Tangled by Elizabeth Reyes Excerpt

Title: Tangled  (The Moreno Brothers, #5.5)

Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2014
 
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Just when Romero thought he’d conquered his
anger issues…

Now that Izzy has
earned her credentials to teach at a college level, Romero is doing his best to
be supportive. Even after she informs him she won’t be teaching.

She’ll be assisting a professor—a recently divorced professor
whom she’ll work with side by side.

Isabel loves being
home with her kids, but she’s ready to get back to her career—back to a world
where she can enjoy some in-depth political conversations with someone who
really gets it. The brilliant Political Science professor she’s assigned to assist
seems to be the perfect fit.

But when those conversations get a little personal, Isabel
isn’t sure if she’s just being silly or if the professor is sending insidiously
veiled messages.

Romero’s knack for
picking up on her unease only complicates things, especially because Isabel
also has a big Christmas surprise for him. With suspicions awakened, Romero’s
interpretation of Isabel’s sneakiness stirs that dormant rage he hasn’t had to
deal with in years, and emotions become furiously Tangled.

 
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Isabel has been talking to the professor she works side with now and
she just explained how she met her security investigator husband at a wedding.

 
He smiled, bringing the tip of his reading
glasses to his lips. “I thought maybe you two met by way of his job: something
interesting like he fell in love with the beautiful woman he was supposed to be
investigating.”
 
Feeling her face flush instantly, she shook her
head too quickly. “No, nothing like that,” she said, swallowing hard.
 
“I’m sorry if that was inappropriate.” He sat
up. “I didn’t mean to embarrass you.”
 
Calling attention to the fact that she was
probably beet red now wasn’t helping. “No, don’t worry. I blush really easily,”
she said, laughing nervously. “It’s a curse and one of the first things my
husband said he’d noticed about me. He’s, uh,” she added, bringing her hand to
her face and touching her warm cheek, “still highly entertained by it,
actually.”
 
He stared at her for a moment without saying
anything then smiled. “I can see why.”
 
Their eyes met for a moment too long, and
without thinking, she began blurting things out: how her former roommate was
dating Romero’s friend at the time and then about meeting him at Alex’s
brother’s wedding shower. She even told him how at first she’d been afraid they
might be too different. “But I guess it’s true what they say about opposites
attracting, because here we are years later, happily married with two kids.”
 
The moment she said that last part she felt
utterly ridiculous. For some stupid reason, she’d felt it necessary to throw
that in, but he already knew this! Her face began to warm again as the
mortification set in. Did he possibly
pick up on the fact that, for an instant there, she thought he needed to be
reminded?
 
Each day there were dozens and dozens of young,
pretty, and very likely single girls who sat in awe of their brilliant and very
attractive professor. He had to know this—had to know that while it went
against school policy to date his students, he still could have his pick of any
single girls on campus. 
 
Why in the world would he need to be reminded that his
assistant was happily married? Just because of his beautiful comment?
 
Jesus, she was an idiot.
 
“And they’re probably right,” he said, still
staring at her in that way he always had, but somehow it felt different now.
“It’s probably why my ex-wife and I couldn’t work things out. We were too much alike. Yet my stubborn heart
keeps getting drawn to women like her, women I can talk to for hours on end and
never get bored.” He smiled, and again the moment went on a bit too long, but
mercifully, he continued before she had to think of a response to that—she had
nothing. “My ex-wife is also a professor at a university, only she teaches
Women Studies.”He laughed softly now. “You can imagine the discussions she and
I had. While some of those discussions could often get heated, it’s what I miss
most. Any woman can offer physical pleasure. To me, it’s always been about how
a woman can pleasure my mind.”
 
For the first time since they’d been sitting
there talking, there was too long of a moment when neither said anything
because she suddenly felt speechless.
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USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer
to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine
(Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total
and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street,
and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with
as much excitement that she’ll continue to put out books related to these
series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.
 
In 2014 she will take her next step in the
exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book
with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self
published books as well.
 
 
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