“We have to stop meeting in bars like this.” Allegra’s hand lingered on his shoulder for a moment before she stepped around him and ordered a sparkling water with lemon. “I’m beginning to think you have a drinking problem.”
“Don’t believe every Aussie stereotype you hear.” He raised his glass in her direction and downed the remainder of his whiskey. “Bottoms up.”
She blushed and it made him want to ravish her on the spot.
Leaning in close to place his glass on the bar, he said, “Did anyone ever tell you you have a filthy mind?”
She stiffened before deliberately stepping away. “You’re the one twisting things, not me.”
He threw up his hands in mock surrender. “Hey, I wasn’t the one who wanted to have hot, climb-the-walls sex.”
“Shh, someone might hear you,” she hissed, the pink on her cheeks deepening to crimson.
“Actually, I stand corrected.” He snapped his fingers. “I do want to have hot sex with you, but I wasn’t the one who said it first.”
“Forget I ever said that.” She picked up her drink, avoided his gaze by staring into it, and jabbed at the floating lemon wedge with a straw. “Surely you’ve said something in the spur of the moment and regretted it later?”
“You regret wanting to have sex with me?” He shook his head, mustering a hangdog wounded expression. “Because I could give you a plethora of glowing recommendations.”
Her lips curved into a devastating smile that illuminated her eyes. “You’ve got a smart mouth.”
“Matches the rest of me.” He lowered his voice and crooked his finger. “You can call me Einstein.”
She swatted him away as laughter spilled from the mouth he’d like to ravage.
“Look, I’m not usually that forward. The kiss, what I said…” She waved her hand around. Yeah, like that would erase the scintillating encounter. “It’s not me.”
“Then why did you do it?”
He wanted her to say because she couldn’t help it, because she got caught up in the moment, because she couldn’t fight the sexual attraction simmering between them.
She gnawed on her bottom lip for a moment before straightening, as if coming to a momentous decision. “Honestly?”
“Works for me.” He preferred honesty any day of the week over subterfuge and cunning and lies, three things Reeve had been a master at, considering what the scheming bastard had done to their agency.
She sighed. “There’s something about you that made me ignore the rules of a lifetime.”
Impressed by her candor, he said, “What rules?”
Her gaze met his reluctantly, the depth of her uncertainty surprising him. For a woman who strode rather than walked, and held her head high, she appeared vulnerable.
“I never, ever lose control.” She sucked in a breath, as if she expected him to laugh. “And that’s what being around you makes me feel.” She exhaled on a long sigh. “Like I could lose control and enjoy it.”
In his world, not many people were that blunt, and her honesty made him want her all the more. He had two options: resort to his usual teasing banter or accept her admission for what it was—a truth that could make them both go a little crazy.
“Losing control isn’t so bad,” he said, touching her hand, knowing from her sharp intake of breath that she acknowledged that this attraction between them was potent. “In fact, it can be pretty damn amazing.”
“Spoken like the voice of experience.” Her response held bite but she didn’t move her hand away. “So how many women have you picked up at airports and lost control with?”
He screwed up his eyes, pretending to think. “Including today? One.”
Taking a chance, he entwined his fingers with hers. She didn’t disengage. “And from a dumbass guy’s point of view? It’s pretty damn incredible when a woman voices exactly what she wants.”
Competitors by day, lovers by night…
Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort’s lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms of a wickedly distracting Australian, Allegra’s tempted to skip the trip and explore the most sensual kiss she’s ever experienced. Too bad their chance encounter at the airport is just that.
Having recently lost his company to his former best friend’s shady business tactics, Jett Halcott is headed to a South Pacific resort to secure an advertising account that will resurrect his reputation and career. Realizing the tantalizing Allegra Wilks is on his flight, Jett envisions a week filled with business and pleasure. But Jett doesn’t know Allegra’s fighting for the same account, or that there’s more at stake than his heart.
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