Friendly Persuasion

friendlypersuasioncoverFRIENDLY PERSUASION
Harlequin Blaze
ISBN 037379097X
July 2003

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Sex and happily ever after

Kara Collier just can’t separate sex and serious relationships. What she needs is a lesson in sex without promises of forever. And who better to teach her than her commitment-shy–and hot–best friend, Ross Gabriel. Problem is they know too much about each other to actually hit the sheets. Until the night he shows up dressed like a stranger, that is. Soon Kara’s enjoying the hottest sex she’s ever had … without a single thought of “I do!”

What started out as a favor for his best friend has suddenly become something much more. Ross doesn’t want to admit his feelings for Kara, though–it might mean chaning his freedom-loving way. But when other guys start showing an interest in Kara, Ross can’t hide his thoughts anymore. Not he has to persuade Kara that this seductive friendship can go the distance and that his feelings are very real …

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“May I join you, SeƱorita?” an accented voice whispered close to Kara’s ear.

She glanced at the man, then did a double take. “Ross? What are you doing-?”

“I do not know this Ross person. My name is Miguel. I am a stranger here in your city and I am, sadly, alone.”

“You’re what?” She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Ross had smoothed back his hair, bought a stylish suit and now was pretending not to know her. He looked so hot, so sexy, and he wasn’t teasing.

“How is it that a woman so beautiful is alone on such a night as this?”

“I was waiting,” she said, then paused for effect. “For you.”

She almost laughed at the B-movie line, but then Ross-Miguel looked into her eyes and said, “I’m so happy.”

At that, she did the most amazing thing. She took him by the lapels, pulled him close and planted her lips on him. He made a sound low in his throat and kissed her back, a hot, steamy kiss.

She broke off the kiss and gasped, “Is there somewhere we could go?”



“In Friendly Persuasion, Dawn Atkins brings readers a special treat with a sexy and funny romance between opposites.”
– Romantic Times

“Author Dawn Atkins steps into the ring with a true winner with Friendly Persuasion. Her multilayered characterization and her outstanding storyline makes this a difficult book to put down. I found myself immersed in the story very quickly and to the end before I was ready.”
– The Word on Romance

“If you’re looking for a sweltering-hot must-read romance to help take your mind off those long summer nights you’re sure to be experiencing, then Friendly Persuasion is a must. With her first foray into the world of blazing hot romances, Ms. Atkins dazzles her readers in such a way that she is sure to have them begging for more.”
– Writers Unlimited

“FRIENDLY PERSUASION has something to offer all romance readers. Dawn Atkins has shown that she can master other Harlequin categories (Duets, Temptation) and it’s only a matter of time before she becomes a star among those in the Blaze line. So pick up FRIENDLY PERSUASION and get ready to feel the HEAT!”
– Romance and Friends

“Ms. Atkins has penned a fun, sexy, romp-filled book. With its secondary romance between Tina and Tom, who is a bartender at Tina’s favorite bar, this book has something for everyone. FRIENDLY PERSUASION is a humorous look at singles life from all sides. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a light, humorous, and fast read.”
– Romance Reviews Today