OPEN IN PRIVATE adult Christmas romance by Samantha Gentry
PG-EXCERPT #1: (publisher’s excerpt)
“Everything looks so good. I think I’ll have the shrimp salad.” Carli closed her menu and set it on the table.
Everything looks good to me, too, and I don’t mean the food. “I’m going to have the chicken carbonara…and a glass of wine with my lunch. Would you join me?”
“Well, I usually don’t drink during business meetings, but yes,” she extended a sparkling smile, “I’d like that. A chardonnay.”
He placed their lunch order with the waiter, then returned his attention to her. “We’ve had a very nice business relationship for five years. You obviously know a lot about me from doing my shopping, but I don’t really know that much about you personally, other than you have great taste, are very intelligent, and have a good sense of humor.”
The waiter arrived with the bottle of wine Parker had ordered. After opening the bottle, he poured each of them a glass, put the bottle in the ice bucket, and left.
Parker raised his glass toward Carli in a toast. “Here’s to another successful Christmas holiday season.” He tilted his head and raised a questioning eyebrow. “And perhaps to an even closer working relationship?” Maybe something hot and naked in a big bed?
“I’d like that, too.”
Parker Simmons doesn’t want anything more permanent than what’s on the menu for today. But Charlene’s enthusiasm to experiment in bed satisfies his darker appetites and suddenly he’s craving more. Parker might need her help with holiday gift ideas but he’s got his own shopping agenda. On his list? Gifts only for Charlene—to open in private.