The Model Man by Nicole McCaffrey

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  • Single mom and romance novelist Kelly Michaels has no time for a man in her life. But when mega-famous cover model Derek Calavicci puts the moves on her at a romance writers’ conference, she succumbs to temptation. Common sense prevails, however, and after a few passionate kisses she turns him down; she has impressionable teenagers at home, after all, she doesn’t need a one-night-stand with a much younger man, no matter how hot he is. When photos of their passionate moonlight kiss hit the tabloids, her agent has to do some fast footwork to save her reputation. Will the notorious bad boy go along with her scheme?

    Derek rarely hears a woman say “no” – it’s been that way his entire life. If Kelly isn’t interested, he’s not going to push her-- even if she does melt like ice cream on a hot sidewalk every time he touches her. But when an unexpected opportunity falls into his lap by way of Kelly’s scheming agent, he jumps at the chance. Pretend he’s in love with Kelly Michaels for two weeks? No problem. After all, the lady may say she’s never going to sleep with him... but he's got two weeks to convince her otherwise.

    PRINT ISBN 1-60154-237-2
    (360 pages) Hot


    "You think I set that up?"

    "Yes." She placed a hand to her forehead. Between the kissing, the champagne, and the run through the lobby, she was almost dizzy. "No. I don't know."

    The car dinged as it reached her floor, and she moved forward. Derek smacked a hand over the "close door" button.

    "You're the one who didn't trust yourself alone with me."

    "Trust myself?" She squeezed her purse when she would have rather tightened her hands around his arrogant neck.

    "We met there to make you more comfortable, remember?"

    "Trust myself?"

    "Sweetheart, the sparks were flying from both sides. If we'd been in a room instead of the patio, we'd be in bed right now."

    "What did--you self-centered, pompous--I can't even think of a name bad enough to call you!" She slapped his hand away from the elevator button. The doors opened, and she stormed past him, right into a startled Sharon.

    "Hey, there you are, Kel."

    Ignoring her friend, she turned and faced Derek. "I was wrong to think you could embody the heroes I create. You aren't fit to wear Captain Connery's leather pants!" Turning to Sharon, she said, "You and every other woman on the planet can have him."

    Derek shoved his hands in his pockets, bracing the elevator door open with his shoulder. He watched Kelly until she reached her room, wincing as the door closed behind her with a bang that echoed down the empty hallway.

    The redhead turned and gave him a wide-eyed look. "What did you do to her?"

    "I kissed her." He heaved a sigh. "Things sort of went downhill from there."

    She stepped on the elevator and took his arm, giving it a sympathetic pat. "Come on, big guy, lemme buy you a beer."




A genuine contemporary--at least for me. No longer a twenty-something, carefree girl, this heroine has the normal baggage of women our age. Teenaged kids, an ex-husband, mortgage. She's not looking for a man to complicate things further.

Having been there, done that, and also having found the man of my dreams (although he's no cover model) I could really relate throughout this wonderful story to the very realistic emotions. What a wonderful love story!



    What a fun story! I don't read much contemporary romance, but was drawn in by the romance writer, single mother heroine and cover model hero. And Nicole didn't disappoint. Loved it!



      Every reader over the age of . . . forty-something, with kids, ex-husbands and teenagers can understand Kelly's delimma: after the best-selling romance author is carried off by the mega-sexy cover model--in the middle of a writer's conference--in front of a thousand screaming fans, she has two choices: turn tail and run back home to an ex-husband who gives new meaning to the phrase 'male menopause', two teenagers acting like ... teenagers, and a dog who thinks he's human OR spend time with the hunk of the century who makes her feel like a woman?
      When can we expect to read another story from this very talented author?



        The Model Man is a delicious read. Ms. McCaffrey knows how to capture her reader from the begining and keep them turning the pages until the end. Derek and Kelly's story is sensual yet tender. Every woman would be lucky to have a man like him in her life.



          McCaffrey's contemporary tale is a fairytale romance for real women. Her characters are true to life, hot and so fascinating. This author rocks when it comes to giving romance addicts a book that will make them believe in fantasies come to life and happy ever after.

          The plot is unique. A romance author who turns down a night of hot sex with a cover model is not normal but Kelly Michaels is anything but run of the mill. It's her stand off personality, enticing blushes and shy demeanor that attracts Derek, cover model extraordinaire, to her like a duck to water.

          His plans to seduce Ms. Prim and Proper divorcee, mother of teenagers gets out of hand when Kelly lets her hair down. What neither realize until it's too late to pull back is that love knows no barriers, be it an age, culture or conflict when it comes to affairs of the heart.

          Faith V. Smith

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