EXCERPT: TOO HOT TO HANDLE/CHELCEE
“I’m sorry.” She gripped his fingers. “We’re going down,” she said in a shaky voice.
“I know.” He clenched his teeth. “All I ask is that you don’t break both my legs in the landing, or my back…been there, done that.”
She gave a watery laugh. “I swear I won’t. Hold on to me. I don’t want to die alone.”
He leaned as close as possible and drew her face protectively against his chest. “Don’t look, baby.”
Dianna buried her face deeper against his chest. “No. I won’t look. I don’t want to see death coming at us.”
The plane glided so smoothly, Dianna could hardly believe what was about to happen, but she knew when they hit the trees and concealed rocks, the aircraft would shear apart.
She held her breath. Her heart beat so frantically, it hurt. Her lungs ached for air. It would have been nice to settle things with Taylor before they died. Too bad there was so little time left them. Too bad she wanted him, and he detested her.
Shit, was she in love with the big jerk? How could she be in love with such an asshole?
“Here it comes,” he whispered.
He tightened his hold on her, tilted her face to his. “Look at me, Dianna.”
She lifted her gaze to the window. Everything was such a blur rushing toward them. Her breath hitched.
“No, sweetheart, look only at me. Dianna, look at me!”
She turned her head, locked her gaze with his.
“That’s my girl.” Slowly, he settled his mouth on hers. Her breath caught. Oh, yeah. She was definitely a goner. She’d been a goner for months now. Why had he waited so long to kiss her again?
His lips felt feather soft, gentle, yet utterly ravaging. Never had she felt anything as good as his warm mouth possessing hers. Dianna sighed with contentment and surrendered her heart into his care. This kiss would have to last her a lifetime and beyond. She dug her fingers in the front of his shirt and hung on.
Dianna felt the jolt in every muscle and bone. She was brutally wrenched from Taylor’s arms. He grunted, hurled to his right and then back against his seat.
“Here. I’m right here.”
Metal crunched and screeched in agony. Everything about the plane snarled in protest, a wounded beast fighting to its last breath. The only thing they could do was ride the ride.
Glass imploded around them. Hundreds of shiny pieces shot through the air. Dianna flung her arms across her face. The plane jerked hard to the right. Luggage flipped toward them, tossing and tumbling like paper in the wind.
The blunt corner of a suitcase slammed into Taylor’s left shoulder. She heard his moan and prayed it hadn’t broken his collarbone or shoulder. White-hot pain pierced her left leg above her knee. Something sharp and lethal gouged her right shoulder.
Taylor grabbed her, closed his arms tight around her shoulders, but still she felt every bone-snapping, teeth-jarring bite of pain.
The plane whipped into a wild tailspin, tossing them about like flotsam in a stormy sea. Torn from Taylor’s arms a second time, Dianna tried desperately to get a hold on the yoke, but her fingers slipped off, too slick with sweat for her to latch on to it. “Oh, God. Oh, God.”
The aircraft raced on in its destructive path, plowing through the underbelly of the rainforest. The wings popped and sheared off as the plane punched its way past a blur of huge red rocks. Tree limbs snapped and broke as easily as matchsticks.
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