When she saw the man on the steps leading to the apartment level, she sucked in a breath. Neighbor or mover? Married or single? A rush of excitement rose. Wouldn’t take much to learn his status.
Denim cutoffs provided a view of tanned muscular legs. Her gaze traveled to appraise flat abs, broad shoulders and a well-developed chest. A slow smile changed his features from merely handsome to rugged and fascinating. The streak of white in his jet hair looked like a lightning bolt had seared a path.
Brilliant blue eyes captured her gaze. Steam flowed through her veins. No attached man sent those kind of signals unless he was out for a fling. In that case, she’d pass. Only the unattached need apply. She didn’t do married or engaged. She saw no wedding band, but these days, the absence meant nothing. Still her plans for a quiet evening began to change. She started up the steps. He followed.
His deep voice acted like a jolt from the cardiac conversion paddles and sent her imagination into overdrive. How would his sensuous lips taste? And those strong hands and long fingers. How would they feel on her flesh? “Welcome to Rivertown.” She paused at her door, turned and smiled.
He reached for her hand. “Damon.”
“Magda.” She liked the laugh lines around his eyes. Must be about my age. Perfect.
His thumb stroked the back of her hand. More than perfect, she thought. Life had taken a turn in the right direction. Her nipples contracted. She glanced down. The bulge beneath his fly seemed to swell. Attraction -- mutual -- instant. “So nice to meet my new neighbors.”
“Neighbor,” he said. “I live alone.”“Same here.” Her tongue played along her lower lip.
Magda Malone likes men and has no desire to marry. She’s been there, done that and got burned. She’s happy with her position as coordinator of the cardiac unit at the hospital. A new neighbor promises many nights of steamy sex. Damon also has no desire for marriage. He had too many steps as a child and sees marriage as a serial sort of game. He doesn’t want to play. When Magda learns he’s a cardiologist, she blows him off. The problem is Damon has fallen in love and he must convince Magda there’s more between them than sex.