Title: Chick Magnet
Author: Mary Martinez
Madison McCullough is recuperating from a broken heart. She hadn’t just loved her ex-fiancé, she’d loved his little boy. However, she discovered she was just a convenient babysitter while he wined and dined other women.
Brady O'Neill is a Formula One racecar driver recuperating from a near fatal accident. His matchmaking sister believes a little romance will help his healing. Her son is a total “chick magnet.” What woman can resist a man who’s good with children? With a plan in place, she sends Brady to the grocery store— toddler in tow.
When Madison and Brady meet, oranges roll. Was this fate? Because no matter how much they resist the attraction, these two are destined for each other.
She'd wasted the entire morning reading over the first page of her brief several times. She'd given up and decided she might as well do her shopping. Now here she was at the market and the same problem plagued her. Inhaling, slowing exhaling, Madison read over her list another time.
God, she was desperate. She still lusted after the unknown good-looking guy at the bar. Maybe chocolate would distract her.
She rounded the corner and almost ran into the object of her obsession. She blinked a few times in case she was hallucinating. A dark-haired cutie wiggled in the basket seat. She looked at the young, innocent blue eyes staring at her and raised hers to meet the man's. He had the same baby blues, no doubt because he was the father. Time to run in the opposite direction. Fast.
"Excuse me. I'm sorry I almost ran into you." Madison began backing her cart back the way she'd come.
"No problem, I…" A squeal, a giggle and a neat stack of oranges dissolved, spilling over the sides of the gondola.
Oranges rolled everywhere. Taking advantage of the commotion, Madison made her escape. Her heartbeat drummed loudly, and she looked around to see if anyone else could hear. Shopping cart practically on two wheels as she rounded the corner, she paused to lean over far enough to peek back over her shoulder. The impact of those intense blue eyes watching her, undisturbed by the chaos caused by his son, shocked her clear to her toes.
With the air trapped in her lungs, she barely managed to push her cart out of sight. Hand over her heart, she exhaled slowly to calm herself. Oh, the way he'd made love to her with his eyes. In the middle of the grocery store, he totally ignored his small son. It didn't matter. She wouldn't be seeing him again. All she had to do was put the experience out of her mind. Yeah right.
* * * *
Shock rippled through him when he'd nearly run into the dark haired beauty from the wine bar. Brady grinned. She looked absolutely adorable in nice snug jeans and Purdue sweatshirt as she'd stammered an apology.
But when she'd paused at the end of the isle to glance over her shoulder, another shock had ran over him. Time stood still. Caught off guard by the impact, electricity flowed through his body.
Then she'd gone.
"Excuse me sir."
"Sir, excuse me, you'll need to move so we can get these oranges picked up."
Brady reluctantly turned his attention back to the manager. He wondered if the man's jaw would break with his teeth clenched so tight it was a miracle the guy could even talk.
Brady wanted more than anything to find the mysterious woman again, but with a sigh turned toward the mess his nephew had created. Several apologies didn't seem to placate the harried man, and neither did the offer of help to clean up. He was told in no uncertain terms his help wasn't needed, and he could just be on his way. Brady took the hint and pushed his cart out of the way.
"Now Payton, if you're going to be a chick magnet, as your shirt says, you can't be chasing the pretty ladies away." With one last look at the rolling oranges, Brady went to search out the petite beauty.
Luck was not with him.
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Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends! Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's. They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible. Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference. Mary also writes as ML Foxx. This is her first jaunt into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, she loves it. It gives her freedom of choice. In her ML persona she also loves to go to the movies and you got it… Watch the Avengers, Dead Pool, among others. Something her hubby doesn't really enjoy but humors her fantasy side. You’ll see more books soon… Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.
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