More from Brown-Eyed GirlDown-on-her-luck fashion designer Avery Crosslin never expected to meet a handsome stranger in the Texas hospital where she has come to visit her father. Joe Travis is a patient in the ICU, recovering from life-threatening injuries after a boating accident. But Avery has no intention of letting any man distract her — especially not a member of the powerful Houston family she has sworn to hate. On the day of Joe's departure from the hospital, he seeks her out, with unexpected consequences for Avery. . . I had meant the kiss as a gesture of atonement. A distraction. But it turned into something a hell of a lot more than I'd bargained for as Joe instantly took control. His hands lifted and shaped around my head, holding me still as he began to kiss me slow and deep, as if the world was about to end, as if it were the last minute of the last hour of the last day. For that reason alone, it could never happen again.I broke the contact between our lips and pushed away from him, gasping.Joe's tanned complexion had turned the color of rosewood. He took a carefully moderated breath and reached for the door handle, fumbling slightly."Goodbye," I managed to say.- from Lisa Kleypas's Facebook page
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