And a second chance to try and win a copy of Holding Her Close 🙂
Welcoming back Allyson Lindt, with another peek at her latest hot release.
In the couple of decades that I’ve been working, I’ve had my fair share of jobs. I started in retail, I moved into picture framing for a while, and when I got my first job in tech support I discovered my true calling (besides writing that is) was in working with computers.
As the years went by I learned more in each job, moving on occasionally for a variety of reasons – career advancement, change of location, money, etc. A few years back I found myself in what I swore was the most perfect job ever.
Until one day when I was called into the boss’s office, and they told me they couldn’t afford us. They laid off 1/3 of the staff. I was crushed because 1) perfect job gone, 2) I’d never been laid off before, and 3) I had no idea how we were going to pay the mortgage if I couldn’t find more work.
In Holding Her Close, Zach’s ex-girlfriend sold him out, he lost his software company in a hostile takeover – an endeavor of love and the only real job he’s ever had – and he doesn’t see any hope for the future besides cashing out, moving halfway around the world, and leaving his life behind.
And now he’s got a new problem. Rae – his high school sweetheart, one-night stand, and the only woman he’s never been able to forget – is also the one person with a solution other than walking away.
Rae relaxed a little more. “You start over.”
All the pieces clicked together at once as the meaning and consequences of those three words slammed through Zach’s thoughts. Starting over meant finding investors again, risking the same thing that happened last time — one of them screwing the company over. And if it was her suggestion, it probably also meant getting her involved. After all, she specialized in making the numbers work, and she wasn’t going to toss the idea out there so they could let someone else do it.
He slid away from her. “No.”
She shifted on the couch to face him completely, one leg tucked under the other knee, and her eyes narrowed. “You said you’d hear me out.”
“Nothing to hear.” He should have listened to the instinct that told him this was a mistake, and never for a moment indulged the part of him that thought he was falling for— no, wrong, that thought didn’t exist. “If that was an option we would have already done it.”
“You don’t know if it is or not.” More irritation crept into her voice with each new retort. “Just give me a few hours with your books—”
And there it was. “No.” There was no way he was repeating what had happened with Kelly. “It won’t work.”
He grabbed his clothes from the floor and tugged them on. “Conversation over. I have plans.”
She was on her feet in an instant, anger flashing in her eyes. “I was wrong about you. I won’t make that mistake again.”
What did that mean? He wasn’t going to ask. “At least we agree on something.”
She didn’t say anything else before she turned on her toe and stormed toward the door. The entire house shook when she slammed it behind her.
He sank back at the cushions gaze falling to the ceiling. That had been painful, but it was the right thing to do. Thinking with his dick last time had cost them everything and he wasn’t making that mistake again. Even if Rae hadn’t been a fling. Even if they’d never slept together. Or dated. Or fantasized about the relationship becoming more…
He pushed the dangerous thoughts aside. Starting over wasn’t an option.
Fortunately for me, I found the perfect solution to my job woes, and don’t tell the guys I work with, because they’ll call me sentimental, but the chain reaction caused by that layoff landed me in a fantastic position I’m still in today.
Have you ever turned a grim work situation into something life-altering in a good way? Tell me about it in the comments and be entered to win a copy of Holding Her Close.
When heartbreak and betrayal define a billionaire playboy’s past, the last thing he needs is to fall for the one woman who can save his company. Holding Her Close is a sexy, contemporary romance about first loves and second chances.
Zach is haunted by ex-girlfriends. The day his fiancée dumped him she also sold her shares of his multi-billion dollar corporation. On top of that, the girl who broke his heart in high school — the only woman he’s never been able to forget — is back in his life. She’s filling his business partner’s head with delusions of recovering from the hostile takeover, and haunting his most vivid fantasies. But he’s got a plan to solve half the problem: one night together and they can put the past behind them.
It’s been years since Rae talked to her high school sweetheart. But running in the same circles — her best friend is his business partner — has caught up to her. Rae is seeing Zach everywhere, including her explicit, rampant imagination. When he proposes a single night together for closure, she hopes it will be just what she needs to move on.
The past and the present intertwine as “Just this once” becomes “Just one more time.” Especially when Rae discovers the solution to Zach’s business problems. Can he trust her enough to risk his heart and livelihood a second time, or will experience convince him to walk away from everything?
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About Allyson Lindt
Allyson Lindt is a full-time database developer, and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. Their cats are their children, and when they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re building new worlds together. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.