Living in the Shallows
by Tani Hanes
Genre: NA Romance
Buy Link: Amazon
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"You want me to kiss Matty?" I asked innocently.
He stared at me. "No, you little idiot, I want you to kiss me!" He saw me smiling in the dark and took a few steps away, shaking his head. He walked back toward me and gently put his large hands around my neck like he was going to choke me, finally smiling and letting me go. He turned back toward the pond and said, in a quiet voice, "I want it to be with me." He took a deep breath, let it out quickly, and turned to face me.
"There you have it." He smiled. "What do you think? Good idea? Or am I barking?"
I continued to look out at the pond. To say I was freaking out wouldn't even begin to cover what I was feeling. Another koi splashed, and I jumped at the sound.
"Well, your continued silence doesn't bode well for me," he said, looking back out at the water. "Don't think it's such a good idea, then?"
I found my voice. "No, it's not that I don't think it's a good idea. I actually think it's a lovely idea. I think it's so darling of you to think of it, I do." I hugged myself to him, drowning myself in his scent, his presence. He hugged me back, hands finding my neck, pulling me close.
"Here's the truth, Teddy. No..."—he tried to let me go so he could look at my face—"I can't say this looking at you, it's too embarrassing, let me say it to your chest, okay? I'm nervous about kissing you. At this point you've probably kissed about a thousand women. So what if I'm terrible at it? I mean, what if it's like golf?"
"What?" He burst out laughing. "Did you say golf?"
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