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April 2007 / Kimani Romance / ISBN-10: 0373860137 / ISBN-13: 978-0373860135
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What happens when Prince Charming arrives— but the shoe doesn’t fit?

Isabella Duvall surely could use a hero to help her out of her current cash crisis. After years of caring for her ailing mother, the only way to keep her family together is to sell their home. As luck would have it handsome Alex Carlton, a bachelor who’d always dreamed of owning the magnificent mansion, is happy to buy her out.

To keep their home in the family, Isabella’s three sisters devise a plan. One of them will have to capture the new owner’s heart. But which of the Duvall sisters will become the queen of Carlton’s castle?

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Isabella now understood why Gabby found Alex’s company so enjoyable and if she wasn’t careful she would too. There was something a little too appealing about him.

“It’s all a game, Izzy.” Alex leaned forward and lowered his voice. “Are you sure you don’t want to play?”

“Very sure,” she said in a crisp tone, annoyed by her traitorous emotions.

“You’re missing a lot of fun.”

“I doubt it.”

He leaned back. “Well, you wouldn’t know since you’re standing on the sidelines. You’re really good at that.”

“It gives me a great view of the whole situation.”

“True. Sitting on the sidelines has some benefits. You get to see the whole game and you don’t lose anything.” He wagged a forefinger. “But there’s one draw back. You don’t win anything either.”

“The most dangerous games are the ones of the heart.”

“I don’t play with hearts.”

“But you play with people.”

“No,” he said with deliberate patience. “I don’t play with them either. I only play the games people want me to play.”

“What I’ve noticed is that people tend not to play the same games.”

The waitress came back with Alex’s order—a plate full of spinach stuffed mushrooms sprinkled with cheese and a large order of lemonade. Isabella glanced around wondering if it was a good time to leave.

“Yes,” Alex said. “They’re all looking at us, but don’t worry about it.”

She turned to him. “I’m not worried.”

“Then why do you look like you’re ready to run?”

“Leave. Not run.”

He couldn’t help a grin. “You looked ready to run to me.”

“I just thought you might want to eat alone.”

“If I wanted to eat alone, I would have sat at a table by myself.”

“You’re only sitting here because you want me to stop asking questions about you.”

“That, and I’d also like the company.”

With me? Isabella wanted to laugh, as she sneaked another glance at the other young women in the restaurant. She returned her gaze to his lowered head as he cut a mushroom in half, waiting for the rest of the joke.

He suddenly looked up and their eyes met. Yes, his eyes could be dangerous. There was just too much intelligence there and something else that made her skin tingle.

April 2007 / Kimani Romance / ISBN-10: 0373860137 / ISBN-13: 978-0373860135
buy at barnes&noble.com - buy at amazon.com

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