The Ultimate Treasure

By: Melody Anne

Soon, the door was shut. She heard the engines throttle up, and then the jet was taxiing down the tarmac. The captain announced for all to be seated, that they were third in line for takeoff.

That’s when the air shifted. Without turning around, she felt the oxygen in the large cabin begin to diminish. She sucked in a breath, and the intoxicating scent she knew only too well, infused her insides.

“Glad you made it, Lexie.”

The deep, sexy voice sent a shiver through Lexie’s body. Finally, she was able to command her head to turn as Lance Storm took the seat next to her, a confident smile on his lips.

“What are you doing here?” she asked.

“I’m your benefactor for this trip,” he told her with a twinkle in his eyes.

Lexie’s stomach dropped. What in the world had she just gotten herself into?

Chapter Two

Lance had known from the moment his father and uncles had come up with this plan for his company to sponsor Lexie on her save-the-world mission that he’d accompany her. He and Lexie had enjoyed one incredible night together at his brother’s wedding, and then she’d avoided him like the plague from that moment on. A year later he still wanted to get her attention.

Now he definitely had it. They would be together in a foreign country for an entire month, enough time to either make her fall in love with him or get her out of his system. He wasn’t sure which way he wanted it to go. But he knew beyond a doubt that if he had told her it was his company sponsoring the trip, she would have declined. And that would’ve foiled his plans.

Lance wasn’t sure why she was running from him. The two of them had unbelievable chemistry. It wasn’t that Lance was looking to marry or anything. He was the last holdout in his family. The rest of his siblings had taken their father’s ultimatums and now seemed happy — happier than was normal, in his humble opinion.

He was glad for them, but it didn’t mean he had to follow in their footsteps. On the other hand, he wasn’t getting any younger. The days of living wild and free weren’t as appealing as they once had been. Thus, he found himself chasing after a woman he wasn’t sure wanted to be caught.

Wasn’t that part of the fun though? Lance was wealthy, good-looking, and had a hell of a family. He could have his pick of women, but the one he wanted most was his sister-in-law’s little sis. It might not be the best idea to keep chasing her; he could think that all he wanted, but his course of action had been full-on pursuit.

Lexie was gazing at him like he was an apparition as the plane lifted into the air. He wanted to reach out and touch her, assure her he was one hundred percent real, but he also enjoyed the shock on her face.

“What do you mean, you’re my benefactor?” she asked him after several silent moments.

“My company picked you for this project,” he told her as he lifted his Scotch and took an enjoyable sip. “You were recommended by some very reliable sources.” He wasn’t telling her they happened to be his father and uncles.

Lexie ran her fingertip over her frosted glass before lifting it to her luscious pink lips, downing at least half of it in a single gulp. She was nervous and anxious, but he wasn’t sure if it was the surprise of him being there or simply because he made her antsy. He knew she wasn’t frightened of him, maybe of what they’d had together, but most certainly not of him. They’d been great together the night of his brother’s wedding, and he hadn’t been able to forget about her since.

As a matter of fact, that might be half his problem. He hadn’t bedded another woman since that night three hundred seventy-six days ago. His pants tightened thinking about it. He desperately hoped being locked together in a foreign country for the next thirty days would make her just as desperate for him as he was for her.

“Is this a joke, Lance?” she asked, her eyes narrowing.

The flight attendant came and offered them a refill. Lexie accepted and the man disappeared quickly but returned to tell them dinner would be served in twenty minutes. Lexie gave him a semblance of a smile and Lance nodded as the attendant retreated again to give them some much-needed privacy.

“Not at all. My company has been in the Philippines since the typhoon hit, rebuilding and bringing supplies. For this mission, we’ll be there for a month, teaching preparedness and bringing progress to the area.”

“We?” she asked with a squeak before clearing her throat and taking another big drink from her glass. “You’re going to be there the entire time?” Lance wasn’t sure if he should be offended or not by the panic in her eyes.

“Yes, I like to go over and help,” he told her. Sure he hadn’t stayed for a full month before, but then he’d never had such appealing company with him either.

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