Deep thoughts?” he murmured. “I was just thinking how glad I was that I waited for you,” she said. She kissed the shoulder her cheek was pillowed against. “I’m glad you did, too,” he whispered. “The way we made love was almost sacred, that first time. Was that when we made the baby?” “Yes,” she murmured drowsily. She touched his chest with drowsy content, loving the muscular warmth of it. “I always knew you’d be in a class all your own as a lover. I was right.” He kissed her forehead tenderly. “I’m glad. But if you want it again, you’re going to have to marry me,” he added on a chuckle, moving one leg lazily against hers under the sheet. That brought her wide-awake. She lifted herself to look down into his dancing black eyes. “What?” “You heard me,” he said. “I’m not going to be seduced and abandoned. You’ve ruined me. Now you have to marry me.” She burst out laughing. “You don’t look ruined to me,” she murmured dryly, letting her eyes feast on the long, muscular length of his body from his strong neck down to his powerful legs and in between. “You look absolutely perfect.” “Flattery won’t work,” he assured her. “I tell you, I’m ruined. You have to marry me to save my reputation.” She hesitated, aware that he was devouring her with his eyes, from her swollen breasts to the slight swell of her abdomen. “I want to. But I’m not sure.” “I know that,” he replied. “Tell me why you keep holding back.” “You’re a loner,” she said simply. “The baby and I would impose restraints on you, on the way you live.” He shrugged. “He’s already imposed them,” he said with a grin. “I told Pierce Hutton he’d have to find someone else to undertake the dangerous missions. I’ll remain head of security, but I’m through with commando missions. I hired Colby,” he added with a smile at her surprised expression. “It’s the sort of work he loves, and he’ll have fewer risks than he does in the job he has now. It might save his life.” “I like Colby.” “I like him, too, now that I know he was only a friend.” She lifted her eyebrows. “How do you know?” she asked suspiciously. He grinned. “Among other reasons, because you were starving a few minutes ago.” “So were you,” she pointed out. He chuckled. “I’m always starving for you.” He stretched lazily and pulled her down on his chest, ruffling her short blond hair. The smile faded as he searched her soft eyes. “I wanted you when you were seventeen,” he said huskily. “But I was responsible for you. I couldn’t take advantage of what you felt for me.” She traced a pattern on his collarbone. “Did you know how I felt, all that long ago?” “Yes.” He smoothed a lean hand over her bare back. “I ignored it at first. But tha day I brought you out to Oklahoma…” He laughed mirthlessly. “You didn’t realize that I almost had you right there in the front seat of the car, did you?” “No.” He heard the fascination in her tone. “If we’d been in a less public place, I couldn’t have stopped. It was dangerous to tease me, but you didn’t know it.” “What a waste,” she murmured sadly.
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