To give her mother her dying wish Mina Lane must deal with the enigmatic and dangerously seductive Nikos Dupris. Only he can give her access to the Villa her father and mother shared while her mother was the mistress of Nikos’ hated step-father. He however is in need of help himself, help that only Mina can provide and using her mother’s situation blackmails her to save his business. Both distrust the other, yet can they fight the growing attraction they are trying so hard to ignore.
“No...no...this will not happen” he had eventually bitten out before finally turning to face Mina, who had managed to pull herself back into a sitting position, her hair still mussed, her lips red from their kiss, her beautiful eyes full of so many different emotions.
His voice had been angry, accusing as he had rounded on her.
“I know what you are up to Mina, and do not believe me as stupid as my step-father. I have no intention of inheriting his daughter as my mistress. That seems to be the way the women in your family work, but I am not about to become your next meal ticket”.
Staring back at him with complete disbelief on her face, Mina had leapt to her feet, her hands balled, fury pushing the pain of loss from her.
“You arrogant egotistical jerk” she had cried at him, her eyes now full of an anger which burned so brightly in her small face.
“How...how dare you! I want nothing to do with you or your entire damn family. You kissed me...I didn’t ask you to” seeing as he had given a small pfft noise, as he had moved closer to her “Yes very clever, the poor distressed damsel act, what else was I to do?”.
Looking at him with complete disbelief she had glared at the man before her, her body still tingling from his kiss.
“My God Nikos, it really, really eats you up that you are attracted to the daughter of a man you so despised doesn’t it?”
He had frowned, seeing as she had raised her chin defiantly at him.
“Well that is your problem not mine, I will be out of your hair soon enough”.
A shadow of pain crossing her eyes as her voice had broken slightly, her anger the only thing keeping the tears from once more sliding down her face “so just stay the hell away from me”.
With that Mina had turned from him, as her hands had moved protectively around herself feeling the tears once more rising to her eyes, her new found bravado slipping as the conflicting emotions of fear and sorrow and anger had washed over her.
For several seconds there had been silence, before in a softer quieter voice he had spoken “So what do we do about this attraction we have Mina?”
Giving a small half-laugh full of no mirth she had raised her head to stop the tears spilling over “Your problem Nikos...not mine. I want nothing to do with you. Now just leave.”
His hands on her shoulder turning her around had been firm, and his eyes had blazed down at her full of such fire.
He had spoken, as his mouth had once more descended to take her lips, his hands moving around her waist to haul her hard up against him. Mina had wanted to fight him, to push him from her, but the moment their bodies touched she had been lost, her arms flying around his neck to deepen the kiss.