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The Billionaire's Courageous Lover (Bold Alaskan Men #3)
Author: Elizabeth Lennox


Chapter 1

 


Knox had to blink when the woman walked through the doors. First of all, she was possibly the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen in his life, and he’d seen a lot of women! And secondly, she was dripping wet!

From her long, brown hair and her previously pristine suit, all the way down to her Prada heels, she was wet. And visibly shivering!

A beautiful drowned rat with green eyes that looked like she wasn’t sure if she should laugh, cry or…something else. It was the something else that worried him.

With a muttered curse, Knox practically stomped out from behind the bar of The Rotten Apple and grabbed a wool blanket from the storage closet. When he was standing in front of her, he wrapped the blanket around her, rubbing her arms and legs, peeling her cold, wet hair away from her pale skin. “Sarah! Get me something warm!”

The thought quickly flashed through his mind that this woman was dangerous. Two of his friends had been tending bar here at The Rotten Apple when beautiful women had walked in. Both of them were now married. Was tending bar dangerous to a man’s single status?

At the same moment, Knox felt a shiver run through her slender figure and he banished that thought, knowing that he had to work quickly to help this woman. Marital status aside, hypothermia was a very real danger here in Alaska. The temperatures didn’t have to be below freezing for the cold to impact a body.

Ignoring her slight protests, Knox lifted her into his arms and carefully carried her over to one of the bar stools then knelt down so that he could slip her shoes off her feet. His fingers gently rubbed them and muttered another curse when he realized how cold her feet really were. “Honey, can you hear me?” he asked, even as he whipped his flannel shirt and Henley up, pressing her feet against his stomach to try and warm them.

 

Andie’s mouth had fallen open the moment she’d walked into the warmth of the bar. Everything about the day had gone wrong. She’d been traveling across country for the past three weeks, driving six to eight hours every day, enjoying the scenery and stopping when she wanted to take a break. But today had been the last leg of her journey and she’d wanted to look nice, arriving in her new home town refreshed.

Didn’t happen!

She’d torn her stockings and, who knew that it would be hard to find stockings in Alaska? Okay, so she should have known that not many people needed stockings way out here in rural Alaska but… none at all?

And then the rain had started. Not a problem. At first! But rain in Boston was one thing. Rain in Alaska? Do the people here have gills?! This wasn’t rain! This was a flood!

Then her car had gotten a flat tire about two miles down the road and she’d had to walk into town. The rain had been miserable and she was dressed completely wrong for the weather but she’d been determined to arrive on time and looking professional, not wanting the residents of Winthrop, Alaska to see her looking as rough as she’d been dressing over the past several weeks. Leggings and sweatshirts had been de rigueur as she’d driven across the Unites States and Canada to arrive here for her new job.

So yes, she was a bit flustered. And yes, she’d admit that she looked….horrible! But…could she please catch a break? After all her time spent wearing sweatshirts and no makeup, she’d tried! She’d put in a lot of extra effort to look nice this morning! There had been days when the only person she’d run into had been the gas station attendant or the grocery store cashier. And in one town, there was a cat that had been elected as mayor! Seriously?! A cat!

So why, after finally pulling herself together, did she have to get rained on and walk into a bar where the most handsome man she’d ever seen was looking at her like she’d just lost her mind?

Secondly, this building was brighter, warmer, and much cleaner than she would have thought possible. She’d heard that Winthrop, Alaska was a small town without a thriving tourist industry. So how could a bar like this exist? How did it gain enough customers?

And why, why, why did this gorgeous man with the broadest, most delicious shoulders and yummy muscles have to be the first person to see her when she’d walked in?

This man who was trying to warm her up was rugged in ways that she hadn’t thought possible! The guy on the paper towels had nothing on this guy! The man wrapping her up in a scratchy wool blanket looked like he should be a movie actor, but one that only played bad guys that were really good guys but looked like bad guys when one first saw them.

Oh my!

She almost yelped when he lifted her into his arms but that was nothing compared to the shock when he slipped her shoes off and pressed her feet against the hardest, sexiest set of abs she’d ever seen! She had to concentrate to keep her toes from curling around, exploring those abs! She shivered, trying to wrap her mind around a man that looked like this and had abs like that!

She sighed, and a hot cup of coffee was pressed into her hands.

“Thank you,” she whispered to the woman who hovered next to her. “I’m really okay,” she told the woman, then glanced down at the man kneeling in front of her. “I’m okay,” she told him.

The man shook his head. “You’re freezing,” he told her.

Not anymore, she thought silently! The man’s very presence had her whole body steaming. If she were wearing glasses, they would be fogging up right now. Andie supposed she should count her lucky stars for perfect vision. She actually pushed the wool blanket off of her shoulders because she was too warm!

And then he stood up! Oh my! He was crazy tall!

Andie pulled her hand away from the coffee cup to wipe her chin, relieved when she discovered that she wasn’t drooling. Nor was she melting into a puddle of lust. Whew!

She should be. Drooling, that is. She didn’t want to melt. Melting would be bad. Okay, so drooling would look absolutely ridiculous, but still. She should be.

“What’s your name, honey?” his rough voice asked her, pulling the wool blanket back up over her shoulders.

She tilted her head, startled by the voice. Oh she loved that voice! She’d like to hear that voice tell her to do things. Naughty things. And from the looks of this lumberjack, this man knew a lot of naughty things! She shivered again, anticipating all of the possible naughty things this man might say to her. In bed. With that voice. And those abs.

Oh my!

He was curling the edges of the blanket more firmly around her, and she shivered as his knuckles brushed the skin of her neck briefly. “Sarah, call Cliff and let him know we might need to fly her to the hospital.”

Wait! Huh? “Hospital? And I don’t need the sheriff.”

Those green eyes moved back to her and she wanted to sigh with pleasure. Green eyes, black hair, a barely there beard that was most likely trying to soften a rock-hard jawline…oh my! She sighed again, and almost slouched against the back of the barstool. But years of etiquette training, ballet lessons, and a harsh mother snapping at her to sit up straight could not be ignored. Even with her fantasy lumberjack standing in front of her. No slouching. No drooling and definitely no melting into a puddle!

It took a lot out of a woman!

She checked once again for drool before she mentally shook herself, needing to reassure these people that she was okay before they hired a helicopter to take her to the emergency room.

The paper-towel guy was a wimp compared to this lumberjack man!

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