An Invitation to Sin(68)

By: Sarah Morgan

She kissed him, half laughing, half crying and loving him more than she’d thought it was possible to love a person. ‘We’ll be tomorrow’s headlines.’

‘You’re with me now. You don’t care if you’re tomorrow’s headlines. Come on, Teresa, let’s go and break a few rules together, with or without clothes. Your choice.’

She was smiling but the feeling of warmth grew and spread through her veins. ‘Do you mean it? What you just said?’

‘About it being real? About wanting to marry you? Definitely.’

‘No one has ever loved me before. No one. You’re not just worried about losing the new face of Corretti?’

‘This isn’t just the face of Corretti—’ he stroked her cheeks with his thumbs, his eyes warm as he looked at her ‘—it’s the face I want to see every night when I go to sleep and the face I want to see every morning when I wake up.’

The lump grew in her throat. ‘I never knew you were so poetic.’

‘Neither did I. I’m shocking myself.’ He grinned and kissed her on the mouth until she pulled away.

‘I love you too, but I’m worried I’ll destroy your reputation. What about the board—’

‘The board can sort themselves out. I’ve proved I can do it. I’ve increased their profits. Besides, hotels are boring.’ He stifled a yawn. ‘It’s time my brother Matteo came back and got on with the job he’s paid to do. All this respectability is making me uncomfortable. The other day they used the word sobriety in the same breath as my name. Can you believe that?’

Taylor gave a choked laugh. ‘But what will you do? You’re so brilliant and talented—will you focus on the fashion business?’

‘I’ll do what I do best which is living life to the full. Want to live it with me, dolcezza?’

She didn’t need to think about it. Not even for a second. ‘Yes,’ she said simply, ‘yes, I do.’

‘Bene. In that case I take you, Taylor Carmichael, to have and to hold, to sin and misbehave with until too much hot sex doth leave us breathless and knackered. How does that sound to you?’

Laughing, unbelievably happy, she wrapped her arms round his neck. ‘It sounds just perfect.’