A twist of the key shut off the engine, although the radio played a few bars before going silent. Home, should she get out of the car on her own? It was hard to know if Levi was staring at her in the dark. Without the glow of the dashboard lights, it was impossible to distinguish his expression. His stillness unnerved her. It was similar to hearing what sounded like a footstep in the dark. She’d strain her ears waiting to hear the next ominous footfall. Usually, she fell asleep listening for a step that never came. “Why are you staring at me?”
Levi managed a husky chuckle that would rate an eight on the seductive scale. “That would require me having better eyesight than I do. No, I was more in shock wondering why none of your dates took you out to a fancy restaurant.”
“Trust me, there weren’t that many. Going to a mid-chain restaurant was as elaborate as it got. Considered myself lucky if I got a meal before the man vanished.” Unfortunately, her dating history undermined her shaky confidence.
His shadowy form moved closer, reaching across the console and cupping her face. “Their loss. You looked so elegant and beautiful sitting across from me. Made me the envy of every man there tonight.”
His words melted her like soft butter left out on the counter. Her eyelids fluttered shut as she leaned into his caress. His scent surrounded her with notes of crisp starch, citrusy cologne, and underlying muskiness that reminded her of a walk through the forest after the rain.
His lips landed on hers, not surprising her, but fulfilling her wish. Her hand rose to cradle his head urging on the kiss and taking no chances that he might pull away. His tongue traced her lips, almost reverentially. The longing between the two of them grew in the dark car, filling it, heating it up, and creating a world of sensation. A place Melody could live forever until a long, clear baying pierced the night.
Charmer. Who knew a dog could seriously complicate a love life.