Goldilock’s Misunderstood Billionaire
by Laura Ann
She needs his help… He needs her.
Goldie Lockwood loves her job as the Art Department head at Middleton Prep Academy. She loves that her friends have all found true love. And she even loves living with her triplet brothers, despite the fact they’re way overprotective. What she doesn’t love, is Finley Gruffman. His practiced charm and flirtatious smile drive her crazy and she makes sure he knows it. Much to her dismay, she finds herself in a position where she needs his help.
When Finley Gruffman finds himself attracted to the tiny, blonde art teacher, he quickly discovers she’s got hidden claws and a sharp tongue. Riling her up becomes his favorite past time. However, when she approaches him about sponsoring an art fundraiser, he makes a deal with her. If she will pretend to be his girlfriend in order to keep his ex and the media at bay, he will provide the much needed funds for the exhibit.
When their feisty personalities clash, the line between enemies and lovers comes muddled. But Finley’s reputation as a heartless jerk isn’t completely unearned. Can he convince Goldie he isn’t the man everyone else thinks he is?
My cheeks hurt from smiling. Truth is, I stayed up all night reading it.
For sweet romance lovers with a little humor on the side this is the book for you.
This may be a clean, sweet read, but you’ll never miss the lack of sexual interaction with such a meaty book. I’d give this story more stars than five if I could!
Goldie spun and nearly fell over.
The man from earlier lunged forward, grabbing her around her elbows and helping keep her upright.
“Oh, thank you. That was incredibly helpful and an excellent reaction time.” Goldie stepped out of his hands, which seemed to linger on her arms until the very last second. Uh oh, maybe he didn’t quite get the message earlier.
Travis chuckled. “Anytime.” His eyes wandered up and down her, warming her but not in a good way. “You sure you don’t want to see my house? I’m thinking we could have a great time there.”
Red flags were waving like they were in a hurricane in her head. “Uh… “
He took her hesitation as an opportunity to step into her personal bubble and leaned down towards her face. “I’ve even got a hot tub out back.”
Goldie felt herself leaning back. “Thanks, but no thanks, Travis. Not really my thing.”
“I’ve got a theatre.”
Seriously? Does he not get it? “No, thank you. I’m not-”
“Hey, hon. I’ve been looking for you everywhere.” A dark, gravelly voice came from Goldie’s right side just as a large arm slipped around her waist.
What the-? Every nerve ending stood on end as Finley put his arm around her. Goldie couldn’t seem to control the shiver that ran down her spine and the electricity that shot out from his hand. Turning sideways, she glared at him, only to be met with an amused smirk.
“Oh, I see. Well, you should have just said so,” Travis cleared his throat and stepped back.
“No.” Goldie’s tone was firm.
Both men froze and looked at her.
Stepping out of Finley’s reach she put her hands on her hips. “We,” she waved a finger between her and Finley, “are not together. And I don’t appreciate you making it seem that way.”
Finley’s expression went from shocked to thunderous in moments. His dark eyes looked like a tornado was brewing and Goldie knew it was time to get out.
She turned back away from Finley. “Travis, thank you for the invitation, but before we were interrupted, I was trying to tell you that I’m not interested. Thank you, anyway.” She turned back to Finley. “As for you, I thank you to keep your hands to yourself. I want no part of this little charade you’re trying to put on. Good night.” Spinning on her heel, she stomped to her car and carefully eased her way out of the busy driveway, leaving both men with their mouths hanging open.
Goldie couldn’t help it. As she watched the men get smaller in her rearview mirror, she couldn’t help but giggle. “Good thing I’ll never see either of those two again.”
Author Laura Ann
Ever since I was in elementary school I have wanted to be an author. Career day was a bit rough, since there is no official uniform for this job. Pajamas and a laptop maybe? Although my clothes change from day to day, my job as a wife and mother doesn’t. My days are filled with my 5 children and enjoying time with my husband, while my evenings are filled with creative time. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Goldilock’s Misunderstood Millionaire is the 9th and final story in the Middleton Prep series. Each novella is a clean, sweet romance loosely based on a beloved fairy tale. They can be read in any order.
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Ms. Cinder’s Prince
Waking Ms. Briar
A Date for the Goose Girl
Running from the Wolf
Ms. Frogg’s Hidden Billionaire
Saving Ms. Gothel
A Billionaire for Ms. Snow
Goldilock’s Misunderstood Billionaire
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