Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she's arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she's not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she's ever had.
In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn't need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her.
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“What do you want, Brianne? And don’t give me any more of your lies. I want the truth.” He stared back at her with eyes that were no longer angry. Just intense with a small splash of pain. It was the pain that pulled at Bri’s heart. The pain that had the truth spilling from her lips.
“Maybe I just want you.”
“But why— ahh, I get it. You’ve read that crazy Fifty Shades book and have a little submissive fetish going on. And you figure an officer of the law will have all the right equipment to make you his slave.”
She laughed. “No. Although I do like your equipment.” She glanced down at the handcuffs. “And I don’t think I’d mind being your slave.” She looked back up into his confused eyes and revealed more to him than she’d ever revealed to another man. “But the truth is that you’re the first man who has ever made me breathless.”
An awkward silence followed where Bri pretty much wanted to crawl beneath the counter and never come out.
Instead, she just stood there staring into eyes that changed from confusion to something she couldn’t quite read. He leaned closer and his lips parted, but before he could kiss her or tell her to take a hike, his radio crackled, and Cora Lee’s voice broke the spell.
“Hey, boss, are you there?”
Dusty stared at Bri for one second more before he unclipped the radio and answered. “Yeah,” he said in a
voice that sounded a little strained.
“Heather called, and she sounded pretty upset. I think you better call her back ASAP.”
“Thanks.” Dusty wasted no time clipping his radio back on his belt and pulling his cell phone from his front pocket.
Bri could only watch and wonder who in the heck Heather was as he dialed a number and moved away to stand over by the stairs. She bent down and continued to clean up the items on the floor, but her focus was entirely on Dusty’s conversation.
Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn't writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.
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