She squinted. “Is the outline of that heart supposed to look like…barbed wire?”
“Yeah. Your sister has a bizarre sense of humor.”
Tears splashed on his chest. Her mouth trembled.
“Baby, don’t cry.”
“But I don’t deserve you.”
“See, that’s the thing, you do. Believe you deserve me, because I finally believe I deserve you. All you have to do is look in my eyes to know the truth. I’ll always be your tangible proof.” Kade wiped her tears and curled his hand around her face, bringing their mouths together for a long kiss. He rested his forehead to hers. “Skylar. I love you.”
“Show me. Please. Show me now.”
“That I can do.” He braced his arms behind him as she lowered herself until they were joined completely. He kissed her as she rode him, slow and easy, sweetly. She freely and lovingly gave him all of herself, and she showed him tenderness he didn’t know he’d needed.
In one magnificent burst, the explosive physical pleasure they always brought to each other became the true intimacy they’d both been searching for because it came from love.
He flopped back, still inside her, taking her with him so she was sprawled across his chest.
Scarcely a heartbeat passed before she put her lips to his ear and demanded, “Marry me, Kade McKay.”
“About damn time you came to your senses, woman.”
“So, is that a yes?”
“Absolutely, it’s a yes.”
For the longest time, Kade was content to lay in the middle of the land he loved, with the woman he loved. He was content to just…be. To exist in the moment of perfect happiness and look forward to going home.