It was a day I would never forget for the rest of my life. The trees were blowing and clouds filled the sky. I woke up to the sound of a door slamming outside. Summer had just started. You would think I would've been excited, but I wasn't. I liked school and didn't want to be home for three months. It was one of the only places I was able to get away from home and be myself. Our town was pretty small, and everyone knew each other. I had a couple of friends at school, but my dad didn't let me have people over. Summer was pretty boring for me.
The couple that lived next door to me had just moved out. They were old and said it was too cold for them. I think my mom said they were going to Florida. When I heard a second car door slam, I was afraid to look. Who was moving in, I wondered? Was it more old people, or was it a bunch of bratty kids? I had just turned fourteen and was going to start high school in the fall. There was no way I wanted a bunch of tiny ones running around. It would be so loud. When I heard a third car door close, I knew I had to look.
I moved to my window and opened my shade the rest of the way. When I looked over and saw him, my mouth dropped open wide. He was the cutest boy I had ever seen. How old was he, I wondered? He was taller than me, but that didn't mean anything. I was pretty short compared to the other kids my age. He had short, dark hair. I saw a man and a woman with him. There weren't many cute boys in our town. I had lived there my whole life, so I knew all of the other kids.
The boy walked up to the front porch and shook his head. I watched him look up at my window before he sat down on the top step hanging his head down. What was he like, I wondered? There were a million things running wild through my mind. He could be smart, athletic, quiet, loud, nerdy, mean, nice, or sarcastic. Maybe he didn't want to live there. Parents made all the decisions for us. I didn't want him to feel alone. That was a horrible feeling. His mom walked out and said something to him. He got up, shook his head, and walked into the house.
The next morning, I looked out my window and saw him sitting against a tree with his head in his arms. I wanted to know why he seemed so sad. That was a feeling I knew well sometimes. I knew how guys could be, and I knew I needed to appear confident and in charge. I wasn't sure what I was dealing with and didn't want to end up being bossed around by some boy. I threw some clothes on, brushed my teeth, grabbed some flip-flops, and threw my hair up quickly, as I took off out the door. It was time to welcome him and let him know he was in my territory.
I knew he didn't hear me coming, and when he looked up, I almost stumbled. He was even cuter up close.
"My name's Olivia," I mumbled.
Nice going, I thought. That wasn't confident at all. He put his head back down in his arms without a word. I let out a huff. He was being rude.
"Do you have a name?" I asked.
"Zander," he answered from under his arms.
I leaned down in front of him.
"How old are you?" I asked.
"I'm fourteen," he said, as he lifted his head.
"What's your problem?" I asked.
"I didn't want to come here. My dad made us move. He took a stupid job here. I'm not staying any longer than I have to. As soon as I turn eighteen, I'm going back to New York."
"Come with me," I said, as I reached out my hand.
He rolled his eyes, and I shook my hand in his face. I heard him huff as he grabbed my hand and stood.
I took him to my spot. It was in the woods behind our houses. I was taking him to the one place I could think and get away from everything, and I hoped it wasn't something I would regret.
"It's not so bad here. I've lived here my whole life. You could at least give it a chance. This is my spot. My parents never come out here. You can come out here by yourself if you want."
He let out a laugh. I had chairs and a table set up. There were a couple of plastic boxes with books and other things in them.
"This is where you hang out," he said with a shake of his head. "Is this your idea of fun?"
"No," I snapped. "I don't like being in the house when my dad gets home from work. He's mean to my mom, and sometimes, he's mean to me. It's my place to be alone without either of them."
"I don't get along with my dad either," he said. "He's too busy telling me what I need to do. Nothing I do is ever right in his eyes."
We sat out there talking for hours. I heard a woman calling his name, and he stood up and looked down at me.
"You coming out here tomorrow, Livie?" he asked.
I narrowed my eyes at him.
"Olivia," I snapped with my face scrunched in disgust.
"Whatever," he said.
"I am," I said. "I come out here every day."
"I'll see you tomorrow then, Livie," he said.
I knew in that moment we were going to be friends, even if he was the most irritating boy I had ever met.
When I stood up, I walked over with a smile, ruffled his hair, and cocked my head to the side.
"You're not so bad. I'm going to marry you one day," I said with a huge smile.
I could be irritating too.
"What?" he yelled out, as I walked away.
"See you tomorrow, Z," I called back at him from over my shoulder.
Summer wasn't going to be so bad after all, I thought.
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Ethan was a cocky and very sexy billionaire bachelor. Out of the group of five friends, he was the biggest player of them all. With a different woman in his bed each night, he vowed never to give his heart away. There would never be a woman he would trust. He would never be anything like his father.
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When something devastating happened with Gavin and his wife that made a huge impact on Ethan, would Julie see a different side of him?
After they were brought together for one passionate night, could they remain friends without her brother finding out their secret?
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His Assistant, Part 1 -
Warning: This story contains content which is intended for readers over the age of 18.
The one person I loved most in the world was gone. What was I going to do? I had given up the last two years to take care of my mom and be with her until her last breath. She was my best friend.
At twenty-one, I was going back to school. That was what she had wanted for me. I was determined to own my own company one day. It was important to her that I finish school, and I wanted to make her proud. My father had passed away before she could tell him she was pregnant. She had given up so much to raise me alone. I knew she would have done anything for me.
The day after her funeral, I found a box in the attic with my name on it. She told me about the box the day before she passed, but I promised her I would wait to open it. When I opened the box, I found a letter on top. There was nothing that could have prepared me for what I was about to read. As I read the letter, tears fell from my eyes. I dropped the letter to the floor and tore through the box as I sobbed. My life would be changed forever. How could she have lied to me? How could the one person I trusted most have kept such a big secret from me?
There was only one person who could answer the questions I had, and I could only think of one way to get to him. I had to get a job, and there was only one company to work for. The only thing on my mind was getting answers.
One thing I didn't need were distractions.
Then he came along.
He was tall, built, tattooed, and oh so sexy.
In a suit he looked amazing, but in jeans and a tight t-shirt he was unbelievable.
Just when I thought he couldn't get any sexier, I saw him on his Harley.
I was in trouble.
I couldn't keep my thoughts straight.
He was cocky, full of himself, and held my fate at the company in his hands.
One minute I couldn't stand him, and the next I wanted him more than I had ever wanted anything.
Would I be able to get the answers I desperately needed before tall, dark, and sexy turned my world upside down?
His Assistant, Part 2 -
I accepted a job at Luke Technologies to learn more about the man behind the company, Luke Andrews. I didn't plan to love my job and build relationships with the people I worked with, including Luke. I had secrets that I needed to keep hidden until the time was right.
Another thing I didn't expect to find was Kevin Reynolds, the opposite of what I wanted in a man. He was cocky, demanding, and full of himself and felt the need to control everything around him. At the same time, he was tall, dark, and tattooed and looked super sexy on his Harley.
Kevin should have been off limits. He was closer to Luke than I thought, and he was my boss. The man held my fate at the company in is hands, and the harder I pushed him away, the more I wanted him. It didn't help that he seemed to appear every time I needed someone.
Just when I thought things couldn't bet any better, my world came crashing down around me.
What would Kevin do if he discovered my secret before I was to tell him?
I found out the hard way, and his reaction was not at all what I expected.
His Assistant, Part 3 -
When my Mr. Right stormed out on me, I didn't know what to do.
Then I got a call that shattered my world.
I couldn't believe it. There was no way it was true. They had to have been wrong. My talk, dark, and handsome had to be okay.
The three months that past after that night were hard on all of us.
I had secrets, and it was taking everything I had to keep them locked away.
I made a promise to the man I loved. It was a promise I knew I needed to keep.
How could I do it?
Could I really walk away from him?
What would happen when if he found out who I really was?