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Published by Miljana
Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness

When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend Holly to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early. For parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa and this one proved to be no exception - until she encountered Ross Monahan, whose wicked reputation was as high profile as the hotel he owned and ran with such panache. But whilst Holly set about ensnaring his reluctant brother Max, Tessa simply accepted Ross for what he was, a sensational one-night stand...until she realised, weeks later, that one-night stands can have far-reaching consequences...
Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness

When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend Holly to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early. For parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa and this one proved to be no exception - until she encountered Ross Monahan, whose wicked reputation was as high profile as the hotel he owned and ran with such panache. But whilst Holly set about ensnaring his reluctant brother Max, Tessa simply accepted Ross for what he was, a sensational one-night stand...until she realised, weeks later, that one-night stands can have far-reaching consequences...

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Published by: Miljana on Aug 27, 2011
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Parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa.‘Well, you’re damn well coming to this one,’declared Holly impatiently. ‘You haven’t been out for weeks and it’s going to be brilliant.
Everyone’s
going. And just think, play your cards right . . . show a bit of leg . . . a bit of cleavage . . . and you, too, could find ahusband like mine!’Tessa wiped her hands on her already paint-streaked sweatshirt and picked up the bottle of ridiculously expensive Chardonnay which Holly alwaysinsisted on buying because she liked the label, andwhich neither of them properly appreciated. Pouringherself half a mugful and wincing at its icy dryness shesaid, ‘I dont have a cleavage.’‘What God didn’t give you, Sellotape will,’pronounced Holly. ‘They showed us how on
Blue Peter.’ ‘ 
 And I haven’t been out for weeks’ — Tessamimicked Holly’s despairing tones — ‘because I havebeen working. Working pays the rent. It even
 
occasionally allows me to eat. I simply can’t afford tomix in your kind of social circles.’‘You can’t afford not to,’ countered Holly. ‘These arethe people who commission poverty-stricken artists topaint absurdly flattering portraits of their revoltingchildren.’‘Besides,’ Tessa went on, surveying the almost-finished canvas before her and beginning to realizethat Holly wasn’t going to let her wriggle out of thisone, ‘you arent married.’Holly grinned, refilling her own mug with a flourish.‘Ah! I didn’t say I
had 
a husband, I said I’d
found 
him. All that remains now is to exert a little gentle pressure.’And I suppose he’ll be there tonight.’‘There is that small chance,’ conceded Hollysmugly. ‘After all, it is his party.’From the living-room window of Tessa’s tinycottage, perched on the side of one of the rolling,north-facing hills overlooking the spectacular eleganceof the city of Bath, she could see in the far distancethe equally spectacular and elegant Charrington

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