Nicole's Military Men (Elite Dragoons #2)(5)

By: Becca Van

“How the hell are we going to get through those walls she’s erected and get her to realize that what we want doesn’t have everything to do with lust?”

Rand inhaled deeply when the epiphany hit. Nicole Maynard may be fearful of what they made her feel, but not once had any of them sat down to explain that what they wanted with her was for the rest of their lives. If she had been hurt before, and he was pretty sure she had, considering how she kept her emotions locked away tight and she had no idea what they wanted from her, then of course she was going to baulk.

“Shit.” Rand scrubbed a hand over his face. “We’ve gone about this all wrong.”

“You think?” Brom asked facetiously but from the puzzled look on his face, Rand’s younger brother had no idea how to fix things with their woman.

“We told her that we wanted to share her in bed but not once have we told her that we care for her and could very well be falling in love with her.” Rand scrubbed a hand over his face and sighed. “God knows what the previous men in her life have done to her, and then we tell her what we want and expect her to fall in line with our needs. Not once have we tried to woo her or thought about what she needed.”

“Fuck!” Ty began to pace and then turned to Rand. “You’re right, goddamn it. No wonder she fought and ran.”

“We’ve got to back off and give her time, but if we get her alone in a one-on-one situation we should try to ease her into having a relationship with us,” Brom said. “We’ve got to stop thinking with our dicks and start using our heads as well as our hearts.”

“She’s not going to want to have anything to do with me after what just happened,” Ty said as he walked toward the porch steps. Rand and Brom followed behind.

Rand kept his voice low in case any of the ranch hands were around. “She will if you stop running right over the top of her, Ty. Nicole is a smart woman and has a mind of her own. You’ll get through to her more if you soften up a bit and ask instead of dictating.”

“So you expect me to change to woo her, but what the fuck is gonna happen when we finally catch her and I go back to my normal arrogant self?”

“That’s not what he means, Ty.” Brom grabbed Ty’s arm to halt him in his tracks. “What Rand is saying is that you need to lighten up a little and be more flexible. Everything is black and white to you, but not every situation is straightforward, and sometimes you have to compromise and look at the gray.”

“I don’t want you to change, Ty.” Rand sighed. “I want us all to be ourselves, but don’t push as hard. Maybe then she won’t get her hackles up and push back. We forced her into a corner tonight until she had nowhere to go. Of course she was going to come out fighting. All of us need to take a few steps back and give her some room. When she realizes that we don’t want to control her life, well, then maybe she will be willing to meet us halfway and want to be with us.”

“Okay. I’m not promising anything, but I’ll try.” Ty picked up his pace and then disappeared inside their home.

“Do you really think it will work?” Brom asked.

“I don’t know, but it can’t hurt.”

“We still haven’t told her about our abilities. I’ve kept my mental shield in place at all times, but it doesn’t seem to matter. I can still feel the lust she feels for us beating at me.”

“We all do, Brom, and that has been one of our downfalls with Nicole so far. We’ve been arrogant assholes and believed that because she desires us she would be willing to fall into bed with us. She thinks we only want her for sex and has no clue that to us it would be making love. The only way we are going to get through to her is if we show her she means more to us than just a body. When she accepts that then we tell her about our abilities.”

“We have to tell her before we become intimate with her, Rand. It wouldn’t be fair to Nicole if we made love to her first before she knew everything.”

“Yeah, I know. That is something I’m not looking forward to.”

“Sara accepted our team leader’s abilities without a qualm.” Brom started walking again.