A group of us went out for lunch, everyone has been so nice and accommodating. Carter had said to meet him after lunch, so I stopped by Starbucks to grab us both coffees. Didn't know how he liked his coffee so I got thesame thing as mine, black coffee no milk. I take iced coffee in the afternoon so I got that for me but I got him a hot one because he didn't look like he drank cold coffee.I didn't have time to ponder whether I shouldn't have done that or whether I should just focus on my job and let things go but I needed to thank him for helping me ease out of my panic attack the other day."I'm supposed to see Mr King after lunch," I said breathlessly to his secretary."I'll let him know you're here," Ella his secretary said as she picked up the phone.I turned away, suddenly nervous."You can go in," Ella said.I quickly turned and then nodded, taking a deep breath and heading down into his spacious corner office. I paused at the doorway and stared down at my polished toes that peeked from the sexy heels I had bought courtesy of my first day at work.I suddenly felt like the world's biggest idiot holding two coffees and a company iPad. I was just about to turn around and trash the coffees because why the hell will I get him coffee. Then the door swung open and Carter King stood there staring intently at me."Come in Isabella." He said, his voice turning my insides with something I didn't even understand.I flushed guiltily, hoping like hell he couldn't read my thoughts. My guilt was probably plain to read on my face."I got us coffee," I said bravely, notching up my chin to stare back at him.He took a step back and swept his arm past him. "Come in." And then he collected his coffee and took a sip."Thank you." He said.I sucked in my breath and entered the lion's den.I haven't been to his office so this was my first time. I studied the interior of Carter's office with keen interest.It screamed classy and expensive. Rich mahogany wood, polished marble floor that was partially covered with an elegant oriental rug. The furniture was dark leather with an antique, old-world look. Paintings adorned three walls while the last wall was all built-in bookcases filled with an eclectic mixture of works."You look nervous," Carter said, breaking into my thoughts. "I won't bite, Isabella." He added with a smirk.He motioned for me to have a seat in front of his desk. He pulled the chair out and put his hand to my back as he guided me into place. I shivered at the heat of his touch, and he let his hand linger a moment even after I had taken my seat.He let his fingers slide up my shoulder before he finally walked back around his desk to take his seat across from me. For a long moment he stared at me until heat crawled up my neck and to my cheeks. He didn't simply look at me. He made me feel devoured by his gaze."You wanted to see me," I said in a low voice.The corner of his mouth crooked upward. "I want to do more than see you, Isabella but that's not the point right now. Can you tell me about your solutions to our software problems." Carter says his gaze stern on mine.I unlocked my iPad and explained everything to him while he watched and listened to me intensely.After I finished, Carter stood up and turned to look at me. "You seem to know what you're doing and I have fate this will solve the issue but I also have some concerns, will you be done by the time of the bid?" He asked."I want us to be able to be up against Davis Telecom." He added and at the sound of my father's company Davis telecom my heart does a somersault."If we work fast and we're already walking fast I'm sure we'll be ready by the time of the bid." I explain."I don't want fast Isabella, I want a flawless network." Carter says and I nod yes."Ofcourse sir, I assure you the team and I will work effortlessly on the project.""Good, I'm glad." He said. "Now that, we've discussed work. Come here, Isabella."The firm but gentle command washed through the haze of confusion. My eyes widened as my gaze found his, and I realized he was waiting for me to come to him.I rose, my legs shaky, and I rubbed my hands down my dress in an attempt to steady myself. And then I took that first step and walked around the edge of his desk to where he was still seated in his executive chair.He reached for my hand and once he had his fingers twined with hers, he tugged me down onto his lap. I landed awkwardly but he sat farther up and shifted so I was nestled against his chest and tucked into his side. With his free hand, he delved his fingers into my hair, twisting the strands around his knuckles while he held on to my hand with his other."We don't have any particular rules for fraternization, but I don't mix business and pleasure Isabella." Carter explains."I can't seem to forget our elevator predicament." He added then he disentangled his hand from mine and lifted his fingers to my lips where he traced the outline of my mouth with the tip of his index finger. "I want you, Isabella but I can't want you." He said again.Carter prompted. "Do you want me as badly as I want you?" He asked me, my underwear practically wet from his question.I open my mouth to answer but his secretary's voice comes through the intercom."Mr King, your mother just called again." His secretary said and Carter pulled me up from his lap."I'm sorry Miss Marino but we'll have to continue that conversation another time, I have to get somewhere." He says grabbing his phone and the coffee I brought him then leaving me standing in his office.
Carter's POV I tried to keep Isabella from my thoughts but was unable to stop the forbidden image of what it would be like to have her under me. I had said I will be a professional, no entanglement whatsoever with my staff but the moment she walked into my office everything decent thought went away from my head.Thank God for my mother's call, I'm going to be away for a few days and by the time I'm back I'll be with a clear head. "Mom?" I called out, looking into each room I passed."Out here, Carter," I heard her answer from the back patio.I opened the French doors and was greeted with my mother's smile.I leaned over so she could kiss me. "So why are you out here?""It's such a lovely evening honey." She explains."It's beautiful out here." I agreed with her looking out the view. The whole house is beautiful, it's located in Round hill Greenwich Connecticut which also formally known as one of the best neighborhoods i
Carter's POVEarly the next morning my brother Johnny and I go out to play tennis. Well mainly to spy on our mom's new man friend Henry Osheroff, we found out he spends his morning playing tennis at the club but like he knew we would show up today he didn't. Anyway my brother and I still played tennis and caught up on each other's lives.By the time we made it back home, the house was already set up for brunch. The patio was topped with a massive white pergola, the beams draped in heavy greenery. The centerpiece was a large rectangular table that sat almost 20, it was covered in a soft ivory tablecloth and my mother's favorite china. Decorations and multiple flowers overflowed small silver pitchers running the length of the table, and a wrought-iron candelabra flickered overhead.So we quickly go get ready before guests start to arrive and our mother starts hounding us to get down.Almost an hour later we were all ready and
Isabella's POVI haven't seen Carter since I was at his office, in his lap. He hasn't been to the office all week and tomorrow is Friday. I had even stopped by his office to ask if he was in but his secretary said he won't be coming in for a few days.The last time I saw him, he had said he wanted me and asked if I wanted him but before I could answer we got interrupted. I haven't been able to stop thinking about him, I'm supposed to be focusing on work but all I can think about is Carter King, my boss.My friends and I meet up at a bar today after work to catch up, we haven't seen each other all week and we probably won't see other during the weekend. Lydia grabbed two wine glasses off a tray as it passed by and handed me one and then grabbed another for Alessia. "You've had a lot thrown at you this week, you should be having a relaxing weekend." Alessia says to me.My mom is coming into town from New Jersey this weekend, and I'
Isabella's POV I went home and quickly changed and went to meet my mother in a restaurant. My mother, Marianne Davis who still used my fathers last name after 10 years of divorce and 5 years since she remarried. Is beautiful, exceptionally beautiful. She was dressed in a beautiful dress, her hair and makeup perfectly done as always.I gave her a hug and kiss first before sitting down. She sat in the chair on the other side of me, leaned forwardand asked. "How are you my darling?""I'm fine mom, how are you? How's Michael?" I ask referring to my step father."I'm fine honey and Michael is good too, he sends his love." She says with a smile."Still fighting with your dad?" She asks."Haven't talked to him, he has been bribing me with multiple gift baskets though." I say with a sigh."Maybe you should talk to him, he might be an asshole but you're the person he loves the most." Mom says with a smile and I smile because she's r
Isabella's POVFinally back to work, Monday was a chaotic stream of activity. Between team meetings, projects, and staff introductions, I barely had a moment to breathe, let alone think about anything that didn't have to do with work. This job was going to be a test of my abilities, but I was ready for the challenge. After lunch when I went back to my office, the assistant I shared with another team member had a message for me from Carter ofcourse.He asked to see in his office after lunch so I went to his office immediately."Mr king, asked to see me." I started to say to his secretary but was cut off."You can send Ms. Marino in, Ella," Carter called from his office. How did he know I was out here.I turned back to Ella. "...and I guess I'll just go on in.""Yes, Ms. Marino," Ella said, still smiling, then turned back to her computer.I hesitated just long enough to take a deep breath then quickly walked to his offic
Isabella's POVI didn't hear from Carter since I left his apartment, he had said he would call me so I kept checking my phone constantly. The next was Saturday so I had nothing to do, and both my best friends had their own thing going on.Lydia had a date and Alessia was out of town so I spent the day by myself hold up in my apartment and constantly checking my phone to see if Carter had texted or called.I know my life seems completely boring, what did I even do before I met Carter or started this new job. But honestly my life was nothing like boring, I was a typical party girl but I'm trying to stay away from that life hence being alone.Finally Sunday, when I woke up I had a message from Carter which I was immediately excited about.I didn't have his number, so technically it was an unknown number but I knew it was from him before I even r
Carter's POV When I left the office I didn't know I was going to show up at Isabella's apartment but somehow I found myself there. She was surprised to see me and she didn't turn me away which was a good sign after I bailed on Friday to go see Emma I thought she wouldn't want me here.We walked silently into her apartment, I watched her go in and drop her purse and remove her shoes before I finally stepped in, taking in the impressive view of her apartment.She was at the window when I stepped in, her head had shifted toward the sound of my footsteps, though she didn't completely turn to face me."Friday was cut short." I said watching her.I took a step toward her, against every instinct in my body. "It was fun, though, wasn't it?" I said again and she nodded yes blushing. As brief as it was. It was. It really was.Then I inched closer and she inched closer.We were so close I could
Carter's POV I haven't called or texted her like I said I would, since I left her apartment on Friday. Today is Monday and I have been eager as hell to get to work so I can see her.I am absolutely crazy because I have only known her for less than a month and I wanted to be with her almost all of the time, and not just naked and wild. I just wanted to be near her, and my own need for self-preservation had been plaguing me all weekend.Immediately I got into my office, I battled the idea of calling her into my office but finally decided against it. She'll be deep in meetings mostly all of today, so I might just have to see her later I told myself.I had just opened my computer when my best friend George Sanford busted into my office."So you're alive and well." He says sitting down opposite me with a frown."Ofcourse I'm alive and well." I say.