Wedding For One/ Tattoo For Two

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Harlequin Duets
ISBN 0373441576
January 2003

Running out on her own wedding years ago is coming back to haunt Mariah Monroe. Now she needs to go home to persuade ex-groom Nathan Goodman to keep running her family’s company. But he’s determined to free his inner wild man. And even worse, it seems their attraction didn’t fade when she drove off into the sunset.

To her family, Nikki Winfield is a successful store owner who’s married to a doctor. Truth is, she’s a tattoo artist with a commitment issue. A family emergency calls her home and she has to produce a husband. Enter Hollister Marx. He’s a dentist–sort of a doctor, right?–who owes her a favor. Too bad her fake husband’s kisses are a little too real.

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Excerpts

WEDDING FOR ONE

“Mariah, what are you doing?”

Nathan’s voice startled her, making her almost lose her grip on the ladder. “I’m .fixing.this valve.”

“Don’t do that!” He grabbed the ladder, making it wobble.

Then she did lose her grip, and suddenly she plopped into a pool of red jelly.

“Are you okay?” He looked down at her.

“I’m fine. Sticky, but fine.”

“Give me your hand and I’ll get you out.”

She reached up to grasp his hand, but the jelly made her hand slip out of his and pulled him partially over the edge of the drum.

Hmmm. Not a bad idea. This could be fun.

She reached up, looking innocent. “Let’s try again. Lean over and give me both hands.” Mariah gripped his hands, and levered as hard as she could ..

Nathan teetered for a second, then slid down and thumped into the gelatinous pool.

“Come on in, the jelly’s fine.” She laughed and met his gaze. But instead of seeing anger there, she saw attraction, heat.desire.

A sexy smile spread across his face. “So, Mariah, you up for some jelly wrestling?”

 

TATTOO FOR TWO

“Hollis, I have to tell you a couple of things.”

Nikki had to say this fast, because they were almost there and he needed to know the secret.

“Like what, Nikki?”

You’re my husband and your name’s Warren. No, too abrupt. “I ran away from home.”

“Okay.” He sounded puzzled.

“My parents and I were a mismatch. They’re serious people. Conservative.I caused them some grief.”

“But you’ve grown up.”

“Not the way they think I have. See, that’s why you’re here..I told them I’d be bringing someone.special.”

“Someone special? I’m just your date, right?”

“Well, the truth is, I’m hoping you could pretend to be, um, more.” Oops, out of time! She’d just pulled up in front of her parents’ house and could see the family coming out to greet them.

He blew out a sigh. “Okay. I’ll do it. But–”

“Great!” Then, because everyone was watching, she leaned over and kissed him. Instant sparks ignited between them, and suddenly she knew she’d never be able to keep her hands to herself.

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REVIEWS

“In book one of this Double Duets, WEDDING FOR ONE, Dawn Atkins adds a new and amusing twist to the “runaway bride” premise. Book two, TATTOO FOR TWO, teams up two opposites with really fun results. The offbeat heroine is great, as is her loony family.”- Romantic Times

“There are plenty of moments in both stories that will have you laughing out loud. For a sure-fire hit, be sure to pick up WEDDING FOR ONE / TATTOO FOR TWO.” –Romance Reviews Today

“Dawn Atkins once again displays her knack for creating unique, witty characters and terrific laugh out loud moments. Dawn Atkins just keeps getting better and better. If you like your stories humorous and realistic, you’ll love both stories in this entertaining Harlequin Duets!”- Romance and Friends

“Author Dawn Atkins demonstrates the deft skill of a master as she intricately weaves these two fabulous tales. Told with the liveliness and verve fans have come to expect from this marvelous author, WEDDING FOR ONE and TATOO FOR TWO belongs on the keeper shelf, coming very highly recommended.”- Wordweaving