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.Conditional Surrender - Wendy PrenticeShe couldn't just ignore him!Kate had always known that her dynamic boss, Gregory Courtney, possessed more than his fair share of arrogance.Only recently had she realised he was also charming, attractive.and dangerous."Just what would it take to get you into my bed, Kate?" he asked.A self-confessed cynic, he believed in passion but not in love, while nothing less than love would induce Kate to give up her independence.Yet there was an attraction between them, a flame which soon blazed out of control."This must be some kind of bad dream." Kate shook her head slowly in disbelief."It's real enough, Kate," he said."Just resign yourself to it." "What kind of man are you, Greg?" "The kind who gets his own way!" His voice was as clipped and cold as the steely eyes regarding her."And now there's nothing to stop you, is there? "He hesitated, breathing deeply."One thing.There is one thing which would stop me, Kate." He spoke slowly, as he moved closer to cup her face in his hands."Look at me, Kate! Look me in the eye and tell me you don't want me! Then I'll let you go.Tell me, Kate." It should have been easy.Kate felt the lie rise to her lips, but as she opened her mouth, the falsehood stuck in her throat.Printed in U.S.A.Harlequin Presents first edition February 1991ISBN 0-373-11342-0Original hardcover edition published in 1989 by Mills & Boon LimitedCONDITIONAL SURRENDERCopyright © 1989 by Wendy Prentice.All rights reserved.Except for use in any review, the reproduction or utilization of this work in whole or in part in any form by any electronic, mechanical or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including xerography, photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, is forbidden without the permission of the publisher, Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 31(9.All the characters in this book have no existence outside the imagination of the author and have no relation whatsoever to anyone bearing the same name or names.They are not even distantly inspired by any individual known or unknown to the author, and all incidents are pure invention are Trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in other countries.CHAPTER ONE`IF YOU don't take your hands off me this instant, Toby Marchant, I will make damn sure you don't feel the urge to go near another female for months to come!'Toby Marchant jumped back in some surprise.He was a subscriber to the myth that a redhead's temper was surpassed only by her passion, but his smooth good looks and superficially charming manner had insulated him from the reality that temper was the only form of passion he would ever receive from Kate McNaught! He was certainly not ready to come to terms with the fact that he was being turned down for the very first time in his life.`My apologies, Miss McNaught!' he sneered sulkily.'I should have remembered you have other—more important—fish to fry!'Almond-shaped green eyes narrowed with a dangerously calm glint Toby Marchant was too insensitive to recognise.`I think you had better explain that remark.' It had been a long, long time since Kate had lost her temper quite so thoroughly.Anyone who knew her well would have run a mile from her deceptively calm features and soft, dulcet voice.`Come off it, Katy!' The unfamiliar diminutive grated intolerably on her already taut nerves.'You may have the rest of the office block believing you're a frigid little prude, but you and I know better, don't we?' A nasty leer distorted his too handsome face.`Do we, indeed?' Kate's green eyes began to glow like a cat's as it was about to pounce, but his conceit made him miss the all too clear warning signals.`No skin off my nose if Courtney wants exclusive rights,' he continued with blatant disregard for his health.'I'll still be around when his interest fades.Funny, though, I wouldn't have said you were his type at all.Crack! Toby Marchant's head very nearly parted company with his neck with the force of Kate's blow.`And if you don't want a black eye to add to your bruised jaw and over-inflated ego, I suggest you get out of my office right now, and take your filthy mind with you!'`You little bitch!' He caught her wrists in a painful grip.'No one punches me on the jaw and gets away with it!'`Then you would be well advised to act on my secretary's suggestion!'They turned as one as the cold, harsh tones reached them from the doorway.Kate would have screamed in frustration had she not been so mortified.How many more things could possibly go wrong in one day?`Mr Courtney!' Toby Marchant was the first to recover and he hurriedly stammered his excuses.'A personal argument, I'm afraid, sir.' His feeble smile faltered as he met the derisive gaze of his employer.'It got a bit out of hand.'`So I saw.' Gregory Courtney's long figure left its lounging position in the doorway and he moved towards them.'I believe you owe my secretary an apology, Marchant.'`I—I.' Toby Marchant's mouth was opening and closing like that of a fish.'I'm sorry, Kate.' He turned and smiled with complete insincerity.But you did provoke me, you know,' he added with malice.Kate was literally speechless with rage.Her green eyes sparkled dangerously, but before she could formulate her attack, Gregory Courtney, that most improbable of white knights, intervened again.`I should warn you, Marchant, I heard a great deal more than you obviously believe I did,' he drawled with a witheringly contemptuous glance from his steely grey eyes.'I will not tolerate my staff being subjected to sexual harassment.' Toby Marchant flushed uncomfortably, turned on his heel and made to leave the office, but he was halted by Gregory Courtney's further warning.'And Marchant—if I hear any more rumours circulating about Miss McNaught and myself, I will know from whom they originated.Do I make myself clear?' One look at those hard grey eyes and Toby Marchant got the message.He nodded jerkily, and fled.Kate heaved a sigh of relief that the distasteful scene was over [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]