Amber Miller has worked hard to get her small business thriving. Now the Wright family wants to tear down her store to put up a mega center. What’s even worse, the guy who broke her heart in high school is the new CEO of Wright Inc. He’s just as infuriating now—and just as tempting—as he was back then, but she isn’t giving up without a fight.
Logan Wright is back in Pine Falls for one reason: to turn his dad’s failing company around. His plans should put them on the upswing. But he didn’t count on Amber Miller standing in his way, as fiery and stubborn as she was years ago. And the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to resist falling for her again. The only problem is he’s everything she doesn’t want.
She groaned. “Surely we can do better than a soulless, seen-everywhere kit?” She canted her head at the toddlers nearby. “Don’t they deserve better?”
Was she really that concerned, or was this a ploy to distract him? Amber was smart, and she was not his ally; he had to remember that.
“You’re determined to object, are you?”
“It must be a novelty for you, working with someone who stands up to you.”
“Have you ever heard of compromise?”
“What’s that?” she shot back. “A two-bit town in Texas?”
Despite his annoyance, he suppressed a smile. “How about we do this first playhouse my way? You can take charge on the next one.”
She narrowed her eyes at him. “And what happens with the third one?”
“Maybe by then we’ll have reached Compromise, East Texas, population: two.”
Her luscious lips quirked. “Okay, I admit you have a sense of humor.”
A tingling sensation danced through his stomach. For a moment he didn’t recognize it, and then he realized it was lust—pure, hot, animal lust for this complicated, frustrating woman. He found himself leaning toward her, wanting to inhale her subtle fragrance. In tight, frayed jeans, Timberland boots, and a black Nirvana T-shirt, she was strong, sexy, and fascinating.
Her eyes widened, as if she sensed his intent, and they both stilled. The sun blazed down on them, a gentle breeze carrying the scent of grass and flowers, the air soft and summery. Did she feel it, too, this heightened awareness? He was conscious of every detail about her—the wisps of hair clinging to her temples, the flutter of her pulse at the base of her throat, the warmth of her breath. He felt an overwhelming urge to touch her, his skin itching to contact hers. He lifted a hand, determined to cup her cheek.
Then, from behind the fence, a child began to cry, a teacher rushed forward, and the moment burst like a bubble. Amber stepped back, looking flustered, her eyelashes sweeping down in an effort to hide her expression. But he had seen it, that fascination burning in her sherry-colored eyes. The attraction he felt was definitely not one-sided.
About the Author
Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.
Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.