Crushing Desire by April Dawn
Reena Harrison is anything but the fashion, but despite her flaws she has several suitors. Unfortunately, the one man she has always loved is not one of them. After things go dreadfully wrong with a suitor and her family, she finds herself asking Joshua a peculiar favor.
Joshua Sinclair has long had a fascination with the tall beauty that he met when she was young. After years of denying his feelings in pure military fashion, he finds himself thrown together with her in an out of control scheme. How can he possibly rule his emotions when he finds himself posing as the sensuous woman’s husband?
We have an interview with Emily Benton, Reena’s chaperone and companion.
What do you think of Reena?
She’s a lovely girl, but the poor dear is far too self-conscious. I do wish she could see that some men don’t mind a tall woman. It’s not all about what society dictates. But she never did comprehend the practicalities of how things are between a man and a woman. I told her once that a man will make love, propose, dance a jig, whatever he must to compromise an innocent girl. She thought I was being silly.
What do you think of Joshua?
Ooh, a handsome fellow that one. Not as terribly cheeky as some of her suitors, but a bit stubborn and thick where Reena is concerned. If he’d just opened his eyes and seen her for the woman she was earlier, things wouldn’t have had to happen the way they did.
What did you think of them when you first saw Reena and Joshua together?
Those two were meant to be together. Never was there a day they were in the same room and not staring at each other. Cheeky young man would stare at her even when she was with another man. Though I must admit she would do the same.
When you heard that Reena ran off with Joshua, did you expect things to turn out as they did?
Well, of course. I always knew Reena would turn to Joshua. Girl’s been crazy for him long as she’s known him. She just needed a push to admit it.
Did you do your best to be the best chaperone that you could?
One can never to too careful. That is why I always had an eye out for the dear girl. Especially around that grabby Martin, and his older brother Dan. However, a girl does need some privacy for proposals and such, but she was never left completely on her own. Shame about what happened. You aren’t going to print that are you? You’d best not even think it, or I’ll--. Oh, good. I thought you wouldn’t.