brings her Australian flair to romance with her latest novel
Wicked Heat (A Feel the Heat novel) (Entangled Brazen)
Competitors by day, lovers by night…
Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort’s lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms of a wickedly distracting Australian, Allegra’s tempted to skip the trip and explore the most sensual kiss she’s ever experienced. Too bad their chance encounter at the airport is just that.
Having recently lost his company to his former best friend’s shady business tactics, Jett Halcott is headed to a South Pacific resort to secure an advertising account that will resurrect his reputation and career. Realizing the tantalizing Allegra Wilks is on his flight, Jett envisions a week filled with business and pleasure. But Jett doesn’t know Allegra’s fighting for the same account, or that there’s more at stake than his heart.
“Why did you really do it? Change your pitch?”
It had been bugging him all night, why she’d done such a thing. Because when he’d eventually calmed down and his fuzzy alcohol-infused brain had cleared, he’d known she hadn’t done it out of pity. At no stage in their brief relationship had she looked down on him. So what had been her real motivation? Because no way in hell he would’ve changed his business pitch for someone he barely knew.
“I did it because I wanted to help.” Her nose crinkled adorably.
He bristled. “So I was a charity case? Something you saw as broken that needed fixing?”
“Don’t be such a moron.” Her upper lip curled in derision. He found it kinda cute. “I felt bad enough not telling you we were vying for the same account. And it meant everything to both of us. So I did what I thought needed to be done. I changed my pitch. End of story.”
She made it sound so matter-of-fact, when Jett knew there had to be more to it.
“You’re still lying to me—”
“I care about you, okay?” She whirled on him like a crazy woman, eyes blazing. “That’s why I did it. I care. There. Now you know. So sue me.”
She turned away and folded her arms, determinedly not looking in his direction, her jaw clenched so tight he wouldn’t have been surprised to hear her teeth grinding.
He should’ve been glad she’d finally admitted the truth. She cared. Well, that made two of them. But how could they ever come back from something like this, now that she was his boss?
He needed to get their relationship—albeit for work—back on track. And the way to do it was to revert to what they’d done best all week. Sparring.
“You’re the most controlling, confident, maddening woman I’ve ever met,” he said, poking her in the side to get a reaction.
She whirled on him so fast he startled. “And you’re the most arrogant, cocky, big-mouth son of a bitch I’ve ever met.” She placed her palms on his chest and shoved, hard.
However, her little display of dominance backfired as he toppled backward and she came with him, ending up lying flush on his chest.
“I knew you still wanted me.” He grinned up at her, clamping his arms around her waist when she struggled to sit up.
“Only if you ask nicely.” He claimed her mouth, stifling the rest of what she’d been about to say.
She squirmed against him to escape and he held on tight, waiting for the moment her lips parted before his tongue swept into her mouth, deepening the kiss to the point of no return.
Her struggles soon ceased, replaced by the soft moans he recognized, and he eased his mouth off hers.
“You done fighting?”
She glared at him through passion-hazed eyes. “We can’t do this.”
“Sure we can.” He lifted his hips, deliberately pressing his hard cock into her. “Tell me you don’t want this.”
She took an eternity to answer as he silently prayed he hadn’t pushed her too far. He’d been the one to instigate this relationship from the beginning, had sweet-talked his way beneath her defenses and bombarded her until she couldn’t say no.
He’d thought she liked it that way, thought she’d enjoyed relinquishing the rigid control she maintained in all other aspects of her life.
But what if he was wrong?
She shook her head and her hair brushed his cheeks like soft silk. “I can’t.”
Disappointment slashed through his lust and he released her. She scrambled off him, couldn’t get away fast enough.
He sat up and ran a shaky hand through his hair. “You didn’t answer me.”
She turned away, but not before he’d seen her raise her hand to touch her lips. “What?”
“I asked you to tell me you don’t want this.”
He stood so close behind her he could feel the heat radiating off her back. “But you can’t, can you?”
“Please leave,” she said, her voice barely above a whisper.
The fact that she couldn’t lie to him now, after the secrets she’d kept from him before, gave him hope.
He’d leave her alone for now. But he wasn’t done, not by a long shot.
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About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, eerie stories for young adults.
Based in Melbourne, she has published 40 books and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. She writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing and is self-published. Her first indie release, Crazy Love, was a 2012 ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Award) finalist. BANISH, a thriller with Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult debut (August 2013), closely followed by the release of a paranormal YA series starting with Scion of the Sun (Month9Books, November 2013)
She's also a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, a 2013 National Readers' Choice Award and RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) winner, a multi-finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, RBY, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best Award, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!
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