A Dangerous Seduction by Jillian Eaton
Owen’s cold gaze raked across Scarlett’s body with so much force she felt its frigid bite all the way on the other side of the room. “I do not believe a single bloody word out of your mouth. You’re a consummate actress. You always have been. Something I realized too late, I’m afraid. I know you murdered your husband and no amount of talking or telling me how much I matter is going to change my mind.”
“Oh!” she cried as she leaped out of her chair. “You are so stubborn it’s infuriating. Why can’t you just listen to me? I did not murder Rodger!”
“Listen to you?” he snarled. “I can hardly stand the sight of you.”
Pins flew out of her hair as she gave a defiant toss of her head. “You were singing a different tune this morning, weren’t you? Or was that another man’s tongue down my throat?”
His eyes narrowed. “I’m sure you’ve had so many it is a challenge keeping track.”
“Bastard,” she hissed.
“Does the truth hurt?” The mocking glint in his eyes made her want to scratch them out. Had she really thought she would be able to seduce him into falling in love with her again? Owen may have desired her body, but it was clear to her now that he found every other part of her abhorrent. She’d been a fool to ever think otherwise.
“You wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you upside the head!” Whirling around she snatched up the shawl she’d put on the back of the chair, but when she went to leave the room she found Owen blocking her path.
“Where do you think you’re going?” he growled, more wild animal than man as he grabbed her by the shoulders and spun her around, effectively pinning her between the door and his hard body. His bare chest lifted and fell with the force of his breaths, nostrils flaring as he caged her between his arms.
“As far away from you as I can possibly get.” She slapped a hand against his chest and gave a hard shove, but she might as well have been trying to topple a brick wall. “Let me go, Owen.”
“That’s the problem.” Damp tendrils of hair whipped across his forehead as he gave a frustrated shake of his head. “I can’t.”