Corporate spy Carew Sloan is sent to Zagreb, Croatia, to retrieve information for a private intelligence agency. Carew’s beauty and talent for computer decryption make her the natural choice for this sensitive mission. After charming her mark, Vasilije Juric, in one of Zagreb’s swanky dance clubs, Carew finds herself in Juric’s bedroom. It will take only a moment to gather the information she was sent for and make her escape. Or so she thinks.
Unfortunately for Carew, Juric has a keen-eyed bodyguard, Zoran, who pegged her instantly as trouble. After a high speed chase, he retrieves Carew from her wrecked car. Rather than turn the stunning spy over to his merciless boss, Zoran takes matters into his own hands and keeps the girl … as his captive. Zoran’s keen intelligence, striking features, and powerful physique prove hard to resist, and soon their mutual hostility takes a backseat to the torrent of lust neither can deny.
Will Carew follow her heart, even it means losing her livelihood? What other dangers await them both beyond Zoran's lair?
After slowly lowering me down, he leaves me alone in the shower. I know that we both wanted it desperately, even if I’m too stubborn to admit it aloud. It’s the stark truth. Our sexual encounter was beyond comparison, leaving me shaken. We are two polar opposites that attract each other at every turn. I try to compose myself as the water pours over my body, but it is not easy. I have to steady myself against the glass. I’m still dazed from the unforgettable sex.
My thoughts turn to his last comment. Maybe he found what I took from Juric’s computer, and in the wrong hands—namely his—it would be prime blackmail material. Only a professional would understand those diagrams, but he’s smart enough to know that it’s stolen material.
What if he’s already called his boss? What if he just wanted a piece of ass before he hands me over? Fear begins to roll through me like a tornado.
A bold voice from the opposite side of the steamed glass cuts into my thoughts. “Turn the water off and come out now. You’ve been in there for thirty minutes.”
I reach for the silver handle, but I’m reluctant to turn it off. Having to face him is not high on my list of priorities.
“A towel, please.” I hold my hand out, waiting expectantly. Nothing.
“Fine!” I snap and step out to see him holding one open for me as his scorching eyes drink in my nudity.
They take their time traveling over my body, as if he’s savoring a rare cognac. Let him look his fill, I’m still not fessing up to anything. I wish I could cross my arms in defiance but I don’t want to bump my tender wrist. I stand two feet away from him, dripping all over the wood floor. The room is toasty. He seems to keep a constant fire going up here and I have to admit his home is quite pleasant.
I reach out to grab the towel, but he takes a quick step back, shaking his head in open disapproval.
“No, princeza. Come to me and you may have it.”
What? He can’t speak to me like that! And why does he have to look so unbelievably gorgeous this morning? The dawn light is beginning to filter in, highlighting his unique looks. A white, fitted polo shirt stretches across his upper body, showing off his biceps. Sexy, dark washed jeans sit perfectly on his hips. My eyes travel down to his bare feet and up to meet his serious eyes.
“I’m not yours to train, big guy. Do what you want but I won’t ever submit to you!” I yell the last part and lean in, trying hard to convey whatever shred of power I have left.
One side of his mouth quirks up, as if he’s stifling a laugh. “If you willingly come to me, I will give you clothes.”
I narrow my eyes and weigh my choices. Stand here naked and drip for however long, or take the two steps toward him. I remain motionless for a minute before reluctantly taking the few steps into his arms and the soft, waiting towel.
His finger lifts my chin. “See, was that so hard? You give me what I want and you will receive the same. Fair enough, right?”
I huff. I loathe being this helpless, feeling vulnerable around hi.
My Review: 4 1/2 stars
Whoa! There was a lot of chemistry going on between Carew and Zoran. They sizzle. That was evident when he first came up to her. However, she still has a job to do, and he's not getting in the way of it. One thing leads to another and Carew is on the run. Zoran captures her with the intent of finding out what she was doing, then making her his. He wants her, and he will have her. Zoran finds the perfect way to torture Carew, and damn it's freaking hot and sexy! The chemistry between them just continues to build and build. There's just one problem - his employer thinks that Carew is dead and when he finds out otherwise, there's hell to pay. The ending of the book is both edge of your seat and wonderful.
This was such a fun, adventurous read, as most of Christine's books are. The characters are well written, not perfect, but flawed just enough. Christine knows just how to tell a story so you are involved from the first page to the last, and I love that about her writing. I'll keep reading her work as long as she writes. It's always good and never disappoints.
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