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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

I’ll have to work on my IQ. Or get breast reduction surgery. Daryl Devore's Two O'clock with the Billionaire #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #hotread

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for you the reader to discover current WIP or previously published book by possibly new to you authors.

Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my hot billionaire romance – Two O’clock with the Billionaire.

Arianne and her roommate/best friend Taylor are at a restaurant having dinner.

Taylor folded his napkin and placed it on his plate. “I’m stuffed, sublimely stuffed.”
“Did you leave room for dessert? I want a piece of that double chocolate mocha cheesecake. If I don’t, I’ll dream about it for months. What? Your face went white as a ghost.”
“He’s here. Derek Davenport is heading this way.” Taylor grabbed the dessert menu and hid. “Wait! What am I doing? He doesn’t know me?”
Arianne grabbed the other menu. “Hush!” Trying to remain unnoticed, she peered over the top as she watched Derek and two companions cross from the entrance to the booth directly behind her. With a huge smile, the waitress scurried past and stood waiting. Arianne sensed Big Tipper was written all over this customer.
Taylor pulled Arianne’s menu forward so he could see her and whispered, “What do we do?”
“We act normal. We have a right to be here. Christ, ten thousand places to eat in this city and he has to order coffee in the booth right behind me.” She waved her hand signaling Taylor to be silent. “I can hear what they’re saying.”
One of Derek’s companions asked, “Who was that beauty with you, in the paper, the other day? Was that Mark Crosten’s daughter?”
“Yes, but don’t get excited,” said Derek. “The girl’s chest size is three times larger than her IQ. I’m still free and unshackled.”
“Lone wolf stalking the sheep packs of this city.”
“You’ve been locked up in your office for way too long. Take a few weeks. Get laid. Play some golf.” Derek chuckled. The waitress placed their coffees on the table. “Thank you, Maryanne.”
“My turn,” the second companion asked, “Are you being blackmailed?”
“Are you being blackmailed? Simple question, yet you hedged on the answer.”
“Not the sort of question I expected,” said Derek. “What makes you think I am?”
“Weekly withdrawals. The same amount seven or eight weeks in a row.”
“That’s my personal account.”
“I’m your personal accountant.”
“Stay out of my account.”
“Answer my question.”
Companion number one spoke up, “Weekly withdrawals and disappearances. You’re a hard man to locate on Tuesdays.”
“Does that lead you to conclude I’m being routinely abducted by aliens?” The sarcasm in Derek’s voice was almost palpable.
“Derek, Phil and I have known you for way too long. We both recognize when you’re not answering a question. You are a direct person. Someone asks you answer.”
“At what point do you become part of my private affairs and private life?”
“When we think something is going on.”
Derek sighed. “Okay, you got me. Tuesday afternoon is work out time. I met a guy and we’ve been sparring. I kick his butt. He kicks mine. My stress levels go down.”
“According to the girls at the water cooler, you were grumpier than hell a few days ago.”
“My ass got kicked. I wasn’t focused. My mind kept wandering. Years of martial arts training out the window in a second. I was angry at myself and then I was angry for getting angry.” He chuckled. “But now I’m back to kicking his butt. We scheduled a specific time so I’d go. You know my life. Every minute’s planned out. The money’s to pay for a private rental of the dojan. And to pay for his expenses and salary. He doesn’t live here. He flies in. Takes the day off. His boss was getting pissed so I covered his ass. Okay, big mystery solved. What? You don’t believe me? I promise it’s the truth on Sebastian’s wife’s life.”
“Can we watch one of these matches?”
“Hell no. That’ll be the day when he busts my ass and you two’ll lose that godlike awe of me,” explained Derek.
“We’ve seen you drunk. There is no godlike awe.”
The first companion chuckled. “But we do respect that fat paycheck you give us.”
Derek shook his head. “Mercenaries. I’m going to head back to the office. I’m still expecting that call from Beijing and I haven’t finished reading the financial report on Gotto. There is something there that doesn’t make sense.” Derek paid the bill and the three gentlemen exited the restaurant.
A long sigh of relief escaped Arianne’s lips.
“He didn’t turn you in,” said Taylor. “He lied.”
“He could have so screwed me. I bet they would have pressured him to drop me.”
“Maybe he likes being with you.”
“I’ll have to work on my IQ. Or get breast reduction surgery.”

Two O’clock with the Billionaire – Daryl Devoré
Hot Contemporary
Heat 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.
Where 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.
Unemployed 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.
Their 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?
Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title A Kept Woman.


Arianne’s just regular girl pushed into a corner and desperately looking for a way out.

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  1. That's amazing dialogue. It sounds natural.

    1. Thank y ou. I try to keep it natural sounding.

  2. When seeming disaster turns to a great opportunity!

    1. Yes, things don't always go in the wrong direction.

  3. Loved the last line. Eavesdropping can be life changing.

  4. Fun read and eavesdropping!

    1. Writers never eavesdrop - lol. That's how we get great dialogue.

  5. LOL. Your lead line into this snippet was certainly arresting. While the explanation in the text worked well, it certainly wasn't very flattering to her. Or flattening, for that matter.

    1. It totally wasn't meant to be - Derek is angry. Bad break up.