***“Are you sure it’ll be so easy to fool people into thinking we’re back together?” she asked.
“Why not?” He shrugged his wide shoulders. “We’ll go to a few public engagements, some big, high-profile parties. We’ll be seen together as a couple, and people will assume we’ve reconciled. It’s not unusual.”
“Yeah but we’ll have to...you know, play a role.”
He lifted his eyebrows. “You don’t have to sleep with me...” His cool eyes glinted. “...if you don’t want.”
Her chest grew hot. “I wasn’t even considering that.”
Liar, his eyes flashed.
Forcing herself to hold his gaze, she caught the amusement and heat mingling in his blue depths. Her breath shortened. Just one loaded stare from him was enough to send her into meltdown. The packet tore between her fingers and sugar spilled out.
“Don’t get any ideas, buster. I have standards. I could never sleep with a man I despised.” Yeah, keep telling yourself that and maybe it’ll hold true.
“Keep your panties on,” he drawled. “All you’ll have to do is suffer a few kisses and hugs from me in public. Think you can put up with that?”
A few kisses and hugs from Lex? Heavenly torture. But what if she wanted more after that? She busied herself sweeping up the spilled sugar and depositing the debris into her saucer. “I guess.”
“And no heavy petting without prior arrangement.” The glint in his eyes lingered.
“No heavy petting, period.”
“Why make such strict rules? You might enjoy it. I’m not a bad kisser, you have to admit.”
He was a fantastic kisser, the best she’d ever had, but pigs would fly before she’d admit that. “When do you want to start?”
“Tonight. There’s a big party I’m supposed to attend. I’ll pick you up at seven. Wear something slinky. You know the kind of thing I like.”
For a moment she spluttered. How dare he talk to her like that?