The Daddy Audition by Cindi Myers

The Daddy Audition by Cindi Myers

Author:Cindi Myers [Myers, Cindi]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9780373752720
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 2009-07-12T23:00:00+00:00

Chapter Eight

Tanya suspected she might have misread Jack’s intentions for their date when he showed up on her doorstep dressed in a suit and tie. Such attire wasn’t common in laid-back Crested Butte, and she felt decidedly under-dressed in her simple cotton sundress. “Should I change?” she asked.“No, you look great.”

“Where are we going?” she asked as he held the door open for her.

“I thought we’d try Le Bosquet.”

Her eyes widened. “That’s your idea of a casual date?” The French restaurant was a high-end favorite at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

“I felt like celebrating.” His smile was almost smug and definitely disconcerting. She buckled her seat belt and waited for him to reveal more. When he didn’t, she finally asked, “Are you going to tell me what you’re celebrating or do I have to guess?”

“I just landed a really big contract for a new condo development.”

“Oh. Congratulations.” She tried to sound enthusiastic, but her heart sank. More condos changing the town was the last thing she wanted. She accepted that they were part of the landscape now, but she didn’t like that Jack had such a hand in putting them there. Yes, if he didn’t build them someone else would, but she wished he shared her dismay over their arrival instead of so gleefully profiting from all the changes. She wanted to believe he still cared about the same things she did—that they still had that much in common.

Le Bosquet was much as she remembered it—lace curtains and dark wood furniture, soft music and lighting and the charm of an intimate French bistro. The menu featured escargot and pommes frites. She was sorely tempted by the cheese fondue, but the idea of trying to eat such a dish without making a mess of the pristine white tablecloth—not to mention all those extra cheesy calories—convinced her to choose the seared sea scallops as her appetizer.

Jack ordered an expensive bottle of wine and told her more about the new contract. She listened with a polite expression, letting his words glide over and around her while she studied his expressions and mannerisms. He was obviously trying to impress her, but she didn’t want to be impressed. She didn’t need to be impressed. Not by him. He was the one man she’d thought she could be comfortable with. The one she’d counted on to be open and honest with her, letting her see him as he was, foibles and all, and allowing her to let her own flaws show through.

“Do you eat here often?” she asked after their entrées were served—steak frites for her, lamb medallions for him.

“A few times,” he said. “Generally when I eat out I’m grabbing something on my way home from work or after a game. What about you?”

She shook her head and cut into her steak, which was perfectly done and juicy. “I haven’t gone out much since I came back to town.”

“That surprises me,” he said. “Considering single men outnumber single women here by two to one.”

She shrugged. “I haven’t been interested in dating anyone.


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