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In this scene, Jemima and Jack are discussing her plans for the future.
“Well, I haven’t thought through everything, but since my life in NYC is not as appealing today as it was a week ago, there is a strong chance I’ll be staying.” Jem shifted until she faced him, her hands resting casually on her knees. “The day of the funeral, Grant asked me if I was passionate about my job, or just working at it. It’s a fair question and I kept coming back to the thought that being a personal assistant to a
pampered rich woman wasn’t a job I would ever love. Yeah, I like it, and I’m pretty damn good at it, but love it?” She shrugged. “The answer had to be no. I would go back to it because my life is there. My friends, the man I thought I would marry and live happily ever after with, are there. Those things make the job worthwhile. Now, since it appears my relationship with Phil is going to end in ashes, I decided maybe the phoenix rising would be a new me.”
“You’re sure? I’m not trying to talk you out of it.” Jack pulled one of her hands toward his knee and laced their fingers together, shooting tingles up her arm. “Far from it, actually. But, it’s a mighty big jump to uproot yourself and leave your comfortable life. Especially after this emotional week.”
Letting her eyes caress his face, Jem sensed his interest in her was more than as a potential construction job. She stared at his lips, remembering the sensual feel of them pressed to hers. Raising her eyes, she didn’t bother to hide that she was reliving the memory.
This was what Jem had hoped for since the day she’d found herself in his arms in the small pantry. The kiss they’d shared ignited something in her. She wasn’t making this decision to get farther away from her cheating boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, so much as get nearer to Jack. If she stayed, if she agreed to work with this man to make the renovations, there would be time to nurture a growing interest in being part of his life. He appeared to have feelings for her in return. His passionate kiss had been filled with interest. It mighthave started out as a distraction, but it definitely ended with desire.
“Yeah, I’m sure,” she said, tipping her face slightly, inviting his kiss. Her eyelids lowered as she followed the path of his mouth toward hers.
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