Kwan, Coleen: Bittersweet Rescue
by Coleen Kwan
She rescued him, and saved herself.
When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.
Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her…
His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.
She bent closer, watching the steady rise and fall of his chest. He murmured something, and she froze as he shifted about on the couch. His arms moved, reached out, and wrapped around her. Ellie couldn’t breathe.
Before she could think what to do, his hands began to rove over her back. His movements were slow and slumberous, as if he was sleepwalking, but her body’s reaction was instantaneous and visceral. Heat rolled through her, sticky with hunger, tart and golden and divine. As he drew her closer, she relaxed into his arms, allowing him to pull her to his chest. With eyes still shut, he delved his fingers through her hair, his thumb caressing the curve of her cheek, sending seductive warmth to every nerve ending. Breathing life into her clandestine fantasy.
Oh my God, I’m lying on top of Drake, and he’s half-asleep, and I’m going to kiss him.
Nothing short of an earthquake could stop her now. She eased herself over Drake’s torso, and his hands appeared to help her along. Lord, he felt incredible, so warm and hard and wonderful. He muttered something again, so low she couldn’t catch it, and for a second she feared his eyes would open. But his lashes remained closed, and before she could chicken out, she lowered her head.
Delicately, slowly, she settled her mouth against his, her lips trembling with nervousness. My God he tasted divine. She stroked his lips more firmly. A sigh escaped him, and then, incredibly, he began to kiss her back, his lips moving against hers, his hand settling on her nape, caressing and urging. The kiss deepened, widened, flourished. What had started out tentative quickly became urgent, ravenous, thrilling.
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.
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