[Siren Classic: Erotic Contemporary Romance, HEA]
Sheriff Jake Gurion has been fighting his attraction to Bobbie Brazen since she started teasing him six years ago. She’s young and beautiful and way too tempting, so he’s careful not to spend too much time alone with her.
Now, a criminal Jake put away has escaped. No one knows where she is, but she’s left messages saying Jake would pay, starting with his pretty little plaything. He’s not about to let anyone he loves get hurt, including Bobbie. Now he can’t avoid being alone with Bobbie any more than he can stop breathing.
Bobbie’s furious that Jake had used her age as a reason for them not to get involved for years, but while she was out of town he dated a woman only two years older than her. He expects her to just go hide away with him alone until the madwoman making threats is caught. Bobbie plans to use this time to teach him a few lessons.
A Siren Erotic Romance
She opened the door and stepped inside as a loud chorus of “Surprise!” filled the air. Shocked, Bobbie jumped back into a hard body. Hands landed on her shoulders and instantly she knew who was behind her. She spun around and looked up into familiar hazel eyes. He smiled and her heart leapt. She swore she felt it bang against her rib cage.
Jake was the only guy who had that effect on her. She hoped his smile meant he’d missed her. Bobbie noted the bags under his eyes and the fact his hair, which he normally kept short, was in need of a good trim. The straggly stubble on his cheeks and chin looked rugged and gave him an air of danger, but when she put it all together she got the feeling he hadn’t been taking care of himself.
She was about to ask him what was going on when he said, “Welcome home.”
He looked at her lips and started to dip his head. Bobbie thought he was going to finally kiss her in front of everyone, but at the last minute, he tilted his head and kissed her cheek. She should have known better than to get her hopes up. Before she could even say hello back, her sisters surrounded her and dragged her off.
As she made her way around, greeting and thanking everyone who had come to welcome her home, her gaze was drawn back to Jake over and over. The half dozen times he caught her he winked and smiled, yet he kept his distance. Her sisters, however, for some reason—which she hoped was just because they missed her—had decided that one of them would always be by her side. Not that she minded, but she did wonder why. After about forty-five minutes, she realized they also seemed intent on keeping her and Jake apart. That did bother her.
She looked over to the snack bar where her sisters, Samantha, Jessie, and Frankie, were standing. Though the counter was laden with food, none of them were eating. Bobbie followed Frankie’s gaze across the room to where Jake and his brother, Beau, stood talking with Georgie’s fiancé, Tyler. It was clear from her turned-down lips and her narrowed eyes Jake had done something to piss her off.
Since it was obvious that none of her sisters were going to tell her what was going on, she’d have to find out for herself. All she had to do was get Jake alone and ask him. Waiting wasn’t one of her strong suits, but she didn’t have much of a choice. Luckily, she didn’t have to wait long. She watched him walk toward the men’s room. Once he was inside, she crossed the room and leaned against the wall next to the door.
Bobbie looked around for a quiet place where they could talk without being interrupted. She spotted a storage closet a few feet away across from the lounge. Knowing there wasn’t much time, she hustled over and checked the knob. It turned freely in her hand and then opened with ease. She glanced back over her shoulder before she peeked inside. There were shelves lining the walls stuffed with all kinds of cleaning and other supplies. It would be a tight fit, but it would work. She resumed her spot against the wall and waited.
A minute or two later, Jake came out. Without a word, she grabbed a fistful of his T-shirt and yanked him down the hall and shoved him into the closet. She stepped in and closed the door behind her. He didn’t fight her, but she had no idea if that was a good or bad thing. Jake crossed his arms over his broad chest and leaned back against one of the shelves.
Being this close to him after not seeing him for so long, Bobbie almost forgot why she had him there. “You want to tell me what’s going on?”
“How should I know? You’re the one who dragged me in here.” Bobbie was familiar with edge in his tone and the stiff shrug of his shoulders.
Jake was spoiling for a fight, and if that was what he wanted she’d be happy to give it to him. “My sisters are taking turns staring daggers at you. I want to know what’s going on with you and them.”
“Did you ask them?” His cocky smirk told her he knew something she didn’t.
“We both know where that would get me. So I came to you.”
“Unlike before you left town. Thanks for stopping in to say good-bye, or even letting me know you were leaving.” She heard the anger in his voice, but there was pain there, too.
He had no reason to be irritated with her. Okay, maybe he did. She should have at least said good-bye, but in her defense, at the time she’d been afraid she’d change her mind if she did.
“What difference would it have made?” Please tell me you would have put up some kind of fight to keep me here, she thought.
He swallowed a few times, and she thought he might finally confess the way he felt, but instead he looked away and said, “None, I guess.”
Her sigh filled the air, but he still didn’t look at her. “Right, so back to the problem at hand. What did you do to piss them off?”
His hand covered hers, but he didn’t pull it away. “I bet your sisters would be shocked to hear you talk like this.”
She tipped her head to the side. “Like what? A woman? One who wants to get you naked and enjoy the pleasure you can give me?”
He raised an eyebrow and she pressed her hand tighter over him. “What’s wrong, Jake? Does it turn you on when I talk about your cock and what I’d like you to do with it?”
“What’s gotten into you tonight?” He took a step forward and she had to step back, but the wall was right behind her.
“Let’s just say I figured since you prefer to deal with facts I’d just point out a few of them for you.” She saw the flash in his eyes and knew she’d struck something.
She smiled. “You want me just as badly as I want you.”
“If you don’t do this you’ll regret it for years, maybe the rest of your life.”
“I-We both might regret it if we do.”
“Oh, honey, I’ll make sure you don’t.”
“Didn’t mean it like that.”
“Good, because I’d hate to think that you’ve been holding back all these years because you don’t think I can satisfy you.”
“Furthest thing from what I was thinking.”
“Then are you afraid that I’ll be so good you’ll never find another woman to fill your needs?”
He groaned and her smile got bigger. “So tell me, when was the last time you saw any action?”
“Bobbie, I’m not some toy you can play with and walk away.”
“I don’t plan on walking away.”
“You say that now, but you can’t know what the future holds.”
“Neither can you. My feelings for you haven’t changed in the past six years, so I trust them. Why can’t you?”
“You better be damn sure this is what you want, because once we cross this line there will be no going back.”
“I’ve been sure for years. You’re the one that comes on strong then backpedals over and over. There’s a word for that, you know.”
“Are you calling me a tease?”
“Yes. I am. Would you like to prove me wrong? No one needs to know but us. Besides, I’m sure there are people who think we are or have been lovers. Now that we’ve disappeared together I don’t think anyone, other than my sisters and your brother, will believe we aren’t having sex.”
“I don’t take my lovers based on the gossip raging through town.”
“If you did you would have had me in your bed long before now. All you have to do is say the word and I’m there.”
Bobbie decided actions spoke louder than words. “I’ve always wondered how far I’d have to go to make that iron control of yours snap.”
She took a step back and slowly tugged her T-shirt up over her head and dropped it at his feet. Jake’s gaze stayed locked on hers, but he swallowed hard. Just knowing she was turning him on normally was enough for her, but she was well beyond that now. It occurred to her that he’d seen her in a bikini, not that she wore it often. Still, her lace bra and sweatpants weren’t going to do the trick. It was going take a little more to entice him.
Bobbie slid her hands over her stomach up to her breasts. Her fingers flicked the little hook hiding behind the black bow and pulled the sides back. The cool air against her bare breast made her shiver, but she dropped her arms and let the straps slide down, falling from her wrist. As it landed without a sound she heard Jake growl. Her natural instincts were to cover herself. Instead she put her hand on her hips and waited for him to say something or make a move of his own.
Jake’s breathing grew heavy, matching hers. He may have been able to keep his eyes on hers, but she didn’t have the same amount of willpower. She lowered her eyes to his crotch and found that familiar impressive bulge pressing against his zipper that she loved to see. What she really wanted to see was what was behind it. Hopefully she’d get to see it soon. Her pulse raced at the thought, and wet heat coated her pussy. Things could only get better from here.
She smiled as she closed the distance between them and grabbed the hem of his shirt and yanked it upward. Surprisingly, Jake didn’t fight her, but he didn’t touch her either. He raised his arms and let her pull it over his head. Bobbie dropped it to the floor and laid her hands on his shoulders. The stiffness of his body under her palms eased as she slid her hands down his chest. The muscles quivered when she reached his abs, and though she would have liked to spend a little more time exploring all the firm contours his body offered, now wasn’t the time.
As her fingers undid the button on his jeans, she pressed her lips to his chest. Jake let out a shuddering breath and his hands landed on her hips. She started to slide the zipper down the metal teeth, rasping in the silence. Jake groaned and pulled his hips back, ripping the material out of her hands.
“Stop.” She ignored the hiss in his tone and shook her head.
“No.” Bobbie reached for him and found herself pressed so tight against chest she could feel his heart beat against hers.
Her soft breasts were crushed to his firm muscles, and with each breath he took she felt the fine hairs on his chest rub slightly. The feeling only made her want to squirm more, so she did. This time she was sure when Jake growled she actually felt the vibration. She didn’t want it to end.