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Caught in the Spotlight [Kindle Edition]

Jules Bennett
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A True Hollywood Love Story?

Who's the exotic beauty on the arm of mega-hot ladies' man Bronson Dane? Word is she's Mia Spinelli, recently rumored to be the mistress of her former boss—and Bronson's longtime industry rival. Now she's the personal assistant to Bronson's mother. Is Mia getting "personal" with Bronson, too? He's been spotted escorting her into a Hollywood doctor's office, and Mia has a noticeable baby bump. Has the sultry assistant managed to get under the playboy producer's skin—and into his bed?



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About the Author

Award-Winning Author Jules Bennett has retired from her career as a beautician to become a full-time author and stay at home mom. She's married to her high school sweetheart and the two live happily ever after, thus fueling Jules with each and every romance.

Jules can be found on Twitter, Facebook (Fan Page) and her website www.julesbennett.com. She holds contests via these three outlets with each release.

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When a dripping-wet female yelled his name, Bronson Dane didn't even try to stop his eyes from roaming over all of her.

With only a short white towel covering her glistening dark, Italian skin, his mother's personal assistant of only six months certainly knew how to catch a man's attention.

"Mr. Dane," she repeated, clutching the towel to her chest with both hands. She'd stopped short as she'd stepped from the bath when she saw him standing at the desk in his mother's adjoining office.

"Formalities are unnecessary when you're only wearing water droplets and a towel. Call me Bronson." He shoved his hands in his pants pockets, thankful he'd shed his jacket because, damn, the temperature just rose at least ten degrees. "Where is my mother and why are you showering in her private bath?"

Wide eyes, nearly as dark as her ebony hair, blinked in rapid succession. "Olivia is gone for the day. I often use the gym, and since I'm working this afternoon, she told me just to freshen up here instead of running back to my guest cottage."

Bronson muttered a curse at his naive mother. It was bad enough Mia Spinelli lived on the Dane estate, but now she was given free rein of the house? Hadn't his mother learned her lesson from the last "loyal" assistant? When would the woman realize she couldn't trust everyone who looked innocent?

This was Hollywood, for pity's sake. Lies and manipulation were as common as breast implants and collagen injections.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Dane. I had no idea anyone would be coming by," Mia continued, squaring her shoulders as if having a conversation wearing only a scrap of terry cloth was normal. "Weren't you supposed to be shooting in Australia until next week?"

"Call me Bronson," he reminded her, gritting his teeth at the floral aroma wafting from the bathroom. "The movie wrapped a week early. I stopped by to talk to my mother about the film festival next week. Did she say when she'd be back?"

"She'll be back later in the afternoon. She's having lunch with her attorney to go over the final contract for her next book." The knuckles on the hand fisting her towel between her breasts turned white as she crossed the room. "If you'll excuse me, I dropped my toiletry bag on the desk chair when I came in because the phone was ringing."

Before she could pass by him, he blocked her and reached for the simple black bag from the leather desk chair. She grabbed for it, but he held the small bag out to the side, away from her grasp.

He didn't trust her, especially since she'd just come off the heels of working for the one man he despised in the industry, Anthony Price. He loathed the man with every fiber of his being. But he certainly didn't want to think about all those reasons now.

His mother had assured him that Mia was "a doll" and completely trustworthy and dependable. His sister, Victoria, had jumped on the Mia bandwagon as well, stating that Mia was such a joy and pleasure to be around. When they'd chatted on the phone last, Victoria had gone so far as to say that she'd instantly clicked with their mother's new assistant.

Granted, Mia had been around for six months, but was that enough time for his mother and sister to be such diehard Mia Spinelli fans?

Bronson wasn't blind, though. Anthony sending his assistant here to snoop was really sinking to a low he never expected.

The rumors of Mia and Anthony's relationship were anything but businesslike. And that irked him even more. The fact his mother had hired Mia while he'd been on location in Australia still grated on him. True, his mother could have any assistant she chose, but why bring in one fresh from his nemesis?

The Hollywood rumor mill had pegged the mesmerizing Mia as the main problem in Anthony's rocky marriage. Whom Mia slept with was none of his concern, but it was his business if she was taking Dane family secrets back to her lover.

Bronson and his mother were secretly working on a huge film that he knew the media would die to get their hands on. He and his mother had worked for years honing this project, and he had no doubt Anthony Price, Hollywood's top director, wanted to know just what the big secret was.

Just because his mother wasn't suspicious didn't mean he'd be letting his guard down any time soon.

Bronson intended to find out just what this conveniently placed assistant's intentions were before she uncovered the script and slid back in between Anthony's sheets with it in hand. The thought of this sexy siren in bed with the devil made his stomach knot up.

He thrust the bag her way because he needed her to get dressed. Whether he trusted her or not had no bearing on matters; she was fresh from the shower smelling of something sexy and floral—her own because that certainly wasn't his mother's scent—and he was having a hard time focusing on the task at hand.

Not to mention that he was not one bit happy with the immediate physical attraction he felt to his enemy's lover.

"Get dressed. We'll talk."

With a slight nod, she turned, crossed the room and entered the still-steamy bath, shutting the door at her back. He had no room on his plate for lustful feelings, and he was a damn fool for even letting them creep into his thoughts. His main concern right now was to keep his mother and his fashion designer sister out of any more scandal.

His mother's last assistant had stolen nearly half a million dollars from Olivia's personal account over the span of several months. The media loved feeding off the Dane name right now, which is why they needed to be a bit more cautious about whom they let into their lives—especially if he had any hopes of keeping this script under wraps.

Was it any wonder his blood pressure had soared since he stepped into his mother's office? Olivia Dane was an icon, and the media would love to get some dirt on her—though he doubted there was any. They had a way of twisting even the innocent to make them look sordid.

Olivia Dane had been Hollywood's sweetheart, had starred in more films than any other female in the industry and had been dubbed the "Grand Dane" years ago. The media loved her. Which is precisely why he needed to keep a close watch on her new assistant.

The bathroom door opened once again and Mia emerged wearing crisp white capris and a black, sleeveless button-down shirt. She had twisted her long dark hair into some sort of knot at the nape of her neck. Her feet were still bare, except for the subtle pink polish on her toes. A simple gold locket lay in the open V of her shirt.

Everything about this woman screamed innocence and simplicity, so how the hell did she end up working for the most glamorous woman in Hollywood?

Olivia had told him how impeccable Mia's credentials were and Mia's reasons for leaving her job with Anthony. Supposedly she didn't want to be the cause of any more rumors and aid in destroying Anthony's marriage.

His mother had said she admired a woman who put others' needs ahead of her own. She assured him the background check also confirmed her initial thoughts—Mia was flawless and perfect for the job.

A background check could easily make a person look good on paper, and Mia had certainly appeared to be innocent as an angel, but Bronson wanted to get to know more about the quiet, subtle Miss Spinelli. The one who, no matter what line she fed his mother, still may be sleeping with—and possibly spying for—his enemy.

And fate had just handed him the perfect opportunity. What better way to get to know someone than a little one-on-one time? With the exotic, sexy ambiance of the Cannes Film Festival next week, how could she resist succumbing to his charms as his escort? He hadn't been dubbed People's Sexiest Man Alive for nothing.

"I have a proposition for you," he told her. "You're traveling to Cannes with my mother. Correct?" Mia nodded.

"There are ceremonies every evening with parties afterward. I want you to escort me to those events."

"Escort you?" she asked, eyes wide. "But I'm only going to work with Olivia, and I hadn't planned on attending any of the evenings' festivities."

He hadn't planned on asking her to be his escort, but he also hadn't planned on his first impression of her covered in iridescent droplets and wearing nothing but a piece of terry cloth. God knows he could invite any woman he knew, but he really didn't want to have to entertain and make sure some diva was properly pampered. This woman, this virtual stranger, would be the ideal companion. He'd been on location nearly the entire time she'd been employed by his mother. He couldn't think of a better venue to get to know Mia than to have her as his "date" for five nights in a row.

"I don't think this is a good idea," Mia said, taking a seat behind his mother's desk and booting up the computer. "I'm pretty busy with Olivia, and I know we'll be working just as hard in Cannes because she's trying to finish this book by midsummer."

Bronson stood on the other side of the desk, watching Mia's delicate, ringless fingers fly over the keyboard. "I assure you, my mother will have no problem with your being my escort. You just worry about getting to the plane on time and packing light. I'll have Victoria ship all the dresses you'll need. She's a whiz in a pinch."

She looked up from the screen, licking her naked lips.

"But why me?"

"Why not you?" he countered, liking this idea more and more.

"I'm just an assistant."

Bronson shrugged. "All the more reason. Unless you don't want to be seen with me because of your recent scandal with your previous employer." He leaned in close and whispered, "Or you have a jealous lover."

Mia's eyes widened. &#34...


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  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Desire (March 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story March 4, 2012
By Judy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Caught In The Spotlight starts another tantalizing series by Jules Bennett.

Sexy and in demand Hollywood producer Bronson Dane has had his share of women over the years. But none has caught his eye like his mothers new assistant, Mia Spinelli. Bronson's mother the great actress Olivia Dane is very protective of Mia but Bronson doesn't trust her. Mia used to work for his enemy director Anthony Price.

Mia Spinelli loved her last job as the assistant to director Anthony Price. But the tabloids fabricated an affair making it impossible to work there any longer. She adores her new boss the legendary actress Olivia Dane. Olivia's son makes her feel alive like she has never had before. Bronson asks Mia to be his date during the festivities at Cannes and Mia is enthralled by the city and the man.

Mia and Bronson indulge in one scorching night of passion that has Mia pregnant. Bronson has been burned before by a woman claiming to be carrying his child so he isn't very receptive to being a dad. But Bronson insists on being there for Mia and slowly begins to see that Mia could be what he has been looking for all along.

Caught In The Spotlight takes you into the glamorous world of Hollywood movers and shakers. Bronson and Mia both have their roles in the industry and it plays an important part in their lives. Their chemistry is electric and the consequences of their one night has them both reevaluating what they want in life. Their romance isn't an easy one but they realize anything worth having is worth keeping. Looking forward to the next book in this Hollywood series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I could not get enough of Mia and Bronson..." June 24, 2012
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mia Spinelli left her former assistant job for a Hollywood director because of the false stories the tabloids made up. Now she is working for Hollywood's Grand Dame, famous silver screen legend Olivia Dane. A slight complication in her new job is the boss's son Bronson Dane and his animosity towards her former boss.

Movie mogul Bronson Dane is wary of his mother's new assistant. He believes she may be a plant by her former boss, his nemesis Anthony Price. Bronson can't stand Anthony and he is determined to find out if Mia is on the up and up. Bronson persuades Mia to attend a film festival with him and things are never the same. Lust at first sight could become more if Bronson can learn to trust again. Mia and Bronson are Caught in the Spotlight in this sweet and sentimental romance.

Jules Bennett turns the sexy drama on high in her latest Caught in the Spotlight. The first attention grabbing page will have the reader breezing through the pages of this exciting story. I could not get enough of Mia and Bronson such an unlikely couple yet perfect for each other. Poor Bronson's history isn't great and his baggage is completely messing up his life. Mia is a beautiful and honest woman ready to sooth his heart if he will let her, but he keeps bringing out his dark and damaged side. Bronson can be pretty hurtful during the story. I felt where he was coming from, but boy, did he piss me off at times. However, he was only able to piss me off because I cared so much about these characters. Ms. Bennett's deft pen is swift and stellar. Caught in the Spotlight is a star! I'm looking forward to the next book in the Hollywood series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend this book. June 30, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mia Spinelli was personal assistant to Anthony Price when rumors of an affair between them was splashed in the papers. The rumors while totally untrue we believed in Hollywood as if the papers out there only print the truth. Mia and Anthony care for each other like brother and sister. Mia felt since her presents put his marriage in jeopardy she would leave and find another job. In her last week of employment with Anthony she learns a huge secret he asks her to keep about him and the Dane Family and she agrees.

She gets a job with Olivia Dane. Olivia Dane's son Bronson and Anthony despise each other. Bronson will keep a close eye and Mia to make sure she does not run back to her "lover" and tell him secrets about the Dane family.

Bronson and Anthony are at odds over a woman from Bronson's past that he was engaged to and was pregnant with his child. She told Bronson when she lost the baby she was not sure if the baby was his or Anthony's. This in turn does not allow Bronson to trust woman let alone a former "lover" of Anthony's.

Bronson decides he needs to take Mia as his escort to keep her close. They have a great time and get caught kissing in public and it makes it into the newspapers. They also have a steamy night together but after Bronson goes back to work without a word.

Mia is confused and hurt. She also discovers she is pregnant with Bronson's baby. Will this bring them together or not?

Bronson being so untrustworthy does not even believe the baby is even his. On the other hand his family is happy and love Mia.

Mia is excited about the baby and has decided that no matter what Bronson said she will love and take care of the baby on her own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Jules.
Loved this book. I thought the characters were well developed. There was glitz and glamour. Add in a few surprises. Just a fun, sexy read . Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peggy Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Jules
I received a gift copy from the author and also purchased it. After reading other Jules Bennett books I am not disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cindy H
5.0 out of 5 stars Jules does it again!
This is a wonderful read. The hero is a little bit of a jerk but you end up liking him. I have not read a book that has this same story line which is nice. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry this is not worth the cost
This was just not worth the money or time to read. I can't even spend the time to write a review. It was just stupid and the people involved I just wanted to hit upside the head. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by PJ Holz
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this
I loved the charcters In "Caught In The Spotlight" Mia was smart and independent and she could hold her own with the best of them. Read more
Published on May 27, 2012 by Gail From Texas
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
This was an author I'd never read...she had several great reviews on this story plus other books in print, so I assumed it would be good. Sadly, to me, it was not. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
Jules Bennett manages to write in a way that makes you feel as if you are IN the story...not just reading it. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Angel L. Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters to go along with a great story line
Jules has created characters that draw you into their lives. The story line was new and fresh! I can't wait for Jules next release...she's on my pre-order list from here on out!
Published on March 9, 2012 by Jennifer Lute
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