Monogamy Twist- Nancy Jardine
Luke Salieri thought he'd seen everything. But when he inherits a dilapidated English estate from a woman he's never heard of—and with quirky conditions besides—it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. There must be a woman out there who can meet his needs. But how far will he have to go to persuade her? Lucrative employment for a whole year? The job of researching the old house and its fantastic contents is enticing – but Rhia Ashton can’t see herself living with gorgeous Luke Salieri and not wanting his body as well. Can she live and sleep with him for a whole year and then walk away? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while.
Usually he was so focused that very little would break his concentration, but he was honest enough with himself to acknowledge it had been shot to hell that afternoon. The tension that still beset him had nothing to do with the complexities of the new project of restoring Greywood Hall, and everything to do with concentrating on blocking out the thoughts of Rhia’s delightful body. She was right down below the window now, playing the fetching games Thor loved.
Luke had again lost track of what the assembled group were discussing. “We’ve done enough for today guys,” he declared as he turned back to the table. “It’s already well past eight o’clock. We’ll resume our findings tomorrow morning.” For all of them it had been a long day, a very early start. They were all more than happy to wind up their discussions. “Meet at nine tomorrow, here in the dining room.”
A hasty shuffling of paper accompanied happy mutters of where the guys intended to eat that night as they filed out of the room.
On the fringes of the lawn, Rhia held tight to Thor and calmed him as the long file of people exited the upper doors and picked their way down the crumbling staircases. Luke stood motionless at the top, watching her. Only after the last person had disappeared into the parked vehicles did Rhia climb up to meet him.
Luke waited and watched. As she reached him he gathered her into his arms and crushed her to him, dropping his lips to meet hers in a hungry kiss. Rhia clutched at his shirt showing him just how much she’d missed him.
“It’s been hours since I tasted you.” His hands slid up and down her back rumpling the fine camisole she was wearing. He smiled down at her. “Missed me?”
“Now why do you think that?” she teased, her hands sliding round his back and burrowing in even closer.
“Maybe because you almost devoured me?” Luke replied, his mouth returning to hers. Eager for more, he could tell from her response just how eager she was too. “Much as I don’t want to stop, we’ve found this isn’t the most comfortable place. But soon it will be different.”
“I didn’t come here to disturb you,” Rhia hastened to explain, “I just wanted to…” Her embarrassment was evident. “You didn’t need to call a halt to your meeting because I arrived.”
“We were winding up for the day anyway. I do work long hours, but sometimes forget my team needs breaks too.”
That hadn’t quite been true for if she hadn’t appeared he would have made the meeting last longer…perversely so that he stayed away from her for longer…to test his restraint. But she was here now, and testing his self-discipline no longer appealed. Reaching for her hand he drew her into the hallway. Thor bounded in beside them, his paws skittering on the tile floor, surprising himself so much he dropped to his haunches, whining. Luke laughed.