Series: Star Crossed Love #1
The rich girl who stole my breath away ten years ago.
The one who had a Navy man like me wrapped around her little finger.
And yet here she is, at my ranger station, looking as surprised as I am.
When my boss tells me that Rachel is my summer assignment, I groan.
I don’t have the heart to tell her the unvarnished truth.
But that doesn’t stop the heat between us.
Will we be able to put love first this time around?
go with the water. Look…”
it smoothly. I try to copy his movement, but he just sighs loudly.
the water. If you expect to get anywhere—”
Just let me—”
be to follow instructions?” He grabs the end of my paddle, exasperated. “Just—”
temper starting to balloon up. Gripping my paddle, I rip it from his
What in the fuck are you even doing here, Rachel?”
have an answer,” I grind out. “Again. I generally don’t like to repeat
mother’s right about you.”
take them back. My mother said a lot of hideous things about him while we were
together. How is he supposed to know that I’m referencing something she said
when he was already gone?
second. Watching it is like being slapped in the face.
paddle like a normal person, okay?”
away from me. He dips his paddle in the water and starts rowing wordlessly. I
mimic him and he switches to the other side of the canoe with a heavy sigh.
are not communicating. I realize that I probably should have stopped back on
the shore for a sample of water, but I guess we can stop on the return
strokes. As we leave the shore behind us, I look up at the calm blue sky
overhead. Except the sky isn’t blue exactly; it’s light gray now, thunderclouds
It’s definitely about to rain. As soon as I can see the shore on the other
side, I see raindrops begin to hit the lake’s smooth surface.
as I want it to. The skies open up and dump rain onto us. There is suddenly
water everywhere, each raindrop seeming to bounce back up from where it falls
on the lake.
canoe, soaking himself up though to the waist. Unsure what to do, I try to
stand up. I see Grayson glance back at me and do a double take.
flailing awkwardly. The only thing that breaks my fall is the water, which is
shockingly cold. Then I am submerged for several breathless seconds, underneath
the lake’s muddy waters.
starts to pound.
to the surface of the lake. I gasp for breath. My arms automatically go around
his neck as he pulls me toward the shore, dripping wet.
how warm the hard muscle of his chest is. He holds me tight, almost uncomfortably
so. If everything wasn’t happening all at once, I might make some noise about
runs up onto the shore with me in his arms, not stopping for a second. He keeps
going until he trots into a little lean-to.
stop and breathe. His eyes dart to and fro, scanning the downpour outside. He
leans forward and pulls the door closed just a little.
he speaks, his voice is oddly quiet. “Hey.”
put me down, please?”
that he wants to say no. But he lets me down.
against his warm body, that I don’t want him to let me go. I peer up into his
eyes and wonder if he ever thinks about kissing me. And he looks right back at
me, his eyes glinting blue.
it’s like being rejected by him all over again. My eyes mist over and I curse
myself for being so weak.
determined not to cry.