Almost Forever by Linda Howard

By Linda Howard

He was once the main interesting guy she'd ever met . . . Claire Westerbrook discovered it challenging to think that Max Conroy used to be actually drawn to her. Then she chanced on he wasn't -- he simply sought after information regarding her boss. Max used to be learning her corporation for a takeover and had made up our minds the fastest approach to make it take place used to be via her. Now Claire wishes not anything to do with a guy who might lie to her with so little regret. yet Max is not leaving Houston with no buying every thing he desires. And that incorporates Claire . . .

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The company, though publicly held, was his baby, and Sam Bronson was known as a tough, gritty fighter. Max made a mental note to call Anson after taking Claire home. He eased Claire down on the couch, stretching her out full-length on her stomach. " she asked, her eyes widening. "Just rubbing your back," he said, keeping his voice low and soothing. He used the strength of his hands to find the kinks left by tension, and silence fell between them, except for the gentle sound of Claire's sighs. Max noticed her eyelids drooping again, and a smile tugged at his chiseled lips.

She stiffened, withdrawing from them, and a refusal began forming on her lips. Max put his hand on hers, stalling her. " "Oh, good. We're having an early dinner, at seven. Claire knows where we live. I'll see you Saturday, then. " Max resumed his seat, and silence fell briefly between them. " he asked, forcing her to look at him. "I'm embarrassed. " His eyebrows arched, and suddenly the languid, cosmopolitan gentleman was gone, and in his place was a man with cool, almost ruthless eyes. "Do you really think I'd care about being polite if I didn't want to attend?

An instinct of self-protection told her to move away from him, but it was only a small voice, easily swamped by the disturbing rush of warmth generated by the light touch of his hand. Just walking beside him gave her pleasure. He opened the car door for her, and when she was seated, he leaned down to tuck her skirt out of the way, another of his casually courteous gestures that disturbed the even rhythm of her pulse. Thank God he didn't have any romantic interest in her! If she responded to him this strongly when he was merely being polite, what would it be like if he were making an effort to charm her?

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