“Cole, what are you doing?”
“Why?” Katie’s tone was soft with exaggerated patience.
He met and held her emerald stare. “Because you’re worth the wait.”
Tears gathered in her eyes, pooling on her lower lashes. One broke loose and landed on his arm. The hot moisture made his chest constrict, his heart ached with an emotion he dare not name.
“You’re wasting your time, Cole.”
“I’ll be the judge of that. I know what you’re doing, Kat, and I’m not going to let you.” His grip on her legs tightened, his thumb skimming the inside of her thigh.
Her breath hitched. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she denied. “Let me do what?”
“Push me away. Pretend that this isn’t happening.”
“That’s because it isn’t.”
“Oh, it’s happening…”