Never Say No to a Caffarelli(60)

By: Melanie Milburne

He could not believe how one simple word could make him so happy. ‘I have something for you,’ he said, taking out a velvet box from his jacket pocket. ‘I had it designed specially.’

Poppy held her breath as he opened the box to reveal a princess-cut diamond that glittered brilliantly. ‘It’s so beautiful...’

He took it out and slipped it on her finger, holding her hand in his. ‘Diamonds are for ever, ma cherie. I won’t settle for anything less from you. I hope you realise that. And I want babies. At least two.’

She gave him a smile that made her eyes dance. ‘I love you.’

He gathered her close. ‘I love you so much. I can’t believe I didn’t realise it earlier. I must have hurt you so much by leaving you in Paris like that—and then when I came to see you at the dower house. I was so shocked in the change in you. I thought I’d lost you for ever, that I’d changed you for ever.’

Poppy rested her head against his chest. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world to belong to someone who loved her. She felt it in his touch, in his gaze, in the strong, protective shelter of his arms. ‘It was so hard to be like that with you. I’m surprised you didn’t see through it. I was sure you would call my bluff. But you’re here now, that’s all that matters.’

He lifted her face to press a lingering kiss to her mouth. ‘How do you feel about living at the manor?’

Her face lit up with excitement. ‘Do you mean it?’

He smiled down at her. ‘It’d be a perfect home for a family, don’t you think?’

She threw her arms around him and hugged him tightly. ‘It would be a dream come true.’