“If you want to play that game, why’d you invite me in?”
His stare was intense and strong and I felt something spark inside of me. A soft shiver ran down my spine.
“I don’t know,” I said, looking away.
Before I could react, he grabbed my waist with one arm and pulled me against him. I was surprised, but his arms were strong and he moved so fast that I couldn’t help but press my body against his firm muscles. I was shocked but I realized that I didn’t want to struggle. I wanted him to pull me tightly against him, even if it was a horrible idea, even if he was acting like he owned the place.
“Let go of me,” I said softly.
“You sure this isn’t what you wanted?” he said, touching my face.
Tingles of electricity ran through my skin and my body as I remembered that day, the feeling of him against me, the way my head was on fire for hours afterwards, practically buzzing. I had never felt something like that before nor since.
I looked back at him defiantly. “I’m not sure what you’re talking about.”
“I think we both know.”
And I could see it in his eyes, that same longing gaze he gave me way back then.
“Cut it out, Colin.” I pushed softly against his chest, but he was like a brick wall.
“I don’t think you want me to. I think you’re practically begging for it. I think that if I wanted to, I’d find you eager enough.”
I glared at him sharply. He had never been so forward with me before, and although I was surprised, part of me liked it. But I couldn’t let him get to me, not when so many things were still up in the air, and my heart was still swirling with unanswered questions. And, worst of all, my biggest mistake was still unspoken, my darkest secret. I twisted and pulled away from him and took a step back.
“We’re not doing this again,” I said through my teeth, hating every word.
“I’m not sure what you mean.”
“You know exactly what I mean. We’re not going through all of this again.”
“That was practically a lifetime ago for both of us.”
I looked back at him, finding my resolve, and keeping my face calm.
“You’re right. So let’s forget about it.”
He shrugged, looking unflappable, and it drove me insane.
“Whatever you say, Princess. I was just playing with you.”
My eyes narrowed. “Don’t call me that, asshole.”
I could practically hear the laughter in his response. “Okay, sure, Bren. I forgot you hated that nickname.”
“Yeah, I’m sure you forgot. Look, we need to set some rules if we’re doing this.”
“Fine, what do you have in mind?”
“First, my room is off limits. No more appearing out of nowhere.”
He shrugged and didn’t answer, his face a mask of amusement. I decided to push forward, not letting him disagree.
“Second, you’re a guest here, so act like a guest. And last, I can do whatever I want. If you have to follow me around like a little puppy, then fine, whatever. But I am not staying in this house forever.”
“Is that it?”
“Oh, and don’t call me Princess.”
“Okay, I won’t call you Princess. But as for those other rules—“
Suddenly, the front doorbell rang loudly, interrupting him. I could feel the redness in my cheeks as he stepped closer to me.
“Better get that,” I said, looking away.
“It’ll be the guys. Come downstairs soon.”
I nodded. “Fine, whatever.”
He looked like he wanted to say something else, and there was a short second there where I thought he was going to disagree, take me up in his arms again and run his full lips along my throat, but instead he shrugged again and turned around, shutting the door behind him as he left my room.
I cursed softly to myself. What had he been thinking, grabbing me like that? And why did I always get so angry? There had always been something about Colin that drove me crazy in every single way, and apparently he still had that special something. It was frustrating and annoying and it drove me absolutely fucking wild, and I couldn’t get enough of it.
For a second, I had completely forgotten about my dad and Vince, and there was only Colin’s perfect body and huge grin. And that was why he was so dangerous.
I checked myself in the mirror, mentally steeled myself for what I was about to walk into, and opened my bedroom door, praying for the best.
“Hey there, Princess!” Davin called out, sweeping me up into a tight hug.
I grimaced, and I could see Colin’s huge, amused smile in the background. Yeah, enjoy it now, asshole, I grumbled mentally.
“Hey Davin,” I said, returning the hug.