Love Walks In(5)

By: Samantha Chase


“She was your only events person? You own twelve resorts, Hugh! How is that possible?”

If there was one thing Hugh hated more than chaos, it was being questioned on how he managed his business. “Look, Aidan, you run a construction business. You have no idea how to do things in the hospitality business. I know I have twelve resorts, but they’re small. Intimate. We’re like a family. Each resort has someone who acts as an assistant to Heather, but she was the go-to on all events.”

“That’s just weird. And probably not the smartest managerial decision you’ve ever made.”

“And we’re done here.”

“Okay, okay…I’m sorry. Look, give me a call when the smoke clears so we can set up a meeting. Like I said, Zoe and I aren’t in a huge rush and we’re willing to meet you wherever you are.”

“I appreciate it, I do. But you’re going to have to give me something to go on here. Are you thinking beach? Mountains? Do you want to stay stateside? Or were you thinking of Australia?”

“Get things settled where you are, Hugh, then we’ll talk. Trust me, Zoe and I can wait until you’re ready.”

“Thanks, man. I’ll give you a call soon.”

Hugh placed the phone back down on his desk and sighed. Yeah, maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to have one main events coordinator, but Heather had been the best. She oversaw her staff and managed to make every event unique. Now he had to figure out how to move forward and find a replacement.

Fast.

He looked up when Dorothy knocked and poked her head back through the door. He knew immediately the news wasn’t good. It was written all over her face. “What? What’s happened now?”

“Your wine guy? William Bellows?”

Hugh nodded.

“He’s arriving today.”

“No. He’s arriving tomorrow.”

She shook her head. “His assistant just called. He’s on his way now. He wrapped up his other business early. She called to make sure we would have a suite ready for him.”

Cursing, Hugh stood and kicked his chair out of the way. “This is unbelievable! I can’t catch a break today!”

“I did manage to tell her you would be tied up in meetings and would have to stick to your original plans with him. She said it would be fine.”

“Lucky me.”

“Okay,” she began, stepping farther into the room. “Again, it’s not an ideal situation but it’s not a catastrophe either. We’ll make sure his suite is ready, we’ll arrange for spa services and dinner and keep him pampered like a VIP. In the meantime, we’ll continue to figure out who you’re going to use as a replacement for Heather.”

“Where’s Josie? She’s worked as Heather’s assistant here. We’ll use her as a temp.”

Dorothy shook her head.

“What? Why not?”

“She’s on vacation. Two weeks.”

“So call her in. Tell her it’s an emergency.”

“Already tried. She’s in Europe.”

“Has everyone stopped working?” Hugh yelled. “How is it possible all of this fell into place like this?”

“Bad timing?”

He glared at her. “Not the time, Dotty.”

“Can I ask you something?”

He nodded even as he rubbed his temple to ward off the headache that was building.

“Why are you freaking out so much about this meeting? I’ve never seen you like this before and you’ve done business with people from all over the world. What is it about this guy that has you so overwhelmed?”

Hugh dropped his hands into his lap. “He’s a little…eccentric. Unconventional.”

Dorothy quirked a brow at him. “Unconventional in what way?”

“He’s not the kind of guy who follows any kind of plan. He tends to go with the flow and follow his gut instincts…that sort of thing. One time, he was on vacation in Italy and hired a guy to handle sales of a particular wine here in the U.S. just because he liked his shoes! And the guy didn’t even speak English!”

“The guy he hired or Mr. Bellows?”

“I’m glad you’re having fun with this,” he said in a near growl. “The guy he hired! Then Bellows hired a tutor to teach the guy English!”

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