The Billionaire's Paradise (Sexy Billionaires)(5)

By: Victoria Davies

He leaned closer, his breath tickling the shell of her ear. “Really? Because if that night was a mistake, it’s one I’d love to repeat over and over.”

Just admit it. I would, too.

But Avery had been down this road before. Different man, same heartache. As much as she’d love to let Hayden quiet her mind with undeniable pleasure, she knew her own limits. And casual sex wasn’t something she’d ever really gotten a knack for.

Putting a hand on his chest, she pushed him away, trying to ignore the feel of his rock-hard muscles beneath the soft Armani shirt.

“If I’m here for any other reason than to fix your hotel, then tell me now and I’ll be on the next plane home.”

He crossed his arms over his chest. “You signed a contract.”

“And I’m happy to fulfill it, provided you’re clear about where we stand on personal matters.”

“Crystal. I’m your dirty little secret,” he replied with a nod.

Dealing with the man was going to give her a migraine. Rubbing the bridge of her nose, she said, “It was just one night in an otherwise long and profitable working relationship for us both. Can’t we focus on that?”

“We could,” he replied, his gaze sliding down her body. “But it’s not nearly as much fun to think about in the shower.”

“Hayden,” she hissed.

He just grinned.

“You’re making me late for a meeting with your managers,” she said.

“What a shame.”

“A meeting that will help me start to see where the hotel is going wrong.”

He sighed dramatically. “It’s always work with you.”

For some reason, the light words made her flinch. Yes, it was. But that was by design. Not everyone had the luxury of treating life as one unending play date.

“All right,” he said. “Since we’re both here, I might as well make myself useful.”

“Do you know how?”

“Funny,” he replied. “Consider me a resource for your investigation. I want to be kept in the loop about your discoveries and your proposals. I wasn’t lying when I said this location was a money maker for us. Since I’m here, I should take an interest in getting it back on track.”

“You’ve never overseen my work on any of the other hotels,” she pointed out. “I doubt you even noticed which hotels I was assigned to.”

“Then it’s about time I took a deeper interest in what you do,” he said smoothly. “We can meet tonight to get an update on your preliminary findings. Dinner?”

“Let me count the ways I can say no.”

“Drinks, then.” He checked his watch. “I look forward to hearing your ideas about the hotel.”

“It’s been one day,” she said. “If you want updates, we could set up a working lunch a week from now. With Karen.”

He tsked. “That won’t do. I have a feeling I’m going to be a very hands-on boss.” He grinned. “Daily updates work better for me, and since I’m signing your checks, that means they work better for you, too.”

“Wyatt signs my checks.”

“Same difference.”

With a sigh, she admitted defeat. The client was always right. “A quick drink tonight to apprise you of my work,” she agreed. “Now, please let me go get some done, or it will be a very fast conversation.”

With a slight bow, he swept his arm out to the side. “Of course. Don’t let me keep you.”

Shaking her head, Avery maneuvered around him. She had a meeting to keep. And somehow she’d have to get through it without letting Hayden dominate her thoughts.

An impossible task.

The man had been hard enough to forget about when he’d been an ocean away. How was she supposed to do it when he was within walking distance?

This might just be a job she was destined to regret accepting.

With a click of her heels, Avery walked away from him. Again.

He watched her go, appreciating the gentle sway of her hips as she strode from the lobby. Though their initial meeting hadn’t gone according to plan, he couldn’t help the smile on his lips.

It was good to see her again.

He didn’t miss people. They drifted through his life on their own schedule, and he’d learned long ago that allowing himself to grow attached to anyone was simply a recipe for pain. Yet somehow, without even realizing it, he’d missed Avery.