TROUBLE WITH LOVE
& Stiletto’s #4
Stiletto series returns,
a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get
an old flame: falling for him all over again.
magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma
writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte,
Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the
queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl
but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart.
Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly
guy who ditched her at the altar.
up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams
as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats
giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a
in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right?
when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex
help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he
this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants
nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her
the lead-in. “It’s a thankless, tiresome job, and one I didn’t want to wish on
any of you while I’m gone for three months.”
“We’re leaderless for three months?”
to steer the ship, of course. So . . .”
register with the Stiletto crew.
said, leaning over. “He’s not a boy.”
for the first time. “I saw him without his shirt once, too. Boy’s
actually not so far off. He’s a little scrawny, and the lower half . . . eek.”
but it reached his ears. It was meant to.
Emma had seen him naked, they’d been young. He had been
little more than a boy.
little more than a smile.
shirt off, he’d all but lost his mind.
for the next few months,” Camille said, jerking him back to the present.
seeing each other shirtless . . . ever.
will be the one you go to for story approval, PTO requests, relationship
child, and he caught Julie smirking at him.
long three months.
questions. Starting with, where are you going? Is everything okay? Are your
ovaries imploding? Are you having a crisis? Can I come?”
resigned look on Camille’s face, and the lack of shock on everyone else’s, it
was clear this group was used to Julie’s unabashed prying.
Camille said, in a tone that indicated the conversation was over.
the conversation was not over.
theories you’d like to share with your colleagues, and I have plenty to catch
Mr. Cassidy up on, so if there are no other inappropriate questions—”
said. “That’s it? We haven’t talked about the next issue, or story assignments,
and there are about a million letters to the editor thanks to that story we did
about Botox, and—”
holding a meeting on Monday morning to go over all of that, Dana.”
Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and
web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York
City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six
months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband
that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten
books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her
husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy
hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally
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