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  • Series: Harlequin Bestselling Author
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Reissue edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373180837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373180837
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author of more than seventy-five romance titles, Brenda is a recent retiree who divides her time between family, writing and traveling with her husband. Readers may write Brenda at P.O. Box 28267, Jacksonville, Florida 32226, by email at WriterBJackson@aol.com or visit her website at www.brendajackson.net.

USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann has books in print in more than 20 countries with Desire, Romantic Suspense, HQN and other Harlequin lines. A five-time RITA finalist, she has won both the RITA and the Bookseller's Best Awards. Catherine resides in Florida with her aviator husband, their four children and a menagerie of pets. For more information, visit: http://catherinemann.com

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Opal Lockhart glanced around the crowded backyard and smiled at the many family, friends and invited guests she saw. There was nothing like an annual family reunion to bring everyone together. This one seemed even better than the last, because she and her sisters had a lot to celebrate.

First, she had a new job she loved, although things would be better if her boss didn't have such surly behavior most of the time. Her sister Pearl, who at twenty-five was two years younger than Opal, had sent her new demo tapes to several gospel labels all over the country. And then there was her eldest sister, Ruby, twenty-nine, who had gotten a superior rating on her most recent job-performance evaluation. That would definitely keep Ruby first in line for a promotion with her present employer. Everyone knew how important moving up the corporate ladder of success was to Ruby.

But the biggest blessing of all, as far as Opal and her other two sisters were concerned, was that their twenty-one-year-old baby sister, Amber, had finished another year in college, which she was attending part-time, and had set a record by not changing boyfriends more than three times since the last reunion.

She smiled as she glanced over at Amber, but her smile quickly turned to a frown when she saw her youngest sister openly flirting with several of the male guests, most of them from the family's church. Opal glanced over at Ruby, who met her gaze and nodded, indicating she, too, was aware of Amber's outlandish behavior.

Opal was about to go have a word with her sister when her cell phone vibrated in the back pocket of her shorts. She quickly pulled it out, and her frown deepened when she saw the caller was her boss. Why on earth would he be contacting her on a Saturday?

She moved to an area of the patio away from the noise-mainly the heated discussion going on between her sister Pearl and Reverend Wade Kendrick regarding the woman's role in a Christian household. Reverend Kendrick, who was only twenty-eight, was their church's new minister. A former "gangsta," he had found faith when he had overcome a personal tragedy.

Opal was thoroughly impressed with him and thought he was a dynamic speaker. Already the congregation had increased tremendously since he'd arrived. And because he was a rather handsome single man, a lot of the unwed female church members were vying for his attention. At least, everyone but Pearl was. It seemed she and Reverend Kendrick butted heads on just about every topic.

Opal slipped onto an empty bench and flipped open the phone. "Hello."

"Ms. Lockhart, this is D'marcus Armstrong. I hate bothering you at home but something of importance has come up and I need you to meet me at the office in thirty minutes."

Opal glanced at her watch. "Mr. Armstrong, my sisters and I are hosting our family reunion and-"

"I regret the interruption but I do need you at the office, otherwise I wouldn't be calling." His tone indicated there would be no discussion on the matter. "You should be able to return to your family function within the hour."

Opal sighed. Now was not the time to make waves with her boss. This was her last semester at the university in her quest for a business management degree, and her employment at Sports Unlimited was part of her internship. She even planned to stay with the company after graduation and take advantage of the good benefits and the potential for advancement.

Having no choice, she replied, "All right. I'll be there in thirty minutes." Disappointed, she clicked off the phone.

"Don't tell us you're leaving."

Opal turned around and saw her sisters Ruby and Pearl standing behind her. At least Pearl was no longer debating issues with the new minister. Before her cell phone had gone off, being the diplomat in the family, Opal had thought about intervening in the heated discussion to smooth a few feathers that appeared to be getting ruffled.

She met Ruby's gaze and said, "Yes, I'm leaving but just for a little while. Something has come up at the office."

"And why didn't you tell that boss of yours that you don't work on Saturdays?" Ruby said, a little miffed. "I swear, that man is a tyrant."

Opal couldn't help but smile as she stood up. "Really, Ruby, D'marcus isn't that bad. He has a business to run and wants to continue its success. All those extra hours I work are justified. I am his administrative assistant, so he depends on me a lot. Besides, I can certainly use the money if I plan on moving to another apartment complex."

"The tenants around your apartment are still partying every night?" Pearl asked.

"Yes, and the landlord acts as if there's nothing he can do. I had hoped the situation would get better, but it hasn't. My building has become known as the party building."

Pearl smiled. "Umm, maybe I ought to move in when you move out. There's nothing like a good party every now and then."

Opal shook her head. Good at heart, Pearl enjoyed giving the impression that she was a wild child, but Opal knew better. Her sister's party-girl ways were just a facade. Opal had a feeling that, in reality, Pearl was someone still trying to find her purpose in life. More than anything, Opal hoped things worked out for Pearl with those demo tapes she had sent out.

"I can handle a good party every now and then," Opal decided to say. "But there are limits to one's tolerance and endurance."

"Things really must be out of hand if you're complaining," Pearl said. "Everyone knows you rarely complain about anything. You just roll with the flow."

Opal couldn't help but smile. It was a known fact that of the four Lockhart sisters, she was the hopeless optimist. No matter what the problem, she believed the result would end up positive.

She then thought of the problem she had detected before answering her phone. "Did you say anything to Amber about her behavior?" she asked Ruby.

Ruby shook her head. "Are you kidding? And have her not speak to me again for weeks? No, I didn't say anything to her, but I did ask Luther to say something. She usually listens to him."

Opal nodded. Luther Biggens, whom they had designated as cook for the day, was a family friend. His father and theirs had been the best of buddies when the two had been alive. A military man, Luther had left the navy SEALs after suffering a disabling leg injury. Now he managed his family's very profitable chain of mega automobile dealerships.

"I hope she listens to him," Pearl said glancing out across the yard. "I don't think Megan Townsend appreciates Amber flirting with her fiance."

Opal sighed. "Well, let me go. I won't have time to go home and change so I'm going to have to wear what I have on," she said, glancing down at the shorts and T-shirt she was wearing.

"You look fine," Pearl said. "Besides, it will do D'marcus Armstrong good to see you in something other than a business suit. Maybe now he'll take a notice to you. You have great-looking legs, so you might as well flaunt them."

Opal rolled her eyes. "I don't want him to notice me.

I just want him to pay me well for the job that I do and give me a good evaluation at the end of my internship."

"Hey, if I were you I would want him to notice me," Pearl said chuckling. "The man might be a tyrant, but he's definitely a hunk, and a rich one. Tall, dark and handsome are the things dreams are made of. If I were you-

"But you aren't me," Opal said, laughing. "Just make sure our family and guests continue to have a good time. Let everyone know I had to leave for a while, but I'll be back in an hour."

"If you're not, just make sure Mr. Armstrong knows your sisters plan on coming over there to get you," Ruby said.

Opal returned her grin. "Okay, I'll make sure he's aware of it. I'm sure the last thing he wants is the Lockhart sisters showing up causing problems. I'll be back later." She dashed inside the house to get her purse.

D'marcus Armstrong stood at the window of his office on the fifteenth floor and looked down into the parking lot below. His administrative assistant was arriving and she'd made good time. He had asked the ever-efficient Opal Lockhart to be there in thirty minutes and she had arrived in twenty.

He watched as she got out of her car and began walking toward the entrance of the building. He had told her he needed her services right away so the only sensible solution to meet his demand was to come dressed as she was.

And much to his displeasure, he rather liked it. He didn't want to admit that he'd often wondered what she looked like in something other than those business suits she liked wearing. It was plain to see she had a very curvy figure in addition to her attractive features. But she was not one to flaunt them. Instead, she kept trying to keep them well hidden. Her shoulder-length hair was usually worn pulled back in a bun and her face, more times than not, was devoid of any makeup. However, there was something about her that always managed to catch his attention anyway. Even the way she would arch her brow when she questioned him.

He released a deep breath trying to recall at what point he had become attracted to Opal. Lord knows he'd tried not to notice certain things about her, but nothing seemed to work. So he'd tried putting as much distance between them as possible, which wasn't easy given the nature of her job.

He continued studying her, watching as she tossed her hair back from her face, and he suddenly realized this was only the second time he'd seen her hair worn in any style other than a bun on her hea...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mirage08 on October 3, 2007
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Brenda Jackson sets the foundation of the first Kimani series and did a wonderful job! In this story we met Opal and her boss D'Marcus. To Opal D'Marcus is not the best boss in the world attitude wise but she still trys to be nice and reach out to him. D'Marcus is standoffish to Opal because he is attracted to her. They find out their attraction to each other and act on it. And boy do the ACT on it. Mrs J can craft some love scenes!! Still D'Marcus keeps Opal at arms length because of past hurt. Mrs J. does a good job introducing the rest of the Lockhart sisters and other key characters to the series. If you are a fan of Mrs. J's work them you will enjoy this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janice on July 17, 2007
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Ms. Jackson has given us another book to love. If I had a boss like D'Marcus then I would be employee of the year. This is an excellent page turner...I couldn't put it down. Opal and her family remind me of the Huxtables. D'Marcus is the boss from hell...with all the right moves in and out of the bedroom. The only thing I don't like is that Ms.Jackson is not going to write the stories for Opal's three sisters....wishful thinking on my part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gina M. on August 20, 2007
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I never thought I would say this about any of Brenda Jackson's books, but I did not think this book was all that good. It was missing something. D'marcus and Opal when at it quite a bit in this book and after a while I got bored with it. I guess I was looking for more romance. I am used to lots and lots of romance in Ms. Jackson's books. Nevertheless I am and will always be die-hard a Brenda Jackson fan. She is still my favorite author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Brown on November 3, 2007
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What a nice start to a series. This novel was interesting, alittle slow at times but I liked it. The chemistry between D'marcus and Opal was hot but I didn't like how Opal was willing to settle for just an affair with him. She should have seen where the relationship was going before she gave up her goodies, but as with all Brenda Jackson novels, in the end the main characters fall in love.. yadda yadda yadda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine on April 1, 2014
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It was dry, and dialogue was not juicy so I skipped several pages. I liked the other short story in the book however it was too farfetched and the romance and sex was lacking to entertain the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misstamg on May 28, 2009
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You'll never be dissapointed anytime you read a Brenda Jackson Novel. Of all the books I've read by her, they have all been good. This one was no exception. She know's how to tell a story and draw you in to keep you turning the pages. Ms. Jackson, once again you've crafted another good one. Keep up the good work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams on September 17, 2008
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Just when I was getting into the story it was over! It would have rated a 5 if the story had been more in depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Raven RAVE! VINE VOICE on January 21, 2008
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What can i say another job well done not bored yet of Mrs Jackson love it a keeper. Even though I love this book the begin it took some time to get them to come together but when they did it was worth it.
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