His Temptation, Her Secret(66)

By: Barbara Dunlop


“And you are my future. If you’ll have me. I love you, Sage.”

Her gaze darted to his. She couldn’t believe she’d heard right. “You what?”

He smiled. “I love you so much. If we weren’t already married, I’d be proposing right now. I never, ever, not in a million years thought I could feel this way. Stay with me.” He pointed to the bedroom. “Stay here with me, every night, all the time. Let’s make it real. Let’s have some babies. Let’s fill this house with love and laughter.” He paused. “That is, if you want to. I mean, if you…”

“Love you?” she asked, feeling the brightest of joy take over her world. “I love you, TJ. I didn’t mean to, but I fell very, very hard in love with you.”

He wrapped his arms around her, lifting her from the floor. “I should have known.”

“That I loved you?”

“That I loved you. When I saw you holding Caleb’s daughter, you looked perfect. I wanted our own baby, another baby.”

“More babies,” she mused.

“Would you be okay with that?”

“Mommy?” came a little voice behind her.

Sage turned to see Heidi. It was the first time Heidi had called her that.

“Yes, sweetheart?” Sage let go of TJ and dropped to one knee.

“I had a bad dream.”

“I’m so sorry, sweetie.”

TJ crouched to join them. “Would you like Daddy to come upstairs and read you a story?”

Heidi nodded.

“Okay, pumpkin.” TJ lifted Heidi into his arms.

Then he took Sage’s hand.

She leaned her cheek against his shoulder as they walked. “You’re the best daddy in the entire world.”

Heidi’s arms tightened around his neck. “Best daddy,” she murmured.

“I love you both,” TJ said. “I love you all.”

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