Tyler wanted to tear this robe off her and see her skin shining in the moonlight. But he had to pace himself—he had to make sure Alisha was ready for more than a passionate kiss. She’d told him they couldn’t do anything else, but the way she wrapped her arms around him and returned his kiss told a different story.
Tyler eased back, trying to pull in a deep breath and take his time. Alisha’s hands had threaded through his hair, leaving her robe open and her breasts pressed against his bare chest.
“This is not a good idea,” she murmured.
“But you want it.”
She let out a soft laugh and whispered, “Yeah, I do.”
Relief swept through him at her admission. That’s all he’d needed to know and the biggest hurdle he’d had to overcome.
“We’re here for three more days.” He took her head in his hands and nipped her lips once again. “There’s no reason we can’t enjoy ourselves, right? It’s just us on a secluded beach. Nobody has to know what we’re doing. Not even Adam.”
She closed her eyes, and he could only imagine the inner war she waged with herself. Alisha had always been a planner and a thinker. She evaluated every single aspect of her life, which was why she ran such a successful charity organization.
Her blue gaze landed on him once again. “What happens at the end of those three days?”
“I’m not thinking that far ahead,” he answered honestly. “Only here and now with you. That’s all I’m worried about.”
He covered her lips with his fingertip. “All you need to answer is if you want this or if you want to stop. Because if you want to stop, I’ll leave the house. I can’t be here with you and not want the hell out of you, Lish. We’d never make it three days, and I won’t do anything to make you uncomfortable.”
Her eyes widened as he dropped his hand.
“You’d leave?” she asked.
“If you don’t want to explore this between us, yes. I can’t be this close to you and pretend I don’t want you. There’s no going back to that friend zone.”
She stared at him another moment before taking a step back.
“Just these three days?”
“Three days,” he agreed.
That gave him time to decide his own feelings. Was Alisha a challenge or was she more? He used to wonder if her appeal stemmed from the fact she was off-limits, but as time went on and they all grew up, Tyler had started to believe he wanted her for the woman she was. Maybe his desire had nothing to do with his vow not to have her.
Maybe his desire had everything to do with the fact she had always been more than a friend. Now he only had three days to figure out how much more.
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