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?
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.
Julie was a pediatrician who loved her job and helping children. She loved her family and friends even more. To her money wasn't everything. Taking care of herself and enjoying life was what mattered most. There were things in her life she wished she could erase. She had learned from them and knew she would never make the same mistake twice. A husband and children were not in the cards for her. There would never be a man worthy of her trust and love.
Julie's brother Gavin was Ethan's best friend. They had known each other for fifteen years. Julie couldn't stand Ethan's cocky player ways. She always made an effort to stay away from him. He was the opposite of what she would ever want in a man. There was no way she would ever be played again, especially not by the master player.
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?
When Julie's past came back to find her, would Ethan be the one person she could count on, or would she be left to deal with it alone?
What happened when the two people that should have never been together couldn't seem to stay apart?
finished talking to me, I turned off my laptop, shoved it back in the
bag, and leaned back in my chair. I couldn't help but think about how
nice it was to sleep wrapped around Brooke's body. It was the best
sleep I had in a long time. She was incredibly sexy. Just thinking
about spanking her ass had my cock rock hard. It was cute the way she
thanked Luke over and over for the show tickets. She was genuinely
thankful. It was refreshing to have someone around that wasn't
expecting money and didn't need designer name on everything for them
to be happy. I let my head fall back and closed my eyes. It was a
relief that she hadn't heard him ask me to come over. I made it a
point to have as few people at work as possible know that I was
closer to Luke than a boss normally was to an employee. It was
nobody's business. I worked my ass off for the company, and there was
no way anyone was going to say that I got my job any other way. That
shit needed to be kept private.
As I sat
thinking, my mind drifted back three years. I had just graduated from
college and been promoted to head of securities at Luke Technologies.
Everything was going my way. I found the perfect house with an
amazing chunk of land. The thought of being around a bunch of
neighbors was not my idea of a dream home. I needed land with plenty
of privacy. When I found it, I bought it and moved in immediately.
Life was awesome. One night. I was out with the guys, and in walked
the perfect woman. She was tall, curvy, and beautiful. Her long brown
hair and dark brown eyes blew me away. We spent the whole night
talking and laughing. Could my life get any better, I thought? We
started seeing each other regularly. She was sweet, and we seemed to
have so much in common. There no way I was going to find anyone more
perfect than her. I jumped in with both feet and my heart wide open.
We had been seeing each other for six months. Everything was going
great, so I asked her to move in with me. We lived together for about
a month, and I knew she was the one for me. I bought a beautiful ring
and was ready to pop the question.
I got home from
work a few minutes earlier than usual one night. When I walked up
behind her and put my arms around her, she jumped and slammed her
laptop closed. She hurried out of her chair and wrapped me in a hug.
I thought about her strange response as she showered me with kisses.
There was never a doubt in my mind that she loved me, but something
just didn't seem right about the way she had just acted. Never once
had I checked up on her and completely trusted her with everything I
had. When she left for work that night, I got on her computer.
Believe me, I felt horrible for doing it. I was sure that I was
overreacting and would find nothing out of place. Boy was I wrong. It
surprised me that she had the guts to talk to other men on a computer
in my home. She knew what I did for a living. Did she really think I
wouldn't find out she was seeing someone else behind my back?
conversations dating back to when we first started seeing each other.
They were all with the same man. As I read through them, my blood
began to boil. How dare she take advantage of me. She was living in
my house. I never asked her for a penny for anything. We went out to
nice places and took expensive trips. I paid for every single one of
them. She always wanted extravagant presents. I bought her everything
she asked for. She deserved it, or at least I thought she did. Shit,
she was even driving my car. Who the fuck did she think she was?
There were conversations about my job and Luke technologies in the
emails between her and him. It was all about my money. She was with
the guy before we even met. Our entire relationship was a setup. The
whole time she was sleeping with him as well as me. I couldn't
believe I trusted her with my life. There was never a reason for me
to doubt that I was the only one she was with.
She knew I was
going to be working late the following night. Her ass had plans to
see him. Where do you think they were meeting up? You guessed it.
They were meeting at my house. She was lucky I didn't throw her shit
out in the front yard. I couldn't believe the bitch was fucking the
guy in my bed.
I canceled the
meeting I had scheduled and showed up early. Damn was she shocked
when I walked in on them in my room. I wouldn't hit a woman, but I
would sure pummel a man's ass. He was bruised and bloody when he
walked out of my house. I grabbed a few bags and threw as much of her
shit in them as I could. Her ass went right out with his. I told her
I would have the rest of her stuff delivered to his house. That ring
I bought went back where it came from. I was so glad I figured her
out before I married her. She would have taken me for a ride I would
never forget. That day I promised myself to never give my heart away
again. I mean never. Not to anyone. She could be the most perfect
princess, and it still wouldn't matter. My heart was staying with me.
The whole thing. Love was for suckers. I would never be one of them
I jumped when
my phone alarm went off. The conference was starting in forty-five
minutes. The last two nights with Brooke had been amazing. She was
something else. I loved that she wasn't afraid to put me in my place.
She wasn't some sucker who did whatever I said, but I did enjoy her
doing what I said in the bedroom. That was sexy as hell. There was no
way I could let her into my life. She wasn't going to have a chance
to break me. I had learned my lesson. As much as I wanted to take her
again, I knew that I couldn't do it. It was bad enough that we had
done what we had, but it had to stop before things got messy. She
worked for me. What the hell was I thinking? What if she was in it
for the money? That seemed ridiculous. I couldn't get her to even let
me pay for a cup of coffee. What if that was all an act? What if she
knew my real connection to Luke Technologies? Her working there made
it even worse. Luke would kill me if anything happened because I was
screwing my assistant. It had to end. I had to get her out of my
With my coffee
in hand, I grabbed my key card and walked out of my room. I stood in
front of her door and let out a huge breath. You can do this, I
thought. Be completely professional, and show her that you're her
boss and nothing more. Don't let her in, whatever you do. I took one
more breath in and out and knocked on the door.