Pepper gritted her teeth as she gripped the yoke so hard her knuckles were white and aching. She should have known that the guy she’d caught near her plane was up to no good. If only she’d looked at her aircraft more closely, she might not have been in this predicament. It was bad enough that the storm that was scheduled to hit the small Alaskan Island and then onto mainland Alaska was coming faster than the weather people had advised. Now, she had a malfunction, too.
The wind was near gale force, and the only consolation she could see was that it hadn’t started raining sleet or snowing. The approaching storm was a major one and was expected to be blizzard-like conditions and maybe even a total whiteout. There went her plans of getting back home where she could hide away in her small one-bedroom apartment huddled next to the fire with a good book in her hands. The alarm blared out another warning, but she ignored it since there was nothing she could do about it. Pepper just hoped that when it came time to land—if the plane didn’t break apart before then because of the gusty winds and bronco riding–like turbulence—that she would survive bringing her plane down without any landing gear.
She had never seen the man who had been near her plane before, and though she knew she could be wrong about him being the reason for the malfunction, her gut was telling her otherwise. However, the million-dollar question was why. Why would a stranger sabotage her plane? What would be the benefit of trying to kill her or destroying her cargo?
The hackles on the back of her neck stood on end. Had the asshole somehow managed to add something to the cargo that shouldn’t be there? If so, what and how? She couldn’t figure out how he’d been able to get into the hangar in the first place. Usually the large shed was locked up tighter than Fort Knox. Was her boss on the up-and-up or was he into something he shouldn’t be? And that thought just added more questions. Were the people in Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island criminals? Had they arranged for all this to happen? Were they hoping she died instead of being able to land her plane safely?
Pepper shook her head because the latter didn’t make any sense. Why would someone spend thousands of dollars for state-of-the-art electronic equipment only to have it go up in smoke if she crashed? She pushed those concerns aside and concentrated on keeping her aircraft as level as possible, but considering the way the wind was blowing and the plane was lurching up and down in the pockets of air, it was impossible.
The second she noticed she was in range of the Savoonga air traffic control tower, Pepper flicked the mic in her headset and began talking.
“Savoonga control tower, this is flight Delta six, do you copy?”
“Savoonga control tower copies Delta six, go ahead.”
Pepper shivered as the deep timbre of the man’s voice washed over her body, causing goose bumps to rise. She quickly cleared her throat and pushed the unusual reaction aside. “Savoonga tower, please have all emergency vehicles on standby for landing.”
“What’s the problem, Delta six?”
She blinked with shocked surprise as the new man’s voice had the same reaction to her body as the first man’s, but she didn’t have time to contemplate why she was affected by the two men working in the tower. She could worry about that later. Right now, she was going to need every bit of mental and physical strength she had so she didn’t end up crashing and getting seriously injured or dead.
“My landing gear has failed. I’ll be landing without it.”
“Roger, Delta six, emergency vehicles are on standby. Estimated landing time ten minutes.”
“Roger, Savoonga tower. Out.”
“Good luck, Delta six,” both men in the tower said at the same time, causing a shiver of desire to race up Pepper’s spine. “Savoonga Tower out.”
“Why now?” she muttered as she pushed the yoke down and descended toward the small island. Visibility had been clear when she’d first started out this morning, but since the wind had picked up the closer she got to her destination, the cloud cover had been rolling in fast. However, it wasn’t just the clouds that was hampering her sight. Now she had the added problem of rain, and she knew from experience that before too long there would be sleet and finally, as the temperature dropped even further, snow.
Pepper drew in a deep breath and quieted her mind. It didn’t matter what the elements threw at her, nor that she had no landing gear. She was an experienced pilot and had trained for any and all situations.
She was going to land this plane on its belly and at the end, she, the cargo, and the aircraft would be intact.
There was no other option.
Fingers brushed against her waist, and she forced heavy eyelids she hadn’t been aware she’d closed up and met Cal’s glowing, famished blue-eyed gaze. “Lift your arms up, baby.”
Pepper used her strong toned stomach muscles to sit up and then lifted her arms. Cal whipped the shirt up and over her head before tossing it aside. He and Fin gasped loudly, and when she met each of their gazes and saw that they were staring at her silk-covered chest, she looked down. Her breasts were so much bigger they were spilling out of the top of her bra and her nipples were hard points, impossible to miss.
“Fucking gorgeous,” Fin rasped breathlessly as he shifted onto his knees next to her hip.
“Sexy as fuck.” Cal groaned as he reached out toward her. Pepper moaned when the tip of Cal’s fingertip circled her nipple, easing the throbbing in her distended nub slightly. She whimpered when Fin started thrumming his thumb over her other nipple, but nearly cried out with frustration when both men pulled their hands away from her body.
She was about to beg them to touch her again, but before she could voice her words, Cal flicked the front clasp of her bra open and her breasts spilled out.
“Geezus,” Fin growled.
“So fucking perfect,” Cal moaned.
Pepper didn’t feel self-conscious in the least. In fact, she felt kind of liberated at having her breasts on view, and from the way Cal and Fin were staring at them, they more than liked what they saw. Fin cleared his throat as he inhaled noisily. He skimmed his fingers down over her ribs, belly, and stopped when they came to the waistband of her sweats. He pushed a finger in under the edge of the waistband and rubbed his finger back and forth over her sensitive flesh.
She moaned, and while she tried to keep still, she couldn’t stop the instinctive urge to bow her hips up toward Fin in silent begging supplication.
“Can I take your sweats off, sweetness?”
Pepper’s heart filled with warmth at Fin’s question. Even though she’d already agreed to letting them touch her, make love to her with their hands and mouths, he was checking to make sure she was still on board with them.
“Yes. Please?” She bit her lip when she realized she was begging, but she honestly wasn’t upset about that fact. She was too hot and horny to care about anything but them. The next touch. The next kiss. The next…anything.
The ties on her pants were tugged free, and then Fin slowly pulled them lower and lower until they were just covering her mound. He placed his large warm hand on her stomach and caressed her.
“You have the softest skin I’ve ever had the pleasure of touching.” Fin walked down the bed on his knees and then hooked his thumbs into her pants before he tugged them down, taking her the borrowed boxers with them.
“Holy fuck,” Cal whispered.
Pepper glanced at Cal to see his gaze wandering up and down her naked body. His eyes stopped in strategic places before moving down further and further and then took the return journey.
She shifted her eyes to Fin when he cleared his throat to find him staring at her pussy. Her internal muscles clenched, forcing more cream to leak out onto her labial lips.
“I love a bare mound,” Fin said breathlessly. He lifted his stare to hers, and her whole body jerked when she saw the blazing hunger in his glowing green eyes. She squeezed her legs together, trying to circumvent the deep, aching need in her pussy and womb, but it only seemed to exacerbate her rising desire.
Cal cupped her cheek, turning her gaze toward his, but before she could lock eyes with him, he slanted his mouth over hers.
Pepper whimpered into Cal’s mouth when he cupped a breast and rubbed his thumb back and forth over the nipple. She arched her chest up toward him and kissed him as passionately as he was kissing her.
She moaned when Fin smoothed his hands up her legs, starting at her ankles and working his way up to her knees. He slipped his hands in between her knees and gently nudged her legs apart. Pepper hesitated for the briefest of minutes, not sure for a second if she should be allowing them to touch and kiss her in this way, but then all thought fled when Cal released her lips and ducked down toward her breasts.
She groaned as he licked over first one nipple and then the other before moving back to the first one. He drew that nipple back into his mouth and suckled firmly before swirling his tongue around the peak. He molded and kneaded her other breast with his hand, and then he pinched the nipple between his finger and thumb.
She hadn’t even noticed that Fin had spread her legs a little wider until he caressed his way up the inside of his thighs. Her breathing grew more rapid and shallow the closer he came to her pussy. Cream coated her labia and the inside of her upper thighs, and the embers burning inside grew hotter and brighter.
She was about to look down toward Fin when she felt the mattress dip between her splayed thighs, but never got the chance. Cal released the nipple he’d been suckling on, leaned up higher onto his elbow and over to her other breast. He flicked his tongue over her engorged sensitive nub before he took it into his mouth and suckled firmly.
Pepper cried out as shards of pleasure shot straight down to her clit and pussy.
She jolted when Fin caressed the pads of his fingers lightly over her labia majora and she groaned. She was astonished by how sensitive the puffy lips of her pussy were and wondered what it would be like to feel more.