Paige Reyes is going to kill Shane Oxley if it's the last thing she does. Not only did the cold-hearted blackmailer force her to attend his thirtieth birthday party, he used her love for her brother to do it, giving her just one more reason to dislike him. Not that she needed it.
No matter how justified Paige's reasons are for avoiding him, Shane refuses to be without her for another second. Thanks to a risky game of Double Dare three years ago, Shane made the biggest mistake of his life and lost Paige in the process. Now all he wants is an opportunity to make it right again.
The birthday surprise is on Paige though. If Shane only has one chance with her, then he's going to do everything he can to change her heart. The gloves are off and everything is fair game.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Double Dare by Lena Matthews
Flustered, she placed her hands on her hips and faced him, unable to deal with the silence any longer. "What?"
Unlike her though, he didn't seem the slightest bit phased. "Running now?"
"I'm not running. I'm walking away." At a rapid speed, as if the hounds of hell were right behind her.
"Walking to what? To whom? You and I both know this thing with him will never work."
The calm, matter-of-fact way he spoke rubbed her the wrong way, mainly because she knew deep down he was right. But she would be damned if she admitted it. "I don't know any such thing."
"Then know this. You don't love him, Paige, and to be honest, I'm not too sure he loves you, either. Come on. You're smarter than this. Saying no is not only the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do."
"What am I doing that's so stupid?" she replied in a sarcastic tone. "Considering marrying my boyfriend?"
"No, considering marrying someone you're not in love with."
"I do love him."
"But you're not in love with him." Shane pushed away from the door and slowly made his way across the room to her.
Refusing to budge, Paige raised her chin and met his determined gaze with her own.
She would not back down.
She would not cower.
"You're wrong." Her voice was strong, and even to her own ears her lie rang as truth. Maybe if she could convince him she would be able to do the same to herself later on.
"No, I'm not. Deep inside you know it." He reached her side and stared into her upturned face. "Damn it, Paige, don't do this. Don't make this mistake. You'll only end up regretting it."
"I thought you were my friend." Her voice quivered with frustration.
"I am," he said through gritted teeth.
"Then as my friend, you should be happy for me and congratulate me on my impending nuptials or whatever people do when someone shares this sort of good news with them."
Shane released his cane, reached out and curled his hand around her upper arm and pulled her to him. "Then let me speak as the man about to fuck you. You say yes to him and it will be the biggest mistake of your life." Bending his head, Shane captured her mouth and silenced her in the best way she could ever imagine. His tongue plunged into her mouth, demanding entry, not asking. Shane kissed her as if he had every right to, and her body responded in agreement.
Nothing this wrong had ever felt so right. She wasn't the type to cheat, never had before, and would have sworn she never would. But one taste of Shane's lips had her rethinking everything she'd ever held true.
His mouth devoured hers in a kiss so commanding and passionate it left her breathless and hungry for more. In all her years she'd never been so thoroughly made love to, all without removing a single stitch of clothing and never before had she felt as fucked as she did now. Paige knew she shouldn't be enjoying the taste of him as much as she was, but knowing had nothing to do with the reality of the moment. And it was a helluva moment.
Before she could lose her head entirely, Shane broke the kiss. Instead of releasing her though, he pulled back a bit and peered down at her with eyes filled with stubborn resolve. "You can despise me all you want, Paige, but if you go through with this, you'll hate yourself more."
"Yo-you think you know me so well." Her words were as stuttered as her breathing.
"Yes, I do." Shane tightened his hold on her. "And you know I do. That's what pisses you off so much, isn't it?"
"I'm not going to give you what you want."
"The hell you're not."