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Wanted excerpt

An Excerpt From: WANTED

She fought like a tigress, and a growl left her lips. She bucked her body, trying to dislodge him, but barely lifted him an inch. A hard smile

She fought like a tigress, and a growl left her lips. She bucked her body, trying to dislodge him, but barely lifted him an inch. A hard smile crossed his face. Leaning down close to her, he whispered, “Gotcha.”

Dani closed her eyes as she felt the bitter taste of defeat. It settled in her chest, blocking out any hopes for her future. She wouldn’t be slipping out of his clutches this time. No, she’d just drawn a “Go Directly to Jail” card.

She cried out from the frustration. She was trapped. It didn’t matter how she twisted her wrists or pulled against the metal. He had her.

She opened her eyes and found him looking down at her. His dark brown eyes were deep and fathomless, but she detected a hint of some emotion… Sympathy? Did he feel sorry for her? “Please take them off.”

He let out a low laugh. “Not on your life.”

He shifted his weight, and all of a sudden, she became vividly aware of the hard bulge against the niche at the top of her legs.

“Now,” he said, “we talk.”

Talk?

She wiggled, trying to get her wrists loose, but stopped when he let out a low curse.

He gritted his teeth. “I’m not letting you loose until we straighten out this… thing between us.”

The thing between them had her full attention, but something in his tone made her look at his face. He was deadly serious.

“And yeah, that’s part of it.”

She lifted her chin. “You wouldn’t dare.”

She wouldn’t put much past him, but he had principles. He wouldn’t force her.

The question was, would he have to?

Slowly, he reached for the tie of her robe. “Wouldn’t I?”

She watched, her muscles tense, as he methodically undid the knot at her waist. There was nothing she could do when his fingers sank into the cushy lapel of her robe… and just sat there, the weight of his hand resting against her breast.

“Bastard,” she hissed.

She watched anxiously as a muscle twitched in his jaw. Her nipples tingled, and she bit her lip when the one near his hand bumped against his knuckle.

He picked up her phone from the mattress. “Were you going to text me?” he asked.

She wanted to say no but couldn’t.

He flipped it open one-handed. He paged through the screens, seeing who she’d contacted, which was nobody, and who was in her contacts. His expression softened when he saw he was number one. He tossed the phone aside. Bracing his hand beside her head on the pillow, he leaned closer. “I’ve missed you, Danielle.”

She went still.

“I didn’t know where you were, if you were okay, or if you were ever going to call again.” His dark eyes got cloudy. “I didn’t like it.”

She hadn’t liked it either. The separation had hurt, but he was the one who’d caused it. “You betrayed me.”

“I crossed a line,” he said. “I’ll admit it, but something needed to change. This cat-and-mouse game has been going on too long.”

“It’s not a game.”

“You’re right. That’s why I’m done playing.”

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