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Title: This Baby Business
Author: Heatherly Bell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About This Baby Business:
Air force pilot Levi Lambert has seen plenty of danger—but his infant daughter might be the death of him. Fortunately, Levi’s found the answer to his sleep-deprived prayers: his next-door neighbor! Carly Gilmore is willing to be his nanny…until a small white lie turns their arrangement from business to very personal. The fake engagement was intended to keep Levi from losing custody of his baby girl, but is causing all sorts of new problems. Not only does Carly attract trouble like bees to honey, but there’s the little matter of Levi’s smokin’-hot attraction to her. The last thing he needs is to fall in love…
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Levi lifted Petunia and placed her in the sudsy water. She seemed to like it, too, just like the lady said she would. She made a strange half-honk and half-squealing sound. Carly kept quiet and let Levi work. Quiet worked for her, too, especially when it involved watching Levi bend and, as his board shorts ran down low on his hips, reveal a patch of golden skin. He had a perfect ass. And it was official—Carly was boy crazy. Er, man crazy. She and Petunia, that is. The smart pig had rolled on her side, perhaps to make it easier for Levi to cop a feel. Carly would swear Petunia had batted her eyelashes at the man.
“You okay?” Levi squatted next to Petunia, rubbing her belly with a wet brush as he washed her. He cocked his head to Carly, waiting for her answer.
If she was talking about the other night, no, she was not. She’d been thinking about him way too much. “I didn’t know they’d be here. She just…showed up.”
“It’ll be okay.” He spoke smoothly and without an ounce of emotion.
That was Levi. Cool. Calm. No fear. She wondered if he’d give her lessons.
He rinsed Petunia off one last time with a large sponge, then lifted her out of the tub and straightened to his full height.
“She wants to know a good time to go out to dinner. What should I say?”
“Good idea. I’ll tell her I’m too busy with work. You’re too busy with work. We’re both just way too busy.”
“So long as you don’t make it sound like we’re so busy we can’t take care of Grace.”
“I’m not worried.” He grinned. “You’ve got this.”
“Yes. Yes, I do. Okay. I should get Petunia back to her owner. Wait. Where’s Petunia?” Carly turned in a circle. No Petunia.
“Shit.” Levi stared in the direction of the airstrip, which of course was fenced off to the general public.
Petunia was headed for the fence where there was a strip of grass and dirt. Mostly dirt. Carly ran for the pig, but Levi, with his long legs, quickly outpaced her. Petunia squealed as if she’d finally tasted the sweet freedom of her ancestors. Dirt, straight ahead. Could paradise be far behind?
Carly heard a woman screech, “My pig! Petunia, come back to me. Come back!”
“I’ve got this!” Levi yelled.
“I’ve got this!” Carly waved to the woman.
Levi reached the pig first, of course, but Carly was right behind him. He put his hands on Petunia but she snorted and, being wet, slipped out of his grip.
Carly tried to block her between them and got a hand on her once, but Petunia got away. Now she was slippery, wet and muddy thanks to the dirt. When she tried to make a run for it again, Carly threw herself on top of her. But it seemed that the harder Carly clung, the more Petunia wriggled. She squealed and snorted in a most unladylike way. And dear God in heaven, was Carly actually wrestling with a pig? Wearing her favorite Forever 21 summer dress?
“Aren’t you going to help me? Put the leash on her! Levi. Hurry! I’ve got her.”
But he simply stood over her, hands on hips, grinning ear to ear. He’d been joined by the pig owner on one side, and Mr. and Mrs. Lane on the other. Mrs. Lane had a worried look on her face, but the amusement in Levi’s eyes was impossible to miss. The owner bent to leash Petunia.
Levi grinned and held out his hand. “Didn’t anyone ever teach you never to wrestle with a pig?”
About Heatherly Bell:
Heatherly Bell drinks large amounts of coffee, craves cupcakes, and occasionally wears real pants. She lives in northern California with her family.
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