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Bound to the Bachelor (Montana Born Bachelor Auction #1)(7)
Sarah Mayberry

Lincoln, Ryan, Jett, Jesse, and Gabriel were talking with Dillon at the bar, nursing drinks and looking more than a little nervous.

“Don’t worry, boys. It will be mostly painless, I promise,” she told them.

“There are a lot of women down there,” Jett said.

“Yep. Lots and lots of single, interested, cashed-up women,” Lily agreed mischievously.

All the bachelors except for Jesse Grey shifted uneasily, like a herd of gazelles getting a whiff of a lion nearby. Jesse just continued to glower darkly. Lily got the sense that he was not happy to be here. He was the one recruit she hadn’t roped in herself, having been volunteered by his uncle, Jason Grey.

“I’ll just check on Beau,” she said, patting Ryan reassuringly on the arm.

Slipping into the short hallway that ran off the main room, she knocked on the first door.

“Beau?”

“In here.”

She pushed the door open, stopping dead in her tracks as she caught an eyeful of firm male backside clad in stretchy boxer-briefs before Beau pulled up his suit pants, effectively ending the impromptu peep show.

“Sorry. I didn’t realize –” She whirled on her heel, heat rushing into her face. “When you said ‘in here’ I thought you meant you were dressed.”

“I promise not to sue for sexual harassment, don’t worry,” Beau said.

“I’ll come back later,” she said, stepping into the hallway.

“I’m decent now, no need to evacuate the premises, reverend mother,” he said dryly.

Lily rolled her eyes at his little dig, then snuck a glance over her shoulder. Sure enough, he was buttoning the last buttons on his shirt, his slim-cut navy trousers belted at the waist.

“What’s up?” he asked.

“I wanted to talk you through how everything’s going to work tonight,” she said.

“Fire away.”

He continued to dress as she explained the running order and what was expected of him, slipping cufflinks into the French cuffs of his shirt before sitting to pull on socks and shoes. For some reason, the sight of his big, bare feet made her nervous, and she found herself fiddling with the side-tie on her wrap dress as he pushed himself to his feet again.

“You think I need to bother with this thing?” Beau asked, holding up a discreetly striped blue and black tie.

“Definitely. That blue is an almost exact match for your eyes,” she said without thinking.

Beau flicked her a quick look before threading the length of silk around his collar. Lily tried not to stare as he went through the uniquely masculine ritual of knotting the tie. There was something so intimate about watching him dress like this. Like a wife watching her husband prepare to face the day.

She was still frowning at the thought when Beau shrugged into his suit jacket.

“Presentable?” he asked, turning to face her, eyebrows raised in question.

She almost laughed out loud at how much of an understatement it was. Presentable didn’t begin to cover how good he looked in his precisely cut navy wool suit. The expertly tailored fabric enhanced his broad shoulders and lean torso, the slim trousers hinting at his powerful thigh muscles. His white shirt highlighted the fact that even in the depth of a Montana winter, he’d managed to acquire a tan, and the blue in his tie somehow gave his eyes even more depth and intensity.

“You’ll do,” she said, dragging her gaze from his chest. “I need to go. Dillon will hook you up with free drinks.”

She swiveled on her heel, suddenly very keen to be out of there.

“Aren’t you going to wish me luck?”

She glanced over her shoulder at him. He didn’t need luck; he was going to bring the house down. Women were going to fight to the death over him.

“Good luck,” she said.

Then she made her escape.

Chapter Three

Beau Bennett shot his cuffs and adjusted his tie as he listened to the rapid click-click of Lily Taylor’s high heels retreating. He was going to be one very happy man when this night was over and done with, and a lot of that happiness would stem from the fact he wouldn’t have to deal with Lily any more.

He still couldn’t quite believe he was about to auction himself off to the highest bidder – all because Lily had guilted him into being a part of this circus. Why she couldn’t have just let him write a check was beyond him.

But nothing was ever easy with Lily Taylor. He should know that by now. She was always difficult. Argumentative. Mouthy. Disruptive. Distracting.

Take tonight, for example. He’d come here prepared to simply endure the next few hours and get them over and done with – then he’d spotted Lily and felt the unwanted, unwelcome pull of attraction that always hit him when she was within reach. One look at her breasts and hips, wrapped in a dress made from something that looked as though it would be good to touch, had been enough to trip all his most primitive instincts. While one part of his brain had been greeting her and asking where he could get changed, the rest of him had been calculating how quickly he could get her naked and beneath him.

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