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Fiona sniffed. The scent of the orange peel punctured through to the back of her throat and she could swear she could taste the succulent sweetness of the orange. Her mouth watered.
“It smells wonderful.”
Pleased with her response, he peeled back the rind, dropping it on the ground, and then broke off a piece of the orange for her and held it to her lips. Flushing to the tips of her ears, she took the slice into her mouth. The juices burst through her mouth as she chewed.
“It’s delicious,” she said around her mouthful.
“As I said, I have excellent greenhouse keepers.”
“What do you do with the surplus food? Surely you don’t eat all this here.” She waved her hand to encompass the citrus trees.
“In the winter, we store it and use up as much as we can. By the time the spring thaw comes and the cliffs are navigable again, we send some of the food to the local villages on pack mules. We keep them well stocked through the summer.”
Fiona had to admit she loved that about him. That he was so willing to give up most of his crops to the peasants who needed the food much more than he or anyone in his castle did. It endeared him to her.
“That’s very generous of you,” she said.
“I’m glad you think so. You see, I’m not such a tyrant.” He popped a slice of orange in his mouth and then peeled off another one for her. She waved him off though. He dropped it in nearby waste receptacle. She gave him a questioning glance. “We’ll use the waste for mulch and other things.”
“I have to say I’m impressed.”
He looked well pleased. “I knew you would be.”
Niall turned, moving close to her. His body heat radiated over her and suddenly she forgot everything. When his hands cupped her face, she could smell the sweet citrus tang on his fingers. Her heart quickened as he looked her over with that sensual light in the depths of his eyes.
He was going to kiss her.
She was going to let him.
When Niall’s lips met hers, her knees weakened. She tasted the orange on his lips and his tongue. His velvet mouth slanted over hers in a perfect fit of dreamy intimacy, as though he was always meant to kiss her. The sweet tenderness of his kiss made her quiver.
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