Well, no, that’s not exactly right. I was thinking about all the pleasure and how amazing it had been.

I just wasn’t thinking about where I’d done it.


So his next words were like a punch to the gut.

“I bet when you came in this morning, you didn’t think you’d be having sex in the company boardroom.”

I could hear the grin in his voice, the naughty side I’d seen at play earlier.

But that’s not what hit me like a sledgehammer.

My eyes flew open and I bolted upright like I was in a horror movie.

“OH MY GOD!” I cried out, and not in pleasure this time.

Connor looked like I’d given him a heart attack. “What?! What is it?!”

“Oh my God, I can’t believe I did this!” I choked out as I jumped to my feet and gathered up my clothes as fast as I could.

He started laughing and lolled onto his back, his hands folded behind his head, like he was enjoying a lazy day at the beach.

Even in my state of panic, I couldn’t help but notice how incredible he looked – that broad chest, the rippling abs, his very large… uh, member lolling on his thigh.

“Stop. Come here,” he said, putting his hand up in the air and trying to catch my hand.

I wouldn’t allow myself to be caught. “I’m so going to get fired,” I whimpered as I pulled on my panties and then my bra.

“Nobody knows we’re here.”

“There are cameras!” I snapped.

He raised his eyebrows and smiled, like he liked that. “Reaaaally.”

“Well… not in here, but out in the receptionist area! Somebody could have seen us go in, and – ”

“And we’ll tell them we were drinking coffee. Come here,” he said, grabbing my ankle and trying to pull me to him.

I stepped away and slipped on my skirt. “It’s going to smell like – like sex!” I hissed, as though I were afraid someone might overhear me.

Then I went over and felt the floor. There was a wet spot.

“Oh God,” I moaned, and closed my eyes in pain.

“What?”

“It’s… it’s wet,” I said, barely able to bring myself to say it. “Where we had sex.”

Glug glug glug.

I looked down to see Connor very deliberately pouring out his bottled water on the carpet.

“Ooops,” he said. “Look at that. Spilled my water.”

“Cut that out!”

Connor grinned. “Where’s the woman I just had sex with? The wild and crazy one? I want her back.”

“She’s gone,” I snapped. “She just got replaced with the woman who realizes she’s probably going to get fired for this, and she still has three hours of reports to – ”

Oh no.

I pressed my palms to my eyes.

I still had to do all of Klaus’s crap and send it off to him.

I was already freaking out; there was no way I was going to be able to concentrate.

This was going to be a nightmare. I was going to be here all night.

Connor sighed, got to his feet, and looked around for his pants.

Even despite how miserable I was, I was able to at least take a moment’s solace in the play of shadows on his muscled body. And how other things… dangled… tantalizingly.

He pulled on his clothes. “You shouldn’t worry so much.”

“Easy for you to say. Your job isn’t on the line.”

“It’s a crappy job, Lily.”

“It’s the only one I’ve got.”

“You should get one you like,” he advised.

I wanted to strangle him. Here he was, advising me on a situation he’d created.

Well… we both created.

But still.

He was so relaxed, so unconcerned – so damn smug!

While he was finishing up, I washed our coffee cups in the sink, dried them off, and prayed no one would notice anything was amiss.

“Lily.”

I turned around to see him slouching sexily in the doorway, his jacket slung carelessly over his shoulder.

“What?”

He looked at me for a long moment, then shook his head. “Never mind.”

“What?!”

“Walk me down to my car?”

I crossed my arms and hugged myself, trying to keep away the panic.

I had been happier than I could ever remember just five minutes ago.

Now I was dealing with a rising tide of fear.

I had just had sex at work…

…in the company boardroom, where I wasn’t supposed to be…

…with a complete stranger I’d only known for two hours.

Not even two hours.

A gorgeous, charming stranger… but still.

Two hours.

On the boardroom floor.

For which I was absolutely, definitely, positively, without a question going to get fired.

This wasn’t me.

I couldn’t believe what I’d just done.

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