He turned in front of her and stopped walking, forcing her to stop, too. “I know we can’t go back to how things were. I’m not asking you to give up the life you’ve created. I’m just trying to understand who you are now and how you’ve changed since we were together.”
Armina opened her mouth, but found she had no words. She had no intention of sharing the goal that had driven her every decision over the past year. To have a baby before time ran out, she needed his cooperation to ensure a quick divorce.
“I’ve moved on,” she finally said, not sure she spoke the truth but hoping she did or at least that the words would soon come true. She needed to move on. The next chapter of her life couldn’t be put on hold.
“I’m not asking you to stop moving on. I just need you to give me a moment to sprint to catch up to you.”
The crazy-romantic image sent a shot of longing through her, but she couldn’t agree. The new life she was building allowed no room for him. She opened her mouth again, but he placed his index finger against her lips.
“Don’t answer yet. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. We need to adjust and talk first.” He leaned closer, sliding his finger down, tugging her lower lip out into a pout. Tilting the underside of her chin, he tipped her head up so she stared into his strong, handsome face.
Enveloping her in the heat from his body, he touched his lips to hers with a profound gentleness. She could have turned her head aside and pointed out they weren’t talking as he’d proposed, but the tenderness and hunger in his eyes captivated her. For the first time since their wedding night, she owned his complete attention.
Once Upon a Marriage
A Decadent Publishing Beyond Fairytales Retelling of Grimm's Three Army Surgeons
Time is running out for Armina Keer to have the baby she’s always wanted. Before she can move on with her life, she needs her estranged husband to sign their divorce papers. When she can’t get him to respond, her meddling uncles arrange for a trip to his inn. Despite vowing to guard her broken heart, she has to settle the past before she can have a future.
Ian Keer might not deserve a second chance with his wife, but he’s not going to give up one either, not with the immediate flaming attraction still between them. While her uncles’ antics wreak havoc on life at The Inn, he offers her the ultimate gamble: Spend the night with him, and afterwards he’ll sign the papers if she still wants to leave.
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