The King Next Door
Single mum Nicole Baxter is perfectly fulfilled without a man in her life. But when billionaire Griffin King moves in next door, she considers a fling. Not only is he gorgeous and exciting, but he’s not staying. It’s an ideal situation, as long as she doesn’t fall in love…
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âI know youâre a playerâdifferent woman every night kind of guyââ
âHeyââ Griffin started to argue, but what the hell could he say? He was that guy. At least, he had been until heâd made the decision to grow the hell up. For all the good that was doing him.
âNo offense,â she said quickly. âIn this case, your inability to commit is a plus.â
âSeriously, youâre not interested in forever, and trust me when I say Iâm not either, Griffin. I just want one good night. A damn fling. And you are s-o-o-o flingable.â
Griffin could only stare at her. This was the weirdest situation heâd ever been in. Heâd never had a woman come to him with an offer like this one. Heâd always been the pursuer not the pursued and frankly, he was a hell of a lot more comfortable when he was calling the shots.
Still, he thought, there was something to be said for variety, right?
Every once in a while, when youâre writing a book, a secondary character comes across as so vivid, so much fun, you just know youâre going to have to tell a story especially for that character.
After my book Kingâs Million-Dollar Secret was released, I received a lot of letters from readers telling me that they wanted my heroineâs best friend, Nicole Baxter, to have her own heroâpreferably a King.
It was great knowing that Nicole had won over not only me, but my readers, as well.
Nicole and Griffin King are thrown together when they suddenly become next-door neighbors. Griffinâs made it a point to avoid getting involved with single mothers â¦ but Nicole is hard to ignore. Especially when she comes to him with an offerâone spectacular night together, no strings attached.
One night just isnât enough, though, and before he knows it, Griffin is drawn into the circle of the little family and isnât sure he wants to find a way back out.
I really hope you enjoy Nicoleâs story as much as I did!
Iâd love to hear from you. Visit my website at www.maureenchild.com.
About the Author
MAUREEN CHILD writes for Mills & Boon>Â® Desireâ¢ and canât imagine a better job. Being able to indulge your love for romance as well as being able to spin stories just the way you want them told is, in a word, perfect.
A seven-time finalist for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA>Â® Award, Maureen is the author of more than one hundred romance novels. Her books regularly appear on bestseller lists and have won several awards, including a Prism Award, a National Readerâs Choice Award, a Colorado Award of Excellence and a Golden Quill.
One of her books, The Soul Collector, was made into a CBS-TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood and Ossie Davis. If you look closely, in the last five minutes of the movie youâll spot Maureen, who was an extra in the last scene.
Maureen believes that laughter goes hand in hand with love, so her stories are always filled with humor. The many letters she receives assures her that her readers love to laugh as much as she does.
Maureen Child is a native Californian, but has recently moved to the mountains of Utah. She loves a new adventure, though the thought of having to deal with snow for the first time is a little intimidating.
The King Next Door
For my daughter, Sarah, for so many reasons.
I love you.
âWhat do you call a female Peeping Tom?â
Griffin King didnât really expect an answer to the question since, for the moment, he was alone.
Still, it was an interesting puzzle.
Sprawled out comfortably in his cousin Rafeâs hot tub, Griffin took a sip of his beer. Sliding his gaze to the short fence and the neighbor beyond, he watched as Nicole Baxter trudged in and out of her garage carrying what looked like tons of potting soil.
Seriously, heâd never seen a woman more focused on work. Most of the women he knew didnât do anything more strenuous than stretch out on a massage table. But Nicole â¦ she was different.
Heâd first met her more than a year ago, when his cousin Rafe married Nicoleâs next-door neighbor Katie Charles the Cookie Queen. Griffin smiled to himself. Katie was still running her cookie business and, bless her, had left a few dozen cookies for Griffin to eat while he was staying at their house.
But back to Nicole, he told himself with another sip of his beer. Despite the number of times he had been at Rafeâs place, he had hardly spoken to Nicole. All he really knew about her was that she was divorced, a single mom and absolutely seemed to never stop working. Hell, she could give some of the Kings lessons in drive and determination. Made him tired just watching her.
Yet he couldnât seem to look away.
Maybe it was the whole forbidden fruit thingâthe woman he couldnât have was the one who fascinated him? Possible, he told himself. Although it could just be that everything about her appealed to him.
Shaking his head, Griffin took off his sunglasses and set them on the edge of the redwood tub. The afternoon sun was bright, but he was shaded by a giant elm tree that grew between Nicoleâs house and the one he was currently living in.