last part. I studied him to gauge his sincerity. Could he be telling the truth? Does he want me like my body craves him? I wanted to believe that I was in some way special to him, even if it was only physical. “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you since that first night we met at the charity auction, and I didn’t even know you were with Seth then,” he pointed out. He paused for a moment, and I pondered over his last statement. It was true. At the time of our rendezvous in the bathroom, he hadn’t known I was with Seth. He had been attracted to me sexually, just for me, and not as another way to compete with his brother. As if reading my thoughts, he continued. “I can barely keep from touching you now, just sitting here next to you, but it’s not just your body that I want, Ab. I want to spend time with you, laugh with you, dance with you, dream with you and have a future with you.” My mouth fell open at his last statement. Seeing the surprise on my face, he continued on, as if trying to convince me. “Why can’t you see how amazing you are? I’ve never desired anyone like this.” He touched me then, for the first time since arriving. He tenderly brushed the back of his fingers down my cheek. Just that slight connection with him felt amazing. I closed my eyes and leaned my head towards him, enjoying the sensation. He moved his hand down and gently raised my chin, so that I was facing him. My eyelids felt heavy as I gazed at him. I licked my lips, aching with desire. “There’s nothing I want more right now than to kiss those soft, beautiful lips.” My lips parted slightly at his words, ready to be taken. My eyelids drooped as I leaned forward, wanting him, but his lips were not there. He cursed and stood up. I could see his erection straining for release from his jeans. My eyes were drawn to it, riveted, until I realized what he was saying.