"Yes." She doesn't stop pacing.
I sigh and cross to her, pulling her into my arms. She is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to me. Last night with her was…nirvana. I've never felt closer to anyone, never loved anyone like I do this amazing woman. Until she called me daddy, I never would have imagined that was something I wanted. As soon as she said it, I knew I'd kill to hear it from her lips every day for the rest of my life.
In public, she's a fierce goddess. In private, she's my dirty little princess. I worship both facets of her, adore both sides of her. And it kills me that she's so anxious now and there's nothing I can do about it. I'm the cause of her stress, the source of her pain. And I can do nothing but hold her through it and pray to God that her sister understands.
"You don't have to do this," I murmur, feathering kisses across her crown.
"I do," she whispers, tipping her head back to look up at me. Her eyes are wide and worried, her expression stricken. "I can't hide us from her, Jared. Hiding from the rest of the world is going to be hard enough. I can't hide us from her too."
I sigh, unable to argue with that. Already, I loathe that we're not free to shout it from the rooftops. It's intolerable. Soon, I'll fix it. I can't hide her, and I won't. We're consenting adults, capable of making our own choices. She's mine. If my job is forfeit because of it, so be it.
Before I can tell her what I'm planning to do, a timid knock sounds at the door.
Caroline jumps and pulls herself free from my arms. Her wide eyes meet mine, full of fear and love and doubt and determination. God, she's so fucking perfect, so fierce in her love. The fact that her heart is currently split in two is breaking my heart for her.
I take a deep breath and move behind my desk before calling for Kennedy to come in.
I didn't believe in love until I met a princess at a ball.
And then she vanished.
Imagine my surprise when she shows up in my office a day later.
She's beautiful, fierce, and has the courage of a lion.
She's also a student at my college…and her sister is my star student.
Claiming Caroline Thorne may destroy everything I've worked for.
Letting her go will destroy me.
Some risks are worth taking.
She's one of them.
Jared Kingston made me believe in magic.
And then the clock struck midnight.
Imagine my surprise when I find out my handsome prince is my sister's despot professor.
The one I came to confront.
He's charming, intelligent, and everything I've ever dreamed about.
Being with me could ruin his career.
Telling him no might shatter mine.
Some risks are worth taking.
But how can he be one of them when it might end in disaster?
When this autocratic professor meets his curvy princess at a masquerade ball, he finds his future. And then she disappears. If you think he's willing to give up that easy, you clearly haven't read an NR title before. If instalove, sassy princesses, and over-the-top professors make you happy, get ready to fall for Jared and Caroline in this sweet, steamy romance. As always, a sticky sweet and guaranteed HEA is coming your way. No cheating.