A Major Seduction
Book 2 in the Good to Go series
Release Date: June 17, 2014
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His little sisterâ€™s best friend has grown upâ€¦too muchâ€¦for this Marine to handleâ€”without a little discipline to keep her in check.
Major Mike Cava has worked hard not to see Maria Thompson as anything but his baby sisterâ€™s best friend. Not an easy feat when Mariaâ€™s done her best to throw herself at him for years. Except in the two years since heâ€™s seen her last, Maria has grown way up. Good God, sheâ€™s stunning. But now that heâ€™s really seeing her, she isnâ€™t seeing him.
Maria spent the past fourteen years mooning over a man who never saw her as anything but a little girl, and sheâ€™s done. Or so she tries fooling herself. Sheâ€™s twenty-four years old, and itâ€™s past time she grew up and over him. But now Mikeâ€™s giving her â€œthoseâ€ looks. Oh, wow.
With the help of her best friendâ€”Mikeâ€™s sisterâ€”sheâ€™ll prove sheâ€™s more than woman enough to handle him. His dominance, his kink in the bedroom, his huge, hot body. But just when she thinks they can make a go of it, he pulls back. She canâ€™t do it anymore. Loving, being hurt, loving, being ignored. This time if Mike wants her, heâ€™ll have to prove it. Sheâ€™s done.
And heâ€™s just realized he might have made the biggest mistake of his life in pushing her awayâ€¦
â€œI didnâ€™t realize knitting was so exciting.â€ Mike stared from his sister to Maria and raised a brow. As usual, the man intimidated just by breathing. He stood heads above her, probably at six three or four. He wore jeans and a tight T-shirt. The breadth of his chest, the size of his biceps and thighs, and his amazing washboard abs gave him a power over Maria she should have found embarrassing.
When she could stop wheezing, sheâ€™d blush. She knew she would.
â€œYou okay?â€ Mike frowned.
Olivia elbowed her in the side.
â€œOw. Fine.â€ She coughed. â€œEr, just had something go down the wrong way,â€ Maria rasped and coughed again to give truth to the lie. â€œSo what can we help you with, Mike? Looking for knitting needles? Yellow yarn? A fold-away cutting station?â€
He laughed. â€œYeah, right. Iâ€™ll get right on knitting as soon as I finish my needlepoint.â€
Olivia leaned closer to Maria and confided, â€œHe did make a latch hook Snoopy rug when he was little. He finished his before I did.â€
â€œHey. Mom made me.â€ Mike flushed.
God, he was hot. Maria cleared her throat. â€œSo what can we do for you?"
He stared at her and frowned. Even his annoyance attracted her. So not fair. She concentrated on being done with him. Trying hard to forget her crush. Really trying.
â€œMike?â€ Olivia prodded.
â€œJust wanted to see if her date went okay.â€
â€œOh?â€ Olivia exchanged a puzzled look with Maria.
Maria explained, â€œBobby and I were walking on the beach and passed by Mike last night. I hadnâ€™t even thought about it. Itâ€™s just so easy to park near the house and access the beach there.â€
â€œRight.â€ Olivia had a crafty look Maria recognized. But she sounded blasÃ© when she asked Mike, â€œSo what now? Sheâ€™s fine.â€
He opened his mouth then closed it. His brows drew closer together. â€œSo did he?â€
â€œDid who what?â€ Maria asked, not sure what he wanted from her.
â€œDid Bobby â€˜go down on youâ€™ again?â€ he growled. â€œHe was dying to, remember?â€
Olivia gaped at him.
Maria didnâ€™t know what to say.
â€œWell?â€ He put his hands on his trim hips, and his biceps looked like fleshy boulders.
Olivia turned to her with a huge grin on her face. â€œDid he?â€
â€œOh my God. No, he did not.â€ She turned and snapped at Mike, â€œNot that itâ€™s any of your business. What the hell is your problem?â€
All the tension seemed to deflate from him. â€œOh. Good.â€
â€œGood?â€ She didnâ€™t know what to think. â€œWhere the hell do you get off asking me about my sex life? Iâ€™m twenty-four years old, not twelve. Besides, I donâ€™t ask you how many bimbos suck you off on a daily basis.â€
â€œWhoa.â€ Olivia looked from her to him and held up her hands in surrender. â€œEasy, guys.â€
â€œYou want to know, just ask me.â€ This Mike sheâ€™d never before seen. And wow, she wanted to get to know this angry, sexy, forceful man like nobodyâ€™s business.
â€œWell, I donâ€™t want to know. Iâ€™ll be in the back room.â€ Olivia escaped to the office and closed the door behind her, leaving Maria and Mike alone together.
â€œGo ahead. Ask.â€ Mike crossed his arms over his chest.
â€œI donâ€™t want to know,â€ she said primly. â€œBut if I want Bobby to eat me out, Iâ€™ll ask him. And fuck you very much if you donâ€™t like it.â€
He just stared at her. After a moment, he said, â€œNice mouth, princess.â€
â€œWhatever. Mike, get out.â€
â€œBuy something or get out. Iâ€™m running a business, not a charity. Seriously though, my love life is not your concern.â€ Not that it had been in middle or high school either, yet heâ€™d still taken it upon himself to look out for her.
An older lady took a step inside the store.
Mike turned around to see whoâ€™d entered, still glaring, and the woman turned around and left. He looked at Maria again and scowled. â€œYouâ€™re like my little sister.â€
â€œI am not your sister. At. All. And you know, Iâ€™m glad.â€
â€œBecause youâ€™re an asshole.â€ She let her festering anger free. â€œI can date or fuck whoever I please. You donâ€™t like it, too bad.â€
He stomped three steps to the counter and loomed over her. â€œI care about my sister. I care about you.â€
Not the way I wish you would. â€œIâ€™ve been living without you for a long time, Mike. My little-kid crush disappeared years ago. I have sex. I like sex. And I like men. There. Now you have the deets about my love life. Buy something or get out.â€
He grabbed a ball of yarn and set it before him. â€œThere. Look. I didnâ€™t mean to piss you off. Iâ€™m just not used to youâ€”â€
â€œNot following you around like a puppy dog? Lapping up any stray form of affection? God, I was pathetic. But no more. I deserve a guy who wants me for me. Besides, youâ€™re too old. Youâ€™re what, thirty-four?â€
â€œThirty-one,â€ he bit out.
â€œIâ€™m twenty-four and in the prime of my life. I need to live a little, you know? Hell, you can barely handle me saying the word â€˜fuck.â€™ Imagine me doing it.â€ She wiggled her brows, pleased beyond measure when his expression darkened and his gaze traveled from her mouth to her breasts and back up to her eyes.
Holy shit. Mike Cava had just given her the proverbial eye-fuck!
Excited but not willing to be drawn into a conversation that would inevitably backfire and have him scurrying away, she shrugged off the discussion. â€œThatâ€™ll be four-nineteen.â€
â€œFor the yarn.â€
He reached into his pocket and slapped a five on the counter. â€œKeep the change.â€ He leaned closer still, until she could feel his breath on her lips. â€œHoney, you want to play footsie with your guy friends, fine. But keep that shit away from my sister.â€
â€œBecause sheâ€™s all virginal and pure? Please.â€ She laughed at him, knowing Olivia would find that funny as hell. The girl acted all prudish, but she liked sex as much as Maria did.
His eyes looked so dark sheâ€™d swear they were black. â€œPlease, what?â€
She felt as if sheâ€™d fallen under a spell. She wanted to look away but couldnâ€™t even blink. He licked his lips, and she did the same. â€œWhat?â€
â€œPlease, Sir.â€ He reached his big hand forward and caressed her neck, and her entire body lit on fire.
â€œSir?â€ she squeaked.
â€œYeah, thatâ€™s what they call me unless they want a good spanking.â€ He gripped her chin with enough firmness to make his point.