IN FORBIDDEN TERRITORY Harlequin Desire by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #1: (opening)
Tyler Farrell’s business partner barged into his office, panic covering his face as he pleaded, ‘‘You’ve got to help me out, Ty. Take her off my hands for the next few days.’’
‘‘Take who off your hands?’’
‘‘It won’t take that much of your time. She’s just a kid.’’
‘‘Who’s just a kid?’’ Tyler’s confusion began to turn to irritation. ‘‘What are you talking about, Mac?’’
McConnor Coleman paused a moment as he took a calming breath. ‘‘All I know is what Mom said when she called the other day. It seems that my kid sister wants to move from Portland to Seattle, get a job and her own apartment. She arrived last night and is staying with me until I can help her get settled. I promised Mom I’d keep my eye on her. You know, maybe take her to a movie one evening and buy her some pizza. Take her on the harbor tour or to the top of the Space Needle. Stuff like that.’’
Mac renewed his determination. ‘‘It’s not like you’ll have to put your busy social life on hold so you can wine and dine her. Like I said, she’s just a kid. You know the kind of long hours I’m going to be putting in until this new design is finished. The pivotal point of our company’s expansion plans is dependent on this design. I don’t want her sitting all alone at my house and I certainly don’t want her going out at night by herself.’’
Ty made a valiant attempt to put some logic to Mac’s obviously frazzled state of mind. ‘‘We’re on Bainbridge Island, not in Seattle. There’s no reason why she can’t go out alone.’’
‘‘A young girl should not be out on the streets alone.’’ Mac’s tone of voice said there was no room for discussion of the matter.
Ty allowed a slight frown to wrinkle across his brow. An image popped into his mind of Angelina Coleman, the annoying little girl he had encountered once at Mac’s parents’ house in Portland, Oregon.
He shook his head and emitted a sigh. ‘‘I really don’t have time—’’
‘‘Am I too early for lunch?’’
Ty whirled around in the direction of the sound. The sultry voice perfectly matched the beautiful blond vision framed in the doorway. A quick surge of desire shoved aside Ty’s initial shock. Could this gorgeous vision be the same person Mac had been referring to as his kid sister?
Mac rushed toward her. ‘‘Angie…is it noon already?’’ He glanced at his watch, a sheepish expression covering his features. ‘‘I guess the morning got away from me.’’
She shot a teasing grin at her brother. ‘‘Why am I not surprised?’’
Recovering from his initial shock, Ty leaped into action. He grabbed Angie’s hand, kissed the back of it and made a courtly bow. ‘‘Angelina Coleman…Tyler Farrell at your service. You probably don’t remember, but we met several years ago.’’ A jolt of charged energy emanated from their clasped hands. A heated surge of desire swept up his arm and through his body. Her unwavering gaze, combined with the vibrancy of her expressive green eyes, sent another ripple coursing through him—a strange combination of lustful desire and caution.
‘‘I most certainly do remember you. It was fourteen years ago, a month or so before you and Mac graduated from the University of Washington. Mac was the one worrying about finals. I was the scrawny ten-year-old with braces on my teeth.’’ A dazzling smile lit her beautiful face and a touch of humor surrounded her words. ‘‘And you were the arrogant jerk.’’
Ty released her hand, clutched at his chest and staggered back a couple of steps as if he had been hit by a mortal blow, his action eliciting a spontaneous laugh from her. It was an enchanting sound, one that left him wanting to hear it again and again. The moment he broke the physical contact with her a strange sense of loss made its way into his consciousness. Her words startled him, but they had been said more in fun than with any show of malice. At least that was the way he chose to take it.
IN FORBIDDEN TERRITORY, a Harlequin Desire by Shawna Delacorte, is a Harlequin reissue in ebook available at http://ebooks.eharlequin.com (do search for author name Shawna Delacorte). Also available at Barnes and Noble in NookBooks www.bn.com and Amazon for Kindle www.amazon.com Information is available on my website www.shawnadelacorte.com
Filling in as a guide and companion for his best friend’s kid sister was cramping Tyler Farrell’s bachelor lifestyle. At least, until a drop-dead-gorgeous, very-grown-up Angie melted his bones with one searing kiss. She was supposed to be off-limits…but Tyler liked playing with fire.
Angie wanted to prove she wasn’t a child anymore. And what better way to do so than a no-strings affair with Tyler-the perfect love ’em and leave ’em guy? Except that the closer she got to Tyler, the hotter the attraction burned and the harder she fell in love. Somehow she had to convince commitment-phobic Tyler that she was his to claim–permanently!