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“Are you sure you’re not cheating?” he asked as he refilled both their glasses with Chardonnay. The firelight cast her in a warm glow that only made her more attractive to him. Her cheeks bore the slightest flush from the heat of the fire and the wine. Patrick remembered that wine had made her cheeks rosy at Will and Cameron’s wedding. He remembered every minute he’d spent with her, and that alone made her different from any other woman he’d spent time with since he’d lost his wife.
“I do not cheat,” she said indignantly—and adorably. “You’re just mad because you win at every game you play, which makes you a sore loser when things don’t go your way.”
“That’s very true,” he replied bluntly, making her laugh. “I don’t like to lose.”
“I would imagine you have very little experience with losing.”
“I have some.” His brows furrowed as he examined the board, delight unfurling inside him when he saw the chance to win—and win big. “And I’m very sorry to say that I’m not going to add to my loser résumé tonight.” With his one king, he performed a triple jump that basically wiped out her remaining checkers.
Stunned, she stared at the board where she’d been thoroughly decimated. “You did not just do that.”
“I’m afraid it had to be done.”
“That was not nice.”
“No, it wasn’t. But all’s fair in love and checkers.”
“Of course I knew you had this ruthless side to you. You don’t get to where you are without being ruthless, but that… That was just…”
“Brilliant?” He loved to goad her and to watch her expressive face as she formulated what was certain to be a witty reply.
“Evil is the word I would use.”
“I’m very sorry.”
“No, you’re not! And P.S., I quit.”
He raised an eyebrow. “You want to play Monopoly instead?”
“Absolutely not. I can’t even imagine how good at that you must be.”
He flashed a smug grin. “I’ve never lost a game of Monopoly.”