With: Coleen Kwan
Paige and Owen meet when they are sixteen. Paige is the beautiful, pampered ‘princess’, while Owen is the brooding, poor pool boy working for her father. Owen is instantly smitten with her, but Paige fights the attraction she feels for him out of fear of being a social outcast, which leads to Owen’s very public humiliation and banishment.
What Paige does to Owen is definitely mean, but she’s only a teenager and beneath the surface she hides a ton of insecurities. Haven’t we all done things as teenagers that we weren’t proud of, that we later regretted? In fact, years later Paige experiences her own humiliation at the hands of her ex-husband, who posts a private, semi-naked video of her on the internet. I can’t say I’ve experienced that, but I’ve read plenty of stories about similar victims and can fully imagine the helpless rage they must have felt at such a violation of trust.
After fourteen years, the rich girl poor boy experience a reversal of fortunes, and now Owen is the rich, successful builder, while Paige is broke and struggling to regain her confidence. When she’s forced to take the only job on offer—as Owen’s housekeeper—it seems she’s reached rock bottom. Even then she discovers the secret attraction she had for Owen is still there, but hotter than ever now she’s an adult. Now, she has a chance to atone for her mistakes and grab the ONE REAL MAN she’s ever had in her life.
This is the fourth book in my Real Men series. Each book is a standalone story, though characters from other stories do make guest appearances. Other titles in this series are: Real Men Don’t Break Hearts, Real Men Don’t Quit, and White-Hot Holiday (a Christmas novella).
One Real Man
She's right where he wants her...
Amidst an ugly divorce and an even uglier scandal, Paige Kerrigan has returned to her parents' estate to hide out until things blow over. While she's enjoying a late-night naked swim, however, she's shocked to find Owen Bellamy— her family's former cute pool boy—standing poolside. Now he's all hot, grown up, and renting the Kerrigan property…and he's definitely not forgiven Paige for how she used to treat him.
Once, the beautiful but spoiled Paige Kerrigan was everything Owen wanted. Now she's broke and Owen finally has his revenge...by offering her a place to stay as his housekeeper. Yet Paige isn't the person he remembers. Instead, she's far more than he imagined, and far more irresistible than is safe. But the last thing Owen can afford is to give his heart to the same woman who once broke it.
Coleen Kwan bio:
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.