When he got to work, Molly’s desk was vacant. He moved past it and into the employee room and found her doling out doughnuts and coffee. Ignoring him completely, she served everyone before turning to him.
His tone left little room for negotiation. I knew I should’ve pointed out that I needed to be here, looking for jobs, hopefully attending interviews, but that wasn’t what my brain immediately jumped to. Will Fiona be there with you? I didn’t want them left unattended again.He nodded, his gaze darting down to his plate. He picked up the piece of brownie, swirled it in the melted chocolate sauce, then held it before my lips. Open, he whispered.
I obeyed and Ben fed me a bite of the decadent dessert. Something about the way he watched me while I chewed had all my nerve endings firing. Could I really go with him to Fiji? Could I handle an extended stay around her? How long are you there for?Six days. We leave on Wednesday.We. Part of me hated how sure he was. And that was only a few days away. Most of me found it sexy. He was so confident and in control all the time. And apparently I was a sucker for an alpha male, if the growing moisture in my panties was any indication. I don’t know. Do you really think it’s a good idea for us to be around each other?
You’re mine and I want you with me. It’s that simple.My stomach tightened with a flicker of desire. I wanted to be with him, too. Wherever he was.
He reached across the table and took my hand. I’m not tiptoeing around Fiona. She’ll have to get used to us together, and I don’t want to be without you, so I’m hoping for my sake that you’ll come.
I nodded. I’ll think about it. I should probably stay in New York to be available for job interviews but I found myself giddy at the thought of escaping the dreary, cold weather in favor of a warm and tropical climate with him.Aw, look at that. He was worried about her, his eyes reflecting that and a lot more. In spite of himself, he cared about her. She knew that much. It wasn’t entirely his fault that he was so emotionally challenged, she thought, putting a hand on his jaw. You’re so pretty, Joe. It’s really a shame that you’re such a dumbass.
Lucas choked out a laugh, but at Joe’s glare, quickly turned to Kylie’s mom. You okay, ma’am?I will be if you never ‘ma’am’ me again, her mom said, looking singed around the edges but thankfully unhurt.
Joe turned Kylie’s face to his, running his finger over a bump on her forehead that made her wince and slap his hand away. Kevin’s still on the boat, she said and gripped the front of his shirt in her fist. We’ve got to save him.Joe pointed to a figure of a man sitting on the other end of the dock with an oxygen mask over his face.