“So let me draw you, then.”
“What, like pose for you?”
She hesitated. “Like those?” She pointed at the portraits he had hanging on the wall.
He shrugged. “Any way you’d like to pose.”
“Hmm. Lying naked on a couch like in Titanic?”
He laughed and pulled her in close. “If you were naked on a couch I’m not sure I’d be able to keep my hands on my pencils.”
“Ah, but touching the model wouldn’t be professional, would it?” She ran her hands up his chest and he put his hands over hers, hoping she’d leave them there. He’d missed her touch. Had begun to crave it like an addict going through a withdrawal.
For a moment he thought she might draw him closer. But the moment passed. She dropped her hands and stepped away and he closed his eyes against the near physical pain of it.
“Well, I’m nothing if not professional,” he said quietly.
She didn’t look at him for a moment, but when she did her smile was back in place. “How do you want to draw me?” She raised her gaze to him and held it, her sea green eyes boring into his until he felt like he was drowning in them.
He grabbed his sketch pad and a pencil and held out his hand. “Come with me.”
She cocked an eyebrow at him, but took his hand. He led her out of the studio and down the hall to his bathroom where a big, old fashioned claw tub stood.
“You want to draw me taking a bath?”
He chuckled. “I’d actually love to watch you taking a bath, but I’m not sure how long I could remain on the outside of the tub.”
Her cheeks flushed and it was all he could do not to crush her against him and kiss her until she was moaning in his arms. He took a deep breath to get a little control and led her over to the tub and handed her a big, fluffy towel.
“I want to draw you sitting on the edge, your back to me, bare,” he said, his hand tracing the outline of her body down to where her waist met the swell of her hips, “down to here. With the towel draped over the rest of you.”
She watched him watching her, and then she held out her hand for the towel. He’d meant to turn around, give her privacy to undress. He wasn’t sure why. They’d seen each other naked. Several times. The image of her beautiful body would be ingrained in his mind until the day he died and hopefully long afterwards.
But she didn’t give him the option. She pulled her shirt off over her head. Unbuttoned her jeans and pushed them down her legs until she could step out of them. She stared right at him as she reached behind her to unhook her bra and let it slide off her arms. Her panties followed.
She stood before him, bare, breathtakingly beautiful. Neither one of them moved. His heart jack-hammered in his chest, while his body warred with itself. The desire to touch her, draw her into his arms and hold her there forever, made him ache. But the privilege of standing before such perfection was a moment he’d cherish the rest of his life. He wouldn’t ruin it by making an advance that might drive her away. For now, it was enough. More than enough, to just look and worship the unique beauty before him.
A faint smile touched her lips and she turned to sit on the edge of the tub, arranging the towel beneath her. She leaned forward and turned the faucet on. Within moments, steaming water began to fill the tub.
She glanced at him over her shoulder. “Seems a shame to waste the chance to soak in such a beautiful tub. Since I’m right here.”
Jared smiled and began to draw.
She raised her arms to gather her hair in a bun. A few tendrils escaped to tumble down her back. Absolutely perfect. He sketched quickly, his fingers drawing the lines he longed to touch in person, following the contours of her body.
He finished one sketch and pulled out more paper. She shut off the water and stood, swirling the water about with one foot. He drew her from that angle as well. Long, strong lines. Muscles defined beneath the soft curves of her body. He drew until he couldn’t take it anymore.
And then he put the paper aside and went to her.
Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely fantastic book! If you like sweet romances filled with lots of spice, then you need to read this one NOW!!! Jenny is home from her culinary schooling in Paris for a short vacation when she runs into sexy, graphic designer, Jared, at a local club. The sparks fly, but Jenny has promised to behave herself and focus on her career. She thinks she’ll never see the stranger who made it hard to keep her promise, especially during their make out session on the dance floor. Jared can’t quit thinking about Jenny either, but he knows he’ll see her again. She is the sister-in-law of his best friend. Jenny doesn’t remember meeting him, but the two will have plenty of time to get reacquainted while working together in their friends’ bakery shop. Both of them know it’s a bad idea to get involved with one another, but how long will they be able to avoid temptation when they are working so closely together?
Jared and Jenny are alike in some ways. Both are completely not interested in a committed relationship. It scares both of them, but Jared’s reasons run much deeper. After losing his mother and father, he’s afraid to let anyone have that much control over him. Jenny has the potential of changing that though. No one really has control once love shows up though, do they? Jared’s kisses are quickly melting Jenny’s defenses. Which one will give in first? Which will admit their feelings? Which will run first? Which will chase the other one? You have to read to find out, but I know you will love their romance. They are great together. They challenge each other, and the sex is hot, hot, hot!!!! The book is made even better with the addition of characters from earlier books. I enjoyed the way the book was written. It was written with different POVs, but not broken up in chapters for each one. That made the flow of the books just about perfect. I really liked how the book ended too…happy yet in a way that is perfect for Jared and Jenny! Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!!!!