Beauty and the Beast? No, this classic tale of romance and comedy is Beauty and the Geek, and Beauty is desperate and so is the Geek. Desperation makes for funny ? and sexy ? bedfellows in this Contemporary Romance.
Perfumer Amanda Whitfield no longer sees the science geek when she looks in her mirror ? thanks to the makeover her best friend gave her ? but she still feels like that geeky girl inside. She knows all about the Science of Smell and the Science of Sex Appeal, in a strictly intellectual way, but when it comes to a practical application of the knowledge, as in Romance and Sex, Amanda draws a blank.
To hook a man, Amanda is going to pretend to be an empty-headed hottie whose bra size is of greater importance than her IQ. Her best friend coached her on what men like. Stuff like that works in the romantic comedy movies Amanda loves, so why shouldn't it work in real life? She'll do whatever it takes to get a date for her cousin's wedding. She simply will not attend without a man on her arm.
Chalk it up to years of rivalry between Amanda and her cousin or to the fact that her cousin takes every opportunity to belittle Amanda. In truth, it's because Amanda, stung by her cousin's endless needling, told the biggest fattest lie ? in front of her entire family ? that she had a handsome, charming, successful boyfriend who would be escorting her to the wedding. It was as if her mouth had opened and words had just jumped out of their own accord.
The wedding now looms on the horizon like the iceberg that collided with the Titanic. Desperate, Amanda will do anything to get a date for it. Well, almost anything, like agreeing to a blind date with the son of a woman she just met.
Computer genius Harrison Kincaid is fed up with his mother's matchmaking. He's determined to teach her a lesson and put an end to her crazy schemes. But, first, he must deal with her latest prospect, Amanda Whitfield, who is bound to be as unappealing as the rest of her friends' daughters.
Desperate to put an end to his mom's attempts to marry him off ? and to escape the latest blind date ? Harrison hatches a plan designed to make the woman kick him to the curb the moment she sees him.
Amanda and Harrison are both desperate, but the moment they meet, everything changes. Desire sizzles between them.
Desire ? unbidden, unwanted, impossible to fight. Desire leading to seduction. Passion. Amanda's world is spinning. Is it love or lust? Everything she ever wanted in romantic love and sex is hers ... until she learns the truth.
Will the truth rip away the masquerade and set them free to love or will it rip them apart?
This Contemporary Adult Romance is 86,000 words. Bonus Features include: Linked Table of Contents, Novel Excerpts, Articles, and a Quotation Collection: Perfume and Scent.