Steven headed to the kitchen to help Anna. Once there, he was surprised to see that Andrew and Mitch were already moving the large jugs from the refrigerator to the living room. Mitch was flirting with Anna and standing far too close for Steven’s comfort. Anna was smiling at something he said when her eyes met Steven’s. Instantly the laughter died, and she gave Steven a look that would have frozen ice. Seeing the look, Mitch turned his head and saw Steven standing in the doorway.
“I’ll just take this into the living room,” Mitch said following Andrew out the door. “There should be plenty for the rest of the party.”
Anna started to follow, but Steven stopped her. “Hey, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong,” she said coldly.
“Anna, the temperature dropped about fifty degrees when I walked in. Aren’t you having a good time?”
“I’m surprised you noticed. You were so busy with your little friend.”
The reference could only be to Olivia. Steven wondered if Anna was jealous. It was the only explanation, and it warmed his heart.
“Anna, are you jealous?” he asked softly.
“Of course not,” she snapped. “If you want to ignore your guests, that’s no skin off my back.”
“Well, you sound jealous.” Anna’s eyes flashed and Steven grinned. “Oh, honey, you have no reason to be jealous.”
“Mitch said you and Olivia were really close in high school.”
Silently cursing Mitch, Steven patiently explained. “We were close in school but, Anna, that was twelve years ago. I’ve only seen her a couple of times since then. She’s just an old friend.”
Turning to walk a few feet away, Anna took a deep breath. “I do sound jealous, don’t I?”
“A little, but I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one suffering from the particular ailment.”
“You’ve been jealous?” Anna asked, with a surprised look on her face.
Steven nodded. “You said so yourself earlier this evening when you met Mitch.”
“He’s your brother.”
“You aren’t really jealous of Mitch are you?”
“You said he was sexy.” Steven walked over to the sink and leaned against it. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue this conversation, but Anna still seemed a little angry.
“Well, Mitch is sexy,” Anna said slowly, and Steven’s heart sank. She walked slowly toward him, and he watched her with apprehension. Suddenly, she smiled a very wicked smile, and Steven’s body leaped to attention. She leaned forward and kissed him deeply before whispering, “Mitch is sexy, but you are sexier.”
Gathering her into his arms, Steven grinned at her once before covering her mouth with his own. He deepened the kiss as her lips parted under his. Pulling her closer, Steven molded her body to his and captured her head with one hand. Holding her still, his mouth trailed kisses all along her jaw before returning once more to her lips.
“Excuse me,” said an amused voice.
Reluctantly, Steven raised his head and glared at his brother who stood in the doorway grinning. Unfazed by the look, Mitch walked toward them. He picked up the extension cord that was lying on the counter. “Tori is ready to start the entertainment.”
Mitch flashed them another grin and walked out of the room. Steven looked down at Anna who was still in his arms. She had buried her head on his chest under his chin. “You still think he’s sexy?”
Anna is afraid of love, but Steven changes everything.
Anna West just wants to start over in a new town far away from her past. The only child of a mixed race couple, Anna learned about the ugly side of human behavior at an early age. After watching her abusive father mistreat her mother, Anna knows that love is not for her.
Steven Carson has always known what he wanted, and from the moment he saw her, he wanted Anna. Steven is ready for love. He is ready to settle down, start a family, and he knows Anna is the one for him. Now all he has to do is convince her.
Come visit Holton, Texas to see if Steven can convince Anna to take a chance on love. Convince Me is the first book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.