Spoiled and wanting

It was a good bet that Hilary Bell was the oldest nineteen-year-old in the world. The same was probably true for every one of her ages since sixteen. With make-up and the right hairdo, she had always made herself look older, act older, and smell older – with a certain perfume that most people couldn’t…

Peeling layers

A love interest in its early stages is just that – an interest, a beginning, a place to draw one in like a magnet and peel a layer to see what lurks beneath the surface. Such was the case with Juliet Jones and Stacy Bell. Julie couldn’t hide the sparkle in her hazel eyes when…

Falling for the house guest

Juliet Jones was unabashedly a sucker for a man who was laid up. Call it Florence Nightingale syndrome. Call it a soft spot for the injured and disadvantaged. Call it what you will. Whenever a guy merely limped in her direction, her heart simply melted and help was on the way. Pops called any man…

The love interest returns

On the evening after Mr. Gorgeous had left, Juliet Jones found herself back in the kitchen, brooding over a pair of dishes that she was drying with a soft towel. She wondered how in the world she had suddenly felt like a school girl with a crush again. Very few men had ever had such…

Love pays a visit

It wasn’t every day that Julie had the opportunity to fall in love with a man she had just met. Stacy Bell had all the fixings of the right guy, or at least the recipe of someone she might consider caring about. So he had a sordid past. Who didn’t? Was she ever concerned about…

Scuttling closer

If Stacy Bell were a pick-up freighter with thick treads and a heavy stick shift, Julie would have hopped aboard for the ride and let him take her for a spin. More than once … or however many times it took to drive her home. Oh, and then once more around the block couldn’t hurt….

Learning lessons and moving on

The aroma in the kitchen at the Jones’ rivaled a five-star, Michelin-star, golden-eat-your-heart-out-star restaurant with Juliet as the star. The sizzling stove-top grilled steak was piping hot when it was presented on Mr. Gorgeous’ plate. Julie knew, as Pops had always told her, that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, and…