Impossible Liaison is a contemporary sensual romance set in New Zealand and is suitable for readers 16+. My interest in genealogy has helped develop conflict throughout the story.
Impossible Liaison Back Blurb:
Zoe’s learnt to hide her feelings. An unhappy upbringing taught her all about trust and relying on others.
Her aloneness is ended when she miraculously finds a loving grandmother anxious to share Zoe with extended family. Unnerved, Zoe begs they temporarily keep their relationship secret.
Dr. Connor Matthews returns home disheartened by the carnage he’s witnessed during years of charity work overseas. Discovering a scheming housemate hoodwinking the old lady (Bess) he’s come to love helps him set aside his disillusionment. He concentrates on ridding Bess of this unsavory character.
Zoe digs her toes in. She provokes the insufferable Connor, taunting she’ll leave only when Bess asks. Connor vows to oust her as more reasons to suspect Zoe’s honesty surface.
The issue becomes clouded as Connor and Zoe grow closer. Too soon Connor realizes it was not Bess who needed protecting, but himself.
“Are you going somewhere?” Connor’s voice echoed his disapproval as, after glancing at her watch, Zoe stood, stretching so artlessly beside him he couldn’t control the rise in his temperature. “It’s almost ten o’clock.”
“Mmm. I’d better hurry or I’ll be late.” She turned at the door and smiled back at him. “I enjoyed talking with you, Connor.”
Warmth spread through him even as his emotions warred.
“I don’t like you going out alone at this time of night.” He spoke brusquely from the lounge doorway as she emerged from her room in her leathers.
Warmth crept into his face as she smiled at him, her eyebrows rose. “Don’t worry, Connor.” He flinched as she tapped his cheek lightly with her finger. “I won’t be alone for long.”
Rage flared inside him. “Can’t your boyfriend come and pick you up. That’s what any decent guy would do.”
“Ahh.” She grinned at him, her eyes dancing. “But John isn’t my boyfriend.”
“Just some random bloke you spend the night with.”
“That’s right, he’s just some bloke I spend the night with.” His teeth grated as she tapped his cheek again. “A girl’s got to make a living the best way she can.” She evaded the hand that shot out to grasp her arm and with a cheery “see you tomorrow” she disappeared out the back door, leaving a fuming Connor left to pace futilely around the empty house.