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By Carol Marinelli. EMMA had been honest—had even admitted during her telephone interview that she was attending night school on a Wednesday night and studying art and that in a couple of years she was hoping to pursue it full-time. Emma had scoured the second-hand shops and found a stunning—if just a touch tight for her well-rounded figure—pale lilac linen designer suit, had had her thick brown ringlets blowdried straight and smoothed up into a smart French roll, and, horribly broke, she had, on the afternoon of her interview, as one magazine had cheekily advised, gone to the make-up counter at a department store and pretended that she was a bride-to-be and trying out looks for her wedding day.
Her brothers had always teased her about her obsession with magazines and her father had moaned about how many she had bought, but they had been her lifeline. It was the magazines that had taught her about deodorant and kisses and bras. The magazines she had turned to when at twelve she had been teased for having hairy legs.
And though her devotion to them had waned somewhat, at the ripe age of twenty-four it had been the magazines she had immediately turned to for make-up and grooming tips to land her dream job. She looked fantastic, just the image she had been hoping to achieve—smart, sassy, groomed—exactly the right look for a modern working girl in the city. Her interviewer was dressed in a stern grey suit, with black flat shoes. Her fine blonde hair was cut into a neat, practical bob and she wore just a reluctant sliver of coral lipstick.
The antithesis, in fact, of the look Emma had been trying to achieve! Now, even though it had been an impossible dream, now that she had glimpsed it, Emma wanted it. He was a demanding boss, expecting complete devotion, and that this job and the travel would literally overtake her life, but that suited Emma just fine.
One year working hard and she could meet the nursing-home fees. Surely in that time the house would sell and pay off the backlog of debt? One year, burning herself out, and she would finally be free—free to pursue her dreams, free to live the life that had so far been denied her.
And now that glimmer of hope was rapidly being taken away. It had told her to go for it , reminded her that you have to be in it to win it. Told her that Jupiter and Mars had moved into her tenth house, which assured success in her career….
Stupid horoscopes, Emma thought as she went to retrieve her handbag. Dressed in a tuxedo at four p. He deigned to give her a second look, and it was one she recognised well. It was the same look her father and brothers had used on unsuspecting women—at the petrol station, the supermarket, school concerts, the pub, oh, anywhere….
Jet-black hair was slicked back, but a thick, raven lock escaped as Evelyn declared him officially knotted, and with one manicured hand he raked it back through his hair and it fell into effortless shape. A scar ran the length of his left cheekbone, but that one imperfection merely enhanced his general faultlessness.
Emma was struggling to find her voice, but Evelyn did it for her. Then she looked up as he voiced what she was thinking. He was shameless, utterly shameless, and Evelyn was welcome to him. He was devastatingly handsome, with eyes that stripped, undressed and bedded you in a matter of seconds, and she had deliberately not returned the favour. How loaded with meaning was that single word, and Emma swallowed hard before speaking.
So, so arrogant, so, so assuming, he really thought he could just snap his manicured fingers and summon her—he only seemed to get the message when she opened the doors to his office suite, his rich, assured voice just a touch perplexed. Her hand rose, the door flung open and Emma stood there stunned as she took in the sight of Evelyn. The assured, pompous woman, who had dashed her hopes just a few moments before, was sobbing her heart out, first jumping up and shooing her out, appalled at being caught, then too upset to care.
And what could she do other than lead the sodden bundle to the nearest chair and peel off tissues as Evelyn gulped out her sorry tale? Instead, she just sat there and listened and poured water and offered tissues, and finally, when Evelyn had cried a river, she seemed to remember where she was and who she was talking to. Emma giggled as Evelyn gave a watery smile and rolled her eyes.
Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Romance. Accidentally Pregnant For Later. Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 3. Length: pages 2 hours. Description Plain and prim Emma Stephenson might not look like a tycoon's assistant, but for Luca D'Amatoa playboy who likes to play breaking through her no-nonsense exterior is his favorite new game! Sensible Emma thought all they'd be sharing was an office, not a bed!
But she's learning fast about what being Luca's personal assistant really means! Now he's standing there offering her a promotion, and she's trying to find the words to tell him she's pregnant!
Related Categories. Book Preview Innocent Secretary Accidentally Pregnant - Carol Marinelli. Only… Now, even though it had been an impossible dream, now that she had glimpsed it, Emma wanted it. Told her that Jupiter and Mars had moved into her tenth house, which assured success in her career… Stupid horoscopes, Emma thought as she went to retrieve her handbag. And then in he walked.
And the room went black. It was the same look her father and brothers had used on unsuspecting women—at the petrol station, the supermarket, school concerts, the pub, oh, anywhere… It was a look that to Emma screamed danger. Married five years. Trying for a baby for four and a half of those. IVF and injections and nasal sprays and tests and scans and egg retrieval.
Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. There where some momentes I didn't like the heroine, but it was a good book after All. Emma Stephenson lands a job to work for Luca D'Amato, a charming billionaire who goes through women so fast that he can't keep the position of assistant PA filled for long.
Sparks fly, but Emma's determined to resist him, because she needs this job to meet her bills. But, of course, it's harder and harder to resist him the more time she spends with him, especially when he sees vulnerabilities that he keeps so carefully concealed from the rest of the world.
This is one of those books where the title and the cover don't do justice to the story. Sure, it's a Harlequin Presents, and therefore it has a virginal heroine, a rich and domineering alpha male with an accent who happens to be her boss, an accidental pregnancy, and sex. But the story of how child and spousal abuse affects generations is very good, as well as contrasting Emma and Luca's relationships with their respective fathers Emma, in spite of being neglected for most of her life by her father, pays for him to be in a good nursing home after his stroke, even though it's a financial hardship for her; Luca hates his father with a passion and avoids his entire family because of it.
The last few twists at the end were a little hokey, but Carol Marinelli sure knows how to crank up the drama, so I can't complain too much. Altogether, if you like the Harlequin Presents line, you'll enjoy this book too. There's a bit more depth to this book than most HP offerings, which is a good thing.
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With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Carol Marinelli recently filled in a form asking for her job title. Thrilled to be able to put down her answer, she put writer. Then it asked what Carol did for relaxation and she put down the truth - writing.
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