"Too late." Long strides propelled him so close she could
feel his heat. "Stick with your instincts and not with that
She turned slightly to outmaneuver him. "I don't take orders
from you, Colton Freeze."
He mimicked her motion and stepped into her space. "If
you're not smart enough to take care of yourself, you damn
take orders from me."
Anger and a well-earned note for self-preservation battled
for dominance inside her. She took a step back. "Get out of
He mirrored her step. "No." Crimson angled across his high
cheekbones, enhancing the dangerous hollows beneath them. As
a kid, he had been adorable. As a teenager, handsome. As a
fully grown, tough, battle-scarred man, he was all predatory
One she was smart enough to back away from, even as her
nipples sprang to attention from his intense gaze. Oh, this
couldn’t happen. Down nipples. Down. Several steps later,
her butt hit the wall.
A second later, they stood toe-to-toe. His palms flattened
against the cedar logs, caging her. "We're about to come to
an understanding here, Melanie Murphy Alana Jacoby. Got it?"
Heated air filled her lungs with delicious tingles. She
breathed out slowly, trying to control herself.
He'd been her best friend for decades. She knew how to
appease him, how to make him laugh. The right words were
there and would smooth everything over. For two seconds, she
considered saying them. But she was past that. He'd come
into her home, he'd ordered her around, and now he wanted
things his way.
Not a chance.
So she said the one thing guaranteed to push him over the
edge. "Fxxx you, Colt—"
His mouth was on hers before she finished saying his name.
Heat and power slammed from the kiss, and her mind swam.
Fire lashed through her so quickly her knees weakened. Her
nipples scraped his chest, and lava consumed her. Her eyes
fluttered shut, and she fell into the storm created by a man
much more dangerous than she'd known.
She kissed him back, her body alive, her mind shutting down.
There was nothing but the whirlwind of impossible need
cascading around them, through her, into her, beyond her.
The kiss was hard, angry, and more passionate than she
Many times, they'd come close to kissing, but one of them
had always backed away. With a grin, or a joke, they'd
escaped ever taking the chance. The one thing Melanie knew
for sure was if Colton ever kissed her, if he ever showed
her that side of him, there'd be no turning back. Ever.
As he released her mouth to pin her with a dark gaze, there
was no question he knew it, too.
Determination filtered through his eyes, and his jaw firmed.
Something new and intriguing fluttered alive in her abdomen.
Satisfaction lifted his lips as her eyes widened.
Holy crap. Colton Freeze didn't want to turn back.