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Cross My Heart

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Cross My Heart

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Nothing has stopped savvy psychologist Natalia Coles from having her own family. She doesn't know the anonymous donor of her two young sons and intends to keep it that way. Then she meets Hollywood triple threat David Montgomery. The sexy actor, director and producer awakens a passion in Natalia that's instant and explosive, tempting her to open her heart to him....

From the moment David walks into Natalia's office, he's at odds with the beautiful woman--and insanely attracted to her, too. David knows Natalia needs his help to save a center for at-risk kids. But a brewing paternity scandal could derail his career and his philanthropy. Is Natalia playing a clever game of blackmail? Or does she really not care who he is? And when David vows to seduce the mother of those sweet boys, he just prays Natalia doesn't walk out when she learns the truth....


Nothing has stopped savvy psychologist Natalia Coles from having her own family. She doesn't know the anonymous donor of her two young sons and intends to keep it that way. Then she meets Hollywood triple threat David Montgomery. The sexy actor, director and producer awakens a passion in Natalia that's instant and explosive, tempting her to open her heart to him....

From the moment David walks into Natalia's office, he's at odds with the beautiful woman--and insanely attracted to her, too. David knows Natalia needs his help to save a center for at-risk kids. But a brewing paternity scandal could derail his career and his philanthropy. Is Natalia playing a clever game of blackmail? Or does she really not care who he is? And when David vows to seduce the mother of those sweet boys, he just prays Natalia doesn't walk out when she learns the truth....
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    Unrecognized and unnoticed, David Montgomery had a plan when he walked into Nikita's Place. He placed a coffee and pastry order and then asked the clerk about the owner, Nikita Coles. She was next on the list, after her sister, Natalia. To his disappointment Nikita was busy in the kitchen and didn't have time to come out and meet the patrons. Thwarted, but ever resourceful, he grabbed a seat at a table in the rear with his coffee and newspaper and waited. She had to come out sometime.

    He was angry, jet-lagged and exhausted, a dangerous combination. He had flown in from London two days before, and then he hit Chicago, Dallas and L.A., all in the span of forty-eight hours. So now, to stay focused and alert, he listened to the chatter around him. They were mostly trivial conversations about sports, cooking, current events and local gossip. He was beginning to think this was just another waste of time when to his surprise, after half an hour, a woman came from behind the counter with two cups and a small pastry plate. A few seconds later she was joined by a second woman. David sat and continued listening.

    Natalia Coles's fiery dark eyes narrowed as she marched through the small parking area toward the main entrance of Nikita's Place, her sister's bakery and caf?. Usually low-key and calm, Natalia had a way of getting attention and getting her point across with little fuss. She didn't yell or scream or go in for high drama or disruptive behavior. Most days she pleasantly eased into her orderly life. Today wasn't one of those days. Today she stormed into the bakery like a hurricane on steroids. She quickly looked around, spotting her sister in the back.

    "Over here," Nikita Coles called out.

    Natalia nodded and smiled briefly, noting that her younger sister had cleared a table at the back of her caf? and waved her over. She sliced her way through the crowd and narrow seating, then finally reached the table already prepared with two cups of tea and a small tray of pastries. As soon as she got there her sister smiled and hugged her warmly. "Hey, girl, I wondered what happened to you. I thought you were going to stand me up or something. Come on. Have a seat. My break's almost over and the kitchen's been crazy busy all morning."

    "You're not going to believe this. I can hardly believe it myself," Natalia began immediately.

    "Whoa, calm down," Nikita soothed. "What's going on? You look exhausted."

    "I am. I was up most of the night. You won't believe this. The city and state rejected my grant renewal applications. I was up half the night trying to figure out what to do next."

    "Oh, no, Nat. I'm so sorry." Her sister opened her arms immediately. The two hugged. "I know how much getting that money meant to you."

    She sat down next to her sister. "No, not to me, Nikita, to the kids. I don't know what I'm going to do now. The center's running on bare bones as it is, and I was really depending on the government money. Now it's too late to apply anywhere else."

    "Do you know why or what happened?" Nikita asked.

    "No, and I just don't understand it," Natalia complained. "I know I did everything exactly right. All the paperwork, everything was completed perfectly. I get that the competition is intense. The grants are amazing and they come with all kinds of incredible extras and benefits. They even include a summer camp option! I've applied the last three years and have always gotten approved. But this time it was different. I got a very polite 'Thanks, please apply again' letter." Natalia's voice cracked with emotion as...

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  • National bestselling author Celeste O. Norfleet was a late bloomer to romance. But as soon as she picked up her first romance novel, she was hooked. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Celeste is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. An art director and graphic designer for many years, Celeste devotes all of her time to writing and creating romance, letting her artistic imagination flow through the computer keys. Her romance novels—realistic with a touch of humor—depict strong, sexy characters, unpredictable plots and exciting storylines. Her young-adult novels delve into dramatic fiction, reflecting current issues facing African-American teens. With over fifteen novels since making her first sale in 2002, she is still excited about writing. Celeste continues to gain critical acclaim and stellar reviews, including nominations for The Rose Award and Romantic Times Bookclub Reviewer's Choice Award. Celeste currently writes for Harlequin's Kimani Press Arabesque and Kimani Press TRU lines. Celeste lives in Virginia with her husband and two teenagers.

    For more information, visit her Web site or contact her at conorfleet@aol.com or P.O. Box 7346, Woodbridge, VA 22195-7346.

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