Lexi Weller’s vacation in England doesn't exactly start off all that great when she almost ends up getting into a car accident. But when the driver of the car she almost hits steps out to speak with her, she finds herself practically drooling over him. And before it's all over, Mr. Tall, Muscular and Good-looking asks her out on a date.
Raedwald hopes he hasn’t made a mistake by asking the sexy American out to dinner. Charged by the Anglo-Saxon god, Tiw, to protect mortals from the werewolves sired by Fenris the wolf, Raed knows he can’t put Lexi before his duty. But when she comes to mean more to him than he ever imagined, Raed must find a way to explain what he is without scaring off the woman he never wants to let go.
Publisher's Note: This was previously published.
She was almost back at her flat when she just narrowly missed hitting a car in the oncoming lane. Tires screeched as she and the other driver slammed on their brakes. Lexi’s heart jumped into her throat as she realized how close she’d come to being in an accident. She’d gone around a corner and stupidly turned into the wrong lane. Knowing it had been entirely her fault didn’t help her nerves any. Her first day in England and she almost killed herself. Way to go, dumbass.
Lexi pried her hands off the steering wheel and got out of the car. She felt pretty sure she’d stopped in time, but she better check there hadn’t been any damage. The car sitting with its front bumper almost touching her rental’s was an expensive-looking black Mercedes-Benz. The driver’s door opened.
With an apology already formed on her lips, instead her mouth fell open as she watched a very large, very muscular, drop-dead gorgeous man step out and make his way over to where she stood. Unable to look away, she ran her gaze over him. The man was her own personal walking wet dream. Everything about him was a turn-on. He had longish, dark blond hair, blue eyes and a body so muscular she bet she wouldn’t find an ounce of fat anywhere underneath his tight-fitting blue jeans and black long-sleeved t-shirt. She ran her gaze over his square jaw, straight nose and firm lips. Lexi licked her own lips as her gaze became riveted to his.
Once he came to stand in front of her, Lexi had to crane her neck to look at him. He had to be at least six-foot-five. He towered over her five-foot-seven. His brows had been drawn together in displeasure as he’d made his way over to her, but now that he stood in front of her, they evened out. She hoped the look he now wore meant he wasn’t too pissed off.
She cleared her throat. “Ah, sorry about that. This is my first time in England, and I still haven’t gotten the hang of driving on the left-hand side of the road.” Lexi swallowed as his gaze looked her up and down. She shifted from foot to foot, not knowing what else to say.
“You’re an American?”
Lexi had to bite back a moan at the sound of his deep voice. She even found his British accent attractive. “Yes. As I said before, I apologize. I’m a bit jet lagged as well.”
His nostrils flared slightly as he took a deep breath. “I think we should continue this discussion in the parking lot across the street. We’re blocking traffic.”
She looked where he indicated and nodded. As she got in her rental car and then drove the short distance to the parking lot next to a quaint-looking tea house, Lexi took a deep breath to settle her nerves. Her heart raced. Her accelerated pulse had more to do with the man who parked his car beside hers than the close call she’d had. After shutting off her car, she got out and met the man whose mere presence set her body on fire.
Lexi gave him a small smile. “Did I damage your Merc? If I did, I’ll pay for any repairs you need to have done.”
He shook his head. “There was no damage. I was just concerned, because you look a bit unsettled. Are you all right?”
A wave of relief washed through her. “I’m okay. I guess I should have caught up on some sleep before I decided to do some grocery shopping.”
“You aren’t staying at a hotel?”
“No. I rented a flat not too far from here. I’m here for a month so I figured it would be cheaper in the long run.”
“What’s your name?”
“Lexi. Lexi Weller.” She licked her suddenly dry lips as his gaze settled on her mouth.
He stuck out his hand. “Nice to meet you, Lexi. I’m Raedwald. Raed for short.”
Lexi took his outstretched hand. His much larger one closed over hers as he rubbed his thumb back and forth across the top. A shiver of awareness shot through her as she swallowed audibly.
“Nice to meet you as well, Raed.” She tried to pull her hand away, but Raed kept hold of her.
“Are you free this evening, Lexi?”
“Wha…what?” She couldn’t have heard him right. Men who looked like Raed didn’t usually give her the time of day much less ask her out on a date. If that was what Raed was doing.
Raed gave her a half-smile. “I asked if you would be available this evening. Since this is your first time here in Norwich, I would like to take you out for supper and show you around a bit.”
Lexi nodded. “Ah, sure.” The longer she stayed in Raed’s presence the lower her IQ seemed to become. He must think she was an idiot, but she had a hard enough time keeping her mind out of the gutter as it was. Thoughts of stripping him naked so she could lick and kiss every inch of his hard body were turning her brain to mush. She blamed it on jet lag and not her overactive imagination. Yeah, right, Lexi. Keep lying to yourself and you might start to believe it.
“Great. I’ll pick you up at six this evening. Where’s your flat?”
“Six will be fine.” She quickly rattled off the flat’s address.
Raed lifted their joined hands and pressed his lips to the inside of her wrist. His tongue flicked across her skin before he released her. “Then I’ll see you at six.”
Lexi had to lean against the trunk as she silently watched Raed get into his Mercedes and drive away. Her legs shook as she slowly got back into her car. That one small kiss had been enough to send her body into overdrive. Her nipples were still pebbled beneath her blouse. She squeezed her legs together, hoping to alleviate the throbbing ache of arousal pounding in her pussy, but it only seemed to increase the intensity, causing wetness to pool.
Pulling herself together, Lexi left the parking lot and headed back to the flat. She really needed to get some sleep, especially if she didn’t want to make an ass of herself this evening. She would show Raed she wasn’t this ditzy all the time. Who was she kidding? She would be lucky if she didn’t do something completely asinine like ask him to slowly strip naked so she could lick every hard inch of him.