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I have no intention of dating my biggest competitor. The new owner of Mama Leoni’s Restaurant is clearly off-limits. But when a local newspaper links us as a couple, my brother suggests we play it up for “good press.”

I agree. For the sake of my new restaurant.

Not because the mere sight of Evie sets my blood on fire.

Turns out the only thing more complicated than a fake relationship with my biggest rival is a real one. This situation has gotten out of hand much too quickly.


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Bella Michaels is the pen name of a contemporary romance author. When not writing the sexy, small town Boys of Bridgewater series-- or historical romance as Cecelia Mecca and paranormal (vampire) romance as C.L. Mecca-- Bella loves dreaming up new sassy heroines and alpha heroes for readers to enjoy. Firmly Team Gryffindor and Stark, this Disney fanatic lives with her husband and two teens in Pennsylvania.