Book & Author Details:
Stiff Drink by Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. She is just about to become a full barrister, a British litigating attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six-feet and four-inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything, even his crazed, badly behaved puppy.
Unless he shapes up.
Her new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle.
The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on naked, drunk women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party.
Arthur was enough to make any woman need a stiff drink.
Octavia Hawkes glared at Gen. “How are you going to prevent Lord Severn from ending up in the gossip pages again? How are you going to prevent it tonight?”
Gen quailed. “I—I guess I could follow him around and keep an eye on him instead of working here. That’s better than hitting refresh on the computer all night to see whether a photographer has already snapped an incriminating picture of him. You said yourself that he needs adult supervision. I’m an adult.”
That last part might have been a little more bitter than Gen had intended, but dang it, that whole night had been one anxiety-fueled refresh after another.
Octavia Hawkes leaned toward Gen. “And how do you plan to do that?”
Gen looked over Hawkes’s shoulder at Arthur Finch-Hatten, the Earl of Severn, the glorious scion of the British Empire—glamorous and gorgeous and strong and tall—who was silently laughing at her inability to keep him from destroying his life and her career.
Her hands clenched into fists. Gen said, “I just won’t let him put himself in undesirable positions.”
Lord Severn, Arthur, chuckled. “Good luck with that.”
Time to rope that steer and hogtie at least three of his legs.
Gen lifted her chin. “We’ll put it out there that I’m his new girlfriend. I’ll stay with him every waking hour, and he’ll stay with me. He’s been caught by a woman, and so it’s perfectly logical if he isn’t drinking and whoring his way across London anymore. I will be his supervising adult.”
Lord Severn stood and towered over both of them, panic widening his silvery eyes. “Wait a minute—”
“And if you don’t behave—” Gen stood up, braced her hands on her hips, and stared nearly straight into his gorgeous, shimmering eyes. She almost melted but she sure as Hell didn’t let herself get all gooey, “—then you can find yourself some new barristers, new ones who aren’t tenants in these chambers. You can start all the Hell over with someone else.”
Octavia Hawkes’s head snapped up, and her overly plush lips stretched into a grin. “I think that’s an exceptional idea, Gen.”
Lord Severn didn’t seem distressed by this development at all. Indeed, his face was utterly emotionless, and his silvery eyes turned icy. “So you’re to be my girlfriend in all ways?”
That asshole was trying to run her off.
“Hell, no,” Gen said, her Texas accent turning harsher than usual in her mouth. “You’ll give me no lip and keep your hands to yourself.”
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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.