Defiant Mistress, Ruthless Millionaire

By: Yvonne Lindsay

“I want you, Callie, and I’ll pay whatever it takes to get you.”





There it was. The offer she dreaded but knew she had to accept. Play it cool, she reminded herself. “I already have a job. One I love. With people I respect.”





To her surprise Josh Tremont laughed out loud, the sudden sound turning the heads of the diners around them.





“Oh, you’re good. It’s not everyone who tries to put me in my place so politely. C’mon, name your price.”





Callie lifted her gaze to meet his. Instantly she felt the power of his will behind his stare. Were she a weaker woman, she had no doubt she’d have capitulated.





“What if I don’t have one?” she finally replied.





“Everybody has a price, Callie,” he coaxed.





About the Author


New Zealand born, to Dutch immigrant parents, YVONNE LINDSAY became an avid romance reader at the age of thirteen. Now, married to her ‘blind date’ and with two surprisingly amenable teenagers, she remains a firm believer in the power of romance. Yvonne feels privileged to be able to bring to her readers the stories of her heart. In her spare time, when not writing, she can be found with her nose firmly in a book, reliving the power of love in all walks of life. She can be contacted via her website, www.yvonnelindsay.com.





To Diana, for the hand holding and nerve calming

and for despatching Worry Wilma back where

she belongs, thank you!





Dear Reader,





When I wrote the ROGUE DIAMONDS trilogy I had an absolute ball falling in love with each successive hero, but in the last book there was a shadow lurking in the background—a threat to Palmer Enterprises. That threat became so much more than a plot point when I found myself asking, “Who is behind it?” And, more importantly, “Why?”





So I delved a little deeper, and there he was—Josh Tremont, hero in Defiant Mistress, Ruthless Millionaire. Josh is one very highly motivated man and he’s determined to get the recognition due to him. Writing this book I got to fall in love all over again as I began to fully understand each nuance that made up the complex and driven character Josh became. He wasn’t the easiest man to get to know, used as he is to playing his cards from very close to his chest.





Finding the woman who could force his hand, and eventually his heart, open was easy. If you read Pretend Mistress, Bona-Fide Boss, you’ll have met Callie Lee, a steadfast and loyal employee of the Palmer family. Who better to come to their aid and delve into the secrets behind Josh Tremont than her? But Callie discovers more than the truth when she tackles this ruthless millionaire.





I hope you enjoy Josh and Callie’s journey to love as they both learn that the truth is not always what you believe it to be.





Happy reading!





Yvonne Lindsay





Chapter One


“I don’t feel comfortable with this, Irene.”

As soon as the words were out of her mouth Callie knew she’d said the wrong thing. A mere shift in Irene’s expression was all it took. A barely perceptible change, but it was enough to forewarn her of her employer’s displeasure—displeasure that generally had most staff at Palmer Enterprises scurrying for the nearest hiding place.

“Why is that, Callie?”

“Well,” she foundered a moment, lost for words. “Is it even legal? He’s bound to want me to sign a confidentiality agreement.”

“Should that be your worry?” Irene countered. “As one of our valued employees, you know we’d look after you if there happened to be any fallout.”

The older woman’s subtle emphasis on the word valued sent a chill down Callie’s spine. She owed the Palmers—and in particular, Irene Palmer—everything. Without Irene she would have had nothing—not her education, her job, where she lived; even the designer shoes on her feet.

“This works to our advantage, you know,” Irene’s voice interrupted Callie’s thoughts.

“What do you mean?”

Callie looked up at her boss and mentor—the first adult to ever give her hope for a future. The woman who’d actually made her believe she could make something of her life rather than disappear down a drain lined with drugs and crime.

Only no one had ever told her that with debt came a duty to repay it. After twelve years Callie had been forced to ask herself, when would enough be enough?

“Obviously any other time I’d miss having you here as my assistant, but the Guildarian honorary consul position will be announced on Christmas Eve. That’s in, what, nine weeks’ time?”

Callie nodded, her gaze locked on Irene’s face.

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