Leena has been in love with her boss, Nick DeMarco, for almost eight years. But he's never given her any indication that she was special to him. Their relationship was close, but rarely outside of a business function. So when he invites her to be his fake girlfriend at his family's Christmas week she is thrilled and ready to show Nick just what he's missing out on, her only wish for the Christmas season.
Nick wouldn't admit it to anyone except his brother, but his assistant Leena is the only woman he's had feelings for in quite some time. He didn't want to seem like a powerful boss trying to seduce his employee so he had ignored his desire for her for the past five years. When the opportunity to take her to his family's chalets opens he takes it, intent on seducing her.
When things begin to heat up with Leena and Nick, both are pleasantly surprised. But a winter storm traps them in the chalet just as Nick's older brother Jake arrives. When he makes no attempt to hide his attraction to Leena the whole vacation becomes heated. What will happen when the storm lifts, will the assistant have gotten a her Christmas wish?
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Excerpt: The shrill beep of the microwave made her jump. Jake rolled his eyes and turned back to the cooking. She hadn’t responded and with the lump in her throat she couldn’t. What would she have said anyway? ‘Sorry I’m with your brother but that kiss melted me, keep trying you’ll find the right girl?’ And then the thought of another girl had her clenching the mug so hard it jerked in her hand and hot liquid slushed over her hand and she cursed.
He turned and his eyes changed immediately. Concern seeped in and pushed the anger and hurt out. He took her hand and guided her to the kitchen sink, kissing the screaming red burn before lowering it under the water.
“You’re almost as clumsy as you are when you’ve had too much champagne Leena.” His mouth was serious but his eyes were smiling. His thumb ran gentle circles over her hand and he let the cool water run over the burn. She knew she should take her hand back, but she didn’t want too. She wasn’t sure if she would ever want to have him not touching her like this again.
Their eyes met and she felt lost in the dark blue depths. Without the ring around them she knew she was staring at Jake, not Nick. She stood there, eyes locked with his as he soothed her burn for almost five minutes. Neither one of the moved.
Jake turned the water off without breaking eye contact, or skin contact. He breathed deeply and that was when the spell broke. She grabbed her hand out his harsher than she’d meant to and his eyes hardened. He took a step back and she saw the tension radiating through his body.
“Jake I’m sorry. I am. I shouldn’t have just sat here just now.”
He poured batter into the pan and she heard the sizzle, but no comment from him. He slammed the batter down onto the counter and turned abruptly.
“What if I’d been first?” His voice was strained, laced with a desperation she wasn’t certain she knew men could have.
“First what Jake?”
“If I’d been here first. If I’d never listened to Nick when he told me not to pursue you, that you didn’t like men like the DeMarco’s.” His words hurt. She’d been putting Nick off of her mind for so long at one point she’d mentioned she would never date a man with a company because they’d never have time for her. So Nick’s warning may not have had anything to do with feelings for her.
About the author:Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she's spent time in various places across the country and can't wait to settle down somewhere in the French Quarter when she's able too.
Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master's in journalism she couldn't wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. Her debut novel, Torn Between Two Worlds is something that was simmering in her mind since middle school and she's so grateful to put it out into the literary world. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn't a genre she doesn't love to spend her time reading or writing.
Reading and writing are her first loves but her passion for shopping, love for yummy food and her love for all her many pets. She hopes to one day help other readers fall in love with writing as she did.
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