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Temporarily Yours
     

Temporarily Yours

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by Diane Alberts
 

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Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla's en route to her sister's wedding—without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot former Marine in the seat beside her

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Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla's en route to her sister's wedding—without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot former Marine in the seat beside her. And that's all it takes for Kayla's inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock...

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn't expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla's predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he's heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It's the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process...

Each book in the Shillings Agency series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Temporarily Yours
Book #2 Stealing His Heart
Book #3 Seducing the Princess
Book #4 Taking What's His
Book #5 Say You're Mine
Book #6 His Best Mistake

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622664757
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/03/2014
Series:
Shillings Agency , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,697
File size:
2 MB

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Temporarily Yours

A Shillings Agency Novel


By Diane Alberts, Shannon Godwin

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Diane Alberts
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-475-7


CHAPTER 1

Cooper eyed the crowded airport with all of the excitement of a prisoner looking at his solitary confinement cell. Festive red, green, and white shades of the holiday season surrounded him, and every single boarding area looked identical to the next. Then again, didn't they always? Crying kids, harrowed mothers, fathers on their phones, and kids playing with their Christmas toys filled almost every single chair.

Weren't people supposed to stop dressing like it was Christmas after the twenty-sixth? Or maybe it was his inescapable Scrooge-iness making him feel that way. He hadn't been merry on Christmas, and he hadn't been happy on New Year's, either.

He hadn't been happy in a long damn time.

He rubbed his eyes and scanned the seating area. There was one empty chair left, next to a gorgeous brown haired woman in a red turtleneck sweater, matching heels, and a black knee-length skirt. With a face and legs like those, she was probably saving the seat for her husband — some lucky bastard who probably didn't appreciate her as he should.

She looked up at him, as if she sensed his scrutiny, but quickly looked back down at her iPhone. The contact was brief, but even so, he saw the flare of appreciation in those bright blue eyes as she dropped her head.

She liked what she saw — missing husband or no.

He approached her, his focus locked on her the whole time. He stopped when he got close enough to speak without calling across the room, opened his mouth, and then —

"Hey, Mister. You're on my coat."

Just as Cooper turned to apologize to the child speaking, the kid slammed a candy cane into Cooper's stomach — pointy end first. Another kid pulled the jacket out from under Cooper's feet, and he stumbled backward. He hit the floor so hard his breath whooshed out of him in a painful wheeze. His face was turned toward the gate, where the attendant gaped at him, and a red heel rested on the floor beside his head.

Damn it, he recognized those heels.

"Are you okay?" the woman asked. Though her question was one expressing concern, he couldn't help but hear the amusement in there, too. "Do you need help getting up?"

Turning his head, he followed the line of her knockout legs, all the way up until he could see her angelic face, framed by the most touchable brown hair he'd ever seen. He would not look any lower. If not for the way she held her knees together, he would be getting arrested for being a peeping tom, for Christ's sake.

He was literally in between her legs, his head halfway under her chair.

Still seated, she bent over him awkwardly, looking down at him with a wrinkled brow and shining blue eyes. Though he had been fantasizing about her legs, he hadn't exactly wanted to get close to them in this way.

Cursing under his breath, he scooted down and away from her on his back, feeling a bit like an overturned turtle, then rolled to his feet as gracefully as he could manage under the circumstances. Smoothing his jacket over his arms, he ducked his head to hide his hot cheeks. "No, I'm fine. Thank you."

As he straightened the collar of his jacket, he eyed the fair-skinned beauty. The concern was gone, and she was doing a poor job of hiding a smile behind her hand. Hell, he even saw a dimple.

She pointed to his stomach. The candy cane that the child had speared him with hung from his brand new cashmere sweater — with the help of a coating of saliva and sugar.

"I'm so sorry!" the horrified mother said, grabbing her son and pushing him behind her body for protection, as if she was worried Cooper might attack. "I think he's been watching too many superhero movies."

"Are you saying I look like a villain?" he asked with a smile on his face, trying to set the woman at ease. When the mother opened her mouth to reply, he shook his head and patted her arm. "No harm done. Really." With two fingers, Cooper removed the sticky weapon from his sweater and handed it over. "Don't worry about it."

The mother smiled with gratitude and took the gooey mess without flinching. "Thank you for being so understanding."

"You're welcome."

Once he turned his back to her, he let the smile fade away. Eyeing his sticky fingers in disgust, he looked for the nearest water fountain. He didn't want to wander too far and risk the chance of missing takeoff. He already knew there wouldn't be another open flight to North Carolina with an available seat until tomorrow night at ten, and he needed to be on this one.

Sure, he didn't have to leave this early. He could've easily pushed his departure back a few days. He didn't have to report for his new job until next week. But he needed to escape his father's incessant pressure. He didn't approve of Cooper going back overseas. He felt Cooper should stay continental and work for him at the company he had formed specifically for military dropouts.

Dropouts like Cooper.

Yeah. Thanks, but no thanks.

"Would you like a Wet One?" a musical voice asked, tickling over his senses and ripping him from his thoughts. Without even looking, he knew who had spoken. It was the woman in the turtleneck whom he'd practically landed on ... or under, rather.

"A wet what?" He turned slowly, his brow raised. She was holding what looked like a baby wipe in her right hand and a container in her left. He couldn't help but notice she didn't wear a wedding ring. So there was no husband? Smiling, he reached out and took the offered wipe. "Oh. Sure. Thank you. Is that seat taken?"

"No, you can have it." She gazed up at him, sending his heart rate through the roof, and then looked away. There was something about her that made him forget about everything that had been hanging over his head the past year. And, man, he needed that right now. Scooting her long legs out of the way, she smiled and motioned him to sit. "That kid came out of nowhere, huh?"

"Like a ninja warrior," he agreed, getting comfortable on the chair. He quirked his lips at the amusement in her eyes. "Thanks for letting me know I still had the weapon stuck on my shirt."

She laughed. Damn, but she had an adorable laugh. "You're welcome."

"I was so worried about being late and missing this flight, I hadn't even figured getting attacked into the equation." He cleaned off his sweater with the wipe and dropped the Wet One into the trashcan next to him. If she carried those things around in her purse, one of these rug rats running around might be hers. "Thanks for the wipe, by the way. You carry them around for your children?"

"Oh, God, no. I don't even have a husband, let alone kids. If I were going to have kids, I would be married for at least two years beforehand. By then, people pass the mark where one in twelve marriages fail. I personally think they fall apart around then because that's when the attraction wears off, and the couple looks for that draw elsewhere. Bringing kids into the equation before that whole mess is foolish." She smoothed her curly brown hair and flushed, then hastily tucked a wayward strand behind her ear. "Not that you asked about my beliefs in the institute of marriage. I'm sorry. I know I'm babbling."

"Believe it or not, that was my next question," he said, grinning. "Tell me, how do you feel about the four-year mark? Is that a catastrophe, too?"

"Don't even get me started on what happens at four years ... if you even make it that far. Most of the time, they —" She broke off and gave a strangled laugh. "I'm sorry. You're clearly just asking these questions to be nice, or to humor me or whatever, and I'm answering in way too much detail. Like, way, way too much detail. I'm just nervous. Really, really nervous." She paused and cocked her head. "And now I'm repeating myself a good quarter of this conversation, too. Lovely. Just lovely."

He studied her with new curiosity. What she thought embarrassing, he found refreshing. Where did she find her statistics from, anyway? How the hell did she know that one in twelve marriages fail at the two-year mark?

Time to find out.

"Let me guess. Divorce lawyer? Marriage counselor?"

She scoffed. "Worse. I'm an actuary — quite possibly the most boring job to ever exist."

"You don't look boring to me," he said, his voice husky. He blinked. Wait, why did his voice change? What the fuck? "Quite the opposite."

She shot him a surprised look. "Are you flirting with me?"

Did she actually ask him if he was flirting with her? Fascinating. "And if I am?"

"Well, uh." Her cheeks flushed red and she fidgeted with her skirt. "Thanks, I guess? It's a welcome distraction, if nothing else."

Wow. That almost hurt. He bit the inside of his cheek to stop himself from smiling. She was just ... so refreshingly different. "That's all? I must be losing my touch."

She tucked another loose curl behind her ear, as if trying to hide nervousness. "I wouldn't know, having just met you. Plus, I'm hardly an expert, being an actuary."

He laughed. He hadn't had this much fun talking to a stranger in ... well, ever. "Is there a rule that actuaries are bad judges of character?"

"No." She raised her brows. "We're quite excellent."

He gave her a once-over. "Hm. I'll have to reserve my judgment. Until I know a bit more about you anyway."

"Reserve away." She gave him another look, this one lingering a little longer. "I have to ask, do you know what an actuary is? I've never heard someone claim it's interesting in any way, shape, or form."

He pursed his lips. "I know it involves a hell of a lot of odd knowledge about percentages and random stats. And that I'm sitting next to one right now."

She grinned. "Close enough."

He ran his hand through his hair and she watched. When she licked her lips, he saw her pupils flare inside those baby blues. A responding heat flushed through him, making him want to scoot closer. "So ... why are you nervous? Afraid a kid will attack you next?" He held a hand to his heart. "I swear to protect you from the ruffians at all costs."

She shook her head. Pointing out the window at their plane, she said, "I'm not worried about kids, but I am frightened of that deathtrap people continue to erroneously call an airplane. Airborne coffin is a more accurate description, if you ask me."

He eyed the plane before turning his attention back to her. "You're scared of flying?"

"Terrified." She closed her eyes and flopped back against the seat, growing paler before his eyes. "Horrified. Certain I'm going to die."

"Then why are you doing it?"

She peeked at him, her pretty mouth puckered up as if she waited for a kiss. Or maybe he'd imagined that last part. "You want the truth?"

"And nothing but the truth."

She chuckled. "I have to go to my sister's wedding, where I have to pretend I'm happy and perfectly okay with my fictional boyfriend's absence." She clamped a hand over her mouth and closed her eyes. "I didn't mean to add that last detail in. Ignore it."

He raised a brow. "Not a chance, sweetheart. Fictional, huh? I find that hard to believe."

"You'd be surprised," she muttered through her hand. Sighing, she dropped her hand and picked up her expensive looking purse. She held onto the straps so tightly he could make out the details of every single one of her knuckles. "I need to shut up now. I'm sorry. Again."

She really was nervous as hell about the flight. Cooper didn't think he'd ever seen anyone quite so jittery, and he'd seen a hell of a lot. "Don't apologize. You can tell me anything you want. And the best part is you'll never see me again, so you don't have to worry about facing me after. But tell me ... why would someone as beautiful as you have to make up a boyfriend? You should have at least six at home waiting for you."

Real smooth there, Cooper.

"Yeah, well, I don't." She flushed an even deeper red and looked down at her lap. He got a brief glance of her nibbling on her deliciously pink lip before she ducked her head. "And I'm okay with that. I don't place much stock in the whole aspect of 'love saving all.' I'm not exactly the relationship type. I think they're largely a waste of time."

He hadn't been expecting to hear that from her. Most of the women he spent time with were of the loose variety, and they had the same beliefs as him when it came to relationships — as in they were a waste of time. But she hardly came across as that type of girl. She didn't seem the type to love 'em and leave 'em, so to speak. She was an enigma he longed to figure out. "Because of the dreaded two year mark?"

She shrugged. "Yeah. That and so much more."

He found himself wanting to argue with her. Why? He wasn't big on love and relationships, either. He hadn't found "the one" yet, and he was starting to think she didn't exist. And he was leaving the country, so he didn't have room in his life for a woman who would worry about him.

But still ...

"Sometimes, it's possible, despite the odds. Just look at me, for example."

She looked up at him in surprise. Hell, he was surprised he was debating statistics and the probability of love with her, too.

"Statistically speaking," he continued, "the odds of being stabbed in the stomach with a candy cane are one in three point six million ... yet here I am with a ruined sweater."

"You made that statistic up," she said, her eyes shining.

"I did," he admitted. "But I'm pretty sure I'm close to accurate on my figures."

"That's true," she agreed, her lips turning up at the corners. "I certainly haven't heard of that happening to anyone before."

He nodded and nudged her with his shoulder. "See? Statistics aren't everything. I'm Cooper Shillings, by the way."

"Kayla. Kayla Moriarity." She held her hand out, and he shook it, his fingers gently brushing her wrist. She uncrossed her legs and re-crossed them, and then pulled away. "Nice to meet you, Cooper."

Damn. The sound of her saying his name was pure magic.

The speaker crackled and a feminine voice announced, "Attention passengers, we are now boarding first class for Flight 342. First class only, please."

"Oh, God." Kayla took a deep breath and stood. "Oh, God. Oh, God. Here we g-go. Are you first class, too?" He repressed a snort. First class his ass. "'Fraid not."

"That's too bad. I could have used some more distracting ... or was it flirting?" He grinned. "You'll never know now."

"One of life's unanswered mysteries, I suppose." She looked at him one last time, then hiked her purse onto her shoulder. "Hey, thanks for talking to me. It helped take my mind off things. If we somehow manage to walk away from this alive, I'll say hello to you at baggage claim."

He never travelled with more than a small carry-on suitcase — something else his overbearing father drilled into his head at a young age — but he'd go to the baggage claim anyway to check on her. Maybe he shouldn't care so much how a stranger fared through a flight, and yet ... he did. "You'll be fine. I'll see you later."

Her expression showed her doubt at his words, but instead of arguing about it, she headed for the desk with nothing but a purse on her shoulder and a ticket on her hand. He watched her walk away, ignoring the sick feeling of inadequacy in his gut. He swallowed hard, wishing he'd shelled out the extra bucks for a first class seat.

The way she spouted out statistics and percentages combined with the elegant way she held herself showed him she was well-off and educated. She'd probably been born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a Tiffany rattle in her hand.

She wouldn't know what to do with a wounded warrior, so it was probably for the best that he wasn't going to have the chance to talk to her again. He was a failure who couldn't be counted on to ... Well, to do anything.

Only two other people followed her. That meant there had to be at least one seat open in first class. Maybe more. He tapped his fingers on his knee, cursing under his breath. She might be sitting all alone on the plane. There would be no one to babble at when she was nervous. No one to calm her nerves, or make her forget about her fears.

Worried. Scared. Alone.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Temporarily Yours by Diane Alberts, Shannon Godwin. Copyright © 2014 Diane Alberts. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. Diane has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasnt until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was and became a published author. Though she lives in the mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot, she dreams of being surrounded by hot, sunny beaches with crystal clear water. In the rare moments when shes not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

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Temporarily Yours (A Shillings Agency Novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## WOW. This book was EXQUISITE. It was fun and flirty and even had some 'tissue' moments as I call them. The hero and heroine had undeniable chemistry. You could feel it while reading. That's a huge accomplishment for an author. So many books I read are missing that "spark" between the two leading characters. Was it a tad predictable? Heck yes. But so what? It is escapism at its finest. Thank you to the author for writing such an awesome heroine. She was smart, funny, playful and utterly adorable. And I loved that she was so gorgeous. Man, I'm so tired of authors who write their heroines as plump or plain just to be politically correct. No thanks. I like my heroines beautiful. It's called fiction, baby. I will be reading this again for sure.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and exciting read. It is also sure to satisfy any erotic fantasies you have with the explosive sex scenes that make up quite a bit of the story. Cooper and Kayla couldn’t get enough of each other, and that flight scene was…whew…*fans self* It made me want to rake up those frequent flyer miles. Now, before I get too hot and bothered *winks* I have to admit that this book was a little too predictable. There were a few things thrown in near the beginning that I just knew would come up later in the story, and there were a few “awww” moments when they did; because even though I was expecting them, who doesn’t like a great romantic gesture that sees someone conquering their fears at the same time, right? It showed the character’s vulnerability, but the strength of their love at the same time. If you are looking for something quick and fun to fill your bookshelf or eReader, look no further. The great chemistry between Kayla and Cooper was entertaining, and as they unwittingly fell in love, my heart melted for these two wonderful people. They overcame their fears and insecurities, which made way for what really matters – living your life without any hold ups, and sharing it with that special someone who captures your heart when you're not even looking.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! Once I started, I was unable to stop until it was done. The characters were amazing together, and I don't think I'm alone is saying... Can I have a Cooper??? Even if only temporarily... =) All I can say for this one, is READ it! It's definitely worth it! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kayla has been lying to her family about having a boyfriend to keep them off her back. The know nothing about this made up man because she wants it to be a surprise when they meet him. Well, imagine her surprise when she meets a man on a plane who’s willing to play the role of her boyfriend. Only, the lines start to blur and the relationship becomes more real than the two of them ever planned. We’ve all watched those movies with this type of theme. So it comes as no surprise that the two end up falling in love only to have drama in the last 20 minutes where one bails but in the end love prevails. This story is no different from those. However, McLauglin makes it a bit more steamier than those movies. Heck, the two get quite cozy and very personal on the plane ride, in the airport parking lot and then later at her hotel room. So, pulling off the whole, “Oh yeah, I’m totally hitting that.” vibe wasn’t hard for these two. They didn’t need to fake their chemistry because they already had it. I did have some issues with this book though. The fact that they just meet each other and she allows him to put his hands in her nether region, while on a plane. Maybe I’m just an old stickler but for me that was just taboo. I could see maybe kissing someone at a club or something but on a plane ride? Let alone letting some stranger get his digits in my vajayjay, that’s just not happening. Although I could see taking up the opportunity to have a real life fake boyfriend and then possibly progressing after a while but right off the bat like that? Eh, not so much. “We met in an airport, and before the plane landed, I already knew the little sounds you make when you come. Ever since, it’s been a whirlwind of craziness.” Once I got past the initial hand shake – for lack of a better term – I was on board with the story. There were no pesky ex’s trying to reclaim Kayla’s heart. Although, Cooper’s military past makes him feel unworthy of Kayla. However, in the end all it takes is a grand gesture to get the girl of your dreams. It was a good romantic read with a bit of steam mixed in but it was just “eh” for me. It didn’t really give me anything new that I hadn’t already seen/read before. I wish the author had thrown in a twist to set it apart from all the others.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Good short read.
MBurton 3 months ago
This was a hot little read. I loved the way Cooper and Kayla met. I like that the hot guy made a fool of himself for once. You always read about the woman going all tongue tied and tripping so this was a nice change. I especially loved Kayla's character. She was a bit nerdy with her random talk of facts but instead of being a shy nerd, she was a confident woman. She was straight up with Cooper. It was very refreshing. Great read! ARC provided by NetGalley.
BuckeyeAngel 4 months ago
Cooper was in the airport looking for a place to sit while waiting for his flight to N Carolina to be called. Cooper is on his way to a new job. He has time to get there but wants to be early. He ends up setting next to Kayla. Who told him she was an actuary which is a person with a lot of odd knowledge of percentages and random stats. Kayla is terrified of flying but on the way to her younger sister’s wedding and is the maid of honor. She also told Cooper how she told her family about a fake boyfriend to get her parents off her back. Kayla wasn’t really a relationship type person as she believed relationships are usually a waste of time. Cooper had held his best friend Josh as he died in his arms while in Afghanistan. When Cooper got back to the states he had seen Josh’s fiance fall apart. The woman Josh hd left behind but waiting for him. Cooper paid the extra amount to be in first class to help Kayla get through the trip. Kayla was already working on a strong drink when Cooper came up to her . But Kayla was glad Cooper was there to help her. Cooper kissed Kayla to distract her and did a little more. Cooper offered Kayla a ride to her hotel and ended up staying and they had sex for most of the night. The next morning Kayla’s mom called and first heard Cooper’s voice and the very loud phone. So Cooper agreed to be Kayla’s fake boyfriend for the wedding festivities. Kayla lets Cooper know this is not how she normally acts Then at the rehearsal dinner cooper finds out Kayla’s “uncle” Frankie is his new boss and Kayla’s dads best friend. and he isn’t happy. This was an excellent story and I loved reading it. I also read this story in one setting. I loved how Cooper love to help people and be needed but I loved even more how Kayla ended up helping Cooper. Maybe this was a little rushed on insta/ sex and insta/ feelings but in this case it didn’t seem to bother me as much. I loved the plot, the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.
Joey442 7 months ago
This story starts with Kayla and Cooper meeting in an airport. That's not very unusual but then he exchanges his ticket for first class - the seat beside her - and helps her through the flight because of her terror of flying. Things heat up on the plane then he goes to her hotel with her for a night of passion. Kayla wanted to stop her parents from worrying about her being single so she made up a boyfriend to get them off her back. But when she goes home for her sister's wedding, she has to make up another lie to explain why he's not with her. She told Cooper about her problem and since he has a few days before he needs to be at his new job he suggests being her fake boyfriend for her sister's wedding. Both of them like the idea because they each prefer to be on their own, neither wanting a relationship. A temporary fake relationship is perfect. Temporarily Yours is a very hot story with this couple falling into insta-lust as soon as they meet and can't get enough of each other over the few days they are together. Cooper is a buff ex-marine so who can blame Kayla for wanting him. Kayla is confident and beautiful if a bit quirky with her knowledge of random statistics for everything. If you like steamy romances then you should read this fun story.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Well written, very good. C
Anonymous 9 months ago
I loved it
Anonymous 9 months ago
Enjoy! CB
Anonymous 9 months ago
Fun read .
Anonymous 9 months ago
What a great book cute and funny ,a wonderful romance. I could not put this book down . Well written with with flair and passion. Impressive. L.M.A.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I thought this was a cute love story. What a way to to meet a the man of your dreams, on a air plane. Lots of steamy sex scenes.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Well written, enjoyable story
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved it!
Alyssa75 10 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Temporarily Yours by Jen McLaughlin Book One of the Shillings Agency series Publisher: Entangled Brazen Publication Date: February 3, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): This marine's the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first. Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock... Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness? It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process... What I Liked: Even though I'm giving this book three stars, I enjoyed the story. Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts is one of my favorite adult contemporary romance authors, and she hasn't really disappointed me yet. While three stars is the lowest rating I've given one of her books, I'm still quite a fan of her and her books, and I'd still recommend any number of them. This one probably wasn't her best - but that's not the worst thing ever (especially since this one was one of her oldest ones). This is the first book in the addicting Shillings Agency series. We are introduced to Cooper Shillings, an ex-Marine who is on his way to a new job in a private security firm. Awaiting the same flight in the airport is Kayla Moriarty, an actuary with a passion for numbers and being single, who is heading to her little sister's wedding. The problem is that Kayla lied to her parents and told them that she was bringing her "boyfriend"... but she doesn't have one. Cooper, who was sitting with her in the airport, offers to go to the wedding with Kayla. Neither of them are the one-night-stand types, but circumstances and fiery attraction bring them together for one steamy night together... and then another, and another. But Cooper is leaving for his new job overseas - will this fake relationship that is slowly becoming more real have a chance? Cooper and Kayla meet within the first few pages of the book. Kayla hates flying, and she's very nervous. Cooper sits next to her while they wait to board, and they start talking. Cooper upgrades his ticket to first-class when he sees how nervous she is - so he can sit with her and distract her. This leads to a rather steamy plane ride... and then night at a hotel. I liked Cooper so much; he's an ex-Marine, but he's 100% an honorable man in uniform regardless. He likes helping people, feeling like he is doing something. He hates failure, especially since his best friend Josh on-duty, and Josh's fiancee was completely crushed. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really interesting story..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute love story. Wouldn't it be great to believe such fantasies could happen? Maybe they can and l just wasn't the lucky one to meet up with a "Cooper"
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Characters and storyline are both entertaining. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Things move faster between these two than would in real life but, hey, this is fiction right? And good fiction just takes you away. This book is good fiction!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pace of this hot tale can thrill even a modest reader It almost reads like a superbly sexy dream or weekend diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
147 pages of actual story. I enjoyed this book. The characters were likable and even though it took place over only a couple days, it was written in such a way that I was able to buy into the story line and have fun. The characters were likable and pulled me in. This isn't deep, it's just a fun little read, worth the money.