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The Millionaire Meets His Match (Silhouette Desire) Mass Market Paperback – July 13, 2010

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Book 1 of 3 in the Duke Brothers Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Silhouette Desire (Book 2023)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373730365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373730360
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Kate Carlisle spent over twenty years working in television production as an Associate Director for game and variety shows, including The Midnight Special, Solid Gold and The Gong Show. She traveled the world as a Dating Game chaperone and performed strange acts of silliness on The Gong Show. She also studied acting and singing, toiled in vineyards, collected books, joined a commune, sold fried chicken, modeled spring fashions and worked for a cruise ship line, but it was the year she spent in law school that finally drove her to begin writing fiction. It seemed the safest way to kill off her professors. Those professors are breathing easier now that Kate spends most of her time writing near the beach in Southern California where she lives with her perfect husband.

A lifelong love of old books and an appreciation of the art of bookbinding led Kate to create the Bibliophile Mysteries, featuring rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright, whose bookbinding and restoration skills invariably uncover old secrets, treachery and murder. Kate is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She loves to drink good wine and watch other people cook.

The Real Story

For award-winning author Kate Carlisle, the gleaming brass ring of publication eluded her grasp for the longest time. People were starting to talk. Was it simply bad luck? Bad timing? Bad writing? Bad hair? A panel of experts were convened to analyze the details of Kate's life and certain patterns began to emerge that clearly indicated...well, let's just call them Bad Choices. Yes, Kate made some wrong moves on her personal path to publication, and in the interests of full disclosure--and as a cautionary tale--the highlights are listed below.

The Early Years

Kate was born in Los Angeles, California. Need we say more? Name one famous author who was born in Los Angeles. You can't do it. Why? Because all really famous authors are born somewhere else. A rural town in upstate Michigan, a crab shack on the Eastern shore, somewhere on the prairie, in a bayou, on the frozen tundra. Anywhere but LA.

And yet, despite this almost overwhelming handicap, Kate was born with good skin and a naturally attractive telephone voice which led her parents to wonder if she might have a future in either cosmetology or telephone solicitation.

Growing up, Kate and her family moved every few years. She would tell new teachers she was a Navy brat, but the truth is, her father's mounting gambling debts often forced the family to escape in the night with whatever they could carry on their backs. Kate learned to sleep with her favorite toys clutched in her arms, which may explain why her beloved Baldhead Barbie remains in Kate's special toy collection to this day.

Kate's creativity with scissors, not to mention her uncanny ability to tell great whopping lies, alarmed her parents enough that they sent Kate off to be educated by the nuns.

When Good Things Happen to Bad Girls

Thus began Kate's long and desperate search for a creative outlet and a good haircut. Chafing under the authoritarian rule of Sister Mary Cletus at Holy Rosary Academy, Kate escaped by making up stories. One of her favorites was a tale about a wild pony who rescued a strange, lonely farm girl with a bad haircut. Given their daughter's fascination with ponies, Kate's parents thought she might grow up to be a bookie like her Uncle Jerry.

As a teenager, Kate fell in with the wrong crowd. She grew big hair and started flirting with boys, but her school spirit never waned. In fact, Kate's sophomore class at Holy Rosary won a trip to Safari World for selling the most chocolate almond bars, due mainly to Kate's strategy of selling her candy bars to sailors at the downtown bus station. When Kate would ask if they'd like to buy some candy, the sailors would invariably respond, "Is your name Candy?" Her mother held out hope that Kate might someday find her niche in Sales.

Lying For Fun and Profit

But Sales weren't on Kate's radar. Instead, a friend got her a job on a game show and Kate grabbed that opportunity with both hands. She dropped out of college, bleached her hair and went on to spend years in production working on countless films and television shows, hanging out with rock stars and partying with the beautiful people.

But Kate realized she was losing her grip on what was truly important in life. She quit show biz and gave herself a permanent wave. Forsaking her worldly goods, she joined a cult. It worked out well at first. The cult leader owned a vineyard. But within months, the grapes were picked, the wine was drunk, and Kate's hair was losing its wave. It was time to move on. But where to go? What to do? Kate decided to seek professional guidance. After relating her life story to her therapist and lamenting that she'd run out of options, the woman gave her a dirty look and called her a big fat liar. Liar? Kate shouted "Eureka!" and applied to law school.

All The Right Moves...Really

During her first year of law school, Kate again turned to writing as a way of escaping the drudgery of studying because, let's face it, she wasn't the greatest student in the world. But this time there were no stories of wild ponies or lonely little girls with bad haircuts. No, this time her stories were filled with hot, lusty men and smart, spunky women investigating murders and falling in love. There was danger and adventure and treachery...and sex!

Faster than you can say res ipsa loquitur, Kate dropped out of law school and signed up for writing classes. She joined Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America where she met lots of wonderful writers and made fabulous friends. She wrote books and attended writers' conferences and sent out query letters and entered writing contests in hopes of selling her manuscripts to the perfect publisher.

And one day, Kate walked out of the hair salon with the best haircut she'd ever received. The sun was shining, the air was clean, the planets were aligned, and suddenly her phone rang. It was "The Call." Kate became a published author that day. Her destiny was fulfilled. And her hair was perfect.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Shoemaker on February 8, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't wait to read The Millionaire Meets His Match by Kate Carlisle, which was Book 1 in Kate's Duke Brother series. The series I just know is going to be fabulous because I read Book 2 (Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise) first, and adored it!

Brandon Duke said to his brother Adam, "just don't be surprised when you find yourself on a honeymoon with some woman who was planted right under your nose by our diabolically clever mother." And yes, their mom Sally Duke was not only a matchmaker she was an incredible mother to her adopted sons.

Adam was at the top of Sally's list to marry off and he wouldn't put it past her dear friend Marjorie, the HR Director to have this so called woman right under Adam's nose. If Trish was a plant and a gold digger, then Adam was on top of the situation and he would out maneuver his mother and her best friend!
And then Adam remembered a conversation he overheard when Trish said, "he won't even know what hit him" not realizing they were speaking about something else entirely. But what he didn't know was the conversation was between Trish and her best friend. He had asked Trish to join him on a business trip to Fantasy Mountain, Duke Enterprise's new resort. He wanted to check out an error that was made in the construction of the new parking garage because it wasn't up to code or user friendly for the ADA traveler. The very same facility that had displaced Trish, her grandmother and other family friends because Duke Enterprises had purchased the entire block before they could bid on it themselves because they wanted it for Fantasy Mountain's parking garage.

Trish was on a mission to find out something negative she could use against Adam and bring him down.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2011
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Adam, Cameron and Brandon are brothers who were adopted as young kinds by Sally Duke and given a home full of love. All of them have not forgotten their roots and their troubled childhood. But they vowed to be the best they could: in business, as a family and make their mom Sally proud. They have also vowed to stay single and avoid their mom's matchmaking at all cost, forever love was not for them. Nothing would make Sally happier than to see her three boys happily married and having kids for her to spoil rotten. All her attempts have been unsuccessful so far, especially with Adam, who was the oldest.

Adam and his brothers had built a big and succesful development company. When his secretary quit, Trish was automatically transferred to the position. Adam was impressed with Trish, she was hard working, knowledgeable, smart and beautiful. He couldn't believe she could be a part of his mom's matchmaking scheme, when he overheard Trish talking to a friend and assumed she was talking about him. He decided to beat his mom at her game and to seduce and expose Trish.

Trish had her own reasons to want to work for Duke Developments, she wanted to find negative evidence to destroy Adam, the same way his company had destroyed her grandmother's life and her friends, by tearing down their homes and building something else. The more time she spent with Adam, the more she liked him. She admired him and couldn't reconcile the man she knew with the person who destroyed so many lives. She falls in love with him, he was a good man.

They both become involved for the wrong reasons and when the truth comes out, they are both stunned and hurt by each other's betrayal. Story was entertaining, romantic, cute, and fun. Secondary characters were great and added to the story. Banter among brothers was entertaining. I cannot wait to read about the brothers' lives!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise O. on November 24, 2012
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I enjoyed this - not going into all the detail as its not a long book and no point in over telling the story! Its a fast read, great for when you have an afternoon to sit with a mug of tea and chill out!! I like the main character - love men tall dark and handsome!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on December 14, 2010
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Adam Duke, along with his brothers Cameron and Brandon, own Duke Development International. Trish James is Adam's new, temporary assistant, but she has a hidden agenda. Duke Development International destroyed Trish's life and the lives of her friends and family when they ruthlessly tore down their homes to build a parking garage. Now that Trish is in position to tear down Adam's company, though, she's having second thoughts. Adam is not who she thought he was and to make matters worse, she's falling in love with him.

Trish finds herself sleeping with the enemy in The Millionaire Meets His Match. Poised to seek revenge, she finds herself doubting both her motives and Adam's as well. Adam is convinced that Trish is not all she appears to be either; he thinks his mother is setting him up. When the truth is revealed to both of them, the sparks really fly! The Millionaire Meets His Match is a passionate love story with a cast of wonderful supporting characters. Adam, Cameron, and Brandon come from painful pasts. Their lives changed from dangerous and empty to successful and fulfilling when Sally Duke adopted them. I love the Duke men, and Sally is delightful. I look forward to seeing Adam's handsome brothers meet their matches!

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