Cupid Mislaid by PG Barker

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  • Carolyn Cotter, talented big-city ad executive, confuses the house number of her destination with that of a famous music mogul on the same street. Suddenly she finds herself embroiled in a police investigation regarding a missing platinum statue.

    Simon Bergman, an accountant for the music mogul, is pleasantly surprised to meet such a charming young woman at his boss’s party. He is less pleasantly surprised when she dashes off without a farewell. Finding her again, he becomes her ally in seeking out the real culprit.

    Will what they learn about themselves and about life land them in jail, or in love?

    Rating: Sweet
    Page Count: 282
    Word Count: 67100
    978-1-5092-1492-1 Paperback
    978-1-5092-1493-8 Digital

    Excerpt

    “Hmm. Mutual mistrust. Is that a good place to start?”

    “What about Jameson?”

    “He’s gone.”

    “Officially?”

    “Officially. We have agreed to terminate. He is dating someone else.”

    “Goodness gracious! He didn’t waste time, did he?”

    “He went out with her while we were still together. In fact, that night I met him at the cricket, he was out on a date with her.”

    “The miserable, two-timing…”

    “I have kind of been doing the same thing since I met you.”

    “Point. Good, now we can get down to the business of being a couple. The hell with Gary’s statue. You told me you never took it, and that’s good enough for me. I need no further assurances.”

    “Yeah, I suppose there is no point in my going on suspecting you, either.”

    “Are you happy, Ms. Cotter?”

    “There is just one thing I need to do.”

    “What is it you want to do, Ms. Cotter?”

    Carolyn got up from where she was sitting and stepped over to Simon, sat frontwards on his lap, put her arms around him, and kissed him passionately. She stopped long enough to say, “This, Mr. Bergman.”

    “Ms. Cotter, I rather like it when you do this. Please don’t stop.”

    “Mr. Bergman, I’m just a woman in love.”

    “I hope it’s me you are in love with, Ms. Cotter. I would be very disappointed if it were not.”

    “Mr. Bergman, you can be such a silly boy. I think I should put you across my knee and spank you.”

    “Oooh, kinky, kinky.”

    “Mr. Bergman, let me ask you. Are you in love?”

    “Ms. Cotter, let me explain. Close to the entrance door of our building at work is the office of an ugly old hag named Caroline. She smokes too much and coughs too much. When I arrive at work, I read the nameplate on her door, and “Caroline” reminds me of Carolyn, and then for the rest of the day I have a smile on my face. Every time my phone rings, I grab hold of it quickly, hoping to see your name on the screen. What do you think, Ms. Cotter? Am I in love?”

    “Bad news. You have the disease, Mr. Bergman. I further regret to inform you that there is no cure.”

    “I blame it on your smile, Ms. Cotter. The first time our eyes met at that awful party, you smiled at me and then turned away because you were blushing. I will never forget that first smile. I said to myself, Simon, my boy, I have no idea who she is or what she is doing here, but that is my woman.”

    “Oh, Mr. Bergman, Mr. Bergman, Simon, Simon,” Carolyn moaned as she held on to him more tightly and kissed him even more passionately than before.

    Their exchange was disturbed by the sound of hoof beats. They looked up and saw Rowan Digby riding toward them.

    “Oh, dear me, how embarrassing! I am so sorry, but I have to break up the party,” Rowan said. “It’s starting to get dark, and I don’t want a novice rider returning a horse in the fading light. Furthermore, the stable hands want to lock up and go home.”

    “My apologies. We didn’t mean to keep you,” Simon said as he and Carolyn untangled themselves and stood up.

    “Don’t apologize. There is time, but not too much time. Carolyn, do you feel comfortable taking Slick back?”

    “If we can go back in the same way we came, then there is no problem.”

    Carolyn rode Slick back to the stables, this time next to Rowan, who was riding Thunderbones.

    “Ms. Cotter, I think today was fun,” Simon said as he got into the car next to Carolyn.

    “Mr. Bergman, do you know what I discovered today on this farm?”

    “What did you discover, Ms. Cotter?”

    “Paradise.”

    “Paradise?”

    “Yes, Mr. Bergman, on this farm today I discovered paradise, and I think I want to stay there forever.”

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