The vultures were circling.

Nina stood back, wine glass in hand, and surveyed the crowded ballroom. The fund-raiser was supposed to be more pleasure than business, but business was uppermost on the minds of her competition.

Across the room, Julian Martin stood in a large group of people. He looked relaxed, seemingly in his element, an easy smile making his extraordinarily handsome face even more gorgeous.

It should be a crime for a man to be that good-looking. Tall, rugged, he looked every inch the kind of man who’d be at home in the athletic wear his company designed and sold. There was an aura of confidence and power around him, and above all, Nina loved a man who was sure of himself.

Given the long, searching glances they’d exchanged over the last few weeks since she came to live with Abby, she’d be a fool not to entertain the idea of seeing where things could lead...If he wasn’t a prospective client.

A client she wanted to land very much. She wanted the account. She wanted to prove to her boss that he hadn't made a mistake by giving her this job. Her boss and the agency were counting on her—but she drew the line at sleeping with a man to get what she wanted.

And this wasn't just any man. This was Julian Martin. Her friend's brother, whom she had known since high school. And it was totally ridiculous that she was feeling this way about him now.

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