Foolish is the heart that leaves itself open to falling in love. Reckless is the person who steps away from tradition to claim a life of their own. Irreplaceable is the moment one takes the risk.
One Penny (Marked Heart #3)
January 22, 2015
Penny Caffrey seems to make all the wrong choices in life. From the men she dates to her career path; most of what she does is either hidden from or frowned upon by her large Irish family.
Seth Chevalier has been labeled a disappointment by his entire family. He has a good job at a large accounting firm that he devotes the majority of his time to. His is used to and comfortable living a solitary life.
When her latest boyfriend, the drummer for a local band dumps her Penny takes a step back to do some self-evaluation and decides to lay off of dating for a while.
Even with an overbearing father, Seth is determined to be his own man and moves into an upscale apartment complex in an effort to prove he is successful.
Seth's solitary life is thrown completely off track when he moves in next door to Penny and she decides they are going to be friends, whether he likes it or not.
Standing on the balcony right outside Penny's door, Seth reached down and wrapped his hand around hers.
"Would you like me to walk you in?"
Pursing her lips into a smile, she replied, "I'm sure Braden's on the couch already so..."
Not wanting the moment to pass him by, he offered, "Would you like to walk me in, then?"
"Sure," with a sweet expression on her face.
Leading her to his door, Seth let go of her hand and unlocked it allowing her to go in first.
Once they were both inside, he closed his door and turned to her. Taking her hand in his again, he lifted it, lightly smiling at her tattoo. Two interlocking hearts, one upside down and the other, right side up.
"Did it hurt?" he asked focusing on the space in the center of both hearts.
Drawing in a slow breath, she whispered, "Yes."
Lifting her wrist higher, he leaned down and carefully touched his lips to the center where there was no ink just bare skin directly in the center of one heart pointing toward him and the other to her.
Seth placed his thumb in the center of her tattoo where his lips had just been as he looked down at her softly sharing, "I can feel your heart beat."
Penny let out a short breath as she closed her eyes tilting her chin up towards him.
Keeping his gentle hold on her wrist with one hand, Seth could feel Penny's pulse quicken as he slowly brushed his fingers against her cheek and down the side of her neck with the other. He moved closer drawing out the moment as long as possible, just in case this was his one and only chance with her and it never happened again. As he watched her lips part in anticipation, Seth closed his eyes and touched his lips to hers.
True to her nature, Penny's lips were warm and sweet as they moved against his. There was comfort in the feel of her smooth skin under his fingertips and the flavor of her lips when he took the opportunity to taste them. She was the cream and sugar that soothed and sweetened all the doubt and anxiety in Seth's otherwise embittered life. And he could only imagine what feeling the rest of her would be like.