Henry Grant, the CEO of one of the largest cruise companies in the world, has much to prove and many obstacles to overcome, the least of which being his playboy status. However, he is determined to drag his company into the 21st Century, despite the best efforts of one man. In talks with Nikias Dranias he knows that the partnership will be best way forward for both Companies, and proof that he is the best man to run the Company.
Hayden Carmichael, a tough, no-nonsense go-getter has just had her entire world rocked. Thinking herself an only child to a mother who had no time for her, she discovers that she has two sisters and an extended family. Not only that, but she is now one of the super-rich Dranias family. Hayden, however, has no interest in becoming one of making it on the Dranias name, she has always made her own way in life, and sees no reason that should change. Taking a job with the Dranias Corporation as a junior lawyer, she excels in her new role, happy that everything in her ordered life is finally falling into place. That is until she meets Henry Grant and finds herself pursued by the billionaire. But what will happen when he finds out who she really is?
Turning, she managed a cool smile. “Of course Mr Grant”, she seeing the way his lips quirked at her formal choice of address. Remaining standing, she waited, as did he till the room emptied, her body stiffening as he stood, walking around her to close the door. With wary eyes, she followed him as he moved to perch on the table close to her, her hands crossing around her midriff in an almost protective motion.
“About last night…” His lazy drawl thudded into her.
She fidgeted nervously, her head dropping as she murmured quickly over him, “Forget it. It was a mistake, and we should just move on. I… I really think that would be the best thing to do.”
She felt as he stood, not prepared to look up into those piercing blue eyes of his, those eyes that just seemed to have the power to melt her insides into some kind of gooey mess. Not a good idea. The floor was definitely worth looking at right now.
His finger curved under her chin, lifting it and pulling a surprised gasp from her, Hayden’s look zipping to his, those blue eyes warm and heated. “What if I don’t agree?”, his words delivered on a sensual whisper.
Her eyes locked with his, held in a mesmerizing tractor beam, she swallowing nervously. “Henry, this is a bad idea – I work for you.”
His head shook, as his lips curved softly. “No, you don’t work for me. You work for Nikias.”
Groaning, her eyes held a light of desperation as she gave the smallest of nods. “Yes. And I am here as part of your team. So this is a bad idea.”
His throaty chuckle did little to calm her, or to douse the strange heat building in her belly. “Hayden, we both know there is something between us. Last night just showed how strong that is. From the very first moment I saw you, I knew that we had a connection. Are you really going to fight this because you are on my team? I promise you that I can be every bit as professional as you. When we are together and not working, I can leave the office at the door – and I am sure you can do the same.”
His head lowered, his nose rubbing hers gently, she feeling his breath on her lips, her head starting to spin slightly. She wanted him to kiss her, she wanted it so badly. Her prim-self made one last valiant effort to save her. “This will be a train-wreck Henry. We are very different people.”