From Beautiful Trouble Publishing and Marteeka Karland
One of the few female surgeons in a hospital dominated by testosterone, Dr. Nikki Taylor was glad to have Lilly as a friend…and not simply because she enjoyed watching the feisty woman put arrogant doctors in their place while watching the men she called hers. Nikki was only half-joking with Lilly about being jealous of the twin towers of hotness to whom she was married. While she didn’t lust after either of her friend’s men, she did envy what they shared. Their sexual chemistry reminded her of her own deep sexual cravings. They were, in fact, so deep she rarely admitted them to herself.
Taller than most men and armed with a body that didn’t quit and a voice that dripped sex, Dr. Li Zhu tended to get what he wanted. What he wanted was Nikki. The prickly vixen always found a reason to brush him off. The dom in him didn’t like that one bit but he planned to remedy that soonest. Nikki had no idea that he knew about her trip to Vegas. Not only did he know he’d also booked the same flight.
While Nikki might be in charge at work, he wanted to be in charge of her pleasure and so he’d made a wager. What happens in Vegas usually stayed in Vegas but he didn’t want just a weekend. Li wanted forever.
White, fluffy clouds floated along underneath the plane. Nikki tried to relax, but she had an ache between her shoulder blades. Something wasn’t right. It was like a sixth sense she had when she was on call. She just knew when there would be trouble. Considering this was her only weekend off for the next five weeks, it wasn’t a welcomed sensation.
Her weekend in Las Vegas was a gift to herself for working so hard the past couple of years. The hospital had a surgeon resign, and she’d picked up extra call to cover the gap because she hated having a gap in the schedule. Dr. Zhu picked up almost as much as she did, and between the two of them, they’d managed to cover it all. But it had been exhausting. She was more than ready for a break.
Closing her eyes, she could almost feel a nice massage from the hotel spa. She didn’t bother to open them when someone sat beside her—she was perfectly content to ignore any and everyone around her for the duration of the flight. Until she felt warm breath fan her face.
“Wha— You!” Li Zhu was so close, all she had to do was pucker her lips and she’d brush his with them. Immediately, her heart started pounding, and she trembled. This could not be happening!
“Surprised?” Lord, that voice of his should be illegal. It made her want to do all kinds of naughty things, but when she thought about it, his face was all she could conjure up. The man was seriously getting under her skin, and she wasn’t sure how she felt about it.
“What the hell are you doing here? I’m trying to get away from everything and here you are, all up in my personal space.” Nikki tried to sound mad, thought she might have even pulled it off, but she was so excited she wasn’t sure. This was both a dream and her worst nightmare. Li Zhu in the rock-hard flesh. Next to her. On a flight to Vegas.
“I was hoping we might test a hypothesis of mine. Will you help me?”
“I’m almost afraid to ask, but what kind of hypothesis?” Did her voice sound husky? God, she hoped she didn’t sound as affected by him as she felt. The last thing she needed to do was show weakness in front of this man. If he smelled blood in the water, he’d move in for the kill, and she wasn’t sure her heart could take it.
“The theory is, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but I’m wondering if that is entirely true.” He nuzzled her cheek with his nose, much like a cat rubbing against her. He didn’t seem to notice how her body stiffened. Lazily, his fingers stroked her arm in a caress that was more intimate than the touch of any other man in her life. It was so personal, she felt heat suffuse her face.
She swallowed. “That’s what I’ve heard. Your point?”
“I’m just wondering if you could spend the night with me and walk away like nothing happened when it’s over.” Just like that, Nikki’s stomach gave a lurch and her pussy contracted. Chill bumps erupted over her body, and she almost moaned aloud. “Fuck!” The expletive escaped under her breath, and she tried to put some distance between herself and Li, but he slid his arm around her shoulders and pulled her back against his body. Li was taller than most men she knew and certainly more muscular, though he was more lean than bulky. Still, she swore she could feel every muscle in his chest and arm as he held her to him.
“That’s a dangerous proposition, Li.”
“For whom?” He countered her response. She was so in over her head. Taking a breath, she clenched her fists and tried to calm her racing heart.
“For you, of course. I’m an excellent lover, and I wouldn’t want you pining after me once the night's over. It could make things awkward at work.” Pure bravado on her part, but it was all she had at the moment.
His soft chuckle sent another round of shivers through her body, and her lower body seemed to come alive at the sound. “Care to make a wager?”
“I’m not liking the sound of this,” she muttered. “I have to warn you, I’m insanely competitive. Any bet you make with me, you’re gonna lose.”
“I make you come five times in one night and you agree to be my submissive for a month.”
Nikki blinked, not really sure if he was serious or not. “Just what do you mean by ‘submissive’? I’m not really in to that kind of thing.”
His eyes lit with something Nikki couldn’t name. It was somewhere between humor, lust, and exasperation. “Nikki, we’ve worked together for years. We’ve worked on the same cases as a team. In all that time, do you honestly think I didn’t pick up on your personality traits? You’re a strong-willed woman, but you’re practically begging for a Dominant in bed. You need it to counter the control you practice in your everyday work.”