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Ian's Dream Girl

Written by Tiffany Reisz

As the head of a family-owned construction empire, sought-after bachelor Ian Asher is feeling the pressure to find a suitable woman and settle down. There’s only one woman who fires his blood—and Ian is sure his father would find her anything but suitable.

Welder and artist Flash Redding is head-to-toe wild from her spiky red hair and tattoos to her wickedly sharp tongue. Ian can tell she’s drawn to him as well—but he’s her boss, and his company has a strict no-fraternization policy. That may be…but whatever smolders between them just needs a spark to set it off!

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Chapter One

Worst night of his life.

No, that was an exaggeration and Ian knew it. But, safe to say, it was one of the more depressing nights of his life. And it was no one’s fault but his.

“That’s me.” Gretchen pointed to a little yellow house on the corner of the street. Ian pulled into her driveway and put the car into Park.

“Nice,” Ian said. “You do your own landscaping?” The front yard was lush with rhododendrons blooming red and pink, roses ready to bud and blue lilies.

“I do. Love to garden. Would you like to come in and see the house? Maybe have a drink?” she asked and Ian cringed. And this was why tonight was so utterly depressing. A beautiful woman—smart and elegant and fun—had asked him in after their date. And he couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there.

“I still have some work to do tonight.”

“On a Friday night?” Gretchen asked. “You can’t do better than that?”

Ian gave a rueful laugh. “Yeah, that was a lame excuse. I’m sorry.”

“A man who can and will apologize. Damn. Now I really do want you to come inside.” Gretchen sighed then bravely put on a smile.

“Now I want to apologize again, but I won’t.”

“I thought it was a great date,” Gretchen said. “Was I wrong?”

“No, I had a nice time. And you’re great,” Ian said.

“Is this when you give me the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ speech?”

“It’s really not you,” Ian said. “It’s not even me.”

“Ah, then it’s someone else.”

“It’s complicated. Not worth going into.”

Gretchen’s father and Ian’s father were poker buddies. He couldn’t risk anything getting back to his father about his “complication.”

“Well,” Gretchen said. “Dinner was excellent, so at least there’s that, right?”

Gretchen had offered to pay for her half of a very expensive dinner and Ian had refused. He was old-fashioned, always picked up the check. Gretchen apparently had taken that as a sign he wanted to sleep with her.

“Right. Great dinner. Even better company.”

“Don’t be nice to me, Ian. You have no beard. No tattoos. You’re handsome. And you wear suits for a living. Last three guys I went out with showed up in flannel shirts. One wore board shorts. I should have known you were too good to be true. I gotta get out of this town.”

“Portland is not the town for women without flannel fetishes.”

“You’re being cute again.”

“Would it help if I burped in your face or insulted your parents or something?”

“It might.” She laughed and patted his knee. “I’ll go. Thank you for dinner. Have a good night.”

“I’ll try. Good night.”

Gretchen gave him one last smile. She left his car and walked to her front door. Once she was safely inside, he drove away.

It wasn’t fair. Gretchen was a catch, as his father would say. An architect, too, which had given them plenty to talk about. She designed environmentally friendly buildings. He built environmentally friendly buildings. A match made in Portland. Add to that, Gretchen was elegant, smart, well-dressed and a great conversationalist. She looked like every man’s stereotype of a lady, which was no doubt why his father had decided Gretchen was Ian’s dream girl.

If his father only knew…

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