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CAPTURED: 9 Alpha Bad-Boys

By:Opal Carew

Chapter One

Angelica couldn't believe that hopping off a plane during a refueling  stop to search for one-of-a-kind souvenirs could lead to so much  trouble.

She sat staring at the glossy mahogany desktop in front of her, wishing  she still wore the light, cotton sundress she'd donned this morning. The  unaccustomed heat pressed down on her like a heavy blanket, smothering  her last few ounces of energy. She scooped up her long hair so the  breeze from the overhead fan would cool her neck. The small relief it  gave seemed an intense pleasure compared to the rest of this dreadful  day, and she closed her eyes to savor it. This long, robe thing she'd  been forced to wear covered too much of her, as far as she was  concerned. She'd undone the top few buttons, but perspiration glazed her  back and dripped down between her breasts.

Why hadn't she stayed on that darned plane?

She heard the door behind her open, and then close with a firm thump.  Despite her curiosity, she sat still in the stiff, wooden chair,  determined not to glance around.

Who was it this time? Hopefully, not those two goons who had dragged her  here. She had explained to them that she'd done nothing wrong, that in  fact, she'd been the victim of a robbery, but they'd barely understood a  word she'd said or they'd chosen not to. She couldn't be sure.

They'd kept her sitting here for at least two hours, with no regard to  her comfort. Right now, she should be safely aboard her homeward bound  flight to Toronto. Asleep.

The newcomer's presence seeped through the room, filling her with tension. As the seconds drifted by, curiosity overwhelmed her.

She twisted around to look.

The man who stared back at her was the most sinfully gorgeous man she'd  ever seen. Raw masculinity emanated from his tall, muscular body. His  dark hair flowed to his broad shoulder in waves, accentuating his square  jaw, softened by full, yet masculine lips.

He had the most stunning eyes. Intense. Dark. Penetrating.

And intimidating.

His gaze swept over her, making a few stops along the way. On the open  buttons down the front, making her intensely conscious of the fact that,  at the angle he saw her, the swell of her right breast was visible. On  the sash she'd added to cinch this loose, frumpy robe at the waist. On  her crossed legs. She had pulled the robe up to her knees in an attempt  to cool off, knowing she revealed less leg than she had in her sundress,  yet suddenly she felt shamelessly brazen.

Finally, his gaze pivoted to her face. The intensity of it disturbed her.

He strode across the room and settled behind the desk, laying a manila folder in front of him.

"Who are you? And why am I here?" she demanded.

"I am Kadin and I am the one who will ask questions."

His voice was quiet, but filled with authority. The fact that he spoke  English sent a wave of relief through her, followed immediately by  frustration. She had a dozen or more questions to ask. She'd already  missed her flight out of here, and her wallet, passport, and luggage had  been stolen. She still had her purse, at least, she had until they'd  brought her here and confiscated it, but she had no money.

Where would she stay tonight? How would she buy a ticket to get another  flight home? And if she succeeded in getting a ticket, how would she get  across the border without a passport?

Her frustration turned quickly to anger. "Look, I was dragged here against my will and I demand that-

"Silence." His eyes flared to a fiery black. "After what you have done, you have no right to demand anything."

"What I've done?" she shot back, ignoring the chill rushing down her  spine at his intimidating tone. "I haven't done anything. You don't seem  to understand-"

"I understand very well." His sharp glare fixed on her as he extended his arm toward her.

A large green pendant on a gold chain hung from his hand. An emerald.  Actually, the largest emerald she'd ever seen. She reached out to touch  it, but he snatched it into his fist.

"This is Dhiya's. As are the clothes you wear now," he stated flatly.

Her eyes widened. "So you know who robbed me." Relief washed through  her. "I guess that means you've caught her. Great. I'd really like to  get my things and ..."

His dark eyes narrowed dangerously.

"Don't play me for a fool. Why was my beloved Dhiya's pendant in your  purse? Why was she seen boarding a plane wearing your clothes, traveling  on your ticket, using your passport?"

Her jaw tightened. She didn't like the sound of this. This situation  looked like trouble with a capital 'T.' She had to straighten this guy  out right now.

"I already explained to the other men that I went into the washroom and this woman-"

He slammed his fist on the desk, the sharp sound reverberating through the room like a gunshot.


She gulped back the rest of her explanation and stared at him. Quietly.

"That's better. Now, you will listen."

He stepped from behind the desk and paced, his hands folded behind his  back. His white robes billowed as he strode back and forth.

"As I see it, there are two possibilities. One, you were involved in  kidnapping Dhiya and transporting her out of the country. Two, you  helped Dhiya at her request, taking her necklace as payment. Either way,  you are in grave trouble. Both are an insult to me and my family."

She shook her head in disbelief, knowing she had to set him straight.

"She robbed me at gunpoint."

"Dhiya would never touch a gun."


"-if you were a man, there would be many options open to me to exact justice."

He sat on the edge of his desk facing her, his arms crossed over his chest.

Her heart hammered loudly and the muscles in her chest tightened  painfully. Just what did he intend to do to her? She'd heard of  officials in these small countries throwing people into prison for years  because of some inadvertent transgression. She pictured herself stuck  in a grimy jail cell, sharing scraps of food with rats.

"But I cannot bring myself to be so harsh with a woman." He watched her with those coal-black eyes.

She let out a sigh of relief. She'd never wanted to use her gender as an advantage, but right now, she had no such qualms.

"What  … ?" Her voice came out choked, so she cleared her throat and tried again. "What do you intend to do with me?"

He stared at her for a long moment and his gaze slipped past her chin to  her chest. She raised her hand to toy with the top button of the robe,  at least the top button that was still fastened.

A drop of perspiration glided slowly down her neck. Like a breath of  fire grazing her skin, his gaze seared her as he followed the progress  of the drop as it forged a path down her chest, then disappeared between  her breasts. He lingered on the swell of flesh peeking from the deep  neckline. He might as well have been caressing her breasts physically  for the affect he was having on her. Her nipples pebbled, hardening and  peaking against the thin fabric.

Awareness shimmered through her, of his overwhelming masculinity, and of just how vulnerable she was.

His gaze shifted to her face.

"To repay the debt of dishonor, you will serve me."

"What do you mean 'serve you'? "

"You will warm my bed. Tonight, and for as many nights as I see fit."

She blinked at him.

"I  …  beg your pardon?"

"You may well do, but I will not pardon you. You have wronged me and you  will pay with the only currency you have as a woman. Your body."

Her stomach clenched painfully and her hands started to shake. Oh, God. This couldn't really be happening.

"You can't mean  … "

His hot gaze told her otherwise.

"But that's barbaric." Yet the thought of this man dragging her into his  arms, his mouth devouring hers, sent shivers of excitement through her.

"Insults will not better your position."

"How long do you intend to  …  keep me here?"

"When Dhiya returns, I will have answers. If you merely helped her, then  I will consider your debt of dishonor repaid and I will let you go. If  it turns out you were involved in kidnapping her, then your situation  will change, for the worse."

"And if she doesn't return?"

His expression turned dangerous.

"You had better hope that she does," he growled.

She bolted to her feet, her hands clenched into fists at her sides.

"You don't seem to understand. I'm the victim here."


Obviously, he wasn't going to listen. Fear sliced through her, colliding  with anger at the unfairness of it all. There had to be some way to  straighten out this whole mess.

She glared at him.

"This is ridiculous. I have rights. I demand to see the Canadian  ambassador at once," she said with as much authority as she could  muster.

She stomped across the room toward the exit and flung open the door. Two  very large, very scary looking guards turned and stared at her. Their  expressions dared her to try and leave. She took one step forward and  they tensed. She glanced at the long swords settled in scabbards at  their waists. Of course, they wouldn't even need to unsheathe those  things. All they'd have to do is pick her up bodily and put her where  they wanted her.