He had me at “I’d do just about anything to make you look at me like that…”

“So,” I slid my hands down his back to wrap my arms around his waist, “you’re saying you bought me those shoes because you like them.”
“No, Sweet Pea, I bought you those shoes because when I saw you after buyin’ them, the minute you looked at me I knew it meant a lot to you. Your face was gentle.” His finger came to my temple and then slid down my hairline before his hand curled around my neck and when he spoke again, his voice was soft. “I’d do just about anything to make you look at me like that, Gwen, and I’ll keep doin’ it as long as I can surprise you and know, from that look, you like me spoilin’ you, it means somethin’ to you and I’m gonna keep doin’ it and only stop when I don’t get that in return.”
God. God. I loved this man.
“Hawk,” I whispered.
“Helped that you gave great underwear as a thank you.”
I grinned at him. Then I reminded him, “You took it right off.”
“Babe, your body in that underwear, burned on my brain. Fuck, I can still see it.”
I giggled and Hawk gave me his dimples.
“Well, this is good to know,” I informed him. “I thought you were a take it off because it gets in the way man. I’m pleased to know my efforts were appreciated.”
His head dipped and his mouth touched mine before he whispered, “Everything about you is appreciated, Gwendolyn.”

–from Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) by Kristen Ashley


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