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Sue Fortin - United States of Love

Sue Fortin - United States of Love

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UNITED STATES OF LOVE http://smarturl.it/usoflove

Since splitting from her husband, single mum Anna Barnes is enjoying her new found freedom and independence.

However, she didn't bank on working for Tex Garcia – or the sparks that fly between them. The gorgeous American chef is getting the locals hot under the collar and not just because of his culinary prowess!

One problem: Tex can't commit and women pass through his life like dishes going out to service! Will it be the same with Anna? One thing’s for sure, this All American man is determined to break her self-imposed rule of never mixing business with pleasure – and add some spice into the mix…
UNITED STATES OF LOVE http://smarturl.it/usoflove

Since splitting from her husband, single mum Anna Barnes is enjoying her new found freedom and independence.

However, she didn't bank on working for Tex Garcia – or the sparks that fly between them. The gorgeous American chef is getting the locals hot under the collar and not just because of his culinary prowess!

One problem: Tex can't commit and women pass through his life like dishes going out to service! Will it be the same with Anna? One thing’s for sure, this All American man is determined to break her self-imposed rule of never mixing business with pleasure – and add some spice into the mix…

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Published by: HarperCollinsPublishersUK on Oct 09, 2013
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Chapter One
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t was her hair that caught his attention first: short cropped andblonde. White blonde. It was her neat little figure second, andit was the car coming up the road as she stepped backwards off the sidewalk that he noticed last.Tex Garcia felt like he was moving in slow motion as he lungedtowards her, grabbing her arm and hauling her out of the car’s path.She slammed into his chest, and in a reflex gesture he engulfedher in his arms as the car sped by, missing her by inches.‘Whoa! You got some sort of death wish?’ He looked down ather. Staring back up at him were two startled and confused mossy-green eyes. ‘You just nearly got yourself run over.’She looked up the road at the offending vehicle as it disappearedout of sight. ‘Th...thank you,’ she stammered. ‘I didn’t see it.’‘You don’t say.’ He crooked a smile.‘Well, I think the danger is over now, so maybe you could…’She regarded his arms still firmly around her. ‘Perhaps release me?’‘What? Oh, sorry.’ Tex dropped his hands and took a step back.Then, as a precautionary measure, put a hand on her arm and drew her away from the edge of the sidewalk and into the forecourt of the church building. He looked up at his new business premises,wondering what had distracted her. She had been gazing up atthe building, poised with a camera in her hand.
 
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She followed his gaze. ‘It’s going to be a pizza place.’ He didn’tmiss the derogatory tone in her voice.‘Really?’ He stole a glance at her from the corner of his eye.‘Hmm. Apparently some Italian chef has bought it. Nico Garcia.Although I have to admit, I thought Garcia was a Hispanic name.’‘You don’t sound too impressed.’‘Ignoring the potential for noisy scooters whining up and downwith their delivery boxes full of pizza, I dread to think what willhappen to the building itself. I just hope that the planning depart-ment doesn’t let this Nico Garcia ruin it.’Tex sucked in the corners of his mouth to repress the grin thatwas threatening to erupt. ‘What makes you think it will be ruined?’‘Not being British, he may not appreciate how old this buildingreally is. It’s got so much history and, okay, it hasn’t been usedas a church for a long time now, but it has always retained itsdignity.’ She wandered over to the entrance and reached out totouch the solid oak doors. ‘It would be awful if these were changedto some modern glass ones, or those gorgeous leaded and stainedglass windows swapped for big, white plastic, double-glazed ones.’This time Tex couldn’t censor his grin or the small chuckle.He had actually been thinking about changing those old windowswith plain glass to let some more light into the place. She turnedand looked at him, her eyebrows darting together. He swalloweddown his laugh and put on a straight face.‘You’re quite passionate about it, aren’t you?’The frown lifted as she shrugged. ‘I love Arundel. This town’sgot so much history. I work part-time as a tour guide so I supposeI’ve grown quite fond of some of the buildings, even if they don’twarrant a mention on the tours.’He nodded, and as she looked up at the building again, hetook the opportunity to appreciate a different view: her neat butt.She swung round too quickly for him to avert his eyes, and for a

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