The Billionaire's Paradise (Sexy Billionaires)By: Victoria Davies
And she couldn’t wait to spend the rest of her life by his side.
“Yes,” she said, cupping his face between her hands. “Yes, I’ll marry you.”
The grin that split his face took her breath away. She’d seen him happy before. She’d watched him shake off the demons of his past, and seen his smile grow brighter as time passed. But she’d never seen the pure joy that radiated off his face now.
Grabbing her hand, he pulled her to her feet.
“Are we going right now?” she laughed.
“Right this very minute. I’m a shrewd businessman, after all. You’re not wiggling your way out of this one.”
“I need to change,” she protested. “Shorts and a bikini top are not exactly traditional wedding wear.”
“Ten minutes,” he said, kissing her. “You’ve got ten minutes to change before we drive to that chapel.”
It took her five.
The church was as beautiful as Hayden had promised. It was nestled on a small piece of land jutting out into the sea as waves crashed against the shoreline. At home Avery had a binder of all the wedding details she’d put together. But Hayden was right. This was infinitely better.
This was the perfect place to start the next chapter of their lives. Right here on the island that had brought them together.
She smiled at her partner, holding his hands as the minister spoke the familiar words of the ceremony. But this time everything was different. This time she was marrying the right man for all the right reasons.
“Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife until death do you part?” the minister asked.
Hayden squeezed her hands before saying, “I do.”
Butterflies fluttered in her stomach. There’d been no hesitation in his vow.
“And do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband until death do you part?”
A wide smile stretched her lips. “I do,” she said. This time, her promise was forever.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.”
Her eyes fluttered shut as Hayden closed the distance between them. His lips claimed hers, and as always, his touch was like coming home. Twining her arms around his neck, she pressed her body to his. With the crash of the ocean in her ears and the taste of Hayden on her lips she couldn’t imagine anything more perfect.
“I’ve got you now,” he whispered to her, wrapping her up in his arms.
“You’ve had me for years,” she corrected.
He drew back with a smile. “Thank you for not giving up on me.”
“It’s not every day a woman finds a man willing to cross the world for her.”
“Best trip I ever took.”
“I don’t know,” she replied. “This one might just top it.”
He brushed a kiss to the tip of her nose. “I think we should visit more often. Come back every now and then to recharge.”
“Look at you with all the brilliant ideas today.”
“I have my moments,” he agreed.
“I love it. Almost as much as I love you.”
“I love you, too,” he told her. “More than I ever thought it was possible to love someone.”
“Just think, we’ve got the rest of our lives to spend together.”
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Hand in hand they walked toward the water. Tilting her face up to the sun, just as she’d done the first time she’d come here, Avery smiled.
This really was their paradise.