He smiled again. Now, please don’t cry because I really don’t want Nikolas to come over and kick my ass.
Deflated, annoyed, and generally wishing I hadn’t gotten out of bed that morning, I made my way into Canterbury in desperate need of my friend’s shoulder, pronto.As I wandered over to the hostess’s podium, I caught sight of Jason Luton, the owner and head chef. He was conversing with his bar manager and lifted his head to acknowledge me as I walked in. He said something to his staff and then began making his way over to me. Jason was average height for a guy, with a slim, athletic build, concealed at the moment by his chef whites. He smiled at me and despite my bad mood I couldn’t help but smile back. Jason was a very handsome man in his mid-forties. His hair was gray but it did nothing to detract from his crinkly, sexy, twinkly blue eyes or charmingly lopsided smile. He had the kind of charisma that made your belly flutter.
He was also happily married and father to two daughters.Ava, he said, bending down to kiss my cheek. It’s been a while. And did I mention the attractive British accent?The same. He shrugged, looking around proudly at his restaurant. Tired but happy.
And how are Gillian and the girls? I asked after his wife and kids.Brilliant as always. He gestured for me to walk with him and so I did. Here to see Harper?
Yeah, she suggested we have lunch together.
She’s just working on a new concoction I’m sure the critics are going to rave about. His eyes brightened at the thought. I’ll send her out. He pulled out a chair at a private table near the fireplace. Lunch is on me.Surprised the man was initiating a conversation, Carson half turned to face him. His gaze was on the water, but she sensed that behind those sunglasses he was watching her every move.
No. He’s spent a lot of time with a wild dolphin by our house in South Carolina.He turned his head, suddenly interested. You’re from South Carolina?
I was born there. But I spent most of my life in California.No, I mean where are you from in South Carolina?