Betrayed by Sharon C. Cooper
Yep, definitely a puzzle.
“If you don’t want to be a part of my security detail, I understand. I don’t blame you. Why would you want to protect someone who stole from you? Someone who ran off and didn’t look back?”
“You ran off because I told you to.” Angelo kept his voice as low as hers. “With us taking your case, you’ll be expected to do whatever we tell you to do.”
She leaned back and frowned, looking as if she was about to argue. Angelo didn’t give her a chance.
“Whatever we tell you to do is always for your own good. Everyone who’ll be assigned to you will put your safety first. You’re not going to like everything we’ll insist on, but—”
“So, does this mean you’re going to pretend to be my boyfriend?”
Angelo inched closer, close enough to see her take a hard swallow. “Under one condition.”
She worried her bottom lip, that shyness that he’d seen earlier returning. “What condition?”
He moved in even closer, close enough to feel her shudder. “I need to see if you can handle being close to me, because when I go undercover, I’m all in.” Without giving her a chance to speak, or even process what he was saying, he cupped her face between his hands and kissed her.
At first the kiss was sweet, gentle, and cautious, but when she moaned into his mouth, he couldn’t help but deepen the lip-lock. His tongue slid between her juicy lips and he explored the inner recesses of her enchanting mouth. Testing. Savoring. He’d only planned to get a little taste of her, see if there was any way to pull off this boyfriend/girlfriend idea, but he was getting more than expected. So much more.
His hands slid down the sides of her body, grazing over every dip and curve until they landed on her hips. When she whimpered and looped her arms around his neck, it spurred him on. He pulled her flush against him, loving the feel of her body against his.
Oh yeah. This was going to be one hell of an assignment. Angelo would make sure he kept her safe, and he planned to enjoy every minute of being her man.