Title: Wrapped Up with You
Author: Claire Marti
Genre: Contemporary Romance (steamy)
When cocky financial genius Rafael Cruz is forced to partner with his snarky office rival Phoebe Hollingsworth to land a prestigious new client, nothing goes as planned.
At work, they ignore each other, but at the Jingle Ball, their unexpected chemistry changes the game.
Will their secret holiday hook-up ruin the deal or is it the start of a deeper connection?
2021 Stiletto Contest Winner – Best Contemporary Romance Short
Rafe’s skin heated from Phoebe’s intense gaze, but he continued talking to Ella about the almost legendary enormous waves she and her husband had seen in Nazaré, Portugal. Sitting next to Phoebe had been exquisite torture. Ice Queen was gone and in her place was a fascinating, witty, interesting woman. He’d never seen this side of her––and yes it was his own damn fault for judging her unfairly––but, damn. She effortlessly volleyed questions with the clients and if he’d met her tonight for the first time, he’d never believe she had a cold bone in that smoking hot body of hers. He’d been rock hard most of the night, on the brink of taking a bite of her creamy bare shoulder.
From her delicate floral scent assaulting his nostrils, to the moment she’d tossed that wild mane of hair against him, to the surprisingly adorable hint of emerging Southern accent as she consumed more wine, she was driving him nuts. If someone had told him he’d find Ms. Hollingsworth cute and funny and sexy, he would have coughed up a lung laughing.
And somehow throughout the endless courses and wine, the scarlet stain of her lipstick remained in place. Which caused his imagination to short-circuit considering what activity would wipe it off. He checked his watch. The charity’s chairman was scheduled to speak in an hour and then they’d wrap up the evening. Although Cliff had scheduled a limo to drive them home at 11:00, the visual of sliding into a dark leather backseat with her was a little too appealing. He needed to get it together before then––tonight was about business, not seduction. And definitely not about seduction and Phoebe in the same breath.
He needed some air.
He thrust back from the table and stood. Between the heavy meal and rich desserts and the tease of this now intriguing woman, he needed to cool off before he did something stupid.
Like stroke a hand up her silky thigh to see if her ivory skin was as soft as it looked. Because of course her cut up-to-there slit was on the shapely leg mere inches from his own. Too much temptation.
She angled her head up toward him in surprise. “Are you okay?”
Well, maybe he’d moved a little abruptly. “Fine. I’m just going to grab some air. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”
One brow winged up in a now familiar gesture and she rose and turned to smile at the table. “We’ll be right back, everyone. Don’t have too much fun without us.”
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What I love most about the holiday season:
Decorating and having a live Christmas tree. And the cookies. All the cookies.
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It’s a funny, steamy romance between two office rivals forced to get along at a charity Jingle Ball. It’s a quick escape from any stress you might be feeling at the holidays.
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Claire Marti is an award winning and USA Today Bestselling author of swoonworthy Contemporary Romance novels set in Southern California, including the Pacific Vista Ranch series and the Finding Forever in Laguna series. She lives in San Diego with her husband, silly dog and two clever cats. Claire started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.
Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga.
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