Here's another Snippet from A Dream for Lani, Book 2 in my Beneath Southern Skies series, Contemporary Romances set in Australia.
Cosseted all her life, Lani Moore inherits a fortune, but yearns for a loving family. The chance to grab that arrives when two youngsters talk her into taking a flat in their house. Their father, Ryan, is enchanted by the air of intriguing melancholy about his new tenant. Will Lani’s lonely heart find the love she wants above all else?
This book was previously published as A Lonely Heart
How Lani wished she was worldlier. Had she mistaken the look in his eyes? He’d seemed to be studying her with interest. But perhaps he treated all his female clients with the same amount of attention. Not for the first time she wished she could carry on a casual flirtation. What fun it must be to indulge in carefree banter with a man like this.
The look he gave her as he said, “Ah, a horse,” was purely disdainful. The curt sentence was as effective as having a bucket of cold water thrown over her. What a fool? Of course he hadn’t been vaguely interested in her as a woman—merely as a prospective client. And he now thought her odd.
Her back straightened, and her chin jutted. “Yes, a horse. What’s so strange about that?” His ready smile had been replaced by a frown. Now it was her turn to think him strange. “Do you have any local properties on your list? I live alone so don’t need a large house, and I have a shop here in the complex.” With a small jerk of the head she indicated the mall outside his office. “I’m after something within easy driving distance. I haven’t the time or inclination to drive for hours each day.”
The small nod of his head didn’t reveal much as he said, “I’m sure I can find something to suit.”
Was that hostility in his eyes now? Lani resolved to ignore his strange mood swing. Perhaps he was taciturn like this all the time and the grin only kept for greeting when you entered his office. But that was extremely odd. Surely an estate agent should be friendlier towards a potential buyer. But when had she ever been a good reader of character? “Give me a day or two. Your needs should be easy to fulfil.”
“That’ll be fine. I’m in a hurry, but not so that I want to take anything just for the sake of it.” Disappointment made her sound curt.
“Right.” He nodded and picked up a pen. “If you’ll give me a rough idea of the price range you have in mind, I’ll get working on it. Which shop is yours? As soon as I find a property that looks as if it might suit I’ll let you know.”
He took her details, looking slightly taken aback when she mentioned the figure she was prepared to go to. Lani stood and extended her hand. This time his handshake was brief. “Thanks, Mr. Bachus.”
That was a matter for dispute.
“A poor little rich girl, Lani Moore, has more money than she knows what to do with, but no lasting relationships. Raised by elderly relatives who gave position and possessions but not the kind of love Lani craved, she is captivated by the real family she meets and longs to be part of it. Ryan, the hero, is the father of the family she so admires and someone to whom she is instantly attracted. Along with the romance, Ms. McGill skillfully weaves a delightful daughter, a rebellious son and a fascinating grandfather into the story. The conflict between the proud father and the poor little rich girl will have you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion.” Allison Knight
A Dream for Lani, Beneath Southern Skies Book 2. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T2GNKIW
Lonely Pride, Beneath Southern Skies Book 1. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NXKAXLK/
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