Monday, January 5, 2015

The Real DEAL

The Real DEAL


The most important thing in Amanda's life is negotiating a successful merger between her company and Brant Computers, a family-held competitor. It should be a done deal: Company president Eric Brant is on board with the idea. But when Amanda arrives in Eric's office, it is his cousin Simon Brant who greets her-and Simon is anything but agreeable. He's not about to give up control of the family company or lay off loyal workers. Squaring off against the sexy, brilliant, sexy, obstinate, sexy, eccentric, not to mention sexy Simon is completely frustrating-and a total turn-on. And when he walks out on her presentation, sidetracked by another one of his brilliant ideas, Amanda is shocked...and, furious!...and...and...and so attracted she can barely enter data into her Palm Pilot...

Simon has never met a woman as passionate and driven as Amanda, or as devastatingly attractive. He can't decide if he wants to put her on the next plane home-in the cargo hold-or kidnap her and spend a long weekend showing her exactly the kind of negotiating he likes best. Come to think of it, if the lady wants war, maybe they should engage in full-on the bedroom...and see who will be the victor. But when intimacy leads to an explosive passion, it might be time to think of a different, more permanent kind of that's less about business and all about pleasure...


With an accuracy born of years of practice, Simon brought the katana down in a precise arc that left the silk scarf hanging in two even sections from the hooks in the ceiling.  Moving into the next position, he swung the Korean sword in a horizontal path that sent two scraps of red silk fluttering to the floor.

Pushing his muscles to burning point, he worked through his form three times and completed an entire set of stretching exercises before taking care of his katana and hanging it back on the wall of his private gym.  He wiped the wet sheen of sweat from his chest and arms with a small towel.

He crossed the room and turned out the lights, leaving the only illumination the light filtering in through the wall of windows that made up one side of his gym.  He moved to the center of that wall and then sank to a cross-legged position on the floor mat.  Facing the glass, he took in the view of the dark waters of the Puget Sound , their cold depths calling to the chill in his soul as they always did.

He’d built his home on an island, less than an hour’s ferry journey from the mainland and only two hours from Seattle .  It was the perfect location for a man who liked his privacy, but whose research often required access to technology resources available in a major city.

The sun had set some time ago and moonlight from a full moon glinted on the water, hinting at mysteries yet unexplored.

But he had his own mysteries to unravel.

The entire computer industry was racing to see who could develop a usable prototype of a fiber optic processor and he was determined to be the first.  It was that need that had sent him in here looking for clarity of mind and an ease of the physical tension that always accompanied his deep immersion in a project.

He hadn’t found it.  His mind, usually so clear after a workout, spun from one thought to another.

For some reason, instead of focusing on the results of his most recent experiments, old memories demanded his attention tonight.  Memories he would have been happy to bury into oblivion, five-year-old memories that had no place in his life today.

He could see Elaine’s face, the beautiful features taut with stress, the exotic eyes glistening with tears as she said good-bye.  "You’ve got to understand, Simon.  You live in the shadows.  I want to live in the light.  Eric likes being around people.  You’re always looking for excuses to avoid them.  You want to spend all your time in that stupid lab of yours.  A woman can’t live like that."

He remembered each word verbatim.

A woman can’t live like that.

About the Author:
With more than 6 million copies of her books in print, USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published more than 50 books and had her stories translated for sale in dozens of countries. While she writes several subgenres of romance (paranormal, historical, single title and short contemporary) for multiple publishers, all of her books are sexy, emotional and show that love will conquer all. She's a passionate devotee of romance and shares her love for the genre with her readers through her books and a policy of open communication. You can find Lucy on Facebook ( her blog (, and her official website (

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