Mark and Jeanie conversation from Chapter 6:
“I already told you—I never lie, and you, clever girl, have a way of making me damn near close to speechless and breathless. That’s quite a talent you have.”
He tugged on her hand, pulling them toward the beach.
“Story time—listen up because I don’t know if I’ll be able to say this more than once.” He squinted once the sun hit their faces, and he turned them away from the harsh rays. The sun wasn’t quite setting yet, but it would be soon, and there was something about a day ending, with him at her side that heated her insides into a smooth, silky feeling.
“I don’t know if you remember the first time we met four years ago, but I remember it better than anything that’s ever happened to me,” he began.
She nodded and squeezed his hand, to encourage him to continue.
“You were wearing this black, strappy little dress, and your legs went on forever in those matching, black strappy heels. I was caught up in how sexy you were right away, but I could’ve gotten past that. I was with another woman, and she and I got along great. But then Pono introduced us, and the second I shook your hand, there was this heat between us—like a spark of something dormant inside me came to life. You smiled, spoke with the softest, sexiest voice I’ve ever heard. And then when Pono left you to go get drinks for both of you, I was taken aback at how readily you followed my lead. I gripped the back of your elbow, led you over to the table where my date was, and chose where you sat. You were so comfortable with my touch right away, that I wanted more.”