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“I do like you,” he said. “And yes, I’d love to go. But — ” he bit his lip, “I come with baggage.”
Mariángel flipped a hand up. “Don’t we all?”
Brady shook his head. “Not like this.” He held out his hand as he stood. “Are you free for the next couple of hours? I’ll show you, and if you still want to go out on a date, I’m game.” He held her gaze, waiting, a hint of a challenge in his clear green eyes that sent heat to her insides.
She took it, appreciating the way his broad fingers curled over her hand. “Let’s go.” Her heart thrummed in anticipation.
–From “Specter” by Annika Steele