This was definitely one of his better ideas.
Leo stood at the edge of the hot air balloon’s basket as Bianca filmed the lush landscape with her phone. The truth was that he hadn’t noticed the passing scenery as he was entranced with the beautiful woman next to him.
Was it wrong that he was supposed to be looking for an appropriate wife and yet all he wanted to do was kiss Bianca? There was something about her—something that drew him to her. She filled his thoughts when he was supposed to be working, when he was supposed to be getting to know some young woman—he was always comparing them, and when he was alone at night, his thoughts were all about her.
He shoved aside his problems. Right now, all that mattered was making Bianca happy.
His gaze moved to her. The big smile on her face was brighter than the morning sun. And there was a gravitational pull to her that drew him close.
“Are you enjoying yourself?” he asked.
She lowered her phone. “I can’t believe you did this.” Her eyes glittered with happiness. “It’s amazing. I love it. Thank you.”
Oblivious to the pilot firing the flame to keep them aloft, Leo leaned toward Bianca and pressed his lips to hers. It was a quick kiss, but it had a big effect on the pounding of his heart.
If only they didn’t have an audience, he would pull her into his arms and kiss her deeply and thoroughly. Her sweet, sweet kisses were addictive.
She pulled back and gazed up at him with her big round eyes. “What was that for?”
He shrugged, not sure what she was thinking. “Just seemed like the right thing to do in the moment.”
A hint of smile pulled at her berry-red lips as she turned her head to the magnificent view. He gazed at the distant horizon, but all he could see in his mind’s eye was Bianca.