Tycoon Takedown (Lone Star Burn, #2)
by: Ruth Cardello
Series: Lone Star Burn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Melanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame that he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and sizzling detour.
Charles Dery is at the top of his game, but all he can think about is bedding the woman he was asked to protect. When she’s almost killed, he takes what he’d been denying himself and discovers he’ll do anything to keep her—even break his own rules.
When it comes to love, two wrongs may just finally make a right.
There was another knock on Melanie’s hotel room door, this time louder. “It’s Charles. Open the door.”
Melanie looked at herself in the mirror and groaned. There was nothing sexy about the disheveled woman in the knee-length T-shirt who stared back at her.
She sat back on her heels and shook her head.
No way in hell am I answering the door like this. Wait him out. He’ll give up and go away.
“Melanie,” he said his name as if he were issuing an order.
So much for plan A. “Go away. I don’t want to see you.”
Melanie stepped forward to approach the door. “I won’t tell anyone what happened between us, Charles. You don’t have to worry about that.”
“Open the door.”
Melanie peered through the peephole in the door. He was dressed in a business suit. Nothing in his hands. What did I expect? Flowers? When am I going to learn? She looked down at her unpainted toenails and shook her head.
Might as well get this over with.
She opened the door impatiently, placed a hand on her hip, and glared at him. “What do you want?”
He stepped forward, cupped her face between both of his hands, and pulled her into a kiss. She had been hurt by this man mere hours ago. She should throw him out. Tell him to go to hell. Anything but give in to the kiss. But the second hip lips were on hers, common sense and caution shook hands and left the room. Passion swept through Melanie and she came alive beneath his touch. He kissed her with the passion of a man returning to his woman. No excuses. No hesitation. And she couldn’t help herself. She gave herself over to it. In that kiss she was his and they both knew it.
Excerpted with permission from Montlake Romance from Tycoon Takedown © 2015 by Ruth Cardello. All rights reserved.
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Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of eleven children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, and New York before coming full circle and moving back to Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before turning her attention to writing, Ruth was an educator for twenty years, eleven of which she spent as a kindergarten teacher. She is the author of eight previous novels, including Bedding the Billionaire, which was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Tycoon Takedown follows Taken, Not Spurred as the second book in the Lone Star Burn series.
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