by Coleen Kwan
She rescued him, and saved herself.
When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.
Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her...
His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.
She shifted uneasily under his scrutiny. He’d always been ‘Mr Crawford’ to her, even though in her mind she’d taken to calling him ‘Drake’. But that was only to herself. ‘Mr Crawford’ set a distinct barrier between them. He was her boss, she was his employee. She preferred it that way. If she took to calling him ‘Drake’, who knew what other liberties she might accidentally take?
“I’m used to calling you ‘Mr Crawford’,” she said.
“You can hardly call me that after you dragged my sorry carcass from a sinking car and performed CPR on me.”
Without thinking, her gaze fell on his mouth. He had a wide, mobile mouth with well defined lips, the lower one slightly fuller than the upper. A memory of those lips, icy and still beneath hers, flashed through her, and despite her best efforts, a hot blush rose in her neck.
“I didn’t really know what I was doing. I took a first aid course last year, but I barely remembered what to do.”
“You remembered enough.” He placed a hand on her shoulder, making her heart skitter. “I owe you my life. Thank you, Ellie.”
With the weight of his hand on her, she could scarcely breathe or think. She wanted this to be over; she wanted them to go back to being boss and employee, but at the same time she wanted him to keep gazing at her. Wanted him to keep touching her, too.
Like the way he’d touched her at the Christmas party? Oh hell, why was she remembering that?
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.
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