Exclusive Excerpt – The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London
“Let’s talk about why you took off from L.A.”
Emma arched a golden brow at Cooper. “What makes you think I took off?”
“Your boss—Melissa, right? She told me you quit and left town. And that you were probably here in Pine River.”
“Wow. For someone who claims not to be following me, you sure sound like you’ve been following me.”
“I’ve been looking for you.”
“That sounds like a total violation of my privacy.”
“I think having me look around for you is better than having a private detective look for you. So anyway, why did you leave?”
“It’s really not complicated, Cooper. I needed a change of view. Haven’t you ever needed a change of view?”
“Sure. But I don’t quit my job for one. I don’t take off overnight.”
She looked as if she intended to argue, but hesitated. She casually touched a lock of hair on his forehead, pushing it aside. He could feel the touch of her finger sink into his skin. “You’re way off base,” she said, and leaned across him and picked up his drink. She deliberately sipped from it, looking at him over the rim of the glass, and put the glass down.
Cooper couldn’t help a small laugh. That move looked so practiced it seemed almost mechanical. He could just imagine it. Innocently touch him, check. Drink from his glass, check. Smile and twist hair around finger, check. “Does that really work? That drink-from-my-glass thing?” he asked, gesturing to his glass.
Emma’s eyes narrowed. She looked away, but Cooper caught her hand and held it. “I know when I’m being played, Emma. And you’re playing me. You must have some secrets to hide.”
She tried to pull her hand free. “You’re annoying the shit out of me now.”
“An you’re starting to fascinate me.”
Excerpted with permission from Montlake Romance from The Perfect Homecoming © 2015 by Julia London. All rights reserved.
Title: The Perfect Homecoming
Author: Julia London
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Emma Tyler’s cool exterior and penchant for sarcasm keep most people from getting too close…and an unusual compulsion drives her to steal from the few men who do. When her trophy-collecting habit goes too far, she quits her ritzy event-planning job in Los Angeles and runs away to Pine River, hiding with her estranged half-sisters at Homecoming Ranch and caring for Leo Kendrick, her ailing friend.
Thrillseekers Anonymous founder Cooper Jessup has his hands full with work and his brother’s looming prison release date. But when a client asks him to track down Emma Tyler to retrieve a stolen memento, Cooper can’t turn down the money…or the chance to see the beautiful Emma again.
When Cooper comes to collect the item, Emma refuses to admit the horrible truth. This handsome man may see right through her steely veneer, but can he get close enough to show her how love and honesty can heal a troubled heart?
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Born in Canyon, Texas, and raised on a ranch, Julia London didn’t have her eye on writing romance right away. After graduating with a degree in political science from the University of Texas in Austin, she moved out to Washington, DC, eventually working in the White House. She later decided to take a break from government work and start writing. Today, she is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels. She writes historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction, and her most popular series include the Secrets of Hadley Green series, the Cabot Sisters series, the Desperate Debutantes series, the Lear Sisters series, and the Pine River series. She is a recipient of the RT Book Reviews Best Regency Historical Romance award for The Dangerous Gentleman, and a six-time finalist for the renowned RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She resides in Austin, Texas.
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