(Perfect Opposite, #1)
by Zoya Tessi
Publication date: Jan. 23, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Their wishes were simple and modest. Fate had other things in store though, and she can be a real bitch sometimes.
– All he wanted was to get the job done and somehow to endure those long months playing nanny to a spoiled little rich girl. Without strangling her with his bare hands in the process. Well, it is going to be much easier said than done.
– All she wanted was to escape the past and live like any other nineteen-year-old girl. Her plan definitely didn’t include the arrogant, tattooed savage, with his awful mohawk hair and lack of social graces, whose only mission was to stick real close and mess up her life.
But, people aren’t always what they seem to be, are they?
Not far from us, some elderly lady was passing along the sidewalk close to our table, walking a proud, white poodle. As she approached, her pace slowed and she took a double take at Alex. Her expression, as she studied him more closely, might best be described as shock, as she continued to look aghast at his palimpsest of tattoos and gravity-defying mohawk.
I was already so used to Alex’s unconventional appearance that I’d forgotten how scary he could look to other people. Bringing my hand up to cover my mouth, I felt my lips spread into a smile, then motioned with my eyes for Alex to take a look behind him at the woman, who just went on staring.
I watched as he turned in her direction, summoned a crafty, seductive grin to his face and winked at her without a trace of shame.
It was hard to believe my own eyes, but the woman’s countenance changed completely. Her troubled expression gave way to something else as a shy smile flicked across her made-up lips. Almost immediately, she turned and hurried away at a fast pace, yanking a very surprised little dog behind her that had been happily peeing against a car tire.
“I can’t believe you did that! She almost had a heart attack!” I buried my face in my hands and burst into laughter.
“You’re exaggerating…” He waved away the idea and flicked open his brass Zippo to light a cigarette.
I couldn’t quite tell whether Alex really was oblivious to the effect he had on women, or whether that was a pretense, but one thing was very clear — when he wanted to turn on the charm, he could be totally irresistible.
Meet the author…
Zoya spent years doing volunteering work all across Europe, from cleaning school basements in Northern Russia to excavating Stone Age artifacts in Euskadi (the Basque country) and renovating castles from the middle ages in Southern France. She always dreamed of working with ‘Doctors without borders’ somewhere out in Africa, but ended up doing an ‘ordinary job’ in one of the smaller European countries.
Her greatest passion is devouring each and every book that comes within her reach.
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