Secrets of the Playboy's Bride(6)

By: Leanne Banks


“One of my drivers can pick it up for you,” he countered.

She was stunned at the heat that rushed through her. “I have to go to work tomorrow,” she said and suddenly remembered she was supposed to be seducing him. “Rain check?”

He leaned toward her and pressed his mouth against hers. Her breath left her body.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’ll walk you to your car.”

She vacillated, not wanting him to see her older vehicle. “Um.”

“I insist,” he said and slid his hand behind her back.

They passed a homeless man on the sidewalk with a can for donations. She watched in amazement as Leo stuffed a twenty dollar bill inside. “Take care,” he murmured to the man.

“Thank you,” the homeless man said. “Go in peace.”

Leo glanced at her and must have read the surprise on her face. “In different circumstances, that could be me,” he said.

Something in his tone jerked at her heart. He spoke as if he had insider experience. She slid another assessing glance at him. Who was this man? He was different than she’d expected.

They arrived at her car in the parking garage and a black Town Car pulled alongside them. “Don’t worry. It’s just George. He’s also one of my drivers,” he said. “Are you sure I can’t persuade you to extend the evening?”

“You probably could,” she said, surprised at the breathlessness in her voice. She had a plan here, a strategy. She shouldn’t be this attracted to him. “But I’m hoping to appeal to your better nature and that you’ll encourage me to get the rest I need for my busy workday tomorrow.”

Leo gave a rough chuckle. “My better nature? I’m not sure that exists.” He lowered his head and pressed his mouth against hers. His mouth was both firm and soft, exploring and seducing. “Come to my lake house this weekend,” he muttered against her lips. “It will be your reward for being a good analyst.”

Calista sighed. “I can’t. I have a previous commitment on Saturday.”

“Break it,” he said.

“I really can’t,” she said. “I promised to take my younger sisters shopping for prom dresses on Saturday.” She shot him a teasing smile. “Wanna join us? Your opportunity to get up close and personal with teen girl drama.”

“Sounds tempting, but I’ll pass,” he said dryly. “Will you be done by Saturday evening?”

“Yes. Why?” she asked.

“Then we can leave for the lake on Saturday evening. We’ll take my helicopter. Say yes,” he said.

She looked into his deep brown eyes and felt a shudder of intuitive warning reverberate inside her. “Yes,” she said and wondered if she was making a huge mistake.

“Good.” He glanced down at her car and frowned. “You won’t be driving this car home tonight.”

“Why not?” she asked then noticed her tires had been slashed. Her stomach dipped. “Oh, no! Are all of them—”

Checking the tires on the other side of the car, he nodded. “All four.” He glanced at the car next to hers. “Look,” he said. “All the tires of the cars in this row have been slashed. Damn vandals,” he muttered and waved for George to approach.

Calista mentally added up the cost of replacing the tires and stifled a groan. She had neither the time nor the money to spare for this.

“Yes, sir,” George said to Leo.

“We’re going to need to get Miss French’s car towed to the garage so her tires can be replaced. Just use our garage.”

“No, that’s not necessary,” she said.

“I insist,” Leo said. “You can stay at my condo. It’s just a few blocks from here.”

Panic surged through her. “Oh, that’s crazy. There’s no reason I can’t sleep at my own place tonight.”

“Your vehicle won’t be ready until the morning,” he said, then shot her a half smile. “Don’t worry. You won’t be all alone with me. I have staff.”





Two



Moments later, Leo dropped his Town Car with the valet, and they took an elevator to the penthouse of an exclusive condominium building. A woman greeted them at the door. “Good evening, Mr. Grant. Can I get something for you?”

“Would you like another glass of wine?” Leo asked as they entered. “Margarita?”She shot him a sideways glance. “Just water please.”

“Water for both of us, Brenda. Thank you,” Leo said.

“This is very nice,” she said, looking around at the posh furnishings.

“It works when I’m spending a lot of time in the city,” he said with a shrug. “I have another place just outside of town where I rarely stay. This is convenient.”

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