The Boat Builder's Bed

The Boat Builder's Bed

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by Kris Pearson
     
 

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A windy day...a flyaway signboard...a hideous crunch. Sophie Calhoun can't imagine how she'll pay for the damage to the luxurious car.

Already cash-strapped, she's struggling to launch her new interior design studio and make a home for her daughter. She's only days away from disaster.

Out of the sleek black Jaguar storms super-yacht tycoon Rafe Severino

Overview

A windy day...a flyaway signboard...a hideous crunch. Sophie Calhoun can't imagine how she'll pay for the damage to the luxurious car.

Already cash-strapped, she's struggling to launch her new interior design studio and make a home for her daughter. She's only days away from disaster.

Out of the sleek black Jaguar storms super-yacht tycoon Rafe Severino. Steaming mad. Totally gorgeous. And desperately in need of a top-line decorator for his spectacular new harbor-side mansion.

Sophie fears her dream contract comes with strings that tie her to the boat-builder's bed. No matter how she tries to escape, he's always there—implacable and irresistible.

She knows he doesn't want a preoccupied single mother, but concealing her daughter's existence from the man she's falling in love with is getting harder and harder. If he discovers her lies, she'll instantly lose everything.

Warning: contains one determined golden-skinned man who knows his way around boats, bodies and bed-sheets.

***Excerpt***
She eyed the small cable car with trepidation. Its walls were only hip-high and there were very thin looking sheet-metal doors on the sides. No seats, no roof, just a high post in each corner. Rafe rattled a door open, stepped on board, and drew her toward him.

“Don’t worry. It’s safe.”

“I’m not scared,” she muttered, willing herself to believe that a flimsy box plunging almost vertically down a steel rail was not in the least hazardous. “I’ve seen nicer ones.”

“It’s only for the construction work at this stage. The proper weatherproof cab with seats isn’t far off.”

She nodded at that, imagining how many loads of timber and fittings must have traveled up and down this way.

As though reading her mind Rafe said, “We used a chopper for the big stuff. A tough job for the pilot—there are tricky updrafts off the sea.” He crowded her against one of the corner posts and slid an arm around her waist before he pushed a green button and sent them whirring downwards.

Sophie was grateful for the arm, not that she’d admit it. She grasped the post and tried to ease away from his too-close chest. His grip was inescapable. She was trapped there, head tucked under his chin, far too aware of his body as they dropped toward the huge expanse of slatted timber. His heart beat steadily in her ear. His cologne displaced the ocean’s salty fragrance. Then she heard a rumble of laughter deep in his chest.

“Stop struggling.”

“I’m not.” She could feel her face heating with a telltale blush.

“Could have fooled me.”

“You’ve probably done this dozens of times.”

“Hundreds. It’s not far. It’s perfectly safe.”

But I’m not, she thought as flickers of sensation rampaged low in her belly. She felt so sexy. So deliciously damp and strangely swollen.

For heaven’s sake stop it, she begged her twitching flesh. Okay, he’s gorgeous. But he’s a possible client. Keep it that way and you’ll get Camille back sooner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044946415
Publisher:
Kris Pearson
Publication date:
09/09/2012
Series:
Wellington Series
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
4,469
File size:
337 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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She eyed the small cable car with trepidation. Its walls were only hip-high and there were very thin looking sheet-metal doors on the sides. No seats, no roof, just a high post in each corner. Rafe rattled a door open, stepped on board, and drew her toward him.

"Don't worry. It's safe."

"I'm not scared," she muttered, willing herself to believe that a flimsy box plunging almost vertically down a steel rail was not in the least hazardous. "I've seen nicer ones."

"It's only for the construction work at this stage. The proper weatherproof cab with seats isn't far off."

She nodded at that, imagining how many loads of timber and fittings must have traveled up and down this way.

As though reading her mind Rafe said, "We used a chopper for the big stuff. A tough job for the pilot—there are tricky updrafts off the sea."

He crowded her against one of the corner posts and slid an arm around her waist before he pushed a green button and sent them whirring downwards.

Sophie was grateful for the arm, not that she'd admit it. She grasped the post and tried to ease away from his too-close chest. His grip was inescapable. She was trapped there, head tucked under his chin, far too aware of his body as they dropped toward the huge expanse of slatted timber. His heart beat steadily in her ear. His cologne displaced the ocean's salty fragrance. Then she heard a rumble of laughter deep in his chest.

"Stop struggling."

"I'm not." She could feel her face heating with a telltale blush.

"Could have fooled me."

"You've probably done this dozens of times."

"Hundreds. It's not far. It's perfectly safe."

But I'm not, she thought as flickers of sensation rampaged low in her belly. She felt so sexy. So deliciously damp and strangely swollen.

For heaven's sake stop it, she begged her twitching flesh. Okay, he's gorgeous. But he's a possible client. Keep it that way and you'll get Camille back sooner.

Meet the Author

Kris writes sizzling contemporary romance, pure and simple. Well, maybe not that pure! They're sexy stories about couples who fall in love, and into bed along the way, just like real people do. If it's fine, she gardens. If it's wet, she writes. And if the writing's going well, the garden can look after itself. She's an advertising copywriter and a decor specialist, and the author of 'The Boat Builder's Bed'. More than two million copies have now been downloaded free, and giving away a taste of her work with this one kick-started sales of all her others. Her seven Wellington Series novels are set in the capital city so she can make use of the beautiful harbor in the plots. Her three Heartlands novels follow couples who live in more remote country areas of New Zealand. Her all-time best-seller is 'Taken by the Sheikh'. There's now also 'Desired by the Sheikh', and these are not quite your usual sheikh stories. She has the first novel of her Scarlet Bay series well under way. Four books are now available in Spanish. There's a Spanish version of her website http://www.krispearson.com - click the flags at the top right of it to change languages. ~ ~ ~ Kris es una chispeante autora de romántica contemporánea, pura y simplemente. ¡Bueno, quizá no tan pura! Se trata de historias sensuales sobre parejas que, a medida que avanza la trama, se enamoran y acaban en la cama, exactamente como en la vida real. Cuando hace buen tiempo se dedica a trabajar en el jardín y si llueve, a escribir, y cuando está inspirada y no puede dejar de escribir, el jardín puede cuidar de sí mismo. Es redactora publicitaria y decoradora especializada y autora de “La cama del constructor de barcos”, de la que se descargaron gratis más de un millón de copias en inglés, lo que permitió dar a conocer su trabajo e impulsar las ventas de todas sus demás novelas. Precisamente ahora, la versión española de esta novela se encuentra disponible gratis para los lectores de habla hispana, así que descargaos una copia ya. Visit her website - http://www.krispearson.es

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The Boat Builder's Bed 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 185 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Love sophie and rafe and their relationship. Very good read :) almost 600 pages :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author does an excellent job of building up the tension between Sophie and Rafe. I loved that the writing switches back and forth, giving the reading a chance to view each characters inner thoughts. I will offer a few words of constructive criticism. There are a few grammar and spelling issues, but they're easy to look over. Some of the characters aren't well developed. I would have liked to hear more about Fran, and her importance to the story which was never made clear. More information about Camille and the grandmother would have helped develope the story. The ending was also rushed. Even though this book has a fair amount of pages, it would have been better if it had been longer and explained more. Good read overall! Good storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost 600 pages. Would read another book by the author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and can't believe it was free! The characters were charming and funny and the plot had a twist. Loved Sophie's spunk and when rich Rafe realized he couldn't buy everything he wanted. His childhood broke my heart! I too would love a sequel--I can imagine over-protective Rafe and pregnant Sophie clashing and how much of a pushover he would be as a dad. I will definately check out the author's other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, romantic and hot, hot. Did end a bit abruptly but was a good build thru out. Loved the fight and spirit that Sophie had. Not everyone has it so good, but she kept fighting. So happy Rafe got his family in the end but a sequel would be lovely. Certainly glad I discovered Kris Pearson and will now buy her other books, thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice love story. I enjoyed how the author described the scenes in detail. I look forward to reading more from this author
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved it!
pegasus-one 8 months ago
a very good read, loved it!
Anonymous 9 months ago
A sweet, sexy romance with a female who isn't afraid to stand up for what she wants and a man who is willing to swallow his pride to do the same.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
I love the book. You should this book if you love romance book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall good read and I enjoyed reading it look forward to more!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the story of Rafe and Sophie... Well developed characters I could relate to... Storyline a bit different and believable... Hot romance once they got to it because Sophie was determined to "not mix business with pleasure" and Rafe's interior decorating job meant she could reclaim her daughter from her mother who had been helping her by caring for Cammile while Sophie got her business going... Ending felt a bit rushed but over all a very satisfying well written story..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never lost interest. Held my attention all the way till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second time I've read this book... loved it just as much as the first time around.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story with great characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Sexy, funny, romantic, and even frustrating. Loved it!
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Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Life can be tough and you have hard decisions to make. This is what happens with Sopie when she has to choose between her career and her daughter. If she can make enough money, she can have her daughter back but to do that, she needs her new business to succeed. Along comes Rafe, already known to Sophie as he's her ex-boss' ex-husband. But is he just helping her out or does he have an ulterior motive? The simple answer is yes, he does have an ulterior motive and this is one part of the book that I felt slightly uncomfortable with. It is all well and good having a determined main character but he took it to the extreme, completely ignoring Sophie most of the time when she said to back off. OK, so she wasn't exactly 'firm' when she said it, but still, he should have respected what she said, not what she didn't say. Apart from that, there were lots of things that I liked about this book. The choices Sophie makes actually make her strong, not weak. She is a worker, not a whinger. She is feisty and knows what she likes. Ignoring Rafe's questionable tactics, I actually quite liked him. There is enough in this story to keep you occupied and amused along with some steam to make you hot under the collar, Definitely recommended, especially if you don't mind cavemen! Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author for this book to read and review. It came to me as part of the boxed set, "Love Down Under". The big issue in the path to love in this story is decisions made regarding what one does with one’s child. Past experiences and lack of communication and trust creep in to foil love, at least for a while, but eventually there is a happily ever after.