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Excerpt from GETTING LUCKY by Avril Tremayne


He'll help her get lucky…and promises to deliver a whole lot more!


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He'll help her get lucky…and promises to deliver a whole lot more! With her fertility issues, it's now or never for Romy Allen. Thankfully, her friend Matt Carter will help her research her options. But then the deliciously sexy entrepreneur tears up her IVF paperwork and presents a counteroffer – the old–fashioned way or nothing! How can she refuse?

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by Avril Tremayne

“Look,” he said, “seriously, what difference is it going to make if I fling you a few dollars? I could support a hundred kids and not notice the outlay.”

“It’s not supposed to be about buying a baby.”

“I’m not selling one.”

“It’s not fair to you. Not when you’ll have a real family one day.”

“You are my real family.”

“You know what I mean. What happens when you get married?”

“I’m not getting married. No other kids. This is it for me. My one chance. So don’t take it away from me over something stupid like money.”

“Are you blackmailing me?”

“I’m appealing to your kind heart.”

“You are so full of it!”

“Okay, I’ll switch to blackmail if you’re going to be mean about it. I’m making it a nonnegotiable condition of my participation. No money, no kid.” He picked up the pieces of paper. “Now, are we starting negotiations on the same torn page, or not?” “Blackmail isn’t a negotiation.”

“Tick-tock, time’s a-marchin’.”

“Yes but it’s my clock that’s ticking, not yours. You have all the time in the world to have other kids.”

“Don’t want others. I’m good with clocks. Might as well synchronize my alarm with yours. Are we on? Decide.”

“I don’t—I can’t—I’m not…not like that. I don’t make decisions on the fly.” “But I do, Romy. And things work out just fine for me. So decide. Now.”

Long, long moment. And then, “Okay,” she said, the word sounding as though it had been dragged out against its will. “I’ll take the money, but I want it tied up in a trust. I mean it, Matt. No sneaky stuff. No saving me from imaginary destitution on the sly. I’m getting my lawyer involved—I’m warning you.”

He dropped the paper pieces. “Just so you know, I’ve already got my lawyer on the case, and I’ll bet she’s scarier than yours. If I want to sneak money to you on the sly, it’ll be done before you know it’s happening and there’ll be nothing you can do about it.”

“Now you see, that’s your inner superhero waving his flag. You think you’re saving a damsel in distress, but I promise you, I’m not in distress.”

“Have you thought that maybe this isn’t about you, it’s about me? How do you know I’m not the one buying a baby?”

“What? No!”

“And if I told you straight out that I am?”

“I guess I’d ask why you chose me.”

Their eyes met. Held. Something flashed inside him. Hot. Vivid. “And I’d answer…because it’s you,” he said. And the instant the words were out, he knew they were true. He was doing this not only for her, but because it was her. Because she was the one pure thing in his life and he needed her and if they shared a child he’d always have her. And his child…? Well, of course he had more to offer his child than money: he had her. Her light, to cancel out his darkness.

“Oh!” she said, blinking furiously.

“Don’t go troll on me,” he warned.

“I won’t. I promise. It’s just…nice. To hear that.”

“Yeah, well don’t get sentimental about it. It’s to my benefit to give my kid a good mother. Less chance it’ll want to come and live with me one day.”

“Oh!” she said again, and gave a tiny sniff that freaked him out.

“Jesus, Romy! Get a grip. Are you on hormones or something?”

“No. No, no, that’s just nice to hear, too. In a…a twisted kind of way.”

“That’s me—twisted.”

She gave him that peer-into-your-brain look again. “Why do you always do that, Matt?”

“What?”

“Make yourself something…less.”

He hunched a shoulder. “I’m not doing anything except reminding you there’s something in this for both of us. Right, we still have a hundred documents to get through and I’ll be ripping up any that have a tear splotch on them, so get it together.”

She wiped a finger under each eye. “It’s not a hundred, it’s fifteen.”

“That’s my girl! Precision document preparer.”

End of Excerpt

Copyright © by Avril Treymayne

Learn more about this book and order a copy by visiting the publisher's website. GETTING LUCKY was released by Harlequin Dare on August 1, 2018.


AUTHOR BIO: Avril Tremayne is an award-winning author of sexy, modern, urban romances, featuring heroes with enough alpha in them to make any woman swoon and strong heroines who nevertheless refuse to do so. She took a circuitous route to becoming a writer, via careers in nursing, teaching, public relations and corporate affairs – most recently in global aviation, which gave her a voracious appetite for travel. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, but is feverishly plotting to move her family to Italy for half of every year. When she’s not reading or writing, Avril can be found dining to excess, drinking lots of wine, and obsessing over shoes.

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Getting Lucky by Avril Tremayne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Type: Novel

Heat Level: 5

Language Level: 4

Violence Level: 2

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