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Authors: Lori King

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Beginnings (Crawley Creek Prequel) (8 page)

Lost in his own thoughts Roman almost missed
the way Franki paled at Brandon’s question, but he couldn’t miss
the way she sidestepped it. “If you’ll just point me in the
direction of the nearest motel I’ll check in and then meet you at
the mechanic’s. I hope you have a thick bank account, mister,
because you’re paying to have this job rushed.”

Of course, I wouldn’t
want to delay you from wherever you needed to be.” The words tasted
sour because they were a bold-faced lie, but Roman gave her a
bright smile anyway.

Brandon turned to Roman, and widened his
eyes just a smidge, “Well now, it just so happens that Romeo also
owns a guest ranch where you can make yourself comfortable while
you wait. Unless there was somewhere pressing you had to be today
Miss Scott?”

She blanched at the pointed question, and
suddenly Roman had more questions he wanted answers to. The only
way he was going to get an opportunity to talk to her more was to
agree to this harebrained scam of Brandon’s.

Absolutely. I’m sure
Bran—err—Sheriff Bowers will help me put your bike in the back end
of the truck, and we’ll head straight out to Crawley Creek to have
Vin take a look. You can use one of the guest rooms or pick out a
guest cabin if you want.” Roman gave Franki his most charming
smile. She relaxed a bit, but her wariness of him was still

I don’t even know you.
Why would I get in a car with you?” she asked, cocking her hip and
crossing her arms. The move highlighted her lush curves, and Roman
felt his mouth dry up as his cock hardened behind his

I’ll vouch for him, Miss
Scott, but if you’d prefer, I can drive you out to the ranch
myself. There’s only one other place to get a room around here and
that’s the Motel 8 down the highway a bit. Their continental
breakfast isn’t nearly as good as Marilyn’s french toast, I
guarantee ya.”

At her frown of confusion, Roman filled in
the gaps, “Marilyn is the housekeeper and cook on the ranch. And
he’s right, her french toast is to die for.”

After several moments, Franki finally
sighed, and nodded, “Fine, but before I agree to this, I want to
make a quick phone call to tell someone where I’ll be. That way, if
I disappear, the feds will know to start investigating the town of
Montford for a corrupt sheriff and his ignorant sidekick.” She
stomped off in the direction of the convenience store, and Roman
watched the sway of her hips with a stupid grin on his face. He
loved the way she smarted back and stood up for herself. How long
had it been since a woman made him hard without removing a single
piece of clothing?




Also By Lori King


Crawley Creek Ranch

Forget Me Knot

Rough Ride Romeo

Claiming His Cowgirl (Coming August 2015)


The Surrender Series

Weekend Surrender

Flawless Surrender

Primal Surrender

Broken Surrender (Coming
November 2015)


Fetish & Fantasy

Watching Sin

Submission Dance

Mistress Hedonism

Masquerade (Coming October


The Gray Pack Series

Fire of the Wolf

Reflections of the Wolf

Legacy of the Wolf

Dreams of the Wolf

Caress of the Wolf

Honor of the Wolf


Apache Crossing

Sidney’s Triple Shot


Sunset Point

Point of Seduction




the Author


Best-selling author, Lori King, is also a full-time wife
and mother of three boys. Although she rarely has time to just
enjoy feminine pursuits; at heart she is a hopeless
romantic. She spends her days dreaming up Alpha men, and her
nights telling their stories. An admitted TV and book
junkie, she can be found relaxing with a steamy story, or binging
in an entire season of some show online. She gives her parents all
the credit for her unique sense of humor and acceptance of all
forms of love. There are no two loves alike, but you can love more
than one with your whole heart. 

the motto: Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance,
she will continue to write as long as you continue to read. Thank
you for taking the time to indulge in a good Happily Ever After
with her.
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