His tone was as warm and intoxicating as fruity sangria and Anna found herself wanting to sip at it.
He came close, took her hands in his and said, "I've missed you."
A warning bell jangled in her head. She blinked. Don't allow yourself to be sucked into this... this... atmosphere of seduction.
Seduction? That was much too strong a word to use to describe what happened whenever she and this man came face-to-face....
But as she looked into Derrick's dark, golden-flecked gaze, she was left wondering.
"How have you been?"
His question was spoken with a soft concern that implied nothing less than a deep, personal intimacy—an intimacy that threatened to take away each and every doubt and fear Anna had about getting close to this man.
Think, Anna! she told herself sternly. Keep your head together. You have reasons for keeping your distance from this man. Important reasons, of which pain, rejection, and humiliation are only a few.
These sobering thoughts caused her to leave his personal question unanswered.
Excerpt from Derrick by Donna Fasano, included in A Touch of Passion
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