A ladies’ man doesn’t become a one-woman guy overnight. But once property developer Oliver Bauer has a taste of real connection, he wants more. Outwardly reserved but full of fire, Minka could hold his heart forever.
“Vectra, she-she gave me a key.”
“That’s obvious,” Oliver’s smirk seemed to elevate the usual roguish light in his eyes as he listened to Minka stammer her explanation for being where she was. He could’ve cared less about her reason and took great enjoyment in the sight his eyes were being granted.
“I was just taking a bath…”
“I can tell,” the hungry intensity of his expression fused with something softer, more amused. He knew she was beyond nervous and the knowledge of that was beyond endearing.
Minka responded with an absent nod. She was still too stunned by the fact that Oliver Bauer was actually there in the doorway. This reality was way too encompassing for her to lend any thought on the fact that she was still naked. The bubbles and water had long since evaporated.
“What are you doing here?” She asked.
His mouth twitched on the cusp of a grin which Oliver shielded by holding a hand to his jaw in the pretense of rubbing it. Once the need to smile had been somewhat stifled, he made an effort to reply. “I’ll explain if you don’t mind us continuing this downstairs? It’s getting pretty hard for me to think the way I should.”
When she continued to stare; as if bewildered, Oliver took another pointed appraisal of her body. He began at the red wine polish adorning her toes. The shade accentuated the dark chocolate flawlessness of her skin. What she lacked in height, she made up for in curves. If he didn’t already feel like a complete heel for ogling her, far longer than she was surely aware of, he could have watched her well into the evening- or longer. His gaze settled to her chest- again. The firm, flawlessly dark globes heaved with an unknowing sensuality as she watched him with unconscious expectancy and utter obliviousness.
Minka blinked slowly once- twice as though she were rising out of a dreamy fog. At last her attention shifted, following the trail of Oliver’s stare and she took in her state of dress or undress as it were.
“Right,” she sighed, then muttered an inaudible curse. She moved to the cabinets where she’d seen a collection of towels folded during her earlier inspection of the bath.
It took her longer than it otherwise would have to distinguish the bath towels from the bath sheets what with her bare bottom fully exposed to the tall, cinnamon-skinned charmer who regarded her as if she were a treat he very much wanted to devour.
The fact should’ve had her rushing to locate the nearest thing to cover herself, but the man had a way of rendering her motor skills completely useless. Clearing her head with a shake, she grabbed a towel. It wasn’t a bath sheet, but it would do. Quickly she wrapped herself in it and turned.
Oliver Bauer was gone.
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About the author:
AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 12 years. She’s the winner of two Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Awards and recently won the Romance Slam Jam EMMA Award for Best Steamy Romance of 2014. She lives in North Carolina and works as a College Reference Librarian.
She began her writing career with BET’s Arabesque imprint and now writes traditionally for Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line. Under the pen name T. Onyx she crafts erotica and plans to release a new title in the genre next year. In 2015 AlTonya will begin to conclude her popular Ramsey/Tesano Series with the release of “Lover’s Origin: Black Island”, “A Lover’s Return.”
When she’s not writing, she can be found with a good book, a good movie, or a good movie based on a good book!
AlTonya wears many hats, but being a mom is her favorite job.
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