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The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced to work together tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.
From the moment Macy agreed to go out with Avery, she couldn’t focus on any of the important things. Instead of pursuing Michelle, she thought about what to wear. Instead of rechecking the few audit documents she had, she was wondering what she and Avery would talk about. This was a real date. Everything up to now was only practice. Dating Avery was playing with an open flame.
She closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath. All her thoughts whirled around the hurt little girl her father left standing in the doorway. That was the 202 area code number that kept showing up on her phone. She sighed.
Brian had been too young to understand the destruction their father had caused. But she couldn’t forget, and she couldn’t forgive.
The intoxicating expression on his face made her heart thump harder. There were good reasons to pull away from him. But she couldn’t. As risky as being with Avery was, she couldn’t walk away. She needed to forget about the past, to stop glancing backward and focus on the offerings of the future. Maybe now was the perfect time to open the lock on her heart.
The HR Director shook his head. “That’s not a possibility.”
For a moment the room was quiet. There had to be something she could say to make this right. “How soon—”
“Immediately. We’d like you to gather anything personal from your office that you’d like to take home with you and exit the building.”
She sat up straighter in the chair. “It sounds like you’re firing me.”
“Until we have finished our investigation, please do not return to the building.” He stood. The meeting was over.
Five Things I’ve Learned from My Dog
by Jacki Kelly
Yes, I’m one of those people – a dog person. Growing up we always had cats, so as an adult I was surprised when I wanted a dog. A visit to a friend’s house convinced me I want a one when I saw the companionship the dog offered.
It wasn’t until I became a dog owner that I realized just how special my dog was to me. I have a cocker spaniel. He’s chocolate brown and his name is Coco. My dog has shown me what unconditional love looks like in reality. No matter what kind of mood I’m in he sits with me. Whether I’m laughing, crying, gloomy or detached, he’s by my side or at my feet.
My dog has shown me how to make someone feel special. He’s happy to see me. I can walk to the mailbox and be out of the house for two minutes and he’ll run to me with his tail wagging when I return. If you want to make someone know how much they mean to you, greet them with a warm smile and a greeting from the heart.
There aren’t many things my dog will hurry to do, but not many. From him, I see the value of slowing down and taking my time. It’s not a virtue I can embrace in all avenues of my life, but for sure, I’ve slowed down and I’ve found joy in simple things.
Since my dog takes about ten naps a day, I’ve learned the benefit of surrendering to a power nap. There isn’t anything more important that I can’t stop for a few minutes and let my creative brain rejuvenate.
When a stranger comes around my dog will sniff them before he allows them to pet him. As an adult, I can’t go around sniffing people I don’t know, so I’ve learned to observe people before deciding if they’re friend potential.
If I could, I would put a dog in every one of my stories. In my latest release In Pursuit of Perfection, I would have loved to include a dog, but a dog wouldn’t have provided any purpose. But in future stories, a dog will be there if I can weave one or two into the story.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Men and women have always sought the promise that only love can offer. Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where romance abounds around every corner and down every street. You’ll be amazed at the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love.
Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.
Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her loveable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines. Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.
Website – https://jackikelly.com/
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