(Releasing on 24 July, 2017 )
Lexi Tanner made her way resolutely through the lobby. The only thing standing between her and fifty thousand dollars was a polite-looking receptionist.
She flashed the man her most dazzling smile. “Hello there. I’m looking for a guest here at the hotel. Could you tell me what room Mr. AJ Riley is in?”
The young man flashed a dazzling smile straight back. “I’m sorry, ma’am. I’m not at liberty to give you that information.”
Bugger. She’d figured that would probably happen. “Perhaps you could ring his room and let him know he has a visitor?”
“I’m not sure he’s there, ma’am. I saw him leave a couple of hours ago.”
“Well, I guess it’s still worth a try.” She had to see Riley today. She was too excited not to.
The man lifted a receiver and dialed. Surreptitiously, Lexi tried to see which buttons he’d pushed, but the counter hid the phone.
He covered the mouthpiece with his hand. “And whom may I say is calling?”
Lexi floundered. She didn’t particularly want a hotel clerk introducing her over the phone. “I’m a representative from the conference. I want to thank him for his generous sponsorship.”
He shook his head. “Mr. Riley’s not answering. Would you like to leave a message?”
Biting her lip, Lexi considered this possibility. Unless Riley’s secretary had given him a rundown of all his upcoming appointments, he wouldn’t have a clue who she was. She didn’t feel like explaining it on an answering machine, or worse, in a memo scrawled on hotel notepaper. Nope. She’d prefer to introduce herself in person. “No, thank you. I’ll try again later.”
The newspaper article had specified that Riley was staying at the same hotel. How could fate be so cruel? Putting her so close to him and then preventing them from meeting.
She walked away, trying not to feel too peeved. If all else failed, she still had her official appointment with him in Sydney next week. But since they were both in Melbourne now, she’d do what she could to meet him before then. Tea break wasn’t too far off. Perhaps he’d be back by then.
A thought occurred to her. If Riley’d left his hotel room, perhaps he was downstairs, in this very lobby, right now. Who knew?
She scanned the grand entrance of the hotel.
It didn’t matter that she’d never met him before and had no idea what he looked like. She’d recognize him the minute she laid eyes on him. Over the last six weeks of trying to track him down, she’d conjured up a pretty good mental image of him.
He had to be in his late fifties or early sixties. His multi-million dollar business meant he’d been around awhile and built up his empire over a good few years. So, she’d assigned him grey hair, or maybe silverish—a dash of elegance to fit the successful businessman image. He wore glasses—but only for reading—and had a kind smile. Anyone who donated the kind of money to charity that he did had to have a kind smile. For some inexplicable reason, she knew he had a moustache. His clothes of choice were expensive suits, silk ties and polished shoes. Finally, she pictured him as slightly overweight. All those business lunches had to have taken their toll.
The quick once-over failed to reveal the man. Unfortunately, it also failed to reveal the small suitcase on the floor in front of her. Her ankle connected with the bag, and solid ground slipped away from beneath her feet.
In the brief time it took to fly unceremoniously across the reception area of the five-star hotel, Lexi realized in complete mortification that she would land spread-eagle on the floor in front of fifty or so complete strangers.
As the chandelier above her spiraled out of sight and the carpet loomed ever closer, something clamped around her upper arms with the power of iron manacles, effectively halting her downward plummet. While her body came to a screeching stop, her head kept moving, propelled forward by the force of her fall, until it slammed into something solid—a wall of hot, male muscle.
Struggling to catch her breath, Lexi grabbed hold of the first thing she could to steady herself. Her fingers closed around soft handfuls of expensive cotton, and the heat from beneath the material seared through her. The wall of muscle pulsated beneath her hands.
“Steady,” a voice sounded in her ear, low and deep. Despite the precarious situation she found herself in, it sent shivers whistling down her spine. “I’ve got you.”
The iron manacles eased their pressure but didn’t release her. Lexi shifted back so she could look into the face of the man who’d broken her fall.
When her gaze locked with his, her heart ceased beating.
Never before had attraction been so sudden or so fierce. His gaze trapped hers. His blue eyes weren’t just cold—they were icy, reminding her of a glacier glinting beneath a winter sun. As she stared, aware of her heart beating once again, slowly at first, then faster and faster until it raced, she wondered how such cold eyes could fire up her body with a look.
“You okay?” Again, his voice unsettled her. It made the back of her neck prickle.
Winded and unable to speak, she nodded. It had nothing to do with her fall. His presence left her panting, searching uselessly for oxygen. His aftershave wafted around her, compounding her problem. Every time she managed to inhale, she caught his scent—spicy, earthy and dangerous and tinged with a splash of power. The man smelt of success.
She nodded again and cleared her throat. “I…uh…I’m okay.”
Good grief, he was gorgeous. Drop-dead, heart-stopping, breathtaking gorgeous. Not to mention intriguing. Thick black hair framed his tanned skin and highlighted his straight nose, which screamed of affluence and arrogance. His chiseled and beautiful face had high cheekbones and a generous mouth. His lips stole her attention, though. They were set in lines so hard she wondered if he’d forgotten how to smile. He wore his features in a rigid mask and they showed no signs of softening.
She let go of his shirt. “Thank you. For catching me.”
He said nothing, merely nodded and released her from his grasp, allowing a little distance between them. He stood a few feet away yet towered above her. A charcoal suit jacket hugged shoulders broad enough to hide the entire lounge behind him.
Wrinkles marred his shirt at the two points where she’d clasped it in a death grip. Without thinking, she stepped forward and smoothed the creases. Beneath her ministrations, his stomach jerked then tightened.
Lexi responded viscerally. Deep between her legs, she sprang to life in a gush of liquid heat.
Can he learn to love again?
Lexi Tanner’s got a major problem: AJ Riley, the man she’s about to approach for a hefty donation, turns out to be the stranger she shared a night of steamy sex with less than a week past. She’ll do anything to raise money for a children’s charity—anything except sell herself. So how can she ask AJ for money without it seeming like he’s paying for sexual favors?
Adam Riley’s tragic past prevents him from loving again. He’s been there, done that and has the psychological scars to prove it. Now Lexi’s threatening to break through his emotional defenses. Her presence may be a thousand-volt jump start to his libido, but he’s reluctant to trust her.
Adam has to make a choice: either protect his battered heart and lock Lexi out of his life, or follow his instincts and give love—and life—another chance. The problem is, he has no idea which one he desires more.
Warning: When a tortured alpha hero attempts to fight his feelings for a compassionate and beautiful heroine, sparks are gonna fly. And when the sparks fly between Adam and Lexi, there is no way to turn down the heat.
(This book has been previously published as Ask Adam. It will be re-released soon as part of Entangled Publishing’s Brazen Line)
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
“It is one of the hottest books that I’ve ever read…The sexual tension between Adam and Lexi is so thick from the second that they make their first connection that you can feel it. Great job Ms. Dee, I’ll be looking for more of your books!”
(Reviewed by Missy)
Fallen Angel Reviews: Recommended Read
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
Ask Adam is the hot, steamy and emotional follow up to Photo Opportunity and I was not disappointed. Once again Jess Dee made me cry… I am Joyfully recommending Ask Adam because it is just as good if not better than Photo Opportunity.
(Reviewed by Jambrea)
Joyfully Reviewed: Joyfully Recommended
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
(Reviewed by Sandy M)
The Good, The Bad and the Unread: Grade: A
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING...
(Reviewed by Lacey)
Romance Junkies: 4.5 Blue Ribbons
Series: Seduction Series: Book 2
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: 24 July, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Cover Artist: TBA