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A Match Made In Maui

Written by Nina Singh

Chapter Eleven

He wasn’t imagining things.

Tessa’s kiss right now had held all sorts of promises and messages. Goodbye wasn’t one of them.

For the first time since flying to the island, Jason felt something akin to hope where she was concerned. She had to feel something for him to kiss him back the way she had. The aftereffects still lingered on his lips, just as hers were swollen and reddened.

He also wasn’t imagining the pure, unfiltered look of longing behind her eyes.

“I have to go. There’s a bridesmaid spa day planned later,” she said on a shaky breath. Still, she made no effort to step away. Oh, yeah, she was just as affected as he was.

Jason dropped his hand from her chin. “Think about it, sweetheart.”

She blinked in confusion. “Think about what?”

“Let me buy you dinner. Open invitation whenever you’re ready to accept.”

Tessa looked away. “We can’t just pick up where we left off, Jason.”

He shrugged. “Maybe not. But maybe we can start over.”

Just mere seconds ago, given her reaction to everything he’d shared with her, Jason had been ready to give up and book his flight back to California. He’d resigned himself to living a life without the woman he’d fallen in love with, then somehow lost.

But that kiss just now changed everything. He wouldn’t give up on them just yet.

***

Maybe we can start over.

As if. Tessa cursed under her breath and kicked her shoes off across her room as she slammed the door behind her. What had possessed her to kiss him back that way? But she couldn’t seem to help herself as soon as she’d felt those oh-so-familiar lips on hers. And then time seemed to have stopped before reversing completely, back to the days when she was falling hopelessly in love. Her body’s reaction had been immediate and instinctive.

Tessa groaned with frustration and flopped down on the queen bed, draping her arm over her eyes. Less than twelve hours—that’s the amount of time it had taken before she’d fallen into Jason’s arms after seeing him again. And what if that alert for Rita’s spa day hadn’t come through when it did? Even now her nerve endings were throbbing with need. Her skin still felt the warmth of his touch. Would she have found the fortitude to pull away and flee if it weren’t for Rita’s alert? Or would she have let things go even further than they had? Was there even the slimmest chance that she might have begged Jason to carry her upstairs to this room and then asked him to join her here right on this very bed?

Heaven help her, she couldn’t be certain of the answer.

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