The Great Pick Up Line featuring
Stolen Petals by Katherine McIntyre
“So serious,” he teased. “Haven’t you heard if you always frown you’ll get wrinkles?”
Viola let out a sigh. “Thankfully my wrinkles will never be your concern.”
“Not so.” He flattened his palm on the table. “I am always concerned when it comes to the preservation of beauty.” He sold his charm with one of those lopsided grins aimed her way. With roguish good looks like his, Viola could guarantee he’d dallied with more women than she wanted to count. Men like that tended to see her as a challenge. But she didn’t want to be anyone’s challenge—she wanted something real.
“You must be a darling at the whorehouses then, smitten with every rose who’s lost her bud.” Viola rolled her eyes, the sarcasm free flowing.
“They don’t let me in anymore.” Edward affected a sigh. “My poetry was scaring off the clientele.”
by Katherine McIntyre
One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they’ve only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she’d avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity’s a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he’d approach her now.
The man is insufferable, annoyingly cavalier, and tends to stir up memories she’d rather forget–but she needs assistance on this job and he’s offering aid and blueprints which could cut their work in half.
Given the intense way he looks at her though, working together isn’t all he has in mind. Van Clef is known for his persistence and, with his charm, he wins women over effortlessly. Viola’s not so easy though–she’s wise to his tricks. But if he wants to play the game, she will gladly rise to the challenge. By the end of this bounty, she’ll be the one leaving him in the dust.
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