He picked Emma up and put her on his lap. He started playing the tickle monster with her and her laugh filled the practically empty cabin. Alex knew that this was the most important thing Gabe could give Emma: time with her dad. This was what was most important.
The cabin was set up in a two-two-two configuration with big pod seats. He sat with Emma and Alex had a row to herself. She stared out the window during takeoff. Glancing over once they were up in the air, he saw that Emma was already asleep. He reclined her seat flat into a bed, grabbed one of the plush blankets, tucked her in, and gave her a kiss on the forehead. It seemed that the excitement of the early-morning wake-up and trip through the airport was enough to wipe her out even though she seemed like she was going to go for hours.
He crossed the aisle and sat in the empty seat beside her.
“She’s going to have pretty bad jet lag when we get to Scotland.” Alex glanced over at Emma, who had starfished herself in her seat. At least the seats were big enough for her to do that. Yeah, flying with her next time in the back of the plane was really going to suck.
“It’s okay. I’m usually pretty crappy when it comes to adjusting to time zones too. I’ll most likely be up at the same time she wakes up anyway.” He chuckled.
“I am more than happy to give you jet lag duty,” she said, leaning on their shared arm rest.
“I don’t mind at all. I can take her for chilly, foggy early morning Edinburgh walks.”
“Chilly? It’s summer!”
“You haven’t been to Scotland before. The middle of summer and you’ll need a sweater if you’re in the shade. It will be great though. She’ll love it; she won’t feel the cold. I had tons of warm clothes put in the house for the both of you.”
“I don’t know why I didn’t check the weather before we left. I assumed it would be warm in the middle of summer.”
She was completely thrown off her game when it came to him. He clouded her brain like no other man could. She was a planner in practice and how quickly she deferred to him was starting to scare her. Having him take care of things was a nice change from always needing to be in control and handle anything that came their way. She pushed that fear of giving in back and reasoned that he had the experience and that there was nothing wrong with letting someone experienced be your guide.
“Don’t worry, I told you I would take care of everything. And if there is anything else you need, let me know and I’ll get it for you.”
“Thanks Gabe,” she said, giving him what she meant to be a small peck on the cheek. But at that moment he turned his head to ask her something and their lips met. Hs eyes went wide and once the initial moment of shock wore off, he closed his eyes. She held her breath and the spark that was always present when he was near her transformed into a fiery slow burn that smoldered in her belly.
Perhaps sensing that she wasn’t opposed to their accidental lip lock, he turned that peck into a deep kiss. She gasped as he took possession of her mouth and began to pepper her mouth with kisses. She opened her mouth and ran her tongue along his bottom lip. He let out a groan and ran his hand along the back of her neck, pulling him closer to her and attempting to devour her mouth.
She broke the kiss and stared at him for a second with her chest heaving and panting. She looked down to his lips before throwing caution to the wind and diving back into his mouth for more. He tasted like peppermint and his own musk. They were both attacking each other’s mouths like they couldn’t get enough. He wrapped his arms around her back and was running his hands along the gap between her shirt and her jeans.
When Alex left Gabe, he knew she walked away with his heart, he didn’t know she’d walked away with more than that—his baby.
Alex fell for Gabe Stevens before he opened his mouth. His striking green eyes and easy style had her tripping over her coffee pot the minute she laid eyes on him. But he was more than just a pretty face. Her good-looking customer just happened to be a rising movie star on the fast track to fame.
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