by CD Reiss
About PRINCE ROMAN:
Rules for my new job: 1) Do not have sex with a man in the office (again). 2) Do not break Rule #1
I’m playing it cool, clean, and professional…until I meet Roman Bianchi. He’s not an insecure nerd or an ego-hole like the other kings of Silicon Valley. He’s charming and handsome. He’s fun, funny, and smart.
He’s also in the office across the hall.
Two broken rules waiting to happen. I can’t lose this job over some guy. But Roman’s not just some guy. Under that suit and cocky smile, he’s a prince.
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I had her checkmated in four moves. We went best two out of three and she won a grueling second match. When she picked up the big pieces her hoodie hiked up and I could see her belly. When she kneeled down to pick up a pawn, her feet arched in her high heels with the most feminine curve I’d ever seen.
But the best part was watching her move between the pieces, thinking. Her eyes went from square to square, checking corners and seeing options. Playing the big chess set in the park was like opening up her mind and watching the gears turn.
“Have you ever done any climbing?” I asked, moving my bishop three spaces.
“Like what?” Her hair swung as she traced a line from the bishop I’d moved to the queen I was making a plan to capture. “Like mountains?”
“Yeah. Or rocks.”
“I’ve climbed trees. But not recently.” She moved her queen one space. “Check.”
She pointed. My bishop had been protecting my king. When I’d moved it, she’d been ready.
A small girl with chocolate skin and a heart-printed down jacket stood on the edge of the board with her arms crossed, tapping her light-up sneaker. She looked to be about seven.
“Are you guys done yet?”
As if woken from a spell, I noticed the park had filled up. Kids yelped and squealed. The swings squeaked. The sun burned bright but not hot.
Raven had her hands on her hips. I thought she was going to yell at the kid for interrupting. I didn’t want her to. I hadn’t told the entire truth about my ex. She’d wanted to settle down, but she didn’t like kids. Nothing was less attractive than someone who wasn’t nice to children.
“He’s in trouble.” She pointed to me. “He’s in check, and as you can see”—she held her hand out to the board—“he’s dead meat in five moves. If you get him out of it, we’ll leave.”
“Five moves?” the girl said. “He’s got you in four!” She jumped onto the board and put her arms around a rook.
“Wait a minute!” Another little voice called from behind me. A boy this time. About the same age as my new partner. “If you move that he can’t castle, and she’s got him on en-eff-three.”
The girl put the rook down and stood next to the boy, looking the board over. I stood next to Raven and said softly, “Is this age appropriate?”
“This is what happens in a city full of geniuses.”
“En-eff-three,” the girl said. “En-see-six.”
“What are they even talking about?” I asked.
“I have no idea.” She leaned against me, and I put my arm around her.
Raven is attracted to men in suits, clean cut, detailed oriented and POWERFUL. Yes, she always was attracted to men at the top who could handle power and were winners. One problem, she usually worked either for them or with them. That always leads to impossible situations! So now she was working for a new company and the number one rule was: do not sleep with anyone from work.
Rules are easy to make. The problem comes when the situation changes are you are tempted to break them.
Then, Roman Bianchi happened to her. He was at her new company conducting an audit of the system about to be implemented. Being a lawyer, he needed to ensure the new HR system was correct and would prevent lawsuits, not create them. Raven was in charge of implementation, so she could not avoid working with Roman. He was a gorgeous male specimen who stirred emotions in her very difficult to suppress. And as far as Roman was concerned, the feeling was mutual.
Weren't rules meant to be broken? If not broken, how about bending them a little?
Great plotline sometimes funny and sometimes HOT! These two characters are the Yin to the Yan~ a perfect match. As is predominant in this author's books, the story is well-written, sometimes unexpected and absolutely delightful to read. Grab it and enjoy this gem!
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