My favorite birthday memory was two years ago on my 40th birthday. My parents had invited me out for a family picnic to celebrate the occasion. I expected it to be a small event with my folks, my hubby and kids, and my brother and his family. When we pulled in the driveway, I noticed a gazillion cars parked in my uncle’s cow pasture, which backs up to my parent’s property. I remember saying “What are all those cars doing there?” and my husband saying, “Oh, they must still be hanging around because of the auction.” I literally panicked, thinking my uncle was selling his farm. My husband pulled up behind my parent’s house and there were tons of people there, yelling “Surprise!” The entire time I’m looking at my husband asking “What auction?” Yeah–I’m not real bright! Took at least sixty seconds for the truth to penetrate. The party was absolutely fantastic. My mother found old friends from elementary, middle and high school and she managed to track down my college roommates for the event. It felt like an episode of “This is Your Life.” Greatest night ever.
There’s only room at the top for one person…at a time.
A Black & White Collection story.
Back on American soil for the first time in nine months, Reed Donovan is ready to blow off some steam. The beauty he spots at the local bar not only catches his eye, she snags him by the balls when she announces she’s always fantasized about having sex with a stranger—a fantasy he is more than willing to help come true.
Explosive fireworks over, Francesca rebuffs his invitation to dinner. While the sparks may fly between them physically, she doesn’t believe they could spend more than a few minutes in the same room without arguing. Her suspicions prove correct when Francesca reports for her new position the next morning—and discovers she’s been hired as Reed’s new marketing partner.
When Reed and Francesca immediately begin butting heads about future pitches to prospective clients, Reed proposes a bet. For the next three presentations, they’ll both make a pitch. Whoever wins the campaign also wins a fantasy.
The competition is fierce—and hot. And the hotter it gets, the closer they come to the brink of something they never intended…or expected.