GENRE: Contemporary Romance
New York public relations consultant and self-proclaimed control freak Katie McDowell may have made the biggest career mistake of her life. She’s agreed to temporarily leave her beloved Manhattan to manage the company’s struggling New Orleans office, knowing her biggest client is television chef Andre Thibodeaux, whose massive masculine presence makes her feel hotter than the onset of menopause.
Finding her way in a funky new city and earning the trust of her employees is tough enough without annoying hot flashes, night sweats and ugly mood swings, not to mention the lingering memory of one steamy night she shared with the big man she thinks she can’t have.
Sexy, smart, and successful, Chef Andre has everything a man could want except the right woman, and he’s determined to learn why Katie rejected him. To convince her to stay in Louisiana, he’ll need to find a way to make her fall in love-with him, as well as the vibrant southern city he calls home.
I excuse myself for a bathroom break, pausing in front of the mirror to make sure my lipstick isn’t smeared, before I fluff my curls and return to the common room, where Andre is standing next to the makeshift buffet table, a beer in one hand. Our eyes meet. My stomach clenches as a burst of heat radiates through my body.
He’s dressed in jeans, an open-collared shirt, and custom Converse high-tops in a cartoonish, red and yellow hot dog print. I wave, trying to appear casual, before dropping my gaze and pretending to study something on my phone screen. When I look up again, he’s still staring at me.
In another minute or so, Andre strides across the room, headed in my direction, reminding me a little of that Richard Gere movie where he comes back at the end for Debra Winger, except Andre isn’t wearing a military officer’s uniform, and he’s not going to sweep me off my feet.
He throws a toothy smile my way before saying, “I’d like to pay you a compliment, dawlin’, but I’m worried you’ll either be offended or slap me with a sexual harassment suit.”
Kathleen Duhamel is the author of Deep Blue, Deeper, and At Home With Andre. She wrote and illustrated her first short story at the age of eight, and has been a writer for most of her life. Her love of the written word continued throughout her varied career as a newspaper journalist and editor, public relations executive, freelance travel writer and owner/operator of two small businesses. A native of Texas, she spent most of her adult life in Colorado before relocating to Virginia in 2014, where she lives with her husband, a standard poodle and geriatric cat. She is a lifelong devotee of rock and soul music, contemporary art and pop culture.
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