The Tycoon’s Stowaway
Sydney’s Most Eligible
These sexy Sydney tycoons didn’t get to the top by taking the easy way – the only thing they love more than a challenge is a woman who knows her mind. So let the fireworks begin…!
The one that got away…
Luxury yacht tycoon Brodie Mitchell and dancer Chantal Turner haven’t seen each other since that fateful night when the searing heat between them ignited, devastating everything in its wake. Yet it’s clear that their fire has never dimmed.
Eight years ago their irresistible attraction was forbidden. Now they’re both single, and Brodie’s determined to get Chantal out of his system. Even if he can only offer a no-strings fling… On his yacht, exploring the electric chemistry between them, Brodie finds his eyes opened to what he really wants – what he’s always wanted: Chantal. This time he’s going to tame his little stowaway… for good!
Note: The UK/Australian release date is March 2015, USA and Canada is May 2015.
"You feel swept away to another world of yachts, of dancing, and dinner on the deck under the stars . . . just as it should be in any good book. I wanted to story to go on, and on." - 5 star Good Reads Review.
"There's some sizzling chemistry and simmering sexual tension, especially in Brodie's point of view when he's watching Chantal dance. As always, I love the author's Australian settings and fun, modern voice." - 4.5 star Good Reads Review.
"The romance between Chantal and Brodie was scorching hot, but it also struck an emotional cord...Ms. London does a lot of emotional heavy lifting in true M&B Modern/Harlequin Presents style." Copywrite1985
"If you are looking for something uplifting than The Tycoon’s Stowaway is perfect for you. Stefanie London has penned a delicious of love and romance." CataRomance
HOT. LOUD. CRUSHING.
The dance floor at the Weeping Reef resort bar was the perfect way to shake off the work day, and for Chantal Turner it was the perfect place to practise her moves. She swung her hips to the pulsating beat of the music, her hands raking through her hair and pushing damp strands from her forehead. A drop of perspiration ran in a rivulet down her back but she wouldn’t stop. At midnight, the night was still in its infancy, and she would dance until her feet gave out.
She was enjoying a brief interlude away from her life plan in order to soak up the rays while earning a little money in the glorious Whitsundays. But the second she was done she’d be back on the mainland, working her butt off to secure a place at a contemporary dance company. She smiled to herself. The life in front of her was bright and brimming with opportunity.
Tonight the majority of her crew hadn’t come out. Since Chantal’s boyfriend wasn’t much of a dancer he stood at the bar, sipping a drink and chatting to another resort employee. No matter—the music’s beat flowing through her body was the only companion she needed. Her black dress clung to damp skin. The holiday crowd had peaked for the season, which meant the dance floor was even more densely packed than usual.
‘Pretty girls shouldn’t have to dance on their own.’
A low, masculine voice rumbled close to her ear and the scent of ocean spray and coconut surfboard wax hit her nostrils, sending a shot of heat down to her belly.
She would know that smell anywhere. A hand rested lightly on her hip, but she didn’t cease the gentle rolling of her pelvis until the beat slowed down.
‘Don’t waste your pick-up lines on me, Brodie.’ She turned and stepped out of his grip. ‘There are plenty of other ladies in holiday mode who would appreciate your cheesy come-ons.’
‘Cheesy?’ He pressed a hand against his well-muscled chest. ‘You’re a harsh woman, Chantal.’
The tanned expanse of his shoulders stretched out from under a loose-fitting black tank top, a tattoo peeking out at the neckline. Another tattoo of an anchor stretched down his inner forearm. He stared at her, shaggy sun-bleached hair falling around his ladykiller face and light green eyes.
He’s off-limits, Chantal. Super off-limits. Don’t touch him…don’t even think about it.
Brodie Mitchell stepped forward to avoid the flailing arms of another dancer, who’d apparently indulged in a few too many of the resort’s signature cocktails. He bumped his hip against hers, and their arms brushed as Chantal continued to dance. She wasn’t going to let Brodie and his amazing body prevent her from having a good time.
The song changed and she thrust her hands into the air, swinging her hips again, bumping Brodie gently. His fingertips gripped her hips like a magnet had forced them together. Every touch caused awareness to surge through her veins.
‘You can’t dance like that and expect me not to join in.’
His breath was hot against her ear. Her whole body tingled as the effects of the cocktails she’d downed before hitting the dance floor descended. The alcohol warmed her, giving her limbs a languid fluidity. Head spinning, she tried to step out of his grip, but stumbled when another dancer knocked into her. She landed hard up against Brodie, her hands flat against his rock-hard chest. He smelled good. So. Damn. Good.
Against her better judgement she ran her palms up and down his chest, swinging her hips and rolling her head back. The music flowed through her, its heavy bass thundering in her chest. She probably shouldn’t have had so many Blue Hawaiians—all that rum and blue curacao had made her head fuzzy.
‘I can dance however I like,’ she said, tilting her chin up at him defiantly. ‘Mr Cheese.’
‘You’re going to pay for that.' He grinned, snaking his arm around her waist and drawing her even closer. ‘There’s a difference between charming and cheesy, you know.’
‘You think you’re charming?’ she teased, ignoring the building tension that caused her centre to throb mercilessly. It was the alcohol—it always made her horny. It was absolutely nothing to do with Brodie.
‘I do happen to think I’m charming.’
His lips brushed against her ear, and each bump of his thighs sent shivers down her spine.
‘I’ve had it confirmed on a number of occasions too.’
‘How many women have confirmed it?’ She bit back a grin, curious as to the number of notches on his bedpost. Brodie had a bit of a reputation and, as
much as she hated to admit it, Chantal could see why.
It wasn’t just that he had a gorgeous face and a body that looked as if it belonged in a men’s underwear commercial. Hot guys were a dime a dozen at the resort. Brodie had something extra: a cheeky sense of humour coupled with the innate ability to make people feel comfortable around him. He had people eating out of the palm of his hand.
‘I don’t kiss and tell.’
‘Come on—I’ll even let you round up to the nearest hundred.’ She pulled back to look him in the eye while she traced a cross over her heart with one finger.
He grabbed her wrist and pulled her hand behind his back, forcing her face close to his. ‘I’m not as bad as you think, Little Miss Perfect.’
‘I doubt that very much.’
The music switched to a slow, dirty grind and Brodie nudged his thigh between hers. A gasp escaped her lips as her body fused to his. She should stop now. This was so wrong. But it felt better than anything else could have right at that moment. Better than chocolate martinis and Sunday sleep-ins…even better than dancing on a stage. A hum of pleasure reverberated in her throat.
‘I bet you’re even worse.’
‘Ha!’ His hand came up to cup the side of her jaw. ‘You want to know for sure, don’t you?’
Her body cried out in agreement, her breath hitching as his face hovered close to hers. The sweet smell of rum on his lips mingled with earthy maleness, hitting her with a force powerful enough to make her knees buckle.
Realisation slammed into her, her jaw dropping as she jerked backwards. His eyes reflected the same shock. Reality was dawned on them both. This was more than a little harmless teasing—in fact it didn’t feel harmless at all.
How could she possibly have fallen for Brodie? He was a slacker—an idle charmer who talked his way through life instead of working hard to get what he wanted. He was her opposite—a guy so totally wrong for her it was almost comical. Yet the feel of his hands on her face, the bump of his pelvis against hers and the whisper of his breath at her cheek was the most intoxicating thing she’d ever experienced.
Oh, no! This is not happening…this is not happening.
‘You feel it, don’t you?’ Worry streaked across his face and his hands released her as quickly as if he’d touched a boiling pot. ‘Don’t lie to me, Chantal.’
Her response was cut short when something flashed at the corner of her eye. Scott.
‘What the hell is going on?’ he roared. His cheeks were flushed scarlet, his mouth set into a grim line.
‘It’s nothing, man.’ Brodie held up his hands in surrender and stepped back.
He was bigger than Scott, but he wasn’t a fighter. The guilt in his eyes mirrored that in Chantal’s heart. How could she have done this? How could she have fallen for her boyfriend’s best friend?
‘Didn’t look like nothing to me. You had your hands all over her!’
‘It’s nothing, Scott,’ Chantal said, grabbing his arm. But he shook her off. ‘We were just dancing.’
‘Ha!’ The laugh was a sharp stab of a sound—a laugh without a hint of humour. ‘Tell me you don’t feel anything for Brodie. Because it sure as hell didn’t
look like a platonic dance between friends.’
She tried to find the words to explain how she felt, but she couldn’t. She closed her eyes and pressed her palm to her forehead. She opened them in time to see Scott’s fist flying at Brodie’s face.