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Unforgettable [NOOK Book]

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Who needs love?

Not Anna Prescott . . . she says. A smart, successful woman of substance, she is willing to be a friend to Gavin Mathis, who plays pro football for the Detroit Lions and is the finest specimen of the African-American male she's ever laid eyes on. Gavin's been tight with her brother Wesley for so long he's almost family.

So Anna's happy when she can help Gavin out of a personal jam -- and the ...

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Overview

Who needs love?

Not Anna Prescott . . . she says. A smart, successful woman of substance, she is willing to be a friend to Gavin Mathis, who plays pro football for the Detroit Lions and is the finest specimen of the African-American male she's ever laid eyes on. Gavin's been tight with her brother Wesley for so long he's almost family.

So Anna's happy when she can help Gavin out of a personal jam -- and the fact that he's setting fires inside her has nothing to do with it.

Gavin feels the heat too, but he can't trust himself to love Anna. Her folks, who've always been good to him, would be enraged. Besides, if he marries, he's afraid he'll become an irresponsible deadbeat like his dad, who just dumped Gavin's little brother on the ballplayer's doorstep. But sparks are definitely flying and this sexy lady's got his heart pumping like mad -- and it's telling him to go for it . . . and to hell with the consequences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061755484
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 276,546
  • File size: 531 KB

Meet the Author

Bette Ford grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, where she continues to live. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Bette began her teaching career in Detroit and completed her master’s degree from Wayne State University. She has taught for the Detroit Public Schools HeadStart program for many years, and is the author of eight previous novels.

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First Chapter

Unforgettable

Chapter One

The northern city was green and lush from a long, sizzling hot summer and recent bounty of rain. September first had begun as a cool, crisp day with bright sunshine, but as the day progressed, it warmed enough for air conditioning or ceiling fans to be turned on.

Only one of the trees that surrounded Anna Prescott's modest two-bedroom home showed hints of the rich russet and scarlet foliage yet to come. The house was situated in a residential area dotted with brick homes, schools, and a park on the east side of Detroit, Michigan.

"This is the last one," Anna said as she sealed, then labeled the last of the aluminum containers lining her kitchen workstation.

"Good, it looks like I'll be able to keep my promise this time. Carl is expecting me home in time to go out tonight for dinner and dancing," Janet Raye-Matthews said with a wide smile.

The two African-American women owned Prescott-Raye Catering. Their business had been growing faster than either woman expected when they started three years ago. They worked out of Anna's professionally equipped kitchen with one assistant, Krista Moore.

It was the big kitchen that had won Anna's heart, with its double deep sinks, separate prep areas, and center island. It had been decorated in golden yellow with cream tiled counters, open shelves, and a large picture window that overlooked a spacious backyard.

They prepared twelve complete meals with very generous portions five days a week for their bachelor clientele, all members of the Detroit Lions football team. Not only did the meals have to be tasty but they also had to be nutritionally balanced, rich with rice or pasta, vegetables and fruits, an assortment of whole grains, meat, and dairy products.

The meals were being transferred in stainless-steel racks to the van specially equipped with both a warming unit and refrigerated drawers. Each lid was carefully labeled with the client's name, contents, and heating instructions.

"Well, it would be nice, considering this is your first wedding anniversary," Anna teased. "You should have spent the day pampering yourself in a spa instead of here cooking --"

The two women were opposites in looks and personality. Janet had a quick wit and ready temper, while Anna was levelheaded and seldom ruffled. Janet was five-six, slim and shapely, with small features and soft, light brown skin. Her brown shoulder-length hair was pulled back into a ponytail.

Anna, on the other hand, was tall, five-ten, full-figured, with generous breasts and hips, and a small waist. Her soft black hair had been styled in thin, tightly coiled dreadlocks that flowed past her shoulders. She kept them pulled back into a high ponytail when she was working. Her skin was a rich and creamy mocha brown. She had inherited her height from her father and her dark gray eyes from her mother.

"Carl and I should wait and celebrate this weekend. We don't have an event scheduled. Honestly, Anna. Why can't he ever see that my work is just as important as his law practice?" Janet carried another rack of dinners out to the van.

Anna was right behind her, her hands, like Janet's, covered by protective oven mitts. Together they fitted the last two trays inside the van's heating unit.

"I'm sure if you just talk to him calmly about it, he'll understand."

"And whose side are you on?"

Anna smiled. "Yours, of course. But sometimes you let your temper get the best of you."

Janet laughed. "You know me too well."

"I should hope so. We've been friends and partners for years." Shaking her head, Anna added, "I sure hope Sam likes the rack of lamb we made today. You know, I still can't get over what happened the other day when he was entertaining his new lady friend." She laughed. "I'm just the hired help. My outfit was hardly eye-catching." After locking the van's side door, they went back to the house.

Anna had recently made changes in her appearance. Instead of the loose-fitting pants and oversize tee-shirts she used to wear, she now wore form-fitting jeans and knit tops that skimmed her lush curves.

Anna had been referring to the time she'd been delivering defensive lineman Sam Roger's meal and she'd run into his newest ladylove. The woman had gone into a jealous fit at the idea of another woman having a key to his place and threatened to dump the carefully prepared meal in the trash.

"I don't blame her for being upset. A pretty lady in her man's kitchen is a problem," Janet teased. "Girl, you've changed your whole look over the summer. When are you going to tell me what or who caused this change? I don't care what you say, it has to be a new man."

Anna shook her head. "Wrong, wrong, wrong. How many times do I have to tell you? The change is all about me, no one else."

"Why are you keeping secrets?" Janet tried another tactic.

They'd been super busy since the team had returned from their training camp. They'd added two new bachelor clients while maintaining their weekend catering jobs' which included weddings and an occasional baby or bridal shower.

"I'm not. Besides, this incident isn't about me, but Sam's lousy taste in women."

Anna had quickly grown bored with the subject. It was all so simple, but others insisted on complicating the matter. One day she'd looked in her mirror and decided she was in a rut. She did something about it. End of subject.

Janet laughed, "No sense wasting time worrying about her. We both know he changes his women every other week."

"After two years of cooking for these guys, nothing, and I mean nothing, surprises me anymore."

Unforgettable. Copyright © by Bette Ford. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    Great seris

    This is my second book by Bette Ford ........and I wasnt disappointd I loved the closeness of the Presott family but boy tbey were some protective men over Anna...I really bad for Gavin,tryong to fight to date his best friends sister but then told he wasnt good enough, but Anna found her backbon ........and Gavins dad could he been more of an butt hole Im glad kyle was able to find a safe home an love now i must complete the seris great work Ms Ford

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    Definitely a well-written 5 star!!!

    I can't understand the reviewer who gave this book a low rating. Not only was the book well-written with lots of plot and character development, but there's so much description and imagery, that the scenes just come alive. Nothing seems rushed or irrelevantly included in this book. This book was the epitome of a romance novel...a touching love story that has to overcome problems; in the end, love conquers all. I hated that the book had to end; I wanted to see the future of the characters. This book is definitely one of my favorites, and Ms. Ford has become one of my favorite romance writers, along with Brenda Jackson, Gwyneth Bolton, Maureen Smith, Rochelle Alers and Adrianne Byrd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    A new fan of Bette Ford's

    I had never read a book by this author, and am SO glad I took the chance! This book was excellent, truly 'unforgettable' and I can't wait to read her other books. Ms. Ford, keep up the good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    I love this book!!!!

    It brings out the hopeless romantic in us all. Anna and Gavin's friendship turns into something more and it almost costs him his best friend. This book should be at the top of everyone's TO READ list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    Friends make the best lovers

    In Bette's debut with Avon Books, she hits a homerun. Anna and Gavin are like two fairy tale characters who have both awakened and discovered that their soul mates have been right under their noses. The conflict between the families (The men in Anna's family coddle her too much and balk at her relationship with Gavin who is a confirmed bachelor, or so he thinks!), was believable if you've ever been part of a closeknit family. The fear of Anna being used by Gavin, a professional football player and a babe magnet was realistic. I would warn my little sister about something like that too! Ms. Bette remains true to form where her love scenes are concerned. Keep a glass of ice water nearby. You'll need it! Also, Gavin's taking in his younger brother who was left with him by their deadbeat gambling dad was a nice touch. Gavin is a wonderful hero in that he took care of his own. Anna was also a fabulous heroine. She was strong, devoted to her family, and stood by her man. Family drama at its best. Go Bette!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    interesting relationship drama

    In Detroit, partners Anna Prescott and Janet Raye Matthews run Prescott-Raye Catering that provides wholesome meals to bachelor members of the Detroit Lions football team. Among the clients is superstar receiver Gavin Mathis, who actually was the impetus for starting the program. Gavin asks Anna to help him with his teenage half-brother Kyle, whom his father just dumped on him. Neither Kyle nor Gavin knew of one another until addicted gambler George Reynolds left the kid with his older sibling. Anna agrees to help Gavin with Kyle. <P>As Kyle adapts to being wanted by his brother and Anna and her family, Gavin and Anna, though long time friends, fall in love. However, Gavin must first deal with George, who tries to ¿sell¿ him Kyle before he can declare his forever love to Anna. <P>UNFORGETTABLE is an interesting relationship drama that plays out on several levels besides the obvious romance between the lead couple. George is a poor man¿s version of the wastrel younger brother in the movie Parenthood. Any dealings with him are negative because he is so possessed by gambling he cannot see anyone else¿s needs. The Lions and their spouses and Anna¿s immediate family and her partner provide security and warmth that also enables the audience to see deep inside the two stars. Still, it is the nurturing Anna and the All-Pro Gavin who score the winning touchdown for contemporary romance readers. <P>Harriet Klausner

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