After Stacey Granger discovers Ian, the man she is about to marry, is cheating on her, she calls off their wedding and vows not to trust another man anytime soon. But when her father hires Cole Madigan to help him operate his floundering construction company, attraction blossoms between Cole and Stacey and she begins to live again.
As a former employee of Ian's, blackballed by him and unable to find work, Cole is determined to restore his reputation. Confronted by the firm's mounting problems, Cole and Stacey fight side-by-side to keep the business afloat after her father suffers a heart attack.
Then Ian returns admitting he made a mistake, wanting back into Stacey's life, warning her that Cole is a womanizer and intent on taking over the business for himself. Stacey wonders if she can trust either man, or if she is just a bad judge of character about to have her heart broken again.
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“Give me a chance,” Cole urged. “Your father did.”
The subtle crackle of sexual tension filled the air. Cole was so close that Stacey could feel the vibrant pulsing of his firm body bridging the gap between them. Could almost feel his muscular arms enfolding her and his lips pressing against hers.
She gave herself a mental shake. She wanted nothing more to do with Cole Madigan than was absolutely necessary. Alison might think he was handsome and sexy, but she hadn’t been engaged to a man who had betrayed her. Who had left her broken and bleeding.
Stacey drew back her shoulders and sat erect in her chair. “Tell me, Mr. Madigan. Is this the first time you’ve been employed in over a year?”
“Gainfully, but not for lack of trying.” There was a grimness, an animosity on his face and in his voice.
“What do you mean?”
“There are reasons. Your father knows about them.”
Stacey stiffened, once again taken aback by his cutting tone. “I don’t think he should have hired you.”
“Why is that?” Cole challenged quietly. “Because I haven’t come on to the boss’s daughter? I depend on my ability to keep a job, not my bedside manner.”
Stacey’s lips curled into a cool smile. “Maybe you’d have better luck if you worked on it a bit.”
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