Hacker Series #2
In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line.
Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.
Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.
But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.
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“Hey.” He caught my chin, turned me toward him. “I’m proud of you.”
“For what? Roping you in for four million dollars?”
He laughed loudly. “If that was all part of your master plan, then yes, I’m extremely proud because I never saw that coming.”
I smirked despite myself. I would have done just about anything to avoid taking his money, and he knew it.
“Seriously though, this is a big step. I want you to remember to enjoy the moment.”
And I did just that. Being with Blake made every moment a little sweeter. A lot sweeter. He gave everything a kind of wonder that made me question how I’d ever survived the tedious existence I called life before he walked in and turned everything upside down.
“I am, thanks to you.” I leaned in closer and met his lips.
He cradled my face in his palm and traced his tongue along my lips, coaxing them open to his, dipping into my mouth with soft lashes of his tongue.
He pulled back a fraction, leaving me breathless and feeling a little dazed on his taste and scent.
“Aren’t you going to ask me what’s in the bag?”
He turned away and unpacked the contents of the brown bag. He set out a container of strawberries, whipped cream, and a small glass jar of gourmet chocolate sauce.
“What kind of picnic did you have in mind?”
He held up the glass jar. “They drizzle this amazing chocolate sauce on the lattes and confections downstairs. I guess it’s not for sale, but when I politely explained to them that I’d be licking it off your naked body to christen the new office, they finally obliged.”
I giggled and tried to imagine that unlikely conversation between him and Simone. He twisted the lid off and offered it to me. I dipped my finger in the chocolate and then into my mouth. The chocolate coated my tongue, the taste decadent and divine, the experience only heightened by the surety that Blake would be making good on his plans shortly.
“I thought you were opposed to office nooky,” I said.
“This is your office. Different rules.”
“Which I see you’re already making.” I dipped my finger through the chocolate sauce again, but before I could make it to my mouth, Blake pulled it swiftly into his, tonguing my fingertip suggestively.
“Take your shirt off and lie down.”
I grinned and rose slowly to my knees, pulling my tank top off. “You’re bossy today.”He pulled a black silk eye mask out of the bag and slipped it over my eyes, obscuring my vision. “It’s not a mood, baby. It’s who I am. You’d do well to remember that.”