USA Today Bestselling author Nadia Lee!KRISTEN
Hot. Sexy. Desirable.
Three words Antoine swore he’d never associate with me. It isn’t easy falling
for your older brother’s best friend, especially when he’s a sexy as hell,
hard-headed, over-protective alpha male. Unfortunately, he still treats me like
the little sister he never had.
When a topless picture of me hits the front page of a tabloid site, I get a
whole crop of stalkers and weirdos. The only man I know who can keep me safe is
Antoine Boucher. This time I won’t make it easy for him though.
Accidental power outage–check.
Robe that accidentally opens for a peep show…
Hot. Sexy. Desirable.
Three words I should never associate with Kristen…but I do. It’s wrong, of
course. Not only is she my best friend’s baby sister, but I’m not exactly the
kind of guy who takes girls home to meet my mother. Just ask my exes.
My mom, however, would be ecstatic if I brought home a girl. Especially since
my eccentric grandfather came up with this crazy scheme to get me to marry and
produce an heir in order to inherit his billion dollar fortune. Mom is nagging
me to go for it, but no thanks. I don’t need Grandpa’s money. I have plenty of
When a freak breaks into Kristen’s apartment–nude–I know what I have to
Watch over Kristen 24/7.
Keep my hands to myself.
Make sure my meddling mom never learns about the situation.
Piece of cake, right?
the scene around me, feeling like an observer looking in from far away. It
seems crazy I’m in the center of this…insanity. My small apartment buzzes with
activity. Four cops fill the living room and bedroom. The pervert is face-down
on the living room floor, wrists cuffed tight. He’s bleeding from a gash on his
forehead and from his mouth and nose, staining the carpet.
Ming told me I should take them because they’d be good for about a week and do
wonders for my home. Well, they’re toast now. Somehow the vase survived the
head smashing. Guess the human head isn’t as hard as I thought.
I dropped the vase as soon as it hit him, ready to kick the guy the way—and in
the place—he deserved. I’ve been taking self-defense courses since my
kidnapping scare, and I wasn’t going to be a victim.
beating up himself.
already, and now I’m waiting for them to be done with Antoine. From time to
time, they steal a glance in my direction. I feel my shoulders rising. They’re
probably judging me. A topless girl flashing an underage boy. She probably
asked for this…
and a carry-on case with toiletries and a change of clothes and shoes. Antoine
and a couple of officers escort me out.
behind us. Officer Brady, I remember now. Mr. Understanding. He looks
all-American wholesome, with golden hair and sky-blue eyes, smile lines fanning
from the corners.
and Antoine as we make our way to the SUV. Antoine shields me as he helps me
inside the car, and he moves quickly getting in. Then he honks once and starts
moving the vehicle with more speed and menace than I expected.
down if they don’t get out of the way.
don’t feel it now either. Not my blood, anyway.” He adds under his breath,
later noticed on my sheets made it obvious what nauseating things the creep was
doing while waiting for me to come home. I’m going to have to get rid of the
bed now. That sleazy site is trying to paint me as some kind of whore who
doesn’t deserve any consideration or decency, and many, many people are piling on.
tears. I place a hand over my belly as the muscles there clench hard.
eyes. “I’m not going to cry, Antoine. I’m not giving them that much power.”
vase and started screaming.”
puddle of piss when I busted in there.”
see fit.” Antoine says with mock seriousness, “With pink carpet.”
my voice and hit the green button. “Hey, brother! How’s Bora Bora? Getting
bored with paradise yet?”
picture her running a hand down his shoulder and arm.
speakers in the car.
raised so much money for both over the years.
never heard my older brother at a loss for words.
vase. Also, Antoine hit him. Like, really hard.” The memory of his fist connecting with the
did, I would’ve had Tolyan deal with them.”
I feel a little bit more optimistic.
Antoine can stay with me to keep me safe! What a brilliant idea. Not that
I’m going to say that out loud because if I do, Antoine will do the exact
opposite. The man can be positively perverse.
worked very hard to establish my independence and make my own way in the world.
That’s why I live in a small apartment that I can afford, rather than the big,
swanky place he wanted to rent for me. I never want to be known as “that girl
who mooches off her rich brother.”
to her name yet.”
you. You don’t have to do anything except sit tight and let them work their
one of the hottest leading men in Hollywood. Voted the Sexiest Man Alive four
times, he has the face and body to match the title, with the kind of blue eyes
that can make a woman’s heart stop. Unlike some stars who are only pretty in
pictures, he’s fabulous looking in real life too, almost unnaturally so. He
struck me dumb when Liza introduced us.
perfect man and give him a small smile.
voice flatter than a squished pancake.
whatever necessary to minimize the damage, and restore normalcy to her life as
quickly as possible. They’re experts at this.”
conversation. “I’m not having her run around free for some pervert to grab or
flash or whatever.”
Great minds think alike!
Liza’s voice is lighter.
is. Oh no. He’s going to find a way to excuse himself.
Dominic and Liza say at the same time, while Antoine glances over.
I should be ridiculously embarrassed, but I’m too happy to care. Finally,
something has gone right on this disastrous day. And the pleasure’s going to be
emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and
adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been
bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.
trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be
found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.
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