Grounds For Love
Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc.
Publication date: May 2007
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)
Can a confirmed tea drinker be any help to an aspiring coffee baron? Should a woman ever allow herself to fall in love a man her 150-pound guard dog "disapproves" of? And will love prevail between a woman determined to be self-reliant and a man whose success depends on her yielding her independence? Taking place in the coffee-loving Northwest, this is the story of Jenny Vaughn, an independent woman with her own desktop publishing business, and Ty Weston, a man with the skill and the passion to turn a couple of espresso carts into a burgeoning coffee empire. Ty is a talented entrepreneur, but he is in a bind. He needs an "angel," someone to finance the expansion of his business. He finds one in Ralph Ellison, a cagey Portland businessman who knows a good investment when he sees one. Ellison has only two requirements: Ty must hire Jenny Vaughn, a woman Ty has never met, to do his newsletters and other publicity. Also, Ty is never to let Jenny know why he's hired her. Jenny doesn't want to be hired, by Ty or anyone else. She wants to work for Ty as an independent contractor, an equal who contracts her services, not as an employee. She's also wary of most men, due to a persistent admirer who would have forced himself on her if Baby, Jenny's overgrown mongrel, hadn't intervened just in time. The dog is devoted to Jenny, and the feeling is mutual. What's more, Jenny trusts her dog completely, and won't trust anyone the dog doesn't like. Ty resents being controlled by Ellison, and is about to abandon his campaign to hire Jenny when he is reminded of all his workers who are depending on him to expand his business and provide them with improved benefits and a better living. As he comes to know Jenny better, her subtle beauty and personality gives him an added reason to win her, and her canine defender, over. But first he's determined to discover Jenny's connection to Ellison. And Jenny must deal with her sense of betrayal when she finds out why Ty sought her services. To find happiness, Ty and Jenny must place love above business interests and suspicion. How they accomplish this, and in the process stumble on the real reason Baby objects to Ty, is the heart of this romance.