In Climax, North Carolina, climbing the professional ladder means making the right connections. And Paxton Cates is about to form a partnership he never expected . . .
High school English teacher Jolene Joyner, Ms. Climax Model Citizen of the Year for the last two years, is in trouble for the first time in her perfect life. And when she lands in jail, she needs to call her life-long nemesis for help.
Lawyer Paxton Cates has his path to a judgeship all mapped out, except his bachelor status is keeping him off too many of the guest lists where all the real networking is done. So when Ms. Goody-Two-Shoes Joyner, the bane of his youth, calls him for help, he sees a chance for them to help each other.
What’s a little quid quo pro between enemies? Paxton’s willing to help—all Jo has to do is pretend to be head-over-heels in stable couplehood with him for six months.
Other than the fact that no one is likely to believe they’re a couple, there is one other teensy, weensy problem. After a lifetime of being the good girl, Jo really, really loves being bad. She has plans to be bad more often. A good girl would warn Paxton, but a bad girl…she’ll let him figure it out for himself.