Yoga teacher LeeAnn Walker has no desire to see the unspoilt beauty of her grandmother's ranch violated by a greedy oil company. But unless she finds the paperwork confirming she owns the mineral rights, that's exactly what could happen. The worst part? The guy spearheading the whole mess is none other than the hot and sexy stranger LeeAnn just kissed to make her ex jealous.
Jonah Hamilton thought his day was looking up until he found out the gorgeous blonde who kissed the hell out of him is the same stubborn woman he came to town for. And she’s not too happy to find out she might be forced to allow drilling on her land.
But Jonah has a job to do, even if LeeAnn tempts him to turn his professionalism into something much more personal…
Cold air rushed over her as Jonah pulled his hand away and stood up.
“What are you doing?” Her voice came out in a hiss.
The slow wink Jonah gave her wasn’t reassuring. But he simply moved around and slipped into the booth next to her. The old padding of the seat dipped a little, and Jonah took advantage of her slight lean toward him by dropping an arm around her shoulders and snuggling her in tight against him. A zap of electrical heat distracted her for a moment, but didn’t keep her from uttering an incoherent sound of surprise.
“I need you to do something for me.” He leaned down close enough to her that his breath brushed her cheek when he spoke. “Pretend we’re here on a date, okay?”
“A date?” His nearness made her almost dizzy.
“It might convince him to keep his distance.” He paused for a second before continuing, his voice turning dangerous, “That would best for everyone concerned.”
“Okay.” This time she squeaked. Clearing her throat, she tried again. “Yes. Thank you.” That warm, spicy scent surrounded her again, and she surreptitiously tried to breathe it in.
He smelled unbelievably good.
“But if I’m going to be your cover every time you see him, I think you should tell me what happened.” His breath stirred the strands that had slipped out of her ponytail, tickling her ear.
“Later. I don’t want him to hear me.” Leaning forward, she tried to catch a glimpse of Darrell. The bastard.
“Exactly how much of a date do you think we need this to be?” Jonah’s lips brushing across her earlobe as he whispered startled a gasp out of her—and even better, distracted her from looking for Darrell.
“Um…maybe we should go.” Accepting Jonah’s suggestion might end up being more than she had bargained for.
“Or maybe we should show him what he’s missing.” With one smooth motion, Jonah lifted her half into his lap so that her back rested against his broad, strong chest. Brushing her ponytail out of his way, he ran his mouth across the nape of her neck—a light, shivery touch that wiped all other thought from her mind.
A tremor ran through him as he sat back in the seat, pulling her even closer. He might be pretending to be her date, but LeeAnn could feel the very real evidence of his arousal against her thigh.
I shouldn’t encourage him.
He’s only in town because he wants to find a way to allow an oil company to tear up the land I love.
But it might be worth any trouble later if it gave her jerk ex even a moment of dismay to see her with someone else.
A wicked smile flashed across her face. “Okay. For show,” she said, then turned in his arms to kiss him.
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Margo Bond Collins writes urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
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