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I opened the box and a circle of sparkling diamonds glistened in the dim light of the hallway. A perfect necklace of crystal-clear jewels the size of peas with a centered diamond the size of a peanut. Fortune in a box that now trembled in my hand.
“Oooh.” The sound proved more of a gasp from my lips than an actual word.
“Turn around,” Max whispered as he grasped the box from me. The intense coffee color in his eyes caught my breath, calming, and yet, unnerving my mind.
I slowly spun away from him and closed my eyes.
The sound from the box slapping shut caused me to flinch, and I opened my eyes as his hands lowered in front of me, draping the necklace against my skin.
His fingers tickled the back of my neck while he fastened the clasp. His touch shocked through me and as he stood mere inches behind me, his hot breath breezed across my bare shoulders.
My heart fluttered while the necklace lay against my collarbone. The gold and diamonds hung with an unexpected heaviness.
Max moved around me. “They look stunning on you.”
“But then again, I suppose anything would. You’ve been quite the topic downstairs. Everyone wants to know who the mysterious young lady is that Vincent is parading around on his arm.” He paused and clicked his tongue against his lips. “Don’t say that I blame them. I’d want to know, too.”
“Mysterious? No one has ever thought of me as mysterious.”
“Well I have no idea why you would.”
“Is it not obvious to you?”
“Not one woman has ever rebuffed Vinny’s affections. They fall to his feet. They desire him because of his clout or because of his money. They are excited when in his company. They love when other women envy them. They’re thrilled, they’re in love, and they gush. And you don’t do any of that.”
A soft laugh snorted through my nose. “Sounds like I’m foolish, instead of mysterious.”
“I’m trained to read people like books.” He heaved a deep sigh. “But with you . . . you’re just like no other book.”