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The girl who has spent her life running is about to be caught. However, having secret fantasies about Wyatt Austin is where it has to end. But when a danger from her past threatens to steal her fresh start, the intense executive may be the only one who can help her. Because Wyatt Austin is a man who gets what he wants, and now he wants her. But of course her co-worker ignored that command. Tall, Dark, and Loaded rocking your world.
Never his. He had a way of moving that was somehow graceful and efficient all at once. And maybe he had. God knows his schedule was more predictable than the sunrise. At six fifteen every weekday morning, he would walk in the cafe with his newspaper tucked under his arm and his own travel mug of coffee. In Charge. She sighed and turned back to her batter, grabbing a ladle so she could scoop it into the muffin tins.
It was a mad, passionate love affair. He was the absolute perfect boyfriend for her right now. Delicious to look at, panty-dampening to fantasize about, and completely and utterly unattainable.
Nathan set a plate next to her and slid the egg white omelet and two slices of turkey bacon onto it. She spun to face him, muffin tray in her hand. His family owns an entire company. He has more money than you.
Big deal. Time to serve breakfast to her imaginary boyfriend. The profit margin was still in decent shape, but their client numbers had suffered a significant dip over the last two quarters. So God only knows what Tony Merrill had promised them to get them to leave. The whole thing was giving Wyatt a twitch and a headache. Wyatt looked up from the papers, momentarily startled at the interruption.
The woman could make that retro blue-and-white diner uniform look as sexy as high-end lingerie—not that it had stopped him from picturing her in the latter anyway. This looks great. Anything else I can get you, Mr. Cool it, Austin. Thinking of breaking tradition and ordering one today? She shook her head, but there was humor glinting in those blue eyes. He kept his diet as regimented as his schedule.
Discipline in all things. But he loved hearing her describe her food and watching the pure pride that starched her shoulders and brightened her eyes. Her eyes held his for a long beat before they shifted away. She pressed her lips together, smoothing her gloss. He realized too late how low his words had come out, how laced with innuendo. He quickly straightened in his seat, dragging his attention back to his work in front of him. Too young. Too sweet. Too messy. Right away, sir. But when she turned on her heel to go, a soft curse passed her lips.
She peeked back toward the kitchen. He held up a palm, silencing her. But I am wondering when you find time to sleep and take care of yourself. Her gaze darted downward, a pink tinge washing over her cheeks. She looked back at him, and he could see her lingering embarrassment over the conversation. He should be polite and let her off the hook. Her personal business was her own. This job pays for the basics. The other goes into my school savings.
Snapping fingers accompanied the annoying interruption. They both turned. Wyatt sent the woman a quelling look, and she quickly looked down at her cream-cheesed bagel with a well-I-never huff.
He brought his attention back to Kelsey. God forbid anyone has to wait a second for something. And let me know when the muffins come out. And though he was always at his desk by seven sharp, he lingered over his omelet today, taking the time to enjoy the hum of conversation around him and the sight of his favorite waitress doing her job.
Kelsey checked on him once and brought fresh coffee, but in between that, she was a nonstop machine of smiles, banter, and serving prowess.
Even when she got something wrong, Wyatt watched in fascination as she won the person over to her side. Hell, she had one older man smiling and apologizing to her when she served him oatmeal instead of cheese grits. It was like watching a master-level demonstration in social sparkle.
But Kelsey seemed to thrive on it, like she fed off the energy in the diner. She was magnetic to watch. By the time she made her way back to him with the fresh-out- of-the-oven muffin, his reports and laptop had gone untouched. She set down the plate and laid a fresh napkin next to it. A hotel room and an hour of your time. Maybe two hours. Or a weekend. But he shook off the tempting thought. Yes, he came here every day to enjoy the presence of his pretty waitress.
Like enjoying a fine piece of art. Meant to be observed, appreciated, even turned on by, but not meant for consumption. Beyond the fact that she was probably at least a decade younger than his thirty-seven years, Wyatt had learned to steer clear of the ones who nudged that old, buried desire that lay sleeping in the recesses of his past.
He liked that she moved around with the confidence of a woman who knew she drew attention from the opposite sex and was okay with that—no apologies or self-consciousness.
Awareness stirred below his belt as he imagined peeling her out of that uniform, tasting that pink-glossed mouth. He shifted in the booth. God, he needed to make some time to get laid. His body was reacting like a fucking teenager drooling over the head cheerleader. He watched Kelsey maneuver toward the front of the restaurant as he broke off a piece of the muffin and put it in his mouth.
Wow, that was good. Moist and still warm and not too sweet. The balance of flavors was complex enough to stand up in one of those frou-frou bakeries where they charged you six bucks for a pastry.
No wonder the girl wanted to go to culinary school. He was no chef, but he recognized skill when he tasted it. And she was wasting that in some hole-in-the-wall cafe. Wyatt glanced at the clock on the wall. His assistant was probably all aflutter, wondering if he was dead on the highway or something. Routine had deviated. Call the press! Stocky and spiky-haired with a mean set to his mouth, the guy looked like a human version of a hyena.
Kelsey turned quickly toward the kitchen, the tray in her hand wobbling, but the hyena had already locked his sights on her and was making his way in her direction. This man meant trouble. Without moving his attention away from the guy, Wyatt gathered his papers and laptop and tucked them in the bag, preparing in case he needed to intervene. Kelsey was on a hasty path to the kitchen, but before she could slip behind the counter, the guy laid a hand on her upper arm—a grab, really—and leaned next to her ear to whisper something.
For a casual onlooker, the gesture would probably appear friendly, like someone she knew giving her a message. She nodded stiffly and set her tray down on the counter.
Caught up in You (Loving on the Edge Series #5)
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat-a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her, Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only.
Review: Caught Up In You by Roni Loren
Kelsey LeBrock is a pastry chef. Or, she wants to be. To achieve this goal, she works at a local diner where the owner lets her bake and serve her creations, and she waits tables. The highlight of every day is when Wyatt Austin comes in. She gets to flirt with the good looking businessman, and he gets to covertly ogle her ass. After a close call a year before with a man who almost raped her, Kelsey is very reluctant to give up any aspect of control to do the Submissive training. Her life is definitely turning around after a youth spent making lots of bad choices, including dating a drug runner who she helps to put in jail.
Caught Up in You
All Kelsey wants to do is save up enough money to go to culinary school. Her day job is working at a diner and making amazing muffins. She likes both jobs, although being a Dom is emotionally exhausting. The highlight of her day is in the mornings when Wyatt comes in for breakfast. Wyatt is a wealthy businessman who runs his life to precise order. But every morning, he goes out of his way to stop for breakfast and enjoy the beautiful waitress.