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by Brenda Jackson

Genre: Current Series Imprints, Harlequin Desire, Series

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Rico figured there were a lot of things in life he didn’t know. But the one thing he did know was that there was no way Megan Westmoreland was going anywhere with him. Being alone with her in this office was bad enough. The thought of them sitting together on a plane or in a car headed to Texas was too close for comfort. It was arousing him just thinking about it.

He was attracted to her and had been from the moment he’d seen her at her brother’s wedding. The moment his and Megan’s gazes had locked he’d felt desire rush through him. It had shocked the hell out of him. His gaze had moved over her, taking in everything single thing he saw, every inch of what he’d liked. And he’d liked it all. Way too much. From the abundance of dark curls on her head to the creamy smoothness of her mahogany skin, from the shapely body in a bridesmaid gown to the pair of silver stilettos on her feet. She had looked totally beautiful.

At the age of thirty-six, he’d figured he was way too old to be that attracted to any woman. After all, he’d dated quite a few women in his day. And just by looking, he could tell Megan was young, that she hadn’t turned thirty yet. But her age hadn’t stopped him from staring and staring and staring…until one of her cousins had reclaimed his attention. But still, he had thought about her more than he should have since then.

“I’ll notify my superiors so they can find a replacement for me while I’m gone,” she said, breaking into his thoughts. “There are only a few surgeries scheduled for tomorrow, and I figure we’ll be back in a week or so.”

Evidently, since he hadn’t said anything, she thought he was okay with the idea of her accompanying him to Texas. Boy was she wrong. “Sorry Megan, there’s no way I’ll let you come with me. I have a rule about working alone.”   

He could tell by the mutinous expression on her face that he was in for a fight. That didn’t bother him. Growing up, he’d had two younger sisters to deal with so he knew how to handle a stubborn female.

“Surely you can break that rule this one time.”

He shook his head. “Sorry, I can’t.”

She crossed her arms over her chest. “Other than the fact that you prefer working alone, give me another reason I can’t go with you.”

He crossed his arms over his own chest. “I don’t need another reason. Like I said, I work alone.” He did have a reason, but he wouldn’t be sharing it with her.   

“Why are you being difficult?”

“Why are you?”

“I’m not,” she said, throwing her head back and gritting out her words. “This is my great-grandfather we’re talking about.”

“I’m fully aware of who he was. You and I talked extensively before I agreed to take on this case, and I recall telling you that I would get you the information you wanted…doing things my way.”

“As the client, I demand that you take me,” she said.

He narrowed his gaze. “You can demand all you want, but you’re not going to Texas with me.”

“And why not?”

“I’ve told you my reason. Now, can we move on to something else please?”

She stood up. “No, we can’t move on to something else.”

“You’re acting like a spoiled child.”

Megan’s jaw dropped. “A spoiled child? I’ve never acted like a spoiled child in my entire life. And as for going to Texas, I will be going since there’s no reason that I shouldn’t.”

He didn’t say anything for a moment. “Okay, there is another reason I won’t take you with me. One that you’d do well to consider.”

She had pushed him, and he didn’t like being pushed.

“Fine, let’s hear it,” she snapped furiously.

He placed his hands in the pockets of his jeans, stood with his legs braced apart and leveled his gaze on her. “I want you, Megan. Bad. And if you go anywhere with me, I’m going to have you.” 

He then turned and walked out of her office.