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January 2008 / Kimani Romance / ISBN-10: 0373860501 / ISBN-13: 978-0373860500
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Model-turned-photographer Mariella Duvall just landed her dream job. And she isn’t about to let anyone screw it up. Especially not Ian Cooper—the sexiest, handsomest, but most ill-mannered man she’s ever met. Unfortunately, Ian has been hired to troubleshoot her project, and he’s way too fond of dishing out orders…

Then Mariella and Ian are stranded on assignment in the middle of nowhere and she is shocked to see Ian’s protective side. Suddenly things are heating up between them in a far more pleasurable way—and she is finding it impossible to resist Ian’s soul-stirring kisses. But once back in reality, will they be able to overcome their differences and let the sparks between them ignite into an everlasting love?

At the end of The Glass Slipper Project, Mariella Duvall, the eldest of the four Duvall sisters, leaves upstate New York and becomes a top New York model. I pictured her traveling the world and being adored by wealthy men, which I knew would make her happy. Then I thought, ‘But Mariella’s more ambitious than that. What would happen after a few years?’ My curiosity lead me to this story.

After several years, Mariella has grown bored of the modeling world and become a fashion photographer with the help of her mentor Jeremiah Cooper. Finding a man Mariella couldn’t dazzle, terrify or crush under her high heels was difficult until Jeremiah’s son, Ian, came to mind. He is just as impatient and demanding as she and welcomes the challenge Mariella presents…let the games begin.

Ian watched Mariella, a rush of anticipation gripping him as she came closer. Something seized and paralyzed him and it wasn’t fear, but he refused to give a name to it. She moved like a model, not the exaggerated gait of the catwalk, but in a manner that commanded attention. She definitely had his.

Josh took another step back. “She looks furious.”

“Yes, and if you take another step back you won’t have to worry about her.”

Josh halted.

Ian continued to watch her. He’d once witnessed a wildlife special where a lioness devoured a wildebeest. Mariella looked as though she could do worse. She stopped a foot away from him. From a distance she was breathtaking. Up close her exquisite beauty undeniable. From the curve of her chin to the shape of her figure she was a vision to behold. But the words out of her mouth were anything but. “You’re late,” she said her clear brown eyes piercing the dark shield of his sunglasses.

Ian rested his hands on his hips. “Ms. Duvall--”

“I don’t have time for your excuses,” she interrupted. “When I say a shoot is at a certain time, I expect you to be there. You’re not even what I expected.” She walked around him as though she were a judge at an animal show. “My God you’re enormous. You’ll throw the balance off completely. I may have to put the girls on rocks or something. Remove those sunglasses so that I can get a better look at you.”

“Ms. Duvall—”

“I said remove them.” She reached up to do it herself; Ian gripped her wrist before she could.

“That wouldn’t be a good idea,” he said quietly.

She pulled her wrist free. “Why not?”

“Because I don’t like people to touch me.”

“You’ll get over it.” She lifted his chin. “You have a wonderful profile.”

Ian heard his brother snicker and frowned. Josh covered his mouth and coughed.

His cough caught Mariella’s attention. “I didn’t expect you to be here.”

“No,” Josh said. He awkwardly gestured to Ian. “Well he’s—”

“Your friend no doubt. Perhaps on the drive back you can teach him how to tell time.” She turned to Ian again. “You’ll do. Now go over there.” She pointed to the wardrobe area. There were several freestanding clothes’ racks with an assortment of designer clothing. “Get into the wool set immediately.”

Josh opened his mouth to protest. “But he’s not—”

She waved a dismissive hand, making it clear that she’d lost interest in them. “That’s it for now.” She turned and stalked off.

Ian stood for a moment with his hands on his hips.

Josh shook his head and watched her go. “I told you she’d be difficult.” He turned to Ian. “I don’t—,” he began then noticed the slight grin on his brother’s face. “You think this is funny?” he asked amazed.

“I think this is hilarious.” He rubbed the smile from his face. “Excuse me.” Ian jogged up to Mariella and darted in front of her with such speed that she crashed into him. She stumbled back, her hat falling to the ground. Ian bent down, quickly retrieved it then held it out to her as a ‘peace offering’.

Mariella angrily snatched her hat out of his hand. “What is wrong with you? Why aren’t you in wardrobe? First you arrive 15 minutes late, and now it appears that you can’t follow simple directions.”

“I need to talk to you.”

Mariella placed her hands on her hips her eyes blazing with a heat that could rival the day. “I don’t know what your problem is, who you are, or why you were hired for this shoot. Now, before I loose my temper all together, if you plan on being paid for this assignment, I suggest you get into your outfit as quickly as you can.” She turned ready to walk away. Ian positioned himself in front of her.

She narrowed her eyes and said in a low voice, “Move.”

He folded his arms.

She moved to the other side, he blocked her again. She scowled; he smiled.

His hands fell to his waist. “I’ll let you pass when I feel that I’ve gotten my point across.”

“You’ll move now or--”

He lifted a challenging brow. “Or what?”

“I’ll make your life a living hell,” she said in an acid tone.

He hooked his thumbs in his jeans’ pockets and took a step forward. “Is that a promise?”

She took a step towards him. “It’s a guarantee.”

January 2008 / Kimani Romance / ISBN-10: 0373860501 / ISBN-13: 978-0373860500
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