AT THE TYCOON’S COMMAND, a Silhouette Desire by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #2 (Kim’s changing attitude):
Even when she had her back to Jared she could feel him watching her. It left her uncomfortable and excited all at the same time. What kind of a man was Jared Stevens? So far, in spite of the fact that he had misled her about the nature of the work she would be doing, he didn’t seem to be the same type of jerk as his brother.
Terry Stevens had been cruel with his cutting comments and put-downs. He had lorded his family position over everyone, especially Kim. He had done his best to belittle and humiliate her, and she had never forgiven him for it. Jared, on the other hand, had pretty much left her alone all day, other than to outline what he wanted her to do. She did have to reluctantly admit that every time she had been at the office during the day he had been at his desk and looked busy. It had not been as bad as she’d anticipated.
‘‘You brought my car back?’’ He swung his legs off his desk, rose to his feet and started across the office toward her.
‘‘Yes.’’ She held his keys out toward him. ‘‘I guess I’ll be going home now.’’
‘‘Not so fast, Kim.’’ Their fingers brushed slightly as he took the keys from her hand, causing a ripple of excitement to dart across her skin. ‘‘We’re not quite finished for the day.’’
She glanced at her watch. ‘‘It’s almost five-thirty. I’ve been here since a little after eight o’clock this morning. What is there that can’t wait until tomorrow morning?’’ A hint of irritation pushed at her. ‘‘Is there some other menial little task that you feel should be pushed off on me? Do I need to run out and fetch the newspaper for you? Check the mailbox and bring in the mail? Take the dog for a walk? Rearrange the kitchen pantry so that all the food is in alphabetical order?’’ She leveled a challenging stare at him. ‘‘Well? What is it?’’
He captured her look and held it with his unwavering gaze. Her irritation quickly turned to embarrassment. Once again his eyes seemed to be reading her innermost thoughts and feelings. And her thoughts at that moment were certainly less than complimentary toward Jared Stevens, but they were also enveloped in a sensually elevated heartbeat.
His silence made her embarrassment grow until she was forced to break eye contact with him. She attempted to maintain her position and determination, but her confidence crumbled. She tried to swallow the lump in her throat. ‘‘Well…’’ She nervously glanced around the office in a desperate attempt to avoid eye contact. ‘‘What is it that I still need to do tonight before I can leave?’’
‘‘Fred brought in the mail, I already have a newspaper, the food in the pantry is just where it needs to be and Lurch has a big hunk of two acres in which to run and exercise.’’
She bristled at his condescending tone, partly because she knew she deserved it. Perhaps she had gone too far with her inappropriate comments. Even though she had originally planned to make the situation uncomfortable for him, she had not been able to go through with the ill-conceived plan. It was not her nature to initiate confrontation in spite of the fact that there was something about him that seemed to bring out the worst in her. Every time he opened his mouth she became defensive.
She waited, hoping he would say something else, something to help relieve the awkward discomfort rapidly building inside her. Something to let her know she hadn’t been that far out of line with her flippant gibes.
It seemed as if an eternity passed before he spoke again, an eternity that left her stomach twisted in knots. Why did he have to be so sexy, so desirable? If only she could dismiss him from her mind as easily as she did with her words.
His voice gave her no indication as to what was going on inside him, how her harsh words had affected his decision. ‘‘What I had in mind was checking the refrigerator to see what’s there and fixing something to eat. I thought maybe I could put a couple of steaks on the grill and you could make a salad.’’ He cocked his head and shot her a questioning look. ‘‘Unless you have other plans for dinner?’’
Had she heard him correctly? Dinner? That’s what he had in mind? Now it was more than simple embarrassment that filled her. It had been a long time since she felt this foolish.
AT THE TYCOON’S COMMAND, a Silhouette Desire by Shawna Delacorte is a Harlequin reissue in ebook available at http://ebooks.eharlequin.com (do search for author name Shawna Delacorte). Also available at Barnes and Noble in NookBooks www.bn.com and from Amazon for the Kindle at www.amazon.com Information is available on my website www.shawnadelacorte.com
EMPLOYED BY THE ENEMY:
Working for Jared Stevens was not how teacher Kim Donaldson wanted to spend her vacation, but doing so would pay off her father’s debt and end the long-standing feud begun by their grandfathers. If only Jared hadn’t matured into a handsome man with a magnetic appeal and a smooth, sexy voice that made concentrating extremely difficult.
Reformed playboy Jared was nothing like his unethical father. He was hard working and responsible…and his attraction to his newest employee was immediate and powerful. Jared found their passionate battles in the office led to steamy lovemaking in the bedroom. But could a woman who no longer trusted find love with a man afraid of commitment?