His eyes rounded. “So, you do feel something for me?”
As strange as it was to admit, she nodded. So, what if he made fun of her? She was not a practiced liar and struggled to do more than tell the truth.
“I feel it too,” he confessed. “I have for a long time.”
“Wait. What?” Did he wish to protect her like a chosen mate or was it something else? Her mind was scrambled up in thoughts. “Is this why you’re helping me?”
The corner of his mouth curled upward. “Would you be angry if it was?”
Her belly fluttered. She’d fantasized about Josh for so long, the idea that he liked her back had never come up. Denying she was overjoyed by the admittance was impossible. “No. It’s kind of sweet.”
Chuckling, he told her, “Just what every big bad wolf wants to be called. Sweet.”
Her face warmed. “You don’t look so bad to me.”