The quiet confidence he carried himself with that sometimes hid behind patronizing aloofness and annoyed her, but boiled down to something she wishes she possessed too. The way he’d half-smile and half-grin and look so roguishly handsome, younger and at the same time older than he was. The fact that he liked to read and was obviously cultured and well educated and full of interesting knowledge that he’d share if she showed some interest.
The most important factor? That he was different and special and a true match for her. Where she would have to hide a part of herself, turn things down, live with fear and conform to certain standards with any other man, Joshua would understand and accept and give as much of himself in return.
Exactly that was what had her frown and bite her lip. Was she loving what he stood for and not what or who he was? If somebody who could morph into a werewolf, belonged to vampire lore or was a wizard of some sort turned up tomorrow, would she feel the same and throw herself at the man and into a tempting relationship? Or was she really falling for him? Did she miss having him around and long to get to know him better because he was all she had? And, oh God, what did his view of the picture look like? Were the same motives spurring him along or was he in love with her for other reasons, understandable and good or not? Was he in love with her at all?