He slipped an arm around her waist, settling her close and letting the balm of her company soothe him. A breeze wafted in over the river, fluttering the plaid curtains above the small sink. The lights were low, the evening cool, the woman beautiful.
“You caught me,” he said, setting his glass on the countertop and sliding hers from her fingers. “Ever slept with a spy?”
“You’d lie to get me into bed?”
“Is it working?”
“I’m not that impressed by a spy. I’d rather you were an astronaut going to Mars.”
He settled his other arm around her waist, squaring her in front of him. “I can be anything you want.”
He kissed her, gently, savoring her essence, forcing himself to keep it short. It was a struggle. If he let his hormones have their way, he’d be scooping her into his arms and tossing her on the bed all over again. But he pulled back.
“Is this why you came here?” Her cheeks were flushed, her lips parted and soft, but her eyes were slightly wary.
He felt like a heel. “No pressure,” he quickly told her.
“Is it because I’m leaving?”
“Yes,” he answered honestly. Then he realized how that sounded. “No. That’s not it.” He cursed himself for stumbling. “Well, it’s partly…”
What was the matter with him? “I like that you don’t know me, don’t know my family.” He wrapped his hand around the back of a kitchen chair, giving it a squeeze. “It’s been a rough day.”
She moved forward. “I understand.”
She didn’t, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was that the wariness was out of her eyes. What mattered was that she was touching him, drawing forward, stretching up to kiss his lips.
There was something unfair about the situation, something unbalanced, unequal, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. A split second later, he didn’t even want to try.
His arms went firmly around her. He wanted to pull her inside him, keep her there, cradle her while the world moved on without them.
Her arms snaked around his neck. She tipped her head, and he deepened the kiss. Her tongue was sweet nectar, the inside of her mouth hot and decadent. She smelled like wildflowers and tasted like honey.
His hands slipped down, cupping the softness of her bottom, kneading and pressing her against his driving arousal.
She moaned his name, and he felt her breasts burning into his chest, like a brand that would mark him forever.
He lifted her, shoving the chair out of the way, perching her on the table, tugging the curtain shut behind her, before his hands went to the buttons on her shirt.
She reciprocated, her breath coming fast, head down to concentrate as she worked on his long row of buttons.
He freed her shirt, slipping it off her shoulders, kissing the velvet softness, letting his tongue explore the taste and texture of her skin. He snapped open her bra, and it fell to the floor, revealing firm, pert breasts, capped with pink nipples.
She pushed his shirt down his arms, and they were skin to skin. She was impossibly soft, impossibly warm, silken and sweet and everything a man could possibly dream.
Their lips came together, open, full on. He led her through a tumultuous kiss that left them both panting and needy for more. He kissed her again while he slid his palm up her rib cage to cover her breast, testing the hardened nipple, drawing a gasp from the back of her throat.
He caressed her body, leisurely, thoroughly; while her own hands splayed on his back, her lips found his flat nipples, and her silken hair teased his skin with an erotic brush. He scooted her forward, forcing her thighs farther apart. His fingers went to her blue jeans, releasing the button, sliding down the zipper. His knuckles grazed her silken panties, and his mind fixated on the treasures beneath.
A gust of wind cooled his back. The crisp scent of the river and the sweet aroma of the fields swirled through the room. The moon rode high above the mountains, while layers of stars twinkled across the endless sky. Horses whinnied in the distance, while leaves rustled in the oak and aspen trees.
There was perfection in the world tonight. He was home and she was in his arms, and nothing else mattered for the moment. Tomorrow would have to take care of itself.
He tugged off her jeans, then slipped off her panties, drawing her exquisite, naked body against him for a long lingering kiss.
He finally drew back, gazing down at her ivory skin, unblemished against the scarred wood of the kitchen table.
“You are stunning,” he whispered with reverence.
“You’re overdressed,” she said back, her hand going to his waistband.
He closed his eyes, tipped his head back and let his body drink in the erotic sensations as she slowly dragged down his zipper, her smooth warm hands removing his pants, releasing his body, highjacking every molecule of his senses.