Authors: Melissa Schroeder
“So you just avoid the days I’m working at the bakery?”
He couldn’t think of anything to say.
She brushed past him to the driver side of the car. “Never mind. Listen, I am not some kind of charity case. I won’t bother you anymore.”
He grabbed her arm and she froze. He silently cursed himself, but he wasn’t going to back down. He eased her around to face him.
“I didn’t say I didn’t want to spend time with you.”
“Then what? What the fuck is up your ass?”
“If I spend any time with you, I want my hands on you. Hell, I was close to touching you under the table at dinner. It’s embarrassing.”
He let go of her and paced back and forth, frustration riding his back. He had made sure to leave her alone, let her have her time. And what did he get? Nastiness. Women never change. They say they want a good man, a nice man, and you give them that and get shit.
“So you’ve been avoiding me because you’re afraid I’m not ready?”
He stopped and looked at her. “You just got here, and let’s be honest, I’ve heard some of the stuff that has been talked about. Hard to avoid. So yeah, I was trying to be good and not bother you.”
She let out a frustrated sound that sounded more like a growl than a sigh. “I am sick to death of people deciding what is best for me.”
“No. You can hide behind that, you can say that you were trying to give me time, but you weren’t. Let’s be honest. You can’t keep your hands to yourself? Like I’m so pathetic I can’t say no?”
He opened his mouth but she rolled right over him. She grabbed his shirt and yanked him to her. Before he could react, she was kissing him. Her tongue slipped past his lips, slid over his and then she pulled back. She was breathing heavily, her breasts rising above the neckline of her shirt.
“Ask me now. See if I want you in my bed tonight.”
“Yeah. Never mind. At least I don’t have to hear excuses from my batteries.”
With that, she marched to her car, slid in and started it. He was still trying to get his brain to function again and she was pulling out of the parking lot, almost running over his toes in the process. By the time he could, he cursed.
“Having trouble with the ladies?” Evan asked.
Evan chuckled as he walked toward him. “I came out here to keep an eye on you, but apparently I need to keep an eye on Jocelyn.”
Kai closed his eyes and willed embarrassment away. Damn, nothing like having another man witness Jocelyn bitching him out.
“Have you really been avoiding her?”
Kai opened his eyes. “Yeah. She’s…well, she’s a little too much to resist.”
“I wouldn’t know.”
He gave his brother-in-law a strange look. Evan shrugged.
“She was like a little sister to me. I never had one, so I sort of adopted both her and Shannon.”
“Is Shannon any sweeter?”
“A bit, if you don’t mind her mouth. Woman is always telling people what to do with their lives. But you have to give Jocelyn some credit.”
“What do you mean?”
“Before she came here, she was barely surviving from what Chris told me. She wasn’t acting like her old self.”
“Well, you are starting to see why she was good at her career. She did have the nickname of Queen Jocelyn when she was in the kitchen. She knows how to handle herself.”
Kai blew out a breath.
“You are going after her, aren’t you?”
Kai looked at the exit to the street, “No. Not tonight. She needs some time to cool off.”
Evan slipped an arm over his shoulder. “I’m not going to push, but I will say you have a lot to learn about women.”
A Little Harmless Addiction
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the Author
Born to an Air Force family at an Army hospital, Melissa has always been a little bit screwy. She was further warped by her years of watching Monty Python and her strange family. Her love of romance novels developed after accidentally picking up a Linda Howard book. Since her first release in 2004, Melissa has had close to 30 short stories, novellas and novels released with seven different publishers in a variety of genres and time periods. Those releases included an Eppie nomination, and two CAPA nominations, along with a multitude of best sellers. Her contemporary,
A Little Harmless Sex
, became an international best seller in June of 2005 and was named one of the 100 bestselling Nookbooks of 2010.
Since she was a military brat, she vowed never to marry military. Alas, Fate always has her way with mortals. Her husband is an Air Force major, and together they have their own military brats, two girls, an adopted dog daughter and they live wherever the military sticks them. Which usually involves heat and bugs only seen on the Animal Discovery Channel. In her spare time, she reads, complains about bugs, travels, cooks, reads some more, and tries to convince her family that she truly is a
. She has yet to achieve her last goal.
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Other Books From Melissa Schroeder
A Little Harmless Sex
A Little Harmless Pleasure
A Little Harmless Obsession
A Little Harmless Lie
A Little Harmless Addiction
The Harmless Shorts
A Little Harmless Fling
A Little Harmless Kalikimaka
A Little Harmless Surprise
Once Upon an Accident
The Accidental Countess
Lessons in Seduction
The Spy Who Loved Her
Grace Under Pressure
The Seduction of Widow McEwan
Leather and Lace Anthology
The Last Detail
Seducing the Saint
Saints and Sinners anthology
Water Print Anthology
Operation Love Anthology
Mele Kalikimaka, Baby
Sex on the Beach
The Hired Hand
Hands On Training
A Calculated Seduction
Her Mother’s Killer
Coming in August from the author:
Bounty Hunter’s Inc
For Love or Honor