His Reason To Stay (In the Line of Duty)
They made one beautiful mistake. The consequences could haunt them for life.
In the Line of Duty, Book 6
From the moment the Nelson brothers took a lonely young girl from the wrong side of the tracks under their wing, Rachel Andrews loved them both with all her heart. But it was James who won her hand.
Now widowed, she’s trying to pick up the pieces for her daughter’s sake as well as her own, but once again loneliness is her closest friend—until James’s brother comes back to town. The man she secretly wishes had asked her first.
Army ammunitions expert Kyle Nelson would rather face live fire than face the raw reminder that the woman he loved chose his brother over him, but he’s tired of running. And ready to step up to be the man everyone needs him to be—especially the young niece he’s never met.
As time runs short before Kyle ships out again, the desire Kyle and Rachel have suppressed breaks free in a fiery rush. Tempting her to reveal a secret that could give him a reason to stay—or burn their love to ash.
Warning: Contains a hot military man who will steal your panties as well as your heart.
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He hissed air as she uncapped the lid and poured the lotion into her hand. Her glance moved over his chest again and as she reached out to place her palm on his body, he grabbed her wrist to stop her. His rough calluses scraped erotically against her skin as he held her still. She lifted her head, and the air crackled with sexual tension when his eyes met hers.
“Don’t,” he bit out, his nostrils flaring like he was in agony.
She blinked up at him. “What’s wrong?”
He shook his head, a nervous energy about him as the blue in his eyes deepened. “I can’t have you touching me like this again, Rach.”
“Because the last time you put lotion on me…well…I took…”
“We took.” She planted her pelvis next to his, and the telltale hardness between his legs told her he wanted this—her—as much as she did. “We fell into that bed together.” Why couldn’t he see that they were both responsible for what happened? That he wasn’t taking advantage of some vulnerable girl, or betraying anyone.
His jaw clenched. “We’re not going to fall in to it again. We can’t.”
“Okay.” She captured his hand and gave a little tug.
“What are you doing?” he asked. She pulled him into her room. His entire body stiffened at the sound of her lock clicking into place. His glance went from her, to her unmade bed, back to her again. He opened his mouth to speak but no words came.
Taking the lead she said, “How about we fall in to mine.” She lifted her chin, parted her lips and swiped her tongue over them in invitation.
Eyes, dark and needy, pulled away from hers and for a moment she thought she lost him. But then his breathing changed, became rough as he zeroed in on her mouth.
“Rach… Fuck… I…” He brushed his thumb over her cheek, his touch so caring and gentle it took her breath away.
“You what?” she asked.
“I…I need…I fucking need, okay.”
New York Time and USA Today Bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a multi published author in the romance genre under two pen names. Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.
A maritime native and former financial officer, Cathryn has lived all over Canada but has finally settled down in her childhood hometown with her family.
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