When Hollywood’s best kept salacious “secret” explodes, stars are born.
Music mogul Kate Garrison’s husband is a leading Hollywood director. He also happens to be a cheat. When he’s caught having an affair with an actress, Kate becomes the talk of the town—and not in a good way. So when she stumbles into Hollywood’s new golden boy, Chris Cavanaugh—in the men’s room, of all places—the gossip mill starts working overtime. Especially since Chris is starring in her husband’s next film.
Chris Cavanaugh couldn’t imagine a woman would have such an effect on his life. But amid the gossip and Hollywood politics, his only option is to ride out the media storm and play house. He never expects to actually fall for her, but when illusion begins to look more and more like reality, Chris has his hands full keeping his career intact and his eye on the target of making the Hollywood A-list. So why does spending time with Kate suddenly seem more important?
“Got to love these Hollywood twists. Music mogul Kate Garrison’s secret exposed! Last night paparazzi caught Kate leaving Coriander with rising star Chris Cavanaugh. This has to be the best-kept love affair in Hollywood. They were leaving the restaurant after a nasty argument in the men’s room, no less. But it ended when Chris calmed her down with a hot kiss in front of the restaurant, and then they made a hasty exit in his car. Looks like Kate wasn’t the victim in her divorce from director Jack Pierce after all. People have been speculating all morning how long these two have been involved. And the stinger in all of this is Chris and Jack will be working together soon. All of Hollywood is abuzz about the new movie The Knock-Around Boys, scheduled to go into production in less than two weeks. Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that sound stage.”
Kate smiled. The reporter called her a mogul.
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“Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that sound stage.”
Chris spit out his orange juice. That’s why his guardian angel had looked familiar. She was Jack Pierce’s wife! As a rule he forgot the names and faces of unavailable women. After two near misses with career suicide, Stan educated him on how to resist the temptation of bedding a married man’s wife in this town. He said the next time he was caught with some lovely thing who didn’t belong to him it would definitely put the final nail in his promiscuous coffin.
He went into the foyer to retrieve her business card. He’d placed it under his keys when he came in last night. The fancy card read Kate Garrison, President of Atlantis Records.
His cell phone rang, playing the Bonanza ring tone. It was Stan.
“Stan, my man with the plan!”
“Cut the shit! I am on my third Valium this morning.”
“I don’t think you’re supposed to take so many in one day.”
“You think? Being your agent has significantly shortened my life span faster than Valium. Why do I bother talking to you?”
“Because you said I had superstar potential.” Chris laughed.
“Are you trying to screw yourself out of a career? You are playing with fire. Jack Pierce’s wife?”
“Soon to be ex-wife.”
“I hope you’re ready for the fallout. It’s going to take a miracle for Jack Pierce to let you keep your part in the movie.”
“Trust me, this will all blow over.”
“How long have you been seeing Kate Garrison?” He thought for a moment. “Long enough to know she’s the woman for me.”
Stan choked. “You really know how to screw the pooch good. You in love with her?”
“I don’t know where I’d be without her right now.” Wasn’t that the truth?
“If I were you, I’d go to church today and pray to any deity willing to listen to grant you Hollywood absolution.” Stan ended the call.
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