I know the cover has been out there for a while, but I haven’t said anything about Curvaceous & Captivating. Since it’s out in just two weeks, I better start telling you about it!
You know Olivia. She’s Abby’s new friend, and Tara’s best friend from high school. She’s Wyatt’s assistant, and Becca and Kevin’s mom.
But who is Olivia?
Olivia is an overweight woman. She’s a kick-butt single mom. She doesn’t swear. She wishes she never married her ex, but knows that means she never would have had her kids, so she’s okay with it. She’s a mess most days. She’s never on time for anything. She is always stressed, but loves her life and loves her kids and would do anything for them.
She’s also a little lonely. A lot sometimes. Her son is inching closer to his teenage years, and she wishes he had a man in his world. She wants things for herself too. A hot bath. A night off. A few minutes to collect her thoughts. A big glass of wine.
What she does not want is a man who’s going to push his way into her delicately balanced life and try to tell her how to live. Someone who’s going to challenge everything she thought she knew and shove her out of her comfort zone.
She doesn’t have the time, or the energy, for a man like that.
Too bad Ethan doesn’t take no for an answer…
Excerpt from Curvaceous & Captivating
“When are you free this weekend?”
Shocked at the rough tone and the personal question, I blurted, “I don’t work weekends.”
He was not going to be one of those sponsors who thought I’d work around the clock for them. I worked for Mayor Ramsey. And he never asked me to work weekends. I wasn’t changing that for a sponsor, no matter how much money he brought in.”
“I’m not asking you about work, Olivia. I’m taking you out.”
He could not be serious. Why in the heck did he think I’d go out with him?
I heard a quick intake of his breath as I held mine.
“Why would I go out with you?”
“I told you I was going to fight for you, Olivia.”
“And then you accused me of sleeping with my boss and called me a slut.”
He sighed, or maybe growled, I wasn’t sure. “I did not call you a slut, Olivia. You were flirting with your boss, asking him out-”
“I did not ask him out!”
“I heard you, you kept telling him to come out with you. That he knew your friends.”
I groaned. “It’s really none of your business.”
“I didn’t figure you for a tease, Olivia. Usually women like you are not that way.”
What. The. Heck!
“Women like me. What does that mean?”
Another sigh. “I’m messing this up. Listen. Saturday. I’ll pick you up.”
“No, Mr. Norwood. I don’t want to go out with you.”
He growled. “Ethan. And yes, you do, Olivia. I know you want me. I saw it every time you looked at me Friday night. I acted like an ass. I didn’t like hearing you flirting with another man. I want the chance to get to know you. Please let me take you out.”