His Ex's Well-Kept Secret

By: Joss Wood

She’s keeping this billionaire’s son a secret...

Down-on-her-luck heiress Piper Mills will do anything to help her baby—even strike a deal with the devil who impregnated her! Due to a car accident, Jaeger Ballantyne has no memory of the passionate night he and Piper shared...or that he’s Ty’s father. Purchasing Piper’s heirloom sapphires is the only thing on his agenda...until seducing the green-eyed temptress takes over.

Piper’s falling for the stubborn tycoon, even as she continues to guard her secret. Can a man with no memory of their past find a way to forgive her so they can create a future?





“I’m not asking you to marry me, Piper, or even date me,” Jaeger replied.

This wasn’t how the conversation normally went. He usually fielded the demands about when he’d be calling, when their next date would be. He didn’t particularly care that the shoe was very firmly, and uncomfortably, on the other foot. “I was just wondering if you’d like to—”

“Hook up again sometime?” Piper tipped her head and the corners of her mouth lifted. When she exposed her neck he wanted to nibble on her collarbone, kiss that spot under her jaw. “Thanks, but no. Hooking up is not something I make a habit of. This interlude will be a lovely memory, but re-creating this back home won’t work for me.”

Piper stood up and pulled the knot on her robe, allowing the sides to fall open. With a small shrug the robe slid down her arms and then to the floor and she stood in front of him, gloriously naked. She straddled his thighs and gently touched his mouth with hers. “If this is all the time we have, then we’re wasting it.”

She was the perfect one-night stand; she’d let him off the hook with no drama and little fanfare and he should feel grateful, he thought, lowering her to the bed.

So then, why didn’t he?

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His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret is part of the Ballantyne Billionaires series—A family who has it all...except love!





Dear Reader,

Meet the Ballantynes!

Jaeger, Beckett, Linc and Sage are the heirs to a family empire built on fine gemstones. Raised by their uncle Connor, they are Manhattan royalty, and they have it all: wealth, prestige, smarts and good looks. They haven’t been quite as successful at love...finding it or keeping it.

His Ex’s Well-Kept Secret is Jaeger’s story. He’s the family gem hunter, traveling the globe to source exquisite and exceptional stones for jewelry destined for their high-end worldwide jewelry stores. Jaeger is back in New York City when Piper, a woman he met—and spent the night with—in Milan reappears in his life. She desperately needs to sell her cache of inherited rare and exceptional Kashmir sapphires. It should be a simple transaction, but Jaeger doesn’t remember her from Milan. Neither does he know Piper brought back more than a memory from their time in Italy. Jaeger wants to buy her sapphires; Piper wants to keep her secrets. They both want each other.

Jaeger, Piper and Ty are characters who are going to stay with me for a long time, so look for their brief appearances in Beck’s, Linc’s and Sage’s books.

I’m having such fun writing about the Ballantynes and I very much hope you enjoy them, too! Connect with me at www.josswoodbooks.com, on Twitter, @josswoodbooks or Facebook at Joss Wood Author.

Happy reading,

Joss







Prologue

In the presidential suite of a boutique hotel on the Via Manzoni, the most luxurious hotel in Milan, Jaeger Ballantyne ran his hand down a slim female back, the bumps of her spine pearls under satin skin.

The fine cotton sheet covered Piper’s hips and draped her butt. Jaeger couldn’t stop touching her, loving the feel of her warm skin under his rough hand. He’d had women in his hotel room before, probably more than he should have, and while Piper was not the most beautiful female he’d ever had in his bed, she was certainly the most magnetic. Since the moment she’d stumbled into his life a day and a half ago, he’d thought of little else.

Exceptional gems—the cut and sparkle of diamonds, rubies, opals, emeralds and a dozen more—captured and held his attention. Women? Not so much. Like diamonds destined for the mass market, they were generally nicely cut and well polished but nothing exceptional. And when he did find one a cut above the rest, he enjoyed her and quickly moved on.

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