by Barbara Valentin
Series: An Assignment: Romance Novel, Book 4
Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit
Release Date: August 17, 2016
When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, must choose between jumping to what she considerers certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights.
Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous... including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he's around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer.
Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling...possibly even in love with him?
"Where to now?" Aubrey asked as she wadded up what remained of her lunch and deposited it in a nearby trash can.
"You'll find out when we get there."
John then headed for the exit. With the midday sun rising higher in the sky, the lakefront began to toast. So did her cheeks when she watched him tug off his sweatshirt as he walked. The white fitted T-shirt he had on underneath left little to her imagination.
A tumble of excitement, exasperation, lust, and dread welled up in her as she joined him.
"You're like a kid in a man's body, you know that?"
An incredibly hot man's body.
He stopped and faced her. "And did you know that most people who suffer from phobias have a hyper-developed need for control?"
"Are you implying that I'm a control freak?"
He chuckled. "No, I'm not implying it. I'm stating it, rather explicitly."
She pointed at him. "There. You did it again."
She quoted back what he had just said. "Who talks like that?"
He narrowed his eyes. "Well-read adults?"
Of which you seem to be neither.
She kept walking.
"What are you getting so huffy about?" with another of his penetrating stares.
After a moment of silent reflection, she replied, "I don't like not knowing where I'm going."
At this, he held out his hands as they walked along. "Did I call it, or did I call it?"
She turned and grumbled, "Jackass."
Author of the bestselling Assignment: Romance series, Barbara was named "Indie Star of 2015" by Publishers Weekly when her first book, False Start, earned a coveted starred review. A member of Romance Writers of America, she looks forward to the day when her to-do list includes "Send Oprah a thank you note" and "Accept Godiva's request to be a taste-tester."