“Let’s be frank. Our grandparents havehopes of marriage between us, yes?”
“So I was led to believe,” she hedged.“Okay. To be honest, initially I didn’t like the idea of beingpushed into marriage with you,” he told her.“Thanks.”His eyes danced. And more. There was…admiration?Certainly desire. In buckets. She felt her body quiver.“My pleasure,” he said with a chuckle, nibbling her knuckles.“So?” Stupid though it was, the feel of his mouth wasrobbing her of speech. Or perhaps it was the lowered flutter of his impossibly thick black lashes. “So,” she said, appalledat how croaky she sounded. “What changed your mind?”“You did.”He was croaky, too. Maddy began to panic. Dex wasn’tsupposed to be attracted to her!“I did?” she squeaked in alarm.“Very much so,” he murmured. “You are…” His slow gazeburned all the way from the top of her head to her feet,stopping at strategic points in between. “A knockout,” hesaid on a husky out-breath.