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Bound By Magick: GOING UNDER by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group
“Talk to me.”
“You’ve said enough today, Gage.”
The emotion was clear in his eyes and she may have felt bad for a few moments.
“I know I hurt your feelings. I’m sorry. I’m sorry I was a dick.”
“What exactly are you sorry about?”
“Oh god, really?” He shifted from foot to foot, looking exactly like a man who is so pretty and beloved by the women in his life that he probably always got off with just an I’m sorry and never had to truly apologize.
Well, she wasn’t his mother or his aunt. And while he was undoubtedly hot, he was also a jerk. So if he wanted her to accept his apology, he really had to make one first.
“You surprise me.” He licked his lips and she raised a brow. “At least let me have a drink first.”
“Are you kidding me? You need a drink to truly apologize to someone you call a friend? You have been dreadful to me on this issue. I have never done a thing to make you believe I’d do anything but my very best for my people and yet you treat me like those humans protesting outside. You suck.”
He hung his head for a moment and when he looked to her again, it shot straight to her toes. He placed warm hands on her shoulders. “You’re right. I’m . . . I’m so damned mad and sometimes you get in the way of that. But you absolutely have never done anything but your very best for our people. I do suck.”
“I’m not the enemy.”
His gaze sharpened at the wobble in her voice and she wished she could take that moment of weakness back.
“I’m so sorry I made you feel that way. I am. I was a dick and I took out all this rage on you. It’s not your fault. It’s mine.”
And then his mouth was on hers and he was kissing her. Not a friend kiss. Not at all.
He pulled back and her mouth tingled. She licked her lips and tasted him, having to gulp at how good it was.
“I can’t apologize for that. For the kiss I mean. I’ve wanted to kiss you for . . . well, since the first moment I clapped eyes on you.”
She tipped her head, ready to ask him something, and he moved in again. Her words were lost as his tongue slipped into her mouth and she didn’t care to do anything but wrap her arms around his neck and kiss him right back.
Heat raced through him at her taste. Like everything else about Molly Ryan, it was sweet, but then spicy. She knew her way around a kiss, that was for damned sure. He had to lock his knees to keep them from buckling when she sucked on his tongue before releasing it to nip his bottom lip. Her body, strong and soft in all the right places, pressed against his. His thoughts scattered to the four winds and all he felt, smelled and tasted was Molly. And that was more than all right.
He spun her, backing her against a nearby wall where he could ease into another level of the kiss. He slowed it down, kissing her deeply until he felt her spine ease as she gave in and let him taste.
She smelled so good. Her perfume was one thing, but as they kissed and her skin heated, her magick began to warm as well, scenting the air between them. His rose to respond, swirling around them, making him dizzy.
The phone in her pocket began to buzz and she sighed softly, breaking the kiss.
He was unable to tear his gaze from her mouth as she answered, his body still caging hers to keep her in place. Once she finished that call he had some more smooching in mind.
“Yes, yes. I’m going to look now. Thanks for the heads-up. He’s here with me. I’ll tell him.” She hung up and looked up, her lips swollen from his kisses. Christ.
“You’re going to tell me something that’s totally going to kill the mood, aren’t you?”
She nodded. “Several windows in the lobby of the building have been broken. The protesters. They discovered the back exit too and are now blocking the driveway. Meriel’s car was damaged. That was her calling. I need to update the website. We’ve already been urging people to travel in pairs. I’ll have to reiterate that.”
His phone started buzzing too. Lark, he realized when he pulled it from his back pocket. He answered and slid into hunter mode as she began to give him details.
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