Title: All of You
Author: Marianne Rice
Genre: Small Town Contemporary Romance
Can a small-town guy who seems too good to be true win the heart of the cynical city girl? Hailey Webster is desperate to get away; away from New York, the manipulating cheater she fell for, and the picture-perfect models she’s photographed for more than a decade. So, she does what she does best: escapes. This time, home to Maine until she can figure out where to take her career next. She is completely unfazed by pretty boys who know how to charm the not-the-prettiest-or-skinniest-girl in the room to get what they want. Been there, done that. But the constant flirting from a blue-eyed charmer with a smile that makes her tingle in all the right places is too tempting to keep at arm’s length. Carter Marshall isn’t one to fall fast and hard for a woman, but he’s instantly drawn in by Hailey’s iridescent eyes and quick qit. When he’s hired to redesign the website for a fancy resort, he finagles a way to have Hailey be the photographer on the project. It doesn’t take long for him to see the beauty of her soul and her broken, fragile heart. He wants to be the one to help her heal. When Hailey offers him one night and says that’s all she can offer, he realizes he wants a whole heck of a lot more. He wants all of her, for all time.
“I was hoping we could get together this week to start putting everything up on the Coastal Vines site, and then work on Marshall Farms.”
“We don’t have to get together for that. I can send you the files, and you can use whatever pictures work best for the layouts you created.”
“Don’t you think it would be better if we did it together? I’d hate to force a picture into a pre-planned layout, and creating a layout around every single picture you took would be too much. I’ll need you to help narrow down the best ones for the site.”
Hailey cocked her head at him. “Are you really that incompetent? I’d think as a graphic designer you’d be able to come up with something aesthetically pleasing.”
Ouch. “I...I guess I…”
“Or are you making up reasons for us to be together so you can keep practicing your one-liners.”
“Sweetheart, my one-liners don’t need practice.” Hailey quirked her brow, something she did often. No woman had ever made him second guess his skills. “You think I do?”
“You don’t have me falling at your feet, do you?”
“Good point.” He chewed the inside of his cheek pretending to be deep in thought, which wasn’t too hard to pretend. Normally he didn’t have to think about his lines, they just sort of came out. With Hailey, he found himself overthinking.
“Fine. I’ll let you have more practice time. Tomorrow morning I’m free. My weekends are pretty much booked with weddings, engagement photos, and baby shoots.”
“Practice?” He wasn’t sure if he should be offended or if she was playing him. “If you think I need practice I’m doing something wrong. We’ll figure it out tomorrow.”
“We’ll figure out the website tomorrow.”