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Iain wasn’t just rough around the edges—he was uncivilized, despite all the elegant trappings and expensive suits. And Brynn wanted more of it. She wanted Iain in full-on barbarian mode.
She wanted to be taken.
Filthy rich British bad boy Iain Chapman made a name for himself as a ruthless businessman, but if he can secure an investment from Vegas powerhouse Trevor Blake, Iain could take his business to the next level. Solution? Hire beautifully timid corporate trainer—and Trevor’s sister-in-law—Brynn Campbell and seduce his way to success.
Brynn’s everything Iain is not: kind, delicate, decent. But she’s also got a taste for something a little beastly, and it doesn’t take long for Iain to break through her every inhibition. Brynn was supposed to be his pawn, but as Iain gets closer to his goal, he begins to realize he’s not ready to let her go, not now, not ever—even if it costs him everything.
Brynn glanced over her shoulder. “That would be nice, thank you.”
While she was looking away, Iain took the opportunity to study her breasts. The blouse was deceptively sheer. Tilting his head, he tried to see through the crinkly material, but he couldn’t even detect the outline of her bra. It was maddening and enticing at the same time. As soon as Ames shut the door, Brynn faced him again. And caught him staring.
Swallowing audibly, she raised the black binder, clutching it to her chest and blocking his view. “Why don’t we get started?” she asked.
“Yes, why don’t we?”
She stared at him for a beat, then squared her shoulders and stuck one hand in her purse. She pulled out a pen and opened her book to the front page.
Iain tried to get a peek at what she jotted down, but she snapped the notebook closed before he could read it. “Are you taking notes on me, love?”
Brynn angled her head to look up at him. “If I were your employee, your suggestive glances might be considered actionable.”
“Actionable how? Like we’d clear the desk and have at it?”
Her brows drew together and formed a small V. “That comment would definitely qualify as actionable.”
He leaned down, caught a whiff of perfume—vanilla and something floral. “Pretend you never heard it.” Iain breathed her in. Absolutely delicious.
Her lips parted slightly, but she didn’t move away. Brynn Campbell might be wary, but she was also interested. “The key to running a successful business,” she whispered, “is keeping a professional attitude. Sniffing me probably isn’t professional.”
“Depends on what your profession is, I suppose. And here I thought the key to running a successful business was making money. Shows how fucking little I know, eh?”
“Do you always use that language?” Brynn opened her notebook and scribbled again. “With employees, I mean.”
“Yeah. I don’t believe in censoring myself.” He hadn’t moved away, was still leaning toward her. Her shallow breaths caused her chest to rapidly rise and fall, and that became the focus of Iain’s attention. Her breasts were so tiny, he’d be able to suck on the whole damned thing. The thought made his mouth water.
“Um, I don’t feel very comfortable when you look at me like that.”
Iain reached out, his finger grazing a red splotch on the side of her throat. “I wasn’t trying to make you feel comfortable.”
“Oh.” She paused. “I feel that, together, we can create a work environment that is both productive and respectful. I don’t feel respected as a colleague right now.” She stepped back two paces, leaving Iain’s hand dangling in the air before he let it fall to his side.
Blimey, she was serious. And so lovely it almost stole the breath out of his lungs. Iain felt an unwilling smile pull at the corners of his lips. “Are you quoting from a book or something?”
Brynn nodded and cleared her throat. “A manual, actually. Leading by Example: A Partnership in Effectiveness.”
“Sounds boring enough to send me to sleep.”
“I wrote it.”
About Terri Austin
Award nominated author, Terri L. Austin, spends her time dreaming up fierce heroes and snarky heroines. At night, she watches too much reality TV, then blogs about it the next day. She met her own Prince Charming in the middle of a bridal shop, and they’ve been together ever since. Catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook, AllAboutTheTea.com or at TerriLAustin.com. She loves to hear from readers.