Only With You
Annapolis Harbor Series, Book 1
First I turned down a marriage proposal, then I moved to Annapolis to open a law firm. I thought my world couldn't change any more...
Until Cade stepped into my office, smelling of sawdust with his company’s T-shirt stretched taut over his chest and biceps. Everything about him was sexy-as-sin and completely off-limits.
But I can’t risk the business I sunk my savings into by dating a client, and he won’t risk his heart.
The more we spend time together, the more I want him. Even if a relationship between us was possible, how can he give me all of him?
After my wife died, I swore off dating. I threw myself into my charity instead. It was easy at first, but I can't ignore my attraction anymore.
Hadley comes from a wealthy family that operates with manipulation, lies, and deceit. I don’t fit into her world, but the closer we get, the more I wanted to show her how things could be different.
I never thought I’d meet someone who gave me hope for a future. One full of possibilities, love, and maybe even marriage and kids.
But how can I promise her forever when I know love doesn’t last?
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“I want to see what this is.” He gestured between us. “But I’m scared. I have all of this baggage you don’t need. You deserve everything. You deserve more than that douchebag who was just here and more than me. I’m not sure I have anything to offer you.”
“Let me decide what I need.” Everything he said was true, but I’d never been drawn to another person. I wanted to erase his pain. It was idealistic. It was beyond the scope of my relationship with him, but I didn’t care.
“Is it that simple?” His expression was hopeful.
Of course, it wasn’t, but I didn’t want to admit that. I dreaded having to tell him the reality. “Technically, nothing can happen between us as long as we have an attorney-client relationship.”
His eyes searched mine for a confirmation that what I was saying was true. “You’re serious.”
My stomach churned because I was torn between what I wanted and what was possible between us. “It’s an ethical violation for us to date while I represent you.”
“Because of that agreement I signed?”
“Then I’ll rip it up.” The doubt from a minute ago was replaced with his determination.
As much as I loved to hear that, I wanted to make sure he wasn’t making a rash decision. I didn’t want him to keep operating his business without someone following up on overdue payments. “It’s not that simple. You came to me for help and I wanted to help you.”
His hand cupped my face. “You have. You have no idea. For the first time in a long time—I have hope.”
“I’m supposed to help you legally.” My mind had turned to mush as his thumb caressed the sensitive skin on my throat.
“Legally?” His lips touched the spot his fingers were a second ago, spreading soft kisses down my neck.
“Uh huh.” I nodded, not sure what I agreed to.
“Maybe I need a different sort of help.” He’d lifted his head and cupped my face with both hands.
Goosebumps popped up on my arms from his touch and the intensity in his eyes. “You do?”
He kissed me, surrounding me with his scent and his touch. The reverent way he touched me with his lips and his fingers—I knew he’d be an attentive lover. I’d give anything to find out.
“You’re fired.” He breathed the words across my lips.
A tingle shot through my body. Then his mouth was on mine again, his hands drifted down my back to my ass, as he lifted me into his lap to straddle him. Our lips never moved from each other’s. I wanted to slide into him—I wanted to get so lost in him I’d never find myself again.
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