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Copyright © 1999 by Helen Brooks.
'Oh, yes, Miss McKinley, Mr Cannon is expecting you. If you wouldn't mind
taking a seat…?'
Jed Cannon's secretary was
how Tamar had pictured her from her voice onthe telephone, all cool, ice-blonde efficiency and stunning good looks, and asTamar sank into the proffered chair she felt a nervous bubble of laughter rise in her throat, which she quashed immediately.
None of that, none of that The little voice in her mind was strong and stern asTamar watched the other woman glide into the inner sanctum after a reverent knock on Jed Cannon's interconnecting door. You've come this far, you've cornered the
wolf in its lair, don't blow it now… But Miss Rice
-Brown was so absolutely rightfor him, she really was, from the top of her ash-blonde bob to the tips of her Italian
'Miss McKinley? Mr Cannon will see you now.'
Tamar didn't have time to reflect further as she rose from the deep-cushioned palecream chair and waded through the ankle-deep carpeting to the room beyond, passing the other woman in the doorway with a polite nod and smile.
The big male figure behind the massive walnut desk was broad-shouldered anddark; that was all Tamar took in initially, along with the fact that the deep, cold,clipped voice was formidable in itself.
' Yes, how do you do, Mr Cannon?' It was the opening she had rehearsed, and itcame out like clockwork, respectful but reserved.
And then he stood up, holding out a hand as he said, 'I understand you have some properties you think I might he interested in, Miss McKinley?'
and he came into
focus. Oh, boy, did he come into focus…
'I… I…' Don't lose it, Tamar, not now. 'I think there are one or two in particular
that would suit your requirements admirably, Mr Cannon,' she said with a coolnessshe was far from feeling, shaking the big hand for as brief a moment as decorumwould allow, and praying her initial hesitation hadn't been picked up by those