The longing he kindled inside of her both burned and froze her. “You can’t stay for me,” she whispered. Especially when she had nothing to give him.
“I wouldn’t.” His face lowered to hers, but he didn’t kiss her. He only gazed into her for an endless moment. “I would stay for me.” His lips grazed hers and she wanted to hold him there, to pause this second so she could memorize how it felt, how his kiss and his hands on her hips made her body molten.
“I’m not sure I want to go somewhere you won’t be,” he murmured, the last of the words drowning in another seductive kiss.
Desperation surged through her as she kissed him back, and she fisted his shirt, pulling him in closer, tighter. Stay, she silently begged, but that was so selfish. He deserved to go, he deserved to find the life he’d always wanted. Instead of answering, instead of risking too much truth coming out of her mouth, she kissed him in a way she’d remember forever, losing herself in the taste of him, in the stunning rhythm of his mouth moving over hers.
“God, it’s hard for me to keep my hands off you,” he sighed, his skilled lips working their way down her neck.
Her head tipped to the side. “What makes you think you have to keep your hands off of me?”
He pulled back. “I want to be careful with you, Ruby,” he said, as though he had to remind himself.
But she was so damn tired of being careful. This man made her want to be brave again. He’d made her brave, little by little. In the pool. On that ropes course. He made her believe she didn’t have to be the woman who’d let a man hurt her.
“Sawyer…” She raised her hands to his face and guided his warm, delicious mouth back to hers. “Don’t be careful,” she whispered pushing him against the counter. Because she’d finally let down her guard and she wanted this night with him.
No matter what it cost her.
PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES
NO BETTER MAN (Heart of the Rockies, #1)
SOMETHING LIKE LOVE (Heart of the Rockies, #2)
About the Author
Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado’s rugged mountains. She’s climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot peak at midnight, swam through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.
Eventually, Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After five years in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now, she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons. Her first contemporary romance, No Better Man, was released by Grand Central forever 2015.