Mark Cutter has it all: a lucrative baseball career, fast cars, and faster women—and all thanks to his priceless good luck charm. At least, that's what he thinks before Lorelei Littleton shows up. Next thing he knows, he's waking up alone, the sexy brunette has vanished, and his good luck charm is gone. More than a little curious about the wicked-hot cat burglar and determined to get his property back, Mark's going to track down the thief and make her pay—big time.
Maybe Lorelei feels a tiny bit guilty for stealing Mark's good luck charm, but when it's worth $100,000 and the money could save her niece's life? She's not losing sleep over it . . . but him? Lorelei can't get the ballplayer with the bad attitude out of her head. And now he's come after her with more than just revenge in his eyes. Lorelei has a choice: turn over the charm and lose the money, or keep it and risk losing everything . . . including her heart.
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Mark Cutter’s smile was lightning quick, twice as wicked, and she felt those darned butterflies in her stomach again.
“Wow. I thought only guys had cheesy pickup lines like that. Does that one ever work for you?”
They were cheesy lines, for sure. Velveeta-style, smooth and creamy. “You’ll have to let me know in the morning.”
His eyebrow lifted and he took a step closer to her. The butterflies turned into grasshoppers on crack and Lorelei had to fight the urge to scramble backwards.
A big, warm hand cupped her chin and he said, “Is that so?”
A tremble vibrated down her spine at his touch, but she stood her ground. “By the way, I take my coffee with sugar.” Not that she had any intention of being there in the morning, but that one was true.
Heck no, she planned on being on her way home to Loveland with the money she was going to earn tonight. And she was earning it. It wasn’t so easy playing the tramp.
Mark tilted his head to the side and laughed as he studied her. “Okay, Ms. Rodeo. What’s your name?”
Lorelei took a deep breath. “I’m Fonda.”
She looked him square in the eye and lied. “Fonda Peters.”
His hand dropped and so did his jaw. “You’ve got to be kidding me. You’re Fonda Peters?”
How she found the audacity to wink at him, she’d never know. “I am tonight.”
Mark shook his head and grinned as he took a step back. His voice sounded both exasperated and intrigued, if that was possible. “You’re too much. Alright, you win. Get in the car, Fonda Peters. I’m taking you home with me.”
She shot him smile and released a tiny squeal of delight.“Oh, goodie.” Actually, she was. Such a perfect opportunity. And it was so much better than breaking and entering—even if she did have a key. A little more law abiding. Now all she had to do was figure out how to swipe his good luck charm without actually sleeping with him.
********* GUEST POST ********
What wouldn’t you do for someone you love? That’s the question at the heart of STEALING HOME, the first in my Diamonds and Dugouts series from Avon. Lorelei Littleton is faced with a choice that forces her to question her moral fortitude: do something really bad to save the life of a beloved child. What to do? And, if she does commit an act that’s morally wrong, does that make her a bad person—or desperate?
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