Sienna Paramount wasn’t expecting her getaway to turn into a disaster. She only wanted some time to herself. However, things started going downward the moment her car broke down and cell phone died. She was stranded out in the middle of nowhere until he showed up……
Jacob Powers was trying to rush home before the storm got any worse. He was halfway there until he spotted the car and the woman inside. He couldn’t leave her out there in the horrible weather.
So, Jacob did the only thing a true gentleman would do….he took the stranded beauty home with him.
Sienna Paramount cursed her lack of common sense for the fifth time that night as the blizzard started to get worst by the minute. Why hadn’t she kept her ass at home instead of trying to make the trip tonight to her best friend’s cabin? The snow was coming down so fast and hard, it was almost impossible to see out of her windshield window.
In addition, she was stranded out in the middle of nowhere instead of the main road because she’d decided to take a side road to cut down on time. Okay, don’t panic, she thought. This stupid piece of junk is going to start this time. She tried turning her key again in the ignition, but her car wouldn’t do a thing.
Why wasn’t she smart enough to check and make sure that she had enough gas before she left the house? However, after she gave the problem some further consideration, she realized it was probably the car’s battery. She had been meaning to get a new one last week and entirely forgotten about it because of what happened with that jerk-off Edward.
Now, she was stuck out in the middle of God-knows-where without any signs of help coming her way. Plus, to make matters even worse, twenty minutes ago her cell phone had died on her because she hadn’t remembered to recharge it last night.
Why were things going so wrong for her?
Wasn’t she a good person? Didn’t she help out in the community? Shit, when were good things going to start happening to her? She had come all the way out here trying to get over a bad relationship, and it had turned out to be a horrendous decision on her part. Now, it seemed like bad luck just followed her everywhere she went.
“Please work for me. I swear I’ll check about getting a new battery as soon as I can.” Sienna sent up a silent prayer and tried the key again, but nothing happened.
“Fuck,” she screamed, dropping her head down on the steering wheel. Why did horrible stuff always—and she meant always—happen to her? What in the world was she going to do now? What had she done in a past life for this shit to fall into her lap tonight out of all nights?
Sienna didn’t know long she had been cursing her situation before the sound of someone tapping against her driver’s side window caught her attention. Looking over to her left, she practically jumped out of her seat when she noticed someone peeking through the window at her.
“Who in the hell is that?” she mumbled to herself as she tried to figure out what to do.
It was hard for her to tell if the figure was a man or woman from the way her unexpected visitor was bundled up. However, by the width of the shoulders and the build, she would have to guess that it was a man. Now the only problem was determining if he was here to help her or hurt her.
“Do you need some help?” he yelled above the wind blowing outside.
Did she really want his help?
Sienna wasn’t too sure if she wanted to roll down the window with the way the snow weather was coming down out there. Right now, she was desperately trying to figure out a way out of this mess. She wasn’t going to invite any more trouble into her life. She already had enough on her plate as it was.
“No, thank you,” she hollered, hoping he heard her.
The man made a motion with his hand for her to roll down her window, but she didn’t. It was the dead of the night. She didn’t know if this man was a psycho or not. She might be better off dealing with the weather than with the stranger outside staring at her.
“Lady, I don’t have all night to deal with this. If you want my help you’re going to have to roll down the window.”
Sienna debated rather or not she wanted to stay in the car, or see if this guy could possibly get her out of this mess. What if he was the only person she would see for the rest of the night? God, she could be trapped out here and freeze to death. She wasn’t ready for her life to end that away. She was going to take his assistance. It was getting too dark way too fast for her to have an attitude.
Slowly, she pressed the down button on the door, cracked the window and then stared at the man trying to lend a hand. She still couldn’t tell much about him because his face was covered up pretty good to keep out the wind and snow.
“My car won’t start. It ran out of gas, or it might be the battery. I’m not quite sure what the problem really is,” Sienna said. “Is there a gas station close by?” She crossed her fingers for extra luck, hoping she would get the answer she wanted to hear. Maybe the guy could take her to find some help at the gas station and then bring someone back here with them, so the problem could be fixed. She might be able to find her friend’s cabin in time to see her favorite television show.
“The closest gas station is about forty minutes away from here, but it’s closed because of the conditions. Shorty is too old to be out there by himself in this kind of weather. He went home about two hours ago.”
At the man’s comment, Sienna’s heart dropped to the bottom of her shoes. Darn it! How was she supposed to get home now? Her night was getting worst with each passing second, and the weather wasn’t improving either. She was more than positive now she was getting punished for something.
“How do you know that?” she just had to ask the question.
“He’s my uncle, and I’m coming back from his house. So, unless you want to freeze to death out in the blizzard, you’ve to come home with me,” the guy informed her as more snow started on fall on his wide shoulders.
Sienna gave the guy a double take. She knew that she hadn’t heard him correctly over the wind. He hadn’t just suggested what she thought he had. Go home with a total stranger?
Was this guy out of his damn mind? She wasn’t going anywhere with him. He couldn’t be telling her the truth about this. He could be lying so he could take her to a second destination and hurt her. She had listened to Oprah and remembered about not allowing a person to take you from point A to point B. Another car was surely bound to come by here sooner or later. She would just wait for it.
“That’s okay. I think I’ll just stay here,” she exclaimed.
“Suit yourself.” The man shrugged like he was tired of talking to her. “But you should know that the sheriff is about to block off this side road and all of the main roads until morning. So after I’m gone, you aren’t going to run into another person. I know I wouldn’t want to be out here all by myself at night. Weather like this can play tricks on your mind.”
Doubt started to settle in her mind. What if he was telling her the truth and she lost her only opportunity to get out of the horrible weather? “Are you positive that someone else, like a person with a tow truck, isn’t going to come anytime soon?” She jumped as the wind rattled the car windows. Sienna truly hoped that she wouldn’t have to go home with a total stranger.
“Listen, I don’t have time for this. Either you give me an answer now or I’m leaving you. It feels like it’s fucking sub-zero out here, and I’m not about to get frostbite for you.” The stranger brushed the snow off his clothes and rubbed his hands together.
Chewing her bottom lip, Sienna glanced around and debated on what she was going to do. She might be in more danger if she stayed out here all night. Hopefully, this guy wasn’t the next Jason or Michael Myers.
“Okay, I’ll go with you.” She prayed that she was making the right decision. Swinging her eyes back over to the driver’s side door, she was stunned to find the man had actually left her without waiting for her answer.
Unlocking the door, she got out of the car, flinching when the snow and cold air hit her square in the face. Sienna couldn’t believe how fast the cold settled into her body, almost taking her breath away. She didn’t want to stay out here all alone with no means of help until morning. She knew that she wouldn’t make it.
“Wait!” Sienna yelled above the raging wind at the only person who might be able to help her. However, he was already several feet ahead of her. “Don’t leave me here!” she screamed again as she stumbled around in the thick snow, trying to get to her only salvation for the night.
* * * * *
Jacob Powers pulled the hood of his leather jacket further down on his head as he made his way back to his running truck. He was sorry that he’d even stopped now. If he hadn’t seen the car on his way back home, he could be warm and toasty right now. If that crazy woman wanted to stay out here, he wouldn’t stop her. It was too damn cold to be arguing with her in the first place. Besides, he had a pot of chili waiting for him back home, and he wasn’t sure if there was enough left for two people.
His gloved hand was reaching for the door handle on his truck when he heard a female voice screaming at him in the distance. Great! Now she finally decided that she wanted his help after all, when he was almost home free.
Jacob thought about getting inside his vehicle and driving off like he’d never heard her. It would teach her a lesson for taking such a long time to make up her mind in the first place.
However, he wasn’t about to do that because he wasn’t raised to leave a woman in distress. His mother would tear into him like his was still a little boy instead of a grown man. Spinning around on his heel, he faced the woman and waited for her to catch up to him.
“Please don’t leave me here,” she said, shivering as she stopped a few inches in front of his body. Out of the car, her head barely came to the middle of his chest. “I don’t want to freeze to death.”
“Now you’re ready to come with me?” Jacob asked, shoving his hands into his coat pockets. “You acted like you weren’t about to leave your precious car a few minutes ago, so I left. I don’t have time to play games with you.”
“The weather is going to get worse in the next couple of hours. Are you sure that you want to go with me? I’m not going to bring you back out here to your car tonight. So, it really is me or your car for the rest of the night. The choice is yours.”
“Yes, I’ll go with you,” the woman answered. “I’ll just pray you aren’t a serial killer or something. I love my life too much to end up dead.” The last part was mumbled under her breath, but Jacob still heard it.
Where in the hell did she get that crazy notion from? Maybe he should be the one scared instead of her. He had heard of women serial killers before. Just because she wasn’t any taller than his twelve-year-old niece didn’t mean she couldn’t hurt him.
Jacob bit back a nasty comment and allowed the woman’s remark to go over his head. He was going to get even colder the longer he stood there and thought about her ridiculous statement He only wanted to get his ass back home. Even if it meant he had to take this chick with him.
“Fine, let’s get going.” Jacob sighed. He reached to open his car’s door for a second time when her voice stopped him again.
“Wait! I can’t leave my stuff out here. I need my clothes,” she told him, touching him in the middle of his back.
“Woman, I’m about ready to leave you,” he snapped, spinning away from his car. “Get inside the truck and let me get this stuff for you. Make sure you don’t touch anything.” Lord, the next time he saw a car stranded he was going to keep going and not feel guilty about it.
“First, my name is Sienna Paramount, not woman, and here are my keys,” she informed him. “All of my bags are in the backseat.” She shoved the car keys into his chest, went around him and then got inside his truck.
Jacob swallowed down a smile at the spunk Sienna had just showed him. Most people usually backed off when he barked out orders like he just had. “Sienna,” he said her name over and over as he went back to her car.
As much as she pushed his buttons, he loved the sound of her name. It was soft and very feminine. Unlocking the door, Jacob grabbed her three bags from the back seat and then locked up her car. He hurried back to his truck and tossed her belongings in the back.
He got inside his vehicle and glanced at his passenger as Sienna tried to use her cell phone. “That isn’t going to work in this kind of weather. Getting a signal here would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.”
“You can’t be serious,” she mumbled, shoving her phone back into her expensive-looking purse.
“Ma’am, I’m very serious,” Jacob answered as he started his truck and pulled out onto the snow-covered road, headed for home.