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He smiled back in just the same way. “I love you, Evie,” he said, his words soft with sincerity. Then he gathered her in his arms and kissed her.

It was the sweetest kiss she had ever known. It tasted just like the shared future she had told him she wanted—like hope and faith and togetherness and love. Most of all it tasted like love.

Within moments, they were surrounded. Denise was trying to hug both of them while Allen was patting Mike on the shoulder in approval. They had to break apart, and when they did they were laughing, purely overjoyed with each other.

There was a smattering of applause around the waiting room, then a nurse approached. “I love a happy ending,” she said. “You two can take Bailey home this afternoon.”

Home
.

The word filled her with happiness, and she closed her eyes on a sigh.

“Hey.”

Mike’s soft utterance made her open them again. His expression had sobered. “I missed you.”

Tears pricked her eyes. “I’ve been so miserable without you.”

His lips twitched. “Can’t live without my cooking, huh?”

“It’s not just your cooking I miss.”

He cocked a brow. “My dazzling charm?”

“Are you by any chance, fishing for reassurance?”

“The least you can do, seeing as you walked out on me, you beautiful, adorable idiot.”

“Not a fat-headed one?”

“Definitely not fat-headed.”

She dropped all suggestion of jocularity. “I will never,
never
leave you again, Mike.”

His sigh shuddered against her, his heartbeat stuttering against her breast. He rested his forehead against hers, ran his hands over her hair. “Would you be willing to put that in writing?”

“You want a contract?” Eve asked, perplexed.

“Sort of.” He pulled back to look into her eyes. “I want a marriage certificate.”

Eve gasped, her heart stumbling.

Mike didn’t take his eyes off her. “You’re looking at a guy who wants to spend the rest of his life making you happy. Who wants to open a restaurant here—Barry and I are working on that. Who wants to have more kids—you and I can work on
that
, if it’s what you want, too. I want you by my side for all of it. Will you, please,” his lips twitched hopefully, “marry me?”

Eve thought of all the times in her life she’d longed for a family, of the times she’d yearned to be truly, deeply loved, of how she’d feared, deep down that none of those things would ever happen for her. She felt the past crumbling away, losing its last clinging grip on her, and felt this moment becoming a new memory that would mark the beginning of the rest of her life.

Tears flowed from her eyes, and Mike wiped them away with his thumbs. “These
are
happy tears, aren’t they, Evie?”

Eve nodded. “Oh, they certainly are. The answer’s yes, Mike.” She thought of what he’d said about more children, thought of the cottage and knew it was where they’d raise them, where they’d raise Bailey. Together, always together. She knew she was beaming as she smiled at him. “Yes to all of it.”

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Title: A Man Like Mike

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