Without love, marriage is just business. At least that’s what Claudia Mason tells the women who seek her firm’s unique services. With wealthy husbands who see their wedding rings as meaningless pieces of jewelry, they trust Claudia to do whatever is necessary to gather the hard evidence needed to shatter an ironclad prenup.
She is the best in the business and has yet to meet a mark she couldn’t get the goods on— solidifying her belief that no man can be trusted. After landing a client who is her ticket to retirement, she is on top of the world. Until a chance encounter with Greyston Michaels turns her carefully controlled world upside down.
Greyston shows Claudia a part of herself she thinks she’s lost, making her question everything she believes about men—and love. But in Claudia’s world, following her heart is bad for business. And business is everything.
After a brief moment of stunned gawking, I managed a smile and tore my gaze from those sexy, full lips. I didn’t know how I forced my legs to move me onto that elevator. Once I was on, I turned my back in an attempt to guard myself from him.
“What floor?” His tone sounded amused, although the alluring timbre of his voice sent a shiver down my spine.
The one we were standing on would have sufficed for what I had in mine.
“Um, seven,” I replied over my shoulder. My voice caught slightly in my throat.
God, he smelled divine, like leather and fresh spring rain. He reached forward around me. I could feel his eyes on me while he pressed the button to take us up. It was hard to breathe so near him, as if all the oxygen burned away by the sizzling attraction between us. I’d known he was gorgeous before, I’d met plenty of attractive men in my life, but this was different. I tried again to remind myself he was just another job. I couldn’t afford to lose control.
Still, standing so close to him, I realized what I’d seen of him before was like gazing at a distant star. You recognized its light, its beauty, but it wasn’t until you were sucked into its orbit you could fully appreciate its power. That’s how I felt being alone in his presence. As if some invisible yet undeniable force was drawing me in. Gravity.
“This must be my lucky day.” I chanced a glance over my shoulder as he resumed his relaxed position against the wall, seemingly unaffected.
My stomach tightened and I pulled the portfolio closer to my chest. I was certain he could hear my heart pounding in the relative silence.
No, fuck that. I had to get it together. It was just a simple case of instant chemistry, and he was just another man—a job, nothing more, nothing less. Sure, I’d never felt anything like it before, but that didn’t matter. So what if he’d caught me off guard, and I’d wanted to fuck him the instant I laid eyes on him. It might not have been exactly what I’d planned for, but this was an opportunity, not only to get the job done, but also to have one hell of a good time doing it. I could roll with it.