Seki walked inside, followed Jada, who was easily the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. Sure, I’d seen her face during her Skype interview, but even with my maximum resolution laptop, I still wasn’t prepared for seeing Jada in person.

I was embarrassed by the way my jaw dropped, hoping she didn’t see it as she walked a little further into the office and looked around. I forced my jaw to close and, trying to keep my voice from cracking, said, “It’s so nice to finally meet you in person, Miss Hartville.”

Her eyes moved and looked at mine. They were such a deep brown that I could easily get lost in them.

Jada walked forward and took my outstretched hand, shaking it. I felt a tingle up my arm when she touched me and gulped.

“Please,” she said, “call me Jada. It’s nice to meet you too, Mr. Brekker.”

Even her voice was perfect, a little bluesy. I wondered if she was a singer at all with that slight rasp in her voice.

I smiled at her. “You can call me Hank.”

She returned my smile, and I felt it right down to my cock.

I heard Seki shuffle and saw him raise his eyebrows at me as if to say oh yeah, she’s a real gem. Briefly, it made me think back to just last week when Seki, Ace, Ben, and I picked a woman up from a bar and took turns fucking her all night. I couldn’t help but wonder if Jada was into that sort of thing before I drove the thought from my mind.

She was my employee, the ranch’s new veterinarian. There wasn’t going to be anything like that happening.

“Well, I’ll leave you to it, boss,” Seki said. Seki turned to Jada and lightly touched her arm. “I’ll see you later. We can go to the ranch’s clinic soon and get you settled in your new headquarters.”

Jada smiled at him, patting Seki’s hand on her arm. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Seki left the office, closing the door behind him.

I felt weirdly apprehensive to be alone with Jada, scared I’d somehow muck it all up.

Jada was hired as our long-term vet. She was to be a crucial asset to the ranch. I needed to get it together as soon as possible.

Taking a breath, I gestured to the chair in front of my desk. “Please,” I said, “have a seat.” Jada walked over and sat. “Would you like anything to eat or drink before we start the meeting? I made some coffee not too long ago and have some snacks.”

“Oh, no, I’m fine thank you. I loaded up on coffee on the plane.”

“I know the feeling,” I replied. “I have trouble staying awake without it.”

She chuckled. “Right? I’m a doctor and know I should probably cut back, but the transition period that it takes before your body stops needing so much caffeine just isn’t worth it!”

“Ugh, the headaches,” I joked.

“Somehow, they’re so much worse than regular headaches,” she said. “I just don’t understand it.”

“Neither do I.”

I pull out the paperwork each new employee had to fill out, quickly going over what everything was. “I can’t remember if I told you on the phone, but everyone gets paid every two weeks on Fridays. You just missed the most recent paycheck, so you’ll get your first check the Friday after next.”

“Sounds good,” she said, looking the form over before she began to fill it out.

We’d just reached the end of her stack of paperwork when the office door burst open, bouncing off the door stop spring.

In tromped Ace, his dark brown hair windblown like always.

Ace was the quietest guy at the ranch, as in he spoke the least, but you could often hear him coming from a mile away. He was a little shorter than me and muscular. I’d wager his shoulders were broader than mine, his muscular chest the envy of a lot of men. It was his light blue eyes that had made many a woman swoon over the years, and even a few guys.

“Hey, Hank, I need to –”

He stopped abruptly when he saw Jada, who’d turned around in her chair to see the commotion. I could relate to the stunned expression on his face.

Jada stood up and walked over to him. “Hi, I’m Jada Hartville,” she said, her hand extended to shake his hand.

Ace looked a little dazed as he took her hand in his and shook it. “Hi,” he managed, his voice a bit choked. “I’m Ace, Ace Holsum.”

I watched as Ace regained his composure. He looked between Jada and me, and said, “I apologize for interrupting you guys. I had no idea it was so late in the afternoon and you’d be here already.”

“That’s okay,” Jada replied. “I’m happy to meet you.”

Ace gave her a winsome smile. “I am too. You! I’m happy to meet you.”

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