The Running Game: Excerpt

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He turned to regard her, his eyes hungrily eating her up from the tips of her bare toes to the top of her head where her hair was messy from the activities of the last few hours, tousled and knotted. “You may call me Oliver, Irene.”

“Such a noble-sounding name for a pirate.”

Oliver drew close to her and brought his hand up to cup her cheek, staring into her wide blue eyes. She found that she wasn’t capable of moving away as his green eyes held her captive. “Perhaps I am nobility among the pirates.”

“Pirates don’t have nobility,” she said bluntly.

His face came closer, his nose almost touching hers. “And you know all about the life of a pirate, do you, Irene?”

“There are many stories,” she managed.

His lips barely ghosted over hers before he pulled back, leaving her gasping and unbalanced. “I took you for smarter than that, princess.” He removed his hand, stealing his warmth away. “Come, it is time for rest, you will have a long day ahead of you tomorrow.”

Not liking the sound of that, but with little other choice, Irene followed the man to his bed and watched as he climbed in, sliding under the dark covers and patting the space next to him.

She stared. “Are you not going to dress yourself?” She only had so much self-control and it did not extend to sleeping next to that much gorgeous skin without touching.

“I am not. Get in already, princess. I promise to keep my hands to myself, though you can feel free to touch.” The stupid man winked at her.

Taking a deep breath, she steeled herself and refused to think about just what she was doing, and she slid in beside him. She left a considerable amount of space between them as she snatched one of his pillows away.

She presented him with her back and curled up, closing her eyes. She could hear Oliver—what a lovely name that, surprisingly befitting this handsome captor of hers—moving around next to her as he settled in.

Sometime between pretending to sleep and listening to every move Oliver made in case of an attack, she drifted off to sleep, the stress of the day finally catching up with her.

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