And snake that he was, Mita’s fake fiancé bent over to smoothly capture shocked lips in a goodbye kiss that fried her brain.
Mita, hypnotized by the musky scent of Tanay's proximity, missed the fact that her mother had slipped out of the room looking quite smug.
Seconds later, the firmness of determined lips and the velvet of a persuasive tongue invaded her consciousness to the exclusion of all else. His beard rasped and the sensation of it against her skin was extraordinarily sensual.
Time slowed - the kiss demanded a response, and her reaction to it was confusing - she should be furious but she felt drugged. She couldn't bring herself to end it and, apparently, neither could he.
He did eventually let her go but his eyes wandered over her face. She tried to still her racing heart, hoping he wouldn't notice the heat in her gaze or the fire in her blood – then, lowering her eyes, she busied herself with taming her tangled plait.
About the book
Mita Ramphul is single and fancy-free – and she wants to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Living and working on the idyllic island of Mauritius is the stuff dreams are made of – until she bumps into a man who threatens to destroy it all.
Tanay Devkumar is cynical and shuttered – events in his past have cast a long and deep shadow. Convinced that Mita Ramphul represents a threat to his sister’s happiness, he seeks her out, determined to block her nefarious plans.
They meet in circumstances that can only be described as hostile – suspicions abound and resentments flare on both sides, even as attraction simmers beneath the surface. A series of disastrous events follow and they are compelled to pretend that they are in love and wish to marry.
It is meant to be a temporary engagement – but will Mita be able to resist her fake fiancé or will his scorching kisses make her yearn for something more permanent?
Originally published as “Scorched by His Fire” by Harlequin India, 2014
Take One Fake Fiancé is a refurbished, revamped, remodelled, updated version of Scorched and will soon be available on Kindle
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