Dangerous in Dallas
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Violet Richardson removed herself from striking distance of the bouquet and took her usual spot on the wall. That placehalfway between the kitchen and the entranceprovided a comfortable perch to oversee the lavish ballroom.
It also gave her eyes on anyone coming and going.
In the past, she'd believed it was a necessity to ensure any wedding she coordinated ran well. Not well, she mentally corrected herself. Perfectly.
But since the previous week, she'd accepted that having eyes on the ballroom would ensure the threat stalking her and her business partners wouldn't spill over to their wedding clients.
The Kelley-Gardner nuptials had been a long project, full of all the things she loved about her job. A manic mother of the bride, a guest list that could fell a celebrity chef, and a bride and groom who practically glowed with their love for each other.
The wedding had also put Elegance and Lace firmly on the map as one of the city's premier event providers.
She and her partners, Cassidy and Lilah, had worked tirelessly to make their business into one of Dallas's best. Despite the recent rash of danger in their lives, she couldn't hide her satisfaction at what they'd created.
"Lilah's wheeling out the cake and all's on schedule." Gabriella Sanchez took a spot beside her, her unobtrusive black suit doing nothing to hide the saucy curves beneath. Gabby had started out as a caterer they partnered with on events and had quickly become a friend.
The clock that perpetually ticked in Violet's mind counted off the required time to cross the ballroom to the cake and gave Lilah a few extra minutes to fuss. "She's been working on this one for almost a week."
"It's a good thing she started early after" Gabriella broke off, her soft brown eyes marred with the memories of the prior week. Lilah and her new fiancé, Reed, had faced off with the threat that had stalked their business, only to discover the name that went with the threat was Reed's stepfather, Tripp Lange.
Shaking off the rush of anger and sadness at what her friend had experienced, Violet gripped Gabriella's hand, desperate to hang on to something solid. "She and Reed found each other and Cassidy and Tucker did as well. It is a good thing."
Gabby squeezed back before she offered up a small moue of disgust. "As beautiful as this place is, the catering needs a serious overhaul."
Her friend's dig had Violet refocusing on the event. The hotel was doing the formal catering, but they'd brought Gabby along as extra arms and legs. "Please don't tell me you snuck into the kitchen."
"It wasn't sneaking."
Violet ignored the delicate sniff and only pressed harder. "Gab"
"My cousin's best friend works here, and I wanted to say hi."
Violet knew Gabby was a walking connection to half of Dallas, either as family or as friends of family. But none of it hid the fact that she wanted eyes on the kitchen. Her own catering business had been on the rise, but the competition between the local caterers and the large hotels had gotten fiercer in the last few years.
"They put a swimming pool of sauce on the beef entrées," Gabby hissed. "You know as well as I do there's only one reason a kitchen does that."
"To hide the quality of the meat."
"Who made you mad, Sexy Sanchez? I see that lovely Latin temper spiking."
Violet's back went as straight as the surface of Lilah's fondant, as that dark, husky drawl interrupted Gabby's moment of triumph. For a large man, Max Baldwin's ability to mHer sexy neighbor turns savior in this next Dangerous in Dallas romance!
Despite her job as a wedding planner, Violet Richardson doesn't believe a happy-ever-after is in her future. And when she's kidnapped by a killer, she's surprised that rescue comes in the form of her tempting yet irritating neighbor Max Baldwin.
Trying to forget his dark past, Max never meant to take on his attractive neighbor's troubles. But now the bickering pair must outrun a thug who's determined to get his hands on mysterious jewels he thinks are in Violet's possession. And as they race for their lives through Dallas's summer heat, Max and Violet may finally open their eyes to the burning passion they share.