BillionaireÂ Trent Weston dominates in the boardroom, but when it comes to the bedroom heâ€™s discovered itâ€™s dangerous to trust a woman. Now,Â with his grandfatherâ€™s health failing, Trent is determined to make the older manâ€™sÂ last days specialâ€¦even if that means marriage.
Event planner Cassie Adams is determined to make her mark. However, the Weston party isnâ€™t going as sheâ€™d hoped. One disaster after another is going to get her fired. So imagine her surprise when Trent Weston proposes marriage.Â Only he doesnâ€™t want forever. He just wants to rent her.
â€œWhy did you tell everyone we are engaged, Mr. Weston?â€
He continued to stare out the window into the dark night. Cassie waited, hands clasped on her lap where she sat on the settee beside the window. He lifted the glass of scotch he held, pressed the edge against his lower lip and swallowed. The slide of his Adamâ€™s apple drew her gaze. Her mouth suddenly went dry. She swallowed.
He lowered the glass. â€œI wonâ€™t bore you with the details.â€
â€œIâ€™m in need of a wife.â€
â€œGet a girlfriend, propose to her.â€
â€œI had planned to do just that here at this very party, in fact. But thatâ€™s no longer an option.â€ He took a deep breath. â€œMs. Adams, could I interest you in a temporary position?â€
â€œYou want me to work for you?â€
He nodded. â€œYes. My grandfatherâ€™s health isnâ€™t good.â€
He didnâ€™t need to elaborate. Sheâ€™d witnessed the old manâ€™s frailty.
â€œI would do anything to bring joy to his final days,â€ he said.
â€œYou want me to plan another party?â€
He gave a low laugh, but it didnâ€™t ring with light-heartedness. â€œNo, heâ€™s had enough excitement. He needs to relax, to know that his legacy is safe.â€
â€œIâ€™m not a nurse.â€
â€œHe has a nurse. He needs an heir, a great-grandson.â€
Whoa! Cassie stood. â€œWhatever youâ€™re thinking, forget it.â€ Who exactly was he expecting to produce this heir? And she didnâ€™t want to think about who would sire the child. She shook her head. â€œYouâ€™ve got the wrong girl.â€
He turned. â€œYou misunderstand. Iâ€™m sure one day Iâ€™ll have a wife and children.â€ He set his glass on the side table, then took two steps and stopped six inches in front of her. An unnerving heat blossomed in her chest and a flutter of butterflies flitted in her belly.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t have long. Iâ€™m asking if you will pretend to be my wife for the few days he has left with us.â€
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The Rented Bride is the first in the Highland Billionaires series.
TARAH SCOTT & KYANN WATERS
Best-selling author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.
KyAnn Waters is a multi-published, award winning author of erotic romance. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Never believing she was a pet lover, she still has made a home for a menagerie of animals. She spends her days writing and her evenings with her family. She enjoys sporting events on the television, thrillers on the big screen, and hot scenes between the pages of her books.