DANGEROUS LIAISON... Rachel is in love with her best friend, but when Malachi doesn't seem interested, she turns to an international stranger whom she meets on the internet. At first, conversation is just a pastime, but soon, romantic fantasies form in her mind. Why not consider a man who travels across an ocean to meet her-a man who makes her feel wanted? After all, Malachi might as well be a world away-even if his concern does seem genuine when he warns her about the intriguing Frenchman. RESCUE ON THE WAY... Malachi has sworn not to interfere in Rachel's relationship, but he's in love with the head-strong woman who is determined to continue her budding romance...Yet, Malachi senses something isn't right about the playboy who has suddenly consumed Rachel's time, so he vows to save her from the stranger-and herself-even if it means losing her forever.
He wanted to put his arms around her, but he stopped himself. If he touched her, he might never let go…
“Malachi,” she said softly. “I need to ask you a question.”
She looked hesitant, and he wondered why. They could tell each other anything—she knew that.
He waited for her to speak.
“Have you ever thought about what it would be like if we ever became more than friends?”
His heart skipped a beat, and then pounded fast and hard against his ribcage. He envisioned taking her into his arms and telling her about all the love and passion he’d kept hidden these past years, but he wasn’t sure she could handle the total gospel, so he stalled while his mind searched for a version of the truth that wouldn’t panic her. “Why do you ask?”
She shrugged. “Sometimes the way you look at me, it makes me wonder.”
He stepped closer to her, acutely aware of the twigs snapping beneath his hiking boots. Something rustled through the canopy and landed with a soft whoosh, as it hit the blanketed forest floor. The breeze shifted the honey coloured tendrils of the hair framing her face. She smiled.
He didn’t. He couldn’t. She had to know this was serious. “What would you say if I said, yes, I’ve thought of it? Would you accept that, would you want it, or would it ruin our friendship?” He moved a step closer.
Her gaze dropped to his feet, and then traveled back to his face. She shrugged. “I don’t know.”