The MatchMakers Author:Janet Dailey His words were like a knife in her heart. Of all the romantic fools, Kathleen thought, she had to top the list. In her crazy old-fashioned thinking, she had believed Jordan Long would want to marry her. Instead, he wanted to set her up as his mistress. Her eyes searched the beloved features of his face, scarcely believing the words he?d just... more » spoken. Could she be satisfied with such a tenuous existence?willing to accept the crumbs of his attention, never sharing the joys and sorrows of everyday life? ?No.? Kathleen was startled to discover she?d spoken aloud. ?No,? she repeated. ?I don?t want you to make love to me.?
Jordan Long?s question irritated Kathleen. ?I wanted a change,? she said, trying to control her temper. ?Besides, nurses aren?t that well paid.? ?It must have sounded like a cushy job.? He said sarcastically, ?looking after two nearly grown girls, receiving room and board and a generous salary, with an employer who was absent the better part of the year. So you ignored the age qualification.? ?I didn?t look at it that way,? she replied tightly. ?And I don?t see why my age matters.? ?You can?t be that na?ve, Miss Darrow.? His voice was soft and suggestive. ?Can?t you think of one reason why it might not be suitable for a woman as young and as attractive as you are to stay in my house??« less