She faced toward the water talking with a
group of people and he eagerly took in her profile. The
gentle breeze blew the fabric of her dress around her legs.
The pale material contrasted beautifully with her darker
skin. It was a sleeveless dress with a handkerchief hem;
otherwise he didn’t know anything about it. Aside from the
fact it made him hard as steel in his pants. Women walked
before him in less clothing and Dominic couldn’t tear his
gaze away from her. Moments before he reached her side, she
slipped away and headed down towards the water.
Increasing his speed a bit, Dominic dodged a
woman in a revealing bikini and made his way down to the
shoreline. The closer he got the tighter his throat became.
In the softer light he could pick up on the subtle yellow
hint in her dress. The urge to wrap his arms around her
nearly took him to his knees.
Clearing his throat so he didn’t scare her,
Dominic waited for her to turn toward him. Her dark eyes
widened at the sight of him and he knew she was surprised to
see him there. For a moment they stood in silence and stared
at one another.
“Hi,” he finally said over the sound of the
surf lapping upon the shore.
“Hello.” A slight smile curved up her full
Her voice was a low alto and stroked along
his skin bringing him to a fevered pitch, there also
lingered the hint of an accent as if English weren’t her
first language. And that was with just one word.”Am I
disturbing you?” he asked, noticing how much deeper his
“No. Not at all, just…” she shrugged and
“I understand.” And he did. Sometimes you
just needed to get away. The breeze blew around them
bringing to his nose the scent combination of rosewood and
black current. Damn she smells good. Reaching out
with one hand he said, “I’m Dominic.”
His heart sped up when her hand curled around
his, palm to palm. “Verity. Nice to finally meet you.”
Verity. What a beautiful name.
He chuckled. “Well, I would have introduced
myself earlier but I wanted to make a better first
impression than standing before you all sweaty.”
She arched a brow and the way her eyes moved
over him he wondered if she would have minded him doing that
at all. “How could you be certain we’d meet again?”
Dominic skimmed his finger over the pulse in
her wrist before stepping a bit closer to her, loving the
way her nose flared and she licked her lips. “I’m
Verity stepped closer to him the ends of her
hair brushing along his skin courtesy of the wind. He looked
at her, trailed his gaze over her graceful neck, around
which sat a thin silver chain and a pendant that rested
against her skin just above her breasts. Swallowing hard he
raised his eyes and found himself staring into a pair of
dark hazel eyes. Damn!
“I bet you are,” she said in a slightly
“Comes with the territory,” he said with a
“The Y chromosome?”
Dominic laughed. “You’re quick, I like that.”
He reluctantly released her hand. “What are you doing here
in Crete? Vacation?”