Mission: Irresistible

Mission: Irresistible

by Lori Wilde

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This is Your Mission and You Must Accept It... PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And the masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But one minute she's chatting with a mummy, and the next a legendary amulet is stolen practically from under her nose. There are times when a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. To find the artifact and save her job, Cassie turns to her nemesis: Dr. Harrison Standish. Standoffish, as she likes to call him. Or Your Chance for Love Will Self-Destruct In Seventy-Two Hours! Archaeologist Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones, but his no-need-for-romance attitude could use some adjustment. Who knew it would happen while he and Cassie are chasing leads, dodging bad guys, and racing against the clock? Just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnedest time keeping his mind-and his hands-off her. They still have a shot at recovering the amulet, but when it comes to Cassie, Harrison's already a goner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446615150
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Series: Warner Books Contemporary Romance Ser.
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has written sixty novels. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensics. She volunteers as a sexual assault first responder for Freedom House, a shelter for battered women. Lori is a past RITA finalist and has been nominated four times for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, the Lories, the More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, the Laurel Wreath, and the Best Books of 2006 Book Award. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages and featured in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, All You, TIME, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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Mission: Irresistible

By Lori Wilde

Warner Forever

ISBN: 0-446-61515-3

Chapter One

"Cassie ... you've been drinking." Harrison forcefully took her wrist and removed her hand from his body.

"So? You've been drinking too and we've only had one shot of schnapps so it's not like we're snockered."

"I won't take advantage of you."

"Not even if I wanted you to?" She fluttered her eyelashes seductively.

"No!" he exclaimed, but she heard amusement in his voice. "Besides, I think you're just bluffing. You don't really want me to make love to you. You just like to tease."

Oh really? Is that what he thought of her? That she was all come on and no substance?

They stared at each other, eyes locked.

Her need for him was building faster than she could have imagined. Who'd have thought she'd be all hot and horny for ol' mismatched Harry?

But dammit she was.

The glimmer in his eyes sent goose bumps marching up and down her arms and she was wetter than a Slip-n-Slide. Need for him, for his kiss, his touch was a wild thing inside her, sending her heart thrashing wildly against her rib cage, thrusting out all common sense.

"You think you have me figured out?"

"I do, or as least as much as anyone will ever have you figured out, Cassie Cooper."

"Go ahead. Get it off your chest. Let's hear it." She jutted out her chin, daring him.

"You sure you're ready for this? You might not like what I have to say."

"Go ahead." She raised a hand. "I'm all ears."

"Remember you asked for it."

"Just shut up and analyze me."

"Here goes. You act like you're not afraid of anything. You hide behind your charm and your sex appeal and your gregarious talk. You have a hopscotch mind that often gets your body in trouble."

"Oh yeah?" she said because she did not know what else to say. It was true.

"Yeah. But in spite of your plucky personality, you really have a fear of exploring anything too deeply. You keep everything on the surface, which you mask by a fascination with many subjects. Your flirtation with pleasure is actually a flight away from pain. Ergo, your attempts to get me into bed are in reality, nothing but a bluff."

"Ergo? Who in the hell says ergo? It's little wonder why you get called Poindexter."

Cassie knew she was being defensive but she was unnerved that he had figured her out so easily. Not even her own twin sister, Maddie, understood her motivations the way Harry did. It was amazing and a little disturbing.

She didn't appreciate being dissected so accurately and she wasn't going to let him get away with it.

Cassie knew it was impulsive. She recognized that she was tipsy and that she was still vulnerable over her apartment break-in. And yes, maybe she was using pleasure to cloak her fears. She was on the verge of not only losing her job but potentially going to jail for the theft of a priceless artifact she didn't even steal.

But something deep inside her whispered that this time was different. Harry was an impulse worth acting on.

"Go ahead," she teased, reaching for the hem of her long-sleeved T-shirt. In one swooping motion she pulled it over her head. "Call my bluff."


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Mission Irresistible 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the whole amulet story to be so incredibly boring. Although, it did have some good steamy love moments. The romance between Cassie and Harrison is the only reason I finished the book, otherwise I would have put it down and forgotten all about it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sound really good I would recomend it to older people who understand what is happining in the book! I read an article about it in the cosmopolotin magazine and I fell in love with the book! It sound like she needs to loosen up and have some fun with the professor in BED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mission Irresistible is a delightful tale of romance and adventure. *** Cassie Cooper is banking on this ball and exhibit going off without a hitch. Things are running smoothly until a mummy is knifed at her feet. Then the focus of the collection disappears. Cassie turns to Dr. Harrison Standish, the thorn in her side at work for help. *** Archaeologist Harrison¿s career is riding on getting the missing Amulet back to the museum. He reluctantly agrees to help Cassie solve the mystery. But Cassie is proving to be a bigger temptation then he bargained for. Harrison has cut romance from his life but being with Cassie 24/7 is making his mind and his hands wander. *** Cassie and Harrison are proof that opposites to attract. Their banter had me in stitches and they sizzle with chemistry. They bring out the best in each other and learn something about themselves along the way.*** Excellent follow-up to Maddie Cooper¿s story in Charmed and Dangerous.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Cassie Cooper hopes one day soon she will work at the Smithsonian, but for now she must handle the garbage Phyllis Lambert, her boss at Fort Worth Kimbell¿s Museum, tosses at her. Currently, the Kimbell hosts an Ancient Egypt exhibit because noted Egyptologist Dr. Harrison Standish got permission from the Mubarak government to host an exhibit that includes a priceless artifact in the states so he chose his home city. Phyllis warns Cassie if anything goes wrong she will be fired. --- During an Ancient Egypt masquerade gala at the Kimbell, the lights go out; when they come back on a man in a mummy suit is dead and part of the amulet is missing. Additionally guest of honor, Harrison¿s half-brother Dr. Adam Grayfield has failed to arrive. Phyllis blames Cassie, but shockingly Harrison defends her innocence. As Cassie and Harrison work together seeking the missing half of the artifact, the nerdy Dr. ¿Standoffish¿ and the bouncy flirtatious nut fall in love, but first an amulet must be found though the kisses send shivers up both their spines. --- The sequel to CHARMED AND DANGEROUS is a fun romantic amateur sleuth tale starring two likable seemingly opposites. The pairing sort of reminds this reviewer of what if the Professor and Ginger made it except instead of an isolated overly visited island the background is Egyptian artifacts. The story line is humorous and fast-paced never taking itself seriously. Fans who appreciate a breezy lighthearted romantic suspense reminiscent of Romancing the Stone will enjoy reading the adventures of the wilder Cooper twin.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Cassie's boss threatens to fire her from the museum of one thing goes wrong with the masquerade ball to celebrate the reunification of a priceless Egyptian amulet, she fears the worst. Everything is going to plan--until she succumbs to the flirtations of party guest. Then the lights cut out, half the amulet goes missing and her mummy-costumed admirer collapses on the ground with a knife in his back. Cassie has no choice but to turn to the nerdy, uptight Dr. Harrison Standish who thinks her panicky behavior makes her an all-but-certified nut. These two must find common ground and recover the missing half of the amulet in 72 hours--if love doesn't catch up to them first.