Tessa Caldwell’s carefully structured world turns to chaos when a handsome stranger reappears in her life. Although her rational mind insists on a professional association, her heart and her traitorous body have other ideas. Can her sensible nature win against such temptation?
Memories of the petite blonde have haunted Ben Dunham for months. Reality doesn’t match memory when the cool, collected lady wants no part of him. If he intends to pursue Tessa, he has to earn her trust. But Ben carries a dark and dangerous secret. How does he get Tessa to trust him when he can’t trust himself?
Ben crossed the room to the computer table. From where she sat, Tessa caught a whiff of a sensuous blend of spice and citrus as he passed her desk. She swallowed. Hard.
“I take it this was Ed Hardy’s computer and now it’s for my use?” he asked after a moment.
“I guess,” Tessa agreed. Needing to concentrate on something other than how sexy Ben smelled, she dug in her drawer for her appointment book to see what she had on her schedule for the day. Morris wanted her to clean up any outstanding work by the end of the week, leaving her free to focus on new accounts with Ben.
Ben walked over to her desk, folded both arms across his chest and gazed down at her. “Ya know, this polite stranger thing is getting pretty old.” When she looked up, he braced his arms on the edge of the desk and leaned in. “Are we talking to one another or what?”
Tessa dropped the book and flattened into her chair. That now familiar breathless feeling constricted her throat. His stance, his closeness, gave her an exhilarated, restless sensation. Her body reacted to the message she read in his eyes, little jolts of desire mingling with spurts of resentment. She felt ashamed of the treacherous way her body responded to him and if she read his smug expression correctly, he knew exactly what effect he had on her.
No matter what or how she actually felt, her pride demanded that she prove this impertinent man wrong.
Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. Hiking, biking, kayaking and photography are pursuits she enjoys when she’s not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure.