Josh Lowenstein is a successful architect, hired to redesign the alumni club of a posh, private school in New York. He is strong, capable and knows the best way to do everything. Except let another woman in.
Miriam Goldberg is the Assistant Director of Outreach, and is Josh’s day-to-day contact for the redesign. She’s taken care of everyone around her, and forgotten how to let someone else take care of her.
With a tumultuous history, neither one is prepared to work together. As they get to know each other, the animosity disappears, but Josh is hiding something from Miriam and its discovery has the possibility of destroying their relationship. Only when they are both able to let the other in, and release some of the control they exert over everything, will they be able to see if their love can survive.
“I decided to deliver the paperwork in person and I brought you coffee,” Josh said. “I hope you don’t mind.” He placed both cups on her desk and reached for the folder under his arm. He held it out to her and their hands brushed against each other as she took it from him. The contact of skin against skin warmed her hands. She thought about the manicure, and about his hands on her, and she took a shaky breath.
“It was nice of you. Thanks.”
“So, coffee’s okay, but mani-pedis aren’t. Good to know.”
She tried to determine if he was joking or not. She thought he might be, as his grey eyes held a bit of a twinkle in them and his tone was light, but his body was stiff and she couldn’t tell. She decided to go with humor.
“Right,” she responded, with a wink.
His face broadened into a grin and she relaxed.
“I got one black and one light and sweet, since I wasn’t sure how you took it. You can choose.”
“Light and sweet, please. Thanks.”
He handed her the coffee and she inhaled the rich aroma.
She took a sip and closed her eyes. “Mmm, French roast.”
Josh sat in the chair across from her desk. “You know, I think we’ve set a record.”
“Really? What kind?”
“I think this is the first time we’ve been together where we haven’t apologized or talked about having to apologize.”
Miriam choked on her coffee, but held her hand up to ward him off when Josh leaned across the desk to help her. “You can’t do that to me when I’m drinking.”
His grey eyes twinkled again. “I’m...”
They burst into laughter.
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When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).
One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.
In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines and newspapers, and edit newsletters.
When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.
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