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Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride
Is his reluctant bride a business risk or a personal necessity?
Stan Rogers, recluse millionaire, must negotiate a risky deal with Stella Ryan, the exotic beauty from his past, to gain custody of his son. But how can he close the deal with her, the one and only woman who flips his switches and pegs him as the enemy?
Martial artist Stella knows she should steer clear of Stan, the man who had shattered her heart and could still destroy her. Four years have passed since their hostile business deal, and now, the American financier is proposing holy matrimony…but she’s the reluctant bride wondering, what’s he up to?
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Stella glimpsed her reflection in the dusky glass and clutched her purse, doubts bombarding her brain. Gulping down her uncertainty, she ventured through the revolving doors into the enemy’s lair.
“Give me one good reason why I should spend my hard earned money on you.” Stan Rogers curled his lip, studying her beneath his shuttered gaze.
“A good businessman would take a risk,” she countered, her words brave, but her hands were clammy.
“A calculated one.” He brushed his fist across his jaw and reclined in
his chair, his eyes piercing…cold. “He’d be a fool to rush in blindly.”
He raised his arms and locked his hands behind his neck, flattening
the golden hair at his nape. An earring glinted. The muscles of his forearms flexed beneath his rolled up sleeves, and his shirt with red tie loose at the open collar, stretched tight across his torso.
“Which are you, Miss…or should I say Ms. Ryan? A sure thing or a
Stella ignored the knock to the preface of her name and edged forward in her
chair. “Neither.” She met his gaze head on and glimpsed the navy flecks in his
A jolt shot through her.
He laughed, a humorless sound.
She scooted back.
“In my experience, a female is the biggest risk tempting mankind.” He unclasped his hands from behind his neck and brought them to rest on the polished surface of the desk. From the blotter, he picked up a pen and twirling it between his fingers, assessed her. “And you’re very much a woman.”
She barely heard the murmur from his lips, her gaze glued on the pen he toyed with…did he imagine it was her? She laughed, hiding her nervousness. Silly. The door was two feet behind her—a quick exit.
She went on the offensive. “And a male is—” she began, about to string a line of choice words after that particular species but he beat her to it.
“Trustworthy, dependable, steadfast.” A grin twitched the corner of his mouth.
“Matter of opinion.”
“Dare one ask yours?” he asked.
“Arrogant, self-centered, controlling…”
He held up a hand. “Present company excepted, of course.”
“I wouldn’t know.”
“I see.” He replaced the ballpoint pen on its stand. “Are you an exception to the superficiality of most women?”
“One way to find out.”
“And that is?”
“Approve my loan.”
Surprise flickered in his eyes but it quickly diminished beneath his frown. He remained silent for so long, she thought she lost the gamble. Sighing, she stood up to go, but his next words stopped her.
“Done.” He hauled himself from the chair. “With a three-point higher interest rate. If you default on payment” –he paused and delivered his shot— “I’ll clean you out, lock, stock and caboose.”
He arched an eyebrow.
“You’ve been baiting me.”
“Those are the terms.” He stepped around, hitched up his pant leg and propped his hip on the edge of the desk. “Take it or leave it.”
Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for Harper Impulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaire’s series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Master’s Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping designer Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!