Opposites Attract by P-HarpercollinsPubl

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Can a man this bad... Jonni Landry DeVries was nuts to have let her twin sister, "the Love Doctor," talk her into opening her stately New Orleans home to a Hollywood film crew. Struggling to recover from a marriage that ended in tragedy and protective of her impressionable young daughter, Jonni's sure the last thing she needs crossing her threshold is Cameron Scott, the notorious Hollywood womanizer! If only all men were like the refined actor who plays "Mr. Benjamin." But the infamous Mr. Scott is another story, and she's more determined than ever to resist the bad boy's considerable sex appeal. Ah, but Cameron is a better actor than Jonni imagines......be too good to be true? Cameron Scott is amazed that Jonni, the lovely hostess he's been spending every free moment with, doesn't see through his clever costume. Even worse, she's come to like Mr. Benjamin, but has made it clear that she wants nothing to do with the disreputable Cameron Scott. Will she forgive him when he's unmasked -- and give him a chance to prove that he's not the cad the tabloids make him out to be? Or will she toss him out before the final reel runs?

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									Opposites Attract
Author: Hailey North
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Can a man this bad... Jonni Landry DeVries was nuts to have let her twin sister, "the Love Doctor," talk
her into opening her stately New Orleans home to a Hollywood film crew. Struggling to recover from a
marriage that ended in tragedy and protective of her impressionable young daughter, Jonni's sure the last
thing she needs crossing her threshold is Cameron Scott, the notorious Hollywood womanizer! If only all
men were like the refined actor who plays "Mr. Benjamin." But the infamous Mr. Scott is another story,
and she's more determined than ever to resist the bad boy's considerable sex appeal. Ah, but Cameron is
a better actor than Jonni imagines......be too good to be true? Cameron Scott is amazed that Jonni, the
lovely hostess he's been spending every free moment with, doesn't see through his clever costume. Even
worse, she's come to like Mr. Benjamin, but has made it clear that she wants nothing to do with the
disreputable Cameron Scott. Will she forgive him when he's unmasked -- and give him a chance to prove
that he's not the cad the tabloids make him out to be? Or will she toss him out before the final reel runs?
Excerpt

Inside a New Orleans Garden District mansionJonquil "Jonni" DeVries had traveled on four continents,
spent her Junior Year Abroad in Paris, and had not given a second thought to jetting to Manhattan for
couture fashion shows.She'd dined at chateaux in Provence and castles along the Rhine, and put in a
dutiful appearance at her mother's Friday table at Galatoire's in her hometown of New Orleans.Jonni had
nibbled on Beluga's best, sampled the best satay Jakarta had to offer, and sipped the best champagnes
France had ever corked.But standing sock-footed in her kitchen, wrapped in a flannel bathrobe she'd
found in a box set aside for the maid, Jonni knew she'd never ever tasted anything as delectable as the
Cookie Dough Double Chocolate Chunk ice cream she spooned into her mouth at a pace that threatened
to cramp her wrist.She dipped her silver spoon crested with a scrolled "D" into the softening butter-fat
delight. The clock in her kitchen ticked loudly, and Jonni realized she hadn't been paying attention to
anything save her need to eat. In the time she'd been standing there, sunlight had invited itself into the
broad windows of the spacious kitchen. Soon, another day would be upon her. She sighed, and a hiccup
followed.Sugar, she knew, was good for putting a halt to hiccups. So she took another bite. And
another."Mommy?"Jonni froze. She shot a guilty glance into the almost empty ice cream carton and
turned toward the sound of her daughter's voice."Morning, pumpkin. You're up with the mocking-birds."
Jonni hated for Erika to see her when she wasn't at her best."I couldn't sleep." Erika rubbed one sturdy
little hand across her forehead, looking far more world-weary than a five-year-old should.Jonni slipped the
carton onto the counter behind her. It tipped, and the spoon clattered onto the floor.Erika jumped.Jonni
crossed the room quickly and gathered her into her arms. "Let's go back upstairs."Erika shook her head
and wrapped her arms around Jonni's hips. She tucked her head against Jonni's tummy, and Jonni knew
there'd be no budging her. Once her daughter made up her mind, that was pretty much that.So she
stroked her tousled blond hair, long silky strands that mirrored Jonni's own equally disheveled mane, and
balanced her weight against the edge of the doorframe. Soon Mrs. McLever, the no-nonsense nanny
David had hired just before his death, would be downstairs, calling Erika to her morning duties. Mrs.
McLever had impressed upon Jonni and David the importance of a disciplined routine in a child's life.
David had wholeheartedly agreed, and of course Jonni concurred.David was her husband, after all.Still,
Jonni had felt it was a shame for a child to miss out on the whims and joys of abandoned playfulness.
She and her twin sister had pretty much enjoyed the run of their stately uptown home. Her mother had
wanted to restrain them to the upper floor, but Daddy had always interceded. Children should be children,
he'd said.Jonni experienced a twinge of guilt as his words echoed in her head. She clasped her
daughter's head to her tummy and wondered how in the world she was supposed to know enough to raise
her child on her own.A wave of anger at her dead husband swarmed up within her, and she almost
blanched at the heat that flushed her body. Damn him, she thought, careful not to speak out loud. And
then she caught control and said a quick prayer of repentance. Over a year had come and gone; surely
she could learn to forgive and forget.Erika twisted her head up toward Jonni's and...
Author Bio
Hailey North
Hailey North is a USA Today bestselling author who began writing while employed as a "game show
lawyer" for NBC Studios. Tired of hearing that lawyers aren't creative, she quit her job and typed "Chapter
One" (not the chapter, just the heading!). Since that day, Hailey has authored eight romantic comedies
set in her adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, and in her favorite imaginary town, Doolittle,
Arkansas.

								
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