Bound by His Desire
Publisher: Escape Publishing
From Nicole Flockton, author of Bound by her Ring – the last thing he wants is an emotional attachment to his new assistant, but it might be the only thing he truly needs. Nick Rhodes has been burned before, so when he hires a new assistant, he has one rule: no emotional attachments. On either side. Pamela Bishop is everything he needs in a professional colleague, and comes with an ironclad guarantee – she absolutely will not fall in love with him. Pamela Bishop has only one goal in her new job: getting on top of the mountain of debts incurred through her mother’s medical expenses. Jeopardising this chance by falling in love with her arrogant, if handsome, employer is the last thing she would ever do. But as the lure and romance of New York City surrounds them, and Pamela and Nick find themselves spending more and more time together, they can no longer ignore the attraction flaring between them. Nick has always lived by his own rules – can he learn to break them in time to grab this one chance at happiness?
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Pam was reaching out to open the door when someone grabbed her arm and turned her around so quickly she gave a little yelp in surprise. She found herself wrapped up against a warm, hard chest. A chest she recognised because she’d wanted to lay her head on it earlier.
‘Wha — ’
Pam pulled back a bit so she could lift her head and look into Nick’s face. ‘Pardon?’
‘What I said to you was unforgiveable. I don’t think you’re ugly at all. You look absolutely stunning today.’
For a moment there she thought Nick was on the right track, and then he had to say she looked stunning — today. Of course she looked stunning today, she’d had professionals work on her hair and make-up and had on a designer dress. Anyone would look stunning after that treatment. If he’d just told her he thought she was beautiful then she’d probably believe he truly meant his apology.
‘Yes, today I look stunning. I had help, but you know what? It doesn’t matter what you think. I won’t work for you, Nick.’
She made a move to step out of his embrace, but instead of loosening his hold, Nick tightened it. Pam’s breath caught in her throat as he reached out and caught the tear that had fallen from her eye.
‘Don’t cry,’ he said on a whisper as he leaned forward and kissed the spot where he caught the tear. Her skin tingled and the hair on her arms stood to attention. ‘I don’t usually make women cry.’ He peppered each word with a kiss down her cheek until the last one landed on the side of her mouth. She froze, unsure what was going to happen next. She could turn her head a fraction and their lips would collide. She’d already decided she wasn’t going to work for him. What would it matter if she gave into the little part of her that wanted to know what he tasted like? The little part of her that wanted to know what it would be like to be kissed by a wealthy, gorgeous man. The little part of her that wanted to know what it felt like to be desired.
‘Nick?’ she whispered his name and he knew exactly what she was asking for. He moved the millimetres needed and melded her lips with his. His touch was gentle, testing the waters to see if she would pull back and slap him for being forward. She wasn’t going to do that. She wanted this kiss. She’d asked him for it. She pushed her breasts against his chest and his arms tightened their hold on her. His lips moved over hers, enticing hers to open beneath his. She did. As his tongue slipped between her teeth, Pam wrapped her arms around his neck, her fingers entwining into his hair to keep him from moving away from her. Her nipples peaked against her dress and she wanted Nick’s hand to move from her back and cup them. Feel the fullness of her breast and tease her nipple until she was crying out in desire. His body stirring to life against her belly gave her the power to get up on her tiptoes to deepen the kiss even further. Everything she did, every action, was purely on instinct, not experience. Feelings were overtaking her sensibilities.