Ryker Hamilton doesn’t have grand plans. He’s always been second best. Second thought, second in command, second place in everything. He’s comfortable there. He’s gotten used to his role. He doesn’t need anything to change. He doesn’t want anything to change.
Taylor Wright is used to being in charge. As the oldest in her family, she was the one responsible when her father left them alone, and as the CEO of the company she created from the ground up, she’s responsible for everything. Which is why whoever is after her company is after her.
Taylor resists her brother’s suggestion to hire independent security, but when someone breaks into her house, she accepts that she needs help. Accepting help from Ryker might mean surrendering more than just her schedule to someone else’s control. It might mean surrendering her heart, too. But that’s one piece of her that is not up for negotiation.
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Taylor scoffed. “You’re an escort? I thought you were here for security.”
His lips quirked up again. “I am, Ms. Wright. But my company is not your typical company. Plus, I owe your brother a favor.”
“And I’m your favor?” Taylor asked, incredulous that she was a bargaining chip.
Mr. Hamilton shook his head. “Keeping an eye on a beautiful woman is certainly not a hardship.”
“I…” Taylor fumbled over her tongue. She needed to call her brother. What the hell was he thinking sending this guy to her. Taylor could get her own damn dates. Just because she hadn’t had any in longer than she could remember did not mean she needed her brother to set her up.
Mr. Hamilton stood still, waiting for her to say something. Taylor glanced at the card on her desk and drew a breath.
“Thank you for coming in today, Mr. Hamilton. I am sorry I can’t help you pay back the favor you owe my brother.”
He shrugged and moved toward the door. “I’ll find another way. It was a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Wright.”
He nodded and walked out her door, turning toward the elevator and walking away like he was the one who owned the place instead of her.
Taylor sank in her chair and sighed heavily.
“Who was that?” Jessica asked, pausing at the doorway to watch the man walk away. Jessica had been her assistant since the day Taylor started the company and knew everything about Taylor. She was the closest thing to a friend Taylor had.
“That was a gift from my brother.”
Jessica snorted. “I wish I had a brother who sent me gifts like that. Are you going to go out with him?”
Taylor shook her head and grabbed the business card from the edge of the desk. She stuffed it into her bag and shook her head. She’d get rid of the card later. After giving herself a private moment to fantasize about letting go and giving in to a date with a man like Ryker Hamilton.
“No,” Taylor finally said, answering Jessica’s question. “We have work to do. I don’t have time for dating. What’s next on the agenda?”