by Coleen Kwan
She rescued him, and saved herself.
When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.
Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her...
His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.
A paramedic bent down beside her. “It’s okay, love. We’ll take over from here.”
Ellie remained bent over Drake’s inert form. “But he’s...”
“He’s breathing. He’s alive.” The man touched her shoulder. “Looks like you saved his life.”
Oh, thank God.
She sat back. As her attention reluctantly withdrew from Drake, her surroundings came into focus. She was on a muddy bank beside the harbour. Orange lights flashed in the darkness. Police rescue teams scoured the reserve. A boat circled the water, but there was no sign of Drake’s car.
She’d dragged Drake from the car and out of the water, she remembered. He wasn’t breathing. She’d frantically started CPR, desperately trying to remember everything she’d learned from the first aid course she’d done last year. Then, the relief when he’d coughed up a gobful of water. But she hadn’t quite believed he was okay until the paramedic told her.
Drake was alive.
A shiver convulsed her, and then another, and another. Someone had dropped a blanket around her, but she couldn’t stop shaking. She was soaked through, wet clothes plastered to her skin, shoes squelching. The air was raw, but with each painful breath, she felt a tingling, budding sensation grow in her. Almost as if she were a newborn baby, wet and bruised and gasping in her first breaths.
She fell onto her back and stared up at the night sky. The rain had passed, and for the first time in years she noticed the sky, the stars, everything in lucid Technicolor.
She was alive, and nothing would ever be the same again.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.