Michael Anderson controls everything—his job, his women, his emotions… Well, everything except his new neighbor.
Control freak Michael Anderson has met his match when his impulsive, disorganized neighbor from Hell turns up the heat.
When control freak Michael Anderson strikes a bargain with the house sitter next door, he discovers the hardest thing to control might his heart.
“You look beautiful,” he said, leaning against the
support beam of the porch, looking all but edible in his suit and a tie with tiny red specks that matched her dress. He’d planned that out, not doubt. Always the planner.
“It’s all about the dress,” she said.
He caught her elbow and turned her to face him. “It’s about the woman in the dress. The woman I want out of the dress. The woman who is beautiful no matter what she wears,” he added, releasing her arm. “Stop selling yourself short. No pretense. No masks, remember?”
The specks on his tie blurred and she blinked rapidly until her vision cleared. “Yes.” Up this close, she realized the red on the tie wasn’t specks, but the fins on tiny, geometric, interlocking fish—like an Escher painting. Complex and organized, just like the man. Something completely different when observed from a distance than when up close.
“What I want, Mia—” He gently moved Clancy off his lap, rose, and crouching like some big predatory cat, smoothly slid into the seat next to her, studying her reaction closely. “—is to watch you peel that dress off so that I can kiss every inch of your body, including, but certainly not limited to, that freckle near your spine.”
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Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes.
When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel, who rules the house (and Marissa's heart) with an iron paw.
Also writes YA for Penguin USA as Mary Lindsey
Represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.