Going Against Type by Sharon Black
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would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and
a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports
department. But Charlotte is not quite as sure as she seems. Recently split
from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic,
and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.
Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated
man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what
fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good
looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating
glamorous, vain and shallow women.
Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side
Swipe, but is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s
columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors
talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just whom the opponent is...
When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their
relationship develops, so much more proves at stake, than protecting their
alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past
makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings.
When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will
they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?
'So, did you get lucky?' a deep voice drawled.
Charlotte spun to find Mr Panama Hat grinning down at her. Bloody hell, she
thought, smiling back despite herself. Any other man she knew would look
utterly ridiculous in what seemed to be a tailor made, striped linen jacket and
trousers, combined with that damned hat. But he carried it off with a
self-confidence that bordered on swagger.
'Yes actually, I did,' she
admitted, still smiling. 'What about you?'
'I lost. My own fault. I took
a flier on somebody else's tip.'
Charlotte grinned sympathetically.
Mr Panama Hat shook his head, scowling briefly.
‘I read some bloody sports
columnist from Ireland Today. Had a few winners earlier this week. As I said,
it's my own fault. I never normally bother with racing tips. Whoever it is, he
obviously doesn’t know a horse from a three-legged stool.'
Charlotte swallowed hard.
'So how much did you lose?'
she managed, trying to sound casual.
'A thousand.' He caught
Charlotte's horrified expression and laughed. 'Hey, don't look so worried! I'm
a big boy.'
Charlotte stared at him in amazement. Who did that? Maybe he was a rich
eccentric, the kind of guy who hung around the race courses, betting big. Not
caring whether or not he won – or lost everything on the day. That said, she
was damned if she’d come clean!
do you normally gamble this recklessly Mr…?’ Charlotte trailed away
meaninglfully, biro poised over her notebook. He stuck out his hand, a warm
I should have introduced myself. I’m…’
Where have you been? They’re just about to start the judging. Come on darling,
I have to go line up. I want you to be able to see!’
A tall blonde, wearing a rose pink knee-length dress with tiny matching jacket,
pink stiletto sling-back shoes and a dizzy spiral of cream and pink headwear,
teetered over and clung to Derry’s arm. She looked, Charlotte thought, vaguely
familiar. The blonde smiled tightly at Charlotte and then noticed her press
you’re from the papers! Maybe I could talk to you when the judging’s over. Do
you have a photographer with you?’ She didn’t wait for Charlotte to answer, but
rushed on. ‘You’ll have to uxcuse us right now, okay?’
course, don’t let me delay you,’ Charlotte said, stepping back.
Derry began, shooting her a sudden intrigued look. ‘You’re not with Ireland
Today, are you?’
Charlotte managed a surprised laugh.
yes,’ she squeaked. ‘I’m er, writing a piece on Ladies Day.’
right.’ He frowned. ‘What about their Side
Swipe columnist? Do you know him?’
Lie Charlotte. And do it well.
It’s being written anonymously. I think the writer works from home…’ She smiled
brightly at him. Behind Derry, the blonde shot Charlotte a steely glare.
Charlotte glanced one last time at Derry.
should go. And I have to work. Nice to meet you.’ She turned and walked away.
About the Author
SHARON Black grew up in Dublin. She studied history
and politics at University College Dublin and then did post-graduate in
journalism at Dublin City University.
She has worked for national newspapers, including The Evening Herald and The
She had short stories published in U
Magazine and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story
When she is not writing, she reads, walks and sees friends. She co-founded a
local book club 14 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, science
fiction and good stand-up comedy.
She lives in Sandymount, Dublin, with her husband and their three children
Sharon Black Author Page
Author Central: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00RPI1I10
@Authorsharonb on Twitter.
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