"I can't take this anymore." Her voice was whisper soft, but he heard the words as clear as if she had shouted them.
His heart leaped--now he could prove to her there was more to him than a co-worker and give their relationship a chance. "What are you willing to give me?"
Her head snapped up and she gnawed on her lip. "Twenty-four hours."
"Not enough. A hundred and twenty."
Her mouth opened then closed. Her gaze darted left, then right, before settling back on his face. He could almost see the wheels turning in her head. A good sign--she was willing to be his.
"Too long. Forty-eight."
He stood and crossed over to her. He needed to be close to her as they negotiated. "Still not enough Ninety-six uninterrupted hours with you."
Her nose scrunched up and her lashes swept down, cutting off the view of her expressive eyes. "Sixty--six tonight until six Monday morning."
He noted the stubborn set to her chin. It wasn't ideal, but he could do it. He would not fail in winning her over. Leaning close, he whispered, "I'll take it."
She exhaled, lashes rising until she stared at him. "What are the ground rules?"
"There are none."
Her eyes widened. Oh, yes, he had her now and he wasn't letting go.
"No barriers. No rules."
Her shoulders dipped, then straightened. She acted like she was preparing for a battle, but it would be a battle of sex. "All right, but when the sixty hours are done, we're finished. I mean it. No flowers, no gifts, no mention of this weekend. Ever."
Without another word, she spun on her heels to walk out of his office.
He was quick to cross the room. He captured her by the shoulders, bringing her to a halt. His lips brushed her ear and a shiver shook her. "Remember what I said at the party?"
She didn't answer him, but her swift intake of breath was the only answer he needed.
"You belong to me."
"I belong to no man."
He slid his hands down her arms, past her clenched fists and encircled her waist, bringing her back flush against his chest, her breathing shallow.
She didn't struggle, not even when he tilted his hips, letting her know how much she aroused him.
"You will belong to me. I promise."