Words of Silk
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Laney McLeod's life changes the minute she gets stuck in an elevator in Manhattan-and relies on handsome stranger Deke Sargent to help her fight her claustrophobia. When the power comes back on, Deke and Laney find themselves in a passionate embrace that leads to a night of love. Shocked at her indiscretion, Laney disappears the next morning. Months later, she receives an even greater shock: Deke shows up in her life with an astounding announcement. Unable to forget the chemistry between them, but afraid that she's just another notch on this wealthy playboy's bedpost, Laney is about to discover an even deeper fear...one that she must face or forever lose the one man she can't resist.
sex. Now she knew what all the joking in the teachers’ lounge was about. “Oh, you poor thing,” they had said when she had made her announcement. “You mean the jerk got you pregnant just before you split up?” She had turned her back to pour a cup of coffee. “It’s not so bad. Really. I always wanted a baby.” They seemed not to hear. “Just like a man.” “Yeah. He’ll say and do anything to get you in bed with him, but it’s kaput the next day.” This was from one woman who was divorced but
the living-room floor, still foolishly brandishing the racket. As though it weighed a thousand pounds, she let her arms drop to her sides. Never had she felt so defeated. What was she going to do? Covering her eyes with her hands, she made her way blindly toward her bedroom. She barked her shin on one of the suitcases standing in the middle of the floor and kicked it viciously, sending it sliding across the hardwood floor toward the fireplace. “Damn him!” she cursed. Tears blurred her eyes. Her
twenty-second floor. The doors closed and they surged upward. The woman had been impervious to it all. She still slumped bonelessly and hiccupped soft sobs. “You’re all right. You’re safe. It’s okay,” Deke murmured as he held her to him. She smelled very good and he liked the feel of her hair on his neck and chin. The elevator opened onto the hallway of his floor. Splaying a hand wide over her chest to keep her from collapsing, he bent down to pick up their discarded jackets, the tie of her
and two place settings already filled with the food Mrs. Thomas had prepared. Soft music was playing on the portable stereo. “Deke!” Laney’s heart expanded with pleasure. Overcome, her eyes filled with tears. “This is lovely.” He hugged her tight. “You deserve it after five days of hospital food and then the riot this household has been in.” He seated her with the gracious flair of a maître d’. “Milk!” she exclaimed, laughing. In her wineglass was milk rather than the deep ruby burgundy that
impression that she was sterile. Besides, there hadn’t been a man until— “If you make up your mind within a few days,” the doctor was saying quietly, “we could terminate the pregnancy. But we don’t have much time left.” “An abortion.” The whole idea made her shiver with nausea. “No. I don’t think so.” I can’t believe someone as beautiful and rare as you fell out of the sky into my arms. “It’s not that terrible an ordeal now. We—” “No,” Laney said, spinning away from the window and grabbing