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“Crazy Lori, what brings you to my neck of the woods?”
Loraine wasn’t sure exactly what kind of reception she would receive from Reno. More than disgust, she dreaded being pitied and it truly surprised her when he spoke to her like that night never happened. She was speechless, watching that come hither smile play on his lips like they were back to their seductive banter.
The man should have been an actor, not even his eyes gave him away.
“Ah, Melody has some business with you and I thought I’d tag along for a free vacation.”
Reno nodded, looking behind her for a moment before his eyes settled on her again. “Did she tell you why she’s here?”
Loraine wasn’t sure how Melody wanted to handle brokering the subject with Reno so she thought best to keep that information to herself and be as vague as possible.
She shrugged. “Something about a business proposition for you.”
He nodded. “You want to take a walk with me?”
Loraine blink a few times, a little confused at what was going on. “Ahh, sure?”
He pointed to her feet with his chin. “Take you sandals off.”
His brow rose. “Do you always have to argue? Just do it.”
Loraine fought the urge to stick her tongue out at him and slid off her sandals. “Fine.”
“Now, come closer to the water—don’t you dare ask me why or I’ll dunk you!”
Loraine would have asked why just to annoy him but the look in his eyes told her he was serious about his threat. She stepped closer to the water and closer to him with a patronizing smile. “Is this close enough?”
He chuckled, shaking his head and began walking away, leaving her behind. “Do you need me to tell you to follow too?”
“No!” she yelled, jogging to catch up with him. “I can take the hint.”
“Yeah, you’re just slow in processing it.”
She punched his shoulder as hard as she could and yelped at the pain from the contact.
“Ouch,” he said with a boring dry tone, not even bothering to look at her. He didn’t even flinch!
Loraine rubbed at her knuckles. “Yeah right, you didn’t even feel a thing. Do you eat rocks for brunch because you shouldn’t be that hard, it’s just not normal?”
He laughed and the sound made the butterflies in her belly flutter.
“No, I don’t eat rocks.” He took her injured hand and massaged her knuckles. “You should be careful next time. Here let me kiss your boo boo and make it better.”
“I’m not a child…” she began to grumble when she caught his darkening eyes as he lifted the back of her hand to his lips.
Breath caught in her chest as she watched his lips lower to her knuckles. When they came in contact, her eyes fluttered shut and she sucked in a breath. He kissed it lightly, running his lips then the tip of his tongue over her knuckles before he planted another soft kiss.
“Better?” he whispered huskily.
Loraine nodded, unconsciously moving toward him until her chest touched his. He wrapped his free arm around her waist, as the other hand weaved her fingers through his and held them both to his chest. Her head cantered to the side as he lowered his to nuzzle at the nape of her neck. Her body shuddered, pushing closer to his.
“Reno…” she whispered softly, turning her head into his.
“Mmhmm,” he responded, brushing his nose and lips up her cheek to her temple.
Loraine felt her toes curl in the sand, a quiver in her chest as her breaths grew heavy. “Thank you.”
When he stopped what he was doing, she thought she’d ruined the moment by bring that night up, that is if he knew what she was referring to when she thanked him. She hoped he didn’t.
He kissed her temple and began moving in a circle, in a slow dance. “You’re welcome.”
She nodded, blinking back tears. She went on her tip toes and pressed her soft cheek to his rough one. He tightened his hold on her waist and lifted her up, supporting her.
She felt his breath on her ear before he spoke. “Any time you need me Lori, I’m right here. Don’t ever forget it.”