Holden’s opposition hurts us in South Dakota, because he has powerful political allies in Pierre and no scruples about using them against us. One of them,” he added darkly, “is the state attorney general herself!” “I know,” she said. Her pale eyes gazed into his dark ones. “But I’m working on the senator.” He didn’t even blink. “Working on him, how?” Here we go again, she thought with resignation. Her eyebrows lifted. He was acting as if she’d already seduced the man! On second thought, why not live down to that image? She leaned forward avidly. “Well, first I smeared him with honey and licked my way down to his throat…” she began earnestly. He cursed sharply. She laughed helplessly. “All right, it was just dinner. But he really is a very nice man, Tate,” she said. He gave her a hard glare. “Listen, Cecily, going around with a man old enough to be your father isn’t the way to fight your hang-ups.” “My hang-ups?” She glared at him. “Do feel free to elaborate.” “You have friends instead of lovers,” he said curtly. “I’m a modern woman,” she said coolly. “That means I have the right to decide what I do with my body. Some women, I might add, advocate using men only for breeding purposes. I myself think they’d be more useful as house pets.” His black eyes twinkled. He waved to his mother who was just dancing past them with an ear to ear smile. “All the same, I don’t like seeing you with Holden.” “I don’t particularly care what you like,” she said and smiled sweetly at him. He hated that damned smile. It was like a red flag. “Listen, kid, you don’t know beans about some of the political superstars in Congress, and Holden is an unknown commodity. He guards his privacy like a mercenary. I don’t like him and I don’t trust him. He’s too secretive.” “Look who’s talking!” she exclaimed. “You could probably topple governments with things you know and don’t tell!” “Sure I could,” he agreed. “But I’m not shady.” She just looked at him. It was a speaking look. “Maybe a little shady,” he conceded finally. “A man has to have a few secrets.” “So does a woman.” He smoothed a hand down the buckskin leggings on one of his powerful thighs. “I hope you aren’t going to let what happened to you in Corryville ruin the rest of your life,” he said without looking at her. “You should go around with men your own age.” She met his narrowed eyes. “I had my share of dates when I started college. It’s amazing that every single one of them thought he was entitled to my bed in return for a nice dinner and some dancing. And you know what I got when I said no? They told me I wasn’t liberated.” She threw up her hands. “What does liberation have to do with rejecting a man with bad breath who looks like a lab rat?” “You won’t get around me by changing the subject,” he continued doggedly. “Holden isn’t the sort of man you need in your life and neither is Colby Lane.
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