My dreams were simple. College, a career, and letâs see what happens from there. But things donât always go according to plan.
My name is Ari Worthington and Iâve had a very eventful week. A life-changing week. The kind of week that would make the average person whimper.
It started when my ex-boyfriend Luke accosted me in the woods.
How badly was I injured? Not a scratch. And Luke? Not so lucky. Nope, I whupped him good. It surprised the heck out of me. And it probably surprised him, tooâonce he woke up.
And then I met Davin. Handsome, witty, amazing Davin. Perfect in every way, unless you think being an alien, from a planet called Olympus, might be a liability.
When it comes to being a husband and wife (or wife and husband) writing team, there are advantages, or benefits. Chief among them is that you get to practice the love scenes. He writes, she steers, andâ¦well, itâs fun. He is a software designer and she is a doctor of education. AJ and CS Sparber live in the lovely town of Hudson, Ohio, with their son Ryan, their daughter Melanie, and the spirit of an Aussie shepherd named Hunter.
I donât want to be alone in the guest suite. Itâs not that Iâm afraid. I just want Davin close to me. I need the comfort only he can provide.
âIâd rather not sleep alone tonight.â
âAri, your motherâI promised her.â
âI donât intend for us to do anything that would cause that promise to be broken. Please?â
He moves to my side and places his hand on my shoulder. âAre you sure?â
I stand up and wrap my arms around his neck. âIâm very sure,â I whisper, speaking directly to his heart. âI want you near me.â
âI know you do. Butâ¦â
âNo buts,â I say softly. âIâm an angel. And I happen to be in love with you.â
He looks startled. He looks as if he wants to speak, but he canât find his voice.
âDo you not want me to love you, Davin?â
He arches his brow and stares.
Iâm getting worried. Did I just make a complete fool of myself? âDavin?â
His poise seems to return and he smiles. âIt happened the night we slept on your sofaââ
âWhat? What happened?â Did I miss something? Something important?
His smile widens and lights up his eyes. Theyâre sparkling like jewels.
âI fell in love with you that night.â
My heart flutters and I feel warm all over. âYou did?â
He nods slowly. âI did.â
âYou didnât tell me.â
âI wasnât sure how you felt. Love between two angels is a very powerful force. It is...â
âForever,â I say, completing his thought. âAre you afraid I donât understand that? Do you think my human side makes me prone to frivolous fits of infatuation? Because if you do, please allow me to set you straight.â I take a long breath and gaze into his eyes. âI am in love with you, there will never be anyone else, and thatâs all there is to it.â
He shakes his head and chuckles.
âThis is why I love you.â
âIt is? What is?â
âI believe the term is moxie. You are bold and fearless. You are spunky.â
âYou love me because Iâm spunky?â
âWell, thatâ¦and because you are kind, and selfless, and brilliant, and very beautiful?â
âYou think Iâm all that?â
He loses his voice again and just stares.
âCome here, my Padawan.â
Before I can respond, he laces his fingers through my hair and pulls me tight to his chest. âYou are the most extraordinary angel ever born and Iâ¦I am the most fortunate.â
He kisses the top of my head, as he whispers, âForever and never ending.â
His words and his touch make me shudder with ecstasy. âKiss me, Davin. Kiss me like your life depends on it.â
âIt does,â he says, as he captures my upper lip softly between his teeth.
Our kiss deepens and I smile inside, because I realize that each kiss we share seems to be better than the ones before, and we have eons of time and kisses to look forward to.