Forbidden Merger(61)

By: Emilie Rose

“I just like happy endings. Let me be your knight in shining armor, Aubrey.

Let’s live out our fantasies and dreams together. Let me make giving you a happily-ever-after my life’s crusade.”

“What about your job? You’ll regret leaving EPH once Patrick’s competition is over and life returns to normal.”

“No, I won’t. We both need jobs that fulfill us, jobs that reward us with more than a paycheck. We’re not getting that here. I’d like to stay at EPH through the end of the year to ease the transition, but in the meantime, I want to start looking for a place for us in Napa Valley. A place where you can run your B&B and I can tinker with my grapes. Money’s not an issue. I’ll net a bundle from selling my apartment, and I have some healthy investments to tide us over until we make a profit.”

She searched his face as if waiting for the catch and then a smile flickered on her lips. “I already have the perfect place. Hill Crest House is mine. My grandmother left it to me. There’s enough land for you to build your winery, and you can keep your apartment so we have somewhere to stay when we come back to visit our families.”

Liam’s lungs seized and his pulse took off at a sprinter’s pace. “Is that a yes?”

Aubrey lifted her hands and cupped his face. “I love you, Liam Elliott, and nothing would make me happier than being your wife.”

He covered her hand with his and then pulled it off his cheek. He held her gaze as he slid the ring on her finger. “I love you, Aubrey Holt, and I swear to you you’ll never regret saying yes.”

The bar patrons erupted in a cheer and Liam realized they’d had an audience. He pried himself out of the booth, snatched Aubrey into his arms and covered her smiling lips with his.

Fantasies did come true. He ought to know. He’d found his when the enemy’s daughter had stormed his castle and captured his heart.

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