on November 3, 2015
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The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.
When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….
Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.
The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….
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An hour later my nerves were strained to the max. I’d never realized how quickly the situation could snowball out of my control. I hadn’t lied when I told Craig I didn’t flirt. It wasn’t my thing. It felt discomforting in any normal situation, so to have to flirt with Angus was an effort in sheer will and nerves.
It didn’t help that I was completely aware of Craig in the background, watching the show I was putting on. I could feel his stare burning into me. I could feel him judging me.
Needing a break from the acting, I excused myself and made my way through the busy bar toward the restrooms. I’d just walked through the door to the hallway of the restrooms when it swung open behind me, and a hard grip clamped around my bicep.
I jerked in shock, looking over my shoulder to find my captor was Craig. “What—”
“Quiet,” he growled unhappily as he took a key out of his pocket and opened the locked door to the disabled toilet.
“Craig!” I yelped as he shoved me none-too-gently inside. He followed me and slammed the door shut behind us, snapping the lock in place. My heart was thudding in my chest. “What the hell are you doing?”
“What am I doing?” His eyes flashed in anger. “What the hell are you doing?”
Too tired to pretend I didn’t understand his question, I crossed my arms over my chest in defiance. “What I’m doing is none of your business!”
“I guess you made that quite clear when you disappeared last weekend.” Guilt suffused me. “I admit I should have said good-bye.” He snorted in derision. “Is that your apology?”
“It’s the only one you’re getting,” I snapped. Stay out of this! I don’t need this from YOU!
Craig’s eyes narrowed speculatively. “When you told me you were going to get revenge on that arsehole out there I think I mistook just how determined you are. I mean, there aren’t many women who’ll spread their legs for revenge.”
His words cut me wide open—hurt piercing right through my chest—and in that moment I knew I’d been right in my decision to stay away from this man.
Something in my expression caused regret in his. “Rain,” he murmured, as he ran a hand through his hair. “Fuck, I didn’t mean that.”
“Let me out of here.”
“Let me out of here!” I stormed toward him, all of the fury I felt toward Angus suddenly transferring to Craig. He took hold of my arms and I struggled to release myself from his touch.
“Don’t touch me,” I spat, shrugging out of his hold. “Let me out of here. Now.”
“So you can go back out there to that smarmy git?” He grabbed me and hauled me against his chest, causing the breath to leap right out of me. “If you have no intention of sleeping with that arse then you are playing a dangerous game.”
“Of course you’d assume that I’d use sex to get what I wanted.” I curled my lip in disdain as I stared up into his handsome face. He was too close. Much too close. “Let me go.”
His grip tightened and I found myself spun around as he pressed my back to the door. “What else is any man supposed to think when you’re out there flirting your arse off with that guy? And here I thought you didn’t flirt.” His breath puffed against my lips.
“I only do it on special occasions,” I said, voice dripping with sarcasm.
“You need to stop,” he said. “How far are you willing to take this?”
“It’s none of your business.”
“That’s funny . . .” He pressed his hard body into mine and I sucked in a breath at the thrill that rippled over me. “Because it certainly feels like my business.”
“Craig.” I tried to plead as lust and desire fogged my brain. “Please, just leave me alone.”
“But I can’t seem to help myself,” he murmured seconds before his lips brushed gently over mine. My mouth tingled at the soft whisper of a kiss.
Our eyes locked and we could see nothing else but each other.
♥READ THE SERIES♥
Book 1 – On Dublin Street
Book 1.5 – Until Fountain Bridge
Book 2 – Down London Road
Book 2.5 – Castle Hill
Book 3 – Before Jamaica Lane
Book 4 – Fall From India Place
Book 5 – Echoes of Scotland Street
Book 5.5 – Valentine
Book 6 – Moonlight on Nightingale Way
Book 6.5 – One King’s Way