Lexie Jamison is a thorn in his side. The gorgeous, dark haired firecracker has come to the aid of his sister following a life changing accident. He hasn’t seen her for four years.
Attraction is instant but Blake doesn’t have time for a contradictory pain in the butt. Within hours of arriving she has him so tied up in knots, he is hard pressed to remember his own name.
Lexie thinks four years away from her arrogant cowboy will have dampened her crush. How wrong she is.
Sparks fly as they disagree over his sister. When he finds her in tears down by the river, neither can fight their attraction any longer and passion takes over.
Will this be the beginning of an intense love affair or will Lexie give up and walk away? Does a near tragedy finally open Blake’s eyes?
Lexie spun the wheels as she turned the rented BMW onto the dirt driveway too fast. The car fishtailed and she hit the brakes to reduce her speed before continuing towards the ranch house. She was still travelling too fast but was desperate to see her friend, Indie. She narrowly missed a cowboy on horseback. A thick cloud of dust engulfed him. She was too anxious to care.
Screeching to a halt near the front door, she jumped from the car, leaving the door wide open, and raced up the front steps. “Indie, where are you,” she screamed as she threw open the thick, wooden front door.
Indie wheeled herself from the living room and into the hallway. “Lexie,” she murmured as tears streamed down her cheeks. She held her arms out.
Lexie rushed towards her friend, dropped to her knees and gathered her into a hug. “I didn’t know, I didn’t know,” she blubbered.
Lexie dropped her head to Indie’s chest, she shook as she cried.
Indie ran her hand over Lexie’s hair. “It’s okay, it’s okay.”
The girls heard the front door crash against the wall and someone in boots stomped towards them.
Lexie raised her head, brushed away tears and turned around. Her heart jumped into her throat, her nipples tightened and her pussy clenched. The attraction was instant.
Standing before her was the sexiest man she’d ever set eyes on. So tall his head almost brushed the ceiling, dark hair and smoky grey eyes which right now, were clouded with anger and something else. Pain? Sadness? Guilt? Blake had certainly changed since the last time she’d seen him. He was one hunky Texan. She would enjoy sampling his wares.
“Lexie, it doesn’t surprise me that you were the idiot who almost knocked me from my horse,” he growled.
She rose to her feet, still grasping Indie’s hand. “Hello to you too, Blake.”
They hadn’t seen each other for almost six years, except when she had come home for the memorial service for both sets of their parents, four years ago. She had stayed only two days.
Her brother had taken over their ranch while Blake had taken over his father’s spread of ten thousand acres.
Lexie had moved to California to attend college and Indie had always visited her there. They had a close friendship, more like sisters than friends, which was why Indie’s accident had hit Lexie so hard.
Lexie had been teaching English in France for two years and as a reward for all her hard work, she had decided to explore Europe for three months before returning home. Most of the time her cell phone had no signal so she hadn’t worried when she didn’t hear from her friend. Daniel, her older brother and Blake’s closest friend, had told her about Indie when she’d arrived home. He had explained that Indie had been in no danger of losing her life so they had agreed to wait until she returned to give her the news. Lexie was livid she hadn’t been notified immediately.
She stood with her eyes locked on Blake’s face as his raked her body from the top of her head to the tips of her toes.
“Like what you see?” she asked. Her lips turned up into a seductive smile.
Goddamn, she’s turned into one hell of a woman, she didn’t look this good last time he saw her.
Lexie was not overly tall, she would probably have fitted under his outstretched arm. Her raven black hair hung down past her waist and he wanted to drown in her whisky brown eyes. He swallowed hard. He had the urge to drag her into his bedroom and find out how she would feel pressed up against his body. Damn it, he couldn’t think straight with her standing there gazing at him like the cat who had swallowed the canary.
His neglected cock pressed against his zipper and he shifted uncomfortably. How long had it been since he’d had a good fuck? Two months? He was going to have to get himself a woman, and soon. Down boy. I’m angry, remember.
“I see you’re still full of attitude. You could have killed someone speeding down the driveway like a maniac. You’re not on the freeways of California now so I’ll thank you to keep your fancy car to a reasonable speed while you’re on my property.”
Lexie glanced down at Indie and grinned. “I always did rub your brother the wrong way, huh?”
Indie squeezed her hand. “You sure did, sis.”
“Are you intending to stay?” he asked.
“Yes, I’m going to take care of Indie.”
“If she was so important, why weren’t you here two months ago when she first had her accident?”
His question cut her to the core.
“I didn’t know.” She gazed down at Indie. “I was travelling and Dan didn’t tell me until I got back.” She knelt down in front of her friend. “I swear, I would have come straight away if I’d known.” Tears poured from her eyes.
Indie gathered her close. “I know. Dan came to visit me in the hospital and we made the decision not to tell you. We knew you would rush straight back and we didn’t want your holiday ruined. You worked so hard for it, Lexie.”
“That worked out well for you then didn’t it? You traipsing around Europe instead of sitting in a hospital room with your best friend.” Blake said cruelly.
“Blake! What’s wrong with you?” Indie shouted.
Lexie stood up and approached him. Her clenched fists resting on her shapely, jeans clad hips. Quick as lightning, one hand left her hip and connected flush with his cheek. “Don’t you ever suggest a holiday means more to me than Indie. If I had known, I would have come back on the first flight.”
“Rather convenient,” he muttered as he ran his hand over his stinging cheek.
Lexie raised her hand for another slap but he grabbed her wrist. “Enough. Just remember what I said about speeding on my property and you won’t be riding any horses while you’re here. He spun on his heels and stomped from the house.
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