Title: Temptation (Book 1 in The Temptation Series)
Author: K.M. Golland
Release: February 1, 2013
Age Group: Adult
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Sometimes being happily married and completely content is not at all what it seems.
That is what 35 year old, happily married mother of two, Alexis Summers finds out when decides it is time to return to work. After being a stay-at-home Mum for the past nine years, Alexis now realises a complete career change is just what she needs.
She becomes a Concierge Attendant in a prestigious hotel in Melbourne working for the owner of the hotel, Bryce Clark. He resides in the penthouse, is extremely hot and is a man who always gets what he wants—and what he wants is Alexis. She does a relatively good job resisting Bryce at first, but the undeniable chemistry, sexual tension and playfulness between the two of them is intense. He has copious amounts of money, sex appeal and above all, is a genuinely nice guy. Bryce has been waiting for his one true love to come along and he is positive that one true love is Alexis.
There is one problem; she is happily married to Rick, and no matter how strong her feelings are for Bryce, she is adamant she will not cheat. She draws a line in the sand but finds it increasingly hard not to cross. Will she succumb to Temptation?
“Alexis, a word please.” Hold your horses. He seemed angry. Shit, I’m in trouble. I’ve really pissed him off. I diverted from my desk past him and went into his office. You know what Bryce? Bring it on; I’m sick of these games as well. I put my bag on the coffee table but didn’t sit. “Have a seat, Alexis.”
“No thanks, I’ll stand.” Screw him.
He walked right up to me. “Why the disappearing act?”
“What disappearing act?” I played dumb.
“Why have you spent nearly four hours away from your desk?”
Because you infuriate me! “I had loose ends to tie up and a meeting with marketing.” I’m not fourteen, Bryce, nor am I grounded. Back the fuck off!
“I need you at your desk.”
I need you to take me on my desk. Alexis, you are angry with him. Remember?
“Why?” I demanded. He didn’t answer.
“Alexis, why are you angry with me?” He dropped the bad cop attitude. He is a bloody yo-yo.
“I’m not.” I was lying. I just wanted to go home. I glanced at my watch and noticed it was just pastThank God.
“You are, and it has something to do with Chelsea.” He stepped away from me and headed to the buffet where he poured himself a drink and then smirked at me. That does it!
I walked towards him with my hands on my hips. “You know what, Bryce? You’re right, I am pissed with you, and do you want to know why?” I didn’t give him time to answer. “Because you have completely turned my world upside down. Not only have you single-handedly changed my career path from under me; you have continuously flirted with me, invaded my privacy, taunted me with playful games, but you also lured me in with expensive gifts and a ‘non-negotiable’ and absurd salary increase. You have played on the obvious sexual tension we share and have forced me to cross the line with you. This might be a game for you, but it’s not for me. So, if you want to play your little touchy-feely, wine and dine games with Miss Hogan, go right ahead. I’m going home to fuck my husband.” I snatched up my bag and made for the door. He had my arm in a flash once again, spinning me around and pulling me to him. Geez he was quick. “Let me go.” I demanded.
“No, Alexis,” he said calmly.
“Let me go, Bryce.”
He looked deep into my eyes and pleaded with me. “Ask me to kiss you, Alexis. Please ask me, or so help me God I will break my promise.”
“No, let me go. I am not your toy; if you want a toy go and play with Chelsea.”
“I don’t want a toy, Alexis. And I don’t want Chelsea either. I want you. I want you so fucking badly that it is driving me crazy. I’ve never wanted anyone or anything more in my life.” His grip tightened on my arm. “You’re killing me, Alexis. You walk into my office looking so god damn sexy and teasing me with your lingerie, then disappear for hours. You’re jealous, and you want me too, just admit it.”
“Let me go.” I was close to tears. I wrenched my arms up and hit both his inner elbows hard—breaking his grip on me. Ha, thanks for that trick! I felt like bursting—bursting with anger, with regret, with lust, with bloody everything. My anger spilled over and I screamed at him. “Yes, I want you! I want to fuck the living shit out you.” I started to cry. “Do I like to see you touch other women? No...No, I don’t. Do I feel a thousand tiny tingles go up and down my spine and in between my legs whenever you touch me? Yes...Yes, I do. Am I exhilarated and alive whenever I am with you? Yes. Do I want to take it further? Yes...Yes, I fucking do, but that’s not the point, Bryce.”
I lowered my voice and took in a deep breath. “It doesn’t matter that I want you, and it doesn’t matter that you want me. I took vows—to honour, to respect and to be faithful, and I can’t break them. I won’t go behind Rick’s back. Ever! So what we want doesn’t matter. I’m sorry.” I touched his cheek and then left.
About the Author
K.M. Golland was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After studying Legal Practice for two years and working as a Land Conveyancer for four years, she put her career on hold to raise two beautiful children. Always having a love for reading, she decided rather than returning to the Legal Industry, she would become a Writer—publishing her debut novel Temptation (Book 1 in The Temptation Series.)
“I am an author. I am married. I am a mother of two adorable little people. I'm a Bookworm, Craftworm, Movieworm and Sportsworm. I'm also a self-confessed Shop-aholic, Tea-aholic, Car-aholic and Choc-aholic”.
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