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|Mischief at Midnight
futuristic romance from Rayne Forrest
|Madelyn Murphy isn’t your typical spoiled rich girl. Self-sufficient,
Madelyn maintains only one household drone to help out. She even
does her own cooking, something virtually unheard of for a woman
of her times.
Triple D Drones’ owner, Dallas Dyson, has made a fortune in the
service drone industry. He’ll even lend a helping hand himself if
someone’s in a pinch.
When Madelyn’s service drone breaks just before a dinner party,
she calls Triple D Drones for help. When the new Dallas "prototype"
shows up to lend a hand, Madelyn discovers a bit of a deception.
It's not the latest drone lending a hand - it's a flesh and blood man.
Madelyn has but one question - What's a guy like Dallas Dyson
doing impersonating a drone?
Dallas Dyson had weathered his fair share of calamities, but this one threatened to expand far beyond the
initial predictions. A tiny, fifty-cent relay wreaked havoc across his multi-billion-dollar, service-drone
empire. The years it had taken to build his company into the industry standard, the long hours, hard work,
and personal sacrifices would all be for nothing if he didn’t manage this crisis very carefully.
Almost eighty-percent of the Hazel I model drones around the world equipped with the Gamma Del Royce
upgrade had crashed and burned. His screen lit up with information about the incoming caller, identifying
her as one Madelyn Murphy. Damn. This customer had a GDR equipped original Hazel. He took a deep
breath and forced his lips into a smile.
“Triple D Drones. May I help you?”
Dark hair, dark eyes, the pale complexion of someone who took care not to allow sun damage to her skin,
and a smudge of…Was that a parsley leaf on her otherwise perfect nose? Dallas discretely zoomed in for a
It was a basil leaf on her nose and olive oil in her hair. This didn’t bode well for the condition of her drone.
The GDR upgrade involved Hazel’s cooking protocols.
Her full lower lip quivered. A drop of olive oil broke free and dripped from her bangs. Her eyes rounded in
horror as she swiped her hand over her face.
“Oh, dear. I must look a fright,” she murmured. “I guess it’s a good thing you’re a drone.”
Drone? Not the last time he checked, he wasn’t. Last night, he’d been flesh and blood man as he sweated
through his workout at the gym. His shoulders and thighs still ached from the punishment he inflicted on
his body to keep it in shape. He checked her account.
She didn’t own a Triple D personal pleasure drone, but that didn’t mean some of her friends didn’t, which
would explain why she thought him a drone. Not for the first time, he cursed his vast stupidity in basing
the appearance of the Trent personal pleasure model on his own features.
Dallas quickly gave her the good and bad on her drone, his mind racing as it tried to come up with a
temporary replacement for her.
“Ms. Murphy, we have isolated the problem with the Hazel I model with the most recent food preparation
upgrade. However, we’re waiting for the repair part to become available.”
Her lovely face carefully arranged itself into a bland expression. She blinked rapidly, several times, her
long, thick eyelashes dampened.
Dallas knew from experience to choose his next words carefully else he’d fall into the bottomless pit of
feminine desperation. A woman’s tears sent him to his knees, every time, and this one hovered on the
verge of major flooding.
“However, I’m available to assist you in any capacity necessary.”
He’d not planned on saying that. Good lord, how had that spilled from his lips? He’d lost his mind!
She stared at him, astonishment holding the tears at bay. He watched, mesmerized as the tip of her tongue
flicked over her full lips. She cleared her throat—twice.
“I need an emergency replacement that can assist with preparation and serving a very important dinner
party in…” She checked her watch. “Four hours. I need the replacement to arrive immediately.”
Insanity seized him, sucker punched him right in the gut and he didn’t even feel the blow until it was too
late to dodge it
“I am trained as a chef, ma’am, and as a server with full host protocols. I will arrive in approximately thirty
What the hell was wrong with him? He couldn’t impersonate a drone!
She nodded, forging brusquely ahead. “I’ll expect you to be prompt. Thirty minutes.
Please be prepared to remain on call until my Hazel is repaired.” She pursed her lips. “And…um…activate
your level five personal interaction chip before arriving.”
Dallas’ stomach plunged nervously even as his body sent out urgent, greedy pleas that he fulfill that level
five personal interaction request to the best of his ability. After all, hadn’t he invented what was
frequently called the ‘love machine’ chip? Hadn’t it made him a very wealthy man?
Before he could say another word, his screen blanked as Madelyn severed the link, eliminating the
opportunity for him to tell her the truth before he reported for the assignment. Only one option remained.
Tough it out.
|Mischief at Midnight
(This book was previously published
as part of a two-author anthology.)
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|Whipped Cream Review:
Rayne Forrest has written a quick and entertaining futuristic story.
I enjoyed her writing style and the story was fun....
and [I] will be looking for more from her.