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quarterback and every girl’s crush.
that killer smile …
near the edge of the bathroom, facing the window, head down between his
shoulders, hands firmly planted on the windowsill, fingers sprawled but
crooked, as if he’s trying to crack his nails against the stone. A picture I
could paint in a heartbeat.
you’re there,” he says, his voice gravelly, painful. As though he’s wounded and
ready to lash out.
run and hide. Take my pride and stride while I still own it. He could strip me
bare of everything I am and throw me to the masses to be ridiculed. He’s Falcon
Elite’s star athlete; a guy with a promise of a bright future. A person with so
much baggage you don’t dare touch them.
already reached for him and grazed his shoulder.
immediately turns around.
few steps back.
stalking me now?” he growls,
breathes, walks, and talks like a monster. A man obsessed with one thing and
one thing only. Me.
You started it,” I reply, still stepping back until I’m backed into a corner of
the toilets with no escape. He’s already blocked the door with his huge frame.
The only way out is by passing him. Shit.
and traps me between him and the wall. “Why did you follow me?”
beats in my throat and I swallow away the lump in my throat.
a guy like me can stoop to that level? Why I even try? If I’ll give up?” He
looks into my eyes like he’s trying to search for the truth but I don’t have it
said you thought my painting was beautiful.” It sputters out of my mouth before
I realize it.
mean to be so forthcoming, but when he looks at me like that with those
penetrating eyes it just happens. And something about the way he clenches his
jaw and then bites his lip undoes me.
it’s the truth,” he says with such a serious face that I find it hard not to
“But you’ll obviously think that’s a lie.”
narrow. He brings one hand to his face and rubs his jaw. “Liar.”
is overpowering. Seconds feel like minutes as his breath slows, but I can feel
every one of them prickling on my skin.
really all about the pictures?” I ask.
his head, and leans in even further until his breath is against the side of my
cheek and my whole body is covered in goose bumps. “That’s for me to know and
for you to find out.”
escapes my mouth when his lips briefly brush past my ear.
are you scared of me?” he whispers.
answer, but my throat feels numb and my head dizzy.
eyes connect, the tension is like lightning electrifying me from the inside
out. This can’t be happening, it can’t
be that … I can’t want this.
sexy smirk appears on his face. “Thought so.”
around and walks out, leaving me out of breath … and with my heart lost to a
boy I shouldn’t ever crave.
Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an
avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women.
Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and
her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he’s a dog too. In her free time she enjoys
watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and
cooking her favorite meals.
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