My dad shoots back his whiskey, then stands and places the glass on my desk. “Jenna has made me see I haven’t been living life as I should. I worked myself hard. Not that I regret it, I just wish I’d worked hard on something I was passionate about.” His eye meet mine. “I’m happy you’re going to do that. I also don’t want you to regret the years of cases you’ve done already. Think of them as the years you spent fighting to make sure you had the capital to do what you’re about to do. It makes me damn proud of you.”
For the first time since I was a kid I feel a closeness with my dad. I knew he was proud of me, but hearing him say it makes all the difference. It also makes me feel a little less dirty about some of the cases I’ve taken.
“How things have changed,” I say.
“A good woman will do that.”
“Oh, I know the perfect wedding planner,” I hear Jenna say as she and Dove walk into my office. I stand and make a beeline for Dove, pulling her into my arms.
“She better be able to plan a wedding in a week,” I tell her before I lean down and kiss Dove softly. She melts into me like always and I forget for a moment we aren’t alone. When I pull back, Dove’s lips are swollen and her eyes are filled with lust.
My dad clears his throat and I have to fight back a growl.
“You can’t kiss me in front of your parents,” she gasps, her cheeks turning red. My cock jerks at the sight. I hope she never loses that blush. I’m guessing she won’t. Even with all the things I’ve done to her body, her face still flushes when my cock is deep inside of her.
“I’ll kiss you whenever I want. You’re mine,” I remind her, and she rolls her eyes.
“A few weeks? Really?”
“You’re lucky she isn’t married already,” I tell Jenna, glancing over at her.
“Like father like son,” she mutters as my dad comes to her side and pulls her into him.
He reaches his hand out to Dove. “It’s a pleasure to meet you. Might as well call me Dad.”
This makes her smile as she reaches out and takes his hand. I’m glad he’s making this easy on her. I wasn’t sure how this would go tonight with me unloading on him, but it had gone better than I could have imagined.
“I’m Dove,” she says, beaming at everyone.
“Welcome to the family,” he tells her.
Fuck, I’m happy this went so well. Dove’s parents have been shit. When she called and told them she was engaged they didn’t take it so well. I still need to take a visit out to their house so we can try and fix things. I’ll do anything to make Dove happy. I don’t know how such assholes could raise a perfect, sweet creature. I want to hate them and tell them to fuck off, but because of them I have her.
I lean down and kiss Dove below her ear. “You look beautiful.” She’s wearing a black dress that hugs her chest tight, with lace over her cleavage, but I can still see it if I look hard enough. Her lips are painted a cherry red to match a bow that’s tied in her blonde curls. She leans into my touch and I give her another kiss below her ear.
“Maybe we should order in.”
“Here we go,” Dove says, giving my chest a playful smack.
“Is he the jealous possessive type, too?” Jenna laughs as she says it.
“That’s putting it lightly.” Dove pulls from my hold and I reluctantly let her go. She walks out of my office and my eyes go to her ass, then to her legs. Her legs aren’t covered enough for my liking, but I don’t know how she’ll feel about my caveman act right now.
Jenna follows her out, and the puppies and my dad and I are all hot on their heels. I watch as Dove grabs her coat and slides it on. I run my hands through my hair. At least I booked a private room for our dinner tonight at the restaurant. I won’t have to deal with every fucker in the place looking at her.
I grab my own coat as we head out to the elevator. Once inside I pull Dove back to me once again. She and Jenna talk about the wedding and I listen so I can make sure she gets everything she wants. She will. I don’t care what it costs or how much extra I’ll have to pay to get it all done yesterday. It will be worth every penny. I need her branded as mine in every way. Ring on her finger, my last name attached to her name, a baby in her belly.