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Passion beyond nine to five.
Rebecca Adams has been in love with Gavin MacAllister for as long as she remembered, though she’d met him about six years ago, when she was sixteen. He’d always pushed her away, but no longer. She’s determined to make him see her as a woman—a very desirable woman. Working together in the same company should allow her to do just that.
Only one other person knew that this was her last hurrah before she gave Gavin up forever. Because she has a secret she’s been keeping from him.
Can she make him succumb to this forbidden desire pulsing between them?
Note: Forbidden Desire is essentially a romance between two people who had the misfortune to become part of a family when they are already (or nearly, in the case of Rebecca) adults. They never saw each other as stepsiblings. All characters are over 21 years of age. This book contains explicit sexual situations and graphic language.
Release Date: March 2012
Formats Available: Kindle
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Amazon ASIN: B007GNC9QC
Amazon ASIN: B007GNC9QC
Word Count: 22,335 words
Gavin was so lost in his work he didn’t register the comings and goings in the office. Nor did he take note of the piece of paper thrust under his nose for the first few seconds. He blinked several times when it obscured his sight, then followed the hand up to the arm and further up to the face of Josiah Smith, the man whose desk was irritatingly close to his own. A surge of annoyance flooded through Gavin at the sight of the other man, but he mastered the irrational emotion, reminding himself Josiah hadn’t done anything to deserve his foul temper. Yet.
“Yes?” he managed to ask in an even tone.
“This is yours.” Josiah placed the paper square in the middle of his desk.
Gavin eyed the small note with skepticism. “How’d you know? I don’t see my name anywhere.”
“I picked it up from there.” Josiah pointed to a spot on the floor between their desks and shrugged. “And it’s closer to you.”
The implied statement being that it had fallen from his desk.
Gavin suppressed a sigh of exasperation. He really didn’t have time for a debate. Maybe Josiah was right and someone had left it for him while he was at the meeting. It would be easier to see what the note was about than to continue arguing with Josiah. “All right, fine. I’ll take care of it.”
The other man beamed him a smile, turned around and took his seat. Gavin didn’t really have anything to complain about the man, as he eyed Josiah apply himself to his tasks.
He flipped open the quarter-folded note.
Meet me at the broom closet at 11:30. Got something to show you.
Gavin’s first thought was that no, this wasn’t for him. Nobody at the office called him “darling”.
The next thing he was aware of was the handwriting, which was familiar and contained that distinctive swirly “s”. There could only be one person this note was from.
Becca, the woman he’d lusted after since she was sixteen.
And only one person to whom this note was addressed to.
A black fury unlike anything he’d experienced before swamped him, almost obliterating his vision for a few seconds. His hands itched to clamp themselves around the other man’s neck and squeeze. When he could see again, he realized he was staring at Josiah’s unprotected back. If looks could kill, the man’s entire backside would have been covered with arrows and knives.
When rational thought asserted, he realized things didn’t make sense.
Why did Becca have to write a note? Couldn’t they have made the tryst verbally, like earlier when Becca was giving Josiah those goo-goo eyes?
Ah. Perhaps Becca was feeling shy and a note could convey her intentions as well.
Gavin crumpled the note and threw it into the trash.
He was a fool if he handed the note back to Josiah, when he knew quite well what Becca was going to “show” the man she was interested in. The venue was a dead giveaway, a small room at the end of the hallway that was airless and dark, used to store cleaning implements and illuminated only by the dim light from the corridor. The previous Accounting Manager had seduced several pretty temps in that same place in the past, until Gavin was wise to him and fired him. Obviously, someone had been sharing office gossip with her. His gut tightened as images of her locked in Josiah’s arms flicked through his mind. Jealousy seared him once again, choking him and rendering him incapable of breathing.
He gulped in a ragged mouthful of air and took a quick look at his watch. Forty past eleven. Almost immediately, he glanced over at Becca’s desk to find it empty. So she was still there, waiting for the clueless Josiah to arrive.
What did she see in the bumbling nerd anyway?
Making an abrupt decision, Gavin jumped to his feet and strode from the room. He would rebuke her and drum some sense into her, not the least of which was the shameless invitation no lady should issue and the value of control.
At the door to the broom closet, he stopped with his hand on the knob, his heart pounding with unaccustomed speed. On the short trip to his destination, he’d composed his speech with the highlights standing out in boldface type in his mind, anger buttressing the scolding he intended to deliver. He owed it to their parents to look after her, to stand in their stead and made sure she didn’t stray from the narrow and pure path—
What the hell was he thinking?
He was crazy, so mad with longing and lust and envy he couldn’t see straight.
Breathe, Gavin, breathe.
He was going in, deliver his lecture and back out. Three simple steps.