Once at the top of a winding iron staircase, they looked out the windows and the view was amazing. Sunlight danced on the water. A few schooners and tour boats drifted across the bay.
Standing next to Ronan with his dark attire and muscled build, she found herself imagining him on one of those ships in some bygone era. She turned her head to look at him. His eyes were on the water and he was lost in thought. His large hands were braced against the railing inside the lighthouse making the muscles in his forearms flex. She had let go of his hand to place her own on the brass rail too but their little fingers touched. It shouldn’t have even been noticeable but the subtle contact sent a low current of heat through her that she couldn’t ignore. The pull of attraction she felt to him was undeniable. She’d never had this reaction to any other man before. In fact, the exact opposite was always the case. She couldn’t imagine why he was different.
His shirt was loose at the top, giving Cindy a glimpse of his rock hard chest and hinted at the muscles that lay below. Her tongue flicked out to wet her suddenly parched lips. The close fitting black pants he wore were made of a soft fabric that hugged his butt and thighs and left little to the imagination when he shifted his weight and leaned against the wall. Her mouth watered at the sight. Then her eyes traveled down to his strong, well shaped calves and took in the black leather boots he wore. Once again, she was put in mind of a swashbuckler from days of old. He was probably the only man on earth who could pull those things off. Then again, he’d probably look good in anything…or out of it.
Her gaze traveled back up his form, stopping to linger at the front of his pants where a promising bulge was evident. She blushed then brought her eyes all the way up to his face and blushed even harder when she saw that he was staring back at her. How long had he known she’d been standing there, checking him out like a piece of meat?
“Are you enjoying the view, cara,” he asked.
She, quickly, looked out over the water and swallowed. All of a sudden, her mouth had gone dry. She attempted to clear her throat, and when she spoke, it was in a husky voice that she didn’t recognize as her own.
“It’s magnificent,” she said, not facing him. “I-I’ve never seen anything like it.” Oh god, what was she saying? “I mean, I don’t get to see the ocean very often. I’ve always wanted to go out on a boat. Do you sail?”
She was babbling like a madwoman.
“Oh yes,” he answered her in a sultry voice. If she ever figured out where he was from that men spoke in that deep accent he wielded, she’d be on the next plane. He continued, “I’ve charted many a course through the waters in my day. Plunging into the deep has always been a favorite pastime of mine.”
Cindy’s eyes widened and she turned her head to find him sporting a teasing grin. It was totally disarming. He took a step closer and she had to drop her head back to look up at him.
His head lowered and he swept a stray curl away from her eyelashes. The long sun-browned fingers of his hand brushed like a whisper across the bridge of her nose where a fine sprinkling of freckles stood out. He smiled and his eyes brightened as if he’d made some kind of discovery and she closed her eyes. Her head started to fall self-consciously but he caught her chin underneath and brought her back up to meet his stare. When the backs of his fingers ran down the column of her throat to the top of her breast, she let out a small gasp.
The sound seemed to trigger an instinctual response and he closed the last bit of distance between them, placing himself entirely in her space. Common sense told her to step away but her body moved even closer as if by some magnetic force and she tipped her face up to his, closer to his lips. They held a ghost of a smile as he lowered them to hers. Her heart beat like crazy in her chest as she rose up onto her toes, a breath away from making contact….
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About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.