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Running a dating website, NeedToKnow.com, Jordan McAdam is quietly piecing her life back together when she comes face to face with Forrest Redder, a wealthy and successful bachelor...
The last place Forest should be at this time of the day in the middle of the week was a restaurant. He should grab a sandwich and hunker down at his desk. Should but wouldn’t. He was reaching across the table for his water, when movement at the end of his row of tables caught his attention. He knew Jordan stood there before he even looked up, and when he did meet her gaze he almost swallowed his tongue. Sweet loving damn.
She wore a short-sleeve black dress that hugged her waist, then flared out over her hips before coming to rest a few inches above her knees. And those legs. Long, lean and bare. Just when he recovered from the memory of his fingertips against those thighs, he noticed the spiky red heels.
But the body, that walk, had nothing on her smile. It lit her face and brought a twinge of color to her cheeks.
There was no way in hell he’d be able to choke down an appetizer tonight.
He somehow got to his feet, but God knew he didn’t remember standing. A napkin dangled from his fingers. When she stopped across from him, he threw it down and pivoted around her to pull out her chair.
The subtle whiff of orange wrapped around him as he leaned down to whisper in her ear. “That was quite an entrance.”
She glanced up at him for the briefest of seconds. “I decided to be memorable this time.”
His comment at the wedding about her dress came rushing back on him. How he ever thought this woman could blend in, even for a second, stunned him. He’d be able to pick her out in a room full of hundreds of women. Something about the way she carried herself and the confidence that swirled around her had him chasing and wanting and generally forgetting his usual rules about women.
With a broken engagement on his scorecard, he preferred to keep his emotional distance. Not that he shunned commitment. He just preferred his life outside work as simple as possible and long-term dating struck him as the exact opposite of simple.
Enjoy women, date when he had time and otherwise focus on building his business. He’d mapped out that three-part plan the day after his father had security escort him out the lobby doors of the family business. He hadn’t been back and, despite all his father’s yelling and threats, Forest never had to crawl back and beg for forgiveness, either.
“Thank you for not wearing that dress to work.” Forest sat again, deliberately pushing all thoughts of his dysfunctional family out of his mind. “I would have violated more than one HR rule to get near you. Me and half the staff. No question about it.”
“There’s nothing provocative about this dress.” She ran her fingertips across her exposed collarbone. “No plunging neckline and only a minimum of skin showing.”
“That outfit is all about anticipation. A guy sees it and hopes he’ll be treated to more.” And seeing her fingers skim over her skin had him tripping over his words. “So that you know, that’s sexier than just about anything.”
She unfolded her napkin and laid it across her lap. “Aren’t you the sweet talker?”
“You should be impressed I can think at all at the moment.” Not that the babble running through his brain made any sense. He saw her and forgot about work and his responsibilities and even about that idiot Ryan.
An excerpt from Everything You Need To Know by Helenkay Dimon, a part of our new line of books, Cosmo Red- Hot Reads from Harlequin. Get your copy today!