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Elliott James is a control freak. After being told she was nothing special by her ex, Baker Williams, she’s spent the last eight years proving him wrong. She’s built a life she loves— prominent attorney, partner at her firm, a luxurious penthouse, and the best friends a girl could ask for. After a harrowing encounter last year, she’s determined to get her life back on track. She’s succeeding, until a case brings her face to face with the one man that’s ever made her want to lose control.
Baker Williams started with nothing but determination to make a better life for himself. He’s built an empire he’s proud of, by acquiring companies and working his way up. So when a rogue employee threatens to bring his kingdom tumbling down, he hires the best to defend his case. His only fault is not realizing that the best is Elliott James, and she’s ready to remind him of all the damage he did years ago.
Eight years ago, Elliott and Baker were matches and gasoline. Explosive and hot. Back then, they both walked away burned. When they’re forced to work together long after the flames have died down, they discover they’re just as combustible as ever. Now, they have to figure out how to save each other without their spark burning down everything they’ve worked so hard for in the process.
“What do you need, Baker?”
“I came to talk to you before the meeting. I think we need to discuss some things.”
“Oh, good. I agree. I was going to see if you wanted to go to dinner tonight to talk, but we can do it now if you want,” she says.
“Now is perfect.” I try not to see the hurt flash across her face before it’s quickly replaced with annoyance.
“Great. So talk.”
Yep, I’ve done it. I’ve crossed into my favorite Elliott James territory—pissed off. I should ask her to go first. I should let her take the lead and see what she wants to talk about, but I can’t. I don’t want to know, and it’s better if I just shut this down from the get-go. “I don’t think this is a good idea.”
“And what is this? Pray tell.”
“Whatever this is, going on with us,” I snap. This is off to a great start.
“Seriously? We fucked one time.”
I try not to smirk at her crassness. If that’s how she wants to play this, fine. “And you freaked the fuck out. So, whatever is going on with you, I should say, I don’t want any part of it. I think it’s best if we go back to pretending like we don’t know each other. If we forget last night happened.”
“Perfect,” she says, her voice laced with disbelief and dripping with sarcasm. She crosses her arms over her chest, shutting herself off to me. Her jaw is set in a firm line and I can’t help but to take a beat and admire how damn beautiful she is.
In a different life, maybe we could have made this work.
In a different world, I could have owned her heart.
But it’s just not meant to be in this one.
I turn and walk back toward the door, pausing before jerking it open. I’m furious—with myself, with the situation, with her. I open my mouth to say something, anything to justify cutting her off like this, but she interrupts me before I can.
“Eight years ago, I thought I couldn’t hate you more. I was wrong,” she says.
And with that, I throw the door open and walk out, ignoring the pain in my chest and the lump in my throat.
It’s better this way.
About the Author
Wrenn Montgomery resides in North Carolina with her husband and three daughters. She spends her time psychoanalyzing strangers and writing about them in steamy romances.