Ultimatum: Marriage(56)

By: Ann Major

He handed her a black velvet box. “I have something for you.”

She opened it and expelled an amazed breath. “My mother’s pin! How did you get this?” With reverent fingers she caressed each point of the sparkling star just as she used to when she’d been a little girl.

“Let’s just say that it cost me a fortune to buy it before the feds’ auction, but you’re worth it. The feds are going to let you off the hook, too. It took a few legal maneuvers, but we cut a deal.”

“Oh, Jake,” she whispered clutching the diamond pin to her heart.

He handed her a second velvet jewelry box.

“What’s this?”

“My grandmother’s earrings. You wouldn’t take them when my family gave them to you for your birthday.”

She laughed. “I couldn’t accept them when I thought our marriage wasn’t real.”

Holding the box, she hurled herself into his arms and held on tight.

He folded her against his chest, crushing her against him. “I want to design you a house with lots of bedrooms…so we’ll have room for more children.”

Unable to speak, she stared up at him, her eyes shining with such excitement that he knew she had to feel the same way he did.