Book Blurb: A Seduction as Overpowering as a Hurricane
When her twin sister dies, Bree Prentis moves from Seattle to Miami to inherit a shadowy business, an upscale house, and her sister’s sexy Cuban business partner and housemate, Sixto Doria. She adjusts to the vivid culture of Miami, but constantly bumping into Sixto is straining her hands-off vow. Bree is looking for a man to give her a happily ever after, and Sixto has sworn off relationships. He knows it’s wrong to want her, but she makes him forget why he's not right for her, makes him crave her natural honesty and wholesome beauty.
When he teaches her to dance the Salsa Cubana, then suggests she spend the night in his bed, Bree is shocked—and tempted. In the midst of a hurricane, Bree surrenders to her reckless desire and makes love with Sixto. Could Bree be the one Sixto's been waiting for? If she finds out he’s hiding a nasty truth from her—their company is a façade for a semi-legal business—she will shut it down, and Sixto will lose the income his family depends on. And more frightening for Sixto, he would lose Bree.
When she researches their company’s outrageous revenue, she sees a pattern of untruths leading back to Sixto. The word ‘love’ enters their relationship, and she prays his duplicity is all a misunderstanding, and his seduction is not merely a distraction to keep her from discovering the truth.
She brought the phone back to the living room. Sixto stood at the stove, cooking again.
"Is it supper already?" She sat on a stool at the counter.
He shrugged. "I eat a lot.
"You're a big guy."
His shoulders started to shake. "Yesterday I was macho. Today I'm a big guy."
"Are you laughing at my lack of subtlety?" She did have a habit of blurting things out.
He turned and smiled. "You just can't help flirting, can you?"
"I…" Was she flirting? Evidently he thought she was.
Had he been flirting with her this morning? All his compliments about how she'd make a great girlfriend. Was she just too naïve to catch his meaning? He reached into the refrigerator and she stared at his fine butt. When he turned and caught her, he gave her a wink.
The gesture warmed her blood and flooded her brain with too many visuals of her in Sixto's arms—something that she just couldn't let happen.
Okay, they were both guilty of making flirty comments and it had to stop before things went too far. She wasn't interested in a physical relationship without a commitment, and he'd just admitted that he only tended bar for the "social benefits." Sexually, he was way out of her league.
It was time to tackle the issue head on. "Sixto, we've been dancing around it since yesterday, but…"
He looked over his shoulder at her. "What?"
"We both know our boundaries, right?"
He closed the fridge and went back to the stove.
She smelled onion, garlic, peppers, and some fantastic spices. Over the sound of her stomach complaining hungrily, she heard him mumble, "Yeah."
She waited, but he didn't say more. "I mean, we live in the same house and you and my sister were…" She searched furiously for the right word.
"Roommates." He turned toward her. "We were roommates. Nothing more." He stalked toward the counter where she sat.
Bree braced her hands on the counter, expecting some kind of disclosure. Sixto squatted down on the other side of the counter and opened the cabinet underneath. He wasn't going to say any more?
She stood on the barstool's foot rail and leaned across the counter, looking down at the top of his head as he rooted through the contents of the cabinet. "You never dated? Like boyfriend/girlfriend?"
He looked up at her. "I know the meaning of the term dating, thank you." He went back to rummaging. "And no, we didn't click that way."
Maybe she shouldn't ask what kind of clicking they did do. But she was perversely curious. "So, what kind—"
He pulled out a small kitchen tool—a mystery item to her—stood and slammed the cabinet door shut all in one motion.
Before she could pull herself off the counter, he leaned down close to her face and annunciated, "Just. Roommates." He stared into her eyes for a few provocative seconds before he turned and walked to the stove.
That look. He melted her inside with just his sexy brown eyes. She slithered back into her chair, flustered speechless, staring at his broad back.
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