Annie leaned toward him and sniffed. “Perhaps you’ve been celebrating Founders’ Day with more than coffee.” She patted her pockets. “Do you know what happened to my keys?”
Luke slammed his fist on the sideboard, rattling the dishes and making her jump back. “Damn it, Annie, there are no keys! There is no car. For all I know, they haven’t invented gasoline yet.”
Apprehension filled her face. “Okay, I’m leaving now.” She glanced behind her.
The door was only two feet away. She turned for it, but before she lifted the latch, Luke grabbed her shoulder and spun her around.
She opened her mouth to scream, but he clamped a hand over it. Wide, fear-filled eyes stared up at him.
He swallowed, regretting the actions that caused her fear, but he couldn’t let her go. As he pulled her closer, her breasts flattened against his chest. Warmth spread through his limbs and the constant fuzziness that plagued him since his arrival vanished.
Annie must have felt the change too. She stopped struggling.
He lowered his head. His whiskers scratched her smooth cheek as he whispered in her ear. “I’m not going to hurt you. I promise. I just need you to believe me.” Without releasing his hand from her mouth, he tilted his head to see her face.
Indecision replaced her earlier apprehension. She nodded slowly.
He eased his hand away and she let go an earsplitting scream.
Damn the woman!
Without thought, he covered her mouth with his.
She stiffened, but desperation drove him to keep her quiet with his kiss. He’d be damned if he was giving her a chance to bring the entire town down on them
One. Two. Three seconds passed like an eternity. Her body relaxed and she opened to him. She tasted sweet, heady, and addictive. Unexpected heat speared him. His heart thudded a painful beat against his chest as her lips moved under his. When he finally pulled away, he was breathless.
“Please, don’t scream.” His lips brushed hers as he spoke. “There’s no place for you to go. If you’ll give me a chance, I’ll prove I’m telling the truth.”
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