“Babe.” His dark eyes sway to my mouth, and during the brief pause of silence, my hormones dare my fingers to reach out and touch him. “We passed professional a few minutes ago when I heard about your secret pole dancing stunt, not to mention, seeing your intimate apparel. I’m sorry.” He shakes his head with a low tsk-tsk. “There’s just no going back from that, Jaylyn.”
“You must try.” I clutch the gown to my chest, loathing the way my name sounds spoken in his low, raspy distinctive voice … loathing the way I want to hear him whisper it in my ear while he’s …
“Not gonna happen.” He taps my thigh as though it’s been settled. “Now, you need a ride home, and I’m here, willing, and able.”
“I don’t want a ride home from you!” I don’t want anything from him, nor do I want to be alone with him. I don’t want him at my apartment, the very place where I need to go to put some clothes on. I need clothes. I need my yoga pants and a tee shirt—a stained, already worked out in, smelly, offensive tee shirt. The getup I have on, the way Steele Kane’s looking at me … God, I haven’t felt this sexy since …
“No, maybe not, but the way I see it, what you want really doesn’t matter right now, does it? Or would you rather stay here for the night?” His head tilts back, and a wolfish grin strikes his mouth as though he already knows the answer. “Don’t worry, I won’t hold this naughty little stunt against you. I like to play dirty, but I’d never resort to blackmail, extortion, or using force. At least, not the unwanted kind to get what I want.” He winks.
“And what exactly do you want?” I sit up straight, ignoring the sexy little twitch of his left eye.
“Only to get you safely home.”
I glare at him, tightening the gown around me. “And that’s it?”
“Yes, Miss Rigsby, that is it.”
This is so much more than I expected! A smart, sexy, slow-build romance with mature characters that are beautifully crafted with depth and personality. The writing is superb, thoughtful and quality. I didn’t read the first book but I will because this one about daredevil Steele is fantastic. What a hunk! I love his profession and the natural entrance of his love interest into his life. No forcing together of our couple. He’s patient in his wooing of Jaylyn and even though he says it’s all about sex Steele puts way too much thought into his pursuit. I love a thinking man. Jay is a strong, smart heroine with tragedy in her past and she’s cautious in her dealings with men especially in Steele’s line of work. There are a lot of emotional and challenging issues to resolve on both sides but the attraction between the two is too strong to walk away from. They are so sexy together and they bring the heat. This is a beautiful journey to love that as a reader I was glad to be along for the ride. Just fabulous! A shout out to the rest of the sexy Kane brothers. Can’t wait for their stories.