An Assignment: Romance Novel, Book 4
by Barbara Valentin
Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit
Gemma Halliday Publishing / 233 pages
When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, must choose between jumping to what she considers certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights. Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous… including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he’s around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling…possibly even in love with him?
John smirked. “You’re not afraid of heights.”
Her defenses on high alert, Aubrey shot back, “Oh yes I am,” well aware that she sounded like a fifth grader picking a fight on the playground.
With a quick shake of his head and that same teasing smile, he murmured, “You’re just afraid of falling.”
The thought had never occurred to Aubrey, but it made perfect sense, especially after seeing her first husband fall headfirst to his death.
As if reading her mind, he added, “And I can totally help you get over that.”
Ah, here we go.
“Heh. Yeah. I’ll be you can.” She attempted to stand, but he sprang up first.
“Easy does it.” Taking her clammy hand in his, he pulled her to a standing position. “You sure you’re OK?”
When she nodded, he reached into his back pocket and produced a pen. Next, he uncurled her hand and started writing something on her open palm.
But the ink wouldn’t stick. Her skin was still too damp.
Which might explain what he did next.
Aubrey watched, mesmerized, as he held her open palm to his mouth and blew on it.
While part of her brain knew he was just trying to dry her skin, when he locked his eyes on hers, the rest of her was all in for him doing more of the same on the rest of her clammy self.
Author of the bestselling Assignment: Romance series, Barbara was named “Indie Star of 2015” by Publishers Weekly when her first book, False Start, earned a coveted starred review. A member of Romance Writers of America, she looks forward to the day when her to-do list includes “Send Oprah a thank you note” and “Accept Godiva’s request to be a taste-tester.”
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