For single mom Bobbie Jo Weston, finding a husband is not on her to-do list. She’s focused on turning a run-down chicken farm into a Bed & Breakfast. She agrees to let a friend’s nephew stay with her in exchange for his handyman skills, but she wasn’t counting on the super sexy Seth Landry being that guy.
Seth has a special skill-set, all right, but it has nothing to do with hammering nails. As a retired member of The Resistance—an elite group of ex-military soldiers—his dark, unsettling past haunts him. He needs a place to lay low, and an out-of-the-way B&B is nothing short of perfect. The blonde beauty doesn’t trust men, and he doesn’t plan on sticking around long enough to change her mind.
The closer they get, the more they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. And while Bobbie holds on to her fear of watching another man walk out of their lives, Seth’s mere presence has put them all in jeopardy. The only way to ever be free of his dangerous past is for him to accept one last mission…
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I tried to keep myself from wincing. “No, that’s all right. I don’t need to talk about anything.”
“Okay, then you listen while I do the talking.” He moved toward me and came to a stop directly in front of me. “I’m only here for a short time.”
He didn’t say anything else so I guessed that was his big ta-da moment. But I still didn’t understand what that had to do with me. “Okay. So what does that have to do with last night?”
“I’m a drifter. I never stay in one place long. It keeps things from getting too complicated that way.”
“Well, I sure the hell didn’t ask you to stay for the summer. That’s on you…or possibly your uncle.”
“I know that.” He sighed. “Look, I just need a quiet place to lay low for a while until I figure out where I’m heading next. But once I do, I’m leaving.”
“So? I still don’t get—”
He held up a hand to stop me. “You aren’t the type of woman who’s okay with being left behind.”
I wasn’t sure why that statement annoyed me, but it did. “You don’t know anything about me.”
He shrugged one muscled shoulder. “Let’s just say that I’m more perceptive than you think.”
“Apparently not. Because I have news for you, Seth. Last night, I planned on taking you back to my home, having my way with you, and kicking your ass out of my bed before the sun came up.”
“Oh, I know,” he said with a grin. “But you wouldn’t have asked me to leave once you got me into bed. That’s why I stopped the whole thing from happening.”
I rolled my eyes so hard that they hurt. “You really must think you’re something to make a statement like that. Maybe it would’ve been the other way around. Ever thought of that? Perhaps you would’ve been begging me to let you stay while my foot shoved your ass out the door.”
His mouth quirked with amusement. Yeah, he wasn’t buying it for a minute. Maybe he really was more perceptive than I thought. After all, he was related to Junior. “Is that a challenge?” he asked smugly.
Jeez. Was there no end to this guy’s arrogance?
His gaze scanned down my body and back up to my chest as he said, “Don’t get me wrong, Bobbie. I’m not the right guy for you. You clearly need someone who is going to stick around on a more permanent basis. That’s not me. But I’m more than happy to keep you warm until he shows up.”
Figures. Seth Landry had a special skill-set, all right, but it had nothing to do with hammering nails and everything to do with getting tangled in sheets. Because if that kiss he’d planted on me last night was any indication, the man wasn’t lying about his skills in the bedroom. That was one thing I would bet my life on.
Meet the Author:
Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”To learn more about Alison Bliss, visit her website at http://authoralisonbliss.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter to keep up with her latest book news. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with her on social media.
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