One of my Favorite Scenes from Regal (A St. Claire Novel)

Felicity’s eyes rolled up from the paperwork she’d been reviewing to see the smirk on his face, his exceptionally straight white teeth and then there was a dimple. Lawd…
Oh. My. God. Focus, Felicity. Yeah, he’s fine, but he’s also a pain in the butt. Don’t let him get to you.
“Good morning,” he said, offering up a quick smile.
Her lips quivered. Why does he have to be so handsome and annoying at the same freakin’ time? Why? His smile alone was enough to make her blush. “I’m busy,” she told him, hoping he’d be on his way.
“That’s not the response you give someone when they greet you with, good morning,” he said, staring at her hair up close. It looked soft, hanging down to her defined collarbone. He wondered how all that hair would feel in his hands. He had a sudden hankering to touch it, but she’d probably turn into an EF5 tornado had he done such a thing.
He glanced at her nails. They were medium length with sharp, pointy tips, painted pink, the same color as her blouse. Nice, he thought. He’d always liked the way she carried herself.
“Good morning. Bonjour.” He made another attempt to give her a chance to properly greet him.
“Why are you bothering me, Regal? I didn’t invite you to my table,” she said evenly determined not to let him win or, in other words, get under her skin.
“You didn’t have to. I invited myself and it’s exactly what you get for trying to hide from me back up in Gianna’s office.”
Aggravated, Felicity ran her fingers through her hair. “What are you talking about? Nobody was hiding from you.”
“Yeah, you were.” He slurped coffee. “You saw me coming and bolted, huh? I wonder why it’s so difficult for you to be in my presence. I mean, I know I got swag and all, but you should be able to withstand all this man, shouldn’t you? Instead, you run and hide.”
She rolled her eyes. “Oh get over yourself. I had to take a phone call.”
His lips quirked up. He didn’t buy her story. “Sure you did, Dub.”
“Jeez. There you go with that crap. What are you even doing here? Don’t you have some buildings to design or something?”
“Don’t you have some marriages to orchestrate?”
“That’s what I was trying to do before I was so rudely interrupted.”
“All because you won’t say good morning. Pity…”
“Is that what it’s going to take for you to leave my table?” she asked, looking up at him. He had a smirk on his handsome face and already looked amused like he was ready with a comeback to whatever she would dish out.
He lifted a massive shoulder. “Don’t know. You could give it a shot.”
“Okay. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning! Happy now?”
His small smile grew into a much bigger one. Of course, he was happy. He’d successfully gotten under her skin again. Why wouldn’t he be happy? 

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