Game For Anything
Bad Boys of Football, Book 1
What have I done? I'm in big trouble!
The thoughts whirled around in Julie's head as she followed Ty's flashy Maserati in her economical Prius. She'd nearly called Sean back to tell him she'd made a mistake, that she was the last person on earth to try to set Ty on the straight and narrow, that they needed to find another image consultant, any other one but her!
How was she going to make it through the next two weeks when only five minutes in her office with Ty had reduced her to a quivering pile of hormones. And they hadn't even been alone! How on earth was she going to keep it together when it was just the two of them?
He pulled his senselessly expensive car into one of the slots in a six-car garage of one of the most stunning houses she'd ever set eyes on, and she whispered to herself, “You've got to be kidding me.”
Julie would much rather have had their first planning meeting at her office, with her staff nearby to protect her from his charm. A crowded restaurant would have been even better. Anything other than Ty's personal kingdom. But he'd insisted.
“Now that I'm your top client, don't you need to get to know me?” he'd said.
She'd been so upset with his easy maneuvering of her and the situation that her reply had been cutting. “I suppose I do need to see everything that's wrong before I can begin to start making changes. What better place than your house? I'm sure it's a treasure trove of surprises.”
Again, pain flashed in his eyes too quickly for him to shutter it. How was he managing to make her feel like the bad guy? He'd been the one who'd hurt her. Not the other way around. She sat behind the wheel of her car a moment too long and he opened the door for her and held his hand out. She didn't want his help, even if it was a surprisingly gentlemanly thing to be doing.
“Maybe I won't have to teach you absolutely everything about proper behavior,” she said as she placed her hand in his in place of a thank-you.
As she stood in his driveway, she felt like she'd lost her entire foundation. She'd never wanted to be this close to Ty again or have him look at her like that—like he wanted her to kiss him, just like he had when they were eighteen and she'd been so delighted by his attention.
And now here they were and it was as if the past ten years had never happened. Because she was still consumed with the same pathetic lust and desperation.
She quickly pulled her hand back and he put his up in a gesture of surrender.
“I know this is a pretty rough surprise, having to work with me. If you'd rather not take me on, Julie, just say the word. I'm sure the team can find someone else to clean up my act.”
She stared at him, hearing the challenge beneath his words.
“Oh no, I'm definitely up to the test,” she said.