Amber Miller has worked hard to get her small business thriving. Now the Wright family wants to tear down her store to put up a mega center. What’s even worse, the guy who broke her heart in high school is the new CEO of Wright Inc. He’s just as infuriating now—and just as tempting—as he was back then, but she isn’t giving up without a fight.
Logan Wright is back in Pine Falls for one reason: to turn his dad’s failing company around. His plans should put them on the upswing. But he didn’t count on Amber Miller standing in his way, as fiery and stubborn as she was years ago. And the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to resist falling for her again. The only problem is he’s everything she doesn’t want.
He hefted up a roof truss, his biceps gleaming in the slanting rays. “So you’re seeing someone?”
She frowned at his question, wondering if there was something more behind the casual enquiry. “I’m not dating anyone at the moment, if that’s what you’re asking.”
Logan climbed down and set the truss on the ground near her. He flicked the hair from his eyes and gazed at her. “That’s good to know.” His words and his look seemed loaded with meaning.
She pursed her lips, trying to fight the allure of his green eyes. “Why? What’s it to you whether I’m dating someone or not?”
“It means I don’t have to feel guilty about this thing between us.”
Heat rose in her and spread through her body. “This thing?”
“Yeah, this…connection. Don’t try to deny it.” He was standing very close to her now, and his physical presence began to overwhelm her. His vitality was as palpable as the warmth of the sun, sinking deep into her pores, combining with her own volatile heat.
“Let’s face it, Amber,” he said, his voice a husky invitation. “It’s always been there. It was there in high school, and it’s still present. I think it’s even stronger.”
She should take a step back. She should smirk at him and make some smart-aleck comment. She should treat his remark with the contempt it deserved. But she didn’t do any of these things. She just stared at him, allowing him to weave his web, drowning in the depths of his moss-cool eyes.
He touched her arm. Just one finger, trailing delicately up the soft, sensitive inner side of her arm. She shivered, startled by the pleasure of his touch. Even though the sting of the past still lingered, she couldn’t resist the hold he had over her. Her brain told her to pull her arm away, but her body refused to obey.
Swallowing, she finally found her voice. “Why are you doing this?”
On and on his finger delighted her, tortured her. His fingertip lingered on the pulse at her wrist, making her feel as if he had a direct line to her heart.
“Because it’s too big to ignore.”
She didn’t even try to deny his words. Her senses leaped at his slow caress. Her fingers twitched, eager to touch him, explore him, but she bit down hard on the impulse. “Try harder.”
“Maybe I don’t want to.”
“It’s a distraction.”
“Don’t we need a distraction from time to time?”
She took a breath. “We don’t even like each other.”
“We’re competitors. We want different things.”
His fingers curled around hers. He rubbed his thumb slowly against her palm, and it was the most erotic handholding she’d ever experienced. Desire pooled in her, the measured stroke of his pad triggering sensual fantasies.
“There are some things we both want.”
Coleen Kwan writes contemporary and steampunk romance for Carina Press and Entangled Publishing.
Coleen has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.