Today’s flashback is from my book Seducing Allie, which is part of the Seattle Steam series! (Each book can be read alone, you don’t need to have read one to understand the others!). Check out this sizzling excerpt!
He’s going to show this wedding crasher just how dirty the outdoors can be.
Allison Siegel is out to stop a wedding. With one of her best childhood friends about to marry a gold-digger, who wouldn’t at least try to stage an intervention? Apparently, her other childhood bestie, Clint.The minute Allie grew out of her sneakers and into her curves, Clint’s hormones went ballistic. But she had eyes only for Ken, so Clint made himself scarce, even after the relationship fizzled. Now she’s back, looking better than ever—and hell-bent on sabotaging Ken’s wedding. So Clint knows he needs to do whatever it takes to head her off at the pass.
Kidnapped! Allison can’t believe it. Now she’s stuck in the Montana backwoods fending off nature’s friends, and fighting a losing battle to resist Clint—the sexiest forest ranger on the planet.
Clint has big plans for Allie. Not only will he convince a city girl that she needs to embrace her inner nature freak, but he’s going to prove there’s sparks flying in more places than just the campfire.
This book contains a city girl out of her element, a forest ranger determined to keep her there, and a campfire seduction hot enough to melt more than just marshmallows.
“This is ridiculous!” She stared out at the blur of trees as they sped down a deserted road. “Where are we going?”
“Away,” he answered ambiguously.
“Away,” she mimicked him. “We’re going away? What the hell kind of answer is that?”
“The only answer you’re getting right now. And watch your mouth. I know your mom taught you better.”
“Didn’t your mom teach you that kidnapping is a felony?” she shot back and slapped the window again.
“If you break my window it’s going to seriously piss me off, Allie.”
“Well, guess what? I’m already pissed.” Slap. Her hand connected with the glass again and again. “Maybe you should have taken that into account when you abducted me, Clint.”
She nearly fell out of her seat as he swerved the car to the side of the road.
Was he going to let her go? Leave her stuck on some random back road? Hell, she didn’t care, she’d hike her way back to her car if she had to.
He climbed out of the vehicle and came around her side, wrenching open the door.
Relief flooded through her. He was letting her go. Finally. She scooted out the door, making the jump down to the ground and smoothing her dress back down her thighs.
“Well, it’s about time you came to your senses—oh!”
He jerked her hard against him, both of her wrists in one of his massive hands.
“Maybe I didn’t make myself clear,” he murmured, his gaze full of determination and something else…something hot. Something that sent a jolt of heat straight from her stomach to between her legs.
Her pulse quickened and she dragged in a shuddering breath, tugging at her hands.
“Have you gone completely insane?” she whispered.
“Maybe.” His lips twisted, his gaze roving over her face. “Or maybe I’m just willing to go to any lengths to make sure you don’t break up Kenneth’s wedding.”
“I’m not…” She ran her tongue over her suddenly dry lips. “Wait, Kenneth’s wedding isn’t until next week.”
“Exactly. And that means we’ll have one whole week to catch up, kitten.”
Clint watched her eyes widen with shock and he almost felt sorry for her—almost. Except he’d warned her multiple times and she needed to be stopped.
Taking her out of the equation had been an idea he’d been playing with since she’d threatened to show up at the house this morning. And the more he thought about it, the better the idea had seemed.
He’d been ready, sitting in his SUV parked down the street and drinking coffee, waiting to see if she really had the balls to show up again. Not really thinking she would, but somewhat excited when she did.
“Clint, you can’t do this,” she choked, her body beginning to tremble. “This is kidnapping!”
“Yeah, you said that already.”
“You can’t take me away for a week!” She tugged at her wrists again, and he tightened his hold. “Oh my God. You’ve gone loony, Clint. You’re—argh!”
Her knee connected with his shin and he winced, pushing her back against his SUV.
“Stop it,” he said, irritated now. He tried not to think about how soft her body was against him and how her breasts pressed against his chest. “I’m not the one trying to break up a wedding.”
Her eyes flashed with frustration and fury. “You can’t play God, Clint.”
“And neither will you, Allie. Even if I have to see to it.”
She lowered her gaze and he watched her small pink tongue sweep across her lush mouth again. He bit back a groan. Man, she looked sexy when she did that. And she did it a lot.
“Okay,” her tone calmed significantly. “You’re right. Of course you’re right. Why don’t you just take me back to my car and I’ll just drive home. Deal?”
His chest shook with laughter and he shook his head. How stupid did she think he was? Did she honestly think she could pull out that docile act to convince him she’d changed her mind? He knew her way too well for that.
“No deal. I can’t take that risk. I don’t trust you any further than I can spit, kitten.”
“Stop calling me kitten,” she yelled and tried to—oh hell no she didn’t—knee him in the groin.
He pressed his body harder against her, making sure she couldn’t move. She glared at him, her mouth drawn tight and her breasts rising and falling with each breath she jerked in.
“Besides,” he continued softly, and gave her a slow smile. “A week together means we can take up where we left off last night.”
“If you think I would ever go to bed with you after—”
“I don’t think, I know, Allie. And I’m pretty sure you know it too.”
He reached out and ran a finger down the side of her soft cheek, and she sucked in a swift breath. He watched the heat flicker in her eyes and knew she could—and probably would—deny it until she was blue in the face, but Allison wanted him.
“I repeat. You’re loony.”
He laughed again. “I will bring you back here, but not until Ashley and Ken have exchanged their vows.”
“That’s not until next week,” she said again in a rush. “I have to be at work.”
“No, you don’t, teachers have summers off.” He watched her eyes round with shock.
What, did she think he’d forgotten about the teaching job at a private school Kenneth had gotten her a couple years ago? Whether she was the most qualified candidate or not, just the recommendation from a Williams’ family member—and money donated—was enough to guarantee her the position.
His thumb slid inward to stroke over her bottom lip. Her body trembled in the response. God, he wanted her.
“You have no right to do this to me, Clint. None. You’re being a total jerk. This is just—”
He pulled his thumb away and replaced it with his mouth. Crushing his lips down on hers in a kiss to stop her tirade, and because he couldn’t resist her any longer.
Her angry gasp parted her lips enough to let him slide is tongue into the moist cavern of her mouth. He tasted her. Warm, succulent and the spicy taste of cinnamon gum.
She struggled against him, each twist of her body brushed her breasts into contact with his chest. He slowed the kiss, rubbing his tongue against hers. The friction had his dick pulsing against his jeans and he ground himself against her stomach.
The fight in her seemed to disappear and she went slack in his arms. Her small moan sent a jolt of triumph through him and he released her wrists so he could grab her ass.
The swell of her bottom spilled over into his palms, and he squeezed the soft flesh, pulling her harder against him.
Allison. God he wanted her. Had been wanting her for so many years now. He was tempted to take her here on the side of the damn road.
Crack. The sound reached him before the sting of her palm glancing across his cheek.
She wrenched her mouth away from his, and glared up at him, her gaze both hot and skittish.
His fingers dug into her ass cheeks and his jaw clenched. Okay, maybe you deserved that. Taking a deep breath, he counted to ten.
“You know what, Allie?”
“You’re going to come to your senses and let me go?” she suggested with tight sarcasm.
“Oh, hell no, I’m gonna keep you.” He slid one hand up her back and pushed her close, until her tight nipples rubbed against his chest. “And I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together this week.”