Title: The Backdoor Billionaire’s Bride
Author: Roz Lee
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Ford Adams had led a charmed life, but if he doesn’t figure out how to make the equivalent of a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and sell a boatload of them, he and his mother might find themselves flipping burgers. Determined not to let that happen, he’ll need all the help he can get—especially from his sexy new business partner. If he can get her to take a chance on his crazy new idea, then maybe he can convince her to take a chance on him.
Becky Jean Parker’s life has been anything but what she had imagined it would be, but she’d been content until a recent turn of events once again left her no choice. Unless she wants to wallow in bankruptcy for the rest of her life, she’ll have to go along with her new business partner’s insane plan and pray he knows what he’s talking about. The only thing crazier than Ford’s plan to sell sex toys is her attraction to him. Typical of her life, she’d had no choice but to fall for the one man she can’t have.
K. Ford Adams ran his fingers along the edge of the massive wooden desk. Generations of Adamses had run an empire from this very spot, and now it was his turn—whether he wanted it or not. And, he definitely did not want.
His father was gone. Kenneth Adams had appeared in good health up until a few days ago when a heart attack had taken him from his family, his business, and his town, at the young age of fifty-eight.
Butte Plains, Texas, would miss the elder Adams. The third generation born and raised in the small town, Ken Adams had been loved and respected by everyone.
As the single-largest employer in Butte Plains, the town had been built around his family’s factory generations ago, so naturally, the employees would be curious about the person taking the helm. At least that’s what he told himself as he looked around at more than a century of memories cluttering the office. Nothing much had changed over the years. Each Adams to sit at the desk added their own achievements to the collection, but none had ever removed anything.
Everything from a yellowed photograph of his great-grandfather breaking ground on the original building, to a plaque declaring his father as Employer of the Year in Butte Plains, an honor bestowed only one month ago, lined the walls. What would become of it all once he sold the business? All the memories would need to be packed away and, most likely, stored in the attic of the family mansion along with all the other junk collecting dust there.
He didn’t want to think about what would happen to the stuff once his mother passed. Three years her husband’s junior, Helen Ford Adams, hopefully, had many more years on earth. He’d leave worries of what to do with the house and its furnishings for later. He had enough things on his plate—like figuring the company’s value and finding a buyer. The sooner he converted the assets into cash to provide for his mother’s remaining years, the sooner he could return to his own life—and get the fuck out of Butte Plains. Again.
Nothing remained for him here. Never had been.
An image popped into his head—a woman dressed in a trim black suit, a smart hat complete with some sort of net veil shielding the left side of her tear-ravaged face as she listened to the preacher’s softly-spoken graveside prayer for Kenneth Adams’s eternal peace. She’d looked familiar, but then again, he’d once known everyone in this town. It could have been anyone from his past, though he couldn’t think of a single female with as much beauty and grace as the mystery woman possessed.
It didn’t matter if he knew her or not, her tears had been genuine, marking her as someone special in his book. Ford didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he had loved and respected the man. Ken Adams had been an excellent father, instilling values, passing on wisdom, and encouraging his son to follow his dreams, even if they took him away from Texas and the family business.
Ruthlessly shutting down thoughts of the mystery woman and how she knew his father, he turned his attention to the one modern thing in the office—a state-of-the-art computer. He remembered the day, a few years ago, when his father mentioned the new office manager had insisted he learn to work the computer system. The year before, all the company’s records had been converted to digital files, and this new employee had been determined to drag Ken into the present century. The man had gone along reluctantly, but, from later accounts, he’d taken to the new technology with an ease that spoke of his intelligence.
Since the desk dated back to a century before computers, Ford put the keyboard in his lap, and pushed the Enter key. A password prompt appeared on the flat-screen monitor. Ken Adams’s greatest weakness, if he had one, was his love for his wife and son. Every pass code, from the factory’s alarm system to the keypad for his home garage-door opener was one of two words. Ford smirked as he typed his mother’s name in the blank box.
“So much for security,” he mumbled as the blank screen gave way to a program his father had left open. Chuckling to himself, he swiped at tears blurring his vision. When his sight cleared, he leaned back in the chair and moved the next card on the deck to its appropriate place on the Solitaire board. He couldn’t stay in Butte Plains and run his father’s company, but he could finish this last game for the man who had taught him to balance work and play.
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USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee is the author of over thirty romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five-book series originally published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series.
Roz has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for nearly four decades. Roz and her husband have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and are the proud grandparents to the cutest little boy ever. Roz and her husband live in the wilds of New Jersey with their Labrador Retriever, Bud which is code for Big Unruly Dog.
Even though Roz has lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.”
When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.
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