"You need this money
badly, don't you," she asked him.
He nodded slowly, his
eyes swallowing her up in their dark, honest depths. Their
bodies stood close together, and for a moment she wondered how
it would feel to put her arms around his waist and simply rest
against his strength.
"Bad enough to put up
with terrible cooking and hormonal mood swings."
A ghost of a smile
tipped the corners of his lips. "Yes."
She wondered how long
he'd lived here alone, and why. Why hadn't he married yet?
He certainly wasn't lacking in the looks department. In fact,
she was constantly having to remind herself to be practical
which was hard considering she was already fighting
attraction. She mentally added things up: his stellar manners,
his consideration, his understanding and lack of a quick
temper. He was the kind of man she thought she could trust,
and more than anything that counted for a lot. Even knowing
him a short few days, she sensed his integrity and strength.
He would keep to any bargain they made.
"I'll probably regret
His hand lifted to cup
her chin gently. "I sincerely hope not." Her eyes strayed to
his lips, serious now but shaped so that she couldn't help but
think of kissing him.
"It's not forever,
Alex. But you need to decide if you can trust me. You need
to take that leap of faith."
"After a few days? No
one in their right mind would make such a decision," she
breathed, feeling the tug between them again.
great-great-grandparents met on a Wednesday and got married
the next day. But you need to decide for yourself."
He started to pull
away. She stopped him with her fingers gripping into his
He waited, patiently,
"Trusting comes hard.
Surely you can understand that. I can't afford to screw this
up, Connor. I need to know what I'm doing is right for my
He put his hands on her
shoulders, dipping his head to place a soft kiss on her
forehead. "You wouldn't have told me that if you didn't
already trust me," he whispered against her skin. "And you
know it. It's ok to be frightened."
He was right, and it
scared the daylights out of her.
"Marry me, Alex." The
calm force of his voice almost made it a command.
She closed her eyes and
"All right. For better
or worse, the trial period's over. I'll marry you, Connor
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