"I can easily divide my life into two parts—before her and after." Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he's wanted for almost nothing. He's never experienced love, however, and he's seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He's studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it. Until he meets Alayna Withers. Now, the games he's played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning? Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.
I am completely lost in Alayna Withers. Figuratively and literally. Completely and inescapably lost.
"Do you want to see it?"
There's no way I'll let her see it first. Letting her believe I'm indifferent will take away her need to pursue it.
"No." She hesitates. "Yes." Then, "I don't know. Should I?"
I wrap my arm around her, her skin warming me through my suit. "Let's talk in private, shall we?" I lead her to my office. I tell Patricia to hold my calls. Then I shut and lock the door behind us.
Locking the door wasn't actually necessary. I'm not sure if I do it to frighten her or tempt myself.
Alayna's certainly not scared. She's almost flirtatious as she greets me. "Well, hello, H."
My cock is already stiffening. I release her arm. "What are you doing here, Alayna?'