He may have been best man at the wedding, but oil tycoon Dillon Marshall did not have to play nice with the other guests. Well, one guest in particular: his ex-wife Ivy Madison. Though they had parted on less-than-friendly terms, Ivy was still a temptation to the billionaire. So he devised a plan to rid his system of her once and for all. He'd seduce her, then walk away.
The best laid plans...
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May 07, 2007
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Excerpt from Best Man's Conquest by Michelle Celmer
Ivy Madison was not a violent person, but as the "surprise" man she'd been hearing about for the past three months--the one who looked disturbingly similar to her gazillionaire ex-husband--unfolded his long, lean plotting her cousin Deidre's murder.
No, it couldn't possibly be him.
Blake, Deidre's fiance, was supposed to be off picking up the best man from the airport. There was no way that the surprise Deidre had repeatedly enticed her with, the mystery best man Ivy was just going to love, was Dillon Marshal! Never in a million years would Deidre expect Ivy to stand up in a wedding, much less spend the week before the ceremony in the Mexican villa, with the biggest mistake who had ever walked in, then walked back out of, her life.
Maybe the surprise was that the best man only looked like Dillon. Yeah, that was probably it. They would have a good laugh, then Ivy could relax and enjoy the first real vacation since the release of her book.
It was just one of those weird, quirky coincidences. The man who couldn't possibly be her ex slipped off his Ray-Bans, revealing a familiar pair of heavy-lidded, come-hither, steel-blue bedroom eyes. Eyes that had been known to melt her with a mere glance, reduce her knees to mashed potatoes and her head to scrambled eggs.
A blast of emotions tore through her insides with the velocity of a tropical storm, misfiring the synapses in her brain and tangling her intestines into knots.
She turned from the front window and looked to her cousin for an explanation. For an assurance that there was no way the man standing in the driveway was who he looked like.
Deidre flashed her a look seeped in guilt and offered a weak, "Surprise."
Ivy's heart slid down from her chest, weaved around her internal organs and settled just north of her ovaries.
Her knees felt as if they might give out, and the bagel she'd had for breakfast was in danger of making a repeat performance all over the southwestern-theme rug. This could not be happening. There was a damned good reason she'd spent the last decade avoiding Dillon.
Feeling woozy, she lowered herself onto the couch. She glanced out the window and saw that men were at the back of the limo now, collecting Dillon's luggage. Soon they would be coming inside.
Her stomach launched into an Olympic-caliber backflip with a triple twist.
Deidre sat down on the opposite end of the couch, far enough away to hopefully avoid any flying fists. "I know you probably want to kill me right now, but I can explain."
Oh, yeah, she definitely had to die. And it would be slow and painful. Stung to death by African bees, or drained by a million leeches. "Deidre, what did you do?"
"I have a very good explanation."
There was no good explanation. And there was only one thing Ivy could do. She needed to grab her things, slip out the back, and catch the next flight back to Texas.
She made a mental list of her belongings and tried to estimate how long it would take to shove them back into her bag.
Oh, to hell with her clothes. She had plenty more back home. All she really needed was her laptop and purse. She could grab them both and be out the back door in two minutes. Dillon would never be the wiser. Unless...
Oh, no, she wouldn't have. "This was a surprise for him, too, right?"
Deidre clamped her bottom lip between her teeth, eyes pinned in her lap, and Ivy felt the bagel creeping farther up her throat.
"Deidre, honey, tell me he doesn't know I'm here." The color leached from her cheeks.
Wonderful. Just freaking fantastic.
That meant running was not an option. No way she could let Dillon know he'd scared her off. Even worse, he'd had time to prepare for this. He would do and say all the right things.
Oh, who was she kidding? Dillon was not the type of guy who needed to prepare.
Oh boy, she was in big trouble.