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Slow Burn

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One look at Garrett Vartan's killer body and Crystal Reed forgets why she's at the radio station. Oh yes, the interview. She was sure her libido had died years ago, but when she finds herself in his arms she discovers hot coals laying beneath the ashes.

She's used to keeping men at a distance but he's not making it easy. The fact that he's respectful, charming and has a voice that makes her knees weak doesn't help.

Crystal isn't at all what Garrett expected. Intelligent, confident, mysterious. The combination is tempting and makes him want to crack the cool facade she keeps wrapped around herself and find out what secrets lay hidden beneath. But it's the innocence in her eyes that makes him break his cardinal rule: never mix business with pleasure.

Contemporary Romance
Setting: Miami
Themes: Mixing business with pleasure, virgin, librarian, stripper, Happily Ever After


"We're here with Crystal Reed, librarian, author and stripper. Welcome to the show, Crystal."

Crystal gave Garrett Vartan a quick once over. Despite wearing headphones that gave him elephant ears the man was simply... stunning.

"Thanks for having me, Garrett."

She hoped her voice didn't sound too breathless or husky, but she could feel her breath catch in the back of her throat as she watched his gorgeous lips move. The rich timbre of his voice as he said her name pulled her forward in her seat. She didn't want to miss anything about him.

Focus, Crystal. This was the last stop on her tour to promote her new book, and she had to make a good impression. She'd been all over the country in the past two months, and now she was back home in Miami. Well, as home as the sweltering south Florida city could be. As soon as this interview was over she could head back to her condo for some much needed R&R.
"Let's talk a little about your background. You've got a degree in library sciences."

"It's actually a Masters in Library and Information Science. A great program at University of Illinois."

"Why did you want to become a librarian?"

Hadn't she heard that exact same question at least sixty times in that last two months? Forcing a smile, because a smile could always be heard in someone's voice, she gave her carefully crafted answer.

"I love books. I love learning. Books and knowledge are our future. Not many people in this day in age realize that. I did, so I wanted to be a part of that future. Build the foundation, if you will."
"So you went to school, moved south and became a librarian. When did you become a stripper?"

She was surprised he didn't sound condescending or horny, like so many of the other male interviewers had been.

"While I was finding a job as a librarian, actually. As you can imagine there aren't a terrible amount of librarian positions open around here, so I had to wait until a job opened up. I needed to pay the bills. Stripping does that."

"Now, how did you make the jump between reading books to stripping? For those who haven't seen Ms. Reed's picture on our website, let me describe her for you. She's got incredible white blonde hair. It looks natural - "

"It is," she injected smoothly, her lips curving into a smile. Her confidence boosted north a bit.

"Blue eyes the color of the waters just off of Key West. Glossy lips the color of raspberries. Tall, lean figure and a killer tan. If you want more details than that, you'll have to visit our Web site."
"Interesting description Garrett. My lip-gloss is actually called Wet Raspberry."

She could have sworn she heard him groan.


Used availability for Madison Chase's Slow Burn

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September 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Slow Burn (contemporary romance)
Author(s): Madison Chase
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