Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

by Hailey North

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ISBN-13: 9780061976742
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 732,413
File size: 346 KB

About the Author

Hailey North is a USA Today bestselling author who began writing while employed as a “game show lawyer” for NBC Studios. Tired of hearing that lawyers aren’t creative, she quit her job and typed “Chapter One” (not the chapter, just the heading!).

Since that day, Hailey has authored eight romantic comedies set in her adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, and in her favorite imaginary town, Doolittle, Arkansas.

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Chapter One

"D-dead?" Margaret "Call me Meg, please!" McKenzie Cooper Ponthier heard her voice rise. The wool suit she'd grabbed to cover her camisole dropped to her lap as she stared open-mouthed at the dark eyed stranger who had entered her hotel room, key in hand. "Jules is dead?"

The man nodded, a grim turn to his lips.

Meg fumbled for the hotel robe she'd dropped beside the bed when she'd started trying on the outfits Jules had insisted on having sent over from Saks. She knotted the sash firmly, then stepped from where she'd been sitting on the king-size bed in which she'd slept alone after Jules had settled her in the room the previous night, before he had disappeared.

"Tell me two things," she said, drawing herself up to her full five feet four inches. "Who are you and how do you know he's dead?"

A dark shadow passed over the man's face. He clenched his fists and Meg knew there was no sense in protesting. This man had seen the mask of death. She swallowed and tugged at the knot of her robe.

He stepped forward. His dark eyes had a storm brewing in them. He took in the rumpled covers of the bed, the dress boxes from Saks, then raked her with his gaze. The piercing survey began at her bare toes, ran her up calves, swept over the white terry robe, noted the curly jumble of her long brown hair and fastened on her mouth.

Meg felt as if he could see beneath her robe to the skimpy camisole and tap pants she'd tried on right before he'd opened the door. She opened her mouth to order him from her room, when he said, "Jules always did get his money's worth."

"And .just what do you mean by that?" Meg's reaction was morealarm than indignation. Had Jules told someone why he'd hired Meg? "I'm asking you again, who are you?"

"Why? You always get your customer's identification before you take their cash?"

"Excuse me?"

The man shrugged and produced a smooth leather wallet. "Knowing Jules, he didn't pay you before he left. What's he owe you?" He fingered a hundred-dollar bill. "Two? Three?"

Meg stared at the cash. This man thought she was a hooker! She started to laugh at the preposterous notion, an urge that grew as she thought about what his reaction would be if she answered, "Twenty thousand dollars."

Instead of responding, she grabbed the phone. "If you don't leave this room in the next two seconds, I'm calling security."

"Look, honey, the jig's up. Money train's gone bye-bye." Several bills fluttered from his hand and landed on the bed. "Put your clothes on and get out. Take the new ones with you for all I care." The man's shoulders slumped and sorrow softened his expression. "Sugar daddy is never coming back."

Noting the sense of loss, Meg said once more but in a less demanding voice, "Who are you?"

He had crossed to the sofa on the other side of the large room. Over his shoulder, he said, "If you must know, I am Jules's brother."

His brother. Meg clasped a hand over her mouth to keep from responding. She wouldn't have reacted more strongly if he'd said the devil himself. Yet the resemblance was there. While Jules had been slimmer, almost effete, this man was solid, strength evident in his broad shoulders and a sense of purpose signaled by his bearing. Jules had worn polo shirts and slacks under his blazer; this man wore a white dress shirt and dark tie with his expensive suit.

A knock sounded at the door and both Meg and the man called, "Come in."

A uniformed hotel employee weighed down by a huge basket wrapped in purple and green cellophane walked in. "Excuse me, Miz Ponthier," the man said, "but the manager wanted to send these to you and Mr. Jules with his compliments."

Meg stared at the basket, admiring the magnum of champagne nestled among chocolates and beautifully polished fruits. Compliments? For a marriage for hire entered into out of desperation on her part, desperation born out of trying to hold her family together after her husband's untimely death a year ago and the resulting discovery that his legacy to her had been a financial quagmire that threatened to overwhelm the lives of her three children and herself.

He carried the basket in and settled it reverently on the low table in front of the sofa. As he lifted his head, he said, "Oh, Mr. Parker, sir, I didn't see you, what with the basket and all."

"Clinton, isn't it?"

The employee nodded.

"How's your mother?"

The man dropped his head and rubbed the raised seam along the outer leg of his uniform pants. "She's good some days, Mr. Parker, and not so good other days."

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Pillow Talk 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 483 reviews.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
What a great read! really enjoyed it. It was very easy for me to connect to the characters
bklvr67 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book read awhile ago. Nice twists and turns. It will make you laugh and cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading htis book. Her writting reminds my a lot of Rachel Gibson (whom I love). It was just a really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will ppl PLEASE stop giving away every detail of the book in their review....re harriet klausner? You ruin every book for me by revealing the entire story line. You can review a book without giving away the entire plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for kids due to a wee bit of graphic content. The plot was fun and well done. The characters have real life issues that are not in the "perfect male or perfect female " characters that you see in a majority of novels today. Enjoyable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book started out fine just like a romance novel. But the story went in so many ways that it started to be too much detail and not enough dialog. The story kept changing from third person to first person. I skimmed the last 100 pages skipping many chapters. I did not miss much. The book neverended it just droned on. The author had a great idea for a plot. I would have liked more of a "beach read".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but as a teacher of English, I refused to continue reading when the author went from third tense to first at the start of Chapter 3. Then Chapter 4 was back in third. In future chapters, she used both tenses, switching like they were windshield wipers. One of the FIRST rules of narrative fiction is pick a tense and stick to it. Epic fail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first 1/3 of this book was so boring...it seemed to drag on forever. It was entirely too much back story. I wanted so badly to quit reading, but I have never quit in the middle of the book. I forced myself to keep going and eventually the story picked up. However, it was really predictable. The characters were nothing special, and neither was the storyline. I can't say I'd recommend this book, but I can't say not to read it either...just be prepared to ne bored out of your mind at yhe beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just so...British. I was constantly looking up phrases ("pop socks"? Huh?!) I found it rather slow in the first half...I mean, you KNOW what's going to happen from the premise, but it takes SO long to happen! The author could have started the book at the point of the incident that sends our heroine away from London...we would have gotten the gyst of it from a few pages of flashbacks. Choppy in parts, too much detail where it isn't needed, not enough where it actually is needed. Okay but not great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A romantic novel with more depth and heart than than a dime store romance. The British setting and vocabulary freshens it up and gives the story added legitimacy. All in all it is an entertaining read perfect for vacation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book, but was disappointed. This is the first book ever that i didnt finish. It moved so slow and all the british phrases were hard to understand. I had to look the meaning up and it took away from the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
British phraseology throughout book. Lots of new vocabulary to look up while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to not finish what I've started when it comes to reading but I gave this book to the hundreth page to decide if I would finish it or not. It was really slow going at the start and somewhat boring but luckily right around the hundreth page things picked up a little bit and I did finish it. It wasn't bad. The two secrets that were eventually revealed by the two main characters kept me interested and I even learned a little bit about the history of the precious stone Tanzanite. I'm eager to look it up and see for myself what all the fuss is about. Thanks again B&N for another decent Free Friday read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible writing. Couldnt stay focused on what I was trying to understand. Had to stop reading and DELETE this book after 4 chapters. There is an hour of reading I will never get back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of new phrases to try and look up due to British quotes that I did not know. Was slow getting into and I felt like I was jumping all over the place. Definately, not a high recommend on this book unless you get right into and enjoy it from the beginning. I had to force myself to finish.
gdelbooks More than 1 year ago
The reviews I read were either fantastic 5 stars or horrible 1 star. I come down in the middle. It is a cute little story about first love rediscovered and conquering obstacles. Some complained about the sex, it wasn't that graphic or frequent. One downside for the American reader would be the "British" vocabulary. I was able to follow the story quite well with only the occasional pause to figure out a phrase or word. if the reader must know the meaning of each word or phrase, and is not English this might be a tedious book for them.
fantasyjoy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as the author writes very well and tells a great story. It captured my attention and was an excellent read. Thanks
oneiric More than 1 year ago
Not bad. What you'd expect of a Brit chick lit. Don't know how true to reality it is but it was interesting to read how Petra and her jewelry-maker friends work. I even gained new perspective in reading the difficulties Petra faces as a sleepwalker. Story flowed well - even with the flashbacks - and it was an easy read.
vpsVS More than 1 year ago
This was a free book which alone made it good. It was a little slow but the pace picked up once the couple reunited. I enjoy reading this type of novel from British authors, most are easy to follow but this particular author is very into British slang, in which case I am left hanging. Overall, enjoyable, light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay read, she needs a good editor, the story got a little lost. There was a lot of detail that got in the way of the story. The main characters were a little sappy and it took a long time for them to get moving.
rp33 More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a fun book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't really get into this book until about half way through. Too many British terms for easy reading. Perhaps I should stay with American authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will always try to finish a book but this one became impossible for me. I read the first few chapters but the style of writing left much to be desired. The story line was uninteresting and character developement was weak. I will delete without finishing.
jmm44 More than 1 year ago
The ending is more interesting than the beginning. It kind of 'dragged' in places
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the most put-downable book I have read in a long time. Is just never grabbed me. It is wonderful that the strangle hold the publishers had on the market is diminished, but unfortunately, quality is too. In all fairness, this is the first of Freya North's books that I have read. It is possible later books reflect increased technique.