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She supposed that if she had worked for him she
As far as Theo was concerned this was far too
And her day job as assistant teacher at a school near
You can sit on the sofa till you feel rested enough to
Shouldn’t you know that?’ Heather asked curiously
Theo momentarily forgot the half-read financial
By the time the food arrived—couriered over—
Theo didn’t immediately answer. He was
Heather raised horrified eyes to him. ‘Pregnant?
I’m involved in manual work…therefore I must be a
Distantly he registered that she certainly was on the
Had no one ever told her that the allure of the female
Now she was telling him all about her sister and the
Employers tended to look at the general appearance
Theo paused to stare at her
Savoy?’ She sneaked a little sideways glance at him
Heather’s mouth dropped open
Heather squeaked. Now she reallydid feel guilty
I’m a bonny lass?’ She laughed self-deprecatingly but
CHAPTER TWO
BECAUSEthere was no convenient underground
Charge because it gave them flexibility to leave
London at the drop of the hat to attend meetings
Theo.’
Henri won’t mind.’
Right now itwas getting her down
She groaned aloud and shot him a frantic look
He was beginning to wonder what demonic urge had
Theo looked. ‘No one will pay you the slightest
The car had now stopped and Theo’s chauffeur
Heather ignored that. She was too busy
Heather flushed. ‘Claire needed what little there
Claire. I just admire her looks. Don’t you have
Women didn’t make a habit of probing into
Heather didn’t appear to have the correct
Theo permitted himself a faint smile. ‘Whyof
Heather felt quite free to drink considering she was
Somehow it would have seemed rude to be
Heather lifted one shoulder dismissively. ‘Maybe
I’m not a reckless kind of person.’
But it had been two months since she had spoken to
She smiled. ‘The food was delicious. Thank you. I’m
Weren’t you serious about her?’
For a few charged moments Heather glimpsed
Had she ever felt this way with Johnny? She couldn’t
Friday night. Except shehad done something!
Theo wasn’t a brutish male chauvinist
Jumpers were slung in odd places and shoes were
The sun seemed to have gone out of her life. It
Fridays off. Theo’s remark about being young and
And his image kept slipping into her head. She
Of course it would end. Time had a wonderful
Scotland has fallen ill and needs looking after. The
CHAPTER THREE
Every word Beth was telling her now made
Beth was concerned she let herself down by feeding
That Heather was jealous was something she
It was with a heavy heart that Heather walked
Over the months Heather had done nothing
It was wonderfully refreshing. Although summer
Heather didn’t know who was more surprised to
Heather. ‘Where is my son? Is my son here? The man
Where is he? Who are you?’
Heather gaped. Theo had mentioned his mother
Or maybe too many…eh?’ She bustled into the
Well…I’m sorry to disappoint you…but…’
My name is Litsa.’
I am here…?’
In the meantime she would escort Litsa to one
Heather showed her to one of these. How she had
Her fingers were trembling as she dialled Theo’s
There was nothing Theo hated more than any
She had tried on the telephone but her words had
Theo’s eyes darkened and he leant towards her
In the face of this prosaic understatement Theo
Heather’s ramblings usually led to a fairly coherent
Thepoint is…and I know you’re going to be angry at
Theo’s reaction was unexpected. He burst out
Heather? Girlfriend? Ridiculous notion. His eyes
Must be your mother showing up…’
Perhaps she came over here to relax.’ That made no
It left Heather thinking how important it was
Occasionally Heather had wine with Theo when
The look on his face put paid to that. She poured
Heather gasped. ‘And you had no idea…?’
Greece was not a realistic option. Which was when
CHAPTER FOUR
HEATHERwaited for an improvement on this
She could feel her cheeks reddening under his silent
Theo shrugged. ‘It is naturally up to you if you
Theo’s voice was more brusque than he
Heather wasn’t a threat to his precious
With you it would be completely different. You would
Heather couldn’t think of two adjectives she
An hour later and Heather was still in a daze at
It didn’t help that his mother was such a nice
Theo. He looked uncomfortable and hunted
Miquel spent the next forty-five minutes in
He had been working. His conversation with his
He had never realised just how much she worried
The sight of Heather in his bed rendered him
I’m in this bed or not! You don’t even care whether
Every muscle in her body was quivering. He still had
Theo groaned. Take away the shapeless
In the half-light he looked devilishly sexy. His
Had he wanted this all along? Had he watched
She turned to him and sighed. ‘That was
In a split second Heather realised the error of
Heather felt herself go weak with relief. Why
Theo didn’t answer. He was finding it difficult to
CHAPTER FIVE
OBSERVINGhis own situation through detached
Greek food in the kitchen under Litsa’s eagle-eyed
Jackie grinned at him. She hadn’t lasted three
Theo knew what the event would be like. His
Heather barely heard. ‘What shall I wear?’
Heather smiled. At least she tried very hard to
He didn’t even remember! He had been so caught up
Theo compromised. For once he was having a
Theo’s thing
Litsa was going back and Heather wondered
Beth’s version of reality was to drop all stupid
Heather gave the matter careful thought. A dark
Only emerging in clothes that made her invisible?
Heather had always recognised but had never
Heather wanted significance. She had been
The call to Theo only served to harden her
Beth grinned broadly. ‘Good. And don’t expect
There were none
Clothes came first. Of course with restrictions
When Heather tried to argue the challenges of
Heather allowed herself to be reassured
It took less time to find the shoes
Three hours previously Beth had told her to
Beth let out a long whistle as Heather stood in
She was striking. The opposite of invisible. Beth
There was a list ofdon’t s to accompany the
Because the way he was looking at her now made it
Theo’s dates who actually had something to say for
Heather was in her element. She couldn’t
Nor were any clothes shed—which just went to
Through the flimsy fabric of her dress he’d
It was just as well that Litsa wasn’t a particularly
CHAPTER SIX
HEATHERtried hard to bury the doubts that had
Theo’s mother had left
She had half hoped that at some point Litsa
She was returning to Greece on the family’s private
Her heart went out to Theo as he quizzed her on
Hadn’t they just spent the most wonderful
Heather breathed a sigh of relief that some kind of
She took a deep breath and began chatting aimlessly
It was a little after six-thirty. Too early for her to
Theo. There’s no need for us to…’
Force of habit and her own upbeat nature
Words of affection did not come easily to a man like
She had to will herself to stop
Heather gulped down a mouthful of wine to steady
Heather’s determination became a little fuzzy
When he headed towards the bedroom she found
He laughed. ‘Most women might have found it
He began stripping off his shirt. Only when he
Heather might actually not want to hop into bed with
Heather licked her lips nervously. She knew that
She wasn’t going to pass the chance up
Theo greeted this with narrowed eyes. ‘Talk?
Talk about what? You’ve already done the sympathy
I get the slightest whiff of concern then it would be
Heather was struggling to breathe. When he
Theo wasn’t thick. The significance of her words
Theo didn’t immediately answer. Instead he
She found that she could actually breathe now
He met her eyes steadily. ‘Not when it’s part of
Relationships can be enjoyable without necessarily
Heather felt herself being catapulted towards an
Neediness had jumped on her from behind and
Somehow she had waltzed through life without ever
Theo answered indifferently. ‘When my mother has
Theo didn’t care for that at all. Just because he
Already she was beginning to tap her feet to the
Theo was flabbergasted. When had it all
He was just doing what he usually did when a woman
Ah…I see…’
Hadn’t she been in the process of really thinking
She felt as though she had been cheerfully living in a
This is no dream. This is reality.’
She didn’t look in his direction when she walked
Vivaldi. She assumed he would be in the office. Away
From the sanctuary of his office Theo heard the
Why she couldn’t have accepted what was on offer
CHAPTER SEVEN
SHEhad to get out of the flat. Beth had given
Heather this piece of advice in a tone of voice that
I’m hardly everin . Actually—’ she dangled a carrot
Distraction Card ‘—I have a second interview with the
MacBride agency on Monday. Maybe you could help
Beth’s response to that was to announce to her
Beth’s abbreviation for Theo—the Greek Tycoon
Bastard. And why not do something with her hair?
Three and a half weeks had seen her drop weight
Theo Miquel would be on a given Saturday evening
Although she wouldn’t have dreamt of telling
Notting Hill
And so would Heather and her hunky dinner
Beth ignored that. ‘The highlights look good on
Heather smiled again. ‘I think she almost wished
They had entered the darkly lit cosy confines of a
Theo. Someone nice. Someone who was recovering
Heather twisted round and followed Theo with
Belatedly she realised that Scott was still
It was ignored as Theo glanced away and
She pressed them against her sides and widened her
Heather flushed. If he had intended to make her
But I don’t want to keep you…’
Although he reasoned that that was just a case of
Theo had no interest in discussing his mother
We shared a house for well over a year…and I just
Heather ducked her head. She could feel herself
It’s over between us and I’m getting on with life. I
He half heard Michelle’s protests as he drove
He was behaving like a cad. That much he
Finding out Heather’s address went some way
Any relationship they had had was now dead and
High Street swinging her hips and wearing a top that
The deep drawl of Theo’s voice slammed into
Heather like a shock from a live wire. She still hadn’t
She did. Her mind was awash with a thousand
Willing to leave his date wilting in a distant corner
CHAPTER EIGHT
Thank God he was being magnanimous enough
She thought of the place she had been renting before
He obviously hadsomething to say—or else why
Theo to wonder who she had been sharing the wine
This gave Theo the leeway he needed to get
Michelle. Surely if they were an item she would be
Theo frowned. ‘Simply because home cooking is
Before she had come along Theo had had the chef
Heather forgot the question that had risen to her lips
Heather was proud of the achievement. There
But swept along she was. Which just proved
She made sure not to make herself any coffee—
Theo clicked his tongue in irritation. In this day
Heather shrugged. ‘So why have you come?’
It occurred to her to ask whether he had been
You haven’t come here to talk to me about my
He failed to see the limp stab at humour. ‘When
For a few taut seconds she couldn’t think of
Merely that women chaseme more often than not.’
Theo with an uncustomary surge of belligerence
What gives you the right to come into my flat and
Through the red mist of her anger Heather
Heather took a few more deep breaths. So this
Theo stood up immediately. His erection was
She couldn’t meet his eyes. Not when he might see
CHAPTER NINE
HEATHERwas asleep when her telephone rang
It was a rude awakening from the dream she had
Heather would have recognised his voice if he had
A little after eleven-thirty. He had only been gone for
Theo stifled a groan. He had driven back from
Having lived his whole life at the control panel—
Just the opposite! He had given more of himself
It’s tucked away behind the dishwasher tablets.’ To
Theo flushed darkly. The way he had stormed
She caught herself in the nick of time. She had
A smile of pure pleasure illuminated Heather’s
All at once Heather was catapulted back
She felt her cheeks grow pink. Jealousy was
When Claire bothered to make an effort with
You must be exhausted. We’ll go straight back to my
Although itis a very small flat…’
And who could resist Claire’s charms? She might not
Heather felt muddled. Suddenly she wanted her old
Heather couldn’t actually reply to this because
Heather recoiled as if she had been struck. How
Heather sighed under her breath. She would
Leave the bags. He’ll bring them down for you.’
Theo’s financial status
Having lived his life on one manageable emotional
Since when had she let her sister get away with
She waited for Claire’s famous temper to
Theo hadn’t said a word about it there was no way
She had meekly lived down to her sister’s sweeping
Claire regarded her sister narrowly. ‘Good
Because you’re way out of his league—and I’m not
For the duration of the trip back Heather was
America had taken Claire’s arrogance and
Claire gradually dismantling all the confidence she
CHAPTER TEN
HEATHERwas standing in the middle of her
The old Heather would have easily obliged. The
Clothes trailed out of unzipped cases. Some had
Heather had to calm herself by taking deep breaths
Then she perched on the edge of the sofa—the lovely
Claire was wide awake now and glaring. ‘Mum
It’s no good piling them into bundles on the ground
There’s not enough floor space and it looks horrible.’
I’ll leave right now. Ithought you might be happy to
America in the first place. I thought you were having
Not like England which wastoo small and narrow-
Why not? Would that be because you don’t believe in
Claire could strip her of all her defences just when
Heather stood up abruptly and turned her back on
Claire skidded to a halt behind her as Heather
Theo knew he had done the right thing. He held out
Theo hid the distaste from his face. He couldn’t
Even with her back to him Theo felt as though
I’ve tidied it all away.’ She coiled one strand of that
Heather’s brain went into immediate shutdown
All she was aware of was the feel of his hands
Claire’s expression had gone from flirtatious
Heather doesn’t want me here.’ Her lip wobbled. ‘She
Heather could see her sister regrouping her
He slung his arm around Heather’s shoulder and
What I didn’t realise was that the big picture was all
Heather’s eyes rounded
Theo did not waste any time. Within four weeks
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