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Today, I am showcasing a snippet
from my hot billionaire romance – Two O’clock
with the Billionaire.
meets Mrs. Davenport- Derek’s mother. (Otherwise known as Momma Bear)
coffee cups and a large silver coffee pot were deposited on the table, a tray
of small sandwiches and desserts was placed in the center. The waitress filled
their coffee cups with a heady smelling brew. When she left, Arianne answered
Caroline. “Derek’s unhappy with his position.”
head of a powerful international conglom—”
waved her hand. “I know all that and so does he. But he’s only twenty-eight and
he’s been doing the job since he was twenty-four. He’s not ready for the role.
He’d be happier if he were vice president. Fewer responsibilities.” The coffee
filled Arianne’s mouth with its intense flavor. “Mmm. This is excellent. He
bought the company to prove himself and to keep you in the luxury you’d become
accustomed to. And now he’s stuck. The idea of chucking it all and going
native—like his father—appeals to him.”
men. They care too much and burn out too quickly.” Caroline put down her coffee
cup and wiped the corner of her mouth with her linen napkin. “A straight answer
please, do you love my son?”
the reason he left Kelli?”
her head. “No, I don’t think so. When I met Derek, he was looking for someone
who wasn’t…a socialite. He’d been hurt and was angry. I couldn’t believe he was
interested in me. He’s good-looking, smart and rich; what every girl dreams of.
But as I got to know him I didn’t want to marry him because he was a prize.”
Arianne bit into a tiny cucumber sandwich, swallowed and said, “I got to know
the real person. He let me take a peek. He’s actually two people. Mr. Davenport
runs a multinational company. Derek likes to stay home and scarf pizza while watching
a hockey game.”
asked Caroline. “Scarf a pizza?”
explained the term then sipped some coffee. “Derek’s already said we can only
be friends. He explained how I wouldn’t fit into his society. I’ve accepted
moved her chair next to Arianne’s. She placed her hands near Arianne’s cheeks.
my son’s name?”
her chair back. “Yes, he’s right. You wouldn’t fit into our society. You’re too
earthy and you wear your heart on your sleeve. Many of us would stab that
heart. Some would do it to your face. Others, the truly wicked ones, would do
it behind your back. Now, onto the second part of your statement, you have not
seen or heard from Derek for a while. As far as I know, he’s been in town the
whole time. Did you expect to see him?”
kept the truth to herself. “Yes, he stood me up. No explanation." For the
past three Mondays, she’d received a message with a check - Can’t attend.
Derek. A simple message, but not very informative.
sipped her coffee, lost in her thoughts. “I want the truth of how you met my
shook her head. “That’s private between us. I think it would be very wrong of
me to tell you. At least not without discussing it with Derek first.”
him Derek. At least you’re not a company secretary. I’d hate for him to fall in
love with one of them.”
look crossed Arianne’s face. “Why do you say that?”
down her coffee cup, Caroline said, “Because he’s in love with you.” Arianne
started to speak, Derek’s mother waved her hand to silence her. “I’m his
mother. I know he does. His pupils dilate when he says your name. If he’d said
anyone else’s name, nothing would have happened. He’s in love with you,
although he may not have admitted it to himself yet.”
tilted her head to the side. “Davenport stubbornness?”
smiled. “He is his father’s son. He may look like me, but he has his father’s
personality. I will allow you to continue your relationship with Derek. But if
I find you…let me rephrase that. I will shred you into little pieces if you
break my son’s heart.”
chill shuddered down Arianne’s spine. She knew Caroline wasn’t joking.
sure I like you, but if Derek has lost his head over you I will let the affair
run its course. You’re probably a temporary affection. Although, he does not
lose his heart easily. I will give you a chance, but expect no help from me.”
won’t get in my way?”
O’clock with the Billionaire – Daryl Devoré
rating – 5 hot peppers
Two O’clock with the Billionaire is Daryl Devoré’s latest hot romance. A
contemporary romance sweetened with a bit of vanilla sexcapades.
Derek Davenport is concerned, women only had one thing in mind: trap him into a
marriage. The perfect way out? Hire a courtesan. While partying with his
buddies he places an online ad that reads – Woman Wanted.
and nearing financial desperation, Arianne is forced to step out of her comfort
zone and answers an ad that reads Woman
Wanted. With minimal hours and excellent pay, she accepts the position of
courtesan to a handsome billionaire.
sexual antics cause emotions neither is willing to admit it. Will Arianne and
Derek drive each other crazy…or will they fall in love first?
book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title A Kept
Arianne’s just regular girl pushed into a corner
and desperately looking for a way out.