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probably every man at the scene had noticed but he pushed it aside. All in six months. Some didn’t have last names or addresses. and they end up dead. Didn’t matter. “They go to these parties. Not that Mitch expected to find any. the third detective who’d been working this case. No matter how hot they were. Her spine was straight and her chin high as she talked to Justin. Who signs up for an event and just writes ‘Chuck’ as their full name?” Drew nodded his agreement. The membership lists they gave us were practically worthless. “Another one?” Drew asked in a low voice. Ever. “We need some help on this one. Or how many fantasies she could inspire. They always did. voicing Mitch’s own opinion. The only thing they had in common was they all went to a dating service. This was getting bad. She was a cop and he had a strict rule about dating cops—it didn’t happen. looking for some magical force in the universe to find them a boyfriend. Mitch nodded.” He shook his head in disgust. Hell. making sure not to ruin any evidence. We need to get into one of these ‘Matching Signs’ parties. All three women came from different backgrounds. One alive but unable to remember anything of her attacker. Mitch looked across the scene at the patrol officer who’d called it in.” Mitch nodded. Just a dead body—beaten and broken. “What a bunch of crap. The cops and crime scene team worked methodically and carefully. This was just like the others. different ethnicities. 5 . Two dead. Fuck. different economic statuses. Even if he was looking for a woman to replace the one who’d walked out two months ago—and he wasn’t—he wouldn’t pick her. Mitch couldn’t help but notice. no traces. The press hadn’t connected the killings yet but they would. She looked a little pale but was holding strong. The serious light in her eyes in no way detracted from the fact that she had a killer body—even the ballistics vest she wore couldn’t hide it. “Want to bet this one was into astrology as well? Looking for love in the stars. She listened stoically as Justin spoke.” Drew said. This woman had been missing for four days and Mitch was sure she would fit the pattern of their killer.Matching Signs Prologue Detective Mitch Keane pulled back the sheet and stared at the unseeing eyes of what had once been a pretty young woman. No evidence.
” No kidding. It hadn’t been that long since his last date.” “Great. we need a woman.” Mitch glared at him. “Why can’t you go?” He did not want to attend a speeddating party—not even for work. It had merit. still watching the scene. He sighed.” Mitch considered the idea. her turbulent eyes dark against her pale cheeks. Some blonde named Betsy or Bitsy Something. Admittedly. the coroner would like to remove the body.” 6 . my wife frowns on me dating and I’ve been to the bar twice already to interview the staff and owner of this franchise. She was alone now. Clare His cock twitched and Mitch grunted. she’d kill me. We need someone to cover the other half of the crowd. “I’ll talk to the LT and let you know. “What we need is a woman. He didn’t mind cute or sweet but he couldn’t handle stupid. They’re kind of pricey but I think the department will be willing to front the cost. You can go but you’ll be talking to women. “I’ll talk to the LT.Tielle St. ever let himself be distracted on a scene. We’re hunting a man.” “You’ll be in good company then.” “Why me?” “I’d say because you can’t get a date but that would be too obvious. he hadn’t gone home with her but that was because she’d been a little too much of a ditz. “See if he can get approval for us to go to one of these parties. So has Justin. What was he doing? He never. “It’ll have to be you. He glanced over to where the woman cop had been standing. For the party. ignoring his body’s interest in the female cop.” Drew nodded. “What? I wouldn’t let your wife hear you say that. You’re the only one they won’t recognize.” Drew and Mitch both nodded though Mitch couldn’t resist one more look at the poor woman.” “Uh.” Mitch rolled his eyes.” Mitch said.” “Yeah. “This is what comes from being desperate and dateless. “Well. Just how I want to spend an evening—surrounded by a bunch of people who can’t get laid. and certainly not by a cop. detectives.
this will give you a chance to try it out. I can’t guarantee the work will be terribly exciting. Or maybe he didn’t like women. one injured and one has a family emergency. thanks for coming. He was over six and a half feet tall. Mitch was hard to miss as well but for totally different reasons.” Kat nodded. She made a quick scan of the room. “I understand from Sergeant Green that you’re interested in moving into the detective squad.” “We’ve got three people out. cataloguing the mostly untidy desks and the two guys talking on the phone. She turned her gaze to the target for her visit in the corner—Lieutenant Lee’s office.” “Yes. sir. Mostly paperwork and helping out so what’s left of my team can get back on the street. “Do you know Mitch Keane and Drew Nelson?” She nodded in greeting. “Yes. She hadn’t actually spoken with either of them but she knew them on sight. sir.” He nodded to the two men. She nodded to Justin and the other guy. shoring up her courage as she turned the corner. “Did Sergeant Green tell you what we’re looking for?” the lieutenant asked. So she’d had a few late night thoughts about the Detective. The kind of reasons that gave a girl wicked fantasies. Drew was kind of hard to miss. The lieutenant looked up from his desk as she approached and called for her to come in.” And she did. Kat quietly took a deep breath. maybe longer. She knew she was not alone in that. One on maternity leave. That would be a shame. Two other detectives filled the chairs opposite the LT’s desk.Matching Signs Chapter One Kat walked up the stairs. He was a favorite lust-crush among the women at the station. pushed her shoulders back and walked into the detective bullpen.” “I understand. She had no illusions that she was going to be an instant hero or suddenly solve a case that none of the other detectives had managed to 7 . He said you needed some help for a few weeks. She was still officially on duty. though none ever claimed to have dated him.” “Well. Which meant he was either very discreet—or didn’t date people he worked with. broad shouldered and completely bald. If she’d been alone she might have paused and straightened her uniform before she walked inside but there were others in the hall so instead she tugged on her vest. “Officer Browning. She thought his name was Brad but hadn’t ever talked to him. The radio strapped to her belt crackled and she casually turned it down. They all stood up when she walked in.
he’d suggested she work in Vice—saying she’d be the perfect decoy—but she’d held firm and gone on patrol. But still. she rarely had to smack someone around for staring at them. The membership list they gave us as part of a search warrant was incomplete. If nothing else. She’d done her time driving the streets. “Tomorrow night. Mitch is going in as a guest. we have no way of actually finding. The steady stare made her want to check her fly. “We’re hitting brick walls on this case. Clare solve.” “Spy on them. in truth. she nodded. She wasn’t exactly “one of the guys” with the other officers in patrol. there wasn’t much she could do about them—not without major surgery—but she did her best to downplay them and after four years.” “Undercover?” Mitch scoffed and shook his head.” Her spine instinctively straightened.Tielle St. which tells me they’re either hiding from a partner or they’re hiding from us. so there are no addresses. We’d like you to do the same. And he didn’t look away from her. The only thing the three victims have in common is a dating service called Matching Signs. Not that many in the department thought she was a bimbo. When she’d first joined the force four years ago. Either way. So we’re going to do things the old-fashioned way. “I never thought I was. but neither was she the favorite fantasy. She noticed Mitch didn’t smile. the vests all the patrol officers wore were so thick and had so many pockets and pieces of equipment that it was almost impossible to see anyone’s shape beneath. stopping red-light runners and even running down the occasional dirt bag. make sure she wasn’t flashing pink polka-dotted panties at these guys. “You’re not Sam Spade. she could show them her work ethic and prove she wasn’t some bimbo with big breasts.” she said coolly.” Drew said with a smile. this was a chance to prove herself. Not anymore. As for her breasts. When that didn’t work. turning her attention to the lieutenant. And about half the people pay in cash. The organizer says last-minute additions don’t always sign in fully. right?” Conscious of the way Drew and Mitch silently watched her. “What do you want me to do?” “You’ll attend the party and see what you can find out. one sergeant had tried to relegate her to a fluffy PR job. And.” She felt her cheeks heat up. “You were first on the scene at the dead body last week.” 8 . if you’re interested. about a third of the people who attend. mainly men. they’re holding another one of these parties. At least she hoped not. sometimes they don’t even use last names. “There is one case we’d like your help on.
almost snippy. She wasn’t backing down from any challenge in the room. “Mitch. remember?” She’d been the first cop to the scene and had a good idea of the damage done to that woman.” “You wanted help. He clenched his jaw. You got help. Mitch closed the door behind them and stared down at her. as of now. everyone looked up at Drew. you’re officially on loan to our department. “You know.” she said with as much confidence as she could. “I know. You need to fill out some paperwork for this party thing.” “That settles it. kneeling. Particularly not one that made his dick hard just by walking into the room. Mitch has a copy he can give you. That’s it. you could have been a little nicer. way he spoke set her teeth on edge—like he was giving instructions to a five-year-old. “I was nice enough. It wasn’t that he had a problem with her in particular. work with Kat. jaw lifted. Kat. Get it turned in today or you might not get into tomorrow night’s party. “Here’s the registration form.” Drew stared at him for a minute longer and Mitch nodded. His mind instantly latched onto his favorite—Kat. groaning because she loved having him fuck her mouth. naked except for a tiny pair of blue panties. he’d developed a couple of wicked fantasies involving her. “will be to observe. his eyes flashing. daring him to tell her she didn’t belong.” He looked up at Drew. She followed Mitch and Drew out of the lieutenant’s office. I seriously doubt anyone will believe she’s hard up for a date. Since seeing her at the crime scene.” “I didn’t expect the LT to give us someone with no experience. He just didn’t want to spend his time worrying about an inexperienced cop when he should be looking for a killer. She nodded and walked away. 9 .” “We’re kind of out of choices. “Find a way to make it work. transferring some of his stress to those muscles.” He sighed and walked to where Kat was sitting. The only woman in our unit is Gracie and given that she’s eight months pregnant.” he countered.” Mitch said. trying to crush the little fizzle of pleasure.” “Thank you. back straight. She raised her chin.” “Yeah.” he said. This was her chance and she wasn’t going to screw it up. nodding toward the empty desk on the far side of the room.” The lieutenant stood up and everyone else followed suit. Damn. I was there. Mitch felt his groin react. record the names of the guys who you talk to and report back to me. Get her set up and prepared for tomorrow night. he didn’t need this.” The precise. Hell. “Use Mike’s desk.Matching Signs “Your job. “We’re looking for a killer here. “I can handle that. “And I’d like to help. his cock sliding between those wicked lips.” She nodded.” She nodded.
The banner hung above the welcome table and Kat got in line. Now here she was. The man’s voice could seduce a saint and it was way too easy for her sex-starved mind to turn instructions like “watch how he crosses his arms” to “uncross your arms and let me see your breasts”. Lunch with Mitch had been fascinating. she reminded herself. And stay the hell out of the way. He’d probably show up at the last minute and 10 . We’re not looking for a hero here. it sounded a lot more glamorous than it really was. to her. almost indifferent. she’d been able to push aside her lust and focus on what he was saying. In the end. I’m going to give you the crash course in human observation. “Well. “Lunch. the way they moved. Her stomach did a little flip-flop. her head was pounding. Kat had tried to mirror his attitude and was relatively pleased with the result. There was so much to remember.” “Go where?” she asked as she followed him to the door. but she’d seen no sign of Mitch.Tielle St.” Her lips tightened and he could tell she was holding back some choice words. who was nervous. Not that Mitch had noticed. About to enter the wonderful world of speed dating—with a twist. A planetary twist. your job is to observe. She’d listened to all the information Mitch had given her but it was as if being close to him she’d been sucked into this weird sexual vortex. Two men and a woman were in front of her. who was confident. Hopefully she could acquit herself well here tonight. He’d been professional and cool. she’d have been nervous under the best circumstances—speed dating?—but this being her first undercover assignment made her doubly edgy. Somehow he didn’t strike her as an early-to-arrive kind of guy. record and report.” she said instead. let’s make sure you do. That hadn’t actually been in the job description Mitch had given her but she’d gotten the underlying message. Her heart was fluttering in her throat. You’re just here to observe. They’d sat at the restaurant for over two hours and Mitch had talked about the people around them. Besides being fascinating. Let The Planets Guide You To Your Perfect Match. Let’s go. Hell. she’d had to keep refocusing her attention. Even though she’d been interested in what Mitch had said.” ***** Kat took the tag from the coat check girl and forced herself to smile. lunch had also been strange. “I got it. she hoped she could keep it all in her head. It wouldn’t be out of character to be a little nervous so she let some of her nerves show through—not that she could have stopped it. which couple was having an affair and the fact that the busboy had lied about enjoying his job. Clare “And once we get there. In truth. record and report.
record and report. Jessamine turned to the computer and plugged in Kat’s information. The small rectangular box had the outline of a set of scales etched into the side. He just hadn’t used any of it on her.” “I’m Jessamine. I’m here for the…the—” She waved her hand toward the bar.” “And have you completed your form? We’ll need all that information—oh you have. She swallowed and tried not to think of herself as bait. We have difficulty getting Libras to our little gatherings. “We like to keep a good mix of signs so that appropriate matches can be made. yes.” “So nice to meet you.” “Good. Is this your first time at one of our gatherings? “Yes. Unlike most dating questionnaires—or so Kat assumed. If you’ll just take space number twenty in the bar. yeah. Kat jumped. she’d never believed much in astrology or letting “the signs” guide her but if this would help them capture a killer. Personally. All three victims had attended Matching Signs parties—and all three had been Libras. The line had moved faster than she’d expected.” 11 . ethereal voice.Matching Signs charm his way into the room. The computer hummed and lights on the box flashed and sparkled.” “I’m Kat. location and time of her birth. she’d play along. “Here you are. She didn’t doubt that he had lots of charm. Like Kat. “Can I help you?” the woman behind the desk asked in a friendly. we’ll begin in just a few minutes.” Her voice became singsongy. almost hypnotic. her fingers flying across the keyboard. After about ten seconds. You’re a Libra. When she was finished she picked up a box and placed it into a port of some kind.” Because they keep dying. “Uh.” Kat handed her the page she’d filled out. “For our Matching Signs gathering…where the planets will guide you to your perfect match. having never had the courage to try a dating service—this one hadn’t asked about physical characteristics or interests or what she was looking for in a mate. Do you have a reservation?” She’d made the call yesterday to put her name on the list. “Oh yes. “Uh. wonderful. Jessamine pulled the small box from its electrical perch. I’m the host and astrological guide for the evening. “Oh good. And of course a credit card number. Observe. It had merely asked the date. get yourself a drink if you’d like. That was all she was there to do.” Jessamine explained. Jessamine looked at the form and nodded. Kat kept that thought to herself. Kat smiled and nodded like she agreed with the woman.
he’d been glaring or snarling at her. she could physically see women drawn to him. Still. sorry. Kat laughed silently. The light brown hair. And really there was little chance of her sleeping with a guy that she’d actually spoken with for only three hours and for most of that time.Tielle St. Lustful thoughts aside. Ogling the help. the men lurked at the edges of the room. watching them like predators—or eager little puppies. cut short. Kat squeezed the box in her hand and slowly turned. The female bartender immediately moved to where he stood. What can I get you?” Kat almost rolled her eyes. It was quite irritating actually. A few casually asked questions had given her some additional information. “Oh I’m sor—” She looked up—right into Mitch’s eyes. “Uh. The women were standing in small clumps. He walked up to the bar. “Get a drink. serious and sexy.” For some reason her cheeks felt bright red and she could only hope that anyone watching would assume it was embarrassment for having bumped into such a delicious specimen of a man. Ever. It made her little hormones just stand up and sing. ostensibly to hear him but truly it was to give him a better view of her cleavage. The woman leaned over the bar. He was yummy. How tacky. act like you want to be here. “I’ll explain it all before we begin. she assured herself. it didn’t lessen his impact. He was the perfect mix of handsome and rugged. Allowing her blush to show—she was supposed to be looking for a man after all— she turned away and walked into the bar. Even their “astrological guide” straightened in her seat and pushed her chest forward. For Kat it was that and all that sexual energy emanating from him. Clare “What do I do with this?” Kat held up the box. 12 . He definitely wasn’t gay and he had a strict no-dating-cops policy. piercing blue eyes and well-defined cheekbones caught most women’s attention. He wasn’t movie star handsome but there was such an energy—sexual energy—that radiated off him. It wasn’t unreasonable. He looked like a man who could fulfill that particular fantasy and then some. she was here to do a job. Mitch obligingly looked down. She didn’t want to date him. bumping into the person in line behind her.” The whispered growl had barely registered when she felt Mitch brush by her. She was pretty sure Mara included herself on the list of available choices. That was fine with her. The smile that crept to the corners of his mouth made Kat want to snarl. But the possibility of dragging him off to bed for a couple—four—hours of great sex had potential. The room was packed with people. Then realized she’d been staring at Mitch for way too long.” Her smile never wavered. “I’m Mara. she thought.
You will each have five 13 . That looks good. It didn’t hurt to remind herself of that fact. blew off his attempt to pay with a wink and shake of her head and turned to Kat. “Hmm. She stepped onto a slightly raised area.” Mara’s lips curled into a sneer. the gentlemen will begin at a woman’s station. “Tonight we will listen to the planets as they guide us in our journey to find love. she’d had friends there who never let her forget her attempts to attract the bell captain’s attention by skinny-dipping in a hotel fountain. Mitch had been very clear about not wearing what he called “stupid shoes”. With that and the long flowing skirt that felt very retro-seventies. The bartender might not like her but she hadn’t skimped on alcohol. She knew it. Fortunately. She accepted the drink—she had to pay of course—and found her place in the bar. “Good evening.” Jessamine’s melodious voice rang through the bar. casually checking out all the people. saying she didn’t approve of Kat’s attempt at flirtation. And she wore flats in case she had to run. I’ll have what he’s having.Matching Signs Kat knew the move and had used it herself. Tonight her outfit was relatively conservative—at least for her. Her breasts were generally agreed upon as her best feature and her “goin’ out” clothes tended to show a fair amount of skin. her arms open in welcome. When the bell rings. my fellow seekers. The woman placed a drink in front of him. she sipped from her glass. it had started with one and moved onto another and the next morning she’d woken up with some of her clothes missing and only a vague memory of stripping them off in the fountain outside the hotel. Mitch turned toward her as he walked away—the warning in his eyes. Just not other cops. “What will you have?” Her voice was distinctly cooler. some painfully shy. Kat sidled up next to Mitch and waited for Mara to return. The neckline made only a shallow plunge between her breasts. The sexiness of the top came from its tightness. Sitting alone at her small table. she nodded to Mitch’s glass. she looked good. Mara quickly scanned Kat’s body and obviously found her lacking. When one went fishing. the stretchy material clinging to her skin but giving her freedom to move. Not sure what the protocol was about drinking while undercover. There was a wide mix—some vivacious. “One Long Island iced tea coming up. Unfortunately. Whew. Each of you was given a box—perfectly tuned to your astrological sign. quickly silencing the noise. Kat clutched her purse and scanned the room. She didn’t doubt that he liked his women to wear those kinds of shoes. one had to use appropriate bait. She’d vowed never to drink another Long Island iced tea.” Kat almost choked. some arrogant. The last time she’d had a Long Island iced tea. she’d had friends there who’d been more sober than her who’d kept her out of too much trouble.
” She casually wrote his name on the paper in front of her and glanced at the list of suggested questions. Some of the men were pleasant.” she said. The singsong aspect to Jessamine’s voice grated on Kat’s nerves so she was thankful when she announced that the gentlemen should approach their first stations.” Kat smiled at the man across from her. moving to the next woman’s station. leaning in close. Nothing around her seemed suspicious. And then another and another. Clare minutes to talk and get to know one another. “While there is no sign completely incompatible with another. “I’m Kat Taylor. He was mad at the world—and the female half of the species in particular. using the name they’d given her for her “cover”.” 14 . you will connect your box to the other person’s—if your signs are compatible. “So I’m excited to finally be at your table. He sat down and smiled—the soft. Until Jared. the lights will illuminate and a gentle ringing will be heard. they held their Matching Signs boxes together. and then the planets will guide you to your perfect match. “At the end of the night. hoping he could reciprocate. “You’ve got a great smile. Another man sat down. It’s nice to see it up close. We give you the five minutes of conversation to learn for yourselves what you seek in a mate. “I’m Roger Hudson. there are some combinations that are more challenging. we will act as your go-between. Kat silently added. If you are not compatible with the person. confident kind of smile that always made her heart flutter. At the end of the conversation. you will hear a soft buzz. It was enough to tell Kat that if she were going to date someone in the room. He was pleasant looking and stared at Kat intensely.” For a small fee. Matching Signs will give you a list of your compatible companions and if you choose to seek further contact with those individuals.” A low rumble of laughter went through the crowd. it wouldn’t be Roger.Tielle St. “it wasn’t meant to be”. some annoying but none that really sparked any interest in her. When I give the signal. Kat shrugged as if to say. No lights lit and a low buzz rumbled between them. Kat fell into a routine but found it a challenge to engage in conversations and still track the movements of the other patrons in the bar. Roger grimaced and stood. learn just a little about the other person. “So what do you do?” The rest of the conversation was filled with the small talk dribble that usually occurred on the first date but was condensed into a quick five minutes. “Enjoy yourselves and let the planets guide you to your perfect match. She deliberately included the last name.” he said.
It was allowed. She took a few minutes to stare at him—just because she could. Her pussy fluttered. “As a matter of fact. It had to be that ancient herd mentality that she suspected lived in the human genes. “I’m Kat Taylor. “Looks like we’re a good match. even expected. She put a tick mark by his name.” He dropped back in his chair. Mitch stopped beside the seat across from her.” The rest of the conversation moved quickly. Her body was instinctively attracted to the dominant male in the room. handsome and safe. she looked at the drink he placed on the table. I’m going to assume you’re busy like the rest of us and not that you have some fatal flaw like you leave your socks on the bedroom floor or you don’t match your panties and bra. she leaned forward and dropped her voice. But there was something about him—the same thing that no doubt lured women throughout the room—that just made her hot. White cotton. So do you. she smiled and held hers up. clenching and relaxing as if preparing for his penetration. Unable to resist the fun flirtation. “I’m not going to ask you any of the cheesy questions about why a beautiful woman like you needs help finding a man.” He shook her hand and walked away.” Kat laughed. It is a first date after all so lying about your bad habits is de rigueur. She was better off with someone like Jared— funny. and though she knew he would make a lousy mate. Like hers. Made her want to drop before him and beg him to father her children. “Oh sorry. I do drop my socks on the bedroom floor—but I also match my bra and panties. she liked looking at him.” She nodded. “But I guess that’s okay.Matching Signs “Oh thanks. He smiled with the arrogance of a man who knew his own attraction to the female of the species—but didn’t take it for granted.” “Liar. “Looks like. Two men later.” That made his smile even broader. Schooling her features.” “Black lace?” he asked eagerly. Even putting it down to purely physical lust that she would just ignore—as any reasonable woman would do—it was still irritating. Kat dutifully marked him down on the sheet of paper in front of her as someone to check out. If it were any other situation—if she weren’t looking for a murderer—she could have spent the evening chatting with him. Mitch was like a wild animal trapped in a cage—beautiful to look at but too dangerous to play with. 15 .” “I’m Jared. it was almost full. She couldn’t help it.” No last name. to check out the potential mates. When the time came to match their boxes. The two boxes met—lights flashed and bells rang. as if he truly found pleasure in her compliment.
I’m Mitch. “So. She couldn’t even keep his attention for five minutes. How about you?” He shrugged and looked around like he was ready to move on.” “Yeah but most people start with what do you do for a living?” 16 . It was the heat that flowed into her sex that was the problem. “I thought we were supposed to be getting to know each other. She shifted in her chair. After a moment watching the room. Now if her body could remember that. “I’ve met some interesting people. Though from all reports—she’d asked some of the guys at the station about him—he was a good guy and a great cop. He didn’t date other cops and she had a pretty strict rule of keeping relationships away from the office. “I believe this is my seat. she let her eyes travel down his front. She sent the message to her body for all the good it would do. he looked back. Great. the thin sweater clinging lightly to his chest and arms. Not when she was having fantasies about sleeping with him herself. He rolled his eyes. Damn. He dropped into his chair and the movement jolted her out of her perusal. and realized her nipples were tight and pressing against the thin material of her bra. It was too easy for a female police officer to get a reputation around the station—one that might screw up her chances of getting on the detective squad permanently. Unable to stop herself. it didn’t matter whether she liked him or not. She could only hope that between the bra and her shirt they weren’t standing out like headlights on a dark night. The twinkle in his eyes made her heart skip a beat. her arm brushing against her chest.” “I’m Kat.Tielle St. It seemed a natural flow to keep looking. let her gaze wander down to his groin. Wasn’t interested in a long-term relationship—which Kat took to mean he slept around—but she couldn’t hold that against him. The sexual beast that was constrained at the office lurked just beneath his skin tonight. any body piercings?” “What?” She couldn’t believe she’d heard him right.” Her breath caught in her throat at the seductive timbre of his voice. And she wasn’t going to let anything keep her from that goal. Clare Not going to happen. “So how’s it going?” His face held the same sexy smile but the light in his eyes was serious. Heat washed over her cheeks but that she could have handled. “Good.” She tapped the page in front of her. The slow way he sat down seemed designed to draw attention to his body. Of course.” She knew he started this way in case anyone was listening. “Hi. what was it about this man that made her panties so wet? She wasn’t even sure she liked him.
“Blue. your dates must be a lot more interesting if you’re already talking about sex. Great. it was still a hard place for a woman to work. Besides. Definitely a boys’ club. Despite the changes in the force. But it was slow. He was obviously just trying to get a rise out of her.” “Oh. “Well. His own impressions of Kat had been professional and serious. It was probably smart for a female cop. Hell. And in a room like this I wouldn’t be surprised if most people started with ‘what’s your favorite sex position’?” He raised his eyebrows. He didn’t have a problem with that. “What’s your favorite color?” She saw the laughter in his eyes. She was a good cop from all reports but she didn’t socialize with the other officers.” He shrugged in a very noncommittal way. And the casual way she carried herself as if she didn’t know she was every man’s wet dream fantasy. It was his reaction he was worried about. She hadn’t been imagining it when it appeared every woman in the room was lusting after him. “Like what?” Her eyes dropped down—like she could see his crotch through the table. Did she actually want a guy with his dick pierced? It seemed a little out of character from the little he’d been able to learn about her in the past thirty-six hours. He shouldn’t have teased her about piercings or sexual positions but when he’d taken his seat. she’d looked so 17 . not sure how much she should reveal. she couldn’t actually mean… He squeezed his knees together at the very thought. “Quite the little bulldog.” she said. He’d just about lost his teeth when she’d walked in tonight in a skintight top that emphasized every curve of her breasts.” “Close enough. “And bellybutton. She had a reputation of being a bit of an ice queen outside work. let’s start with something simple. Any piercings?” She sighed.Matching Signs “I know what you do for a living. aren’t you? Ears and…” She paused.” She sounded a little disappointed and Mitch wasn’t sure how to take that.” There was no reaction on his face and she dismissed the possibility that he was flirting. Have you got anything pierced?” His eyes tightened. “I’m not answering that either. no. “What about you?” “Me?” “I’m not the only one sharing secrets. just to be irritating. Yours?” “Purple. Hmm. silently asking for her answer to that question. Just to be the one woman in the room who wasn’t visibly offering herself to him. He recognized it and did his part to change it. “Uh.
“So what is it with Blondie down there?” “What do you mean?” Her eyes were wide with innocence but he knew it was an act. You’re not picking guys. Now he could be uncomfortable for the rest of the night. he had to get his dick under control. God. it had become too easy to imagine her kneeling before him. “Bastard. he sounded jealous. Great. Why? Because she might like Blondie and she hasn’t done anything more than treat you like a fellow cop? Damn. This was getting ridiculous. he glanced over at Kat.” “Tsk tsk. he wanted to see her smile. he loved strong women. You’re here to observe—” “—record and report. So he’d been a little harsh. Perfect match. Right. “Just keep your mind on your job. She squinted her eyes and glared at him. naked. It was just that she was new—no experience undercover at all—and they were potentially putting her in front of a killer.” He grunted. Wanted to have her smile at him the way she had every other man who sat across from her. Clare serious. her breasts full. Her ass pink from his hand and his dick shoved hard up inside her.” he said with just enough sarcasm to be annoying. so intense. nipples tight. He looked down the line of men. We’re looking for a bad guy. His cock twitched in his jeans and Mitch shifted. most the people here were looking for the perfect fuck. While he didn’t know if she’d be the perfect fuck. You catch more flies with honey. Let The Planets Guide You To Your Perfect Match. Unable to stop himself. “Just watch who you offer that honey to. “Just stay focused on why you’re here. The fact that she was a cop didn’t reduce Mitch’s stress. something about the way she carried herself— with strength and arrogance. I was nice to the guy while I was observing him.” God. remember?” Her spine straightened and he knew he’d pissed her off. Better that she was irritated with him than she knew his real thoughts. “I haven’t forgotten.Tielle St. She seemed to have the perfect combination—just enough strength to be challenging and just enough submissiveness to be interesting. I got it the five times you told me yesterday. From what he’d seen. He still had to watch out for her. One guy who’d been chatting Kat up glanced back down the row. casually tried to hide his erection. she was making his top ten list of fantasies. Mitch scanned the brochure he was using for his notes. There was just something about her.” 18 .” Mitch hid his wince. “You’re supposed to look like you like me. Particularly when they let some of that strength go and let him lead. catching Kat’s eye and winking. In the past forty-eight hours. Right. I got it.
” “None.” he said casually. Looks like we’re not a good match. The lights stayed dim and there was a low. “And talk to me before you leave. “Hmm.” Instead of responding. He’d spend the rest of the night focused on finding a killer and tomorrow he’d talk to the LT and tell him why it was a really bad idea for him to work with Kat Browning. annoying buzz. The two rectangles clicked together. they raised their boxes. she looked to the next guy who was already shoving Mitch out of the way to get to Kat’s table. “No surprise. he stood up. smiling at him in a way that made Mitch’s cock throb. Way too distracting. She laughed and offered her hand to the guy. Mitch sat down at his next table and smiled. 19 . He could do it. “Keep your eyes open.” he said in warning as he moved to the next station. Grim eyes staring at each other.Matching Signs The chime echoed through the room.” With a nod.
Her jaw was beginning to ache. The bell rang. but in truth she was too irritated for it to work so she went back to friendly and interested. Not even Mitch could satisfy this many women. She looked around and found him across the room. She had no reason to be jealous. It wasn’t the least bit that she was jealous. what did she care? Because you wouldn’t be one of them. The bar curved to the right so now he sat with his back to her. My mind was elsewhere. Even from across the bar she could see women melt as he sat down and smiled at them. Clare Chapter Two Kat smiled at the last man who sat down and almost sighed. The man—Byron May—was the last on her list and damn. If he wanted to flirt with or even fuck half the women in this room. breasts properly covered? Once he’d left her table.” “Oh sorry. Her eyes once again sought him out. leaving a stream of limp. she’d lost track of the conversation while she was staring at Mitch. Blonde and perky. His laughter—low and sensual—floated through the air. “We’re supposed to match boxes. 20 . He probably likes them stupid. The party was winding down but not Mitch. she would have thought he’d been having sex with each of them and had left them properly satisfied.Tielle St. trying to contain her wayward thoughts. practically orgasmic women behind. “Uh. talking to the last woman for the night. Right. The woman—though she barely looked legal to Kat—seemed the perfect type for him. She winced. directing a glare to his back. Probably makes him feel manly. Kat had a clear view of his companion. She was appalled for her whole sex. she thought. Not only had she smiled for two solid hours but from the moment Mitch had left her table she’d been grinding her back teeth together. she’d tried to come across as flirtatious and sexy to the guys she met. It didn’t seem fair. That was it. From her position. If she didn’t know better.” Byron looked over his shoulder to where Mitch was still laughing with the blonde bimbo. trying to hold back her scoff. hello?” She flinched and looked across her table. hands folded neatly in her lap. He’d moved down the row of tables. The edges of her mouth tightened. The tilt of her head was cute and she looked a little spacey. Why did he get to act like he was on the prowl but she was supposed to sit quietly. she thought.
21 . She quickly wrote down Byron and Jared. I also encourage you to take a second look at those the planets identified as good matches. curious. The little crowd seemed quite willing to share him. Hmmm. Jessamine looked down Kat’s choices. If you’ll please mark on your sheet any of the people you found interesting. “Thank you all for joining us tonight as the planets help us find our perfect match. “Okay. “What?” Kat leaned in. Bet he loves that. Enough that Kat blushed. “I wish guys like him wouldn’t come to these things. She turned and saw Jared step out of the shadowy trees that lined the walkway.” She held up her box and the lights flashed and the bells rang. She wrote his name down as well.” He grimaced. Every woman here was practically drooling over him.” He nodded and flashed her a soft smile.” The low call of her name jerked her to a stop. Jessamine stepped into the room and onto her perch. She got her coat and lingered in the entryway. He obviously doesn’t need help finding a woman. Would it look strange if she didn’t? Oh what the hell.” Kat fumbled with her list. Mitch was still sitting in the corner talking but he’d been joined by two other women.” She smiled again but the bright perkiness faded. the planets think we’d make a good match.” “I wasn’t. Women have been doing that all night. but no. With a sigh. Might as well join the crowd. She started to write down Mitch but realized every other woman in the room would be putting his name down. she pulled on her coat and stepped outside. She gathered her papers and dropped them off at the registration desk. my dear. “It’s nothing. A little bit of geek but in a sweet way. He’d told her to talk to him but there was no way to know how long he’d be caught up with his adoring throng—and she wasn’t about to join the crowd. maybe a little. “Hmm. And she didn’t like to compete. Jessamine didn’t like that Kat had put Mitch on her list. “Kat. She hadn’t actually been evaluating any of them as dates but she felt she had to put down a few names or it would look strange.” His weak gaze turned skeptical and then mocking.Matching Signs “Yeah. Sometimes we don’t always see the true person in the first few minutes. nodding with approval at the first two and then shaking her head at the last one. In that moment she saw he was quite cute. stalling to see if Mitch would break away.
mocking way but Kat didn’t let down her guard. she was here on business. Don’t be a hero. I just didn’t want the crazy spirit guide woman to see us talking. so I know you’re safe but you don’t have to worry that I’m some psycho killer. Kat. she hoped he wasn’t the killer.” She took the card. Mitch’s final instructions today before leaving the station had included not getting herself into a situation that required him to rescue her. As if her silence indicated her agreement. 22 . I don’t want to have to save your ass. “I just wanted to give you my card. “It was nice meeting you. He wasn’t pressuring her. Probably. “Maybe we could go out sometime. Call me if you want to get together. she would probably have taken him up on the offer. didn’t mean to startle you. He would be a great companion and a fun lover. if he was the killer.” God. he started down the sidewalk. “How about I walk to my car. Clare “Hi. But there was no reason to be stupid. Mitch’s voice thrummed through her head.” It was the perfect line.” The cop in her sent her senses on full alert. He either snatched the women from the bar or from their homes later. never so conscious of the way she walked. he turned and strode away. lighthearted. She could probably take him. “Sorry. she was missing out on a prime opportunity to let him attack her. He was just the kind of guy she liked to date—fun. Except that the killer didn’t attack in the parking lot. ready for an attack. Jared was still waiting there. He opened the door and waved to her. “And then watch you. She’s pretty particular about her rules. “I’ll be fine. No exchanging of phone numbers. wasn’t doing anything except offering her the chance to choose. Feeling strangely on display. clearly wanting to give her space.” He rolled his eyes in a friendly. Were her hips swinging too much? Was she flouncing? Or was she too stiff? She got to her car and looked over. Of course. watching as he took one step back. “Thanks.” Jared suggested. she moved toward her car. With a nod. You’re not like the other women here.” she told Jared. waiting until he reached his car. Kat stayed back. He really was going to stand there and watch her. no meeting outside the party. If she’d really been looking for a date. Her heart pounded and muscles tensed. “Can I walk you to your car?” “Uh—” It was a nice offer but it was an offer from a stranger.Tielle St.” The bald statement sent a shiver down her spine. We’ll see each other again. But for now.” He handed her a business card. She gripped her purse strap and took her hand out of her pocket.
“My pleasure. She had time tonight to sit down and think everything through.Matching Signs “Thanks!” she called out. Her first undercover assignment. waving one more time before she got onto the highway. Now came the hard part—would she be able to add anything to the investigation? She had her notes and needed to organize them. It had obviously been too long since she’d had a real date. What was wrong with her? She wasn’t shopping for a man. gave herself a moment to calm her heart and grabbed the door handle. She got home and was just hanging her keys on the hook beside the door when there was a knock. Beneath the glare of her porch light. got into her car and sat there. driving by Jared’s car. That wasn’t necessarily suspicious but it was a bit unusual. Either it would never be fulfilled and she’d end up eternally frustrated—or it would be fulfilled. 23 . Her instinctive reaction was to take a step back but she knew weakness would only lessen his opinion of her. But he hadn’t given her his last name. He pushed the door open and stomped into her living room. Arrgh. She’d felt none of the bone-melting lust for him that she did with Mitch but that was a good thing. The newly formed team was meeting tomorrow at noon and she wanted to be ready.” She nodded. he stared at her neighbor’s house and pounded again on the door. A few of the men actually seemed to like her. She drove out of the parking lot. See you. She’d actually made it through the evening without embarrassing herself and Mitch hadn’t had to save her. “Mitch—” “What the fuck do you think you were doing?” He didn’t give her a chance to answer. Her heart started to pound. He’d been friendly and interesting. That had a nice ring to it. Sliding her gun back into her purse. Jared was either really sweet or really creepy. And there was no way reality could live up to her imagination. Lust like she was developing for Mitch was doomed to disappointment. she held it behind her hip and peeked out the peephole. magnified hole she could see he was annoyed. Mitch waited on the other side and even through the tiny. See if anything particular came to mind. letting some of the tension drain from her shoulders. She’d been undercover. He seemed really sweet. she rolled her shoulders back. It sounded like a successful evening to her. spinning around and sending that powerful glare her direction. Jared? Had he followed her? Pulling her gun from inside her purse. That was depressing. It was only ten. She watched him through her rearview mirror.
“You know. he’d started out the door and found her standing in the dim light talking with that guy—flirting with him. Besides. the bad guys don’t walk around with signs that say ‘I’m a serial killer’.” Her logic just made the muscles in his jaw even tighter. What the hell had she been thinking? She’d been alone in a dark walkway in an area where a known killer is hunting his next victim. Instead. The pose was aggressive and so sexy he was sure his hard-on was going to bust through his jeans. He wasn’t actually considering hitting her—or so he told himself—but he couldn’t believe the risk she’d taken. I thought I was supposed to be interacting with the men at the party. but you do it within the safety of the bar—and within sight of your partner. slamming the door closed to punctuate her sentence. He wanted to talk to me. It would be a lot more convenient for us if they did. He—” “And did you think that he might have gotten your license number?” “How about the fact that I got his?” She put her hand on her hip and stepped forward.” “You weren’t asked to pick up some guy in the parking lot.” “So he’s a friendly killer. Isn’t that nice?” “It’s not him. In fact. but two of the women were drugged while they were at the party. And I didn’t ‘pick him up’. She should have waited for him to walk her to her car. Maybe she just didn’t want the guy who seemed interesting to her to be the murderer. We’re chasing a killer if you don’t remember.” “Just because some guy talks to me doesn’t make him our killer. If he’d come inside her a few times last night. It happens.” “He didn’t. I clearly wasn’t. he should have spent last night in Tessa’s bed. That’s all. find some way to release the tension. She’d smiled so much Mitch was sure her mouth had to be aching. She had no sense. Damn. Clare “Excuse me?” she demanded in return.” she said. And you never let a strange man walk you to your car. it’s most likely that he’s not. She was an occasional fuck partner who didn’t mind if he just dropped by to work out the pressure on her body. fuck it. He had better things to do with that mouth—kiss it. “That’s not what he wanted to do. bite it.” “Talk to you?” He scoffed. If he didn’t do something soon. feeling a strange need to defend Jared.” “How do you know that? You suddenly psychic?” “No. Mitch was sure he wouldn’t be considering all the things that he was considering. Trying to focus on the conversation and not the way her top accentuated the curves of her breasts.” “He was flirting with me. His fingers curled into a fist. “I was doing what I was asked to do.” “I remember.Tielle St. he nodded. 24 . She got what she wanted and so did he. “Yes. he was going to break a tooth.
or you turn into a stone cold bitch. “I don’t see you as a stone cold bitch.” The line of Kat’s jaw tensed.” He took one step back. doesn’t it? That you have to work with a woman. “Fine. pushing her shoulders back—as if that little hint of vulnerability was too much. When he’d finally given it to them.” “And why am I a distraction? Because I have breasts?” 25 . We have three women raped and tortured.” Knowing it was a bad idea for his future sanity. And that no doubt precluded him throwing her to the carpet and fucking her until she screamed his name.” “I’m a cop. they’d turned compliant and.” The icy tone told him which path she’d chosen. do you?” She shrugged. And he’d trust any of them to watch his back. and through that.” “You’re also a woman and you’ll—” “And that just sticks in your throat. It was mainly internal. Mitch knew that Kat’s attitude wasn’t designed to capture his attention. resist letting him have full control. he matched her steps forward.Matching Signs The sensual defiance that surrounded her was going to drive him over the edge. well. “You’re right. Most of it wasn’t directed at Kat anyway. “Then I’ll just have to work harder. I know how to take care of myself. But the strong line of her chin and the fire in her eyes gave him no indication that her thoughts were anywhere near his. Two are dead. The women he knew on the force were generally smart and savvy. because it was true. this whole operation at risk. He pushed the sexy thoughts aside and returned to his role as the senior officer.” Mitch smiled.” he protested. willing to offer that concession. He couldn’t stop himself—and he saw a hint of a smile on her lips as well. “You should have waited for me. She was fully prepared to face him down—and even when he had her on her knees. giving them a little breathy room. “So it’s just me you don’t like?” He laughed softly and shook his head. boring. It lasted for only a second and then her eyes tightened and she straightened her spine.” “I have no problem working with women. I don’t like having you on this case.” he said. “You’re a distraction and we can’t afford any distractions. letting some of his anger go. one is so traumatized she can barely speak and won’t leave her house at all. she’d fight him. “You don’t back down one bit. seemingly willing to let the situation calm. He just didn’t know Kat that well. I would have made sure you got to your car safely. “It doesn’t matter what you got—you put yourself. until he was staring down at her. “I’ve learned that women who look like me have two options in life—you can either play the bimbo and secretly control things without men being the wiser. She was pissed at him. He’d had women stand up to him in the past but often it was an attempt to get his attention.
Like him. Making sure you weren’t in trouble and weren’t screwing up my investigation. close enough that with one grab she could be in his arms. tonight when we were at the party.” Her protest was so insistent he couldn’t ignore it. He needed to conquer her—dominate her in a way he’d never done with any other partner. instead of all my focus being on the crowd.” He thought about her ass and the way her long flowery skirt hid it. he was there.” He hadn’t really meant it to sound sexual but obviously his thoughts were being transmitted through his voice.” “Well. “You don’t want to have to rescue my ass. slide his tongue between the hot wet folds of her pussy. He’d seen it when she was dressed in her blues and knew precisely how fine it was. he couldn’t make himself release her. her touch as hungry as his. was there to meet him. taste him. loving the way she didn’t hesitate—as if she’d been thinking about his mouth as much as he’d been thinking about hers—and moved into the kiss. he’d just liked watching her. Their lips met—there were no light first kisses. repeating his words from earlier. Part of his psyche warned him to pull back—this was too dangerous. no tempting little brushes of their lips. “Exactly. Without realizing that he’d moved. she couldn’t seem to let go. “Doesn’t matter. You have no experience doing this and because of that. The sweet feminine taste filled his mouth and he wanted more—wanted to run his lips across her body. watching for anything that might give me a clue as to who is hurting these women.” she said. He covered her mouth with his. “And this is the first undercover work you’ve done.” It seemed like a good enough excuse but the truth was. “I know. 26 .Tielle St. those lips could be beneath his and that ass could be in his hands. The truth is you’re inexperienced—” “I’ve been on the force four years. my ass was fine tonight.” “I can handle myself. They were close. holding him close. Still he shook his head. Her eyes widened just a fraction and he knew she recognized the tone. but even with that warning. Seconds later the touch of their lips wasn’t enough.” he pointed out. part of the time. knowing he didn’t need a sexual harassment suit on his hands. She opened for him. His hand slipped beneath her hair and pulled her forward. He snarled his intent— a sound she seemed to recognize—and pushed his tongue between her lips. She was a cop for God’s sake. He waited for the rejection—some protest. He turned her head to the side so he could stretch deeper. taste more of her. Her fingers gripped his jacket. “worked with women on a regular basis. sucking on his tongue. some of it was on you. clung to him. Clare “Your breasts are just a small part of it. But she didn’t back away. Instead she accepted him. twining hers around him. bending down as he drew her up.” He ignored her interruption. I can—and have.
As of yesterday. trying to see where her mind was. the slight tremble in her voice giving him a confidence boost he didn’t need. landing on her chest as she inhaled. So we aren’t going to do it. life at the station had been hell. He wanted her marked and labeled as his. Fighting the urge to grab her and pull her hard against him.” she said. gasping in oxygen but hating the fact that he had to release her mouth to do so. He could practically hear the words—be a man. The little he knew about her gave him confidence that she would keep this between them. he would end up dragging her off to bed. moving and seeking. The points of her breasts showed against her shirt.” “Right. practically begging for his mouth. The sensation of her lips pressing against his. showing signs of his kisses. When he moved. “Right. But if he did that. watching. “I’d better be going. Mitch knew immediately that he could become drunk just on her taste. would she announce it when she walked into the station tomorrow? No. “Right. he peeled his hands off her hips and backed up. She was right.” He nodded. so did she.” 27 . They had to work together. Good.” He looked into her eyes. Major mistake. For a long time.” “No. The strange possessive urge should have worried him but in truth he just wanted more. Was he going to have to apologize? Or worse. His eyes dropped down. she was temporarily assigned to his unit. “This would be a major mistake. The lust and heat there gripped his balls like a fist and he clenched his hands so he didn’t pull her to him. daring him to back away. pure shock lacing her gaze. “I know. She tasted of sweet woman with the hint of alcohol. walk away. Kat swallowed and stared at him. The delicate stroke of her tongue on his that made him imagine the same caress on his cock. He’d done it once before when he’d been a rookie and when it had fallen apart. Mitch looked at her.” The words were coming out of his mouth but they were hard to hear over the protests shouted from his body—his lower body in particular. He wanted more. And that would be bad. He stared at her mouth—her lips pink and puffy. neither of them moved—as if each waited for a sign that the other was committed to disengaging their bodies.Matching Signs He closed his eyes and his other senses took control. Responding to that dare. They stood. he held his hands firmly at her waist and concentrated on the kiss until breath became an urgent need. taking one step opposite to his. Face each other every day. She blinked and watched him—surprise. Her eyes popped open. It was all he could do not to reach out and cup one of those round firm mounds in his hand and squeeze. He snapped his head back.
Mitch started toward the door. snagging his lower lip with her teeth before placing a kiss on his jaw. The curved cheeks of her butt filled his hands to perfection—firm. giving her no doubt that he wanted to be inside her. He looked at her. her mouth on his cock. If that was going to be his only chance to touch her. Kissing Kat had been stupid. To get the hell out of there before he did something really stupid. the pure intoxicating need to be inside her. they would all be there. 28 .Tielle St. Her tongue scraped the inside ledge of her mouth as if she savored the lingering taste of his lips. And her breasts. deep. to feel that ass in his hands as he pounded his cock into her cunt. Oh. She had the kind of tits a guy couldn’t help but notice—no matter how much sensitivity training he’d been given. Clare “Right. He wanted that—wanted her mouth on his.” Fuck. She didn’t go far. As if they were each desperate to become a part of the other. He hadn’t grabbed her ass and now rather wished he had. “It is.” “I’ll see you tomorrow at the station. forcing his body to move. the sexy way her hips felt in his hands. wrapping her arms back around his neck. He reached the door—and made the worst mistake possible. drawing her closer. lifting her mouth from his. Her lips were pink and full— and wet. Good. she could put her mouth on any part of his body that she wanted. but he also couldn’t deny his body. Her eyes looked a little glassy as he rolled his hips forward. she moved into him.” she whispered. he’d already done that.” He couldn’t deny it. She gasped. “I thought we agreed this was a major mistake. Her nipples were pressed against the thin material of her shirt. “Fine. his cock slipping into the space between her legs. tight with just enough cushion to let a man know he was fucking a woman. If he was going to spend the night horny and uncomfortable. Given a second chance. “Sure. Hell. Mitch slid his hands down her back and cupped her ass. he wished he’d put his hands on her backside. jerking her forward. The kiss picked up where the other had left off—hot and wet.” It was a Saturday but since this was a major case. how she responded. he didn’t want to be the only one. “Fine. “Fuck. her breathless voice caressing his skin. Now he knew what she tasted like. one hand on her lower back. He snugged her up tight to his body. wait. the other on her ass.” he snapped. He didn’t have to pull hard. She sounded so cool and disinterested—as if he hadn’t had his tongue halfway down her throat moments ago.” The curse was soft and disappeared as he reached for her.” That time she sounded a little more snippy.
whispering the words across her cheek. filling her mouth with his tongue. placing his lips to her ear. She fought him for a moment then conceded. “Do you want me to leave?” he growled against her lips. She moaned and shook her head. silently begging her to answer no.Matching Signs “Then what are we doing?” He covered her lips in a commanding kiss. “that’s worth regretting. backing off and letting him dominate. The subtle action made his cock infinitely harder.” 29 . He didn’t know if he had the strength to make his legs walk out the door. That’s how she would be in bed—strong but submissive.” he said. He’d have to crawl away. “Then let’s make a mistake.
not yet. She groaned and pressed up. He wanted to put his mouth on her. warming his jeans. he sank to his knees. a mere micrometer between complete connection. He needed it. The urge to bury his cock inside her overwhelmed him. he tore open his jeans. The heat flooding her pussy trickled through the thin layer of her skirt. feeling her warmth and moisture melt into his skin. he placed the rubber on the head of his cock. taking her with him. Her body melded with his as they reached the floor. he slipped his hand between her thighs and almost groaned at the heat and moisture that greeted him. Not wide enough. making a place for him. full body contact. the sweet tangle of her tongue drawing him in. his erection plunging into her mouth… He rocked his hips forward. his cock nestled between her thighs. Clare Chapter Three She moaned her agreement and the sound sank into his groin. slide his tongue into her cunt. Liquid fire flowed over his fingers as he stroked her. It was a distinctly feminine action—powerful 30 . Fingers trembling slightly. needed to be buried between her legs. Making him wonder what it would be like to have her tongue lashing his cock. Despite station rumors. pulling them to her ankles before he released them. explored her wet flesh. The sexy sound of her gasp guided him to repeat the motion. he had to fuck her—and his cock wasn’t prepared to wait. until she was begging him to let her come. Now.Tielle St. His mouth locked to hers. to claim her body. Feeling slightly out of control. a masculine warning that her final gates were about to be breached. The hot space between her legs opened. He tossed his wallet to the side and ripped open the foil packet. deeper. swirling around his cock. Holding her close. moving over her until they were stretched out. Tossing her skirt out of his way. her skirt teasing his cock as she leaned forward and placed her lips on his skin. There was no sign of panic—only desire. He didn’t know where it was and wasn’t going to take the time to ask. her soul. silently begging for more. Just a hint to tell him he could have what was inside if he worked for it. grabbing his wallet and finding the condom he routinely placed in there. scraping her teeth along his neck. He looked into her eyes. Mitch decided as he pulsed against her pussy. Her eyes sparkled and her lips hung slightly open. Desperation gave him strength and he ground his erection against her sex. Mitch kept going. Fuck. He reached beneath her skirt and tugged down her panties. That asshole who had hit on her at the club would be a distant memory by the morning. But that would be next time. he hadn’t had that many chances to use it but damn he was glad he had it tonight. Kat sat up. There was no way he would make it to the bedroom. a hunger to match his own. under the influence of desire. Mitch stared down—their bodies were so close.
A small corner of his mind remained in control. reminding him that he had to make it good for her—particularly if he wanted to be invited back. and rolled the condom the rest of the way on. Mitch. baby?” he asked. Her hands slid into his hair. taking a moment to kiss her. She sank back onto the carpet. honey. a wicked smile curving her lips—as if she knew how close he was to the edge. Yes.” “Too long. he smiled. sensual fire that burned right into his groin. soon he would fuck those pretty lips. There was no time for foreplay. loving the sweet clasp of her pussy as she accepted him. Heat melted through his jeans where she stroked his thigh. “You like that. With a not-so-gentle nudge he pushed her back.” “Oooh. Only desire. He’d deal with it later. sink his tongue back into her mouth. more. She tensed as he began to stretch her. drawing him in.” He continued that first slow penetration. Fuck. Good. feminine confidence sliced through his control and demanded he take her. “There’s more. She sucked on his tongue and his cock twitched in response. The powerful. He definitely wanted to come back. The sharp entry made her cry out. The thick. quiet moan of pure pleasure whispered through the room and Mitch watched as her mouth opened. His subconscious tried to warn that this was a mistake and they were never going to be in this position again but he pushed it aside.” Despite the pressure on his cock. Mitch snapped his head and dragged in a long breath. “It’s okay. The image made him even harder and he pressed forward. loving the heat and the smell of her desire. He plunged his hand between her thighs. Distracted. baby. assuring himself that she was ready for a fast. holding him in place as their kiss turned purely carnal. “Mitch.” “One second. designed to remind him that she was there. The tight grip of her cunt was a dream—squeezing him.” He withdrew his hand. Her eyes watched him with a confident. hard fuck. A low. Right now he had a beautiful. Looking down at the beautiful body stretched out before him.Matching Signs but delicate. driving his finger into her cunt. Let me inside. his head was spinning. taking him even deeper. come inside her mouth. baby. his fingers coated in her pussy juice. He swirled his wet fingers around his shaft. He placed the tip of his cock to her entrance and began to push inside. he groaned. hard rod slid deeper into her sex and Kat whimpered. her fingers wandering closer and closer to his cock. Her hips pumped up. sexual woman begging him to fuck her. 31 . Mitch paused while putting on the condom. He looked down but there was no pain in her gaze.
Tielle St. nipping at his lower lip. she tried to figure out how they’d gotten here. Each stroke. She needed more—the bright climax hung just out of her reach. But all she could remember was his mouth. She could fight all she wanted but he was going to make her come…and come again. She grabbed his hips. not realizing that she’d closed them and stared into his bright blue gaze. his hips pumping hard and deep as he moved inside her. Clare God. making her want more. The pressure built. almost. his balls slapping her ass as he thrust faster. baby. He was inside her. “You want more. Mitch. Just a little more. She wrapped her hands around his back and dug her heels into his butt. “Do you want more? Or shall I leave?” “No!” The possibility sent her into a panic. Kat. she didn’t want him to stop. a dainty bite that hurt just a bit.” He accompanied the words with a slow press of his hips. “I’m going to fuck you. He pushed up on his arms. she was sure. Couldn’t care.” His voice was strong and commanding.” She couldn’t control the hiss that slipped from her lips. She couldn’t lose the feel of him now— not yet. giving her more.” she whispered into his mouth. “Give me more.” “Now!” At her command. She opened her eyes.” She shivered at the soft compliment. The heavy plunge of his shaft sent tempting shivers through her pussy as he set a wickedly hard rhythm. The daring glint in his eyes 32 . As he withdrew. He guided his cock deeper. The hard thrust filled her and Kat couldn’t stop her cry. deeper and longer. his lips against her skin. “Good girl. fuck you until you scream. “More. brushing against her clit.” The corner of his mouth pulled up and she knew he liked the sound of her begging. his cock filling her. not quite. “Don’t leave. fighting the pleasure he could give her. Soon. hard and thick—almost too much. “Talk to me. baby?” The question barely penetrated the sexual haze that clouded her mind. She pulled him down. pulling his cock from inside her. It was perfect. “Fuck me. Her pussy clenched with each hard penetration. he loved that sound. “Yessss. demanding a response. “Soon. It bordered on the edge of pain but felt so good.” She winced at the desperate sound to her words but couldn’t stop them. Like she was fighting it.” He growled his response even as his hips pumped back and pounded forward. giving her even more of his cock. he froze—staring down at her with all the arrogance of a man who knew how to fuck and wasn’t going to be rushed. knowing her fingernails were marking his skin but didn’t care. Deep and thick.
The dark smile that curved his lips promised secrets she wasn’t sure she could handle. Placing his hand on her hips. almost slipping from inside her but taking her with him. “Oh that’s it. 33 .” The sound was a mix between a growl and groan. “What about you?” she asked. “You’re beautiful when you come. needing to be fucked. warning her to answer his question.” Her head fell back against the carpet as she let the orgasm spread through her body. lifting her hips as he knelt. don’t you.” He sat back on his heels. baby? I can feel the way your pussy is throbbing. his cock still buried deep inside her. “Yes. He slipped his hand between their bodies and rubbed the top of her mound. “You need it. sliding that delicious cock out of her. “Do you want to come?” he repeated. She opened her eyes and stared up.” He rubbed his hand across her stomach. his cock full inside her. raising her ass until it rested against his spread thighs. honey. the long slow penetration rubbing her clit as he stretched her. Kat. please—” He shook her head. she said. her back arching up as he held her hips down. he withdrew. Let me feel you come. “No. please. her voice surprisingly breathless—and then almost wished she hadn’t. “Yes. “Now. The exquisite pressure was just enough and Kat couldn’t control it. hoping to drive him back into her. “And I want to enjoy this pretty cunt just a little longer. but the wicked laugh warned her that he wouldn’t be pressed. “Do you want to come?” “Mitch. The shallow entrance stripped away her irritation. His eyes sparkled with dangerous pleasure and pure masculine pride and she knew he wasn’t done with her just yet. holding himself over on his elbows. a fast little massage that jolted another orgasm through her pussy. I’m going to sink into you and you’re going to come. until just the tip remained inside.” She pulsed her hips up. She cried out. Mitch was above her. I fully intend to come inside you but you needed to come.” His promise sank into her pussy as he slowly filled her.Matching Signs warned Kat she’d made a serious mistake.” He was like a hypnotist planting a suggestion in her mind. I want to feel that sweet cunt grip me as you come. “Soon.” “Yes.” She no longer cared if she was begging or sounded desperate. baby. Gritting her teeth. Mitch.” He adjusted his hips. just a little tease.” He gave her just a little more of his cock.” His words were laced with arrogance—that he could hold out longer than she could. “Oh don’t worry. pressing a little closer as if he wanted to become a part of her. It seemed endless—the first wicked spike followed by a subtle flow of pleasure. “I want to be deep inside you when it happens. Squeeze me. She just wanted him.
He would be wearing her scent when he left here.” he whispered. Mitch flipped back her skirt. forcing his cock even deeper. Her moisture flowed down. struggling with the slippery material. When she looked at him again. Clare Kat lay back.” He gripped her hips and gave a short thrust inside her. fighting the urge to rear back and fuck her hard. She grunted. wiggling as she lifted the hem of her blouse. circling her knees as she struggled to pull her shirt off. Shimmying and twisting.” The explicit words and the hungry sound of his voice made Kat’s pussy flutter. “So pretty. “Oh that’s good. heavy breaths—as if she was trying to regain control of her body. Heat flared in her gaze but she didn’t move. So ready to fuck. his cock pressed inside her. “Take off your shirt. the slick wet slide making him want to shout. Her weight was on her back and shoulders as he had her hips raised. Show me. So she liked the idea of being punished? Good. Don’t make me punish you. dampening the front of his jeans. feeling exposed and vulnerable. 34 . Her eyes watched him with a mixture of passion and trepidation. She took a deep breath and for a moment he thought she might defy him. but then she shifted. Gritting his teeth. “Do it. his fingers skimming the top of her mound. he eased his cock out of her pussy. holding himself above her. “I like seeing my cock inside you. The blatant defiance drove him forward until he was over her. baby. baby. baby.” He eased his thumb down and brushed a light stroke against her clit. she managed to drag the top up and off her head.” He whispered the words. knowing she might be sensitive from her orgasm but wanting more.” It wasn’t so much a plea as a command. Her breasts rose and fell as she took long. All the guys tonight wanted to see you. She felt so good—hot and slippery. In this position it wasn’t easy. He wasn’t sure what had slowed him—given him the strength to not come—but he clung to the last bit of control. her gaze was filled with exasperation. “Take it off. Kat. He hitched her up higher. deny him. wanting her to come again before he finally lost it inside her. and let me see those pretty tits. long enough to tease her. Warmth bloomed inside his chest. He slipped his fingers into the short hair above her pussy. baring her pussy and the connection between their bodies. He certainly didn’t want that. watching the delicate shudders that moved through her body at the tiny caress.Tielle St. smoothing his hand across her stomach. fast. He could do so much to this body. Heat coated his cock as she shivered delicately. She was sensitive. He slid his hands down her thighs. promising what he could give her but holding it just out of reach.
baby. He had the wicked ability to fill her perfectly and press her clit in precise timing so that every sensitive spot on her pussy was touched and teased. no doubt. how much pleasure he could take. he brushed her hands away and placed his fingers on the tiny metal tab. chained to her bed. shallow pulses as he flicked his thumbs across her nipples. eager for his mouth.” 35 . she silently vowed. I know you feel it. When she reached for the front clasp of the bra. He closed his eyes for a second and tried to find that last bit of control. He eased his thumbs into the top of her slit. he’d known she was built but hadn’t expected this delicious surprise. rocking his cock in and out in slow. Pulling his hands away from her breasts. Soon. Did she wear lace under her uniform? That image would haunt his days at work for weeks. He ground his teeth together. He didn’t know if he was ever going to get a chance to be inside her or touch her breasts again.Matching Signs He tried not to laugh—that might kill the mood. The memories of the delicious climax he’d brought her to had faded and the need had returned. “Hold still. All she would care about was what he was doing to her. pressing down as he pushed in. she took a deep breath and felt him slide back into her. Just let me see you touch those pretty breasts. the full mounds pressing against the sides. he held her hips as he slowly thrust in and out. He was too close. and he wanted to enjoy it just a little longer. spread out. knowing he was near the end of his control. held her on the edge. He pressed a hand on her stomach. But Mitch held back. At the station. Kat did her best to crush the moan that wanted to escape but only succeeded in turning it into a whimper—which the bastard loved. She’d never liked being called baby or babe. Next time she would have him at her mercy. but something about the way Mitch said it made her shiver.” he promised. he undid it. Next time. She struggled to move against him but in this position. With a quick twist. she could come. He slid both hands around and cupped the heavy mounds pressing them up. holding her still.” he warned in that delicious growl. straining the strength of the material. In just a few seconds. Then she would decide when he could come. Clinging to that yummy fantasy. fighting the urge to pull out and come all over those pretty tits. it was impossible for her to get a good grip. she would forget all about her shirt. The pink lace of her bra held her breasts. wanting her to come one more time for him. And Kat would get over her irritation. she knew she would. A few more strokes and he’d come. She gasped and met his thrusts. But not just yet. “Hold still. working her pussy along the length of his cock. the nipples tight and puffy. “I’ll get you there. The slides split open and he lifted the material away—leaving her beautiful breasts bare. With a few quick thrusts. I’ll give it to you. Her naked breasts shimmied each time he pulsed inside her.
not hot. putting all her desire into that one word. She held her breath. cupping her breasts. his fingers slowly stroking her clit. teasing touches slid into her body. “One more. tasting her. but pressing deep. drawing in closer. placed his lips over the tip of her right breast. She wanted his mouth. oh so slowly. Kat. promising more. rubbing his tongue against the hard peak.” He followed his words with a light stroke against her clit. Very good. Heat flowed from her pussy into her core. He licked his lips and watched her. gravelly sound of his voice that reached her. it felt like the first time. “Mitch. feeling the delicious zing race to her pussy. but then she realized the wind blew cold. It might have been the wind. His fingers continued to stroke her pussy and his shaft rocked inside her—not enough to make her come. sliding one thumb between her pussy lips. The light. He raised his eyes even as his teeth bit down gently on her nipple. Not wicked. slipping into her limbs until her body felt like it was burning. baby?” 36 . Kisses that made her want more. She held her breasts up.” she moaned his name. Clare Men had admired her breasts—or at least noticed them—since she’d turned fourteen. drawing deeply on her nipple. One more stroke. positioning her nipples for his mouth. Claiming. Like her body was made for his pleasure. Do you want that. Once again the urging was more command than plea and Kat shivered at the sound. Just when she thought she couldn’t get more aroused. fuck her at his own pace. He breathed on her then slowly. She hadn’t realized she said the words out loud until he smiled. He placed a hot kiss on each nipple. She placed her hand behind his hand and pressed him down even as she arched up. She waited. baby. Her body felt like a wire strung tight. She expected more. The distinct sucking. leisurely circling the tight peak. He covered the first tip with a kiss so light that Kat wasn’t sure she felt it. breathless. Still he moved slowly—as if to warn her that he would take her.Tielle St. not wanting to miss any of it. he proved her wrong. sucking on her nipples.” It was the rough. the steady pulls of his lips perfectly timed to the shallow heavy thrusts. “I want to see you touch your pretty tits. That’s all? But can I give you more? I need to have you hard. greeting it. “My hands are already full.” he whispered. His lips opened and closed gently around the peak of her breast. “Let me see. beneath Mitch. He savored her. That was all she needed. “That’s it. welcoming it. She cried out. The hot deliberate strokes so different from the gentle kisses on her breasts. caressing her like she was a delicate china vase. the desperate need of every man who’d ever been her lover—but Mitch was different. baby.” He whispered the words as he bent down. plumping the mounds and offering them to him. He followed the warm caresses with a slow stroke of his tongue. urging her nipple into his mouth. She pressed her hands on the sides and pushed up. teasing parts of her cunt she hadn’t known existed. But lying here. The moment was deliciously painful then finally he sucked.
“You’ll come now. deep. Later. “Come. 37 . She fought his hold but he gave her a quick. “So tight.” she promised. that was what she wanted.” The surprise that he’d actually slapped her butt followed by the sharp command made her lie back. Her body was practically glowing with the lingering traces of her climax and the pleasure of having Mitch come inside her. Besides if she moved. hard. She squeezed again. then she would no doubt spend hours agonizing over this. that she wanted him again. smart tap to her ass and the shock stilled her.” As if he truly had control of her body.” With that announcement. his breath coming in harsh pants—even as he continued to pound into her. A low surge of energy hummed beneath her skin warning that there might be more. stretching her.” he growled. yes!” She knew her cry was too loud. her fingernails sinking into his back as the vibrations shot into her core. Her cry filled the room. The arrogant look in his eyes worried her—oh God. Too something. just enough to layer sensation upon sensation. his breath on her neck. He was going to leave her like this. Kat gasped. Give him a little of the torment she’d lived through. he drew back. “God.Matching Signs “God. It would be so easy to let go but she fought the pleasure. holding himself deep inside. “Very good. “Wait. Her pussy ached. never slowing. using his words back on her.” he growled. He sank down. Mitch shouted in triumph and drove into her one last time. fearing he would pull out—instead he returned. His head snapped up and he stared down at her. collapsing on top of her. Yes. urging him even harder the next time. After Mitch had left. Mitch grunted and she could see the tension in his body as he fought for control. his weight. She thought she heard him laugh but then a wicked caress from his thumb moved along the side of her clit. driving deeper. he wasn’t going to fuck her. reality might set in and she didn’t want to think about that.” She wrapped her ankles around his back and pulled forward. controlling it for just a moment. He filled her. She was close but she held back. pushing him over the edge. tightening her pussy around his cock. Holding my dick like it was made for you. She needed him. the orgasm shot through her pussy. His eyes popped open as she fucked herself on his cock. She’d be sore tomorrow but she didn’t care. fast. too harsh. Now that he was desperate to come she wanted to savor it a bit. damn it. she just wanted to enjoy the sensations. you feel so good. Kat reached up and scraped her fingernails down the long muscle. but she couldn’t control it. but for the moment. the languid strokes of her hands on his back. The floor was hard beneath her and Mitch hard on top but she was too satisfied to care. She moaned. thrusting up against him. compliant to his instructions. “Soon. Not yet. The line of his neck was taut and strong as he stretched over her.
She stood and grabbed her top. meeting her halfway. naked except for that narrow strip of material. only a breath away. Not now. on top of her. She never got the chance to speak.” He stepped over her and headed into the back of her house.” He gave her another quick kiss and then rolled away.” Her pussy clenched at the thought. Was this the point when he slipped his cock out of her. She was in for a long night. “I told you not to move. “Don’t move. Kat. his mouth covering hers in a kiss of blatant possession. She couldn’t. Mitch looked down at her with all the arrogance and pride of a conquering warlord. savoring the male flavor and command as he slipped out of her. “Hmmm. It took her a moment to realize he wasn’t immediately walking away—then she lost herself in the kiss. Kat stared at him. Mitch’s lips curled into a smile and he drew back. his tongue tangling with hers.” He stepped forward.” She flipped her hair back over her shoulder and stared up at him. do you?” Peering out from around the neckline. I’ll be right back. trying to ignore the fact that her breasts were brushing against his chest. he raised his head. grabbed the bottom of her shirt and pulled it back off. “I think you need to be punished. Not with him still inside her. throwing it behind her. Moments later she heard the flush of the toilet and it inspired her to action. The slippery material was halfway over her head. her skirt hiked up above her waist. Mitch cupped the back of her head and lifted her up. which somehow had become twisted through the armhole. He did some fixing and adjusting and moments later he stood up.” The wicked glint in his eyes made her shiver. What did Mitch think was a fair punishment? Spanking? Bondage? She’d never really experimented with previous lovers but somehow she thought that would be just up Mitch’s alley. It had been a mistake but she couldn’t regret it. when he walked back in. She whimpered at the loss of his cock. she was going to at least face him on her feet. Even as she thought the words. Clare Let’s make a mistake that’s worth regretting. adjusted his clothes and thanked her for a good fuck? “I—” She wasn’t sure what she’d planned to say—something to ward off any pity or sarcastic remarks—but it didn’t matter.Tielle St. “You seem to have a fascination with punishing me. “I like being inside you too. 38 . wouldn’t be lying on the floor basically naked when he came back. If he was leaving. Kat lay on the ground. She couldn’t stop herself from tensing. baby. Mitch’s tempting voice swirled through her head. “You don’t take directions very well. we’ll figure something out. trying to look as confident and arrogant as he did.
He didn’t understand it.” She smiled. What was she so cranky about? She had no right to be irritated with him. Several times. Tried to ignore the woman sitting beside him. they were detectives. It had been a mutual decision to fuck last night and a mutual agreement in the morning that it had been a mistake. Three to be specific. “Nothing stands out. “What about you. letting her take the lead.” “They weren’t desperate. so I guess I’d better check them all out. A little over two months or so. Desperate but not openly dangerous. Mitch looked to her. He couldn’t afford to have any of the guys notice he was sporting a boner. Mitch?” He gave himself a mental shake and said. “But of course. None of them seemed out of the ordinary. His cock twitched—making it painfully obvious that his penis didn’t seem to care that it had been satisfied last night. Mitch squished his lips together and stared at her. warning her with his gaze to not make this personal. That had been his line. He’d fucked her.” Drew cracked a smile and nodded at her joke and Mitch had to stop a look of irritation. he shouldn’t have stayed around long enough to discuss it—sexual postmortems were not his thing—but after the second time. There had been no real reason that he’d dragged her to the floor of her living room. And even more tried to hide the fact that he had a hard-on that refused to go away. Hell. directing his question to Mitch and then turning to include Kat. Hell. Several times. he’d passed out practically on top of her. “What did you find?” Lieutenant Lee asked. He liked that in a lover. it hadn’t even been that long since he’d been with someone else. scooped that long skirt out of his way and fucked her until they’d both collapsed. Mitch shifted.Matching Signs Chapter Four Mitch tapped his fingers on his thigh and tried to listen to the lieutenant. 39 . her voice tainted with irritation. Demanding. he hadn’t been desperate last night. Damn. “I got the names of the guys I talked to.” Kat said. Hell. she was an energetic woman. In the grand scheme of things. He’d come. the bad guys don’t wear signs around their necks saying ‘I’m a serial killer’. Just a bunch of people looking for someone to hook up with. They’d figure out who it was for. crossed his ankle onto his knee and pulled his shirt down…and hoped to hell he looked casual doing it. Clear evidence to his cock that he wasn’t depriving it. The damn thing wanted more.
Say. no doubt. “So we’ll just go on with our lives. drinking coffee and wearing baggy shorts and a sweatshirt. To the point she barely woke for it. “Most of the guys I talked to just don’t have time to meet women.” “That’s right. the sight of her breasts.” 40 . Awkward but probably necessary considering they had to work together. “See you later. By the time he’d become coherent again. “Thanks.” Her quiet goodbye haunted him through his drive home—maybe because he wanted the soft farewell to mean more than it really did.” “But we did it anyway. he’d already overstayed his welcome. the pink puffy lips of her cunt had drawn him back for one more fuck—slow and easy. Enough to cry out his name as she came and to fall back asleep—this time on top of him.” He dug his keys out of his pocket. I’ve never had a one-night stand with someone I was going to see again. Her hair was pulled back in a scrunchy thing and there were pale dark circles under her eyes. Or so he’d told himself. I’m flying blind here. There had been no graceful way to leave. it was daylight and they’d had their awkward morning after.Tielle St. She’d been standing in the kitchen. he’d— He snapped his thoughts back.” He didn’t know what to do. She’d earned those circles and the slightly worn-out look. fully intending to slip out like the male coward he was.” Kat was saying to the other guys. She. All he could see was a well-fucked woman. might as well get cleaned up.” “I can handle that.” “Right. “Don’t worry about it.” Though he knew it was going to take him awhile to burn the memory from his cock. Act like it never happened. I guess I’d better be going.” he admitted. Should he kiss her goodbye? Just walk away? “Uh—” Brilliant start. Next time. thought she looked like hell.” “See you. He came back to the present conversation. Clare And when he’d woken up at four in the morning. “Yeah.” She waved her hand as if erasing the memory. He’d taken the opportunity to use her shower—after all. They just had to forget about it.” “Thanks?!” He realized that was the wrong thing to say as the word left his mouth. She shook her head but set her coffee cup down on the counter with a sharp smack. “Well. “Now we just have to forget it. “They were looking for someone to settle down with. It was over. “Well.” he said. We knew last night that it was a mistake. I don’t know what to say. No next time.
And he didn’t like the way Jared had looked at Kat. At least not for a few hours. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. his mouth opened dramatically. dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt. The guy hadn’t stared at her tits but Mitch could tell he wanted to.” he warned from across the room. headed back to his office. “So it was a bust. “Not quite. There was one guy who was hitting on Kat pretty hard. None of them would work a full day but with a case like this. Kat’s look spoke volumes but Mitch wasn’t backing down. You’re practically wearing a sign. keeping his face impassive. “I wasn’t hunting for a date. Justin’s face turned serious and he nodded.” “No. It was a trick he’d learned the first year of being a cop and right now it served him well. you know how to do searches on these guys?” Lee asked. It was a little too sleazy.” “Whatever.” Kat tensed and Justin spun around. 41 . He wasn’t quite sure of his reaction to being ordered to work with her—pleasure at being so close to her. Justin laughed openly.” Mitch shook his head and hoped to hell he wasn’t blushing.Matching Signs Someone to fuck. What guy wouldn’t? No. and irritation that he’d be so close to her. but you found one. show her how to access the databases that we have. Mitch glared at Drew but there was no stopping him. “Kat. “That’s not what guys are looking for. The lieutenant. That also wasn’t likely.” Mitch nodded. “Mitch. “What about you. He might have gotten her plate number so be prepared if anyone starts doing searches on her.” Lee said. “He was just flirting. It is so obvious you got laid last night. He didn’t trust the pretty boy. they would all put in extra hours. “Meet anyone? Some lonely lady looking for love?” Mitch laughed. She shook her head. The guy might be a bit immature but he was a good cop and he could make computers sing. His cock was not going to go down until he either got some relief—not likely—or he got away from her.” It was Drew’s turn to laugh. lifting his chin toward him. there was something dodgy about the guy and Mitch was going to check him out.” He looked to Justin. The lieutenant held up his hand to stop the conversation from degrading any further. Mitch stood up but Drew’s voice stopped his escape. “Right. trying to divert the conversation before it got started. Mitch?” Drew asked. Drew.” Mitch could feel her glare without looking to his left.
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Justin squinted his eyes and peered across his desk at Mitch. “You’re right. Something is different. He’s got that—” He snapped his fingers. “Relaxed quality about him that says he had sex after a long drought.” “Fuck off, both of you.” “Who is she?” Justin asked, leaping out of his chair and following Mitch as he turned away. “Someone we know?” Mitch glowered at his friend. Justin held up his hands and backed away but he could see this wasn’t over. He was going to be razzed about this for awhile. Sending another glare toward Drew—how the fuck could he tell Mitch had had sex?—he waved Kat toward her computer. The momentary stress of the guys finding out who he’d slept with eased the pain in his crotch for a few seconds, but then Kat strolled by. Damn, she wasn’t even trying to be sexy but the tight fit of her jeans and the baggy sweatshirt that hid those perfect breasts seemed more enticing than the skimpiest nightgown. Kat sat down. Pulling the keyboard close to her, she looked up at him expectantly. From watching her, there was no way to tell she’d spent a good portion of the night with his cock inside her. The look on her face was bland. And it pissed him off. Here he was fighting the hard-on that wouldn’t die, and she acted like it never happened. Fuck that. He dragged a chair from another desk and sat down, crowding her a bit but from anyone else’s point of view, it would appear that he sat close to see the monitor. Mitch leaned forward, placing his arm on the back of her chair and peering at the screen. “Okay, log in and I’ll help you find what you’re looking for.” Kat was pleased that her fingers were already on the keyboard. That way he couldn’t see them tremble. How could something so innocuous as telling her to log on sound sexy? It was the way he said it—that deep, husky bedroom voice that made her pussy ache with the memory of last night. And the fact that he was leaning into her. Just enough to feel his heat, not enough that anyone else would notice. Or maybe it was just her. They’d agreed it was a mistake. Both last night and this morning. It was a mistake. A really, really good mistake but still, it was bad. Her knees had been weak the entire time she’d been at the station—hoping she didn’t show any signs. Now she was glad that none of the guys knew her well enough to recognize the “recently had sex” vibes she was afraid she was giving off. She typed in her log-in and realized she’d entered the wrong password. Damn. The whole thing was just too damn distracting. That first time had been amazing. She’d come two or three times. And then he’d dragged her into the bedroom—thank goodness her sheets were clean—and administered her “punishment”. Mitch’s idea of punishment hadn’t involved spanking or handcuffs or any of the things she’d imagined. In fact, by some standards, it would be considered quite tame—
but spectacular nonetheless. First he’d ordered her to strip off her skirt and stand before him. He’d done a slow scan of her body, the hunger from his eyes keeping her warm. When he’d finished, he ordered her to undress him. That hadn’t been a hardship at all. His body was all delicious strong muscles and sharp angles. The ripples across his stomach had called to her fingers, making her crave the simple touch of stroking his skin. But when she’d tried to open his jeans, he’d stopped her and ordered her to do it with her mouth only. It had been a struggle—not something she had any practice with—but after a moment, she realized that every attempt, every time she failed to open the button or pull the zipper down, Mitch was getting harder. Immediate success no longer her goal, she’d taken her time until he’d finally stepped back, taking her prize with him. The memory of the stern look on his face countered by the dangerous heat in his eyes made her smile as she typed in the first name on her list. He’d commanded her to climb onto her bed and lay spread before him, her legs open so he could look at her. Cream had dripped down the insides of her thighs, her pussy aching to feel that hard cock inside her. Again. But Mitch held back. It was then that she discovered what his form of punishment would be—hours of arousal with no relief. He’d kept her on the verge of coming—with his fingers and cock—for what seemed liked forever, until she was begging him to let her come. Every time she got close, he’d back off, sometimes even pulling out of her, until she’d calmed down. Then he’d start again. She’d tried to touch him, but he’d simply backed away, damn him. By the time he’d actually fucked her—all the way, both of them coming—she’d practically been crying. Nothing had ever felt as good as that orgasm. Even now, just being close to him, her body hummed with the lingering memory. The light smell of his aftershave made her want to sink back against him but she held herself upright. It was a mistake. Let it go. Forget it. He leaned forward, his shoulder brushing hers as he reached around her to point to the screen. “See, that’s the list you want to search.” It took her a second to realize what he was doing. He could have shown her that without touching her. He was doing it on purpose—just to tease her. “Not so close,” she whispered, glancing to see if anyone was watching. “Why?” He spoke but his lips barely moved. “Last night you liked having me on top of you.” “Bastard,” she said, though it came out more teasing and flirtatious than she’d intended. “Witch,” he responded in kind, his eyes glittering with barely disguised lust. “What the hell, Mitch?” The lieutenant’s voice made them snap apart. “Let the woman do her job.”
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“I’m helping her. I wouldn’t want her to make a mistake she might regret,” Mitch said, but he stood and stepped away from the desk. Kat looked up and fluttered her eyelashes. “Oh don’t worry, I learn from my mistakes.” She paused to give him a moment to worry. “And I rarely repeat them.” The heat that flared in his eyes made her pussy clench and her heart skip a beat. Barely containing her smile, she turned back to the computer. It had been fun to tease him but now she was going to spend the rest of the afternoon thinking about that look of warning in Mitch’s gaze—and the promise behind it.
Kat looked up at the almost empty squad room. Her back was starting to ache and her eyes were gritty. The lieutenant was in his office but everyone else was gone. She’d entered name after name in several databases. Some information had come back quickly. For others, the computer was still searching. She had a few minutes before she was supposed to meet Terese for dinner. Terese would be the one person who might recognize that Kat had had sex last night. Maybe dinner was a bad idea. No, it was too late to cancel. She’d just have to endure the teasing and Terese’s questions. Maybe she could get some advice. Kat glanced at the clock. She’d use the time to do a little research. The Internet connection here was much faster than her dialup at home. Kat opened her favorite internet search engine and typed in “Signs of the Zodiac Libra”. 932,000 pages. Eeek. Too much information. She clicked on the first choice and watched the page load. She didn’t know much about the zodiac signs and since this killer was clearly searching for Libra women, she wanted to know more about the sign. Her sign. She scrolled through the description—pleased to see she was considered intelligent, sociable. A little too eager to please others but she ignored that and kept reading. Venus. The word stopped her eyes. And she slowed down her skimming. Her sign was influenced by Venus, the Goddess of Love. Sensual, flirtatious, passionate. All those sounded good to her. She nodded her head as she kept reading. A Libra sees all sides of an argument and isn’t a quick decision maker. She winced. That certainly sounded like her. Some members of this sign can be insincere in their efforts to please everyone. Ugh. She scanned the rest of the description, finding parts of it eerily accurate to her own personality. Scrolling back to the top of the page, she saw a link that caught her eye. Compatibility Match. Glancing around the room to confirm she was alone, she went to the page. Are you compatible? Is he or she your perfect mate? With a few drop down links all she had to do was put in her sign and…she sighed. Was she really going to do it? The Matching Signs boxes had already told her she
Maybe that was all he liked. playful and diversity-seeking Libran’s enthusiasm. Particularly when it was that good. trying to convince herself that she didn’t want to do it again. Match not recommended. but stopped. that was before she’d had incredible sex with him. Only she did. From the Libra standpoint—Cancer is a stick-in-the-mud and selfishly desires to possess you. This pairing tends to be sexually incompatible. And over time. It was like she was reading the warning about side effects of a medication. As the Matching Signs boxes had indicated. It had been pretty straightforward. Of course.Matching Signs wasn’t compatible with Mitch. Why not check Jared? Again she dragged down the menu to Libra and then switched the other sign to Aries. what did that mean? Sex was just sex. they were a good match. She sighed and stared at the page. They’d pretty much stayed in the missionary position all night. Trying to justify what she’d done. Kat laughed. “restrictive” and “domestic” weren’t exactly words she would use to describe him. She closed her eyes and realized she was rambling. Great. a mistake. front to front. Last night was a one-time deal. That sounded grim. The center of her stomach dropped and she pressed her thighs together at the memory. Mitch was definitely not compatible with her. There was nothing else to do. Jared’s sign. And breathed a sigh of relief when alarm bells and whistles didn’t go off warning her to stay away from Mitch. Stalling for as long as she could stand it. ready to X out of the program. maybe she could change his mind and get him to branch out a bit. Cancer’s need for a more restrictive domestic form of lovemaking and emotional expression dampens the social. she finally dragged down one menu to Libra and one to Cancer. Of course. It was possible to live a lifetime of missionary position sex. tell me something I don’t know. she planned to stay away from him. Mitch’s sign. Libra and Cancer. man on top sex but it had been hot. More to the point. Kat sat back. What am I doing? She moved her mouse to the top right. She pursed her lips and considered the idea. Considerable discomfort for the star signs involved may occur. Though there were some concerns as well. Based on Mitch’s performance last night. Over time? There weren’t going to be any more times. To herself. 45 . And not truly accurate. Of course. An intimate relationship between these two signs can be one of the most challenging of the zodiac. Not that he’d done anything outrageous. She stopped.
It was on her side of town but a good ten minutes away from her place. Still. She wouldn’t have called them “powerful sexual urges”. She’d liked Jared well enough and he’d been fun but she hadn’t felt any desire to throw herself on the floor and drag him down on top of her.” The lieutenant handed her the envelope and said good night. You’re just doing a favor for the lieutenant.” “No. I can do it. toward the east side. what are you still doing here?” She looked up at the lieutenant. he lives on the east side.Tielle St. Kat typed Mitch’s name into the computer and found his address.” “Are you going anywhere near where Mitch lives?” “Mitch?” “Yeah. Moderate maybe.” She vaguely remembered the description of her sign “always eager to please” and mentally winced.” He held up an envelope. “Kat. It has nothing to do with seeing Mitch again.” he said. The memories alone seemed to be keeping her warm. “Great. She didn’t need to sleep with Mitch again.” She shrugged. Emotional and sexual rapport will be strong and the initial meeting could be marked by powerful sexual urges. Wow. Trying to see if I can find something that might trigger this guy. Heat flooded her chest and flowed south. What was she thinking? It’s nothing. And turned on. I’m sure you guys have already done it. Clare You’ll find excitement and passion in the bedroom with your Aries man. But not satisfied. Right. Kat waggled her head back and forth. it’s always good to have someone else look at it. “It’s no big deal. “I mean. Or be thrown down by him. 46 . “Which way are you headed when you leave?” “Uh. it was better to believe that than she was eager to see Mitch again. She fingered the edge of the envelope. I just need to drop off some papers but my wife is waiting for me. It will wait until Monday. suddenly feeling stupid.” “No. “Oh just a little research on Zodiac signs.
Turn him on whenever she wanted to get off. Terese’s advice about Mitch hadn’t been helpful. The two-story condos had tiny yards and nice landscaping—what she could see of it in the dark. Great. now he’s going to take one look at you and think you came here to fuck. no-change sex. Kat was here on legitimate business. Kat— obviously—didn’t believe she needed to be in love with a guy before she slept with him but using a guy for sex was just too tacky. Oh great. It didn’t matter who he had at his house or what he was doing with her. She couldn’t do that. She tried to cling to that idea. The interminable wait made her heart pound and drat. She pulled into a parking spot a fair distance away from his unit. busty bimbo bouncing on his bed. She wouldn’t have to see him at all. her palms were starting to sweat. 47 . Kat wasn’t sure she could be so blatantly superficial. Dinner with Terese had been fun but a little exhausting. giving herself a few extra minutes to calm her nerves. What if he’s home…with some woman? A blonde. She turned her car down the road toward Mitch’s condo complex. Her stomach flipped over. She raised her fist three times before she found the courage to rap her knuckle on the wood surface. she’d urged her to go for it. It was almost nine o’clock and with any luck Mitch was out with his friends. It made him seem like a human vibrator. More likely he’s out with some woman. It was Saturday night after all. Instead of agreeing with Kat that it was a mistake. She glanced down and saw her nipples pressing lightly against the thin material of her tank top. Have a wild affair—a fuckfest as Terese liked to call it—and then dump his ass when he became too annoying. Bland. Her friend had demanded all the details and squealed excitedly at Kat’s exploits. hoping to turn the concept of sex with Mitch into something less appealing. This has gone from doing the lieutenant a favor to a potentially embarrassing situation. Didn’t you? Missionary position sex. That was how Terese ruled her love life. She didn’t care for the alliteration at all. That logic held her steady until it came time to knock on the door. She’d been hot at dinner and taken off the sweatshirt she’d worn at the station. She could leave the envelope on his porch and escape and then she’d have all day tomorrow to convince herself that last night had been a mistake. Remember that.Matching Signs Chapter Five She managed to convince herself that she didn’t want to see Mitch again—at least long enough to delay it. This wasn’t good. The corners of Kat’s eyes tightened.
his hair slightly mussed as if he’d slid his fingers into it to tidy it and those bright blue eyes glittering behind the lenses of wire-framed glasses. “Did you want to see the place?” He waved his hand toward the area behind him.” The door was left open and Kat couldn’t resist stepping inside. Like that hasn’t happened before. Clare Right. “Let me just put this away. Tell him you have a date waiting. He wore glasses? Her pussy fluttered and her breasts suddenly felt heavy and full. The front door opened into the living room. Seconds later the door popped open and he stood there—looking more yummy than a man had a right to.” I’d love to fall into bed with you. She smiled. Something about a strong man in glasses made her hot—hot enough to jump him in his entryway. “I’d love to. She’d come harder with him last night that she had ever before—both with human lovers and electronic toys. Cautious. Just because her sign description was accurate about her personality didn’t mean that Mitch’s was. The curtain beside the door eased back and she saw Mitch peer through the side window. something entirely different came out. fuck you until dawn—again. Typical male.” She offered him the envelope but realized he had his gun in the hand not holding the door open. Mitch’s eyes dipped down to her chest and then snapped back up.Tielle St. Don’t you?” “Not usually. She had to get out of there before they repeated last night. she rolled her hip to the side and pushed she shoulders back. Or have to feed your dog. She’d been to the apartments of a few of the guys on patrol and they all lived on the edge of filth. Tell him you have to go. In the corner a massive flat screen hung from the wall with a cabinet full of electronic boxes below it. Mitch’s house seemed well put together and fairly tidy. Missionary position sex. Her body moved into an instinctively sensual pose. Without meaning to. “Do you always answer the door armed?” He blinked and looked at her like it was rhetorical question. 48 . But he knows you don’t have a dog. Mitch came back into the living room and Kat was once again hit by a wave of lust. the T-shirt stretched over broad muscles. “The lieutenant asked me to drop this by. emphasizing her breasts. Her sanity demanded that she make a choice from one of the selections but when she opened her mouth. Who the fuck cared? She demanded of the irritating voice in her head. “Yes. It took only a second to take in the whole picture—the long delicious legs encased in jeans. She had a mission. A long couch—perfect for his large frame—faced a fireplace. Another night of missionary position sex was sounding very good right now.” He turned away. The heat in his gaze quickly reminded her that she was not here for a fast fuck.
no blonde bimbo in the bed. the sight of his bare toes making her pussy twitch. Obviously you’re the only one still having sex fantasies. I don’t need any more possibilities of places you could fuck me”? Then it was too late. Sometimes at night. “Contacts most of the time. rode him. The dark brown colors of his blanket and sheets looked masculine without being too dark. He pushed the door open and Kat leaned in. kiss her.” She looked into his eyes and saw the heat that had exploded between them last night. even better. What could she say? “Oh that’s enough. It was probably a bad idea to see it. Her libido was running on high and just the sight of those weight benches made her cream her undies. wearing just his trousers. Mitch had clearly gotten all he’d wanted last night.” 49 . But he made no move toward her. Her chest was a little tight and she needed to get moving. giving her the image of Mitch sitting there each morning. She waited—surely he would make a move. It would only make fantasies of being in his bed even worse. His cock inside her and her in control. Kat jerked. there was no way to stop him. This was the master bedroom. It was way too easy imagining him working out. He turned away and led her up a narrow staircase. The bed was huge and dominated the left side of the room. mentally cringing that he’d see the lust in her eyes. And not even the thought of easily available sex made him interested. Her stomach did a little flip-flop. He turned away and led her through the house— showing her the kitchen and the room where he worked out on the downstairs floor. The room was tidy—no socks on the floor and. But she couldn’t resist one last look at the bed. A little sigh of relief slipped out. pulling on his socks. He quickly showed her his office and a guest room at one end of the hall before crossing back over the stairs. The crushed blankets indicated he’d been lying there recently and gave the room an intimate feel that did nothing to slow her pounding heart. A low bench sat at the foot of the bed.Matching Signs Not that Mitch seemed to notice. How depressing. “Want to see the upstairs?” The only indication that he might have noticed her sudden drop into sexual fantasyland was the tightness of his voice. Of course.” He grimaced. lying flat on the bench while she straddled him. She realized Mitch was silent and she glanced up. something. She was fantasizing about the man’s toes? Definitely time to go. “That’s the house. “I was reading.” “They look good. “I didn’t know you wore glasses. Mitch’s bedroom. she reprimanded herself.” he said. they’re too much. She nodded. Instead. She opened her mouth to breathe. He’d done her—now he was moving on. he stepped back.
He drew closer.” she said. The sound alone was like a finger thrusting in her pussy. The bold aggression in his touch ignited the hunger inside her and she met him. sounding a bit too perky. She knew her whimper was too revealing but she didn’t care. She skipped down the steps. “Thanks for the tour. 50 . pressing his hips into hers. Knowing he watched. “It’s nice. she turned around—and Mitch was there. His hand cupped her head and turned her. His gaze dropped to her mouth. binding her. Not good. right behind her. biting down gently on her lip in reprimand. His mouth continued to ravage hers. The pain seemed to release another side of him.” She could take a hint. The sweet pressure sent a flurry of shivers through her pussy and she couldn’t resist rubbing against his erection. His moan flowed into her mouth and coursed through her body. It wasn’t disinterest blazing in his eyes. he allowed two sipping kisses before driving his tongue deep into her mouth. dipping into his mouth to tease him the way he’d tempted her. scraping his teeth across her shoulder. she opened her lips and let her tongue peek out. Kat fought against his grip but he held firm. She loved the slight pain of his teeth. she drew back and nipped her teeth along his lower lip. capturing her and daring her to play with him. filling her sex with the delicious warmth of being desired. Clare Sudden change of subject. Feeling some of the gentle violence flow into her. She would get the hell out and go home and just indulge the fantasies she had about Mitch—all while trying not to think about the fact that he obviously hadn’t enjoyed himself last night as much as she had. He captured both wrists in one hand. As if desperate for the taste of her. good. his hand propped against the door keeping it closed. She clearly had to work on her technique. He grabbed her hands and raised them up. sexual voice that had lured her through multiple orgasms last night.Tielle St. positioning her mouth perfectly for his. inches from her. her tongue battling with his. She’d never be able to face him. teasing the corner. and placed a light kiss on the curve of her breast as if promising to return.” he whispered against her neck as if he could hear her thoughts and approved of them. God forbid that she offer herself to Mitch and he turn her down. “Nice place. holding her. A low growl escaped his lips. She started down the steps. “Hmm. eager to leave now. bracing her wrists against the door as his body held her caged. sliding his cock into the notch between her thighs. “What is it about one of us leaving that makes me want to fuck you so badly?” he asked in that low. He tugged the strap of her tank top and her bra aside. He was trying to get her to leave.” Bracing herself for the disinterest on his face.
It gave her a wicked freedom to just enjoy. He leaned in closer. keeping her trapped by her clothes. Mitch kissed the space just beneath her ear.” he groused playfully as he yanked the tight material down to her knees.” The right side of his mouth pulled up into a half-smile. Soon he’d be inside her but not before he did a few more things to her sweet body. He drew back inches. even holding the woman afterward—but rarely had he felt like laughing while he was touching a woman. She jolted as if the sensation was too strong to bear but the constriction of her jeans and the strength of his shoulders wouldn’t let her move. foreplay. capturing her lobe between his teeth. He skimmed light kisses across her breasts—teasing caresses through her clothes that only made her want more. “I like to unwrap my own presents. Kat could do little more than stand there and take his caresses. savoring the scent of her arousal and the tension in her body as he spread her pussy lips and slid his tongue into the tight slit. “Though I have to say. He tugged on the tight jeans and managed to ease them and her underwear over her round hips. Maybe it was because he knew she wasn’t going to expect anything the next day—that they were both only interested in the physical. he nudged the hem of her blouse away with his nose and stroked his lips across her stomach. sinking down. Soon. he held her still. “Either. “Very sexy. these jeans make your ass look great.” When she moved to kick off her shoes. He loved all parts of fucking—the anticipation. accept them. sliding his hand inside her pants. “Given or received?” she dared. the zipper. he didn’t notice. He flicked his tongue lightly against the sparkling charm that hung from her bellybutton ring.” “Both. Or maybe it was just the way she pushed and prodded him—daring him to do her.Matching Signs Trapped as she was. She reached down to help but he slapped her hands out of the way. “Good.” he whispered as he fought to pull her jeans down. the actual penetration.” He winked up at her—feeling an unusual mixture of lust and humor. “Today…you had to wear jeans. On his knees. The ten pounds she wanted to lose all stuck to her stomach and thighs but the way he kissed and touched her skin. His finger stroked the light silk of her underwear and he smiled. Daring him to fuck her properly. his eyes drilling into hers. His eyes flashed with interest. His cock twitched at the idea and he smiled.” One more kiss on her lips and he was gone. “Do like oral?” he asked. He looked up and smiled. opening the button. Not because it was funny or because Kat was anything less than mind-blowing—but because it was fun. His fingers went to the waistband of her jeans. he promised the erection in his jeans. 51 .
His mouth pulled up in a wide smile. He could feel her stare as he turned his gaze to her sweet pussy. Oh yeah. He could savor her. flicking across the tight bud of her clit. Such a sensual creature. He raised her foot and placed it on his knee. holding herself upright. rubbing against her clit. he couldn’t get any harder. He liked that. She wouldn’t run before he was finished with her. freeing one leg so that she was open. She wanted this. She jerked and stared down at him. night after night. looking at it. but even as she blushed she reached between her legs and with one hand spread her pussy lips apart.” The command was out of his mouth before he could stop it. The light in her gaze was forcibly brave—as if she was searching for her strength. She was tough but still so soft. Last night he’d touched it. tight body stretched out. he tugged her jeans and panties all the way down. opening herself even more. sliding her clit against the point of his tongue. His little witch was hungry for it. put his fingers in it but he hadn’t really spent any time exploring it. The warm sensual scent of her sex flooded the room and Mitch groaned. Once again he stared into her eyes. Her eyes glowed hot as he repeated the motion. shocked at his sudden withdrawal. For a moment he thought she would refuse. Proud and defiant. She would make him work for it. Knowing she watched him. That little bit of defiance. giving her a taste of what was to come before he drew back. he knew there would be more. available. he’d been semi-hard and seeing Kat in his house. Last night his body had been filled with a single purpose—to get inside her as quickly as possible.Tielle St. He teased her. For most of the day. Releasing her from the bindings of her clothes. Now this—fuck. Tonight. This was a habit he could get into. Her eyes popped open and she stared down at him. “Spread yourself. Unfortunately his mind didn’t seem to notice and kept sending him fantasies of Kat in his bed. Liked that she was strong and still unsure—that his touch could surprise her. Clare He looked up—just to make sure she was watching—then pumped his tongue in and out of her slit. Tonight. opening her pussy to him. Wet and perfect for him. 52 . she belonged to him. Her body twitched at the delicate caress. the fight inside her triggered something inside his chest—he would give her all the pleasure he could. and decided he liked her pride. her tight ass in those jeans had just made it worse. knowing she would love it. her breasts pressing against the tiny tank top. Good. Her hand gripped the doorknob. to him. he leaned forward and stretched out his tongue. She wouldn’t give in easily. make her take it. Her eyes flashing defiance when he commanded her to roll over. Her hips pressed forward. that’s how it would be. Not without permanently damaging something. The thought made his cock press harder against the restrictive material of his jeans. Her sexy.
preparing the way for his cock. holding him there.” He leaned forward and placed a hot open-mouthed kiss on her clit.” He fucked his fingers in and out. Kat dropped her head back against the door and tried to keep her heart from exploding. He caught the liquid on his tongue and savored the musky taste. It was a path he’d taken before but this time. sharing a taste of her sex. Her tightly strung body couldn’t take any more. She wanted it—wanted him inside her. let me have it all. 53 . please God. She’d had guys go down on her before—some because they wanted to please her and some because they felt like it was required—but never one who truly loved it. every warm murmur against her skin was a testament to his pleasure.” He whispered the words against her skin and felt her shiver. that’s just what I was going to say to you. She clutched the doorknob. Her hips rolled forward and his cock rose against the inside of his jeans. he vowed silently. her lungs seemed able to function again and she gulped in a full breath. He could feel the slow rise of her orgasm. scents and flavors of an aroused woman—a woman on the verge of coming. He placed his lips over her clit. He would give her more than she could handle. The sharp penetration ignited a new wave of flurries. Mitch drove two fingers into her sex. He lapped one more time and the delicious tension released inside her. He fluttered his tongue across her pussy lips. sucking lightly as he tormented the tight bundle with his tongue. his cock pressed against her pussy. He dipped his tongue into her pussy—a short shallow pulse—as if promising her more. “Funny. A long time later. honey. The delicate little gasp she released told him she was fighting it. he was there. liked the sounds. “Very nice. his body pressed against hers. this time he had to let her come. When she opened them. Mitch’s hand holding her ass supported her as well. the heavy flow of her juices. Because he liked talking while he made love.” he whispered against her lips. I’m not done with you yet. “That’s it. drawing out every tingle even as his lips kissed her clit. Kat gasped and dug her fingers into his head. Dipping his tongue into her opening. She liked to hear what he wanted to do to her. Good. using it to keep from sinking to the ground.” Her voice quavered and she knew she wasn’t in complete control of her body. stroking his tongue across the wet flesh. baby. She felt him move and only then realized that her eyes were closed. Soon. his hand holding her leg around his waist. Every stroke of his tongue. “I want to feel this pretty cunt come against my mouth. She swallowed deeply. There was no calming her heart. Gravity pulled on her body but she straightened her supporting leg and fought to remain upright. Then slowly licked his way back up to her clit.Matching Signs “Don’t worry. Even as the orgasm jolted through her pussy. It was a good thing because her knees were trembling. he rubbed the sensitive first inch of her pussy. triggering another subtle shock to her system. tickling the sensitive flesh.
She was three steps up the stairs when his voice stopped her. Having just had the tour. With no further instructions.” She shivered at the possessive tone. she sat primly on the edge of the bed. Even knowing it was just a game. “What am I being punished for?” “You mean besides sassin’ me? Last night—that guy at the bar. Kat took a long breath. she walked confidently into his bedroom. Was it wise to put Mitch in an even more dominant role? But the thought of what he would do to her in his bed—what he had in mind for her “punishment”—was too tempting to resist. she lifted her chin and walked by. She’d been working out hard to keep her backside toned and was suddenly glad for all those squats and lunges. Flirting with him. Kat waited—her stomach turning flip-flops. It was wild and sexy.” She could see just a hint of his game.” She had no idea where that drawl came from.” The sides of her mouth pulled up in a smile and she turned. “You know—I made a mistake. “Now—” Mitch folded his arms across his chest and stared at her—his gaze assessing. to truly have a claim on him and know that he felt the same way in return. the weight of his eyes tracking her. She stepped out of her second pant leg and let her panties fall in a puddle near her ankle—leaving her naked from the waist down. Knowing that her cheeks were bright red. A blush washed over her cheeks though she couldn’t quite decide why she was embarrassed. continuing her trip up the stairs. moisture from her pussy. Tits that only I get to see. Last night had been amazing— torturous while he’d held her in a state of suspended arousal—and she couldn’t resist the chance to come like that again. deciding if she wanted to continue with this. missy.” She glanced over her shoulder. looking up. showing him your pretty tits. Clare Mitch kissed her quickly then stepped back—a damp stain marked the front of his jeans.Tielle St. Mitch stood at the bottom of the stairs. her hips swinging with just a little more sway than normal. “Your ass makes those jeans look good. his gaze trained on her backside. And just a little bit dangerous. it made her pussy clench and her nipples push against the lace of her bra as if to agree. It made her wonder what it would be like to belong to Mitch. you’re already suiting up for another punishment—don’t make it worse by sassin’ me. “Now go on.” He tipped his head toward the stairs. keeping her knees pressed tight together. Mitch walked in long moments later and shook his head. 54 . but she liked it.” Pause. “Those jeans don’t make your ass look good. “Kick off those jeans and walk that pretty little ass into my bedroom like a good little girl. did he? “What if I don’t want to?” “Now. Thought he could order her around.
circling the nipple until it tightened almost painfully. The movement sent a strand of her hair over her shoulder.” She tensed at the reminder that they would eventually go back into the world but the concern was brushed from her mind as he quickly undid the front clasp. Wonderful but like a spark that had to be used before it disappeared. his palms teasing her nipples through the lace. Her knees were still weak from the orgasm he’d licked her to downstairs but she stood—moving slow. He stepped close and Kat raised her mouth. Last night had been desperate—hot. “I know you don’t wear this skimpy bra under your uniform. which only made the throbbing in her pussy worse. tempting him with the idea that she might refuse. sensuous. “Perhaps you want these pretty breasts to be released from this delightful bit of lace. He followed the V up the other side—the caress so light that Kat couldn’t credit it. she always figured if she had to tell a man to dominate her. hard and hungry. some reward for obeying but instead. he peeled back first one side. She could almost hear him—bad girls don’t get my mouth. Tonight. “Makes me want to strip your out of your blues. teasing the curve of her breast. Besides. “Was that a sigh? Bored with my touch already?” “Oh no.” She shook her head emphatically. This was to be part of her punishment. He stroked one finger down the inside lace edge of her bra. As if he truly was unwrapping a gift. She squeezed her thighs together.” He gave her a gentle squeeze. Stand up. Kat fought to control her breathing—not wanting to start 55 . Her chest rose in a heavy breath. Silent. Kat had never felt more on display—standing there in nothing but her bra. Though she knew Mitch liked her ass. She’d never played at dominance and submission—had never had the courage to tell her lovers that she might be interested. just out of reach. tracing the line to the deep valley between her breasts.Matching Signs “Bad little girls don’t get to sit down. He took the time to stroke his fingers along the slope. he seemed pleased with her front right now.” His hands covered her breasts. expecting a kiss. Slow. it wouldn’t be that much fun. freeing one breast. he leaned back. The light caress was simple but sent another shiver into her sex. Her entire body hummed with the need to feel. But that’s all it could be. Kat pushed the thoughts of the future out of her head. pushing against his hand. Heat followed his touch—like a brand across her skin. mind-blowing sex. the desire was still there—but the world moved slower—as if they knew that time wasn’t chasing them.” The command in his voice made her shiver. commanding her without words to raise her arms overhead while he stripped off the thin top. So different from the man who’d touched her the night before. He tossed it on the bed and looked down. he pulled the lower edge of her tank top up. She couldn’t start thinking of this as anything more than a night of sex.
the anticipation of his touch making her ache. Clare panting before he was even naked—but it was a struggle.” he finally said. The way he watched her was so intense it moved through her body like liquid gold. Slowly he stripped away the other side and dropped the black lace on the floor. Mitch stepped back and looked at her.” 56 . “Very nice. Her nipples were like prominent little beacons. Kat forced herself to remain still beneath his stare. “But not even the sight of your breasts will make me forget your punishment. Feeling vulnerable and curiously shy.Tielle St.
“Spread your legs. honey. And what happened to straightforward. Mitch seemed to take that as defiance and followed the silence with two sharp. part of her felt compelled to protest. easing between her thighs. Let me see your pretty cunt. he pulled her alongside the bed then slowly bent her forward until she was draped across his thighs. more liquid in her pussy. Instead. very nice. To ride her. She pressed her lips together to keep from moaning. His fingers brushed across her ass and slid down. “That’s it. “Come here. She waited for him to order her onto the bed. He placed another bracing slap on her ass sending another jolt into her pussy.” The playful tone from before was gone and the hard. she inched her feet apart. He’d actually spanked her. “Hmmm. I want to see how wet you are. light. The slight burning sank into her sex. Her skin burned where he struck her but the heat only ignited more warmth. The warmth from his fingers swept across her pussy as he stroked her. needing more than his fingers. The pattern established. needing him to fuck her. Instead. baby. giving her just a light caress—enough to tease. testing caresses.” Even as she shivered at the explicit command. he sat down on the side of the bed and held out his hand. Mitch—” The sharp smack of his palm on her bottom shocked the words out of her. He didn’t guide her down between his legs as expected.Matching Signs Chapter Six Kat swallowed. Another night of unrelenting arousal—followed by an incredible climax—or two. 57 .” he encouraged. pressing up slightly on her toes. What the hell was she doing—bare assed and over his knee? This was different from last night. Her body responded to the strength and she found herself walking toward him. heavy power of command flowed through his words. don’t you?” Kat didn’t answer. warming her already fluid heat.” Unable to deny his command. hard spanks to her bottom. She could handle that. her breasts pressing against his legs. Her heart pounded in her ears as she stared at the ground. “Listen. he continued—the light smacks. “You like having your tight little ass spanked. Again he dipped his fingers into her opening and grunted as if he approved of what he found there. missionary position sex? “Spread your legs for me. followed by a wicked caress to her cunt—until she was squirming.” His fingers slipped into her opening.
Her breasts ached and she felt empty without him.” She whimpered as he helped her to stand. Mitch pushed her leg down and stepped back. trying to push her clit forward. trying to stop the pleading words that threatened. There had to be a release. wanted his cock. flying against his touch. every nerve alight with the delicate pain and warmth from Mitch’s hand.” The shiver up her spine turned into a moan as he pushed two fingers inside her.” “Not just yet. “Since you took your punishment so well. For so long. he rubbed his thumb along her clit. “Yes. Mitch. I want you to come again before I slide into this hot little cunt. thrusting back and sending him deeper. honey. “Do you want my cock.” She pressed up on her toes. be able to come. his cock. opening her pussy. please. She turned into him.” “Fuck me. she’d needed him. adding a delicate stroke with each penetration. It wasn’t enough to make her come—just enough to make the need worse. He worked her—stroking and finger-fucking her until she was pumping hard. his tongue. just might. her body couldn’t resist the long penetrations of his fingers and she moved against him. or somehow slide his fingers deeper. Her body was strung so tight. still supporting her as he turned her away.” she whimpered as she spoke. Let me give it to you. his support.Tielle St. She raised her leg and hooked her foot behind his knee. as if complimenting her for her orgasm. needing that connection. hoping to rub against his leg. He continued to move inside her—slow strokes bringing her down from the rush.” The encouragement was so sweet that she couldn’t stop the orgasm that shot through her pussy—inspired by his touch and the sweet caress of his words. She needed all of him. Please. baby? Want me to come inside your sweet cunt?” “Yes.” Her pussy twitched and Kat moaned. anything. “No! I need—” She needed his mouth.” 58 . honey. “Very good. “That’s it. you deserve a reward. “I know. pulling her close. baby. His arms curled around her. Still.” As if to reward her for fucking herself against his hand. honey? Tell me. She wanted him. The sensation of having something inside her was sweet but wanted him. she pumped against him. needing his warmth. his strokes worked together and she thought she might. Finally he pulled his fingers out of her and smoothed his large palm across her heated bottom. Clare “Please. She dug her fingernails into the carpet and bit her teeth together. Scraping her teeth across his neck. her mind lost in the world of frustration. “What do you need. needed him. Perfectly timed.
Matching Signs A protest formed on her lips but the warm coverage of his hands on her breasts stopped it. Put your elbows on the bench and present your ass to me. “That’s it. But instead of the light. He pushed the first inch into her as if testing her tightness. Moments later she felt the hard nudge of his cock at her opening. each squeeze of his hand sending a new shimmer into her sex. Deep.” 59 . seeming to realize she needed a harder touch. He pinched her nipples just to the point of pain then soothed them by rubbing tiny circles around them. her head near her knees. that’s how I want you—hungry for it. stroking his fingers up the inside of her thighs. high in the air.” He spread her moisture across her skin. She pressed her hips back. guiding him to that delicious spot only he seemed able to reach. Kat’s eyes popped open as he plunged into her. teasing strokes she expected. long and hard. she followed his instructions. sinking him deeper. pushing her even farther forward. sliding the ridge of his erection between her ass cheeks. baby. fast. He raised her leg. giving her the caress she wasn’t able to find on her own. desperate to feel my cock inside you. He squeezed and massaged. A breath caught between them and then he thrust forward. Eager to do anything that would make him finally fuck her.” Desire controlled her will. Balanced on one leg and her hands.” she moaned. baby. stretching out the word. the unusual angle of her body and raised leg allowed his shaft to reach places no one else had ever seemed able to find. “Ready to take me. “So pretty. bending over. Shocked at the wicked new sensations shooting through her body. Pumping back as much as she could. her ass. driving in hard. filling her. cooling in the air.” he whispered. wanting to tempt him. She felt his fingers around her right ankle and almost screamed. her body pulsing with the need to come. trusting him. She heard the slow slide of his zipper and the crinkle of the condom wrapper and almost whimpered with the need to feel him. honey?” “Yes. she clung to the bench and let him pound into her until she couldn’t take any more—she needed to move. she met him as he drove forward. she gasped for breath and waited. he lifted her foot. Kat cried out. She loved that he wanted to touch her but enough with the foreplay already—she wanted to be fucked. holding her ankle near his hip. She closed her eyes and gripped the sides of the bench. “Walk to the end of the bed and bend over. “And wet. The thickness of his cock. let me feel it. knowing she was displaying her pussy. still hot from his hand. She spread her feet wide. “That’s it. let me feel you come. Moisture dripped down the inside of her thigh.” She groaned at the delicious picture his words created. He pulled out and surged back in.
Though he hadn’t had nearly the number of women he was reported to have fucked—he’d have been unable to walk if he’d done that many women—he’d had his fair share. her body still vibrating with the final traces of her orgasm. consuming her whole body.Tielle St. He cried out as he thrust into her. Every time he’d tried to have a relationship with a woman. He’d spent last night at her place but that was pure exhaustion. asleep. He stared down at her and shook his head. She hung there. it had ended up with a lot of screaming and tears. He couldn’t help it. And that’s why no dating other cops. deeper and longer. Only Mitch’s hands kept her upright. And she looked damn good in his bed—her hair all tumbled and messed up—her breasts poking out above the top of the blanket. Clare Her body seemed tuned to his commands and the first shudders of orgasm shot through her pussy. once and again. They’d agreed last night was a mistake. In reality he should probably be moving her along. Her lips smiled and she nodded like a drunk lecher. the rest of her body wanted to follow it. The world was spinning around her as she raised her eyes to him. “You okay?” he asked. He quickly went to the bathroom to dispose of the condom and clean up. still ready for his mouth. loving the dazed. Tension pulled on his muscles as he held her tight. He’d let her sleep for a few minutes and then he’d figure out a way to send her home. 60 . faster and harder. her nipples rosy and tight. Masculine pride surged through his chest. clinging to him when he tried to pull away. Her eyes closed. Now let’s get you into bed. sated look on her face. He was better at casual sex than relationships anyway. So what did that make tonight? He knew his reputation at the station—hit and run. He released her raised leg and as it dropped to the floor. quickly followed by another wave. his cock buried so deep inside her she didn’t know where he ended and where she began. the only sound in the room was their panting. She gripped the bench and held on as he continued to move inside her. “Huh?” “You okay?” he asked again. his own body seeking the release she’d found.” She was surprisingly compliant as he pulled back the blankets and guided her beneath the covers. He’d fucked the strength from her body. bent over. “I’m wonderful. He lifted her until she stood straight. He held her against him when she started to sway. “I’ll be right back.” “You certainly are. He stopped by the edge of the bed and watched her for a long time.” he promised. stripping off his clothes as he walked back into the bedroom. her mouth slightly open. That seemed to satisfy her because she released him and dropped her head on his pillow.
let me. her legs moving restlessly across the silk sheets. Still asleep she wiggled her hips. Her hand flopped to the side and she spread her legs. she’d suggested it. It was more fun when the woman was reluctantly intrigued. Maybe it was the satisfied look on her face. Really good sex. ***** 61 . Keeping his touch light. rubbing her butt to ease some of the pain. Liquid coated his fingers. knowing she’d dream of him. he stroked her. teasing her clit. He didn’t want her to get chilled. He did his best to be a considerate lover and make sure his partner came and enjoyed herself—but something about Kat stirred up his interest. She smiled and turned into him. practically demanded it before he could fuck her. He gently caressed her. he wrapped his fingers around his shaft and pumped up and down a few times. “Here. Her ass would be a bit sore tomorrow but that would just make it all the more fun for him—watching her sit gently. He slipped under the blankets and eased his hand onto her leg. pressing closer to his hand. He smiled. The fact that on the second date he’d spanked her was something. the firm grip of her cunt surrounding his cock. still asleep. lying there with his hand between her thighs and his face buried in her hair. who had a laundry list of excuses for slipping out of a woman’s house or getting her out of his. It had been fun. Mitch couldn’t resist. Her hand was cuddled between her thighs. His cock hardened at the way she’d willingly bent over his knee. Strange that a man like him. Curious. he pulled her tighter. cupping her pussy. We just had sex. she moaned and shifted in his bed. The only other time he’d spanked a woman. watching as a slow orgasm washed through her body. It was rare that his juices flowed that direction but it had been fun—and she’d loved it. A few times. As if she heard the mental suggestion. The warmth between her legs flowed into his fingers and he couldn’t resist a tiny stroke. Unable to stop himself. He smiled into the darkness.” He slid his fingers under hers. Kat. He was going to wake her up in a few minutes and get her moving. His cock gave an interested twitch that served to remind his brain that he wasn’t going to be with Kat tomorrow. taking his “punishment”. the lightest caress.Matching Signs We aren’t dating. stroking the soft hair that covered her sex. just enjoying the pleasure of touching her so intimately. He wrapped his arm around her shoulder and snuggled her close. should be content with letting a woman who was so obviously dangerous to him sleep in his bed. Maybe she’d be interested in another round before he kicked her out. not even sure she was awake—but she was aroused. With that thought on his mind. And then bending her over and fucking her like that—her tight ass presented for him. giving him access. Mitch pulled back the blankets.
The depressing thought shook her out of her reverie and she straightened and slipped into the bathroom. It wasn’t anything more than that and knowing Mitch. Clearly he was a man who was at least fairly tidy. She stared into the weak light and realized his hand was between her legs. That he’d allowed himself to fall asleep with her still there. Mitch groaned as if she’d disturbed his sleep and pulled her closer. the hand that had been snugged so sweetly between her thighs draped across his stomach. Her fingers tingled in response. Kat took a moment to observe him. She had a feeling he had someone clean because the faucets sparkled and she couldn’t see Mitch spending his weekends polishing. rolling onto his back. she hadn’t had the chance to explore him. Mitch didn’t like having his toys taken away. The smooth planes of his chest fairly called for her touch. trying to decide if it was sexy or just a mess. Her bed had a pink floral comforter and a dragon-shaped night light that her niece had given her. But there was also a softness. Kat shook her head. much better that they keep it purely physical. she carefully pulled his hand away from her crotch. Slowly she eased his arm away from her hip. She had to keep that firmly in her mind. checking out the cleanliness of the small room as she used the facilities. 62 . Mitch still lay on his back—like he’d been put on display particularly for her viewing pleasure. As if he could wake up and be ready to battle the world in a single breath. she was doomed to disappointment. even the energy. Still asleep but a faintly disgruntled look lined his face. She smiled. If she started making romantic plans about a future and a white picket fence with Mitch. The strength was still there— the power. Last night. Despite the extended time they’d spent naked with each other. It was pure nosiness on her part but she was curious about what kind of man Mitch was. She looked in the mirror. The night before had been sex. Not wanting to disturb him. She was getting so fanciful. And tonight Mitch had done all the touching. Clare Kat came awake with two thoughts in her head. Her second thought was that she really had to pee. letting her eyes adjust to the low light in the room. He looked different and still so familiar in his sleep. One. the spanking. she was going to have to get up.Tielle St. The memory of earlier in the night came back to her in a flood. it had been too frenzied—so focused on the actual fucking. No. She lowered his hand to the mattress and Mitch moved. Something to hold for future reference. She glanced over her shoulder to see if he’d woken. slipping out from underneath its weight. It was sex. responding to her body’s need to move. Maybe it was the vulnerability. What Mitch had done to her? Spanking her. She opened the door. bending her over and fucking her hard and deep. She took a moment to clean up and finger-comb her hair. As warm and seductive as Mitch felt. A low ache began in her pussy and she wiggled. Less chance of her getting her heart broken when Mitch finally decided he was done fucking her. this was not her bed. his eyes still closed. it never would be.
63 . borrowing some of his heat. The image sent a renewed craving into her sex. she trailed them up his stomach. she was pretty sure he would wake up quickly and eager for a middle-of-the-night quickie. warm air across the tight skin.” she warned. she placed her mouth at the base of his cock and breathed hot. She licked her lips. That’s probably what Mitch expected. but she could certainly appreciate the concept of touching him. enjoying the smooth skin. imagining the feel of his cock between her lips. Perfect. Or she could crawl back into bed and—and what? Sleep? Naw.” She raised her eyebrows. She reached the end and softly sucked the tip into her mouth. she followed the line of his cock. She gave him one taste and then withdrew. His cock lay asleep against his thigh. Keeping her touch light. A low groan slipped from between Mitch’s lips as his legs moved restlessly against the mattress. “Oh I’m sorry. She stepped closer to the bed. His cock continued to harden beneath her lips and fingers. And I can’t think of a better way to wake up. muscles tightening. So she could go home at—she peered at the red digits next to the bed—two in the morning. feeling it start to swell as she lifted it into her hand. Letting her fingertips wander. He was a man who would truly appreciate a blowjob. She crawled closer. Wicked. Each time she came to the top. She lifted her head and looked up at him. Leaning down. She slipped back under the light blanket and eased it down. letting her fingers wander along the lines of his muscles. exploring the softness and the delicate ridges.Matching Signs Despite the need for silence. “Damn straight. kiss him. Using her tongue. now she’d take him—and she’d be in control. Though he had ended up spending the full night in her bed last night. She smiled against his skin. Take this opportunity to slip out. she took him between her lips. she was the recipient of the attention but something about Mitch made her want to stroke him. blinking innocently. a reality she’d have to face tomorrow. His legs went from restless to still. baby. knowing he was awake and watching. Strange—usually in her fantasies. she could go home. “Don’t expect this every time. Even with only their casual acquaintance so far. She could crawl into his bed and wake him. the warm muscles beneath. He’d like that. He’d fucked her. In reality. followed by her tongue. Or she could wake him up slowly. tempting his sleeping mind with the image of fucking her mouth. she should be leaving. she giggled. wanted. She couldn’t really imagine her spanking Mitch. past his waist. stroking it. If all she was going to do was sleep. She took her time. feminine power surged through her. lick him until he was crazy with the need to fuck her. she stroked her fingers across the shaft—enough to capture his subconscious attention but not quite enough to wake him. sliding her finger and her tongue along the thick vein. Did I wake you?” He laughed softly.
Kat pushed down again. Heat swelled between her legs. made even better by the fact that he was awake and loving the touch of her lips and tongue. “How badly do you want it?” She wanted to hear the words. His hips pulsed upward. fingers and hands. 64 . Perfect. moving up the full length of his shaft. Clare Shaking his head. The center of her pussy clenched—like he was fucking her cunt. giving his permission for her tongue. With one hand on her head. She lost herself in the power of caressing and licking him. A quick glance told her he was watching her. The sweet tension of his thighs was like a caress to her pussy. a long slow withdrawal. This was what she wanted. taking him deep into her mouth. His cock pressed against the back of her throat and she fought the urge to gag.Tielle St. A drop of pre-cum leaked from the tip and Kat looked up at him—something inside her inspired the wicked submission—waiting for his approval. again driving him to the back of her throat. as if the sensation was too much for his body to control. taking him deep inside in one long plunge. All that existed was the delicious shaft that pumped inside her mouth. returning to her delicious task. She hummed around his cock—knowing he would feel the sensation and needing something to express her pleasure. the delicious strain of his neck as he stretched up. fighting the sensations. the bite of his fingers against her scalp.” He slipped his fingers into her hair. the tension in his muscles as he fought to thrust. he said.” She couldn’t stop the smile that tugged on her lips.” Though even as she said the words. the other dug into the sheets. she caressed the deliciously heavy sac and opened her lips. fought the urge to pound the back of her throat. to be controlled by him flooded her body. clench. Keeping her touch light. Primal. “Am I going to feel it?” “Maybe. I know a rare gift when I feel it. She lapped at the tip and then engulfed the full head. fluttering it down the full length. Kat. “Oh no. until she reached the head. His groan broke the tentative silence in the room. watching the muscles on his jaw tighten. A man beneath her who needed. swallowing as much of his cock as she could. I’d kill right now to feel you suck me. letting him go as deep as possible before she pulled back.” She breathed the words against his cock and followed the sound up with a stroke of her tongue. wanted to hear the desire. each inch sliding through her lips. Kat resisted the smile that threatened and wrapped her lips around his cock. She could feel him everywhere. She raised her eyes as she pulled back. She turned her head and placed her open lips against the base of his cock. Fighting the pleasure. sucking lightly as she drew back. “God. “Good. The urge to control him. animal urges filled her. cupping his balls between her fingers. clawing at them as she pressed the flat of her tongue against his cock. Moisture dripped from her pussy as she fucked him with her mouth. He was fighting it. She deepened her thrust. she bent down. Mitch nodded. She swirled her tongue across the tip even as she slipped one hand between his legs. craved her touch.
She couldn’t resist. “I hope that’s okay with you. she moved slowly. Woman on top. She took a moment to look down at him—knowing that if he wanted her to. A little sore from the past two nights. easing him deeper. His cock sank into her pussy—long and hot.” she said. Mitch watched her—his eyes practically glowing in the dim light. guiding her down. It took a moment for her to recognize it for what it was and then nodded. baby. Mitch grabbed her hips.Matching Signs Panting. Mitch would drive his tongue into her cunt but she wanted more. This was what she wanted.” She cradled his cock in her hand and pressed the thick head to her opening. Her pussy clenched. please tell me you didn’t wake me up in the middle of the night just to make my balls blue. hovering over him on all fours. Her breath caught in her throat as he penetrated her.” He stretched to the bedside. “Woman on top. “Wait. His eyes met hers and she saw nothing but pleasure—hunger—in them. She knew if she turned. “That’s it. “You asked last night what my favorite position was. Pausing for a moment—to heighten the anticipation and to tease him just a bit—she took a deep breath and slowly sank down. fill her body. she returned to her position. raising and lowering herself onto his shaft.” Unable to find the words. Unable to stop the noise. Hot fluid dripped down the inside of her thighs. She grinned. each entrance sending a 65 . stretching her with the perfect width. If this was their last night together—and who the hell knew what regrets tomorrow would bring—she wanted to feel him. him inside her. straddling his hips. riding him like a slow-motion rocking horse. Their matching groans harmonized in the room as she pushed. That task completed. bending over and placing another hot kiss on his cock moments before she covered it. and let the sound fill the room. she drew back. taking him deeper. taking it from him. fucking her. baby. letting him touch the deepest parts of her. filling her. a long low groan poured from her lips.” She rocked her hips. she shook her head. She tipped her head back. It was so good. arching her breasts forward. needing to be filled. Her hands trembled as she ripped open the packet and rolled the thin latex down his shaft. To ride him. “Kat. All of him. adding needed pressure when she would have retreated. stopping the slow penetration she’d begun. she would return to sucking him off but she truly wanted to fuck him.” He swallowed and placed his hand over hers. “What?” he asked with a light shake of his head. thick. And crawled over him. not moving out from under her. Seconds later he turned back with a condom in his hands. The corner of her mind warned that somehow he’d seized control but she didn’t care.” “Fuck yes. take it all.
she leaned forward. Their eyes met as her hips rose and fell. Clare whisper caress along her clit. One stroke and she could be there but she fought it. But she just needed a few minutes. softening. His other hand caressed the other breast. “Huh?” “Positions. created for her pleasure. His chest pumped in heavy deep breaths. It would be a while before she came but that was fine— very fine. She wanted one thing more before she came. He turned and suckled at that nipple for a long time. Kat moved in time to his rhythm. driving his hips up and into her.” she whispered. “Come for me. She stayed upright for as long as she could but then dropped forward. His big hands covered her breasts. Kat squeezed around his cock. needing more leverage. fighting the orgasm.” She lifted her head and looked down at him. Lean down. tweaking her nipples with gentle fingers. He groaned and tension whipped through his body.” She tightened around him and sank down. having just enough strength to catch herself as she collapsed onto him. I’m right behind you. baby. pressing harder and deeper. his cock buried inside her. 66 . then I’m changing my choice.” She giggled—something she never did—and rested back down. Pure pleasure hovered just out of reach. The heavy thrust was perfect. using him as her pillow. He clenched his jaw and his head tilted back as he strained. making it uncomfortable but very exciting as he regained his control. “Come. She planted her hands on the bed beside him and began to ride him hard. “Okay. Come.” “Kat. She cried out and let herself go. A few more minutes of his body against hers. His fingers gripped her hips enough that she would have marks tomorrow but she didn’t care. massaging it and preparing it for his pleasure. Not just yet.Tielle St. It was probably expected. The center of her pussy practically vibrated. It was as if in all the world his cock was designed. “Let me taste you. She pushed back.” Keeping him firmly buried inside her. No doubt she should get up and leave. baby—” “Don’t worry. He stretched up and sucked on one hard peak between his lips. It was too much. I was going to go with doggy-style but I’m thinking it’s neck and neck with you on top.
Mitch threw back the covers and swung his feet to the floor.” He loped down the stairs. They knew his car was in the parking lot of his condo complex. After that incredible blowjob and fuck. he recognized the noise as fists on his front door. Her lips were slightly swollen and there was a pale mark on her neck from his teeth. His morning erection flared at the memory. Her hair was a mess—mostly from his hands when she’d gone down on him—and hung about her face in a tangled mass. He grabbed the cell phone from the bedside table. Just stay here. “I’ll be there. “I’ll go get rid of them. He hadn’t spent all that much time sleeping. Hold on. She looked almost as startled as he felt. he’d collapsed in a puddle of male satisfaction—Kat still on top of him. As if she didn’t know how to respond. We’ve got a softball game this morning. The phone beside him rang. Normally he woke up alert and ready for anything. She looked sexy and wild—and a little distressed. she’d curled into him. he’d stayed awake—thinking about what they’d done. “It’s Justin and Drew. He’d barely had the strength to go to the bathroom and clean up before he’d lost consciousness.” Kat pushed up on her elbow and looked down at him. As Mitch’s brain slowly came awake. Someone who wasn’t going away. like he was the source of her pleasure.” He dragged his jeans off the chair and pulled them on. The rest of his body soon followed his head and he realized he still had an arm full of naked woman. blinking the sleep from his eyes as he went. Great—he had a hard-on ready to pound railroad spikes and there was someone at his door. And when he’d crawled back into bed. Even after she’d fallen asleep the second time. 67 . “What is it?” Her question joined the next round of pounding.” For a minute he considered letting them knock but knew they wouldn’t stop. Maybe it was having Kat in his bed. glancing at Kat as he did up the top button. The vague voice in the back of his head that urged him to move her along was silenced by the delicious sight of her body wrapped in his sheets. what it meant. Damn she looked hot. hit the button and growled. Who the hell would be—? “Oh fuck.Matching Signs Chapter Seven The pounding sounded for a moment like it was coming from inside his head.
I’ve never known you to actually date someone. “You can’t spend the rest of your life chasing one chippy after another. “None of his chippies are allowed to stay the night. 68 . he barely noticed his living room as he yanked open the door and glared at two of his best friends.” “Oooh. Mitch kept his mouth shut. finding it strangely irritating to see the other man touching that scrap of material.m.” I wish.” The laughter on Drew’s face and in his voice made Mitch want to deck him. let them think she left in the middle of the night. Mitch shrugged modestly and nodded. “We’d better call the station and tell them we have a streaker roaming the streets. He reached out and snatched Kat’s panties from Justin’s hand. Good. “Got some chippy hidden in your bedroom. “That’s what took him so long to get to the door. It came from a rather embarrassing moment when his mother had been nagging about his getting married— in front of his friends—and finally said. “Oooh. he was actually blushing. They both knew it but would they be able to stop themselves from doing it again? It wasn’t like they were hurting anyone else.” It wasn’t the most eloquent response but his friends didn’t respond to eloquence. “Naw—” Drew shook his head. recreation. Fuck. He was engaged in a little a. He dropped that and held up her jeans and when those fell out of his hand. Mitch stepped back. I bet he does. She must have been worth a replay.” Drew slapped Mitch on his shoulder as if congratulating him on his ability to kick women out of bed. holding one of Kat’s shoes. clearly expecting to be allowed inside. so One-Night-Mitch didn’t kick her out. You need to find a nice girl. “Wow. And Mitch couldn’t think of a reason not to let him in— as long as Kat stayed upstairs. He straightened.” From then on. Neither of them had lovers or spouses to consider. “Then this one left with a few parts missing. They responded to brute force and slap-downs. the thin strap of her panties was looped over his finger. Justin was bent over. “No.” Mitch and Drew turned. “Shut up.” Justin laughed.Tielle St.” All the guys at the station called his women “chippies”. Drew only laughed. He’d transferred into the squad only two years ago. His mind racing through the situation. Clare It was a mistake. Mitch kicks them out with a kiss and a pat on the ass. every woman he’d dated had become a chippy. “What?” “Where the hell have you been? What’s wrong?” Drew walked forward.” Justin said.” Mitch felt his cheeks warm.
“Hmmm.” Justin added. it was just sex. He’d never had a woman look at him like that. someone new.” “Ooh.” “No. they would just sit in the parking lot and wait to see what woman left his condo.Matching Signs “We aren’t dating. I’ll be right back. will she be coming down too?” Justin said. But still. It’s none of your business and it’s not worth straining your brains for. He hoped on hers. See this chippy in all her glory.” “We came by to drag you to breakfast. What are you doing here so early? Game isn’t until eleven. Then he remembered the dopey smile on her face after he’d bent her over and fucked her from behind. One-NightMitch is letting a woman sleep over.” Mitch corrected. Drew scoffed. It would be subtle but the guys on the squad would close ranks around him and she’d be left on her own. “Let me go change. trying to sound more unconcerned than he felt. over the course of the two nights. following him to the bottom of the stairs like an eager puppy. Really good sex—at least on his part. “So who could it be? Not a cop. good choice. They’d actually done it more than twice. Not only did they have a standing rule of no dating other cops. And if he did. she would be hassled mercilessly. Twice. “Who is she? Someone we know?” Drew tapped his finger to his lip. He couldn’t explain what exactly they were doing because he wasn’t sure himself. We have rules about that. “We could just follow him up. “Listen.” Drew’s eyes tightened as he worked his brain cells.” 69 . “Of course we have to worry about it. hungry look—like he’d literally just made the earth move. We should be able to figure this out.” “Pleeeeese.” Mitch shoved Kat’s underwear into his pocket.” Justin said with an approving nod. This is big news. They’d had sex.” “We didn’t know you’d be eating in. He’d pleased women before—but no one had ever looked at him with that stunned.” “Shut the fuck up.” Mitch said. None of the past chippies would be allowed to stay. “We’re detectives.” He looked at their grinning faces and knew there was no way he was going to get them out of his house.” “One he was hot enough for to strip her out of her panties in the doorway. Well. “So can we meet her?” “No. guess all you want.” “Don’t worry about it.” Justin nodded wisely. “The new blonde at the Fly-By-Night?” “Oooh. He couldn’t let them find out about Kat.
he had to get rid of them first. he didn’t know if he’d be able to resist.” He glared at his friends to make sure they knew he was serious. “Promise. kissing. The shower stopped and Mitch stared at the door. You can bring her to us. But to protect both him and Kat. not-dead. The sensation in his jeans moved from a twitch to a full hard-on. “Hope it’s okay—” She pointed over her shoulder toward the bathroom. Kat would go back to patrolling the traffic beat.” 70 . “What? Oh sure. No. There was no need. She was in the bathroom—the shower to be precise.Tielle St.” He held his hand up like a witness in a courtroom. Of course. And when she’d sucked him off…his cock twitched at the memory and he cursed his friends waiting downstairs. Just one more glimpse of skin. The bathroom door opened and Mitch braced himself. He didn’t have time—there was no telling how long Drew could keep Justin or his own curiosity in check—and beyond that. When Charlie and Gracie came back to the job. cops did. He should be doing something when she opened the door so it didn’t look like he was waiting for her. Wet and slick. He walked into his bedroom. He hadn’t thought about any of this. Drew grabbed him by the arm and dragged him back into the living room. It was too easy to imagine what she looked like. Clare “Put one foot on my stairs and I’ll kill you. The air in his chest left in a painful rush and the hard-on in his jeans went to full alert. He’d spent two nights touching. He could trust Drew not to come upstairs looking for a glimpse of the woman. Great. He’d go back downstairs and have to put up with more teasing about that. now that he’d had a chance to actually taste the flesh that tempted him. fucking her body—but this was different. Fuck. Though part of him was. And he could lust from afar—like all the other male. the hint of her breast. Comfortable. And now they had to work together. Turning—hoping he looked cool and in control—he faced her. When Justin looked like he was going to ignore Mitch. “We’ll wait down here. it was a bad idea. He should have kicked her out in the middle of the night but damn it. God. Rivers curling around her breasts as she slowly moved her hands across her skin. Unless… He dragged his thoughts away from climbing into the shower with Kat and putting his erection to good use. The towel she had wrapped around her body barely fit—leaving a tempting shadow at the bottom. Her wet hair hung down around her neck. she felt good in his bed. water sluicing off that smooth skin. It had to be enough. realizing after he did so that it might have been a good idea to knock. he was pathetic.” Mitch nodded and started up the stairs. They’d already spent two nights together. He’d had two nights of incredible sex with her and it would be enough. And felt his jaw drop.
Kat was sitting on the bed. He finger-combed his hair and walked to the door. Forcing his thoughts away from her and to the two men standing in his living room. she was the one who’d asked for a tour. that’s fine. leaving his shirt untucked to hide his growing erection. 71 . “Sure. She’d thought about it ahead of time. his cum dripping from between her legs—to declare that she belonged to him. She once again wore her shirt. why was she upset? She’d known what she was getting into. Hell.” God. Damn. Let me just—” He indicated the bathroom. Kat stared at the closed door for a long time. The sting of unshed tears marked the back of her eyes.” She nodded. should I just hide up here?” Her question did a lot to startle him out of his daze. That’s probably best. he dragged on clothes. He couldn’t seem to think of anything to say—beyond the typical male begging to allow him to touch her again. I can understand that.Matching Signs “I found a new toothbrush and used that as well.” She winced. the blankets pulled across her legs. Like she cared that he was leaving. “Nothing personal but I don’t want people to think I’m fucking my way onto the detective squad. And her bra. knowing it would give her a chance to see his bedroom—a chance to imagine herself in his bed. It took him only moments to get ready. What the fuck was he supposed to say? “I guess I’ll see you tomorrow. She didn’t look like a lost waif or abandoned. yeah. Damn. And there were so many reasons why that was a bad idea—though for the life of him he couldn’t remember what those were.” Mitch straightened. he kind of wished she looked more abandoned. “Right. At the station.” “Sure. she must have fucked the sense from his head as well as the cum from his dick.” He looked at her—sitting alone on the edge of his bed.” As he said the words he realized how rude it probably sounded that he wanted to keep her hidden.” He opened the door and left. When he came out. “Uh. “Unless—” “Oh no. He could understand but still there was a part of him that wanted her to walk downstairs—that mark on her neck. “Umm. Jerking off in the shower had helped a bit but there was no denying the interest in his cock to strip those clothes off her—get her back to the natural state. “See you. And Kat stepped out of the way. Damn.
facing her. I’ll call you. He smoothed his hand down her back and across her ass. She knew it was probably just a blow-off statement but still it pleased her. Mitch tossed her jeans across the end of the bed and turned. She’d have to go downstairs and get her jeans. 72 . she dragged her jeans over her hips—the motion reminding her of the way Mitch had spanked her last night—and went to the door.” She nodded. He gave her another quick kiss. You knew that going in.” Shocked. ready to run back to her hiding place at the first noise. He took two steps then seemed to change his mind and whirled around. reminding her of last night’s games. listening before she opened it. “I’ll call you. Holding onto that determination. dominating her with one caress. If nothing else she’d lingered in his conscience and he’d felt compelled to return. She dug her hands into the pockets and still found nothing. she grabbed her jeans and shook them out. His kiss was powerful and aggressive. He’d stared at her—and she’d seen the desire on his face and the erection he’d tried to hide—but he hadn’t touched her. she peeked around the corner. It was just sex. Nothing.Tielle St. expecting her underwear to drop to the ground. Shaking her head. With a sigh. he wrapped his arm around her back and pulled her close. Kat jumped back and placed her hand to her pounding heart. She took a deep breath and told herself it didn’t matter. She blinked and stared at him. It made no sense. She didn’t want the other detectives to know she had slept with Mitch any more than he did. he lifted his head. heading straight back to the door. relieved to find the room empty. bending down as he did. Maybe it was because he hadn’t touched her. At the bottom of the stairs. At all. He was going to walk out without saying anything. How could he have forgotten her panties? Men. And I’ll be okay with it. she stood and dropped the blanket. It had been amazing. as if he didn’t want to think about his actions. As if that soothed his soul. Incredible. So why was she on the verge of crying? Because she was stuck upstairs like a dirty little secret. she reminded herself. Had the guys from the station seen— The bedroom door popped open and Mitch strode in. How embarrassing. And underwear. It was silent downstairs but she still moved with caution. Kat once again found herself staring at a closed door—only this time she was smiling. Moving quickly. He hadn’t forgotten her when he’d walked out the door. “Give us five minutes to leave and then you should be clear. now she’d been there. Clare Well.
My mother.” “Oh God. “Hello. She sighed. Probably a wrong number. Where are my panties? K ***** The phone rang at ten that night just as she was crawling into bed.” “What?!” “My mom met up with me and came by to drop off some food for my freezer—she likes to take care of me. Maybe dinner. feeling silly. They had been right with her jeans.” His voice was gentle but Kat could hear the weariness in his words.” The reprimand in his voice was laced with enough laughter that Kat didn’t panic too much. That could mean only one explanation. She went into the kitchen and found paper and a marker—leaving Mitch a big note on his counter. she’s very curious about the woman leaving questions about panties on my kitchen counter. She considered letting the machine pick up. She’d just meant it to tease him—not embarrass him.” She looked around.” She dropped back on her pillows. Now. “Why? Did one of the guys see it?” “Uh. Mitch.” She sat up in bed—suddenly wishing she’d worn something sexier to bed than a pair of shorts and baggy sweatshirt. no. “Uh. but she had a compulsion where the phone was concerned and couldn’t stand to let it ring. putting just enough irritation in her voice so whoever was on the other end of the line would think they’d woken her. She found her shoes. “Don’t worry. 73 . so that probably deserved a phone call at least.Matching Signs She did a quick survey of the downstairs to make sure she was truly alone then went in search of her underwear. hi. her free hand covering her eyes. she couldn’t tell. She has this strange belief that my sex life involves dozens of different women and wicked sex clubs. He should have grabbed them as well. She’d never really expected him to call. But no underwear. I’m sorry. “Hello?” she asked. Mitch. Though whether he was tired because of a long day or tired of a sex life that involved dozens of different women. But men said they’d call and rarely did. “You might want to be a little more careful about leaving notes on my counter. She looked at the number but didn’t recognize it. They had slept with each other twice—well. over the space of two nights.
Restrictive domestic form of lovemaking. were they way off on that one. “You think about that. Maybe that’s all she needed. Just let it be about sex. protective side warned that she would get her heart broken.” The phone clicked off on the other end and Kat closed her eyes. She needed something else or it got real old.” “That’s because you had me practically standing on my head. Kat. Boy.” He chuckled and the sound sent a new wave of shivers down her spine.Tielle St. Clare “Instead of what it truly is—” she teased. Good night. You came so hard you could barely stand up. Would there be a next time? Mitch seemed to be planning it but did she really want this to continue? Part of her screamed a defiant yes but the more logical. She remembered the phrases from the astrology guide.” The sexy drawl made her pussy ache with the memory of his delicious punishment.” “I know. Think about how I’m going to fuck you the next time I get you alone.” The silence on the other end of the phone. 74 . She wasn’t good at casual sex—fuck buddies. “Taking unsuspecting women to your bedroom and spanking them. Tends to be sexually incompatible. “I’ll say. my cock inside you. Next time I’ll let you kneel on the ground. “That was a bit unusual. that pretty ass in the air. A few more times with Mitch and she’d get bored with him. she warned but even as she thought it she knew it probably wasn’t possible. real fast. She would do just that—think about him until the next time.” Kat bit back a groan. baby. I was dizzy. “You loved it.
Nothing had come from their first party. So far—neither had decided that. Too many chances of someone seeing through the charade she and Mitch had created. She could tell from a simple stare whether he would suggest meeting up later. hoping to see something. They’d decided—mutually agreed—that they would enjoy each other until one or the other—or both—decided it was enough. 75 . The anger. Dangerous but that was the way her mind was working. she tried to think about the attacker. What could they do different? Something to draw out the killer? She didn’t like the idea of being bait but it was starting to feel like they had to make a move. But before he’d dumped the bodies. It had occurred with surprising frequency in the last four weeks. She’d gotten used to that in the past month. She glanced up and saw Justin and Mitch putting on their coats. she couldn’t bring herself to do it. he’d re-dressed them. They all appeared to be what they looked like—lonely people looking for love. She wanted to do a good job and she enjoyed the work—even the boring research. The next party was scheduled for tomorrow night and once again she and Mitch would attend. tried to convince herself that breaking up with Mitch was the wise thing to do—but wise or not. She placed three photos side by side. she was one of the last ones to leave. on several occasions. she still didn’t feel comfortable. She liked him—even when they weren’t in bed. Drops of blood on the clothes indicated they’d been cut off the victims—and not with much care. Again. And that was happening with surprising frequency as well. None of the names she or Mitch had collected had shown any promise. Sometimes it actually felt like they were dating. They were no doubt headed out to the Fly-By-Night. She examined the crime scene photos. Dropping her gaze. anything to tell her how the killer picked the women. It was the local cop hangout and while Kat had gone a few times. And staying late made it easier for her and Mitch to make plans. she opened the Matching Signs case file. Instead of focusing on the humiliation and the pain of the victim. She tried to steer her thoughts away from that idea. the pure hatred that seemed to radiate from the crime scene. It was a grim sight. Why? Her stomach turned at the brutality of the crimes but she knew she had to get past that. Kat had. The way the clothes had been slashed. Her long hours were the result of several influences.Matching Signs Chapter Eight Kat looked up from her desk.
“The way he slashed them up. She just had to get through his ego first.” 76 . “As if we couldn’t figure that out for ourselves. But he’d listened to her whenever she had something to say. “She wasn’t attacked at the party. “I just wanted to look at the scene photos again. Justin stayed at the door. They’d managed to pull it off for a month—no one was any the wiser. If she’d learned anything in the past four weeks.” Mitch wandered back into the room. seeing Justin made her blush.Tielle St. She continued through the files. Something about the clothes. This attacker hated his victims and loved the kill. True. she wouldn’t have been able to tell. Worrying that she might do something to give away the fact that she was Mitch’s new “chippy”. He also shook his head.” Mitch said with just a touch of warning in his voice. The pleasure of destroying something he hated. For a group of detectives. He joked with Drew and sometimes Justin but the rest of the time.” “Or maybe he connected up with her afterward. she officially had no claim on Mitch but the thought of him fucking her one night and then picking up another woman the next made her skin burn. it was that he was so arrogantly male at times that she wanted to smack him. “What was Marisha wearing? The night she went to the party?” Mitch shrugged and shook his head. “So what’s so special that no one else has seen?” There was just a hint of offended curiosity in his voice but Kat ignored it. Mitch was very careful about the way he treated her in the office. He was brusque and professional. conscious of the fact that Justin was still waiting impatiently at the door. Clare Rape was about power but this seemed even more evil. “You know.” Justin pointed out. “She was grabbed later.” “Yeah. That would be a scene the cops would remember for years. Of course. “Oh no. the shrink said it indicated anger and rage at his victim. Kat decided she didn’t really want to know about their plans. They hadn’t made any promises of being exclusive but considering three of the past four nights he’d been at her place.” Mitch shook his head. in the parking lot. Kat had no problem facing Mitch but for some reason.” she finally answered. his lips crinkling into an unhappy grimace—as if she was delaying whatever he had planned for the night. they weren’t very perceptive. If she didn’t know he was sleeping with her. He glanced at Justin. he was focused on his job. He stood at the door with Justin. “You going to sit here all night?” She looked up at Mitch’s call. “I don’t know. her eyes drawn back to the clothes and the way the killer had placed them back on the body.” She laughed. she’d better not find him with another woman. Giving her his phone number.” She tapped the photo of Jessica’s scene.
tender and consciously aware of her body as a woman. “But there’s no way of knowing what she wore at the actual party.” “What? Oh right. “So you’ll be okay?” She flinched. He was a damn good detective and a good leader. She liked him. Obviously. After the first few nights. It was her own little way of convincing herself that she wasn’t totally falling for him. “Trust me. And even their time outside the office hadn’t totally been spent in bed. knowing it would irritate him.” His eyes tightened into a glare and she fluttered her eyelashes at him.” He looked at Kat. Mitch seemed to come to the conclusion that he couldn’t just show up when he wanted to fuck. Liked that she didn’t let him always have his way. “You ready to leave? We’ll walk you out.” Mitch raised his eyebrows at that comment. they’d talked. laughed. in the past four weeks she’d made a specific effort to not always be available when he called. Except they couldn’t go anywhere together or tell anyone. Smart and clever. Sexually it was a given. I’m at a police station. But she’d started to like him at work. it didn’t bother her too much or she would have said no on one of the many nights they’d been together. If you’re a woman going to a speed-dating party.” She smiled.Matching Signs She glared up at him.” She shook her head. It was almost like they were dating. She had to work to keep up with him or he’d ride all over her.” “Her friends would know. They hadn’t been able to dig up anything unusual about Jared but that hadn’t stopped Mitch from bringing him up as a suspect each time they discussed the case. “Besides. Inventive. “I’m going to stay a bit. I think I’ll be fairly safe walking to my car.” “Mitch. Probably too much. it was like dating a married man. you consult your friends about what to wear and then the next day you report back. She had a feeling he liked that. A little prelude to sex.” 77 . He was a fantastic lover. God. he was stubborn. Kat laughed. He had to remind her about Jared. whispering sexy things she knew would inspire him to jump into his car and race over to her place—a ten-minute drive he seemed able to make in four minutes. Though she knew it was probably a bit childish. He knew how to interview suspects in a way that awed her. I just want to wrap my mind around this. And during those times. we’ve got to get going. She was fine with his dominance games in the bedroom but he didn’t rule the world. man. Ugh. having forgotten for a moment that he and Justin were standing there. “Yeah. Or she wouldn’t have called him late in the night. The main problem was—she was falling for him. fought. He’d started bringing dinner or spending the evening with her before taking her to bed. God.
not wanting to offend the victim’s friend. we’re working on it. He wouldn’t be coming by later. She wanted to be comfortable but sexy. Mostly hanging out at Terese’s house but he didn’t have to know that. “She was going to wear her pink top—it had bits of glitter all over it and a short black skirt. um. “But she wasn’t a slut or anything. “I’m hoping you can help me. Marisha’s friend.” “Man. I’m just gathering as much information as I can.” “Oh wow. She had a great body and she liked to show it off. Thanks for the help. It was difficult because of the way the killer had shredded their clothes but the basic outline was there. I’m working on Marisha’s case. She waved as he and Justin walked away before deliberately turning her eyes back to the pictures. “That’s perfect. Before she could think better of it. Clare “And I’ll see you tomorrow.” Kat flipped through the pictures of the women looking for similarities.” Shannon’s voice caught and Kat could her hear take a long breath.” Shannon’s voice changed. hi.” “Oh. I haven’t talked to anyone about this in weeks. She scanned the file for contacts.” She added a little bit of arrogance to her answer. Do you know what Marisha wore the night of the Matching Signs party?” “What she wore?” “Yes. “What did her top look like?” “Well. I hope you catch the bastard. “It could be anything.” She looked into his eyes and saw the message.Tielle St. this dude is sick. had come in to identify the body. I wasn’t thinking that at all. Shannon.” “How low cut?” “It showed a bit of skin. Did she have a special outfit that she put on for the night? Something new?” “No. I’m just trying to find similarities between other possible victims. The corners of his eyes tightened but he nodded.” She scrambled. Shannon answered. trying to compose herself.” The disappointment and acceptance in that one word strengthened Kat’s resolve. the fact that it was glittery. “Shannon. Have you found the guy who did it?” “No. She’d left her name and number.” 78 . After four rings. Kat picked up the phone and dialed. Make him wonder what she was doing with her nights when he wasn’t around. so she was going to wear her favorite outfit.” “No.” “I do too. this is Officer Browning from the police department. The color of her shirt. you know. it was pink and sparkly.
Matching Signs She dropped the handset onto the cradle. She glared into her closet.” “Uh. why?” “Well. And then Kat’s body would be found lying in the alleyway. Again. It had taken longer than she’d hoped but she’d found the outfit she was looking for. It had obviously been too long since she’d gone out. Now she had a good idea of what all three victims wore to the party. It was probably stupid to even think that the killer was picking up women based on what they wore but it was the only thing she could see that connected each woman. Mitch seemed to enjoy it but it made her party clothes a little too tight. After a full day at work—surreptitiously avoiding Mitch—she’d made a run to the mall. Not a TV show.” Kat nodded and tried to smile. she was going to have to go shopping. “And now you’re here. that a valuable latecomer would be arriving. Then her whole day would be for nothing. Jessamine’s words would be a preview of the next two hours. A look of serene reprimand crossed Jessamine’s face—followed quickly by the light of excitement. It was no doubt Mitch. some urge told me to delay. racing past a couple leaving. The phone rang but Kat just glared at it. She just didn’t want to have to explain what she was doing. He’d left a message earlier asking her to call him back if she was free. It was time to check out her closet. ***** Kat hurried into the Hot Spot. taking Kat’s papers. If she was going to look sexy enough to attract a killer. Her low-cut tops seemed to hang wrong. interesting. She was late and knew if she wasn’t in place when the party started. It was a hunch and probably one that probably wouldn’t pan out but she wanted to try it anyway. I was prepared to close up our gathering five minutes ago but something stopped me.” She held out her hand. she was frustrated and depressed. The line at the registration table gone and Jessamine looked like she was packing up her computer when Kat raced up. 79 . The flutter of nervous butterflies twitched in her stomach but she ignored it and reminded herself this was reality. The phone stopped ringing—without a message being left. The clothes she’d thought were sexy were either drab or just didn’t fit right. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to see him. I believe the planets have something special in store for you tonight. she wouldn’t be allowed in. This will be a special night for you. It was the ten pounds she’d gained in the past three months—it had all gone right to her chest. This wasn’t going to work. She didn’t feel like being free tonight. Three hours later. If this were a movie or an episode of CSI. It was almost eleven. “Hmmm.
you dressed this way to get this sort of attention. Very few signs of a first. She assumed he was hidden in some dark corner. His glare put a damper on her sexy glow. He looked at her for one long. Hell. and strolled across the room.” Jessamine patted her hand and winked. might as well show it off. I’m going to wear it. Jessamine finished her instructions and rang the bell. The other woman looked up and her eyes widened. And the skirt probably couldn’t have been shorter—not if she wanted to stay legal.” She walked into the room just steps in front of Jessamine and told herself that was why everyone turned and stared at her—not because she was practically naked from the waist up.Tielle St. He smiled and then his eyes widened as he looked down her body. She dragged her insecurities in. No. Have fun tonight. They’d looked at all the men.” “Naturally. You’re really going for it tonight. trying to gather enough information to tell if the other person was “the one”. “If you’ve got it. The blatant admiration sent a shiver up her spine. leaving almost a third of her breasts bared to the world. “You’re in space number three. But not like a hooker who walked into the bar looking for clients. huh?” The tone was teasing and sexual. Tonight’s outfit was a complete divergence from the last time’s. Well. Except they’d found no signs of a second person. letting her hips swing in a slow deep rhythm. Maybe the guy had an accomplice. Kat took her coat to the coat check room.” “I hope so. the granite of his cheeks changing as he smiled at the woman to his right. someone who lured the women out of the club and then handed them over to the killer? It was possible. Hopefully she looked sexy and a little slutty. She pushed her shoulders back. Kat shrugged. I think the planets are with you. Clare Maybe that was what they’d been missing. chatting up some woman. Voices filled the room as each couple frantically talked. even the bartenders stopped and looked. Several pairs of eyes tracked her across the room. While Jessamine entered Kat’s information into the computer. She wore a tight blue top with thin straps and no bra. Jessamine began her welcoming speech as Kat sat down so she didn’t have time to see if Mitch was there. If I’m going to wear an outfit like this. shivering a bit as the air hit her bare skin. 80 . giving her breasts that extra bit of plump. irritated second and then turned. Kat sat in her seat and smiled up in greeting at the first man to sit down across from her. She returned to the check-in table and Jessamine handed Kat her Matching Signs box. Be happy that it’s working. “Sexy outfit. his gaze stopping on her breasts. The plunging neckline was deep and wide. Kat tried to focus on her job but even as she smiled at the man across from her—he didn’t really notice because he was still staring at her chest—Mitch stepped into her line of sight. She was used to men staring at her chest but she wasn’t quite used to placing it so fully on display.
Kat even tapped her box on the table to see if something was wrong. As if he’d been terrified of her. Still. Not that she believed much in astrology.” His cold compliment shocked Kat.Matching Signs Kat lifted her chin and straightened her spine—her body instinctively reacting to his visual snub. She stared at him for a moment. Kat looked around as another man left her table. tempting smile that made them all melt—was gone. Oh he still smiled. not sure she’d heard it right. Only when he’d dropped out of sight in the corners of the room had she been able to concentrate.” She offered her hand. She lost track of how many men she’d talked do. Nice outfit. He’d seemed relieved when their Matching Signs boxes hadn’t responded. “I’m Mitch. He’d found it difficult to look at her in fact. There had been several guys she’d liked—and if she’d been looking for a man. bending her over his knee and spanking her before 81 . she reminded herself. it buzzed ominously. “My eyes are up here. trying to keep up appearances. as if he was anticipating the moment when everything broke loose and was freed. So far. Kat was better able to listen to her partner and still keep track of what was going on in the room. The smile he’d bestowed on every other woman in the room—the sexual. forcing a smile on her lips. He was cute in an absentminded professor sort of way and she kind of felt sorry for him. She’d tried not to watch him all night but it had been impossible. I’m Kat. Mitch was in the seat across from her. what was wrong with her that she didn’t match anyone? Jessamine thought something special was going to happen tonight. Having done this once before. “So what do you do for a living?” she asked. The movement seemed to test the strength of her top and the eyes on the guy across from her grew even wider. When she looked back. The crowd tonight seemed livelier—more laughter. The rest of the time. not happening. “Hi. “Hey—” She snapped her fingers in front of his face. He’d been one of the few who hadn’t stared at her chest. she might have considered—but the planets didn’t think they’d be a good match. He was a professional after all but up close. with only occasional glances down to her chest. she could see there was none of the laughter or teasing in his eyes that he’d shared with the other women. She smiled comfortingly at him as he stood up.” “Huh?” He didn’t seem to understand her snide comment but at least he was looking at her face. cold. the voices louder. Kat felt her voice going as she had to almost shout across the table. Her Matching Signs box responded positively to only two of them. Irritated. Mister Wild Sex. That seemed to break his trance and he started talking. Mitch took her hand in his and squeezed—impersonal.
She held her breath for a moment. Even knowing the result. 82 . “I don’t. fine. there was little chance of anyone else hearing their conversation. Mitch grimaced and stood up. almost jealous. Clare fucking her so hard from behind that she saw stars—and he didn’t approve of her showing a little skin? “Glad you like it. She’d been feeling confident and sexy and he’d come along and ruined it. It was the move the bartender had used on him the last time. “What makes you think you have any say in what I do with my tits?” “Since we’re sleeping together.” He leaned forward and his smile wavered. I don’t care. “Fucking. as long as we’re just fucking. The boxes clicked together and a low buzz rumbled.” He stood up and stalked off toward the hallway that led to the bathrooms. “Just remember you’re here to work. some part of her hoping the stupid signs would match this time. Mitch looked down then glared back up at her as if he knew precisely what she was doing. I assumed the only person who sees your breasts. What makes you think you can flash your tits at every man and woman in this room?” Knowing what it did to her already deep cleavage. That hurt in his voice must have been her imagination. “Well. She dropped the box onto the table and tried to tell herself that the ache in her chest was irritation.Tielle St. You’re not actually trolling for guys. He’d left his Matching Signs box. She glanced down at the table. she couldn’t resist pressing her box against his.” He sounded hurt. she leaned forward. She watched his back—her eyes burning with the press of tears.” They had to lean in very close—so close she could smell his aftershave and oh. With the noise in the room. reminding her not even the universe thought they were a good match. “If you want to show everyone here your body. designed to draw his eyes down.” “What do you call all those nights in bed together?” he challenged. “I’ll be back. The center of her stomach fell away and she started to apologize but he didn’t seem to notice her attempt to break into the conversation.” she snapped back. “That sounds a little like a relationship and I didn’t think we had one of those. and any other part of your body that is normally covered.” Kat’s heart did a slow roll over because it really sounded like Mitch didn’t care.” Kat felt her mouth drop open. I guess I don’t care what you do. is me. heavens did he smell yummy—to hear each other.
she didn’t have much to do so she looked around the room.” he said softly though the chill hadn’t left his voice.” Kat saw the drink in her hand and the feminine look of commiseration on her face. And what a bitch she’d been. Trying to ignore the pain in her chest. Mitch laughed and reached across his table. approached. Was there anything more depressing? And her one friend in this whole place was gone. You look like you could use this. Even the stars saw it. They were definitely not a perfect match. sucking almost half the drink through the straw. the bitchy bartender from the first night. sexy smile he’d shared with the others. feeling the need for some false strength. placing his fingers on the back of his partner’s hand.” She placed the drink on Kat’s table.” She took a sip and realized it was another Long Island iced tea. Not good. He sat down at the table beside her and granted the woman across from him the hot. “Here. Another man left her table and as she waited for the next round. “On the house. Here. He looked at her chest but she no longer found amusement or pleasure in it. “Didn’t look like that one went so well. Great. Dumped at speed dating. Even the bartender had seen her get dumped. refusing to let Mitch’s attitude spoil her night—or her chance to catch a killer.” Kat pushed her shoulders back. She nodded.” “Uh. giving her something to think about besides what an asshole Mitch was. She’d never been good at the whole casual sex thing. She just wanted the night to be over. Jessamine rang the bell and laughter and groans filled the bar as couples held their boxes up. The alcohol burned down her throat. Sitting alone in a room full of couples. Kat forced a smile at the man who’d taken up the seat opposite her. One drink wouldn’t kill her and it might very well stop her from killing Mitch.” “That’s right. Fighting a glare in his direction. thanks. Was it enough? Was it more than that? Damn. “We’ll meet tomorrow. Mara. “No. The woman winked and turned away. “But there are others. Probably forever.Matching Signs Chapter Nine With Mitch gone. Mara was good. So why was she having such a hard time letting go of it? So they had great sex.” How embarrassing. “What?” She tipped her head toward Mitch. Kat grabbed her glass and took a long swallow. 83 . Kat took another sip of the drink. That was all. searching for the perfect match. “I forgot this. Kat stared at Mitch’s box. not trusting herself to speak.” His hand reached out and grabbed the box off her table.
” she blurted out. Jared. Licking her the way Mitch licked her—like he loved the taste. She barely noticed when the bell sounded and Jared held up his box. Kat didn’t even attempt to listen to him as he rambled about meeting women. He leaned into the conversation and smiled that come-hither smile that made Kat’s pussy ache when he flashed it at her. Clare “Is everything okay?” She jolted and looked at the next guy on her list.Tielle St. Her fingers were uncoordinated and it took two tries for her to match signs with him. He glared at her and the tight squeeze of his mouth made his thin lips look even worse. And made her crazy when he gave it to someone else. “No one. The buzzed feeling had passed and the middle of her abdomen started to hurt.” Kat giggled at that. The bartender was making them strong tonight. “Who’s Mitch?” Jared’s eyes squinted and Kat realized she wasn’t supposed to say anything about Mitch. the room was making the most irritating dips and swirls. It took all her concentration to focus on what Jared was saying. “Everything’s fine. Shrugging a weak apology. Perfect. What’s your name?” The conversation actually managed to decline after that scintillating opening. So the stars thought they were a good match? No way.” Kat took a judicious sip of her drink. She pressed 84 . Part of her mind acknowledged that this wasn’t normal but the warm buzz moving through her body was too pleasant to deny. He walked away and another man sat down. “You look lovely tonight. she held her box to his and listened as the chimes went off. it was difficult to concentrate—particularly when he seemed completely enthralled by the bimbo sitting across from him. “Good evening. “Mitch didn’t think so. loved making her come. “I’m good.” His face doubled before it straightened again. “Are you all right?” he asked as he stood up.” She jumped again and blinked at the man who’d sat down across from her.” She stuck the drink straw in her mouth to stop herself from saying anything else she wasn’t supposed to. She was jealous about a guy who thought of her as nothing more than a human fuck toy. She couldn’t imagine his lips on hers or on her pussy. She nodded. Kat jolted and realized the guy across from her had been trying to get her attention for some time. Especially after the way Mitch had treated her. Between sentences. “A friend? Ex-lover?” Kat shook her head—determined not to say anything more—as the urge to giggle again bubbled up in her throat. Something was definitely wrong. When the bell rang. Kat. “Hi. With Mitch sitting a few people away and just at the perfect angle where she could watch him.
Kat laid her fingertips across her lips to stop from throwing up on him. 85 . She tried to open her eyes but it didn’t help. making her stomach roil again. you did have too much to drink. using the table to keep herself steady. She tightened her muscles. her mind latching onto the one concrete thing. The room moved in waves before her eyes. “Where’s Mitch?” she asked.Matching Signs her hand on her belly and took a deep breath. “Here. scratching her skin. she was weak and her head was fuzzy. A hard grip pulled on her arm. needing him. She ran down the dark hall to the bathroom. I’ll take care of you. Will that help?” She nodded and blinked. They moved farther from the noise. “Oooh. This was wrong. “Mitch?” Kat asked. Mitch was here. He might hate her but he’d help her. Mitch isn’t here. Another man dropped into the seat across from her. She opened her mouth. silently fighting and praying that Mitch would find her. Kat had snagged a guy that first night. babe” smile at the woman across from him even as he glanced toward Kat’s spot. pinching hard. She clutched the side of the toilet and tried to stand. Sounds tried to penetrate from somewhere but Kat couldn’t focus. A bright red exit sign looped and swirled in front of her eyes. She stumbled to the side.” The comforting voice turned harsh and gravelly and a hand grabbed between her legs. Her head was spinning and she didn’t feel well. the floor tilting as the colors changed. She’d been drunk before and it didn’t feel like this. Her mind sank deeper into the fog and darkness but Kat knew one thing. Something was wrong. “I’ll be right back. The painful retching lasted only a few minutes but when it was done. Some other cock to shove between your legs. Kat tripped over the toe of her shoe and the ground came up to meet her. Maybe he could find a woman in this crowd. gasping for air. heading slowly toward the door. Some corner of her consciousness looked for Mitch. let me help you.” The comforting voice was accompanied by strong hands lifting her.” She stood up and swayed. didn’t you? Don’t worry. But I can take you to him. “No. Mitch flashed his patented “I’m so into you. Just because he was working didn’t mean he couldn’t shop around as well. barfing up everything in her stomach. Was she still watching him? He hoped so. “Such a pretty slut. She couldn’t let whoever was holding her take her outside. He would help her. “You’ve got a man and you still come here looking for more. The world was still bending and twisting before her.” They stepped into the dark hallway. Darkness pressed at her but she fought it back. knocked open the door and lunged into a stall. her head dropping back. but her stomach rumbled and she knew she had only seconds to get out of the room before she lost her dinner all over the carpet.” Fingers bit into her arm and dragged her forward.
“Did you see where she went?” “I think she went to the bathroom. It took him a moment to process what he was seeing.” She looked up at Mitch. She walked away. “The one with the huge knockers?” the guy asked. Or more precisely. Mitch had done a good job of wiping Blondie from her memory. Please God let her be in the bathroom. He was pretty sure she hadn’t thought much about Jared since. But he’d stayed. It was great sex but it was more.” She rolled Kat over and pried open one of her eyes. At least he’d thought it was more. “Hello?” The woman he was supposed to be chatting up tapped his arm. “oh you don’t want sex. “Remember me?” “Uh. I’ll be back. Kat. He stopped at the ladies room. he knew he was lying. So he’d done the “date” things. “Where is the woman who was sitting there?” he asked. fucked her and left. her eyes closed. Even as he thought the words. yeah. Clare Mitch felt his lips tighten. She’d deck him before she’d cry over him. How dare she act like all he was interested in was sex? He blinked and shook his head to clear it. “I don’t know. “Too bad.Tielle St. Well. Then he looked to the woman who’d been seated on Kat’s left. ready to open it when he heard a low groan at the end of the hall. But that didn’t sound like Kat. The female bartender knelt over her. he’d done that the first few times but after their first dinner together. She wasn’t at her table. He ran forward and turned the corner. Where the hell was she? He straightened and scanned the room. He’d even spent a few evenings there and not slept with her—though that was probably more to do with her having her period than any gentlemanly urge on his part. “She doesn’t look good. crying because she’s pissed at me. He thought that proved he wasn’t a complete asshole. A dozen-plus nights of great sex would do that for you. I was going to spend my full five minutes staring at those sweet titties and—” “Ever wonder why you can’t get date?” Mitch felt compelled to ask. “What happened?” Mara shook her head. They had dinner. He glanced back her—needing to glare at her one more time. Kat lay on the ground. the edge of her panties showing. That’s a good thing. her skirt twisted up to her waist. he’d made a conscious effort to not make it seem like he just wanted to fuck. “My boss will hate me but we need to call an 86 . I just found her lying here. The hallway was dark but Mitch’s eyes quickly adjusted. watched a few movies. But it didn’t look like there would be any more. They talked and ate together. She didn’t look like she was feeling well. It wasn’t like he showed up at her house. I guess she had too much to drink. It wasn’t like he’d said.” He nudged Mitch—as if Mitch wanted to be part of that stupid male club. his hand on the door. what he wasn’t seeing.” Mitch nodded and stalked away. “I don’t know.” He stalked to Kat’s station. I’m out of here”.
” “What is it?” she asked as he hefted Kat in to his arms. and the emergency crew ran out. He could be at the hospital in half that. “I need you to go out front.” He knew Kat wasn’t drunk. the hospital doors opened.” His heart pounded into his throat but Mitch pushed the rising panic aside. “Have them waiting for me when I drive up. Her body was completely limp. Slamming his car into park. He pulled into the Emergency—Ambulances Only drive through. He dealt with this kind of shit every day. She was too responsible for that. He cursed himself for being such an ass—but that was for later. As he opened his passenger door.” “Are you sure?” “Yes. “She’s not a normal drunk.” “The party is finishing up in another fifteen minutes. It will be okay. I’ll get her to a hospital. startling drivers out of his way. But never with someone he cared about. A strap from the skimpy top sagged down one shoulder. Stroking her hair. He glanced at Kat. I’ve got an officer down.” “You’ll have cops on site by then. But I don’t want her dying from alcohol poisoning. when Kat was better. her mouth was open and her eyes shut.” He flipped open his phone. A drive that should have taken twenty minutes.Matching Signs ambulance. “Hold on.” The siren in his car wailed through the night. He was a cop. Mitch dropped the phone and floored it.” He couldn’t resist touching her. Her breathing seemed normal. “No. He’d been watching her all night and she’d only had the one drink. Mitch calculated the time for an ambulance to arrive.” Mara—her eyes wide and concerned—nodded and backed away. Mitch didn’t have time to worry about her. As he drove he dialed dispatch and sent police to secure the scene at the club. He shouldered open the door and raced to his car. “I’m a cop. “I’ll take her. he did in seven. “Detective Keane?” 87 . leaving more skin bared. as her fingers clicked in the background on the keyboard. Just go watch the door. I only gave her one. I’m heading toward Mercy Regional. meeting him with a gurney. She didn’t look drunk or I wouldn’t have served her. Drugged on something. he jumped out and ran around to the other side. her head hanging backward. “Are you on site?” the calming voice of the dispatcher asked.” He flashed his badge. is she?” “I don’t know. dropping her in the front seat. baby. No way she came in there drunk. but don’t let anyone leave. as if nothing is going on. He had to get Kat to the hospital—the other women had all been drugged but no one could figure out what with.
He wandered over to the waiting area and tried to distract his mind by filling in the blank pages. we’ve got it covered. Clare “Yes. You stay with Kat. watching as they wheeled her unconscious body down the hall. There was so much he didn’t know about her and sitting here.” Mitch could have reached across and punched the guy for his arrogant. They were at the scene.” He followed them into the hospital. reluctant to let her go. let him know what was going on. ***** Kat fought her way to the surface—struggling against the lulling effects of whatever was pulling her down.” 88 . There wasn’t much he could give them beyond her name and job. She should have someone with her. “And we’ll take care of her. “How is she?” “They’re working on her now.” he whispered again as he put her down. get information from Kat’s police records. “She is an officer.” “What happened to her?” The serious tone to the doctor’s voice broke through Mitch’s irritation. he wanted to know it all. honey.Tielle St. waiting to see if she was okay. He did what he could and then handed in the clipboard. “She’s undercover. “Okay. Kat was new to them but she was a part of their team and someone should be with her.” Mitch nodded though Justin couldn’t see him. You’re okay. You need to fill out some paperwork and make some calls. He dropped back into his chair and stared at the set of double doors. He waited until they were out of sight and flipped open his phone.” The reminder to do his job made Mitch growl. He placed her on the gurney.” He lifted Kat from the car. calling Justin. Mitch closed his phone and accepted a clipboard filled with forms from the nurse. You wait here. Either washed or destroyed. Do you want me to come back there?” “No. mocking tone. The glass she’d been drinking out of had already been disposed of. Mitch nodded and stepped back. He had to call the LT. It’s okay. “It’s going to be okay. thanks. shh. “Shh.” “She’s my partner. giving them background on the case. hoping she could hear him through whatever was covering her mind. Damn. “Drugged with something. I’m sure.” Mitch protested. “I thought they said an officer was down?” one of the techs asked as they repositioned her.
“I can help with that. emphasizing how crappy she actually felt.” he said.” It wasn’t the only answer but it was the truth. It was like a rotten combination of a hangover and the flu. “Hey. “Not too much at first. I remember that. Had the attacker grabbed her? Raped her? “What happened?” “You were drugged. you went to the bathroom.” Kat nodded. but then nothing. threw up and then either started to walk outside or someone was carrying you outside?” He left the question hanging. I remember being at the party. honey. “What happened?” Her throat felt raw and scratchy. wanting more when he pulled it away. “Yeah.” A slow horror filled her. She gulped down the water. You’re fine. “Uhm.Matching Signs “Mitch?” “Yeah.” His lips brushed her cheek before he moved away. You might still be queasy.” She shook her head. He came to the side of the bed when she tried to sit up. a straw was slipped between her lips. I’m not leaving.” “I will.” She felt a warm hand on her forehead and turned toward it. I’m here. I had a drink. She wasn’t fine. We don’t know with what yet. Probably a derivative of one of the date rape drugs.” “Stay.” “And then it gets all blurry.” “And…?” She splayed her fingers onto her already upset stomach. ***** Waking up the second time wasn’t nearly so pleasant. didn’t have the strength. Fighting with you. Seconds later. 89 . “From what we’ve pieced together. I’ll be right here. “Just go back to sleep. Mitch was still there—looking tired and scruffy. Light pierced her eyelids as she came fully awake. “Thirsty. hoping she could fill in the blanks. She dropped back onto the pillow and tried to concentrate on her last memory. the light caress making her smile. “What happened?” “What do you remember?” She could see him switch into cop mode and she knew she had to do the same.” Those comforting words followed her back into oblivion. She knew something was wrong but she couldn’t figure out what it was. we can talk about that later. not trusting herself to speak. “Are you hurt?” Even through the fog that pulled at her she could hear his concern. don’t move. “We’ll talk about it tomorrow.” He grimaced and nodded. She didn’t open her eyes. The vague memory of him during the night didn’t count. The doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint it yet.
“I’ll take care of her.” She nodded. She didn’t feel okay. Clare She closed her eyes and tried to remember.” Kat looked at the guy in the white coat who entered her room.” “Is there someone you can call to come stay with you? Check on you through the day?” There were a few friends that she could ask to do that. Weak. He just nodded.” “Don’t worry. You’re fine. How are you feeling?” “Okay. blinking away the tears. “I’ll just wait outside until you’re ready. We’re not sure what they gave you. “There was someone there. She was pissed. Some place that she could curl up into a ball and cry.” Mitch offered. Before she had a chance to answer. “I’m Dr. a nurse entered. It was blank—a vague darkness filled with a voice and her own panic. She wanted to get the hell out of there. she let the nurse help her clean up. you should be fine to go home. “I’m sorry. just rest and I’ll—” The door swung open and Mitch backed away. 90 . kind of queasy. MacDonald. “Do you have someone to stay with you?” “I live alone. I treated you last night when they brought you in. But I can’t remember who it was or what they looked like. Whatever it is. “You’re awake.Tielle St.” Mitch nodded. “I’ll get the paperwork going and we’ll see about getting you ready to go home. “It’s okay. Kat thought for a moment that he was going to touch her but he stepped away and backed out of the room.” “Remaining effects of the drugs. “We’d like to draw some more blood but after that if you’re feeling up to it. She’d had her chance and she’d screwed it up. it enters the bloodstream quickly. moving a respectful distance from her. dress and tried not to think about last night. carrying a small stack of towels. “Listen. Her emotions on the edge and her body still shaky from the drugs. Had almost become a victim of the guy they were chasing.” Kat nodded. Mitch spoke up. We’re doing some tests on your blood. agreeing with the doctor. It wasn’t easy.” Unwanted tears welled in her eyes.” Mitch switched from cop to lover in a heartbeat. From all descriptions.” The doctor showed no surprise. it seems to have hit you pretty hard.” As the doctor left. The bartender found you on the floor and you’re okay.
To hide the fact that she wasn’t wearing a bra. It didn’t matter that she hadn’t been raped. his hands slowly stroking her skin. he became silent again. his arms loosely around her. Kat collapsed.” She smiled. “I was 91 . As soon as he left the room. Damn. She pulled her legs up to her chest. “Want to talk about it?” She shook her head.” He nodded and stepped back. “I could make tea. But when he didn’t say anything. He didn’t speak again. She silently followed Mitch to his car. stretching out on the bed as the tears dried.” Mitch’s warmth flowed around her back. “Do you want something to drink?” He led her to the bed. “Have you ever made tea for anyone?” “No. It was the first time she’d been alone since waking up and it all came rushing back to her. Wanting to know what had happened to her. “I hate not knowing what happened. Not the memories—those were still cloudy and blank—but the embarrassment. though she knew it was coming. She hadn’t been in control. Great. “Shhh. but I’m sure I can figure it out. hiding the sound and needing the privacy. curling herself into a tight ball as she fought the fear and the anger. And that’s exactly what happened. she wrapped her arms under her breasts. He barely spoke to her as he drove home. just enough to ask if she was okay. She wasn’t quite ready to break down. That first night he’d told her not to do anything stupid—he didn’t want to have to rescue her ass. The motion of the car on the drive home highlighted the queasiness in her stomach and she was so thrilled to see her house she almost cried. Mitch didn’t seem to notice. I’m pissed. Just some water. She rolled over. Tears threatened but she blinked them back. “It will be okay. I’m scared. Her clothes from last night had gone into evidence and she left wearing a sweatsuit that was too big in the butt and too tight across her chest. Someone else had touched her—and she couldn’t remember any of it. He lay beside her. He’s probably pissed.Matching Signs What had happened? Why was there a huge blank spot in her memory? A shudder ran down her spine at the thought of what might have happened if Mitch hadn’t saved her. Tears poured from her eyes and deep choking sobs clogged her throat. but he didn’t leave.” “I’m fine. When she answered that she was. Slowly her body relaxed. shoving her face into her pillow.” His comfort only made it worse and she cried harder. his fingers locking with hers. The strength needed to keep it together disappeared.” Tears dripped from her eyes again but these were from anger. the fear. Mitch helped her inside and into her bedroom. How would he understand? She’d gone in as a cop and come out a victim. she found herself speaking. hoping to keep everything from bouncing too much.
“Don’t worry about it.” Mitch shook his head. “What?” “That first night. didn’t you?” “Yes. the comforting. He stood at the side of her bed and glared down at her.” That sent Mitch to his feet. you managed to do that well. “Some of it might be. to observe. I’d fully expect you to save my ass 92 . You just have to wait and be patient.” “I wasn’t intending to get kidnapped. And this time. She wanted to know now. “You deliberately set yourself up to attract the killer.” Patient.” “Huh?” “The outfit that I wore. it all came back to her.” “Well. I know you didn’t want to have to do that. They’d all been dressed very provocatively—lots of breast showing.” “I didn’t hate it. the fact that she’d been close to the killer and she couldn’t identify him. And the doctor said some of your memory might come back.” she snapped. None of this is your fault. Lifting her chin. I was trying to match the circumstances of the previous attacks. kind of flashy. tears burgeoning up in her eyes.” “To watch. Mitch didn’t lie down to comfort her. “I’m sorry about all this. short skirt. Right. The missing memories. gentle man gone. You set yourself up as bait and didn’t bother to tell me—the guy who’s supposed to be watching your ass.” “I didn’t think of it as bait. We’ll catch him. to monitor. I kind of matched their outfits.” She smiled at his admission but knew she had to tell him the rest. You’re lucky I didn’t bend you over some table and fuck you in front of them so they knew you belonged to me. his serious eyes filled with compassion. The one you hated. “I’m sorry you had to rescue me. You told me not to do something stupid because you didn’t want to have to save my ass and that’s what you had to do.” She dragged in a ragged breath.” She winced and knew she had to confess.” “But you did. He’d been up all night with her. Not to get kidnapped. “And I’m sorry. “You’re my partner. “Don’t be. “I checked what the victims had been wearing when they went to the Matching Signs party. Clare so close and now I can’t even remember what happened.Tielle St.” “That’s what we were there for.” Mitch interrupted. She’d screwed up and left Mitch to clean up the mess.” “Kat—” He rubbed his hand across his face and she could see how tired he was. I can’t tell you so you can get the bastard.” He flinched and looked at her—the irritation on his face increasing. she blinked away the tears. “I just hated the fact that all those other guys were looking at you.” She punched the pillow.
as if the stress of talking to Mitch was all that had kept her upright. She’d made her confession and Mitch seemed okay with it.” Kat sighed. It was probably a good idea but I would have liked to have had some additional backup if I’d known you were going to do it. We’ll get him.” The tears flowed freely again. “You did just what you were supposed to do. She crawled under the blankets. We’ll find this bastard. She felt herself smile as she drifted off to sleep. Even drugged with whatever that guy had given you.” “Oh. Your foot was wedged against that doorframe. “And the truth is. And women were supposed to be such great communicators.” That took a lot of the wind out of her sails.” She lifted her head and looked up at him. Exhaustion roared through her body. 93 . “Why don’t you get some sleep?” It wasn’t a question and her body followed the command. “I’ll be here when you wake up. The tears still trickled down her cheeks but she ignored them.” he said softly from the door. you weren’t going without a fight. “Really?” “Yeah. while I’m glad I found you in time—you’d done a pretty good job of slowing this guy down. She didn’t doubt he was still a little pissed and she’d be hearing about this again.Matching Signs if the situation was reversed. but at least it was out there. I’m pissed because you didn’t tell me what you were planning. Damn. You weren’t letting anyone drag you out of that hallway. I’ve never been so impressed by a cop.
Why don’t you stretch out on the couch…” “I’ve been resting all day.” “You could rest with me. slow. His voice was calm but the way he licked his lips—as if savoring the taste of her—gave her some confidence that he wasn’t unaffected by their kiss. she justified. Mitch had seen her in a lot less. Good actually. “Oh good. wicked strokes of his tongue that reminded her of the way he licked her pussy. feeling silly.” “Hmmm. Scraping her hair back away from her face.” “And you’ll rest a few hours more. With his hand holding her in place. “Enjoy it now. She shrugged.” She spun around and saw him coming out of her kitchen. she wandered into the living room. The languid caress of his lips on hers soothed more of the fears that kept trying to appear.” “Where else would I be?” he asked the question with a laugh. you’re up. Maybe Mitch had changed his mind and left. I was just coming to check on you. Drat. “I’d probably enjoy that too. She was sick. A flutter low in her sex urged her closer to his body but he backed away. He physically turned her around and gave her a quick swat on the butt.Tielle St. he deliciously commanded her response. You’re still here. and that meant she didn’t have to dress up for anyone. She jumped forward. Mitch stepped forward. She cleaned up in the bathroom and changed out of the sweats and into her favorite shorts and baggy sweatshirt.” She considered the idea. She sighed.” 94 . By tomorrow I’ll be riding your ass. placing his hand around her neck and pulling her in for a long slow kiss. “How are you feeling?” he asked. because it won’t last. Clare Chapter Ten Kat woke from her nap feeling almost normal again. she loved the way he claimed her as his partner.” she said in a deliberately seductive tone. The lethargy was gone and the sick stomach seemed to have settled.” Though she knew it was just a cop term. Empty. How about some chicken noodle soup?” She looked over her shoulder at him. “None of that now—you’re injured. “When did you turn so freakin’ domestic?” “When my partner got sent to the hospital. “Fine. “Hi. Kat opened her mouth.” “Doctor said you shouldn’t do much. Rest and I’ll bring you some lunch. eagerly welcoming his tongue.
As if he couldn’t settle.” “You were really jealous?” “Baby. She’d tell her friends—it was the kind of story she wouldn’t be able to keep from them—but few of her friends were the type to just drop by. She settled herself and stretched for the remote. They always called first—on the mistaken belief that she might be entertaining some guy.” She looked at him. he wandered around the room. What she’d done had attracted the killer’s attention.” Because her cheeks were hot. looking a little embarrassed at the way he’d been hovering. That was a good thing.” She groaned. sitting down for a bit to watch what she was watching. Ha! 95 . She should have told him what she had in mind. you’ve got some very impressive tits. “Thanks. making sure her feet were covered. “Mitch.Matching Signs Mitch’s eyes widened and he smiled. my attitude would have been different as well. “Mitch—” The teasing warning in her voice must have reached him because he straightened. I guess I’m trying to make up for it. The conversation was sparse but not strained. if I’d known it was all part of the case. trying to see what was truly behind his actions. He set a cup of tea on the coffee table. “You’re ri—” A knock on the door interrupted her and she never got the chance to tell him he’d been right.” Those had been his words last night. “Good to know. His lips tightened for a moment but then he shrugged. Her mother already hated the idea of her being a cop so telling her she’d been drugged and almost kidnapped-raped-murdered was not going to help the situation. but I was an asshole last night—the whole clothes thing. right? Mitch sprung away from her like he’d been burned and walked to the front door. straightening when Mitch returned. See. but how did she say she hadn’t wanted him to think she was stupid? Only she hadn’t been stupid.” His gaze cleared and he stared directly at her. “Maybe. “You got to me in time. I—” Before she could continue he grabbed the afghan off the back of the couch and draped it over her. They talked when they had something to say.” “But only you get to see them. I knew we weren’t done discussing this. “I didn’t like them thinking they had a chance. she turned around and followed directions. I’m fine. she thought.” He squinted his eyes as if remembering the party. a look of pure. in case that was what was bothering him. Now get your cute little butt on the couch. wicked intent on his face. I think if I’d been your date. “Of course.” she said. She hadn’t called anyone to tell them she’d ended up in the hospital. tidying her magazines. “It’s not even that. Kat had no idea who would be visiting her. and all those guys knew that I was the one who’d been kissing and sucking your breasts—it wouldn’t have bothered me so much. “Do you need anything?” he asked midway through the afternoon.
She brushed her hair back away from face. He pulled his Glock from his waistband and held it at his side as he peeked through the peephole.” He said it in a gruff way but she could hear the affection behind it. he liked to touch her. Justin carried three pizza boxes—which he handed to Mitch as the host of this party—and a six-pack of beer. The rest of the group crowded into Kat’s living room. Not that she had much to hide anywhere else either.” Drew added. nodding. “You’re looking okay. Mitch—okay. He didn’t scare easily. Justin and Drew and a woman she didn’t recognize walked into her living room. He’d only withdrew when someone else walked into the room. suddenly wishing she’d actually put on clothes. A plate of pepperoni pizza passed in front of her face and surprised her. some plates. She didn’t remember much—except throwing up a couple of times and being poked and prodded. She realized how far off track her thoughts had gotten. He’d eaten often enough at her place that he knew where things were and had obviously made himself at home. paper towels and the hot red pepper flakes she kept above her stove. It wasn’t like she had anything to hide—at least not in the kitchen.Tielle St. She had a room full of cops—she shouldn’t be thinking about Mitch and sex toys. She sat down next to Kat and patted her hand. “You have soup. She didn’t know how she felt about that. But she hadn’t expected the whole detective squad to see her. “Why can’t I have pizza?” “I’m not sure you’re up to pizza. A few sex toys in her bedside table but Mitch already knew about those and had enjoyed them with her several times. he would have touched her. Brad. When they were alone. Clare Mitch put his arm behind him as he walked toward the door and she realized he was reaching for his weapon. If they’d been alone.” Kat shrugged. Most of it had been in a haze. Drew’s wife. stroked her head as he spoke. 96 . He’d kept his hand on her most of the time she’d been at the hospital. He’d seen her in the mornings—complete with messed-up hair and morning breath. A satisfied nod had him returning the gun to his back and draping his shirt over it so it was again hidden. She looked up at Mitch. as if to let her know she wasn’t alone. Who did Mitch know that would be coming to her house? He opened the door and she had her answer. Mitch took them and walked straight into the kitchen like he owned the place. Everyone. “How are you feeling? It must have been awful.” He put a bowl of congealing condensed chicken soup on her coffee table. She was introduced to Yvonne. Mitch returned from the kitchen carrying the pizza. Yvonne was a beautiful black woman with laughing eyes. Pizza was handed out but none given to her.
could use a drink. She took a piece of Canadian bacon and pineapple and nibbled on the end. The thought made her smile.” Justin shook his head.Matching Signs She blinked at him—trying to decide if he was right.” Mike and Brad nodded. “But she left several drinks sitting on the bar and turned away to get something— just as a transition was made. Deep down he was a pretty sweet guy. The information caught Mitch’s attention as well. doesn’t it?” she asked. so she included an extra one in the round she was making.” Brad tipped his head toward Kat.” “Must be. knowing they all wanted to talk about it. silently warning her that she’d get no sympathy later if it upset her stomach.” Deep red spots appeared on Mitch’s cheeks but he accepted Justin’s teasing with a laugh. “Washed before we got there. The bartender didn’t know it was evidence and while she was waiting for us to show up she kept busy by cleaning. Now she understood the power of a steady stare during an interrogation.” Kat sat up. The fight with Mitch. watching her.” 97 . Must be because you’re a girl.” Mitch cursed. “Not much. “She says you looked like you were upset. “Seems kind of random.” Drew admitted. “I’ve never seen him hover over any of us like this. She’d been sitting at the table stewing about that when… “The bartender. In fact all the guys leaned into the circle. Mara. leaning forward.” “What about Kat’s glass?” Mitch asked. “That jives with her report. she took a deep breath and pushed her mind back through the night. “Back off. With all eyes on her. A dozen people walked by that bar and could have dropped something into one of the drinks.” “Who brought you the drink?” Justin asked. He also stared pointedly at Kat as she reached into the pizza box. Mitch grabbed a piece of pizza and a beer and sat down two seats away from her. Mitch. She’d looked so pale and lifeless lying there. She’s a big girl. they would have no way of knowing where it was going. Not that he let many people see that. He should have secured the scene but he’d been worried about Kat. “Mitch said the drugs messed your memory up but do you remember anything that might help?” “I don’t know. checking the status of her body as she ate. if someone just put something into one of the drinks as they walked by. but she never got the chance to answer. “I mean. “So what did you find out?” Kat asked.
Yvonne kept up a steady chatter while Kat nibbled on her piece of pizza. “I’m not much of a beer drinker anyway. based on the conversation.” Kat’s heart started to pound in her ears and Mitch’s face lost all expression—a signal he was crushing his emotions. wasn’t doing well. “Could one of them have slipped something into your drink there?” “Maybe. “Jared?” “Who’s Jared?” Justin asked around a mouthful of pepperoni. “With all those drugs in your system. “Listen to you two. “What about the guys at your table?” Drew asked. Had they been too obvious? “Doesn’t matter.” She closed her eyes and pressed her lips together. Kat shook her head.” “Oh me too. Mitch didn’t even try to hide his dislike. probably best not to attempt a beer as well.” “Thanks. Yvonne obviously commanded great power around these guys because they switched subjects and nothing more was said about work. Drew laughed. The next picnic. “Listen. I told you he was a freak. “Anyone want another beer?” Justin and Brad accepted Mitch’s offer and he went to her kitchen and returned with three bottles of the beer Kat stocked for when Mitch came over. “I’m going to check the guy out. “That asshole who has been hitting on Kat at these parties.” Mitch straightened. “I’d have to check my card but I think it was a guy named Dan and then Jared and after that it gets blurry. his voice firm. They’d checked out the bar staff and nothing had popped.” “You already checked him out once. not that this isn’t fascinating but can we talk about something else?” Yvonne interrupted.” Her eyes fluttered open. “I’m trying to remember who came to my table after Mitch left it.Tielle St.” She held one finger in warning.” 98 . White wine is my drink. Though Kat knew from glancing at Mitch that they weren’t done talking about it. Working together for a month and you already sound like an old married couple. I’ll make sure to have some on hand. Yvonne looked at the stacks of plates and beer bottles.” “A nice guy who couldn’t keep his eyes off your—” “Don’t say it. I’m going to do it again because I don’t trust him. The six-pack of beer disappeared as the guys switched to the topic of their softball team which.” “Well.” “He’s not a freak. huh?” she said teasingly. Clare “Just pure luck that it got to you?” The skeptical looks on everyone’s faces mirrored Mitch’s own thoughts.” Mitch said. He’s a nice guy.” That seemed to close the subject for all parties.
She’d removed the shorts but left on the sweatshirt. “Don’t worry. Maybe Mitch could make her a little tired. she’d have leapt at the chance but instead his attitude was concern. “Oh let me help. he dropped down onto the couch beside her. If Mitch didn’t sleep with her. “Yvonne left it. It was too much for her tired mind to handle. He shook his head.” He jumped out of the couch and pulled her to her feet. 99 . and watching the movie. I’m wide awake. They started talking about home ownership and the challenges. Drew immediately slid into her place on the couch as if they didn’t want to leave Kat alone. Still. Maintenance was the one part of owning her own home that she didn’t like. “Want to watch a movie?” He held up a chick flick she knew he hadn’t brought. They won’t find it strange that I’m staying to take care of you. “You must be feeling better. jumping up and helping Mitch carry stuff into the kitchen. pulling her against him. The smug look on Yvonne’s face caught Kat’s attention but before she could ask about it. “Are you ready for bed?” If he’d said it with any sort of seduction. “No. He was determined to take care of her. “Why don’t you get ready for bed?” He kissed her cheek and walked away. obviously intending to stay. Dishes clanked in the kitchen as he cleaned up. Five minutes later. She needed to paint the trim around her windows but hadn’t gotten around to it. She went into her bedroom.” Yvonne offered.” He smiled. It ended with a traditional happy ending that made Kat smile and made Mitch roll his eyes. honey. Bed? She’d been horizontal most of the day—she had no idea how she was going to be able to sleep. More things she had to hide. at least she’d be warm. brushed her teeth and crawled into bed. He closed the door behind them and turned to her.” he admitted with a smile. Yvonne and Mitch returned from the kitchen.Matching Signs Mitch broke away from the group and collected the empty plates. Yvonne announced it was time to leave.” He meant it to comfort her but somehow it just made her sad. Justin and Brad followed them to the door but Mitch held back. “Not a single gunshot.” It was weak but she punched him in the side. She groaned and dropped her head against the back of the couch. Unless… She glanced at the kitchen door.
And waited. Jared was too nice. the case. In fact. They’d had moments of irritation naturally. “I’m fine. she couldn’t quite convince Mitch that Jared wasn’t the guy they were looking for. being drugged. “No.” It was too much. And she had too many topics swirling through her brain—Mitch. But then that was how serial killers worked. A slinky nightgown was hidden in her bottom drawer but she rejected the idea. Mitch. I’m sleeping on the couch so you won’t wake up in the middle of the night and wonder what that hard-on is doing between your legs. wasn’t it? They lured their victims in with harmless personalities. “I’ll be in the living room. not quite keeping the pout out of her voice. she waited. With the covers pulled up to her chin. “Why?” “I don’t want you to be alone—” “No. “Well. “You don’t want to sleep with me unless we’ve had sex?” He flung up his hands in frustration. “I’m not staying up.” The breath rushed out of Kat’s chest in a hot flood. pleasant. Clare But she hoped Mitch would stay. He was sexy and interesting and if she wasn’t currently sleeping with a very sexy though irritating cop. “I’m trying to be sensitive. At least she thought she was.Tielle St. She didn’t want him to think—well. just try. It gave her too much time to think. the whole day had been comfortable. It didn’t connect in her brain. He didn’t seem to have any intention of coming to her bed tonight. I’m not sure I’m tired enough to go to sleep. But she was sleeping with Mitch. I’m going to sleep on your couch. I feel good actually. Jared being one of them. Of course. Not pushy. she wasn’t sure what she wanted him to think but slinky seemed a bit overdone when she’d been drugged and attacked the night before. He walked inside and stopped at the edge of the bed. she might look his way. She felt like a child being sent to bed. Mitch. Truth is. I’ve done nothing all day. Some topics just didn’t seem to be safe with them.” He repeated the flailing hand motion.” 100 . It was a good half-hour before he appeared at her door. “How are you feeling?” His continued concern made her smile and a low chuckle came out with her answer. huh?” He smoothed his hand over her hair and down her cheek. “Why are you sleeping down there?” She sat up.” A flicker of heat splashed into his eyes but he didn’t reach for her or laugh or say something sexy. Instead he nodded.” “Why do you get to stay up and I have to sleep?” she asked. The evening had been strangely comfortable. making no effort to join her. No matter what she said. pleasant mostly—considering she’d spent most of it immobile. she wouldn’t exactly call Jared harmless.
Despite the urgency singing through her body. Inside her. He flinched as if the idea appalled him. So thick that she couldn’t reach around him. feeling the sweet rise and fall as he breathed. fingers tracing across the subtle planes of his stomach. She knew that. “Don’t you want me?” she asked low and sexy. she pushed the blankets away and raised her nightshirt to the tops of her thighs. He was hard and ready. Leaning back. The gentle dips of his muscles. It was the first time that Mitch had been unsure when they’d been making love.” She liked the way his eyes lit up and she knew he wasn’t going to resist her seduction. A sweet seductive groan slipped from his lips and made her wet. a light. She’d spent time exploring them but now. It felt so delicious—familiar but still exciting. It was very sweet of him. tempting. There was only here and now—Mitch and Kat. Every stroke. she wanted more. The strength with which she pulled him seemed to surprise him but she wasn’t stopping. she wanted to be near him.” 101 . but she wanted him beside her. She held out her hand and waited for him to reach for her.” Her voice instinctively dropped to a low. she wouldn’t be rushed.” His eyes glowed with anger as he looked at her. She slid her hand down and savored the warm bulge in his jeans. I didn’t want to freak you out. “I didn’t want you thinking about whatever that bastard might have done if he’d succeeded in getting you out of the building. baby. his fingers disconnecting from hers and scraping through his hair. “All I want to think about is you.” She knew then he’d been thinking about it. He’d imagined all of the things she refused to let herself think about. He held himself still and Kat felt herself smile. He felt it. Even if they didn’t make love. He hesitated for just moment then stepped forward. pushing aside the strange mixed-up memories from the night before. I want to feel you. teasing touch to warn him that this would be no quick fuck. Her hand slipped down his chest. His sharp intake of breath made her smile. giving her strength. “Come to bed. not baring herself but teasing him with the sight she knew he loved. She trailed one finger along his erection. His fingers enveloped hers. Wanted to trail her tongue across the grooves. She knew how he liked to be touched.Matching Signs Kat couldn’t stop her smile. husky tone. “Hell yes. Over the past month they’d made love a dozen times and she used every bit of that knowledge now—to pleasure and seduce him. I want you. He wanted her. The delicious power of seduction flowed through her veins. knew that he loved to have her enjoy his body. He stopped beside the bed—clearly there was a distance between them. “Come to bed.
the seductress had returned. She smoothed her hand along the thick bulge. “Make it easier for you to seduce me. He’d face it all tomorrow. The teasing light in her eyes made him smile. Hell. frightened. If that didn’t scream “relationship”. like that wasn’t obvious already. Be a gentleman. savoring the warmth that flowed through his clothes. Hell. Tempting him. The confused memories of last night still lingered in the back of her head but she ignored them. Whatever Kat did to him. She plucked at the buttons on his shirt. Halfway down his chest. “Only with you. slow. The feel of her pussy holding him.Tielle St. A siren. She was wounded. He put his knee on the bed. As if by staying he’d been openly declaring he was interested in more than sex. His cock had long ago grown hard—so hard he was sure he’d have permanent dents in his flesh from the button fly. Tonight she was safe and with a sexy man who wanted her. dainty bites that proved she wasn’t as delicate as he’d thought.” he pointed out. he stretched out beside her. Her sensual smile made his cock throb. There was nothing sexier than a strong woman enjoying her body—and enjoying his. Unable to resist. He started to get up but her hand smacked him on the chest and pushed him back into the mattress. ready to take him. he didn’t know what did. Her hand cupped his erection and the delicate caress wiped out his ability to think. It was worth it. flavor.” She opened the top button of his shirt and laughed softly. it was worth it. Clare Chapter Eleven Mitch stared at the beautiful woman before him. he should leave. reaching for her when he realized he was still fully dressed. Tonight.” he groaned—knowing that was quickly becoming the truth. so slow that by the time she reached for the button that held his jeans closed. “I don’t think you could be easier to seduce. He’d made love to her many times in her bed but something about this time seemed different. She moved down his body. she added her teeth. sinking down beside her even as he acknowledged where this might lead. He couldn’t leave. He’d made her soup for God’s sake. She would face her fears tomorrow. “I just wanted to take my clothes off. He’d become addicted to her particular touch. Her confidence was returning fast and hard. he thought he might scream. 102 .” she said. her tongue. baring his skin slowly and baptizing each new inch of flesh with her lips. Back away. That doesn’t mean you should fuck her. opening them one at a time.
She pressed up, letting her senses lead, whatever felt good, she let happen. Knowing Mitch loved her breasts, she pulled off the baggy sweatshirt and tossed it aside, leaving her dressed only in a tiny pair of pink panties. His eyes glittered with pleasure as she straddled him, pressing up high on her knees. Languid and fluid, she slid her hands down her breasts, plumping the tight nipples before going lower, easing her hands over her stomach, loving the way Mitch watched her, his eyes tracking the movements of her fingers. His hands clamped down on her knees as if to hold her in place, not allowing her to move before she’d finished her journey. She hooked her thumbs into the edges of her panties, eased them down, stretching the material until it locked on her legs. Pulling away, she lifted herself up only long enough to remove the panties and toss them over the side of the bed. Mitch lay before her, his shirt open, still wearing his jeans, and she was naked. It made her feel powerful and sexy—like she was a love slave ordered to please her master. She widened her thighs and sat down, easing her wet pussy onto his erection, still firmly encased in his pants. Moisture slipped from her sex and rolled onto him. She rocked her hips back and forth, pressing him against her clit, spreading her liquid across his jeans. She dropped forward, catching herself with her hands above him. Her hair fell down around them, a dark curtain that teased his skin. Placing her lips against his ear, she whispered, “I like the thought that when you leave here tomorrow, you’ll smell like me.” She nipped his earlobe. “You’ll think of me, remember what it was like to be inside me.” He groaned and stared at her with hungry eyes. “Honey, I already think about you all the time. Why do you think I’ve suddenly started wearing suit jackets to work? To hide the perpetual hard-on I seem to have these days.” She laughed and sat up. The sudden movement pressed her harder into his erection and she couldn’t contain her own moan. “Do you want to come, baby?” he asked, subtly taking control. “Let me help you.” She shook her head. “I want you to be inside me when I come—but not just yet.” The heat flared in his eyes again and his hands tightened on her hips and Kat suddenly knew that was what she wanted. She wanted to drive him crazy—crazy enough that he seized control. She wanted to be fucked by him—hard and fast. The tension in his body gave her the assurance that he wasn’t far from taking over. Mitch couldn’t remain passive for long. Keeping her gaze focused on him, she moved down his body, opening the fly and easing the hard, heavy cock out from inside. “Hmm, yummy,” she whispered against his skin, letting her breath warm him. She flicked her tongue across the underside of his shaft. “So hot and hard.” Another lick. “Just for me.” One more kiss. “So big—you just barely fit inside my cunt.” She used the same words he did with her, knowing he liked the rough, sexy words, liked to hear how much she wanted him. His cock swelled in her hands.
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“Baby, if you aren’t careful, you’re going to find yourself with more than you can handle.” The threat was growled through clenched teeth and Kat knew she almost had him. She laughed softly, teasing the sound against his flesh. “I can take all of you.” She swirled her tongue around the thick head. She was getting to him. Tension whipped through his muscles and he froze. As if one tiny movement would break his control. “And love it. Hard and deep. The way you stretch all the way inside me. Making me ache just a little. Hmm, that’s what I want. All of you, deep inside me. Fucking my cunt, coming inside—” Mitch growled and grabbed her hand pulling her fingers away from his cock as he flipped her over, landing on top of her, his cock insinuating itself between her legs, the head slipping into her opening. He stopped himself, clutching at that last bit of control. The fire in his eyes warned that if she pushed that last little bit over the edge, she was responsible for whatever happened. “Fuck me,” she whispered, taunting him, daring him to follow her command. The slick flesh of her cunt drew him forward but he stopped, forcing himself to pull back. Years of training gave him the two seconds he needed to grab a condom out of the top drawer and roll it on. He slid the rubber on and returned to the warmth of her pussy, the heat and wet calling to him. There was no finesse. Mindless, he slid the tip into her opening and slammed his hips forward, crying out as his cock drove in deep, hard. Part of his mind, some distant corner, tried to remind him to be gentle—that she was wounded and frightened—but he couldn’t seem to stop himself. It felt too good, the tight grip of her cunt holding him, drawing him back inside each time he withdrew, the dig of her heels into his ass, pulling him harder into her. She wanted this. Hard. He reared back and gave her what she wanted, wanting it to last but knowing it would be over too soon. The sweet contractions of her pussy rippled up his cock and he heard her moan. The delicate caress gave him the strength to release the choke hold he had on his cock and he drove forward, her orgasm milking him, making him want and need more. He pulled back and forced one more thrust out of his sated cock. He moaned against her throat, sinking down onto her, her arms wrapping around his back, her legs caging his hips as if she didn’t want to let him go. Fighting the lethargy that followed the ultimate orgasm, he raised his head, determined to check on her, make sure he hadn’t hurt her or scared her. He looked down, her eyes were closed and she was smiling—the lazy, sexy smile of a wellsatisfied woman. He raised himself up and looked at her. After a long moment, she opened her eyes. “Hmmm, that was really good.” She licked her lips. “All I can think about is more.” His cock twitched deep inside her and Mitch grinned in return.
“Well, give me a few minutes to recover and I’ll help you with that.” Kat felt her heart do a little leap in her chest. This was what she wanted. Who she wanted. Not just in her bed but in her life. Mitch leaned over and placed hot kisses on her neck, whispering delicious words that made her body crave his touch—and made her heart ache. It’s just sex. She tried to repeat the words in her mind. That’s what they’d agreed to at the very beginning. Mitch slipped his hand between her legs and Kat groaned. Soon. Soon she was going to have to face the reality. It was way more than that. At least for her. His finger slipped into her pussy, teasing the sensitive opening, even as his tongue sank into her mouth. She pushed the grim thoughts aside and decided to spend the night enjoying the man beside her. Tomorrow—or very soon—she’d face the truth.
Kat took a deep breath and tried to slow her heartbeat. She glanced toward the door and saw Mitch walking in. He and Justin had been out doing a knock ‘n talk to get information about the victim of a stabbing. Mitch raised his chin in greeting but didn’t say anything. Wow, this was getting hard. It had been easier before she’d been attacked—when she could attempt to fool herself into believing all they had in common was sex. Now it was different. That day at her house and the night that followed had changed things. She was falling in love with him and that was a very bad thing. Damn. When this had started she’d warned herself to not get attached to him, to not let it be more than sex. But that hadn’t lasted. Not for her. And Saturday had just highlighted everything that she was missing. Everything she couldn’t have. Everything she wanted. Mitch wanted a lover—someone to fuck. And she wanted more. She wanted it all. Maybe it was time to cut her losses. She stared at the report she was supposed to be writing up and realized she had no idea what words were going onto the screen. She hit clear, prepared to start again. In the six weeks she’d been working in the detective division, she’d learned a lot. Enough to know she wanted it as a permanent job. Eventually. She might have to wait. Working with Mitch—particularly after they broke up—was going to be a challenge. And she didn’t think that day was long in coming. Where the day spent together had made her want more, she was convinced it had made Mitch panic. A little too domestic. He’d been distant and a little reserved. She could practically see his mind working, trying to figure out how to ease out of the relationship. Probably waiting until she went back onto patrol.
“Hmmm.” “Why no other cops?” she asked. She wouldn’t make a scene. “We hang around with enough cops at work. trying to keep her voice light. Clare That gave her a little less than two weeks. but she didn’t get shot or stabbed. Right. The LT was giving them one final try. Then she started sniping at him when she decided the silent treatment wasn’t working. “But I had my stomach pumped. Just ask him. 106 .” “Yeah. She would not be the lover they talked about ten years later.” It was a lie but it suited her purposes. “I’ve always managed to stay friends with guys once we’ve broken up.” “Good. She’d let it go and move on— even if it killed her.” Justin said. “I’ll email you a map to the house. “They’re right. A body appeared in the edge of her vision. she did end up in the hospital because of the job.” Brad piped up from across the room and Kat realized everyone was listening. it was like a world war around here. She didn’t want Mitch to worry when the time came. Her last duty would be the Matching Signs party at the end of next week. She’d been dying to know but it wasn’t something she could ask Mitch. cops dating cops never works. Gracie had had her baby but she’d be on maternity leave for at least three months. “So we’re having a barbecue at my house this Saturday if you’d like to come.” Drew stared down at her. Charlie. That counts. You’re inviting her?” The “Slug Club” was a group of the cops—basically the detective division with a few additional people. obviously reconsidering the invitation. The requirement to join the club was you had to have been wounded in the line of duty. the detective on medical leave. They’d all taken a “slug” for the cause. “Well.” Drew agreed. Drew shrugged. It was ugly. Something to trigger the killer. “Ewww. The LT had told her she would be returning to her regular duties then.Tielle St.” she agreed.” Drew’s eyes widened and Justin’s lips pulled back. Feel free to bring a date. We want someone new to torment. Mitch looked up but didn’t answer.” “What?!” Justin jumped up from his desk and walked the three steps to Drew’s side. sure as hell wouldn’t work with him. It would seem a little too obvious. “That’s too bad.” Drew tilted his head toward Mitch. she wouldn’t talk to him.” Kat said casually. Kat knew this time she really was going in as bait. “Besides. “Our boy here started dating this very hot female cop about two years out of the academy. As long as it’s not another cop.” “No visible wound.” “No visible wound. First. Mitch?” He shrugged and nodded but didn’t meet Kat’s eyes. interrupting her thoughts. “That’s a Slug Club event. was coming back. Drew stood beside her desk. She looked up. It breaks up—like Mitch’s relationships always do—and damn.
A quick call to Yvonne and she’d bowed out gracefully. With a sigh. Knowing she couldn’t put it off any longer. “Hi!” “Hi. She’d only met her once. It’s your natural state. she’d been so kind Kat wondered if there was any way she knew. spinning around and facing Mitch. hoping he couldn’t see the way her hands were trembling and her knees were shaking.” Kat smiled and nodded. It was time to make a clean cut of it. 107 . She looked through the peephole and saw Mitch. Yvonne said you’d called and said something had come up.” The corners of his eyes crinkled. “Saturday?” Drew said as he walked away. looking casual and gorgeous on her porch. “Because you missed the barbecue. Mitch? The new chippy? Bring her so we can all meet the woman who’s put the spring back in your step. It didn’t seem likely. Kat kicked back the afghan and punched another channel on the remote. It was the truth. gathered her resolve and went to see who it was—though she was pretty sure she knew. Seeing him and hiding everything she felt. “Be there. Kat would have thought it was hilarious—if they hadn’t been talking about her. The knock on her front door wasn’t completely unexpected. In fact. why not?” she said.” Everyone in the room chuckled as Mitch slapped Justin down. The picnic would have been too much. she groused at the irritating voice in her head. A hundred channels and there was nothing she wanted to watch. Given you that dopey smile every morning. you okay?” “Sure. She did want to be with Mitch but she couldn’t—for the sake of her sanity and her heart—go on like they’d been. She couldn’t do it. Now she just had to worry about spending four hours in the company of Mitch and his friends—and not look like she’d licked and tasted every inch of his body. she opened the door and stepped back. “At least I have a reason for looking stupid. How can that be? Because you want to be with Mitch. right. She sighed.” “Yeah. It was easier at work when they had the professional atmosphere and the job to keep them busy.Matching Signs “And this Saturday—” Justin said. Yvonne hadn’t pressed. Tell me something I don’t know. There was nothing on. He also looked irritated.” Mitch raised his eyes and glared Justin—nothing dopey in his gaze at all. “Mitch is bringing a date. How am I going to get out of this? ***** In the end. it had been painfully easy.
That’s fine. She wanted a guy who interested her beyond what he could do to her in bed and obviously that guy wasn’t him. She wants a relationship—hell.” “That’s just it. It didn’t help. fine. He didn’t come in far. Better to stop it now. It’s been fun.” He said it with just enough arrogance and a hint of spitefulness that Kat’s anger took the place of the sadness. “I never thought I’d actually say this as I was breaking up with someone but it’s not you.” He pressed his lips together and nodded. 108 . Guess when he was making the mental transition from fucking to dating. She inhaled. if it hasn’t turned into more than just sex. “Sure. She took a shallow breath. “I think we need to stop doing this. Thanks for all the hot sex. “Can I ask why?” She laughed without humor. confusion and anger in his eyes.” Mitch pulled open the door and resisted the urge to slam it shut as he walked out.” He shrugged and nodded with no more interest than if she’d told him they were out of pork fried rice and he’d have to take chicken instead. She wasn’t going to get out of this without crying. He’d known this was coming. like him. He’d known when they started that she. Kat?” She waved him inside. “Okay. It seemed hard to believe that after almost two months she was still looking at it like only sex. it’s me. “See you. it’s not going to and I want more than just a man to fuck. she hadn’t noticed or hadn’t cared.” He stared at her.” She sort of waved her hand between the two of them. Clare “What’s going on. We’re not a couple and it’s obvious we won’t ever be. He folded his arms across his chest. “I didn’t go to the picnic today because I wasn’t sure I could maintain this façade we’ve created. “Do you care?” “I’d like to know.” She laughed and this time. “You too. was just in it for the sex but that had changed. long and deep. his eyes daring her to speak. As if he knew this wouldn’t be a long conversation. “After two months.” she replied. they were done. I thought we were going along pretty well.Tielle St. At least he’d thought it had. she knew it. He’d thought there was more but he’d obviously been mistaken. feeling the tears start at the back of her eyes. that’s what he thought they had. she actually saw the humor in the situation.” She raised her hand when she saw him preparing to speak. Fine.
“Fuck you. Hell. you got dumped. He looked up from his beer and raised his eyebrows.” “No.” Mitch nodded.” “Any time a guy says ‘we decided…’ it means he got dumped. What happened? I thought you two were going along great. There had been no recriminations. “For the past week. “What?!” Mitch demanded. She just did it in a nice way. he missed her. But Kat seemed to take their breakup—if he could even call it that—without so much as a whimper. “Did you get dumped?” “I didn’t get dumped.” “Oh dude. you liked her. staring at the can of paint in the back seat. why not? It was just sex to her and obviously she can get that anywhere. Guess he’d take the day off instead. is that it?” Justin went from pissed to compassionate in two seconds. what is your problem lately?” Mitch clenched his jaw and felt the edges of his eyes tighten.” Mitch laughed without humor. Or maybe she just didn’t care. “Oh fuck. 109 .” “I didn’t get dumped. Whoever she was. What? Did your chippy dump you?” Mitch willed himself not to blush but he couldn’t quite control the flinch. And it’s not just the ‘I’m gettin’ some’ glow that you always had around you. Hell.Matching Signs He stopped at the side of his car. Wasn’t that just screwed up? He saw her practically every day.” Trust Justin to cut to the chase. man. no tears.” Not precisely. daring Justin to say anything else. “You dumped her?” “We decided it was best if we stopped seeing each other. He did like her. going on the attack. Mitch took a swallow of his beer and glared back at Justin. you’ve been a real asshole.” “See? That’s what I mean. no silent stares. He’d planned to stop by and paint the trim on her house tomorrow. “How would you know? You don’t even know her. but I know you and you’ve been in a better mood since you hooked up with her. he thought men were supposed to be callous bastards. It was like she’d completely forgotten that they’d spent the majority of the last seven weeks fucking each other’s brains out. ***** “Dude. Well. It’s like you’ve had your dick in a knot ever since the barbecue.
110 .” “So you have one more night of meeting hot babes. He downed the rest of his beer. since you’re no longer dating the chippy. thanks but I’ve got to do another of those astrology parties. we’re handing it over to the feds.” “Well. Maybe they were falling in love and hadn’t actually been to bed yet. We’re trying one more time but the lieutenant thinks we’re just spinning our wheels on this one. “Maybe you’ll find the girl of your dreams there. man.” “I don’t need you to pimp for me. Jared. spending all her nights with this mystery guy.” Mitch nodded and sighed. What the hell kind of name is Jared? Sounded like something out of a soap opera. She’d certainly laughed a lot when Jared was at her table.” “Just offering. I’m sure I could hook you up with something you’d like. Clare Like that pretty boy. Maybe he already had.Tielle St. The sarcastic voice in his head didn’t help. I’ve got one date. Jared. Was that it? Was she fucking that asshole? Or maybe not. want to go out tomorrow night? Friday night. dude. falling in love with someone else. Maybe she’s seeing him. Just. “Well. Kat. If we don’t find anything. Something that could suck the chrome off a bumper—that would take your mind off the chippy.” Justin slapped him on the back. It made it worse.
Her heart started to pound. strong man and I can see why a woman like you would be attracted to him. He’d better not actually be fucking her already. Kat moved to the registration desk. Kat thought. You’re a cop. Mitch had to save you the last time. Kat took a moment to scan the arriving crowd to see if Mitch was among them.” Jessamine clicked her tongue and shook her head. She glanced quickly into the bar before approaching the registration table. She didn’t really believe this astrology stuff but it would be interesting to hear Jessamine’s opinion. Light hair. Why should he? He probably had the next chippy all lined up. feeling like she was alone in this crowd.” “A woman like me?” 111 .Matching Signs Chapter Twelve Kat stepped into the Hot Spot. It had been the right decision. Six days without him and she was miserable. She wasn’t sure she could handle knowing that. hoping for a glimpse of him. She couldn’t let herself hope. She knew in her head that it was the right decision but damn.” “Who isn’t?” Kat looked around to see to whom Jessamine was referring. they’d spent much of their time in the same office but rarely saw each other. Mitch hadn’t even cared when she’d told him they should stop seeing each other. He’d always been there when she was and it was strange.” Kat nodded. knowing she’d lost a few hours of her life here. While she entered information into the computer. She was pretty sure her heart would explode—right after she’d decked him. It was like he was trying to avoid her as much as she was him. “I’ve seen the way you stare at him—that man. Maybe once she was back on patrol… She pulled back from the thought. Mitch’s car hadn’t been in the parking lot but still she looked. feeling her forehead throb. gorgeous? I think his name is Mitch. Jessamine once again greeted her with a smile and singsong welcome. And he didn’t seem any different. Thankfully. Thank God Mitch had been nearby. “How are you this evening?” Jessamine’s voice broke through Kat’s thoughts. no one seemed to notice the change. For the past five days. You can handle this. “He’s not the right one for you. “He’s a rough. now familiar with the routine and with the slightly panicked feeling that accompanied the process. “Huh?” “I asked how you were but I can see your mind is somewhere else. her heart didn’t agree. This was the first time she’d been back since the attack and it felt strange.
She was just another woman. maybe she wasn’t even just another woman. but if it did.Tielle St. He’s awfully hard to ignore.” “Really?” Funny. They’d managed pretty well for the past five days. You should look at the other matches on your list. she’d never felt that. he was sure to recognize it. she wasn’t just a hot body.” Kat accepted the electronic box from Jessamine and nodded as she walked away. Another hot body to fuck. Was it possible? He’d rarely even considered the possibility of falling in love. Until she met Mitch that is. Just what she didn’t need—confirmation from the universe that they weren’t meant to be together. God. but this guy is a Cancer. Maybe she was regretting her decision.” Again she clicked her tongue. Clare “A Libra. It just seemed weird to ask his former lover to file for him. even when they weren’t in bed. He wasn’t sure he ever expected it to happen. You’re the love sign. At least not yet. Or maybe this was it. Cancer and Libra. “I never forget a sign. Kat—he couldn’t tell. She barely looked at him in the office. the lieutenant had talked to him about being promoted to sergeant. ***** Mitch stared at the offer the LT had given him. This strange kind of desire and lust and pain.” “You don’t know his name but you remember his sign?” Jessamine laughed. No. not sure what to do. he assured himself. no signs are completely incompatible but some are just much more challenging. Just because you want her back—doesn’t mean she’s interested.” For a minute. Get over it. Sure. Wanting to be with her. “Yes. Right. Not likely. 112 . Now the offer was actually in front of him. “Very difficult. he told himself. That probably wasn’t a good idea. It would be a step up—but it would also put him back in direct contact with Kat. It was the abrupt way she’d just cut him out of her life that had startled him. It was just going to take a little time. She obviously gave it a chance and found you lacked something. The words filled his head and his stomach flip-flopped. At least for him. It was probably payback from the universe for all the women he’d turned loose with no more than a “it’s time to move on” comment. “You’ve heard my speech several times now and you know. They’d been cool and distant. Hopefully no one else noticed that he hadn’t assigned her any work for the past few days. Besides I keep an eye on the room and I could see you watching him. he’d get over it. Libra women are notoriously sexual in spirit and nature. Kat thought Jessamine was going to giggle but then the woman’s face turned serious. Two months ago.
Drugged at the party and disappeared. You told us what you could and that’s all we expect. Damn. She’d been found dazed and bleeding three days later. 113 . Victim Number Two. he could see the pure determination it took for her to stand there.” He winced because he didn’t understand and there was very little likelihood in his life he ever would. He’d had a hell of a time sleeping. But with Kat it had been different. Most of the guys were gone—either at home cuddling their wives and children or off at the bar.” “I understand. She gulped in a breath and held out a book. “I know that’s not true. He hated this.” She shook her head.” Tears filled her eyes and Mitch felt his fingers curl into fists. And though he’d groused at her cold feet it had felt good to warm her toes—and the rest of her. “I know I wasn’t much help when they found me—” “Not at all. “I’d like it back so I can burn it but everything I remember is there.” He stood. “I still can’t talk about it with anyone. It took him only a second to place the woman before him. That would be him in another few weeks. It was strange to want another body in his bed. The frustration at being unable to fix whatever was going on inside her. I can’t talk about it. She’d been comfortable in bed. wanting to kill the man who’d hurt her. he understood the pain of someone who loved a victim. Usually he wanted the woman there long enough to fuck but then needed to escape. But after seeing Kat and what the loss of even a few hours of her life meant. looking for the night’s entertainment. He knew as soon as he walked into the room he’d get the overwhelming urge to pound his chest and challenge any man who dared look at his woman.” She glanced up. Great. “I started writing things down. Just to get them out of my head.” She smiled softly as if she appreciated his comfort. He jerked and looked up. His cock twitched in his trousers. “Miss Wills. Even now as he watched her. Her pretty breasts lifted and presented for viewing. “Mostly it’s just ramblings and being pissed. this last week had been a bitch. He had a hard-on and had to go endure two hours of small talk while watching Kat flirt with a dozen or more men. It was late on a Friday. They want me to talk to a counselor but I can’t say the words. She was probably already there.Matching Signs He glanced around the squad room. Fuck. His woman? Not anymore. staring at the desk between them. Part of it had been worry about Kat but part of it was just missing her beside him. It was too confining to have someone else taking up space he was used to filling. “Detective?” The soft feminine voice was like a battering ram against his thoughts. A weight settled on his chest. Jessica Wills. never quite looking at him. “How can I help you?” She’d been broken and terrified when she’d been found and hadn’t been able to tell them much about her experience.
” She plopped the book in his hand and spun around. “Hello?” Her greeting was hesitant as if the strange phone number on the other end was a threat. Two pages later. Telling me what she would do to me next and how much I would like it. At one point you refer to a woman’s voice. He quickly dialed Jessica Wills’ cell phone. As soon as the call was made he sat down and flipped open the journal. The memories becoming more frequently interspersed with the emotions. Just the pain and harm done to this woman. Colors spin inside my brain. skimming some of the emotional parts. Mitch’s stomach turned even before he got to any information about the attack. “Miss Wills? This is Detective Keane. They would come back later and analyze everything she remembered. I’m a slut. His eyes moving so quickly down the page he almost missed the short insertion. flipping open the case file even as the dial tone rumbled in his ear. I woke up to hear someone yelling at me.Tielle St. stalking from the room as if she was afraid she might snatch it from his hands. Anger poured off the page—rage at being raped and the loss of her memory. It was dark when I came to this time and I could hear her in the blackness. like he was eavesdropping on a confession. laughing at me. I’m a slut. Had she just made a mistake as she was writing? No. pausing only a second before he called the front desk to make sure she got safely to her car. On the second pass he realized she was referring to a woman. She seems to be threatening you. Is that accurate?” 114 . Clare I hope it helps. ripping into me. blocking out the darkness. taunting me. but he pushed on. All I could do was lie there while he… Mitch hated it and wondered again how the guys in the sex crimes division faced it every day. he drove it inside. and that voice hums through my head. As I came to. He read through it again—something didn’t make sense. The vague. He forced himself to keep reading. knowing it would do no one any good if he became so pissed he ripped the journal in half. You dropped off your journal to me about an hour ago?” “Yes. Mitch reached for the phone. laughing as I cry. It felt intrusive to read her private thoughts. there it was a second time. Or maybe it was just the confusion of a traumatized woman. He grabbed a sticky flag and marked the page. Mitch gripped the book and watched her.” “I’m sorry to bother you but I have a question. It started three days after she’d been found and taken to the hospital. I could hear someone crying and knew it was me but whatever drug he’d given me wouldn’t let me fight. hazy description of the room. Mitch read it but a sense of urgency moved him on. another section caught his eye. hating that he had to disturb her when she so obviously didn’t want to talk about this. All I care about is some man pounding himself between my legs. He kept on.
The image of Kat lying on the hall floor.” “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it earlier. call me. Whatever they gave me kept me pretty foggy. “What’s going on?” 115 . I don’t even remember how I got away. Leave a message. grabbing his coat as he stood up and started walking. They’d assumed they were looking for a man. I think we’ve been looking at this wrong. don’t drink anything tonight. Mitch flipped open his phone and hit the speed dial for Kat as he hit the door.Matching Signs She hesitated for a moment then said. And call me. I’ll call you back. A woman. They hadn’t looked closely at her because she was a woman. They had done cursory examinations of the women who worked at Matching Signs and the bar but not closely. his arms open wide. The brutality of the rapes had caused them to immediately look at men. “Don’t worry. I know it sounds strange but I heard a woman there. her hands on Kat’s shoulders.” “Hey.” She paused for a breath. Mitch pushed back from his desk. Fuck. Not trying to help her up but to drag her out. thank you.” Sheer guts and determination. And the bartender kneeling over her.” He quickly hung up and stared at the open pages. A woman? Was it possible? They’d all assumed it was a man. She was in the perfect position to serve the drugged drinks. her foot jammed against the doorframe in an instinctive attempt to keep from being dragged out. You’ve done well.” “Trace Kat’s phone?” “Our phones have GPS. The phone rang four times and then Kat’s voice mail picked up. but of course a woman could have used a condom on whatever instrument she’d used to penetrate.” Justin might be a young shit most of the time but he understood when to get serious. Get the hell out of there.” Mitch looked up and saw Justin strolling toward him. Miss Wills. “I might be remembering wrong. Go to dispatch and figure out how to track where Kat is. “You don’t have your date already. It might even help her maintain the fantasy that she was a man hurting these women. This has been a great help. “Well. See if they can trace Kat’s phone. Let’s—” “Get to dispatch. Mitch.” “Kat.” Her voice trembled but then steadied again. The presence of spermicide also indicated the attacker was male. “Yes. We’ll keep you informed. Whatever you do. Most of it is just vague images. Mitch thought. “This is Kat.
Mitch might be pissed at her and might not want to see her. But they weren’t dating.Tielle St. The woman. “Where did you go the last time? You disappeared on me. If she’s in danger. He floored the gas pedal and hit the siren.” “Want me to go with you?” “No. No doubt when this was all over.” “Who?” Justin asked. Kat had to lean in to hear but then the female bartender—Mara—stepped between her table and the next one.” “I got sick.” The low tone of his voice was harsh. No. he would get to Kat. they’ll all want to be in on it. Not if they were dating. I’m going to get her. Justin was right. “You’re back. her. Probably out with some chippy. she couldn’t be.” “Not him. “Kat went to the Matching Signs party. almost reprimanding. Except the department would never go for that. I’m going to the club. Would Kat even want to try? His scrambled mind couldn’t deal with it all.” “We looked at him. Kat had become a part of their group. I’ll call Drew as I’m driving and get him on this. she rejected the idea immediately. ***** Where the hell is Mitch? Kat glared across the crowded bar. “The bartender. his face serious. I thought we were going to talk afterward but you left. He leaned forward.” Mitch nodded. The woman 116 . but he’d never miss an assignment. almost vicious. First. Mara. then he’d worry about the future. she would be asked to take the detective’s test and then they’d be working together every day. find Kat’s phone. Wasn’t he meeting anyone? Or was he just too picky? Or was there another reason? They’d checked him out. That’s a good word for it.” Kat nodded. but this was easily his fourth or fifth time. make sure she was safe.” “Hmm. Nothing popped. If he was on the detective squad. screaming through the streets. She could understand why a good-looking guy like Jared might want to come to a party like this. dropping into step with Mitch as he strode toward his car. Her smile turned almost real when she saw it was Jared. Clare “I think I know who we’re looking for. Did you just have a revelation that I wasn’t someone you wanted to spend time with? You could have just said something.” They reached Mitch’s car.” “I’ll get the rest of the squad. Kat forced her lips into another smile and turned to greet the next man who filled the chair across from her.” “As are you.
the napkin floated to the ground. stopping Jared’s conversation. Let me help you. Let me help you. Where? She tapped one fingernail on the hard wood table.” The bartender placed a drink beside the woman. I was right. Let me help you. “Here. 117 . He reached across the table and took the woman’s hand in friendly welcome. angry man who’d sat across from Kat was the sneer he pointed her direction when his “date” wasn’t looking. The only sign of the arrogant. Mara crouched down.” “It was paid for by an admirer. that tone. “I should have known. “I’m sorry. repeating them so they became part of her conscious thought.” “Thanks. Just proves that even the planets can be wrong sometime.” He dropped back into his chair.” She placed the napkin back on the table and walked away. spinning around and heading to the next station. My mind was elsewhere. You’re the least bit pretty and you think a man’s going to fall at your feet and worship. Where had she heard it? Movie lines tended to stick in her head. Sitting all alone. turning back to the phrase that was still pressing on her skull. He wasn’t a serial killer. Just an asshole. her mind replaying the sounds in her head. Well. “I didn’t order this. No figure formed in her imagination. The lights went off and bells rang. She closed her eyes and tried to picture someone saying it. Enjoy it. That voice. Kat replayed the words in her head.Matching Signs beside Kat was without a partner across from her. They were familiar. Flashing her tits at me. “Wow. With a grimace he raised his Matching Signs box to hers.” she said. By the time he sat down. Jared looked across the table at her. “Are you even listening to me?” She shook her head and tried to look apologetic but the glare coming from his eyes made sympathy difficult. As she placed it back on the table. They were short one man—Mitch. Let me help you. Always wanting me to follow her around and tell her how beautiful she was.” He scoffed. “Here. she would be happy to tell Mitch. “You’re just like my ex. his charming smile was back in place. Maybe it was from a movie.” She raised the drink up in salute and took a long drink. Let me help you. The space across from her was empty and Kat quickly dismissed Jared. “Kat!” She jolted and looked up. See. Never stopping to think that sometimes I might—” The chime sounded and Kat held up her box. Jared glared at her one final time and bolted out of his chair. You women are all alike.
“My date bailed and you’re sitting alone. throwing up but he’d come—no. she’d come. “Hey. Offered to help her.Tielle St. “Call 911. Have them connect you with Mitch Keane. Clare A vague memory crept into her head. Tell them there’s an officer down. Darkness. Detective Mitch Keane if you can. She’d been in the bathroom. Now.” Kat stood up. Tell them to get here.” Kat blinked and looked around “What?” The guy sitting kitty-corner from her leaned out of his chair. Why don’t I move over?” He started to get up but Kat waved him back. The person who’d grabbed her. That’s where she’d heard it. Mara wasn’t behind the bar. maybe you and I should talk. confusion. “Where’s the woman who was sitting here?” “She said she wasn’t feeling well and went to the bathroom. the strength sapped from her body. Kat opened her eyes and looked up. Her stomach turned over. searching the bar.” 118 .
119 .” she said. “Fuck. walking with the speed of a woman who needed to pee—but keeping her attention trained on what might be waiting.” “How do you know?” she asked. the bartender. So far. “This is Kat.” “I’m going to hurt you if you don’t listen to me.” “What? What’s happening?” She heard a car horn honk and Mitch swear. baby. I’ll be there in ten minutes. most of her attention on the search. I think she’s going after someone else. And this time you won’t like it. “It’s Mitch. it’s Mara. Where are—?” Relief spiked through her veins. I got to go.” “What? No.” “What?” Kat reached the bathroom door.” she said.Matching Signs Chapter Thirteen As she walked away from the table. damn it. I hate this. I’m going to beat your ass so hard you won’t sit down for a week.” The memory of the delicious sexual spankings he’d given her made her smile.” “I can’t. “I think she’s grabbed another woman. “We’ll talk about it later. “Damn. hesitating for a moment before leaving the noise of the bar. Now sit tight.” “The woman I saw in the bar isn’t in the bathroom. feeling a little disgruntled that she hadn’t been able to spring it on him.” “I know. And she was pretty sure they were true. She kept moving but dipped her hand into her bag and pulled out the phone. Kat pushed open the bathroom door. If the drugs worked like the doctor said they did.” She stared into the dark corridor. a bell chimed in her purse. she hadn’t seen anyone. they could incapacitate someone pretty fast.” “She could hurt her. “Mitch. She listened at the door and didn’t hear voices but that didn’t mean much. You stay there. her voice was filled with teasing but as the words left her mouth. “I love you too. Taking a deep breath. she realized this was the first time she’d said them. The room was empty. That means Mara already has her.
” “You fucking stay on the phone with me. Still moving down the hall. “Police. and Mitch was stressing about the fact that she’d said she loved him. I’ll be fine but I can’t let Mara take this woman away. “What’s this all about? I’m just trying to help her. such a slut that you had to come back for more. pulling the woman with her. “Would you?” “No but—” “Just get here fast. stay inside. She isn’t well. There was a homicidal rapist on the loose. Mara shoved the drugged woman toward Kat. He wasn’t so much angry as frightened. Bits and pieces of that night flashed through her mind but nothing solid. The unconscious woman collapsed against Mara. Mara swung her foot out and connected with Kat’s head. Instinct won and Kat reached out to catch her. “I remember you. she hit the off button and silenced the ringer. comforting voice filled the night air. We might not find her again. Clare Silence met her on the other end of the phone. Kat knew this was where Mitch had found her on the ground—with Mara crouching over her.Tielle St. She ignored the memories and concentrated on the present. not wanting to scare any patrons she might run into. Gravel dug into her bare shoulder but she couldn’t find the ability to react.” Her heart ached but she couldn’t do what he asked. The panic was gone and he said. It was the same tone he’d had after she’d been attacked. Her chest was tight as she walked down the hallway where Mitch said he’d found her. I’m going to find her.” The anger returned and poured through the phone but Kat braced herself against it. Even if she meant it as a joke.” “No kidding. As the body fell to the ground. A body moved over her and a sweet. she shook her head.” Kat stepped closer and saw Mara’s eyes widen. his voice stopped her. She jogged across the parking lot—as well as she could in two-inch heels—and saw Mara pushing a woman into the back seat of a car. Freeze. “If that’s true. Ready to just pitch the phone. “Oooh.” Kat glared but before she could give Mara another command to step back.” It felt like a vise grip around Kat’s chest and she realized Mara 120 . “You should really know better than to get falling down drunk when you’re out in public. She quickly scanned the cars and found one with the dome light lit and the back door open.” Before he could say anything more—or she could make any more confessions. Even after that handsome cop carried you away. Kat pushed open the door and stepped into the barely lit parking lot.” Mara tensed but straightened. Just get here. She pulled her gun out of her purse and held it down to her side. You’re a cop?” She tsked her tongue. The bright pain set off sparklers behind her eyes and she dropped to the ground. The back door—employee entrance—was closed. “I need both hands.
following directions. inhaling whatever it was deep into her lungs.” she crooned as she stroked Kat’s arm. She 121 . Maybe.” She kicked Kat in the ribs. willing her muscles to tighten.” Mara moved slowly. “You’ll learn. Her body still locked in paralysis. “And don’t worry. lowering the needle to the crook in her elbow. The weak light glinted off the metal of Kat’s gun—in Mara’s hand. Her body tried to reject the vile scent that flowed through the material but after a few long moments.” Mitch’s clear. “Drop it. Kat tensed her arm as the needle pricked her skin. From the shadow. harsh voice rang through the night. The woman smiled—evil flowing from behind the light in her gaze. “I guess I won’t be able to finish with you. “That’s it.” “She’s hurt. Don’t worry. if you’re lucky. I know better than to kill a cop.” Soft hands moved across her skin. “You’re born this way. Show you that you don’t need a man—don’t need to spread your legs for every asshole with a dick.” Light caught a piece of glass and Kat realized Mara was holding a syringe. cautiously backing away. That’s the only way you can be saved. It’s too bad. She struggled to move but her body wouldn’t respond. Let me see your hands. I don’t blame you. I think you could have been helped. moving into the shadows between the cars as she stood. Mara immediately released the syringe and it tinkled as it hit the ground. Mara stood over her and stared down with a wicked smirk. She opened her eyes and stared up at Mara. Mara raised the gun and shot through the car windows. Did you really think you could hold him? You little sluts are all alike. I could have saved you. her voice turning from gentle to harsh. But I can save you. “I’ll bet.” She looked over at Mitch. The pain almost immediately disappeared as her mind floated away.” Mara’s insistence made Mitch glance down.Matching Signs was sitting on her. “He’s probably off fucking the next girl in a short skirt with big boobs. she needed breath and gasped. Mitch cried out and Kat heard a thump as he hit the ground. Her mind was clear and she fought the drug. You’ll be begging me for more.” She kept the gun hidden next to the car.” Fighting the drug that held her bound.” She drew back her foot and Kat tensed. “Now stand up. A corner of her brain told her to move but she couldn’t make her body respond. Kat watched as Mara shook her head. he’ll fuck you for a few months before finding some other bitch to stick it into. “But don’t worry. Libras are always sluts. The faint wail of sirens haunted the air. “You’ll learn to love everything I do to you. glass erupting across the pavement and Kat’s body. “Think of me the next time you spread your legs for him. Her voice was musical now. “This won’t hurt much. “I was only trying to help her.” The needle pressed against her arm.” She kicked—and Kat’s body responded. made you happy. Your knight in shining armor isn’t dead. a Libra slut like yourself will always find another man. It’s a special mix I’ve been working with. She sighed heavily as if she was disappointed.” A cloth covered Kat’s mouth and nose.
Tielle St. A huge hand wrapped around her wrist and stopped her. Reports to file. He stared down at her. She drew back her fist and drove it forward. We’ll get you to the hospital and then you can fight with the doctors. looking deep into her eyes as if to make sure she really heard him. The thought hit her like a train.” She let Drew pull her to her feet and slowly backed away. their faces grim and determined. She got no response but didn’t care. She drew her fist back. Anger and adrenaline flooded her system and Kat swung again. She had to snap out of it. the energy draining from her body as she stood. The desire to hurt the woman who hurt her lover. connecting once more with Mara’s jaw. Let’s get back and let them take her away. She’s—” “We got it. “I’m fine. Mara struggled—freeing her hands and trying to throw Kat off. As the vehicle left the parking lot. She’s unconscious. Kat realized she was still watching it. Mitch. And he was pissed. she blinked and looked up at Drew. They moved quickly. “Now let me—” “Just stay down. Kat pulled hard. Mitch was obviously alive and well enough to speak. “Yes. staring at the empty space. The crime scene team is on the way. Giving herself a shake. The woman groaned and Kat felt a wicked satisfaction at the thud of her head hitting the ground. Noise echoed in the distance but Kat let it roll past her.” 122 . “Kat.” They turned and saw two EMTs kneeling on either side of his fallen body.” Before he had a chance to protest—a sign that he was truly injured because an uninjured Mitch would never have capitulated that easily—they loaded him onto a gurney and the ambulance drove away.” The snarling growl that rattled from between the two EMTs shocked Kat’s heart into beating again. Rocks scraped Kat’s knees but she ignored the pain. Clumsy and still fighting the drugs. Kat. Justin and Brad are taking it over. “Bleeding but alive.” “She shot Mitch.” Kat barely recognized her own voice or the violence that flowed through her. The momentum sent the woman backward. “It was Mara. straddling her. Clare snapped her hand out and grabbed Mara’s foot as it connected. “Where’s Mitch? Is he—?” She couldn’t quite bring herself to say the word. “You can get up now. Kat let her fury take control and threw herself forward. dropping her hard to the pavement.” She blinked and looked up at Drew. let her go. Now come on. She had a job to do. yanking Mara’s leg up. Kat’s heart sunk into her stomach and a tight band constricted her chest. cracking into Mara’s cheek. ready for another hit. landing on top of Mara.
bleeding cuts on her knees. “I’m going to go see what I can find out about Mitch. Drew led Kat down the hall and found someone to take care of her cuts. I could use the company. We got her.” He closed his eyes and fought the wave of fire in his shoulder.” 123 .” As he mentioned the scratches on her knees and hands. they started to hurt.Matching Signs She looked up. Too many things to think about. you have to stand around waiting like an idiot. ***** Mitch opened his eyes and saw Drew standing in the doorway. Well. Safe and sound and in her life. Mara. She wanted him. “It’s tradition that when your partner gets hurt. Don’t worry. Then Drew shrugged.” “No. Her mind was filled with too much information.” Drew finished for her. The pain in his shoulder spiked as he pushed himself up. “I should—” She couldn’t really think. that would be something to think about. He seemed to know about her and Mitch. Mitch.” Mitch had been shot and she was going to see him. She nodded and then winced. She’s on the way to the prison hospital. She moved in a fog. Let the docs treat you and they’ll take you down the waiting area. “And then you and I will pace the waiting room until they say that Mitch is done. Suddenly it didn’t seem to matter if she and Mitch were a traditional couple or not. “No. Something to distract her from thoughts of Mitch. Being prepped for surgery—or so the nurse thought. Another medical team assisted the unconscious woman Mara had targeted. “Oh. “Go to the hospital. They arrived to find the emergency room in full tilt. Brad was kneeling beside Mara. She had to check on Mitch. “You and I are going to the hospital. A uniformed officer was setting up crime scene tape. She looked down at the red. knowing that it was a good thing Drew was there or she wouldn’t be able to function. She was going to the hospital and when he got better they were going to have a serious talk. More bodies filled the tiny space of the parking lot.” Drew spoke slowly—which was good because slow was all Kat could handle at the moment. “What’s this crap? The nurse says you’re refusing treatment. He’d gotten shot because of her. The only news they could get about Mitch was that he’d arrived and was still alive.” “What?” “We’ll go—get those scrapes looked at. Screw the fact that the rest of the world might find out they were lovers.” Kat stared at him. I’ll let them… Where is she?” “The nurse?” Drew walked to the bedside.
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Mitch shook his head. He didn’t care about Mara. “No. Kat. Where is she? Is she all right?” “She’s down the hall. They’re looking at her—” He lunged up and grabbed Drew’s arm. “Is she hurt? You didn’t tell me she was hurt.” “She’s fine.” The startled, cautious look on Drew’s face warned Mitch that he was overreacting but damn it, he couldn’t find out anything about Kat. She’d slipped away, facing that bitch on her own. And he hadn’t been able to help. His head spun again and he sank back down on the bed. The nurse came to his other side and ordered him to lie still. “I’m going to give you something to calm you down. Then we’ll get you into surgery.” She held up a needle and started to move toward his IV. “No! Don’t knock me out yet.” “Mitch, man, let her do it. They’ve got to get the bullet out.” “Where is she? Where’s Kat?” Mitch demanded, ignoring the nurse’s irritated glare. He knew he had to let them treat his shoulder but not until he knew what had happened to Kat. “The doctor’s got her—” “I thought you said she was fine.” “She is. But she’s got some cuts on her fists and her legs from when she beat the hell out of our suspect. The doc’s just cleaning the wounds.” “Let me see her.” The nurse moved back in and Mitch jerked away. “No. Not until I see Kat.” The commiserating look between Drew and the nurse should have made him feel guilty but there was no room for such a worthless emotion. He needed to see Kat. “I’ll go get her and then you’ll let them knock you out?” “Yes.” With Drew’s assurance to return soon, Mitch rested back on the pillows— keeping one eye on the nurse, practically daring her to come near him with that needle. Not until he saw Kat. Assured himself that she was okay. That she was safe. Kat patted the bandages on the backs of her hands. Her knuckles had split when she’d punched Mara. Admittedly, she’d been a little harsh with her response but the woman had shot Mitch. Kat curled her fingers into a fist and winced as the newly cleaned cuts burned. Her knees ached and stung every time she moved but they’d been able to get the grit out of the wounds. “You okay?” She looked up and saw Yvonne standing beside her. “Oh yeah. A few bruises. I’ll be fine. Mitch is—” Tears clogged her voice and she just nodded instead. Yvonne sat down and put her arm around Kat’s shoulders. Drew must have called her.
“I know.” Brad and Justin stood silently in the corner of the room, their grim faces making Kat’s heart ache even more. Mitch would supposedly be fine. The EMTs said he looked good but still—he was shot. And that was never a minor thing. Until he came out of surgery, Kat knew the rest of the squad would wait here. And so would she. Everyone straightened as Drew walked into the room. He quickly scanned the faces, stopping when he found hers. “Mitch won’t let them treat him until he sees Kat.” “Me?” Drew nodded and Kat slowly stood. He raised his eyebrows but Kat chose to ignore his silent question. She followed him down the hall and into the prep room. The curtain was pulled back and a very grim-faced nurse glared at them. “Do something before he loses any more blood,” the woman commanded. Drew nodded and urged Kat forward. They went behind the curtain. Mitch lay on the raised bed, his upper body propped up, a bandage covering the hole in his shoulder. “Mitch?” His head snapped up and then he winced. The pain on his face had her moving, reaching for him, even as he stretched out his hand to her. “Are you okay, baby?” he asked, dragging her close. “They said you were hurt.” “A few scratches. It’s nothing. I’m so sorry. You—” He continued to pull her forward, wrapping his arm around her shoulder and drawing her into him, his lips searching and finding hers. She forgot that Drew was watching. Forgot the nurses were waiting. Her senses were consumed by the desperation and hunger that filled Mitch’s kiss. Anger joined in and he drove his tongue into her mouth, as if to remind himself that she was there and his. Long moments later he drew back, wincing as he lay back on the bed. His chest rose and fell in tortured breaths. “I’m still going to beat your ass.” She smiled. He was going to be okay. Aware that others were listening, she leaned down and lowered her voice to a husky whisper. “Just let them fix you up and you’re more than welcome to do whatever you want to my ass.” Heat flickered in his eyes, warming Kat with the promise and warning that he planned to do just that. He raised his chin to the nurse. “Okay, let’s do this.” The woman hrrmphed and walked to his bedside. While Kat watched, she injected something into Mitch’s IV. Moments later his eyes turned glassy. “We have to take him now,” the nurse said gently. Kat nodded and bent down to give him a quick kiss. “I’ll be waiting.” “Good.” His eyes drooped shut. “I love you.” He didn’t speak but a dopey grin formed on his lips. He’d heard her.
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She backed out of the room and found Drew waiting in the hall—the look on his face a combination of surprise and irritation. “You’re the chippy?” Kat straightened her spine and tried to hide her blush. “Not crazy about that term but yes.” She raised her chin, staring Drew down. Finally he shook his head and turned away, walking down the hall toward the waiting room. They walked in and everyone stood. Justin, Yvonne and Brad looked expectantly at them. Drew stepped to the side, looked at the group and announced, “She’s the chippy.” “What? Who?” “Kat. She’s Mitch’s chippy.” Everyone in the room was silent, staring. Yvonne thrust her fists into the air. “Yes. I win the pool.” “There was a pool?” Kat’s dismay was smothered by the amazement that Yvonne had actually won. “You actually put Kat’s name in the pot?” Drew demanded. “Yep. The day after we visited at her house.” She shook her head and smiled gently at Kat. “You don’t drink beer but you had the kind that Mitch drinks in your refrigerator—and he was way too familiar with the layout of your kitchen.” Justin stared at Drew and back at Yvonne. “You should join the squad.” Kat laughed along with everyone else but waited on tenterhooks. After the shock wore off, what were they going to say? Do? Again Drew shook his head. “I’m amazed.” “Yeah,” Justin agreed. “I’m gonna kick his ass once he gets better.” “Oh yeah.” Brad nodded along with them before Drew pulled her into a big hug. “Well, welcome to the family.” Kat smiled but crushed the flutter of nerves. Things might change once Mitch got out of surgery. He might regret his display. It might not matter. She did love him but she couldn’t go back to being his “chippy”. She wanted more. She sat down and accepted a cup of coffee from Yvonne. There was nothing to do but wait.
It didn’t matter. planning to stop a casual distance away. Maybe it had something to do with the way Mitch held her hand. She was going to go with the flow for a while. Then they could talk. Then she looked at the name above the pocket. Like he knew what was inside. She’d spent much of the past two days in this room but it had always been just the two of them—or a member of his family. 127 . here’s a present from the department. Kat leaned close as Mitch undid the tape. Packed. He didn’t seem nearly as curious as she did. She noticed that the crowd was mainly cops—patrol and detectives. the lieutenant—but Mitch’s family and a few people she didn’t recognize were also included. He laced his fingers with hers and looked at the lieutenant. Mitch was going back on patrol? That didn’t make sense. Let him get better. silently calling for her to take his hand. Maybe getting shot had changed Mitch’s perspective of the world. She walked forward. The kind husbands and wives shared before and after work. “I asked once. I have certificates and awards from the mayor’s office. Mitch’s room was full. Mitch squeezed her fingers as if to tell her it would soon be over. feeling a little on display as a pathway opened up between her and his bed.” “Once. welcome back kiss. It was a sweet.” He handed over a flat package about four inches thick wrapped in brown paper. loving the warmth of his grip as he pulled her to him. People stacked three deep around his bed. It made her heart flutter almost as much as the deep.” Mitch protested.” Drew moaned.” Mitch said with a smirk. Sergeant? The room erupted in soft applause.” “You’ll get used to it. It wasn’t passionate or overwhelming. “I still can’t believe I’m seeing you two do that. Sergeant Mitch Keane. get in here. He’s been asking for you every two minutes. They seemed to accept Kat’s right to be there. she’d been the first person to see him. After his mother and his sister. A patrol uniform. in the room—and gave her a quick kiss. come on. “Ah.” “Well. All set for both of you. “And Mitch. She did. “There she is. keeping her by his side whenever he was awake. “We’re both here now. once you’re out of the hospital. “Kat. a bunch of other people. She wasn’t going to ask too many questions. he dragged her all the way down—mindless of the fact that there were other people.Matching Signs Kat pushed open the hospital room door and almost backed out.” He nodded to Mitch. As had become their habit. He peeled back the paper and revealed a new uniform.” Kat laughed. Balloons were tied to the bed and flowers covered every available flat surface in the room. intoxicating kisses they shared when everyone was gone. But Mitch held out his good arm. Not yet.” Drew called from the far side of the bed.
The door closed.” Lieutenant Lee nodded. we started with the understanding that it would be just sex—” “It was never just sex for me. “And I got the impression it was more than sex for you too. at least long term…” “And you don’t want that. She looked at the uniform now sitting neatly near the window.” He closed the paper and looked at the lieutenant.” He grimaced.” “And you want to take the detective’s test. The department would never go for that. we’d like to make you a permanent member. “It’s a delayed assignment.” “Um. afraid to believe what she was hearing. Only Kat remained behind. “So. yeah. Sergeant. sitting down on the edge of his bed.” Kat felt her heart skip a beat. we’ll get you trained up to run the patrol unit.” There was grumbling and some laughter and it took about twenty minutes but eventually everyone left—even Mitch’s mom who had guarded him like a lioness with her cub. right?” “Oh yes. I mean. but I can’t accept it. “You did an excellent job in our division and if you’re up to it. you said you loved me as they were taking me away for surgery.” “Then what’s wrong?” He looked at her with those deep blue eyes and she felt her heart melt. Were you just taking pity on the wounded guy?” 128 . LT. “No. I know you didn’t want to get that involved. “Now why don’t we all get out of here and let Mitch rest? I need him back on duty in a few days.” There was another comforting squeeze to her fingers. “So get well and when you come back. “I think you’ll be great. After all. huh?” “Yeah.Tielle St. The first couple of times. Clare “Thanks. Or if not permanent. you know I can’t take over the sergeant’s position. yes. She took a deep breath and gathered her courage. “With Kat on patrol. That should be enough time for Officer Browning to take and pass the detective’s test.” She nodded. “Well. “Everyone knows about us now and they all seem to expect this to be a permanent thing. not since very early. leaving them alone. What do you think?” She smiled. Sergeant Green is staying on for another three months.” The lieutenant looked around. That’s not it.” He said it with such lack of emotion that it startled Kat.
” “Are you going to make me say it first all the time?” she demanded.” He kissed her.” “Not with you. This time I’m trying to get into one and you’re making it very difficult. “I love you. “No. sitting up.” She looked down at him and saw something in his eyes—something that gave her the confidence to do it.” He grabbed her hand and pulled her down. God. “Now tell me you love me.” 129 . I love you. “I meant it.” “I love you too.Matching Signs “No!” She slapped his good arm. You don’t back down for one minute. I just don’t want to trap you into a relationship you don’t want.” “Why?” “Because I want to hear it when I’m not drugged up. He laughed. I’m just trying to keep up. “I’m a master at getting out of relationships I don’t want.
And Kat was still a newbie in the detective unit but she was getting her feet under her.” “Bet she pleads insane.” He threw his arm around her shoulder and led her to the doorway. Kat was thrilled. she’s going away for a long time. That’s why Mitch had been moved to patrol.” “She’ll get her day in court eventually. it’s not. she had other plans for the evening. That weird obsession she had with Libra women. “What were you doing looking down there?” “I’m nosy. It had worked out well. It’s my nature. Mitch stood in the hall. But they have to go through all the motions. I’m a cop.” “Why would I get you something for your birthday already? It’s four months away. Clare Epilogue Kat looked up at the door.” “It can’t be next week. “Are you sure you have to mow the lawn tonight?” she whispered. he couldn’t be placed in his old division. It’s next week. “I’m ready.” She stood up and leaned close. I just got off the phone with the prosecutor. The rule at the police department was that when an officer was promoted to sergeant. saw it was empty and walked in.” “Bet she’s not far off.” He stopped walking.” 130 . He looked around the room. Mitch liked being out on the streets.” He’d given up his condo and moved into Kat’s house two months ago—three months after he’d gotten out of the hospital. Mara’s trial date is already getting pushed back. And with all the evidence they got from her house. And Mitch loved having a lawn to take care of.Tielle St. “Besides. resting his hip on her desk. “I have a surprise I think you might like. And I need to mow the lawn tonight.” He smiled. But tonight. thinking of the lingerie and handcuff combination she had in a box under the bed waiting for just such a night like this. “No. “You mean that hot little number you have hidden under the bed?” Her mouth fell open and she glared at him. Influenced by Venus. I was looking to see if you’d gotten me anything for my birthday. They had quickly decided the house was too small for the both of them but it worked until they could find something else. She hated that part of owning a house. “We are one of the love signs. “You ready? I’m hungry. waiting for her—and looking damn fine in his patrol uniform.” “Well…” She winked at him.
You’ll find excitement and passion in the bedroom with your Aries man. Very compatible with Aries. “Nothing. Not compatible with Cancer. She hadn’t looked at it in months but she still remembered the signs compatibility match. I’m an Aries. I guess that one had a different birthday on it. That’s like June-July. Maybe she should contact the Matching Signs people and give a testimonial—because the planets truly had helped her find her perfect match.” “You’re an Aries?” “What’s the big deal?” He started down the steps.” He shook his head. “I’m not a Cancer. She stared at his back. It’s next week. Ask my mom.” “Oh right.Matching Signs “I know when my birthday is.” “But you’re a Cancer. Hmm.” “But your Matching Signs box. 131 . Yeah. waiting for her to catch up.” Aries. I have several IDs I used when I went undercover. That was a Cancer box. Emotional and sexual rapport will be strong and the initial meeting could be marked by powerful sexual urges.
About the Author Tielle (pronounced “teal”) St. Clare has had life-long love of romance novels. if the truth be told). She moved to Alaska when she was seven years old in 1972 when her father was transferred with the military. Tielle has worked in public relations and video production for the past 20 years. Tielle welcomes comments from readers. the class dressed up as what they would be in twenty years—Tielle dressed as a romance writer. Tielle believes romances should be hot and sexy with a great story and fun characters. During her senior year in high school. She began reading romances in the 7th grade when she discovered Victoria Holt novels and began writing romances at the age of 16 (during Trigonometry.com. You can find her website and email address on her author bio page at www. When not writing romances. .ellorascave.
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