“You could be dessert.” “I’m not sure I’m sweet enough.” “Anastasia, you’re deliciously sweet. I know.” “Christian. You use sex as a weapon. It really isn’t fair.” She looks down at her lap, and her voice is low and a little melancholy. She looks up again, pinning me with an intense stare, her powder-blue eyes unnerving…and arousing. “You’re right. I do,” I admit. “In life you use what you know. Doesn’t change how much I want you. Here. Now.” And we could fuck here, right now. I know you’re interested, Ana. I hear how your breathing has changed. “I’d like to try something.” I really want to know how quiet she can be, and if she can do this with the fear of discovery. Her brow creases once more; she’s confused. “If you were my sub, you wouldn’t have to think about this. It would be easy. All those decisions— all the wearying thought processes behind them. The ‘Is this the right thing to do? Should this happen here? Can it happen now?’ You wouldn’t have to worry about any of that detail. That’s what I’d do as your Dom. And right now, I know you want me, Anastasia.” She tosses her hair over her shoulder, and her frown intensifies as she licks her lips. Oh yes. She wants me. “I can tell because your body gives you away. You’re pressing your thighs together, you’re flushed, and your breathing has changed.” “How do you know about my thighs?” she asks, her voice high-pitched, shocked, I think. “I felt the tablecloth move, and it’s a calculated guess based on years of experience. I’m right, aren’t I?” She’s quiet for a moment and looks away. “I haven’t finished my cod,” she says, evasive but still blushing. “You’d prefer cold cod to me?” Her eyes meet mine, and they’re wide, pupils dark and large. “I thought you liked me to clear my plate.” “Right now, Miss Steele, I couldn’t give a fuck about your food.” “Christian. You just don’t fight fair.” “I know. I never have.” We stare at each other in a battle of wills, both aware of the sexual tension stretching between us across the table. Please, would you just do as you’re told? I implore her with a look. But her eyes glint with sensual disobedience and a smile lifts her lips. Still holding my stare, she picks up an asparagus spear and deliberately bites her lip. What is she doing? Very slowly, she places the tip of the spear in her mouth and sucks it. Fuck. She’s trifling with me—a dangerous tactic that will have me fucking her over this table.