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What a Westmoreland Wants (The Westmorelands Book 19) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Jackson
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Mr. September: Callum Austell, sexy Australian ranch owner

His Deepest Desire: The elusive Gemma Westmoreland

The Seduction Plan: Get her on his turf—ASAP!

He'd been biding his time, and now the perfect opportunity had arrived to pursue the ultimate object of his affections. Offering Gemma a job to decorate his new home meant she had to come to him. And on his territory, the Aussie knew he could easily woo her into his bed. But this Westmoreland woman was no pushover. If Callum was going to get what he wanted—as always—the millionaire just might have to utter three little words first.



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Gem, I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me one day.

—Niecee

Gemma Westmoreland lifted a brow after reading the note that appeared on her computer after she'd booted it up. Immediately, two questions sailed through her mind. Where was Niecee when she should have been at work over an hour ago and what was Niecee apologizing for?

The hairs on the back of Gemma's neck began standing up and she didn't like the feeling. She had hired Niecee Carter six months ago when Designs by Gem began picking up business, thanks to the huge contract she'd gotten with the city of Denver to redecorate several of its libraries. Then Gayla Mason had wanted her mansion redone. And, last but not least, her sister-in-law, Chloe, hired Gemma for a makeover of the Denver branch of her successful magazine, Simply Irresistible.

Gemma had been badly in need of help and Niecee had possessed more clerical skills than the other candidates she'd interviewed. She had given the woman the job without fully checking out her references—something her oldest brother, Ramsey, had warned her against doing. But she hadn't listened. She'd figured that she and the bubbly Niecee would gel well. They had, but now, as Gemma quickly logged into her bank account, she couldn't help wondering if perhaps she should have taken Ramsey's advice.

Gemma had been eleven when Ramsey and her cousin Dillon had taken over the responsibility of raising their thirteen siblings after both sets of parents had been killed in a plane crash. During that time Ramsey had been her rock, the brother who'd been her protector. And now, it seemed, the brother she should have listened to when he'd handed out advice on how to run her business.

She pulled in a sharp breath when she glanced at the balance in her checking account. It was down by $20,000. Nervously, she clicked on the transaction but ton and saw that a $20,000 check had cleared her bank—a check that she hadn't written. Now she knew what Niecee's apology was all about.

Gemma dropped her face in her hands and felt the need to weep. But she refused to go there. She had to come up with a plan to replace that money. She was expecting invoices to come rolling in any day now from the fabric shops, arts and craft stores and her light fixtures suppliers, just to name a few. Clearly, she wouldn't have enough funds to pay all her debts. She needed to replace those funds.

She stood and began pacing the floor as anger consumed her. How could Niecee have done this to her? If she needed the money, all she had to do was ask. Although Gemma might not have been able to part with that much from her personal account, she could have borrowed the money from one of her brothers or cousins.

Gemma pulled in a deep frustrated breath. She had to file a police report. Her friendship and loyalty to Niecee ended the minute her former worker had stolen from her. She should have suspected something. Niecee hadn't been her usual bubbly self the last few days. Gemma figured it had to do with her trifling live-in boyfriend who barely worked. Had he put Niecee up to this? It didn't matter because Niecee should know right from wrong, and embezzling from your employer was wrong.

Sitting back down at her desk, Gemma reached for the phone and then pulled her hand back. Dang! If she called Sheriff Bart Harper—who had gone to school with both Ramsey and Dillon—and filed a report, there was no doubt in her mind that both Ram and Dillon would hear about it. Those were the last two people she wanted in her business. Especially since they'd tried talking her out of opening her interior design shop in the first place.

For the past year, things had worked out fairly well with her being just a one-woman show with her sisters, Megan and Bailey, helping out if needed. She had even pulled in her brothers, Zane and Derringer, on occasion, when heavy lifting had been involved. But when the big jobs began coming in, she had advertised in the newspapers and online for an administrative assistant.

She stood and began pacing again. Bailey was still taking classes at the university and wouldn't have that much money readily available, and Megan had mentioned just the other week that she was saving for a much-needed vacation. Megan was contemplating visiting their cousin, Delaney, who lived in the Middle East with her husband and two children, so there was no way she could hit her up for a loan.

Zane and Derringer were generous and because they were bachelors they might have that kind of ready dough. But they had recently pooled all their funds to buy into a horse-breeding and -training franchise, together with their cousin, Jason. She couldn't look in their direction now, due to that business venture. And all her other siblings and cousins were either in school or into their own businesses and investments.

So where was she going to get $20,000?

Gemma stood staring at the phone for a moment before it hit her that the thing was ringing. She quickly picked it up, hoping it was Niecee letting her know she was returning the money to her or, better yet, that the whole thing was a joke.

"Hello?"

"Hello, Gemma, this is Callum."

She wondered why the man who managed Ramsey's sheep farm would be calling her. "Yes, Callum?"

"I was wondering if I could meet with you sometime today to discuss a business proposition."

She lifted a brow. "A business proposition?"

"Yes."

The first thought that crossed her mind was that engaging in a business meeting was the last thing she was in the mood for today. But then she quickly realized that she couldn't let what Niecee did keep her from handling things with her company. She still had a business to run.

"When would you like to meet, Callum?"

"How about today for lunch."

"Lunch?"

"Yes, at McKay's."

She wondered if he knew that McKay's was her favorite lunch spot. "Okay, that'll work. I'll see you there at noon," she said.

"Great. See you then."

Gemma held the phone in her hand, thinking how much she enjoyed listening to Callum's deep Australian accent. He always sounded so ultrasexy. But then he was definitely a sexy man. That was something she tried not to notice too much, mainly because he was a close friend of Ramsey's. Also, according to Jackie Barnes, a nurse who worked at the hospital with Megan and who'd had a bad case of the hots for Callum when he first arrived in Denver, Callum had a girl waiting for him back in Australia and it was a very serious relationship.

But what if he no longer had that girl waiting for him back in Australia? What if he was as available as he was hot? What if she could forget that he was her oldest brother's close friend? What if…

Dismissing all such thoughts with a wave of her hand, she sat back down at her computer to figure out a way to rob Peter to pay Paul.

* * *

Callum Austell leaned back in his chair as he glanced around the restaurant. The first time he'd eaten here had been with Ramsey when he first came to Denver. He liked it then and now this would be the place where he would put into motion a plan some would think was way past due being executed. He would have to admit they were probably right.

He wasn't sure exactly when he decided that Gemma Westmoreland was destined to be his woman. Probably the day he had helped Ramsey build that barn and Gemma had arrived from college right after graduation. The moment she got out of her car and raced over to her older brother's arms for a huge hug. Callum had felt like he'd gotten hit over the head with a two-by-four, not once but twice. And when Ramsey had introduced them and she'd turned that wondergirl smile on him, he hadn't been the same since. His father and his two older brothers had warned him that it would be that way when he found the woman destined to be his, but he hadn't believed them.

That had been almost three years ago and she'd been just twenty-two years old. So he'd waited patiently for her to get older and had watched over her from afar. And each passing day she'd staked a deeper claim to his heart. Knowing how protective Ramsey was of his siblings, especially his three sisters, Callum had finally gotten up the nerve to confront Ramsey and tell him how he felt about Gemma.

At first Ramsey hadn't liked the idea of his best friend lusting after one of his sisters. But then Callum had convinced Ramsey it was more than lust and that he knew in his heart that Gemma was "the one" for him.

For six months, Ramsey had lived with Callum's family back in Australia on the Austell sheep ranch to learn everything he could so he could start his own operations in Denver. He had hung around Callum's parents and brothers enough to know how dedicated the Austell men were once they fell in love.

His father had given up on falling in love and was on his way back to Australia from a business meeting in the United States to marry an Australian woman when he'd met Callum's mother. She was one of the flight attendants on the plane.

Somehow the already engaged Todd Austell had convinced the Detroit-born Le'Claire Richards that breaking off with his fiancée and marrying her instead was the right thing to do. Evidently it was. Thirty-seven years later the two were still married, remained very much in love and had three sons and a daughter to show for it. Callum was the youngest of the four and the only one who was still single.

His thoughts shifted back to Gemma. Ramsey claimed that of his three sisters, Gemma was the one with the fiery temper. The one a man would least be able to handle. He'd suggested that Callum pray long and hard about making the right decision.

In the end, Callum had convinced Ramsey that he had made the right decision and that a hard-to-handle woman with a fiery temper was the kind he liked. He was more than certain that Gemma was the woman for him.

Now he had to convince Gemma… He'd have to be stealthy about his pursuit. He knew Gemma had no intention of engaging in a serious relationship after she had witnessed how two of her brother...


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  • File Size: 838 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Desire (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZK5LNS
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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I almost always buy books based on recommendations. This book had 4.5 stars so I expected great things. It was so bad I wish I could have the time back that I wasted on it. It was written so poorly, I almost couldn't finish it. In fact, I skipped to the end, just to read the resolution.

Here's why I thought it was so terrible. There was no development of the characters. Every time there was something going on in the book, the author had to insert an explanation (usually something that happened in the past). It's as though the author was just making this story up as she went along. No thought was put into developing the characters, then telling the story. The main character was a dud. Her reasons for not being intimate with men was completely ridiculous.

This is entirely my opinion, I don't mean to offend those who've enjoyed the book. I read A LOT and I just get a little ticked off when I spend good money on a book that wasn't worth the download!
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Expected... September 3, 2010
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I have run out of things to say about the Fabulous Brenda Jackson and the Fabulous Westmoreland family. Mrs. Jackson has done it once again the story was wonderful. I can't wait for the next Westmoreland story. Do men like Callum really exist? Imagine a man constantly telling you "I'll give you ever single thing you want". This book was hot,sexy and romantic. I just loved it. READ THIS BOOK!!!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda is a literary Goldmine September 11, 2010
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Brenda Jackson's latest book is another great read. This book follows her formula like KFC's secret sauce. I read this book in one sitting. I enjoyed the hunt; Callum is in love with Gemma and she does not know it. As his best friend's younger sister, he watched her from afar until he thinks she is finally ready for a relationship with him. He begins to slowly woo her. The hero in this story is patient, protective and very sexy. I envy the special care he takes loving and providing for the woman he knows is his true soul mate. Gemma is funny, witty and independent. I like that she does not let her brothers "the Westmoreland men" rule her life. I found myself cheering for this couple and really wanting that HEA for them. I was not disappointed.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a reader wants....... January 12, 2011
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That's it for me, Ms Jackson won't be getting any more of my money. This book was sooo typical and fairytale(ish), I basically skimmed through it. I am so tired of Ms. Jackson male characters being rich and having green eyes. Callum features were the same as Dominic's in Irresistible Forces. They both had caucasian fathers with African American mothers. I really wish authors would write one GOOD romance book a year. You are more likely to get a book with substance, realistic characters and a good storyline.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From patience to pounce... January 16, 2011
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From patience to pounce...
This is the story of Callum, the handsome Aussie sheep rancher and Gemma, the interior designer who is totally unaware of how Callum feels about her. After waiting three years, Callum talks her into decorating his new home; the catch is his home is located half a world away. Her travels reveal new feelings & desires she does not expect. Great characters & story with a bit of decorating to tickle your quest for knowledge. Steamy sex scenes.

Keep in mind that this is a romantic fluff read. 4.5* of 5*
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over the top in the worst way February 15, 2014
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I hate writing negative reviews, but I'm afraid I felt compelled because this was just so over the top that I nearly laughed. Nearly. I'm all for things being unrealistic - when I read books like this it is for entertainment only, so it doesn't have to be realistic, but this was so far out there: *everyone* and their entire family group is wealthy beyond imagination. And the characters are all so unbelievable. From Callum, who was filthy rich, gorgeous, Mr. Amazing, could not stop talking about how this woman belongs to him, etc. (felt more like deranged stalker than sweet guy who was love-sick) To the "heroin" who goes from virgin/man-hater to totally giving herself to this guy on the first kiss - and all while she is convinced it's just a "fling". From that point on the constant sex that was detailed to leave nothing to the imagination just felt ridiculous. There is such a thing as too much - and it's generally not a good thing. That would be this book, imho.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy September 2, 2013
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So after a few Brenda Jackson books..I now see that her- as you go along back log- is her signature style. I find this style of writing distracting. It throws you off the story, character, time of place. Its lazy writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book September 14, 2010
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Okay, okay, I'm in love with Callum. Such a great guy. I loved the his Australian accent. I can hear it while I was reading. I'm just so happy that Brenda finally wrote a Silhoutte book that makes sense. She didn't wait till page 3 before having the characters jump in the sac and then fall in love with each other and be married within a month. This one was much more realistic and funny at times. I really truly enjoyed reading this book. It's definitely one that I will most likely read again. Great job Brenda.
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I loved this book from the beginning to the end. Callum is a man that knew what he wanted and didn't stop until he had it! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Westmoreland Wants
I loved the story of Gemma and Callum, everyone deserves to have a chance at what they want, love. I recommend this book to anyone who loves romance books.
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Another Westmoreland union and this time an Aussie joined the family. When introduced to Gemma and Callum in other books, I wondered how the two would finally make their love for... Read more
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Nice romantic book....Luv Brenda Jackson books..makes me want to go get me a Cowboy....very , very, very good read. Enjoyed it!!!!
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This is a series to cherish. Like family, The Westmorelands (books) are similar yet individually different. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantice & Steamy
Loved it. I actually love all of the Westmoreland stories. They are filled with love, passion, sexy alpha men and a strong heroin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story
The book was great. The storyline made you hope, dream and want to be the love interest. Although this was fiction it's a reminder love does still exist.
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