the door closed, Simon picked up the chain. His touch against her
side tingled her skin. She closed her eyes and measured her breaths.
The man shouldn’t be able to frazzle her, but he did with ease. She
opened her eyes. She’d have to deal with him sooner or later,
although she preferred later.
draped the chain across her belly, then sat back on his heels. “It’s
been a long time.”
has.” She stared at the length of gold. “Twenty-four carat, isn’t
“Nothing but the best.” Simon sighed. “Let’s get it out there. I
don’t like games and you’re horrible at bluffing. You left that
night and never told me why. Want to tell me now?”
stomach knotted and bile rose in her throat. She’d rehearsed what
she wanted to say so many times in front of the mirror, but seeing
him in person wasn’t like the mirror.
got scared,” she whispered.
Simon smoothed a lock of her hair behind her ear and his touch
lingered down her jaw line. She fought the urge to rub her face on
his hand. He leaned over her, his mouth a whisper away from hers.
His breath warmed her skin. If she arched her back, she’d be able to
kiss him. Did she want to kiss him? Absolutely.
nothing.” She suppressed the wince. Not what she wanted to say, but
damn it. The truth wouldn’t come. Breaking things off with Simon
hadn’t been nothing, but hell, there she was draped in chocolate and
wearing nothing but a bandage top and a tight leather skirt.
“I doubt it.” Simon tilted her chin, forcing her to
look at him. “We will discuss this later.” He
stroked her bottom lip with his thumb. “Missed you,
El. More than I thought I would.”