse for who he was, regardless of his bad boy attitude and ways. Young Katie had been utterly crushed when Jesse left her behind in El Paso, Texas, while he left to become a golf pro. ............................... The audience believed Katie was too prim and proper as a news anchor for KTEX TV. So her best friends Julia and Chloe, who happened to be the station's owner and manager, decided to show the public another side of Katie. 'Getting Real With Kate' was done live. The first show was supposed to have a cooking theme with the guest star being a famous chef. Katie was really worried when the chef had not shown up when the two minute air time warning was announced. But when Julia walked in and threw Jesse in as a replacement for the chef, Katie panicked! And after the show, when Julia used guilt to persuade Katie into letting Jesse stay in her guest cottage, Katie came close to a panic attack! How could she possibly survive having Jesse so close to her again? How would she possibly survive when Jesse left her again? ................................. Jesse Chapman was on the verge of winning the PGA Championship. The tournament was in less than a month. The magazines and tabloids constantly told of his winnings on the golf course, as well as, with the string of ladies that came and went. Recently, Jesse had saved a woman's life. The media refused to leave Jesse alone. When Jesse felt himself about to fall apart, he returned to El Paso for a vacation. Instead of relaxing, Jesse found himself still wanting Katie as his own. He also found out that he had a twelve-year-old son named Travis! .......................... ***** A great beginning to the 'Sexy' trilogy. Travis's mother is seldom in the picture. The story focuses on Katie, Jesse, and Travis with terrific results. I would never have guessed that a book with golf in it could possibly be so much fun. The book is full of humor and witty emails exchanged between Katie, Julia, and Chloe. As for Travis, he may only be twelve, but living with his mom has given him more serious experience with how women react to things. So he is twelve, going on thirty. I still chuckle at the memory of Jesse being agog at Travis stating that Katie NEEDED to eat ice cream straight out of the carton, forget the bowl. I fell in love with the character of Travis right then! This novel is another winner by Linda Francis Lee. BRAVA! ............................ On a side note, if you put all three covers from the trilogy side-by-side, they make one large picture. Excellent idea! *****
kimberlyindy More than 1 year ago
Love this! This is the 1st one in a triology about 3 best friends. It was a quick fun read, Linda Francis Lee made me feel for the characters and laugh with them too! This was my first read from LFL, and I will be reading more including the other 2 in this series and the new covers on the e-books have some of the Hottest looking guys on there!
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Kate, Chloe, and Julia are best friends, co-workers, and life-long neighbors. Each has a story and the author carries their friendship through each book. often with e-mails at the beginning of the chapters. This is the first book in the Sexy trilogy. They are entertaining and quick reads. Each book has sexy men and women who really don't know who they are, but it is enjoyable finding out who they can be. Kate Bloom is a news anchor at a Texas television station which is in dire need of revenue. Kate's new series is Getting Real with Kate and it is a way to make the audience warm up to her. Professional golfer, Jessie Chapman is the man Kate has been in love with as long as she can remember. He was her next door neighbor and her rock growing up. Now he's back in town and staying in her guest house.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rainy day easy reads....Fun and flirty...Definitely would recommend for a quick read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Kate and her character! Chloe and Julia were awesome, too...I can't wait to read the next 2! Jesse makes this book hot, hot, hot. Lee combines funny and sexy in the best way. She describes the characters thoughts and feelings in great detail, making the characters fun and loveable, each in their own way. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books with sometimes expected endings. I hope the other 2 are just as good as this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sizzles! HOT, HOT, HOT! I am an avid reader of thriller and horror novels. I also like to dive into a romance book from time to time. I was thrilled to be given the chance to read Suddenly Sexy. This book wasn't like any romance novel I have ever read. This book kept me on the edge...of my seat, the ENTIRE time! To be brutally honest I have never heard of Linda Francis Lee. I will never forget her! She has grabbed my attention and I have to say I am going to head out and find more of her books. The main characters Kate and Jesse are very different. Kate is looked at as a prude, small time girl and is trying her hardest to break the mold. Jesse, the boy next door to Kate growing up is now an amazing stud. A bad boy that all us girls have dreamed of at some point in our life! Kate sure has. She has never forgot Jesse when he moved away so many years ago. She has always cared for him, even loved him. Jesse, a golf pro, comes back to get away from an event he doesn't want to remember. He saved a woman at a golf tournament and hasn't quiet been able to get past the event. We find out more secrets about these two as the story unfolds. The story just keeps getting better as it throws in more detail about these characters and their lives. I have read some amazing books in the last few years but I seriously can't remember the last time I felt so alive, amazed, and well...sexy! This book will melt all the snow off your roof this winter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suddenly Sexy is another fantastic book by Linda Francis Lee. Kate Bloom is trying to reinvent her self to enhance the direction of her TV career. When her cooking guest doesn¿t shoe, in steps her schoolgirl crush, Jesse Chapman. Jesse is back home looking for some peach and quiet. He needs to get his act together and concentrate on his golf career. But little Katie Bloom isn¿t so little anymore and is proving to be a bigger distraction then Jesse can handle. Jesse and Kate each have problems from their childhood. They both have to work hard to let go of the past and embrace the future. Suddenly Sexy has everything that makes a romance book soar. Great characters, steamy sex and witty dialogue. This book is a joy from begging to end. Looking forward to Sinfully Sexy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jesse and I think Kate is great. It's one of those situations where you find yourself saying "finally".
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just my touch of sexy fantasy
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I enjoyed the book.
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samieOH More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I will recommend it everyone,such a great book.
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Loved it
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Why are these kids on here talking back and forth about everything But reviewing the book... Grow up buy a computer and email your trash talk via chat sites !!!!!!! All that do this kind of thing needs to be band from the nook..... PARENTS TEACH YOUR KIDS BETTER!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Cute story with many laugh out loud parts!
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