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‘Please,’ she said. ‘All I need is a tyre so I can get to Lake Tahoe tonight. I don’t have a spare and I don’t have anyone who can come get me. Please, I’m begging you. It won’t take ten minutes and I’m willing to pay extra.’
The young mechanic’s lips lifted in a smile. She tried to contain her booming heart as she studied him. Short blond hair, full lips, and indolent blue eyes: this was no grizzled old mechanic who’d be eager to peep down her blouse. This guy was around her age, and way too cute to be desperate. A cocky grin crept over his face as he openly studied her legs in their black high heels, then the shape of her breasts under the blouse. Clearly he wasn’t afraid to check her out and refuse to help her at the same time. Great. Arrogant and cute, the combination least likely to help her.
‘Please,’ she repeated. ‘I’ll do anything.’
The words surprised even her. She’d meant to say “pay anything”. But now that she was standing here in the cool night, her skirt blowing around her legs, she felt as if she were on an auction block, offering herself up and not just her wallet.
‘OK,’ he said finally. ‘I guess I can spare 15 minutes.’
He jerked his chin at the tow truck driver, who began to unload her car. While the mechanic inspected it, Nadia sighed deeply with relief. This was humiliating, but at least she was getting what she wanted – a new tyre and her continued journey to Lake Tahoe.
As they got the car into the garage, she checked out the way the mechanic’s firm ass filled his jeans. He grinned at her over his shoulder and she quickly lifted her eyes. ‘I’m Luke,’ he said.
‘Nadia. Thanks so much for doing this.’
A crooked smile played over his face. He waved goodbye to the tow truck, then gestured to a towering wall of stacked tyres. She wasn’t sure how the top rows were accessible until she saw the long ladder anchored to a track on the ceiling and floor. ‘Let’s see what we’ve got here,’ Luke said. ‘Who knows, you could be stuck here all night.’
She didn’t entirely like his dirty grin when he said that. But she definitely liked the way he scaled the ladder, that sculpted bottom of his moving rhythmically up the rungs. He found the right tyre and returned with nimble ease to the floor. Then he leant against her car, resting the tyre on the cement floor of the garage.
‘So,’ he said. ‘Let’s talk payment.’
Her mouth went dry but she maintained a cool expression. ‘Right. How much is the tyre?’
His blond eyebrows lifted. ‘The tyre? I was referring to payment for making me stay late on a Friday night to help you out. I mean, I was just locking up and ready to head out. Had all kinds of plans. But –’ He shrugged. ‘Here I am, helping you. Missing out. So I’m thinking maybe you’ll make it up to me.’
Smartass, she thought. But his meaning was clear and the insolent smirk in his blue eyes as he lounged against her car made her nipples tighten.
‘Well, of course,’ she said. ‘Like I said, I’ll do anything.’ There it was again. Do anything.
He picked up a towel and cleaned his hands off. ‘Anything?’ His languid eyes ran up and down her body.
She felt her cheeks flush. She’d never expected to find herself in this position, offering herself up in return for a favour – and she’d certainly never expected it to feel so thrillingly, nervously exciting. ‘Yes … anything.’
His eyes drifted up from her black high heels all the way to her face. ‘I don’t know,’ he said. ‘I’ve already got enough money.’
Her throat was so tight she could barely get the words out. ‘I wasn’t offering money.’
He stepped up close to her, making her shiver. ‘Then let’s see what you are offering.’
Oh God. This was really going to happen. She thought for sure Luke would stop, find an excuse to back down, but instead he unbuttoned her white silk top. His fingers deftly undid the material until both sides fell back from her pink lace bra. Luke lightly traced the stiff points of her nipples through the lace, until they were hard and aching. Without taking his eyes from her swelling breasts, he pulled down the cups of her bra until her entire breasts were exposed.
‘Nice.’ He pulled lightly on each light pink nipple until she bit her lip with desire.
It was all she could do to stand still as he inspected her tits, cupping and squeezing them softly. He stepped up even closer, close enough to kiss her, and she felt his light breath on her neck as he reached around her – and unzipped her skirt. He tugged it down her hips with insistent force until it fell to the garage floor. She took a deep breath as he studied her skimpy black thong.