Take Me Under by Rhyannon Byrd
Series: Dangerous Tides, Book #1
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Publishing
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Length: 336 Pages
Ben Hudson had a thing for shy, sexy Reese Monroe from the moment he first saw her three years ago. Back then, she was married and living in Boston—two very good reasons for the Miami detective with a bad-boy reputation to stay away.
But that was then…
Now Reese is divorced and moving to Florida, where her mother has rented her a small beach house—one that happens to be owned by Ben. Living right next door, he can’t get Reese’s soft curves out of his mind. He has waited three long years to touch her in all the ways he’s been dreaming about, and this time he won’t let anything get in his way.
For Reese, Ben’s sudden advances are thrilling but leave her stunned. With her limited experience in the bedroom, she never expected a man with such a wicked reputation to go after her. She knows she should be on guard, but he’s a temptation she can’t resist. And when trouble follows her down from Boston, threatening her life, Ben may be the only one who can help her.
Wearing nothing but a towel, the coconut-scented body lotion that she’d bought for the beach, and
some splashy red polish on her toes, Reese Monroe walked into her new kitchen and took a split-
second glance at the tall, muscular male standing with his back to her at the counter. Then she
screamed bloody murder, terrified that the crazy-assed stalker she’d been hoping to ditch had
followed her from Boston to Moss Beach. At the sound of her bloodcurdling scream, the dark-haired
man instantly dropped the things in his arms, spun around, and held up his hands in a way that was
obviously meant to put her at ease. But it wasn’t helping. Now that she could see his face, Reese
was horrified to realize he wasn’t a stranger or stalker at all. Oh, God…she actually knew this guy!
She also knew this was one intruder who would never physically hurt her or intentionally try to frighten
her. Still, her scream got louder, and he winced from the ear-piercing shriek.
Ben Hudson wasn’t only the local sheriff in the popular beach town—he was also her brother-in-law’
s cousin and a friend of the family. And he was a great guy. The kind who danced with little blue-
haired grannies at weddings and played touch football with all the kids at family get-togethers. Hard,
tough, and probably a little mean when dealing with criminals, but the kind of man who would never
harm a woman. He was also, hands down, the most gorgeous male Reese had ever laid eyes on.
There wasn’t even a close second.
So she was no longer screaming from fear. Now she was screaming from pure, overwhelming
embarrassment. When she’d pictured running into Ben now that they were both living in Moss Beach,
it sure as hell hadn’t been looking like this, wrapped in a threadbare towel with her hair hanging in
wet ropes around her freshly scrubbed face. She looked like a drowned rat and he looked…damn it,
even better than the last time she’d seen him, which had been nearly six months ago. His brown,
sun-streaked hair was a bit longer on top, as if he hadn’t had it cut in a while, and there was a glint in
his green eyes that hadn’t been there when she’d run into him at Gary and Connie’s Christmas party.
A sharp sense of anticipation, as if he was looking forward to something he wanted. A lot.
Knowing Ben, he probably had a hot date that night. Thanks to her brother-in-law, Gary, Reese was
plenty aware of Ben’s wild reputation with women.
But what was he doing here, in her new home? She shook her head in confusion, wracking her brain
for an answer, but her tired mind couldn’t come up with a single explanation that made any sense.
Before she could manage to stop screaming long enough to ask him, Reese caught his heavy-lidded
gaze slipping down her barely covered body, and embarrassment got the better of her. Without a
single word, she turned, fleeing toward her bedroom in the back of the small, cozy beach house she’
d only just moved into earlier that day. Slamming the door behind her, she pressed her hands to the
cool wood, panting from shock and a dizzying spike of adrenaline. God, what a ridiculous wuss she
was! Yes, she had never found it easy to be around guys like Ben, preferring mellow betas who didn’t
make her pulse race with nerves—but that didn’t mean she had to go running from him like a ninny.
Damn it, at twenty-eight she should have more poise than that. More self-possession. At least
enough to ask him to sit down and wait while she put on some clothes.
Maybe it was just the stress of the divorce and the move and the long drive from Boston to Florida
taking its toll—not to mention the freak who had been screwing with her life the past few months. She
knew she should probably cut herself some slack, but it was galling to think about how she’d just
reacted. Reese had wanted to start over in a new place where she could rebuild her sense of security
and confidence. Instead, she was hiding out in her room while the mouthwatering Ben Hudson was
standing in her kitchen. Why he was there, she didn’t know. She hadn’t even gotten a good look at
what he’d dropped on the kitchen counter. But she was never going to find out what he was up to until
she went back out there and talked to him.
Taking a deep breath, she started to push away from the door when a soft knock sounded on the
other side, making her jump. “Hey, you okay in there?” he asked, the husky timbre of his deep voice
all but melting her on the spot. The slight Southern twang only cranked the sexy to a dangerous level.
Really, the guy should come with a freaking warning or something.
Reese nodded in response to his question, realized he couldn’t see her, and managed a breathless,
“I’m sorry I scared you, Reese. I didn’t expect you to be here. I saw your mom yesterday, when the
movers were delivering your stuff, and she said you wouldn’t be making it to town until this evening.”
Rhyannon Byrd is an avid, longtime fan of romance and the author of more than twenty paranormal and erotic titles. She has been nominated for three Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including best Shape-shifter Romance, and her books have been translated into nine languages. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhyannon now lives in the beautiful, but often chilly county of Warwickshire in England with her husband and family. For more information on Rhyannon’s books and the latest news, you can visit her website (www.rhyannonbyrd.com) or find her on Facebook and Goodreads.
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