Mainstream Romance: Contemporary, Holiday (Christmas)
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Word Count: 26,624
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Alexander Grigorakis is a Greek millionaire who needs the assistance of a nanny to help him raise his two year old niece. Cara Quincy, an Australian nanny, ticks every box. She is educated, young and happy to move overseas. She also ticks every box for Alex, she is beautiful, funny and has as exceptional heart. She is perfect except for the fact that she is his employee.
Class rules dictate that Alex leave Cara alone, but her beguiling smile and innocence make that feat impossible.
Alex smiled. He knew Olivia wanted him. She had made it obvious over the years. However tempting it was on occasion, Alex had never indulged. He knew her parents well and had never wanted to mix the two.
“Christos, so good to see you,” Alex greeted his closest friend with a hug.
“Amazing as always,” Christos grinned.
Christos was a known ladies man, he had perfect taste in women, clothes and the stock market- some of the main reasons Alex liked him.
“Who, is that?” Christos asked Alex, his eyes twinkling with interest.
Alex closed his eyes. Christos knew every female guest.
“Cara,” Alex breathed, turning to watch the object of his dreams walk through the door, Amelia in her arms.
Cara smiled at Alex, looking directly up into his black eyes.
“I’m sorry to interrupt you Mr. Grigorakis, but Amelia has come to say good night to you.”
She hoisted Amelia up on her hip and gave her an encouraging smile.
“You can do it,” Cara whispered into her ear.
Amelia had been practicing her Greek for weeks. Alex’s friends were all staring at her now and Cara felt her face blush red at their obvious attention.
“Gala Nicta Thio,” Amelia said quietly, her eyes downcast as she nervously recited the Greek she had been taught.
Alex looked taken aback but quickly recovered himself. He smiled at Cara.
“Well done Amelia,” Alex praised his niece, a few ooh’s and aah’s coming from his female guests. Amelia lifted her head to see Alex’s smile, then noticed everyone looking at her and cuddled closer into Cara’s chest. Amelia whispered into Cara’s ear and Alex saw Cara’s eyes grow worried.
She smiled gently. “Of course you can.”
“Sa ga po,” Amelia said quietly, telling Alex she loved him.
Alex’s gut wrenched. He had not expected to hear those words and he froze.
Cara’s eyes were on him, pleading with him to return the words, when she saw Alex freeze she jumped in.
“Your uncle loves you too sweetie. And you said that so perfectly, I am so proud of you.” The pointed words were mostly for Alex’s benefit, but she knew Amelia needed to hear them as well.
Cara kissed Amelia on the head and tucked her head into the crook of her neck. Cara then gave Alex a stare that would have withered a twenty foot oak tree. Then she walked away.
“Who was that amazing creature?” Christos asked Alex in Greek, his eyes clearly enjoying the sight of Cara walking away.
“Amelia’s nanny,” Alex told his friend slowly, still reeling from the shock of what had just happened.
“Why didn’t you invite her to the party? She’d probably be more fun than these stuffy bitches,” Christos sneered quietly. “Did you see the death stare she gave you? Are you sure she works for you?”
Christos walked off laughing.
“Yes, I know,” Alex sighed.
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