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ALONG CAME TROUBLE
by Ruthie Knox

Genre: E-book, Contemporary Romance

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So what’s going to work on you, Ellen?

Not brute force, obviously. You couldn’t club a woman over the head and force her to accept your protection. If that were an option, he’d have done it to his mom and both his sisters months ago. Feisty lot, the Clarks. Probably explained why he liked women with a bit of steel in their spines.

Because he already liked Ellen Callahan. He’d seen her around town with a towheaded toddler who had to be her son, and she’d certainly caught his eye. Under different circumstances, he might have started angling for her phone number the second he’d witnessed her trying to topple that photographer with her kneecaps. Unfortunately, circumstances being what they were, she was off-limits.

That didn’t mean he couldn’t turn on the charm. Caleb was a big believer in catching flies with honey.

He threw her his best smile, keeping his hands in his pockets and his tone light and easy.

“Any chance I could come in for a glass of water while we talk about this? Driving off bad guys is hard work.”

“We don’t have anything to talk about. I already told you, I don’t need a bodyguard. Now if you’ll excuse me, I—”

“I’m not a bodyguard. I’m a security specialist. A thirsty one.”

He smiled again, and Ellen gave a minute shake of her head. Her arms crossed over her breasts and the challenging lift to her chin said, No way.

He’d pushed her too fast.