Along with today's teaser, I'm posting the beautiful cover for the book for the first time on the blog.
The look of deep longing and admiration in Lucas’ eyes wouldn’t leave her mind. No one had ever looked at her like that. No one had ever spoken such words of admiration to her. She swallowed the lump in her throat. Her skin tingled everywhere, as if Lucas had touched her with his appreciative stare.
You can’t have feelings for him. He’s nothing but an overbearing lout. He’s toying with your mind to make you compliant.
She glanced toward the water’s edge again. She gasped, and her eyes widened.
“What do you think you’re doing?” she called in outrage. Lucas stood at the lakeshore, pulling his shirt over his head. He reached for the ties at his waist to loosen his britches.
“I need a bath as much as you do,” he answered. “Besides. I think it’s only right, since I saw you in the nude, that I’d return the favor.” He flashed her a wide grin.
“Don’t you dare come near me again, Lucas Walker.” Her voice echoed in a shrill tone across the lake. His laughter followed.
“You’re welcome to watch,” he said loudly, and slid his britches past his hips.
She whipped around, and paddled into deeper water. The temperature dropped suddenly, and she changed direction back toward shore, keeping a swath of dense willows in her sights. It was time to end her bath if Lucas thought he was going to join her. The nerve of that arrogant, overbearing man!
She reached the shore, and ducked through the dense foliage, just as a loud splash reached her ears.
“Enjoy your bath, Walker,” she mumbled under her breath. She smiled slowly at a sudden thought. She might still get the chance to escape after all.