The mild confusion that came with waking in a strange place was gradually replaced with bits and pieces of realization until the puzzle was complete. Serena got up, bringing the sheet around her body. Her gaze landed on the brownish spots staining the bottom sheet. She looked away, recalling how eager and willing she’d been in Connor’s arms, how brazenly she’d given him her virginity. Well, it had been bound to happen sometime.
Bright sunlight streamed through the open windows, as well as a cool breeze that carried the alluring scent of fresh pine and springtime. She went to the window and inhaled deeply, filling her lungs with the crisp freshness of mountain air.
“Good, you’re up.”
She swung from the window with a start. Connor was standing in the doorway, dressed in faded jeans and a brown pullover sweater with the sleeves pushed up to his elbows. As Serena let her gaze move over him, she took note of the defined power in his forearms and hands. His hair was damp, indicating he’d probably just come from taking a shower.
“Where am I?” she asked, clutching the sheet over her breasts.
“You’re at the Savage Hills Wolf Sanctuary,” he replied. “We offer protection and medical treatment to the wolves in the area.”
Her eyes widened. The very place she’d been heading! “I was on my way here, for a job.” As a wildlife veterinarian, Serena had jumped at the opportunity to work in a heavily populated area of wolves, bears, and mountain lions. Even though the Savage Hills Wolf Sanctuary mainly took care of wolves, she knew her expertise with other wildlife would come in handy, too.
“I know.” His gaze moved over Serena, in a way that had her wondering if he could see right through the sheet covering her. She fought down the instant awareness warming her blood. “I have to go out for a while. Max will be here to keep you company. Grab a shower if you like, your suitcase is there.”
Serena’s gaze followed his, noticing the suitcase tucked away in the corner. “How—“
“I had your car towed down the mountain, to the mechanic’s garage. We’ll talk when I return.”
He turned and left before Serena could say anything. “Wait a minute!” She hurried after him, surprised to see he’d already made it to the front door by the time she’d exited the bedroom.
“Don’t come any closer, Serena.” His harsh tone caused her to halt with surprise. “Unless you want to spend the rest of the day on your back, beneath me.” His nostrils flared and his mouth was tight. It was clear that he was in some kind of state and trying to remain calm and in control.
Serena caught her breath, but instead of fear his threat caused a rush of desire in her blood. She was sure that’s not what he’d intended, but remembering his caresses made her nipples stiffen and created a warm throb in her lower body.
Connor’s gaze narrowed as if he sensed the changes in her body. “I’ll be back.”
Before Serena knew it Connor was gone, slamming the door behind him. She released a breath of relief, willing her body under control.
She decided to take Connor up on the shower, and then she’d call a cab and get the heck out of there.