Gia meets Pietro


     Suddenly, she felt his body pressing gently to hers.

     “There is no one else who can do this for me. I have just recently acquired this piece, and when I finally met you two weeks ago at your art showing, I knew.” He slowly glided his hands down her back and brought them around to rest on her hips. He gave her a squeeze. “You are the one,” he whispered.

     Gia’s head tipped back of its own volition. She had been thinking of kissing Pietro since her wicked conversation with Signora Fontana yesterday evening. Her lips trembled as they waited for him to take possession. After numerous moments of empty suspense, her eyelids fluttered open.

     Pietro’s hot gaze roamed over her face, her throat, and the cleavage that swelled above her tightly-laced bodice. “Yours is a rare beauty, my Gia. You are as enticing as your paintings. But I am waiting for you to be well along your way with our pet project before you and I…explore each other’s delights.”

     His wine-laced whisper brushed across her cheek and Gia felt a tantalising weakness in her legs. How exciting to know he wanted her—and how difficult it would be to wait. Her gaze slid once again to the stone that was slightly taller than Pietro and at least ten times his width.

     Without warning, Pietro placed a fatherly kiss on her forehead. “I am happy to see that you have settled into your new studio so comfortably. We should see about finding you a bigger place.” He grinned, then changed the subject. “I will be gone for a few days. There are some small matters of business to attend to. Upon my return I will come to see how much you have accomplished.”

     Pietro slid his arms from her body and took a few steps in the direction of the stone. He petted the rock again and spoke as if it could hear him. “Yes, I greatly anticipate our reunion.” Then he quit the studio, never looking back.

     Gia drew in a cleansing breath. Pietro was, indeed, as dark and mysterious as everyone said—not to mention alluring. She supposed it was a good thing that one of them possessed self-control.


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