Title: For Money Or Love
Author: Margo Hoornstra
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.
Mega-millionaire Daniel Winston Montgomery lives to work at his prosperous software company. Scrimping to survive as a child, money means everything to Dan. He’ll do whatever it takes to preserve his wealth and the security it provides his mother and younger siblings. His brilliant top assistant, Lindsey Carr, is essential to his firm’s continued success. He has no problem sharing the fruits of their combined labors with her. Though, truth be told, he needs Lindsey far more than she needs him… Computer brainiac Lindsey Carr wants more out of life than her prestigious, well-paying job and craves a little excitement. She’s tired of being no more than boring tech support in a well-run software enterprise. Convinced Dan and his company will survive—and thrive—just fine without her, she tenders her resignation. After all, Dan has never required more from her than her superior analytical skills. Well, except for that one time she won’t let herself think about… Unwilling to let Lindsey go, Dan must fight to keep her in his life. In a clash of priorities, will he choose money…or love?
“That’s Daniel Winston Montgomery?” Good friend Anne Hamilton sat on the other side of her dining room table.
Lindsey Carr swiveled her head around so fast she could have been in contention for the lead in a remake of The Exorcist.
She really needed to quit with these over the top reactions every time she heard his name. “What?”
“On the cover of this magazine.” She held up the latest issue of Today’s Tech, a monthly bible for software and programming enthusiasts. “Isn’t this handsome creature your boss?”
“Yes.” Lindsey’s stomach did its customary little back flip as the near life sized, full color head shot stared back at her. Familiar, deep brown eyes, well-chiseled and perfectly aligned features. Strong jaw and capable lips that sent delicious memories through her. All of which she be better off to forget. “That’s him.”
“If this is the required reading for our book club meeting tonight, I’m in.” Anne considered Dan’s picture again. “Lucky you. Not only is he a mega-millionaire, the man is nothing less than drop dead gorgeous.”
He is much better looking in person. An air of vague disinterest always served Lindsey well at work. Doubting a similar performance would play so well with one of her closest confidants, she brought it out anyway. “I haven’t had a chance to read the article. What’s he done now?”
Anne set the thick magazine down to flip through its pages. “He was elected, or is it appointed? Anyway, he’s Man of the Year in the tech world.”
The prestigious honor was news to Lindsey. She pretended it wasn’t. “He’s the keynote speaker at their national convention being held here in Victory at our own La Bonne Chance Resort and Casino this weekend.”
“That’s what the article says. They’re holding the conference here in his honor.”
“Oh, I see you found the magazine I brought to show Lindsey.” Rita Wright, the third member of their book club walked in from the bathroom and proceeded to wave a hand in front of her face. “That Dan Montgomery is hot!”
Anne adjusted her black, oblong shaped glasses and started to read out loud. “A true pioneer in server diagnostics and capacity planning.” She glanced up at Lindsey. “Whatever that means.”
“He developed cutting edge software that lets IT staff see all of their processes in one place at one time to measure how well each of their systems are working.”
Lindsey doubted she did, but chose not to go there. “It’s pretty complex.”
Retaking her seat, Rita beckoned for the slick booklet Anne handed over. She then spread it carefully on the table in front of her, avoiding the half empty plate of cheese and crackers. Fingers tipped with nails polished a bright shiny red smoothed over the glossy pages.
“Why read some boring write up when there’s so much eye candy to enjoy?”
Lindsey circled the stem of her wine glass with a suddenly unsteady grip. The white gold liquid swirled and winked as she brought it to her mouth. She’d skimmed the four-page spread when Rita first brought the article to her attention, looked over the pictures. In addition to the cover, the eye candy referred to consisted of two other decent sized photos. One was a head to wing tips shot of her boss in a well-cut business suit, dress shirt and tie standing on the steps of the New York Stock Exchange. The other was of a man in action variety. No tie in sight, navy checkered sport shirt opened at the neck—two buttons down—and sleeves rolled up to his elbows, with jeans, rather than dress slacks riding beneath his belt. This was the way Lindsey was used to seeing him. How, she knew for a fact, he preferred to dress.
She took a larger than necessary swig of wine. Suppressing a small cough, she lowered her chin and winced. The potent liquid burned a narrow trajectory down her throat to the center of her chest before dribbling in a warm stream to her stomach.
“A man’s man.” Rita glanced up at her two friends then back at the picture of Dan.
The yearning in her tone ran across Lindsey’s third nerve like those fingernails of hers dragged down a chalk board. Teeth gritted, she scolded herself for the insensitivity. With the looks to back it up, her friend was a notorious flirt.
Regardless, given the nature of the comment, she figured some response was required. “I wouldn’t necessarily say that.”
Rita tore a speculative gaze away from the magazine to glance up at her again. “No. It’s the caption under the picture.”
Fighting for casual, Lindsey set down her wine. “Seems a tad chauvinistic.”
“Man’s man.” Rita emitted a deep scoff that ended on a wicked chuckle. “What a bunch of crap. With those come to mama looks and that hard, tight body. He’s hands down a woman’s man.” Her hovering fingers twitched. “And would this woman love to get her hands on him.”
“You know you’d lose interest in a week.” Anne chimed in before Lindsey could.
“Probably.” A clever smile indicated otherwise. “But what a week it would be.”
As much as she liked her pal, Lindsey did not appreciate the mental pictures conjured up by Rita’s boast. Changing the subject would certainly short circuit further speculation about Daniel Montgomery and his varied physical attributes, right?
It wasn’t as if he was some ripe and willing male stripper.
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Margo Hoornstra has authored several titles of various lengths in contemporary romance. She also writes romantic suspense such as the Brothers in Blue series, On The Surface, On The Force, On The Make and, the soon to be released On The Move. A city girl turned country woman from Michigan, Margo enjoys hiking with her husband of many years around the wide open spaces near their home, hates to cook and loves to read.
Whatever the genre, she enjoys giving her characters a well deserved happily ever after.
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