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The Man's Outrageous Demands (Royal Cordova Family Trilogy #2)(4)
Author: Elizabeth Lennox

Sam sighed and, without looking at Max, said, “When do you need me to take over?”

Max smothered a smile of satisfaction. “Tomorrow?” he joked.

Sam glanced over at the prince and raised one eyebrow. “That bad, huh?”

“It’s getting there. How about if you start to look into the situation immediately? Let us know what needs to happen and what kind of support you’ll need. I know Admiral Chennok is ready to step down immediately and head for retirement but after your assessment of the situation, you can determine your own start date. That will also give you the time needed to find a successor to your company.”

Sam nodded and watched as the image he had been hoping to see finally appeared. The woman on the black horse raced across the valley, her red hair streaming out behind her. Although he couldn’t hear her, he knew the moment she laughed in delight. The sun glittered and followed the gorgeous creature as she rode her horse through the tall grass.

He was watching her leap and play, putting the horse through several difficult maneuvers when all of a sudden, the horse took a long jump. Sam knew instantly that the rider was not well positioned. And sure enough, she fell off behind.

Sam’s stomach leapt to his throat. Max had seen the fall as well. Obviously Max was not overly concerned with his sister’s welfare since he laughed at her fall. “I’ll get the horse,” Max called and rode off towards the forest. Sam was already kicking his horse into action to find Marabeth and ensure that she was not hurt from the fall.

By the time he was halfway down the hillside, he breathed a sigh of relief. She was standing up and dusting off her bottom from the dust. He watched as she looked around and picked up something from the ground beside her, then started walking in the direction her horse had run off.

Marabeth picked herself up and looked around, disgusted with herself. She hoped the two men who had been up on the hillside had already ridden off, but she knew her luck wasn’t holding out lately.

And sure enough, the man she’d been thinking of trotted up to greet her.

“Hello,” Sam said, walking his horse up beside her. “Mighty rough fall there.”

“Yes. I know about that.”

“Are you okay?” he said, easily keeping up with her angry strides from atop the horse.

“Yes. I’m fine, thank you for asking,” she said stiffly. Marabeth had been showing off, trying to impress Sam. But hadn’t done a very good job of it obviously. That’s what she got for showing off, she told herself. She’d seen the two men on the hillside and had wanted to show him that she wasn’t just some idiot princess who proposed to sleeping men during balls. Now she’d only reinforced his opinion of her as an idiot. Well, just as well.

“Would you like a ride?” he asked.

“No. I deserve to walk back. And maybe my brother will find Beauty.”

“Beauty? You named your horse Beauty?”

She looked up at him and wondered where he was going with that. “Yes. What’s wrong with the name?”

He smiled at her upturned face, admiring the crystal blue eyes. “It’s a male horse, in case you hadn’t noticed,” he teased her.

Marabeth gritted her teeth. “Yes. I’d noticed. I may conduct embarrassing interviews and fall off horses, but I’m not that dense,” she said and turned back towards the forest to continue walking.

“Well, that explains everything,” he said and sat up straight in his saddle.

Marabeth looked back up at him. She wasn’t going to ask. She wasn’t going to ask. She repeated that phrase to herself several times, walking faster in the vain hope of losing him. In the end, her curiosity won out. “What does it explain?” she demanded, finally asking the question she hated herself for asking.

“Why your horse dumped you.”

Her mouth fell open. Was he able to read minds? She blinked and shook her head. Now she was just being fanciful. “Excuse me?” asking for clarification on why he thought her horse had dumped her.

“You named your male horse ‘Beauty’. He was offended. No man wants to be called ‘Beauty’,” Sam said and looked down at her as if he were explaining something very deep and important.

Marabeth shook her head. “Excuse me, I disagree with you. Beauty didn’t throw me because of his name.”

“Why did he?”

“He didn’t throw me. I fell off,” she said through gritted teeth, glaring at the horrible man.

“Ah…well, that probably makes all the difference in the world…I guess to the horse as well.” The two of them walked for several minutes in silence. “Are you sure you wouldn’t like a ride?” he finally asked.

“No. Thank you,” she said with as much dignity as she could muster under the circumstances.

“Why not?” he asked.

“As I said earlier, I fell off my horse, I deserve to walk,” she said, coming up with an excuse as quickly as possible. In truth, she just didn’t want to be that close to his magnificent body.

Sam shook his head. “You realize it is about a three mile walk back to the stables, right?”

“Yes. I know that. I’ve been on this path almost every day of my life. But thank you for so graciously pointing that out to me, sir. Now that you’ve done your gentlemanly duty, please feel free to head on back to where ever you came from,” she said with a brightly false smile on her face.

“You’re going to make this difficult, aren’t you?” he said, chuckling down at the spirited woman with sunshine sparking off her hair.

“No,” she said glaring up at him, wishing he would just leave. this difficult at all. I just want to be left alone with my humiliation. helping me.”

“I’m not making

But you’re not

“Pride goeth before the fall, huh?”

“If you don’t remember because of your caveman mentality, I’ve already fallen. I’ve admitted that I fell. Why can’t you just leave me alone?” she asked, her hands fisted by her sides as she enunciated each word as if he were extremely slow witted.

“Because you’re beautiful and incredibly sexy and every instinct inside me is telling me to be the gentleman and carry you back to the stables.”

Marabeth was shocked at his words and her expression showed her confusion. No man had ever dared to speak so openly to her. Not even her deceased fiancé. Men were always polite to the point of irritatingly gracious around her. She didn’t particularly like this man telling her those things though. They caused flutters inside her stomach that were foreign and odd. Odd in her mind was always bad. She pulled herself up to her royal height of five feet, seven inches and looked as intimidating as possible at this incredibly muscular man. “I’d recommend ignoring your gentlemanly needs and listen to my own needs. Please leave me alone, sir. I believe I’ve experienced enough humiliation in your presence to last me a lifetime.”

“Don’t say so, my lady. I’d be so disappointed if I never got to see that lovely blush on you’re beautiful cheeks,” he chuckled.

“Sir, please, leave me alone!” she demanded, becoming angry now as he pointed out her fiery cheeks.

“I’m sorry, but my mother taught me never to leave a woman stranded,” he said. The next thing she knew, Marabeth was being hauled up into the saddle by an incredibly strong arm. She was seated right in front of him, her bottom pressed intimately against his groin, her leg laying against his very muscular one.

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