Taken By Storm
Syleena Webster has been hurt by her mother's free lifestyle with men, but she maintains her romantic ideas about love and marriage. She doesn't doubt her perfect man is out there.
Storm Hyde, however, gave up on love and a long time ago. The wealthy banker decided staying single is the way for him, so he hasn't dated the same woman longer than a few months in ages. He's totally unprepared for his reaction when his sister brings her gorgeous roommate, Syleena Webster, home for the summer. Once he gazes into her soulful brown eyes, an emotion he's never felt before hits him, and he sends Syleena running for the door.
Five years later, they meet again. Will Storm be able to make Syleena understand the depth of the mistake he made?
Elements: Interracial (BW/WM)
Originally release 10/1/2008
Second Edition, re-edited and released with new cover, February 2014
A knock on her bedroom door stopped Syleena from finishing her make-up. She was expecting Courtni to help her pick out a dress for her date with Brian. Courtni told her she would come and help her after she put Jake to bed. She didn’t know why she even said yes to Brian, but it was too late to back out now. Plus, after the almost kiss in the stables with Storm, she needed some time away from this house. He was too much in her face for comfort.
“Come in,” she yelled from the bathroom. She tossed her lipstick down on the counter and went into her bedroom to meet Courtni.
“What are you doing in my bedroom?” Syleena snapped, taking a step back toward the bathroom.
Storm was standing in the middle of her bedroom. His dark hair was wet from his shower and his expensive cologne filled the bedroom. Black slacks molded his long legs and a crisp white shirt stretched across his hard muscular chest. She knew she was staring, but she couldn’t help it. Storm was one fine looking man.
* * * *
Storm took in the vision before him. Syleena’s hair was twisted up with only a small strand left out to fall gently on her smooth, dark caramel cheek. A satin black robe was tied around her waist and her make-up was completed except for her lipstick. “Did you think I would let you leave with Brian before we finished what we started in the stables?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she whispered.
He saw what Syleena was trying to do, but he wasn’t going to allow it. Closing the small gasp between their bodies with three quick steps, he wrapped his fingers around her small wrist and hauled her body to his. The scent of apricot and chamomile filled his senses.
Syleena tried to push him away with her free hand, but she wasn’t strong enough.
“Stop struggling. I would never hurt you, vixen.”
Hearing the endearment, she stopped and looked up at him. “We can’t do this, Storm.”
“Do what?” he asked. His gaze dropped down to her mouth and he could almost taste her. “All I want is just one kiss before you leave for your date,” he whispered before capturing her mouth with his.
* * * *
Twisting in his arms and arching her body, Syleena sought to get free. She didn’t want to feel Storm’s warm mouth on hers. His lips were hard and searching and sent a jolt of awareness through her body. The tip of his tongue licked the side of her mouth and she swallowed down a moan.
“Stop playing around with me, Syleena,” Storm breathed against her lips. “Open that cute mouth of yours so I can taste you. I know you want it as much as I do.”
Her body screamed at her to do what Storm asked, but her mind was stronger for the moment. Storm really didn’t want her. He was only kissing her to prove a point, that he could get her body to want his. She wouldn’t let him to that to her.
“No,” Syleena whimpered, tearing her mouth away. Taking a step back, she wiped Storm’s kiss from her mouth with the tips of her fingers. “I don’t want you to kiss me. Not now, not ever.”
Gray eyes grew two shades darker right before her eyes. “Don’t tempt me with a challenge like that, Syleena. I’m not a man you should taunt,” Storm growled.
Squaring her shoulders, she tossed Storm a hard look of her own. “What makes you think I’m not telling you the truth?”
Syleena didn’t have time to react before Storm reached out and roughly jerked her back into his arms. “Make no mistake of this, Syleena. I known when a woman wants me and you, sweetheart, want me.” He planted another hard kiss to her mouth before moving away.
“Have a good time on your date tonight.” He opened the door and went out without looking back.
She brought her fingers to her swollen lips. “Storm, what are you trying to do to me?” she mumbled to the empty room. Securing the belt around her waist, she got dressed for her date.
* * * *
“Syleena, you’ve been quiet all night. Is there something wrong?” Brian took a bite of his salmon and waited for her to answer. Ever since they left the house, Syleena wasn’t here with him.
“No, I’m fine, Brian,” she replied, pushing a carrot around her plate with her fork.
“No, you aren’t, and I think I know what the reason is.”
Syleena dropped her fork back on her plate. “You do?” she choked out.
“Yes. You’re still mad at me about asking you to stay out at the ranch.” Leaning across the table, he looked into her eyes. “I swear, if I had known about the rooms beforehand, I would have never asked you to be my date. Has something happened out there?”
“No. Storm and his sister have been very nice to me.” Syleena rubbed her temple and tried to relax. Brian had brought her to this beautiful restaurant and she couldn’t get her mind off Storm and his kiss.
“I’m not going to allow him to ruin my evening,” she said underneath her breath.
“What did you say?”
“I asked would you like to dance?” she lied.
“Now how could I turn down a beautiful woman like you?”
Standing up, Brian led her out onto the dance floor and pulled her against her him. Her body didn’t smolder with Brian the way it did when Storm held her this close, but she wasn’t going to let that ruin her date. She wanted a sweet man like Brian, not a man who tried to dominate her every second of the day. Pushing Storm to the back of her mind, she pressed her cheek to Brian’s chest and got into their dance. Storm wasn’t thinking about her, so why should she waste her night thinking about him?
* * * *
They had been dancing for about twenty minutes when Brian whispered, “Damn, Storm always has a model type on his arm.”
Syleena lifted her head off Brian’s chest and gazed up at him. “Why are you talking about Storm?”
“He just walked in with his date,” he said, nodding to his left.
“Where are they?” she asked, looking around the room. No, this couldn’t be happening to her. Brian had to be wrong. Storm wasn’t at the same restaurant as her.
“They just sat down. Why don’t we go over and say hello? He’s going to be family soon, so I can’t ignore him. Anyway, he spotted us dancing the second he walked down the steps into the dining room.”
Syleena wanted to protest, but knew she couldn’t. Groaning silently, she walked beside Brian as he dragged her over to Storm’s table. Hopefully, he would say a quick hello and take her back to their table. She didn’t want to have any more discussions with Storm tonight. She wouldn’t put it past Storm to bring up their kiss in front of Brian just to taunt him. For some odd reason, he enjoyed putting her on the spot when Brian was around.
“Storm, Syleena and I didn’t expect to see you here tonight,” Brian said.
“I wasn’t planning on coming out tonight, but after thinking about it I decided I need some fresh air,” Storm drawled.
God, please don’t let him say anything to me, Syleena prayed silently.
Storm swung his gaze away from Brian over to her. “Are you having a good time, Syleena?”
Her eyes narrowed at his question. “Yes, I’m having a lot of fun, Storm.”
Storm looked at her lips, then back up at her eyes. “Well, I’m glad that you are.”
Thank God, he didn’t say anything else.
She reached out to touch Brian’s arm and hoped to pull him away from the table when Storm’s voice stopped her.
“Syleena, I really like that shade of lipstick. It makes your lips look very kissable. I’ve always had a weakness for a beautiful woman with a kissable mouth.”
What the hell? I can’t believe he just said that.
Syleena froze beside Brian while he looked back and forth between her and Storm. She saw the confusion in his blue eyes, but she didn’t know what to say, so she didn’t say a word.
Storm looked back at Brian like he hadn’t just come on to his date and said, “Would you like to join us?”
Brian glanced at her, then answered before she could stop him. “Sure, why not?”
“Good. I thought you might say no after my comment to Syleena,” Storm retorted.
Signaling for a waiter, Storm told him to bring two extra chairs for Brian and Syleena to join them at their table. After everyone was seated, Storm made introductions around the table. “Brian and Syleena, I would like for you to meet April Sinclair.” Looking at his date he said, “April, meet Brian Hall and Syleena Webster.”
April smiled at Brian openly. “Brian, it’s very nice to meet you.”
Brian smiled back at her. “Nice to meet you, too, April.”
Syleena waited for April to say something to her, but April picked up her drink and took a sip instead like she wasn’t even seated at the table.
Fine. I don’t need her to speak to me anyway, she thought. April is just the kind of date that Storm needs. Her attitude is just as nasty as his. However, she wondered did anyone else at the table noticed how April rudely ignored her.
The loud thump of a glass hitting the table drew her attention over to Storm. She didn’t miss the anger in his eyes or the frown etched across his face.
“You forgot to say hello to Syleena,” he snapped, not hiding his anger.
She watched in silence how April’s shocked gaze flew over at Storm’s furious gray eyes.
“Speak to her!”
“Sorry, Syleena, it’s nice to meet you, too,” April mumbled.
She glanced at Storm and then back at April. “Sure.”