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"He gave you the paper. And I know it doesn't mean much to you, but it means the world to me."
"It means more to me than you think. And there's something you're forgetting."
"He also gave me this. You and me, working together. That was no accident." She squeezed his hand and brushed it against her lips. The air between them grew so heavy her knees threatened to buckle. She wanted to feel his mouth against hers again – consequences be damned.
"No. I think that was meant for me." He smiled and the chaos in his eyes gave way to something darker. Hotter. He placed a gentle kiss on her lips and pulled back, his gaze never leaving hers. His mouth curled into a seductive smile. "It was definitely meant for me – " He pulled her into him, and his mouth crashed down on hers, harder, more demanding.
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Edie exchanged a murderous look with Bethany. But they both trailed Kirk to the conference room.
As soon as Edie shut the door, Kirk whirled and snapped, “You two bicker like small children. You’re managers. Act like it.”
Edie jerked straight as if she’d been slapped. “Yes, sir. My apologies, sir.”
“No sarcasm, please.” His narrowed eyes could have sliced steel. “You’re pushing the line already.”
Bethany said, “If you ask me, she’s not only pushing the line, she crossed it and rubbed it out after her.”
“Nobody asked you,” Edie and Kirk said at the same time. Edie gave him a surprised look.
He simply nodded. “You were explaining the music. Please continue.”
Edie took a calming breath. She wasn’t trying to get fired but tact wasn’t her strong suit. Honesty was. “My team is working really hard with an impossible deadline. They were burning out. So I made up a little contest to re–energize them. I challenged them to write a music program before I did.”
Bethany broke in with undisguised glee. “She should spend less time playing at programming and more time working at managing.”
Kirk cut her out of the conversation simply by turning his shoulders on her.
Edie was grudgingly impressed. Not by the breadth of those shoulders. By Bethany actually shutting up. Although those shoulders, besides blocking Bethany’s scowl, obliterated half the conference room. No. Not gaping at his shoulders, or his strong lithe body, or his clean, rugged jaw. Definitely not falling under the spell of the gleaming intelligence in his eyes… She slammed hers shut.
Only to drag in the scent of male heat and power instead.
She tried to stop breathing. Choked. Her eyes snapped open.
He was watching her, irises so bright they were almost silver. Steel blue, emphasis on steel—Kirk used his eyes the way other men used swords. That gaze made her want to cower, to run for cover…bed covers, rolling under them in the dark, hot and sweaty…
She covered her face with both hands.
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