Propositions by Tania Joyce
No strings attached ... or so she thought.
Following years of sacrifice and struggle, Jessica Mason now co-owns a successful marketing agency in Sydney. All Jessica wants to do is focus on growing her business and maintain the lifestyle she's worked so hard to achieve. But everything changes when her agency wins a major contract for the opening of the new Somers Hotel and she has to take on the account.
Nate Somers is a workaholic trying to please his retiring father. When he meets captivating, go-getting Jessica, the prospect of a short-term love affair sounds like a proposition he'd be crazy to decline.
But when Jessica spends a weekend away at her favorite vineyard retreat, she runs into Troy Smith, the ex-boyfriend who left her broken and vulnerable years ago. Things don't go to plan when the well-kept secrets from her past are revealed and Troy starts weaving his way back into her life.
With her business at stake and hearts at risk, Jessica's future is destined to change. Who will end up making Jessica a proposition she simply cannot refuse?
Excerpt: The overhead projector buzzed and a presentation lit the screen as Jessica made her way to the head of the large, black glass table. Alex looked relieved that she’d arrived, but she could see he was struggling to withhold a laugh at the sight of her soggy attire.
“Good morning,” Jessica said to everyone. “Sorry I’m late. Nothing like Sydney traffic and broken garage doors in wet weather.” She was lucky it was only twenty minutes. It could have been much longer.
“All is fine, Jess,” Alex chirped.
As she walked to her place at the table, she glanced over the assembled group. A young man with thick black hair typed on his notebook computer, a middle-aged man sipped on his , a young woman scrolled through emails on her tablet. Then her eyes met those of the fourth person, sitting at the end of the table across from Alex. Jessica did her best to hide her surprise, because this was not Henry Somers—this was Nathan, his son. She instantly recognised him after having spent hours searching for information on the net about the British hotelier and his empire. It had been an effort to find anything useful among all the gossip surrounding Henry Somers and his affairs. Here, in person, there was something about his son that the photos just hadn’t captured. Wow!
She smiled warmly as Nathan stood up to shake her hand. His wide shoulders and broad chest filled out his suit in all the right places. She couldn’t help but admire the fine lines of his athletic physique. His vivid blue-gray eyes locked onto hers for that moment too long, making her pulse quicken unexpectedly. The man exuded confidence.
Jessica’s mouth went dry, but she did manage to speak. “I’m Jessica Mason, Sales and Creative Director. Nice to meet you.” She pulled her shoulders back, hoping to regain her professional composure.
“Good morning. I’m Nathan Somers, President of Global Business Development and Operations. But please, call me Nate.” He spoke with a velvety-smooth, rounded English accent that made her knees weaken.
As they broke their connection physically, something still had a hold on her. She couldn’t put her finger on it. He wasn’t that good-looking. Was he? Actually, yes, he was.
A soft knock at the door saw Zoe enter the room with Jessica’s tea in hand. Relieved by the interruption, Jessica managed to draw herself away from Nate’s captivating gaze.
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Tania Joyce is an Australian author of Erotic, Contemporary and New Adult romance novels. Her stories thread romance, drama and passion into beautiful locations ranging from the dazzling lights of Sydney Harbour or the glitter of New York, to the rural countryside of the Hunter Valley or Darling Downs.
She’s widely travelled, has a diverse background in the corporate world and has a love for shopping, shoes and Shiraz. She’s rarely seen without glitter, sparkle and stilettos. Her quirk is she collects key rings everywhere she goes and often has an intriguing tale about each one.
Tania draws on all her real-life experiences and combines them with her very vivid dreams to form the foundation of her novels. She likes to write about strong-minded, career-oriented heroes and heroines that go through drama-filled hell, have steamy encounters and risk everything as they endeavor to find their happy-ever-after.
She grew up loving books like Anne of Green Gables, reading the classics like Pride and Prejudice, and getting lost in the world of fantasy, like The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan, before finding her home in the romance genre.
Only unearthing the desire to write after having children, Tania now shuffles the hours in her day between part-time work, full-time family life and never-finding-enough-time to write. One day she hopes to find balance! She lives in Queensland with her husband and two boys. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hot yoga, and the company of friends and family – especially if it’s over a glass of wine!
Life motto: If in doubt – add more glitter! (Kylie Minogue, 2011)