By Lisa Marie Rice
Lieutenant Alex Cruz eats, sleeps and breathes legislation enforcement. he is difficult and brusque, and police officers and criminals alike tremble sooner than him. and that is the approach he likes it. until eventually he meets Caitlin Summers-and comes to a decision he desires her trembling underneath him. the attractive student is doing dissertation examine in his cop store, and heavily messing along with his head. His self-imposed sexual abstinence involves a screeching halt in Caitlin's ratty inn room and dies an everlasting loss of life in his mattress. . .and his kitchen. . .and his front room. Caitlin can also be clever and humorous, sort and beneficiant, her smile a burst of heat in his chilly, austere lifestyles. And that scares the crap out of him. together with his head and middle battling a conflict of wills, Alex can slightly pay attention to paintings. and that is too bad-because his risky activity and his newfound love are approximately to conflict within the worst manner attainable. writer observe: an excellent Specimen was once formerly published via one other writer less than the identify Taming Nick.
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Those high heels changed everything, lifting her mouth that much closer to kissing range… Alex shook his head, as if to rid it of wayward thoughts. No kissing tonight, no, no, no. No kissing, no touching, no fondling. Nothing. Nada. But she was like a human bag of potato chips. One taste and you couldn‟t stop. Caitlin was standing right in front of him, looking up, while he was giving himself strict orders to behave. ” Her voice was low, almost shy. ” Nothing else would come out. Great. He‟d managed to avoid swallowing his tongue, only to have it stick to the roof of his mouth.
It occurred to him that some women were smart not to use lipstick. Her lips were a very pretty color all their own—a smooth, glistening pale pink. He could kiss her without getting glop on his face. His cock pulsed at the thought of kissing her, diving into that pretty mouth, licking into it… He jerked himself back to reality. Think about something else, he ordered himself. Ratso escaping and Lopez laughing all the way to the bank came to mind, and his cock subsided. “We‟re looking for someone,” he found himself saying.
She stepped out onto the cracked pavement. A bell echoed distantly as Alex pushed down on the heavy brass handle of the hotel‟s front door and shouldered it open. He let Caitlin pass then followed her in. His disapproving gaze took in the peeling wallpaper and cracked flooring. His disapproval turned to fury when he saw that the front desk was unattended, the keys hanging on a plywood board. ” he murmured to Caitlin. “Four forty-six,” she replied. ” Alex reached across the front desk and lifted her key from its hook.