Lucky Girl (Lucky Alphas Book 2)

By: Mallory Crowe

“One—every woman, at least every straight one, is susceptible to my charm. Two—I wasn’t flirting. I was stating a fact. And if you’re one of those gorgeous women who like to tell men that you think you’re hideous, I will lose my shit.”

“Let’s go back to one. Are you telling me that any woman who isn’t attracted to you must be gay?”

“Statistically, that’s proved to be true.”

“What a self-absorbed, closed-off point of view. Anybody who doesn’t like your dick must not like dicks at all?”

“Hey, I call it like I see it.”

“You know, I bet most of those women who claim they’re gay are lying to you as a way to deal with your advances.”

“Ouch.” Lucas held his hand up over his heart. “You’re landing some harsh blows here.”

“I’m calling it like I see it.” She echoed his words. “Even if you’re everything you say you are, not every straight woman is going to be into the snake oil that you’re peddling.”

“What about you?”

Harper stopped again and turned around, putting her hands on her hips. “I thought you said you weren’t flirting with me.”

“I’m not flirting. I’m asking you directly. If you’re interested in getting to know each other a little bit... better.”

“No. I can safely say I’m not interested at all.”

Lucas knew he should leave it at that, but dammit if he wasn’t intrigued by a challenge. And the fact that he’d been staring at Harper’s perfect little jean-clad ass during this entire nature hike wasn’t helping anything. “What do you want to bet I could change your mind?”

Her brows shot up in amazement. “Excuse me?”

“You heard me.”

He took another step closer. “What do you want to bet that by the time this little investigation thing is over, I’ll get between your legs? Multiple times.”

“You know, if you tell me your nefarious plan, it just makes me clench my thighs together all that much tighter.”

“Then I’ll have even more fun prying them apart.”

Harper could only stare wordlessly at the man in front of her. He couldn’t possibly be this cocky and this conceited to think any of his lines worked on her. She might have been brought up here, but she was no small-town girl. She’d been hit on and turned down some of the best of the best. What the hell made him think that he could just show up out of the blue and start talking to her like this?

She opened her mouth to tell Lucas exactly where he could shove his oh-so-talented tongue when the noise of a cell phone cut through the awkward silence.

She checked her phone but it was blank.

Lucas pulled out his phone and answered it. “Lucas Stone.” He turned away from her as if he needed privacy from her for some reason. “All right. I’ll be there in a second. Thanks.” Lucas put his phone back into his pocket and started to walk back in the direction they came.

Harper shook her head in amazement. “Care to share with the rest of the class?”

“We might finally have some good news for once. I asked the local police department to tell me if anything suspicious came up, and that was the deputy. Apparently something suspicious came up, and they were nice enough to give me a call.”

“You what? I thought I told you not to go to the cops.”

“Well, yeah, you told me that last night. I was investigating this before I actually met you, you know. But they found something, and now they want me to check it out. It might not be anything important, but I’d like to decide that for myself.”

“Something suspicious coming up is a bad thing, remember? A very bad thing.”

“Maybe, but it wasn’t like I was the one who gave them any information. At least now we’ll be the first people to know about it.”

Harper had her doubts about this. Frankly, she usually had doubts when police were involved. For some reason, her intuition, which she usually chose to ignore, was screaming in the back of her mind that something was wrong. “I don’t think we should go.”

It was Lucas’s turn to stop and look questioningly at her over his shoulder. “What the hell are you talking about?”

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