His Secret Agenda
Harlequin Superromance – October 2009
Sometimes you have to break the rules. Even your own.
Stay focused and never get involved.
Dean Garret is about to break the number one
rule of undercover work. And it’s all because
his new “boss” is as pretty as a professional
cheerleader and has a do-gooder’s heart. Who
can resist that combination? Still, Dean suspects Allison Martin is hiding something behind her dazzling smile. That something being the runaway mother and son he’s been hired to find.
To get the job done, he needs to gain Allie’s trust. Only, the lawyer-turned-bar-owner isn’t cooperating. But she can’t remain immune to his good ol’ boy charm and sexy drawl forever. Because Dean never fails. And he’ll do anything to solve a case. Even if it means he has to break
all the rules.
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Allie wanted to set Dean straight on how things worked at her bar. She was the boss and she didn’t go around letting her employees put their hands on her. Or kiss her neck.
Her fingers curled into his chest. He was so warm. Solid.
He slowly lowered his head, she pushed back against him. His eyes met hers. She blamed her lack of will power on the intensity in his gaze. How could she worry about mistakes when he seemed so…sexy yes…but more importantly, so steady.
She slid her hands up his shoulders. “Okay,” she breathed, linking her hands behind his neck and pressing against him.
Finally, his mouth brushed against hers, a feather light kiss that drove a tingle of awareness and sharp, aching need through her body.
He pulled back and stared down at her. Okay, so curiosity had got the better of them.
No harm done.
She smiled up at him as she stroked the back of his neck, the silky ends of his just-this-side-of-too-long hair. “We still have at least four minutes left. I think you can do much better than that.”
Humor lit his eyed even as they darkened with desire.
And she knew that desire was real—even while she suspected it was as unwanted for him as it was for her.
Then he kissed her again. He kissed like he’d done everything else so far this evening. Slow. Easy. And with great skill. As if he had all the time in the world to learn the texture of her lips, the taste of her, the way she fit against his body. His tongue swept across the seam of her lips. But not even the rasp of his tongue against hers could break the spell he’d put her under.
She groaned and pressed her breasts against the solid planes of his chest.
He wrapped one arm around her waist and lifted her so that her high heels came off the floor. He slid his other hand into the hair at the nape of her neck, his fingers loosening her knot of hair as he massaged her scalp, tilted her head and deepened the kiss.
Dear Lord she hadn’t realized one simple kiss could be so…dangerous. To her peace of mind. Her sense of what she could and could not control.
And most importantly, to her willpower.
Then, as if a switch had been flipped, the danger passed. Though he still held her flush against him, she had the sensation of him pulling away. While she would’ve sworn his earlier kisses had been driven by passion, the touch of his lips on hers now felt…deliberate. Practiced.
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