Every now and then, a person pops into your life and something that was missing is suddenly there, poof, like magic. Each day I have the privilege of working with our guest today, my world becomes that much richer. It’s been a long time coming, but today I can finally say that my bubbly and witty and wonderful critique partner is now a published romance author! I’m so proud of her. She is my funny. She is my sparkly. She is my Hero. But today, she and her very first published story belong to you. So here you go, friends. I give you Entangled Publishing debut author, Kerri Carpenter. (Leave a comment for Kerri and I’ll choose one random yet ever so lucky winner to receive an e-copy of Flirting with the Competition!)
Under normal circumstances, Whitney March might have appreciated sharing an elevator with a ridiculously attractive and clearly wealthy guy. Even enjoyed it. But when her companion turns out to be the man who almost ran her over in the parking garage moments earlier? Nope and nope. Besides, she’s on her way to a job interview at a prestigious law firm, and she needs to stay focused. Not staring at the rich and sexy jerk.
Then the elevator comes to an abrupt stop. They’re stuck.
Jordan Campbell has every intention of acing the interview for his dream job, and he’s not about to let anything stop him. Not even the sexy, capable, and fiery woman who turns out to be his main competitor he’s trapped with. The only thing they have in common is determination to get the job…and an escalating attraction. And it’s only a matter of time before these competitors indulge in a very sexy little connection between floors.
His words cut off as the elevator let out a screeching sound, then lurched and came to a complete stop. Whitney fell backward against the railing. Jerk Face fell too, slamming into the left wall.
As she pushed her now-disheveled hair out of her eyes, she noticed that not one strand of his perfectly coiffed hair had moved an inch. Figured.
He reached out a hand to her. “Let me help—”
“I’m fine,” she said, regaining her balance on her own. “What happened?”
The run in her hose had grown exponentially.
“You okay?” He rubbed his shoulder with the hand that hadn’t taken the brunt of the fall.
“I said I’m fine.”
“Good. I guess I’ll live,” he said.
“Oh, I just assumed you meant to ask if I was okay, too,” he said.
Silence took over as they eyed each other. She saw something sincere flicker in his eyes. Maybe the guy really was making an effort.
Well, too little, too late. She wasn’t about to give the guy a pass after what he’d done. Even if he was the hottest guy she’d seen in a while. And since Aidan, she hadn’t seen a hot guy this close in far too long.
Whitney broke the contact as she averted her eyes to the numbers posted atop the elevator doors. None were lit up, which must mean they were between floors.
“Shit,” Jerk Face said.
Whitney’s worst fear was confirmed by the half-annoyed, half-worried expression on his face. Not only was she going to be late for her interview, she was stuck in the elevator with super-sexy Jerk Face.
She glanced one more time at the doors, willing them to glide open right onto floor fourteen and the coveted interview for her dream job. She closed her eyes, repeating her hope as a new mantra.
I will make it to the fourteenth floor. I will get this job.
But when she opened her eyes, nothing had changed. Still in the elevator. Still not moving. Still standing next to Jerk Face.
Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times. Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn’t get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.
Congratulations, Sweet One. 😉 Friends, what do you think? Sound like a good read? You bet it is! Thanks for checking it out today and have a wonderful rest of your Monday! Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy!