Sunday, March 2, 2014

Deleted Scene from Conflict of Interest by Allyson Lindt, & a Giveaway!

No one really knows this, but when I first started writing Conflict of Interest, it was called Latte Liaisons because a lot of it took place in coffee shops. Through edits and plotting and rewriting, both title and settings changed.

In the published version, this became a much hotter scene on an abandoned beach. However, the exchange between the characters in this original version still holds a happy place in my memories. In this case, Kenzie has just started working as Scott’s publicity manager, and is trying to teach him things like how to behave at formal dinners.

Deleted Scene

Scott listened intently, fighting every single yawn that tried to force itself out as he let her lecture him on etiquette. Please, please let him make it through the next few months of this. At least watching her lips move, the confidence in her blue eyes, the way she tucked her hair behind her ear when she got into something, was a pleasant distraction.

Kenzie said something else, he wasn’t sure what, and caught her bottom lip between her teeth. He wouldn’t mind doing that. What would she do if he leaned across the table and kissed her? Freak out most likely. But she hadn’t seemed to mind the other day. It was probably a good thing she’d made it so clear that was in the past, otherwise he might be tempted to ask her again.

Hell, he was still tempted.

“Scott.” Irritation punctuated every consonant as she said his name.

He blinked, and realized she was waiting for him to do something. “I’m sorry, come again?”

She glared at him. “You’re not listening.”

“I’m trying.” He needed to backpedal, she looked pissed.

“You’re not.”

Shit, she was pouting. He forced his hands to stay on the table, instead of reaching over and running his thumb over her lower lip. What was wrong with him? He never had this kind of trouble around women. A pretty face was the same as any other as far as he was concerned. “”I really am.” He poured sincerity into his reassurance. “It’s just so much to absorb.” Or it had been the first time he’d heard it, two decades ago. “I guess I’m going to be a slow student.”

Her chest rose and fell as she exhaled, and he forced his gaze away from the movement.

“All right.” She relented. “We’ll take it slower. One meeting at a time.”

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Kenzie propositions a sexy stranger in a coffee shop to prove to herself she’s capable of taking a risk. She doesn’t expect him to be sitting across from her the following Monday as her newest client. Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about what might have happened between them on a personal level if it weren’t for their professional relationship. He knows how to push her buttons, and she doesn’t want him to stop.

Scott has built his software company from the ground up to escape things like stuffy old men telling him how to behave, so he loathes his board of directors ordering him to make the public forget he doesn’t have a verbal filter. When his new publicity manager is the almost-fling he never expected to see again, he seizes the opportunity to have fun and still pretend he’s complying with the board’s edict.

Giving in to desire could mean both their jobs, but each “one last time” always leads to another. Now they have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to indulge this conflict of interest.

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Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

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