Spotlight - Desire Unmatched (Coded for Love, Book 4) by Lynne Silver
Desire Unmatched Coded for Love, Book 4 By Lynne Silver
Genre: High Heat Contemporary
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Date of Publication: October 9, 2013
Word Count: 61,000
Coded for Love
with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced
soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else
can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.
But finding and
convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may
be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re
Coded for Love.
enhanced soldier Xander Bristack has spent his life under the imposing rule of
his dictatorial, controlling father. Under his father’s watch, he is The
Program’s deadliest and coldest killer. But when Xander is kidnapped by enemies
of The Program only one thing motivates Xander to escape. His true match, the
sexy Emma Harrison.
He’s been obsessed
with Emma from afar, yearning to have her in his life and in his bed, but
knowing he should never involve the beautiful blonde in his messed-up life.
However, when Xander breaks out of his prison and returns home, Emma refuses to
let him keep his distance, enticing him to surrender to the heat between them.
She teaches him that passion trumps duty and that love doesn’t mean blind
obedience. His desire for her cracks the shell he’s hidden in his whole life.
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you startled me,” Emma put a hand to her chest. “What are you doing here and
why are you sneaking around?” She was in the large main office storage room,
putting things in boxes and helping to organize the chaotic room. Her hair was
piled in a loose bun on her head, and sweat dampened her dusty pale-pink
blouse. Nice of Xander to stop by now when she looked a fright.
watched her soberly for a minute. “I heard you’re looking for a job.”
nodded. “Yep. I don’t want to be a mooch. Everyone around here has done so much
for me. I hate to keep taking without giving back.”
that’s why you’re inside on this gorgeous day up to your ass in dusty boxes of
shit we’ll never need again?”
to make her feel useless, but she answered him anyway. “Yes. I overheard Shep
complain he couldn’t find anything in this mess. I volunteered to help out.”
She didn’t understand why after nearly a month of ignoring her, he was seeking
her out now, but she finally had him alone and didn’t question his motives too
hard. It was pathetic how much a single word from this man warmed her insides.
Even without the blood work, they both knew they were a match. After her
horrific kidnapping ordeal, she wanted the connection and the safety of
belonging to someone. No, not simply someone. Xander.
you look for a job off campus or on campus?”
probably, and I want to take classes at the university. I hadn’t realized it
was down the street.”
some reason this made him scowl. Idly, she noticed his buzz cut was longer than
she’d seen it. Normally he kept it at army recruit length. Today it was
practically hippie length at two inches long. He looked good to her no matter
didn’t finish my degree, remember, Xander?”
forgot how young you are.”
twenty-four. I took a year off between school and uni.”
I’m thirty. Like I said, you’re a baby.”
that what has you keeping your distance? Afraid you’re robbing the cradle?” Her
bare knee brushed against one of the many cardboard crates she sat among.
didn’t answer, but she hadn’t really expected one. Xander was a man of few
words and even fewer explanations. “Why are you here, Xander? Did you want
another kiss?” Maybe she was actually getting to him. She hadn’t imagined his
flinch at the word kiss.
wanted to see you, that’s all.”
we’re a match, and it’s getting harder for you to deny it. Isn’t it?”
getting harder,” he muttered.
tried to hide her smile. He obviously hadn’t wanted her to hear his words, but
now they were out there. And speaking of, she sneaked a peek at his crotch.
Yep, no place to hide that puppy. His erection punched out behind the zipper of
had told her how difficult it was for the Program soldiers to deny their
instinct to be with their DNA match. So far, Xander had her questioning their
connection. She felt the pull, but he’d been so distant, she thought maybe she
was imagining the whole thing. Now she wondered. Perhaps Xander had been
feeling the sexual pull toward her as much as she’d been toward him, but was
better at denying his urge. She had no such qualms.
he accepted her as his match, she’d belong here. It had taken her own father
nine weeks to notice she’d been missing after Paulson kidnapped her. Xander
wouldn’t misplace his match for more than nine minutes.
blow off some steam,” she said, rising to her feet.
He looked startled.
gestured to his crotch. “I want you, and you obviously want me. We don’t have
to make a lifetime commitment. We can simply release some steam.” Lies, all
lies. She wanted him sexually. She wanted him forever. Before he could refuse,
she unbuttoned the sheer blouse she wore over a tiny pink camisole. She had his
full attention now. The black fatigue pants he wore stretched tighter over the
hard ridge of flesh.
friends at home would laugh to see her up to her usual tricks. She didn’t
consider herself a slut, but she’d hooked up with her fair share of men. There
was nothing wrong with liking sex, in her opinion, and she knew sex with this
man, her possible match, would rock her world.
he said, but she didn’t know whether it was a plea to stop or keep going. So
she ignored his wishes and went with her own. Which meant getting naked, right
here right now in the dusty, crowded storage room. She could drag him over to
her apartment down the hall, but if she interrupted this moment for even a second,
she knew Xander would bolt. No, no time to get to a more private place.
thought she wouldn’t want to be in the bachelor apartments after her experience
at Paulson’s hands. She appreciated the distance from the bachelors, but not
for the reasons thought. Living down the hall in the same building as Xander
would’ve been torture. It would’ve been a battle every night not to sneak out
and climb in bed with him. But now he’d come to her.
shit. She was taking off her shirt, and yep, there was her bra, every bit as
sexy as he’d imagined. And he’d imagined a lot. How the hell had this happened?
He’d had a plan, a goal, and five seconds with Emma had blown it out of the
water. He’d known Shep hadn’t particularly wanted him to match and breed, he
was too much of a loose cannon.
as pie never to sign up to match. It wasn’t as if a guy’s perfect match would
come strolling onto the compound. Except his had. And now she was getting
naked, and, God help him, every reason he had for steering clear of her was
flying out of his brain. Understandable, really when all blood flow was heading
“Not a chance.”
About the Author:
day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the
PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha
males and passionate heroines.
She calls the nation’s capital home and
lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not
writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again,
preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.