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									Say You Need Me
Author: Kayla Perrin

"Mr. Right" was wrong! Lovelorn librarian Serena Childs was destroyed when Cecil Montford — the fine–
looking charmer she thought was "The One" — snuck out of her life with her savings and a priceless
diamond necklace. And now he's dining in plain view at a local restaurant only two weeks later! But it's
not until she has the man arrested that Serena discovers he's not Cecil at all — but the lowlife thief's
equally hot twin brother, Darrell.The lady can't believe the two are actually related. Where Cecil was
lowdown, Darrell's loyal and honest . . . and as tempting a dark dreamboat as her lips have ever ached to
kiss. Darrell's eager to help Serena get back the jewels — and the heart — his no–good twin stole from
her. But how can she trust someone with the same heavenly face that gave her hell — even when the
angel tells her he wants to love her for a lifetime?

When she saw him, Serena Childs very nearly choked on her mouthful of succulent, medium-rare sirloin -
- the best darn steak she'd had in a long time. Her eyes first bulged with stunned disbelief, then narrowed
with bitter realization, while the morsel of beef lodged in her throat. He'd seen her, no doubt about it, and
as if he were some stranger casually flirting with her from the restaurant bar, the bastard had actually had
the nerve to smile.Somehow, Serena managed to swallow her food without gagging. That shameless
son of a bitch! Startled by Serena's outburst, Kiana, Serena's younger sister by a year, flinched and
dropped her silverware. The knife and fork clinked as they landed on her plate. Her eyebrows bunched
together as she regarded Serena with concern. What is it? Serena and her sister were at a restaurant
on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive, seated at an outside table. Until now, Serena had been enjoying the
lovely March evening. Just a hint of a breeze floated off the Atlantic Ocean, and the lively sounds of a
salsa band made the atmosphere festive. Just the type of ambiance Serena had been looking forward to
after a very stressful week.Now, one look at the slime ball who had made her last few weeks a living hell,
and the evening was ruined.Kiana looked over her shoulder, following the direction of Serena's gaze to the
restaurant's outdoor bar. She turned back to her sister and frowned. What?            I don't believe it, Serena
replied, her gaze never leaving the lying jerk's face. It's Cecil. Kiana's jaw dropped to the table. Cecil
Cecil? As in--     Cecil Montford.    Oh, my God. Kiana whipped her head around, scanning the
crowded outdoor patio and bar. Where is he?           He's on the far side of the bar. Dressed in a white T-
shirt and jeans. After a moment, Kiana said, Oh, yes. There he is. Serena scowled at the back of her
sister's head. Kiana's voice was dreamy, as if they were talking about Cecil the sweetheart, instead of
Cecil the world-class prick. Having met Cecil once when they'd all gone out for dinner, Kiana had been
very impressed with him. Afterward, Kiana had crooned on and on about how gorgeous and charming
Cecil was, how he definitely knew how to treat a woman right. She'd been as smitten by him as Serena
had.Clearly, Kiana was still smitten.Not that Serena could completely blame her. He was drop dead
gorgeous fine, which was why Serena had been so flattered by his attention. Most of the time, Serena
dressed in comfortable, roomy clothes when she went to work at the library -- far from glamorous. She
didn't own a mini-skirt, and the only time she wore tights was when she worked out -- and even then she
wore an oversized T-shirt to cover her hips and thighs. Usually, she opted for her glasses over her contact
lenses, which helped contribute to her dull librarian image. So, at first, she hadn't been able to
understand what such a gorgeous man would want with a woman like her. Men like him didn't give her a
second look. But as she'd spoken with him time and time again when he'd come to the library, making it
clear with his kind words that he was interested in her, she'd slowly let down her guard.After witnessing
her parents' wonderful love affair, Serena had held out her whole life for Mr. Right, and Cecil had finally
seemed like he could be The One.She gritted her teeth at the memory. She couldn't have been more
wrong if she'd thought she was going to marry the Pope.Kiana turned back to Serena, her short...
Author Bio
Kayla Perrin
Kayla Perrin is a USA Today and Essence Bestselling author who resides in Southwestern Ontario with
her young daughter. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology and a Bachelor of Education,
having entertained the idea of becoming a teacher—but she always knew she wanted to be a
writer.Teachers were being laid off in Toronto when Kayla graduated with her B Ed degree. Frustrated,
she used her time to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a published author and proved that dreams
can come true! Indeed, not landing a teaching job was a blessing in disguise. In eight years, she has had
23 original releases hit the shelves with three more scheduled for this year.Kayla’s novels have received
plenty of accolades and awards. She has twice had books voted onto Romance Writers of America’s Top
Ten Favorite Books of the Year list, nabbing the number 2 spot for her 2002 Avon release Say You Need
Me. She has also been the recipient of a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine for
multicultural romance in 2002. In 2001, she received an Arts Acclaim Award for her writing from the city of
Brampton, Ontario. Kayla’s novel Sweet Honesty also voted an RWA Top 10 Favorite Book of the year,
was optioned to be made into a movie of the week by Black Entertainment Television.Her books have
been profiled in Entertainment Weekly, Ebony, Essence, and Cosmo.In 2005, her Avon novel Gimme an
O! received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail, and Entertainment Weekly. Her
first full-length erotic novel, Getting Even, launched Harlequin’s SPICE line in May 2006.

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