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“Hello again, kitten.”

Chapter Two


God Almighty, I’m in trouble.

From the first moment I laid eyes on the pretty blond fireball a couple weeks ago, I was hooked. The memory of her blond hair brushing my shoulder as she walked out of the elevator just as I was walking in and leaving behind a sweet rosy scent is still ingrained in my head. I’d been so hypnotized by this beauty who seemed to be in a hurry that I hadn’t even stopped to ask her name or her number before she disappeared out of the building.

I haven’t stopped thinking about her since, and every time I’ve seen her in the lobby, I’ve tried to catch her eye to no avail. Who would have thought she’d turn out to be my mysterious new neighbor?

And fuck, she looks even prettier than I remembered.

The last time I’d seen her, though it was only for a brief moment, I’d thought she was the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met and was tempted to visit the security room and ask to see the footage of her. To trace her steps and learn where she lives, but that would have made me look like a creep, and the last thing I want is for her to be afraid of me.

Fortunately, she came to me and is currently standing at my front door glaring daggers at me. I have to fight off a grin at how cute she looks when she’s angry, like a kitten who’s just discovered it’s claws.

“Don’t call me kitten,” she demands in the sultriest of voices that shoots straight to my cock. Fuck, I have been half-hard from the moment I opened the door and she practically fell into my arms. I was just about to rub one out, something I haven’t done in a long while, when my pretty little neighbor came knocking again.

“Are you here to judge my taste in music again, kitten?” I tease, not entirely oblivious to the sharp intake of her breath every time I call her by the pet name. “I’ve turned it off in case you haven’t noticed.”

“I have . . . noticed, I mean,” she says flustered. “I didn’t come here to ask you to turn down the music this time.”

The edge of my mouth lifts in a grin, and I stare at the pretty woman I long to push against the wall and taste. Her nipples are practically poking holes through her thin top and begging for my touch. I shake my head to be rid of the lustful thoughts and focus on the girl staring at the floor. “Tell me, kitten, what is it you need this time?”

“I was hoping I could borrow your phone.”

“What happened to yours?”

“I . . .” She chews on her bottom lip, her cheeks turning a rosy hue, and she avoids looking at me. “I left it in my apartment, and now I can’t get in.”

“I see,” I say, biting back a laugh. “You locked yourself out when you stormed over to yell at me, huh?”

“That’s what I said.”

“It’s after midnight, who are you going to call this late?”

“I thought I might try the building manager, Mr. Collins.”

“Mr. Collins is pushing eighty. He probably wouldn’t even hear your call. You could try a locksmith, but I doubt any are working this late.”

“I should’ve figured you wouldn’t help,” she says, turning around to leave, but I reach out and grab her arm before she can step away. Electricity shoots through my body from the contact, and I realize that there is no way I am letting this girl leave to go find help elsewhere. Not dressed like this, she’s not.

“I didn’t say I wouldn’t help you,” I say, rubbing my thumb over her silky-smooth skin. “But first, have you given anyone a spare key? A family member, a friend, or . . . a boyfriend?”

I’m fishing. While I’ll gladly drive her to pick up a spare key from someone, I’m far more interested to learn if she is single or not. A girl as beautiful as her surely has no shortage of prospects.

“As if I have time for a boyfriend,” she mutters under her breath, but I hear her just fine and that’s all I need to make up my mind about her. This pretty little fireball may not know it yet, but she’s mine.


“Don’t call me that! My name is Dawn.”

“Of course.” I nod. “You look cold. Why don’t you come in. I’ll loan you a sweater.”

Her eyes shoot to mine as she backs up a step. While I am taller and much bigger than she is, I pose no threat to her. Despite my background, I have never hit a woman or harmed one in any way, and I am not about to start tonight.