Love Me If You Dare (Coral Cove #2)
by Toni Blake
When the question is love, the answer is always yes...
Camille Thompson is the best at what she does—closing deals. That's why real estate developer Vanderhook has sent her to Coral Cove, Florida, where the stubborn owner of the Happy Crab Motel is refusing to sell. Camille's never had a problem turning a "no" into a "yes," but then she's never been so captivated by a man's sexy smile before.
Laidback Reece Donovan likes life simple. No amount of money—or any other temptation Camille can offer—will convince him to give up the one link to his past. Of course, it would be easier without the powerful chemistry raging between them.
As a fragile romance begins to grow, can Reece trust Camille with his secrets? And when promises are broken, along with hearts, can the charm of Coral Cove help bring them back together?
Camille found herself giving him a once over. He looked messy … but good. She intended to focus on the messy part. “Is this how you greet all your guests in the morning?”
He gave her a pointed stare. “Usually only the ones I wake up next to. But looks like you got lucky today, too.”
Okay, so he was turning things sexual here? Of course, he’d already done that a little when she’d been naked yesterday, but frankly, that had seemed more understandable – and somehow less in-your-face. Or maybe the whole situation had just felt too surreal for her to really process it all correctly.
At any rate, she simply shrugged and replied, “Matter of opinion.” And did her level best to look completely unaffected. Even though his gray cotton gym shorts sort of … clung to him a little in front. And even though his chest was nice. Muscular but not he-man muscular, with a nice smattering of hair that she wouldn’t have minded touching. What was it with wanting to touch his body hair? And he was tan, too. Stop noticing already!
“Well, at least I’m wearing more than a towel.” He glanced down at himself and added, “Sort of anyway.” And looked smug. Like he was God’s gift to women.
And suddenly she imagined waking up next to him, like he’d said. Oh, for heaven’s sake, stop! Seriously! Since when are you so … man-hungry?
Since now, apparently. That just wasn’t usually her way, though.
“That’s different,” she defended herself to him. “I didn’t go parading around in it purposely.”
“Look,” he said, suddenly sounding all practical and as if she were a child to be reasoned with, “what difference does it make? We’re at the pool. I’m wearing as much as I would if I were going swimming. And in fact …” He stopped to glance down at the empty white lounge chair directly next to hers, one of many. “Maybe I’ll just join you out here for a little while. You wouldn’t mind that, would you, Cami?”
She tried not to make a face at the annoying nickname, but was pretty sure he could tell he’d struck a nerve anyway. He was ridiculously good at that. But at least she was no longer behaving like the weak, wimpy girl he’d seen in her room yesterday.
“Free country,” she tossed off as he took a seat and lay back, clearly getting comfortable. “Although if you think you’ll drive me away by forcing me to spend time with you and irritating me, you’re wasting your time. I’m sure I can irritate you just as badly.”
She saw only the slight quirk of a grin at the edges of his mouth as he looked out over the pool and said, “You already do.”
And despite herself, she smiled inside. “Well-played, Mr. Donovan.”
USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel - nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels, her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors. Learn more about Toni and her books at www.toniblake.com.
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