We don't know about you, but we need an excerpt break. Today we've got a flirty scene from Then Came You by Jill Shalvis, the latest in her Animal Magnetism series. Slightly awkward veterinary intern Emily hasn't stopped thinking about the amazing one-night-stand she had with vet Wyatt, who just happens to be her new boss. In this scene Wyatt gives Emily a ride home, and despite Wyatt's alpha peronality, it's Emily making the first move. Enjoy!
Wyatt wrapped his fingers around Emily’s wrist and turned back to his truck.
“Hey. Hey,” she said, tapping him on the shoulder to slow him down. “What are you doing?”
“I’m driving you home.” He hustled her back up into the truck’s passenger seat.
“I can’t ask you to—“
“You didn’t ask.” He shut the door on her next protest and walked around the hood to the driver’s side. He slid behind the wheel and turned to her, an arm up along the back of their seats. His other hand came up and he stroked the worry lines between her brows. “Don’t worry about the car, Emily. I’ll get it to you.”
She nodded. She didn’t trust her voice. He was sitting there, still wearing his puppy and kitty tie. And those glasses that made her want to steam them up. The combination should’ve made him look utterly ridiculous, but it didn’t. Instead, it gave the big, leanly muscled, sexy-as-hell guy an unexpected softness and she wanted to kiss him. The kind of kiss where you tasted each other for a good long time, where you tried not to bite but maybe you bit a little bit anyway.
“You’re staring at me,” he said.
She could practically hear him smile. Good Lord, she was out of control. He was over there being all Captain Platonic, and she wanted to rip that tie off and use it to bind him to her bed.
It was the beer, she decided. It’d awoken her inner slut. He had one hand up on the headrest behind her, the other on the steering wheel, his thumb idly glancing back and forth.
She could remember that thumb doing the same over her nipple. “This is never going to work.”
“What?” he asked.
“Nothing.” Get a grip. The night was dark around them, pitch dark in a way that she never really got to see in Los Angeles with all its city and street lights.
Here, there were no lights at all, nothing but stars littered like diamonds across a blanket of black velvet. It took her breath. “It’s really beautiful here.”
“You sound surprised.”
She turned to him and felt herself brush up against the inside of his forearm where it rested behind her. It was shockingly like being in his arms. She felt his fingers brush her bare arm and she shivered. “What are you doing?” she whispered.
“Waiting for you to tell me where you live.”
Oh. Right. “I live off highway 29, between Rancher’s Way and Fisher Creek Road.”
“I own some land out that way,” he said, turning the truck’s engine over and pulling out of the lot. “Ten acres.”
“You live there?” she asked, wondering if they were neighbors. “With your sisters?”
“No, the land is just mine. I’m going to build a place on it eventually.” He glanced at her. “Just out of morbid curiosity, what did you think I was doing back there.”
“Trying to turn me on.”
He smiled. “I don’t have to try.”
If you want the whole story, Then Came You is on sale now, in print and digitally. And for more romantic tales, be sure to visit our Everything Romance page!