She didn’t turn on the lamp because sneak eating, like forbidden sex, was best if done in the dark, a temporary fantasy against the reality waiting back in the icy winds of Michigan, where a book of business, a fat gray cat, and no man’s arms waited to keep her warm, and now, she didn’t even have the comfort of her own personal insulation to guard against the chill of loneliness.
A sudden tap on her door sent Lisa rocketing to her feet, furtive instincts making her shove the half-emptied plate beneath her bed and brush at the brownie crumbs that dotted the front of her skirt before she went to answer the door.
She smiled, positive Harlan Jameson could see those calories settling about her hips as he asked, “How ‘bout we share a little moonlight together or have you got something better lined up for this evening?” He touched the corner of her mouth, coming away with a telltale glob of whipping cream as Lisa cringed, waiting for his lecture.
Instead, Harlan sucked the goo off his thumb, offered his arm, and the lure of cream puffs disappeared.
The endless expanse of water was like a rippling field of dark wheat, bathed in the golden glow of the liner’s running lights as the vessel smoothly cut through the restless sea, sending up a fine mist they could feel even five decks up.
Angling toward Lisa, Harlan asked, “Mind if I get something out of the way?”
She had barely enough time to shut her eyes before his lips touched hers, the kiss brief, unpressured, and as wonderful as she’d imagined.
“I can’t resist the taste of chocolate, either.”
When she looked up, her invitation was plain—Help yourself to another sample.
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TOTALLY YOURS by Dana Ransom
When a popular self-improvement program gives Lisa Reynolds a smoking hot body, she wins an unexpected prize: a Caribbean cruise as the club's corporate spokesmodel. Lisa, a hardworking insurance sales rep who prides herself on her brains, hesitantly accepts the siren call of being admired for her figure, too.
But suddenly this new glamour girl faces magnetic CEO Harlan Jameson, whose interest in her matches her attraction to him, except...the "real" Lisa isn't this workout babe he created. And old self-doubts about being loved for herself resurface.
Harlan's not what she thinks. A self-made success, lonely, and isolated by a busy schedule...he's drawn to Lisa's honesty and warmth. When he understands her fears, he sets out to prove there's only one thing he wants her to change for him: her last name.
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