“Magnate” by Joanna Shupe (Kensington)
Emmett put the crystal to his beautiful lips and, drink suddenly forgotten, Lizzie’s thoughts returned to kissing. The burn in her stomach spread to ignite other parts as she watched him swallow, the strong cords of his tanned throat working above his white shirt collar. The divot in his chin dipped and bobbed, mesmerizing her like a snake in a charmer’s basket.
“You should stop staring at me like that.”
“Like what?” She propped her elbow on the table and put her chin in her hand, leaning toward him.
“Like you want me to kiss you.”
The gin must’ve conspired with the champagne to take hold of her tongue, because she blurted, “And you don’t want to kiss me?”
“Wrong.” His eyes blazed as he brushed his bare thumb gently over the seam of her lips. “I would give everything I own for the privilege. But there would be no going back.”
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