Spotlight: Against All Rules by Summerita Rhayne

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Office romance with a sizzle.


The efficient PA out of her depth...
Samara knows getting attracted to Tahir is like asking for trouble. He is her boss, he's got divorced recently and has sworn off any commitment. Short term is NOT on her list. But has temptation ever been stronger?
The man who has walled off his heart
Tahir doesn't want his office protocol disturbed. But Samara might just make him make an exception! An temporary affair seems a solution to his troubles but when he senses her vulnerability, things begin to complicate beyond his control.
Would they go against the rules?
...when the fire is set, it's hard to avoid the blaze...

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Tahir stood with his back to her, the buildings and traffic of Lodhi Road spread out below, visible through the clear glass of the almost wall-length picture window. He turned when he heard her. 

‘Last evening was a big mistake.’ He said without preamble. ‘I can’t tell you how sorry I am about it. Believe me, I don’t make it a habit to get drunk and accost my staff.’ 

For a second she could just stare at him, the rest of his words after big mistake not really penetrating her brain.
All night she’d dreamed wonderful, impossible dreams. Dreams in which he’d confessed to burning desire and unbridled passion for her. Of course it was all the end result of reading too many romantic historical novels. She knew how silly those imaginings were. Still, to have him denounce the kiss that had left her world spinning as a ‘big mistake’ was a hard lump to swallow.
‘It’s alright.’ She said, trying to sound as though it didn’t matter. ‘You were upset.’ Her thudding heart steadied a bit. Look on the bright side, Samara. At least he was blaming their kiss on alcohol.
‘Which doesn’t excuse my crappy behavior.’ His mouth twisted in self disgust. ‘I don’t lose control like this usually...last night I was a lost case scenario.’
The words stung her. How hopeless to desire him when he felt like this about his wife. Ex wife, that was.
‘Please don’t blame yourself, Tahir. You were drunk.’ Samara took a step towards him, ‘It was one of those things that just happen. There’s no need for either of us to get into a tizzy about it. I shouldn’t have come to your apartment anyway.’
‘No, you shouldn’t have.’ He looked at her, his gaze dark and brooding, ‘I was the one who initiated that kiss but the fact remains that you didn’t resist me. It wasn’t just me last evening, was it?’
The tide had turned. Her legs trembled a bit. She moistened suddenly dry lips. ‘What do you mean?’
He came closer, his tread silent on the deep pile carpet. ‘Why did you let me kiss you, Samara? Why didn’t you stop me?’
His words sent a jolt through her. Had that sharp gaze of his managed to penetrate and look into her mind? She had known how astute he was. How long before he pieced everything together to discover the truth of her feelings for him?
She thought quickly. Didn’t they say if you said the truth casually enough, it could pass off without attracting attention?
‘Well…just because.’ She offered and shrugged.
Dark eyebrows rose at her admission. She said with more confidence and a touch of carelessness. ‘You do yourself less than justice, Tahir. You’re idolized by hundreds of women. So why not me? You’re attractive and I admit, for a moment, curiosity got me…’ She held her breath. Would he buy that?
‘Whatever your reasons, you crossed the threshold as much as I did. Keep that in mind, if you talk about it.’
She frowned, ‘Talk about it…? Tahir, are you insinuating I’ll spread the news that we kissed?’
‘Girls are fond of gossip. And what better snippet to pass around than the experience of kissing the boss?’
‘That was a sexiest remark!’
‘Was it?’ He shrugged, not too bothered. ‘Or you can consider it as an observation about the social nature of your gender. Whatever. Can you honestly say you would resist the temptation to share it with your friends?’
‘When it casts an aspersion on the whole of my sex, I would have to, wouldn’t I?’ she said, trying to inject a lighter tone. Then she saw he was really waiting for her answer and said more seriously, ‘It was a matter between you and me, Tahir. And neither of us stands to gain by making it public. I can assure you, I know that. Have I ever given you any cause not to depend on me?’
He looked back, meeting her steady gaze and at last nodded.
She took a deep breath she hoped he wouldn’t notice and added, ‘I know we can’t have anything spook our work relationship, Tahir. And I think we are both sensible enough to put that kiss out of our minds.

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About the author

Summerita Rhayne loves to write sensual and emotional romance. There's no knowing when some quirky - or sometimes even not so quirky - happening in daily life might trigger her right brain and then she's off craving a new story. She loves writing characters who learn and grow and find their way out of their troubles and emotional hang-ups. Hot, sensual heroes and sassy but sweet heroines mostly fit the bill in her stories. She also believes that a touch of humor never goes amiss in a book.

She lives in India. Her day is spent juggling day job, family life and writing. On the offside she loves to embroider simple cross stitch patterns, cook and cheer for Team India. She loves winding down with music, movies and the internet.

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Other books from Summerita:

Historical : Hidden Passion
Short story collection: Unexpected Valentines


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