Just when Romero thought he'd conquered his anger issues...
Now that Izzy has earned her credentials to teach at a college level, Romero is doing his best to be supportive. Even after she informs him she won't be teaching.
She'll be assisting a professor—a recently divorced professor whom she'll work with side by side.
Isabel loves being home with her kids, but she's ready to get back to her career—back to a world where she can enjoy some in-depth political conversations with someone who really gets it. The brilliant Political Science professor she's assigned to assist seems to be the perfect fit.
But when those conversations get a little personal, Isabel isn't sure if she's just being silly or if the professor is sending insidiously veiled messages.
Romero's knack for picking up on her unease only complicates things, especially because Isabel also has a big Christmas surprise for him. With suspicions awakened, Romero's interpretation of Isabel's sneakiness stirs that dormant rage he hasn't had to deal with in years, and emotions become furiously Tangled.
Isabel had just finished pouring herself a cup of tea when Romero rushed into the kitchen.
“I gotta go,” he informed her. “Your car’s in the way. Where are your keys?”
Isabel turned just in time to see him heading for her purse on the counter. Without thinking, she practically lunged toward it and grabbed it before he could. He froze on the spot and stared at her until she looked down at her purse, feeling like an idiot. Without asking, she already knew what he was thinking.
“What’s that about?” he asked, glaring down at her purse as she fished her keys out.
“I gotta go too,” she said. “So no need to move my car. I was just leaving.”
He was still peering at her with that telling heat in his eyes, and he tilted his head. “Anything we need to talk about?”
“Nope,” she said trying to sound playful, but he still wasn’t smiling.
In fact, his glare had gone harder. “You hiding something from me, Isabel?”
“Yes,” she admitted, trying to smile genuinely, especially after hearing him call her Isabel. She leaned in and kissed him. “Christmas is just around the corner, baby. There are things hidden all over, including my purse.”
They stood there facing off for a moment more before he leaned in and kissed her back since he hadn’t so much as puckered up the first time. “I’ll be glad when I find out what this surprise of yours is because it’s making you jumpy as shit.”
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