Just One Look by Virginia Kelly
Just One Look
Sometimes that’s all it takes…
FBI Special Agent Drew Davenport, still recovering from a life-threatening wound after a disastrous shootout, doesn’t have time to be serious about any woman. But Mia Alvarez, with her down-to-earth warmth, leaves him blind-sided.
A painful experience crushed Mia’s belief in love. The last thing she needs is an entanglement with Drew, whose sister is marrying her brother. And certainly not when she’s keeping a major secret. Despite her misgivings, forced proximity and overwhelming attraction lead to passion.
When Mia’s secret shows up in the form of a stalker, Drew’s determined to protect her. Can he overcome his fear of failing again when emotions get in the way? And while Mia trusts Drew with her safety, can she trust in love when it happens with just one look?
From across the ballroom, Mia couldn’t tell if Drew Davenport’s eyes were green. But the rest of him?
Darn Izzy, anyway. Mia probably wouldn’t have noticed his looks at all if Izzy had ignored him. Mia was good at ignoring good looks.
So the stuffy guy did have great hair and looked hot in a tux. That he filled out nicely. And his face? Nice didn’t begin to describe it. Oh how she wished she hadn’t sworn off men. This man made her want…What? A man? Sex? She was chiding herself on coming up with those two choices, when he caught her gaze and she couldn’t seem to break the hold.
The look he gave her was unlike any other. She was used to men looking. But this look was neither a come-on nor creepy. Just—what?
It left her confused, flattered, annoyed and embarrassed because she looked back. She never looked back.
She managed to look away, barely, but not before she saw him walking toward her, his stride confident, as he maneuvered around several guests.
“Mia,” her mother said as he drew nearer, “have you had a chance to talk to Blair’s brother?”
She would not look right at him. She would look to one side. If he looked this much better than he had last night, something must be wrong with her contacts. Had she worn her contacts last night?
“Yes, we spoke briefly last night,” she replied, focusing on his bow tie.
Her gaze slid down past an impressive chest…
No, down was not good. Down gave away too much about where her thoughts had been. She quickly focused on his left ear. Ears were safe.
“You didn’t meet him at the hospital?”
“No, he was somewhere having tests or something when I stopped by.” She’d been there to see Michael, to comfort her parents. To reassure herself she wasn’t losing another brother. But she should have waited, tried harder to meet Drew Davenport. She would have been prepared for him.
“Here he is,” her mother said. “Drew, Mia is looking for a dance partner.”
Startled, Mia looked at her mother. Am not. She was turning into Izzy.
“I’m sure Drew has better—”
“I’d love to dance with your daughter, Maggie.”
“Mom, I don’t think Drew—”
“Nonsense, honey. Drew’s a great dancer.”
“I didn’t think he wasn’t—”
“I see your mother waving at me, Drew. Excuse me.” She turned, then glanced back at Mia and winked.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes Just One Look stand out in the crowd?
A: JUST ONE LOOK takes place over two days. Drew, usually cautious about any entanglement, is instantly bowled over by Mia. She’s not prepared for Drew–or the stalker who’s followed her to her brother’s beach wedding. Readers like the chemistry between the characters, as well as the edgy suspense. These combined elements make for a fast paced read.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Just One Look?
A: My favorite quote from Just One Look is:
So he was good looking, sexy. Nice. Oh, God, he was nice. Why did nice have to be so amazingly attractive?
About Virginia Kelly
Virginia’s first story involved a mouse that hitched a ride with Paul Revere. She was eleven. A bit later and bit more organized, dreams of romance (with a happily ever after), adventure, and danger came together to produce To the Limit, her RWA Golden Heart nominated novel. She writes about dangerous heroes (sexy, gorgeous ones, of course!) and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them. An academic librarian, Virginia is a native of Peru and lives in Florida with her family.