A video camera, a too-short-to-ignore skirt and a come-get-me attitude—Jake Reed doesn’t stand a chance against Sabrina Weller.
Sabrina Weller has just moved to Washington DC and is ready to make the most of city life. When her cousin, Eva Marie, holds a welcome event, Sabrina meets Jake Reed. He’s awkward and abrupt but something about him makes her hot. The next time she sees him, he’s pretending to be Jay Allen, entry level new hire at Steelsmart, the same company she’s recently started working for.
Jake Reed, the socially inept new president of Steelsmart Corporation, has two problems on his hands. One, his newly acquired company has morale problems. Two, he wants to bed one of his employees. When his vice president arranges for the entire company to go on a retreat on a secluded island, Jake can’t avoid crossing paths with the sweet-talking, fast-living temp who continually teases and tempts him. He’s in over his head and she isn’t about to give up until she gets what she wants.
Book 5 in my Invitations series.
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In a couple weeks, my week will take a sudden shift from being day-dreamy writing afternoons and worry free late nights, to the excitement of a new school year.
The first day in front of the class is always a bit of a shock. They must expect me to be completely in the moment, but I, like them, am still adjusting to the abrupt end of the summer. Most first days, I can feel them watching me come into the room. I imagine they are trying to assess me. Is she nice? Will this class be hard? Fun? Okay? Awful? I think they do that because that's what I did on all my first days.
To offset the stress, I try to get to the room in advance (face to face or virtual), play music, and say to each person who comes in. I like to think that works.
This fall I'll be teaching three sections of basic composition and one section of novel writing. I'm looking forward to meeting the students and reading their work.
I hope you all have something fun to look forward to as the summer shifts into fall.
Here's a silly video I made with my dad.
He'd never seen filters before, so of course I had to show him. I'm pretty sure I was having more fun than he was.
Ambushing the Boss
The wood-paneled elevator stopped on the sixth floor, the doors opened then Jake Reed stepped out. As he had on the first floor, he paused in front of one of the polished mirrors covering the walls on both sides of the elevator door. But unlike a few minutes ago, he reconsidered his choices. He probably should’ve worn a polo, not one of his hand-sewn Oxfords. The belt and pants, khakis, were probably all right, but if anyone noticed his polished-to-perfection Bruno Maglis, his cover as Jay Allen might be blown even before he had a chance to discover anything. To offset the possibility that anyone would notice the expensive shoes, Jake grabbed a fist full of his shirt, cringing as he squeezed the smooth, starched fabric into wrinkled submission then yanked out one side enough to give himself what he hoped was an ordinary guy vibe.
Next, he pulled out his cell and one last quick his email. Nothing that couldn’t wait until lunch, assuming new employees in the lowest positions at Steelsmart got to eat lunch. The working conditions couldn’t be that bad, could they?
Jake turned his phone to silent then slipped it back into his pocket but before he’d taken a step, it hummed against his thigh. He pulled it out and read the screen. Shit. More bad news. Typical Monday morning.
But that was the reason he was there, pretending to be an ordinary employee at Steelsmart instead of who he actually was—the new president. He in the mirror and scowled. Pretending had never been his strong suit. Getting things done had. He dropped his phone into his pocket, took the fake new hire documents out of his back pocket and headed to the Human Resources office at the end of the hall.
Cocktail of the Month
the easy "cosmo"
This month's cocktail, a DC classic! The easy way.
Ingredients 2 ounces citron vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
orange peel for garnish
Instructions In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice, and ice.
Shake until the shaker feels very cold in your hands.
Strain into a martini glass or coupe and garnish.
Recipe Notes You can use plain, unflavored vodka if that's what you have on hand. I would just go heavy on the lime juice, so maybe use more like 3/4 ounce.