Nicole's Military Men (Elite Dragoons #2)(4)

By: Becca Van

Using both hands, she pushed against the arm around her body and tried to kick back to connect with the shins behind her. But the arm around her waist tightened, and her feet left the deck.

Rand moved to stand in front of her and he was frowning at her as if he’d never seen her before. She guessed in a way he hadn’t. Nicole had let her temper free for the first time in front of the Bayhard brothers as a defense mechanism and she supposed now that he had seen she wasn’t a docile female that would just let anyone run roughshod over her that he wasn’t liking this side of her. Well, as far as she was concerned, that was just too damn bad.

These three brothers wanted to get into her pants, and she wasn’t about to go along with what they wanted just because they said so. Not without a fight at least, even if she knew deep down that she was fighting a losing battle.

But she wasn’t about to give in and if they didn’t like that, they could damn well go to hell!

Chapter Two

Rand watched Ty shift his hold on her until she could only move her legs, and Nicole must have realized she wasn’t going to get away because she stilled and panted heavily, trying to get her breath back after struggling to get away.

“Why, Nicole?” Brom asked.

Rand knew his brother was asking why she decided to fight them rather than talk, but he wondered if Nicole did. Her breathing had slowed but she still hadn’t looked up from the floor. Is she going to try to ignore us? He knew that wouldn’t work with Ty. His brother could be a real hard-ass at times and he hoped Ty didn’t push her too far and end up having her walk away from them.

The moment he’d laid eyes on her on the side of the highway in Chadron, Rand had been attracted to her. She was such a contradiction. Nicole could be shy and timid one moment and feisty the next. She was an enigma to him, but he wanted to learn all the facets to her personality. Nicole Maynard excited him like no other ever had and he suspected ever would again.

“What do you want from me?”

Rand stepped in closer and gently gripped her chin and lifted her head until she met his eyes. “We are attracted to you, sunshine. My brothers and I want to explore where this attraction between all of us could go. We know you are attracted to us too, so why the hell are you trying to hide it?”

Rand watched the expressions flit over her face. Although fear wasn’t one of them, nervous trepidation certainly was and that, he didn’t like one little bit. He released her chin and took a couple of steps back and then gave a slight nod to Ty who then removed his arms from her body and lowered them to his sides. If Nicole cared to look at Ty, she probably would have seen him standing there as if he didn’t have a care in the world, but he knew his brother better and saw the tightly clenched fists and the muscle ticking in his jaw. Ty was wound up tighter than a spring as he fought for control. It was hard for his domineering brother to step back and not do what he wanted when he wanted. He usually powered through any obstacle that stood in his way, looking neither left nor right until he’d reached his goal. But that wouldn’t work in this situation, and Rand was glad that Ty at least had enough nous to know when to back off.

Neither he nor his brothers tried to stop Nicole as she raced along the deck and then down the steps to the footpath. He sighed with frustration and turned to watch their woman storm off toward their house. His guts were a mass of knots and frustration but he would have to learn to live with that until they could get through to Nicole that they wanted her in their home, beds, and lives, permanently. But how they were going to achieve that was beyond him right at this moment.

“What the fuck was that all about?” Ty bit out and then slammed his fist down on the timber rail.

Brom spoke before Rand could. “She’s running scared…”

Ty spun around, the frustration in his body plain to see. The tendons and veins in his neck stood out and his fists were once more balled tightly. “You think I don’t know that?”

Brom moved closer to Ty and placed a hand on his shoulder. “Calm down, Ty. She’s not scared of us, she’s afraid of the way we make her feel. She’s running from her own emotions.”