Someone To Watch Over Her (A Year Of Loving Dangerously): A Novel (Intimate Moments, 1058)
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THE AGENT: Marcus Waters, loner- but not for long! THE MISSION: Keeping innocent beauty Jessica Burke safe until her kidnappers are found. THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE: Keeping himself from falling hard and fast for a woman too young- and too innocent- for this world-weary agent. He' d discovered her on a storm-swept beach, bruised, beautiful- and in need of his protection. But sharing close quarters with sweet Jessica soon led to spiraling passion. And Marcus learned too late that this young beauty had entrusted him not only with her life- but with her innocence. Now, as they waited out the danger together, Marcus battled an even greater enemy to his bachelor heart- love!
cell phone shattered the tense stillness in the room. Chapter 5 Marcus held her gaze for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, he moved to the phone and picked it up. But he never took his gaze away from her. “Waters.” His voice was curt and short. He listened for a long time, then nodded once. “Thanks for the update. Everything is calm here. No signs of anyone snooping around. But she hasn’t been outside the door yet.” He listened for a few moments longer, then said, “I’ll need your
front of her. A woman who could have any man she wanted. A woman who isn’t tainted by the world I live in.” Marcus held her gaze steadily. “An innocent.” “I’m not as innocent as you think I am.” “Not anymore, you’re not. And that’s my fault.” “It isn’t a matter of fault,” she retorted. “It was a matter of choice. And I make my own choices.” His gaze softened. “You don’t know what you’re saying, Jessica. You’re still too caught up in the moment. But when you can think about this rationally,
and the sky turned a deep, velvety blue. Finally it was dark enough to hide their escapade. “Ready to go?” “Yes.” She gave him a brilliant smile. “I can’t wait.” “Then let’s go.” Before opening the front door, he listened for a while. He heard nothing but the normal evening sounds of the resort. The soft murmur of voices drifted through the air. People were heading toward the restaurants and bars that stood in the center of the resort. No one was coming toward the cottage. It stood by itself,
watched her, the more he wanted her. Finally, when she had innocently bumped into him, he hadn’t been able to stop himself from reaching out for her. It shouldn’t happen again. And he would try to prevent it from happening again. He’d given everything he had to offer to Heather, all those years ago. He wasn’t sure he had anything more to give. But God help him, he didn’t know if he would be able to stop himself from touching her. When he was far enough away that she was out of reach, he turned
jealous of John. “John is one of my oldest friends,” she said gently. “I’ve known him and his wife since I was ten. He taught me to dive and shared all his favorite spots with me. But that’s all there is.” “It doesn’t matter what your relationship is, just that there was one.” His face was still hard, but some of the warmth came back into his eyes. “You don’t owe me any explanations.” “Maybe I don’t owe you an explanation, but I want to give you one. John is a good friend, nothing more. And he