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The One and Only

The One and Only

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'We have unfinished business.'
 
The only unfinished business she was aware they had was the time she had spent in hisarms—and she certainly had no intention of finishing that! 'I don't think so.' Joy shook her head. What did Marcus Ballantyne think she was? Did he really believe she was awoman who had a string of lovers? And did he want to be one of them?
 
'I want you, Joy.' Marcus spoke almost angrily. 'I've tried to put you out of my mind, butit just isn't possible. I want you. And I intend to have you. Exclusively,' he added grimly.
 
Joy stared at him. He didn't want to be
one
of her lovers, he wanted to be
the
one—andthe
only
one!
 Peter -Eternity
 
Carole Mortimer
is the youngest of three children and grew up in a small Bedfordshire village with her parents andtwo brothers. She still loves nothing more than going 'home' to visit her family. In her mid-thirties, she now hasthree very active sons, four cats and a dog, which doesn't leave her a lot of time for hobbies! She has written overeighty romance novels for Mills & Boon.
,
 
The One And Only
 
CAROLE MORTIMER
 
Harlequin Mills & Boon
 
SYDNEY * AUCKLAND * MANILA
 
LONDON * TORONTO * NEW YORK
 
PARIS # AMSTERDAM # HAMBURG * MILAN
 
STOCKHOLM * MADRID ft ATHENS * BUDAPEST
 
WARSAW * SOFIA # PRAGUE * TOKYO * ISTANBULDID YOU PURCHASE THIS BOOK WITHOUT A COVER? If you did, you should be aware it is stolen property as il was
 
reported 'unsold and destroyed' by a retailer.
 
Neither the author nor (he publisher has received any payment
 
for (his book.
 
 All the characters in this book have no existence outside the imagination of the Author, and have no relation whatsoever 
 
toanyone hearing the same name or names. They are not even distantly inspired by any individual known or unknown to the Author, and all the incidents
 
are pure invention.
 
 All Rights Reserved. The text of this publication or any part thereof may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by anymeans, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, storage in an information retrieval system, or otherwise,without the
 
written permission of the publisher. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, belent, resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the prior consent of the publisher in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it i$ published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent  purchaser.
 
 All rights reserved including ttirright of reproduction in
 
whole or in part in any form. This edition is published 
 
by arrangement, with Harlequin Enterprises IIB. V.
 
 HARLEQUIN MILLS » BOON and the Rose Device are
 
trade marks used under license and registered in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines. United States Patent & Trademark Officeand in other countries.
 
Published by
 
 f 
 
 Harlequin Mills & Boon
 
 f 
 
3 Gibbes Street. Chatswood, NSW 2067 Australia
 
First published in Great Britain 1995
 
Australian copyright 1995 New Zealand copyright ]
 
Philippine copyright 1 First Australian Paperback Edition 1995
 
© Carole Mortimer 1995
 
ISBN 0 73350 220 2
Printed and bound in Australia by Griffin Paperbacks, South Australia
 
 
CHAPTER ONEW
HAT
a bore!God, how had she ever got herself into this? She hadn't—Casey had got her into it. Asusual. It was typical of Casey: he had been getting her into one scrape or another alltheir lives.But this time he tad excelled himself.It had all sounded so simple when he had explained it to her a couple of weeks ago.She should have known then—nothing was ever simple where Casey was concerned.First prize in a Valentine competition. A week's stay in a luxurious hotel, plus a showand supper on Valentine's night with a television star.'It sounds marvellous, Casey,' Joy had told him distractedly when he called round fordinner with her one evening.'Bad day at the library?' Casey had quirked curious brows at her, blue eyes alight withmischief. Again, as usual.How could anyone have a 'bad day' working in a library? And yet, as Casey very wellknew, too many of Joy's working days were fraught with tension. Still, beggars couldn'tbe choosers—and she needed the job. Even with all its problems.Her grimace in Casey's direction, as he had leant so casually against one of the kitchenunits as he watched her prepare their meal, had told its own story.'You should have left months ago—sorry.' Casey had held his hands up apologetically asJoy glared up at him warningly. 'I know I promised after-well, after, that I wouldn't sayI told you so-----''And you've done nothing
but 
since!' she had snapped, her eyes sparkling deeply green.'Only because you will insist on sticking it out there, putting yourself throughunnecessary grief, wasting your love on someone who... Well, this competition is justwhat you need to cheer you up.' He had hastily changed the subject as he saw the lightof battle in Joy's eyes. At five feet two she might be a foot shorter than he was, but he knew that, if hepushed too much, the temper that matched her red hair would surely surface. It mighttake time, but it did surface.'Cheer me up?' She frowned as she realised what he had said. 'What does it have to dowith me?''Well, I can hardly go on this week's holiday, to the show and then supper, so Inaturally thought you might like to go instead of me. And-----''Just stop there, Casey,' Joy interrupted drily, abandoning the dinner for a moment,sensing that she needed to give the whole of her attention to what Casey was saying—otherwise she could, as she had many times in the past, find herself in a situation shewould rather not be in.The two of them were cousins but, because both sets of their parents had beenworking, they had spent most school holidays together, staying at their mutualgrandparents' house, and had grown up more like brother and sister. And Joy had spentmost of that time getting Casey out of the scrapes he had managed to get himself into,or ones he had embroiled her in. Life without Casey, she had decided long ago, wouldbe a lot lonelier, but it would also be a lot more trouble-free. And she sensed one of 

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