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Sheshookherhead.“I thinkI’mokaynow.”
Againwiththeshrug.“Whattheydon’tknowwon’thurtthem.”
Sheworriedherlowerlipwithherteeth.“ButI don’twantpeopletothinkI’masnob.”
Hisquestionthrewher.“Well…no.Ofcoursenot.But—”
Heleanedinthetiniestbitandherheartwentberserk.“There’snochaperonehere.”
Heturnedtohisbride-to-be.“Hannah?”
Hewouldn’tevenjustifythatwitharesponse.“Surelyyouhavesomethingbettertodo.”
Hefeltanargumentcomingon.“IfthisisaboutwhatI thinkit’sabout—”
Shelookedathimasthoughhewereloony.“Yousaythatlikeit’sabadthing.”
Heofferedhisarmtoher.“ShallI escortyou?”
Thatwasodd.Andshecouldn’tshakethefeelingshehadimaginedher
Heregardedhercuriously.“Whatfor?”
Isthatwhyhe’dsentthestaffaway?Didhehave…plansforthem?
Heshrugged.“Whywouldn’titbe?”
Hismouthtippedupinaferalsmile.“Ifthat’swhatyouwish.”
Maybethatwasn’ttheproblem.Maybeitwasn’tPhillip’sbehaviorthatshequestioned
Hepulledhimselftohisfeet.“Speakforyourself.”
Shelookedconfused.“Ofcourse.”
Hegesturedtotheworkshe’dabandonedontheblanket.“SorryifI disturbedyou.”
Sheblinkedwithconfusion.“Pardon?”
Henodded.“You’refreefortheremainderoftheday.”
AndsowouldherandPhillip’schildren
Hebrushedhisfingersacrosshercheek.“Yourskinfeelswarmhere.”
Heliftedhiseyestohers.“Andhere.”
A chucklerumbledthroughhischest.“Thankyou.”
Heshrugged.“Thereweresomanypeoplethere.”
Heshookhishead.“I’msorry.”
Shehadafeelinghewasn’ttalkingaboutthewalkingpart.“I’dlikethat.”
They’dtakenahugestepforwardtoday.Shefeltasiftheyreallyconnected
Hekepthisfacebland.“I canhardlycontainmyexcitement.”
Heseriouslydoubtedthat.“Isthereanythingelseyouneeded?”
Whatwaswrongwithher?Itwasn’tasifshehadneverseenahalf-nakedmanbefore
Hedidn’tseemtogetthesignificance.“Issheokay?”
Shenodded.“I’msorry.”
Heletgoofherwristsandshetookanunsteadystepbackward.“You’reserious?”
Hegrinneddownather.“DoI needareason?”
Philliphandedherthebottlesofwine.“I hopethesewilldo.”
Shepassedthemalongtothebutler.“Wouldeitherofyoulikeadrinkbeforedinner?”
Sophieshrugged.“Youneverasked.”
Sophiemadedinner?“I didn’tknowyoucook.”
ShedefinitelyhadPhillip’sattention.“HowdoI knowyou’llliveuptothat?”
Hannahshookherhead.“Howawful.”
Hereyeswidened.“Seriously?”
Shenodded.“I hadtutorsandcoachesandadvisors.”
Sophieshookherheadindisbelief.“Wow.Andyouthinkyou’reready?”
Shesurehopeso.“I guesswe’llsee.”
Sophiemadeasourface.“Thatsoundsdreadful.”
Hegrinned.“Canyou?”
Hecrossedtothewetbar.“Brandy?”
Afterawhilehegaveheralittlenudge.“Areyoufallingasleeponme?”
Hesethisglassdownbesidehers.“Isthatallyouimagined?”
Heliftedhisheadandlookeddownather.“Likethat?”
Heshrugged.“Ifit’sthatimportanttoyou.”
Hefoldedhisarmsacrosshischest.“I’mnotleavinguntilyoutellmewhat’swrong.”
Hersmilegrew.“I wouldloveto.”
Shesmiled.Neitherwassheanylonger.“I’mnoteither.”
Hepulledapocketwatchfromhisjacketandflippeditopen.“It’sten-fifteen.”
Hetookherarm.“Thatsoundslikeanexcellentidea.”
Heshrugged.“I guessyou’reanatural.”
Thatmadehersmile.“Dowehavetowaitlong?”
Already?“I thoughtyouweresore.”
Herolledherontoherbackandsmileddownather.“Whosayswehavetowait?”
Sheshrugged.“TherewasnothingwrongwiththeoneI had.”
Heshrugged.“It’salwaysbeenthatway.”
Thoughhecouldn’thelpthinkingthatHannahdeservedsomuchbetterthanthat
Elizabethsmiled.“Youaskedmetoremindyouaboutthegiftsinthestudy.”
HannahturnedtofindSophiestandingbehindthem.“I can’tbelieveit.Isthisnormal?”
Hesteppedfartherintotheroom.“I don’tmind.”
Helookeddownatherandsmiled.“I thinkit’sanexcellentidea.”
Herfacelitup.“Really?”
Herosetohisfeetandpulledheralongwithhim.“PerhapsI shouldjoinyou.”
Shegavehimthatwickedsmile.“YouknowI loveyouallsoapyandslippery.”
Hedroppedhiscufflinksonthebureau.“What’swrong.”
Norshouldhehaveto.“Areyouinlovewithher?”
Heshookhishead.“I knewthiswasabadidea.”
Butitwas.Whycouldn’theseethat?“Sowhydidyou?”
ShehandedHannahatissue.“Whenisyourperioddue?”
Sheopenedthebathroomdoor.Sophiestoodtherewaitinganxiously.“Well?”
Sophieheldheratarm’slength.“Hannah—”
Sophieclutchedherhands.“Justgivehimtime.”
SophiebargedintoPhillip’sofficewithoutknocking.“You’reanidiot!”
Heheldupthenecklace.“I foundthisinmyroom.”
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Royal Seductions 01 the King s Convenient Bride

Royal Seductions 01 the King s Convenient Bride

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