One special night with Cooper Hamilton gave Nora Perry a precious gift. But no way is the sweet-talking salesman the right guy for her...or is he?
Former pro athlete Ty Porter could get burned when he falls for the beautiful reporter who ruined his career—and could now expose his most zealously guarded secret!
Gideon Walker has a long history with free-spirited flower shop owner Sophie Jennings. But when the banker-matchmaker fixes her up with potential candidates, he realizes he's made a terrible mistake...
Heat level: sweet.
Make Me a Match
The inner front door opened and a woman stepped in. She was wrapped from neck to snowboots in a reddish-brown parka that made her look like a stuffed sausage. Conversation in the room died away as all pairs of male eyes turned toward her. She peeled off her knit cap, revealing shoulder-length, glossy blond hair and artfully applied make-up.
She was pretty, beautiful even. The kind of woman that men stopped and took notice of.
Coop sat up straighter. Noticing. “Here’s our first customer.”
She unfastened her jacket with small, delicate hands, revealing a small, delicate head covered in blond fuzz. A baby. Strapped to her chest.
The room heaved a sigh of regret. Conversations resumed, albeit not at their usual volume.
Slumping, Coop returned his attention to his beer. “And there goes our first customer.”
Boots rang across the oak floor.
Gideon tapped Coop on the shoulder. “She’s coming over here.”
Coop turned back around.
It was the weirdest thing. Coop was used to Alaska’s winters, used to the cold. But as the woman and the baby approached, the room took on a chill.
She stopped in front of him and arched a golden brow. “Cooper Hamilton?”
Coop nodded, rather numbly, because there was something familiar about the woman’s face, about her smooth voice, about the swing of her short blond hair across her shoulders.
She gestured to the baby. “I believe I have something of yours.”
Story Behind the Story
I love working with other authors on projects where we connect our stories. Two of my closest writing friends - Anna J. Stewart and Cari Lynn Webb - were kicking around story ideas when we decided to pitch Harlequin a Valentine's Day anthology with men who try their hand at matchmaking (too bad they know nothing of love). My hero, Coop, is especially naive when it comes to women. And he's hit with responsibility full-force when a woman from his past walks into his local bar with a surprise - his baby!