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â€œIs the only reason weâ€™re dancing now because you felt duty bound to protect me?â€
His surprised expression revealed it was the last thing he expected her to ask, as they swayed slowly beneath the dim lights. The wood dance floor was crowded, forced them to remain in a tight circle, and Shannon closer against him. The masculine scent of soap and man assailed her senses, drugging her until she was under his spell. Desire began to weave slowly through her system, intensifying when she felt his arousal.
â€œWhat do you think?â€
She took a deep breath, as though to draw courage from it. â€œI think youâ€™re a very honorable man. And because of that youâ€™d protect anyone weaker than you, even someone you donâ€™t particularly like.â€
His gaze narrowed on her like a hawk zeroing in on prey. â€œYou think I donâ€™t like you?â€
Shannonâ€™s first thought was to say no, only how could she say that when his arousal was pressing against her? â€œIâ€™m not sure what you feel about me, after all, we donâ€™t know each other very well. But I get the impression that you donâ€™t want to like me. Does being around me remind you too much of David? I know it must be painfulâ€¦â€
The mention of his brotherâ€™s name turned his expression to stone. A muscle began to twitch in his taut jaw. â€œDonâ€™t mention Davidâ€™s name again when youâ€™re in my arms, Shannon,â€ he muttered through clenched teeth. The glare in his eyes held her captive. â€œYou think I donâ€™t like you? What is my body telling you?”
Shannon trembled from his words and lust rippled through her body in pleasurable waves. Her nipples hardened and tingled against Ryanâ€™s chest. She was speechless, unsure if she should be offended or thrilled. She averted her gaze, afraid he would see the effect he was having on her.
As they continued to turn slowly around on the dance floor, her gaze sought out the rest of the family, thankful no one was paying them any mind. Her breathing accelerated. She was thankful the lighting in the bar was dim and when the song ended, she stepped out of Ryanâ€™s arms.
Before she made a fool of herself.
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Multi-published romance author. Writing has been a life long passion of mine for years. The encouragement of my family prompted me into submitting to a publisher and the rest is history! My stories are laced with suspense, humor and smouldering sex.