Seducing Serena is about an accountant who believes there is no such thing as “Mister Right” and decides to advertise and interview for a partner. Bad-boy Nick finds Serena’s challenge impossible to resist. He intends to prove her wrong – despite his aversion to commitment and a secret that could destroy them both.
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“What do you think, Serena?” he whispered. “Are you up to the challenge?”
She couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think beyond the possibility of this moment. “I—I don’t know.”
“Yes, you do,” he said. “Let’s dance.” He laced his fingers through hers and drew her to her feet, and she found herself complying as if in a dream. She hadn’t noticed the music until now except as a faintly annoying background hum, but she realised the tempo had changed to a slow, pulsing beat that trembled through her limbs and called to her inner essence with a strength that couldn’t be ignored.
It’s the music, she told herself, that’s making my blood hum like this. Not the touch of his hand on mine.
He turned when they reached the dance floor and drew her into the circle of his arms, the heels of her black shoes giving her the necessary height to fit comfortably into the long length of his body.
She felt a gut wrenching ache deep down in her belly, felt her nipples go taut beneath the silken camisole as his torso brushed against hers. How did it come to this? she wondered, fighting the urge to undo his shirt and inhale the delicious scent of his skin. One moment I’m rejecting him as a potential suitor, the next I’m melting against him as if… as if…
“Mmm.” The groan left her lips involuntarily as Nick cupped her buttocks and pressed her against the solid core of him. She couldn’t think, just wanted to feel him, touch him, taste him… The heady musk scent of him rose around her, encasing them like a private cocoon. Her head dropped back and she felt him swoop in to claim the open expanse of her neck with his lips and tongue. A ribbon of warmth spread outwards from the contact point. Her pulse danced crazily as he followed the line of her throat upwards and began to tease her earlobe with a gentle nibble. Then she realised he was swelling against her, the hard flesh pressing into her belly with almost frightening dimensions, and she moaned her desire and shifted to better accommodate him.
“I wanted you naked the minute I set eyes on you,” he whispered, warm breath tickling her ear.
The words should have raised alarm bells in her mind. Should have. But didn’t.
“I thought I was too business-like for your taste,” she murmured.
“You are! But that’s the ultimate challenge… to break down those barriers and find the sensual woman beneath. And there is passion under the surface, isn’t there, Serena? I can read the promise in those smoky grey eyes of yours, see the unconscious grace every time you move.”
“I—I don’t know.” Her heart was fluttering like a mad thing in her chest. Nobody had ever spoken to her like this before. “Maybe there was, once. But now…” She shook her head, then squealed as his teeth grabbed briefly in a gentle crescent on her neck.
“Open yourself up to the possibility of passion, Serena. Let yourself feel how right this is.” His lips followed where his teeth had gone, caressing the line of her neck and up to her jaw, then she was staring into eyes that had darkened to an emerald hue, eyes framed by faint laughter lines that deepened just a little as he smiled at her. The amusement was always there, she realised, as much a part of him as the desire that currently softened the strong lines of his face.
That’s what desire does to you, she thought dreamily. Blurs the edges until you don’t know your own mind. Until you don’t know where one person ends and the other begins.
Until you don’t know wrong from right.
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