After finding her boyfriend of two years lip locked with another woman, Katie thinks her day can’t get much worse. Then she realizes half of her family was present for her humiliation, as well as her brother’s best friend, Lei. Add in a rash decision to bolt, and she suddenly has to deal with being trapped during a snow storm at a deserted cabin.
To make matters worse, Katie is locked in with Lei. She can’t imagine anything more uncomfortable than being stranded with her brother’s buddy while trying to swallow down her mortification at her failed relationship. That is until things start heating up between herself and Lei.
Could the guy she grew up with be the man she’s been longing for? Or is this off-limits stud a disaster waiting to happen? Either way, she’s discovering that being trapped might not be all that bad.
The sound of her coat falling seemed to draw his attention. Lei’s eyes lifted to hers as he dusted his hands off. “So you wanna tell me what all of this is about? Why we’re trapped in an abandoned cabin because of some guy who obviously isn’t worth your time?”
Wrapping her arms around her waist, she glared at him. “What do you care?”
“What do I care? I’ve been dragged along on this wild ride, so I think I’m entitled to a little bit of frustration. What you did … it was damn childish. I thought you were smarter than that.”
Anger welled up inside of her and she closed the small distance between them as he stood. “Do you have any idea how humiliating that was? Having my cousins, my brother, you witness the most embarrassing moment of my life? I’ve spent my entire childhood with you and Nathan making fun of me, laughing at me. I wasn’t going to be laughed at again.”
“I haven’t been laughing for a long time.”
There was something in his tone that instantly extinguished her anger. It hit something deep inside of her that brought panic racing to the surface. His voice had been thick and honest. Her eyes widened as they lifted to his, and her breath caught in her throat at the look she found in their depths.
Lei’s dark eyes had also widened and they shimmered with uncertainty. “You deserve better than that,” he whispered, his voice shaking ever so slightly. “You deserve a man who gives a shit about you, someone who knows who you really are and what’s important to you. Not just some ass passing through.”
“What are you saying, Lei?” Her brother’s best friend had always been larger than her. He was six-two with broad shoulders and classic Asian good looks. He’d always seemed imposing to her, but now he was downright intimidating. He towered over her, making her feel small and vulnerable.
He didn’t speak. He answered by leaning down and pressing his lips against hers.