He continued gazing at you and after a few seconds where she believed she’d crumble in her chair at the hypnotic pull from across the table, he said, “You and your dress, and the way you’re blushing right this second, has me thinking I’m going to kiss you.”She caught herself panting and closed her mouth.
“Not here.” He straightened and looked around the room and mumbled, “Later.”
“Later?” She ducked her chin. Oh God, she’d said that out loud.
He chuckled low. “Do you need a specific time?”
She looked through lowered lashes. “That might help because I can’t even think right now with you blurting out everything I’m thinking and looking at me that way and me being scared and not knowing what is going on with everything outside of us…and you. You scare me, Swiss.”
He ran his thumb and index finger down the outside lines of his goatee. “All you have to do is tell me no.”
“No,” she blurted. “I mean yes. I want you to kiss me.”
The corner of his mouth lifted. Gia sighed in impatience.
“I don’t know what I’m doing. You’re like nobody I’ve ever known.” She glanced around making sure they hadn’t grabbed anyone else’s attention. “I’m also feeling guilty.”
She sagged in her chair. “I came here with the intent to use you for protection like some big warning sign to keep the bad men away and instead…”
“Instead, you want me,” he said, shrugging. “It is what it is, sweetheart.”
Debra Kayn is the author of the Bestselling Bantorus MC series, Moroad MC series, Red Light: Silver Girls series, Hard Body series, Playing For hearts series, and a huge backlist of books.She lives with her family in the Bitterroot Mountains of beautiful Northern Idaho where she enjoys the outdoors, the four seasons, and small-town living.