Playing dirty in the boardroom just got a whole lot dirtier….
Billionaire Alexander Kazankov always wins. But he didn’t count on high-heeled, drop-dead sexy Lily Bennett getting in the way of his latest deal. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, not when he’s so close to making things right for his family.
Lily may walk and talk like a Southern piece of fluff, but she’s been underestimated before. She’s determined to succeed—and no entitled, arrogant asshole, especially the too-gorgeous-for-his-own-good-kind, is going to get in her way.
Oil meet water. Gasoline meet spark. It’s all out war as these two enemies go toe-to-toe in an ugly, take no prisoners battle to prove they’re the right choice to be CEO of the same company. All too soon playing dirty in the boardroom leads to playing even dirtier in the dark. It’s destined to end in personal and professional disaster. So why can’t they stop?
“Do...do you want to talk about it?”
She ignored the brief stab of hurt. “I understand.”
“I think I do. You feel guilty even being here right now.”
Pain flared in his gaze. “Yes.”
But he was here anyway. Unable to help himself. Drawn to her. Just like she was to him.
She advanced another small step. “I’m not sorry you’re here. I’m glad.”
He shook his head. Looked away.
He’d been strong for her once. Known exactly what she needed. She was determined to be the same for him now. “It’s okay, Alexi. I really do understand.”
Shifting restlessly, he plowed a hand through his hair. Even with the distance still between them, she could sense the violence of his emotions.
It was several long heartbeats before he spoke. “The first thing I thought after I found out Lena was okay was how badly I wanted to be with you.” His gaze tangled with hers, as intense and raw and unapologetic as ever. “I shouldn’t have, but all I could think of was feeling your skin against mine. Drawing your scent into my lungs. Wrapping your thighs around me and driving deep.” He took a step closer. “Forgetting everything else and coming alive. The way I only do when I’m with you.”
Her heart stuttered and then floated out of her chest.
For a man like Alexi, to admit his need was probably as comfortable as swallowing a sharp knife. But here he was. Scared shitless, grieving, desperate for solace—and he’d come to her.
Her. The woman who been told a million times she was only good for one thing. Who’d been useful to the first man in her life as a pretty face and a punching bag. Who’d been useful to her second as a trophy and a nurse.
But not to this man. He was here because of her strength. Because she’d lived his pain and survived it. Experienced the same anguish of watching someone you loved dying, helpless to do anything. She knew how badly it ate at you. She understood words couldn’t do a damn thing to ease the agony.
Sometimes you just had to escape for a little while. Lean on someone else. Lose yourself in someone else.
“I’m here,” she told him, letting the last of her defenses crumble. “We can forget together. Come alive together.”
His gaze darkened to near black, his stare tracing from her running shoes past her jogging shorts and T-shirt up to her lips. “If you’re going to run, you better do it now.”
Excitement shivered along her skin. “And if I’m in the mood to be caught?”
“Even better.” He opened his arms. She didn’t hesitate. Sprinting forward, she leaped. Her mouth claiming his as he wrapped his arms around her and carried her backward into the trees.
Pure and total insanity with no outcome but disaster in sight, and yet she couldn’t stop if she wanted.
About the Author
Alison Aimes is the award-winning author of the sexy, sci-fi romance Condemned series as well as the sizzling, contemporary romance Billionaire Bad Boys collection. A romance fanatic with a PhD in Modern history, she’s an all-over-the-map kind of woman with a love for dramatic stories and great books, no matter the era. Now, she’s creating her own stories full of intrigue and passion, but always with a happy-ever-after ending.
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