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A misunderstanding leads to seduction, then a life-changing job offer.
Tino Santini is calm and decent with a core of steel, qualities he needs when he is offered the role of PA to ferocious CEO, Richard Mason.
Richard, a pansexual multi-millionaire, has it all; wealth, success, commitment-free sex every time he snaps his fingers, but a former female lover, a New York gangster and a murky past all threaten to destroy his chance of happiness.
Tino gradually learns who his boss really is, whilst willingly keeping him happy both in the bedroom and out of it. Neither of them expect their relationship to be anything other than business, until a personal tragedy means that Richard needs Tino more than ever.
For both of them, that first chance meeting in the elevator is the catalyst for a headlong plunge into sexual adventures, murder and possibly love.
BY LUNCHTIME, TINO’S head was spinning. Halfway through the morning, a man from the cafe came up to take their lunch order, and Tino had never been more grateful for a turkey wrap in his life when it arrived on the dot at one o’clock.
“Mr. Mason is always insistent I have a lunch break, but I’m not sure he’ll be quite as generous with you, being a man,” Eleanor said. “Sometimes he treats me like precious china, like his nonna, and sometimes I have to remind him of his manners.”
“So any slack he gives to you, I shouldn’t expect the same,” Tino said, grinning.
“No, dear. He can be a bit of a brute.” She pressed her fingers to her lips. “I’m only saying this because I know you’re discreet. Believe me, you have to be in this job.”
“How do you know that?”
“Mr. Mason said so. We talked at length on Friday. He was impressed by your loyalty and by your conviction.”
And the way I sucked his cock, Tino thought. That no-gag-reflex thing was coming in handy.
“And that too,” she murmured, as if reading his thoughts.
His face flamed. “Did … he say…?”
“Not in so many words. He spared me the details. To be fair I did try to dissuade him from bringing you up here but he was insistent, and now I’ve spent time with you I believe you will be suitable. Just watch your back, Tino. He breaks hearts. Not mine, luckily. I’m far too sensible. But this is just a friendly warning. Don’t get too close.”
“Thanks, Eleanor. I won’t.” Even as he said it, he knew it was a lie.
He spent a peaceful hour familiarizing himself with his surroundings, tidying his desk, resisting the temptation to take a picture of the view outside his window and sending it to Charles with a flipping bird emoji. His office had an incredible view of Fifth Avenue, with Trump Tower not far away on the other side of the road. His other desk hadn’t been bad. In fact, he had thought it quite luxurious, but this was something else. His seat was black leather, his desk streamlined smoked glass.
A wave of terror came over him. What if he screwed up? What if he didn’t meet Mason’s expectations? What was the catch?
Think of the money. Think of the satisfaction. Think of getting it wrong and being thrown out and …
Breathe. He closed his eyes, gripping his chair arms, and took a deep breath.
“Sleeping on the job already?”
His eyes flew open. Mason was standing in the doorway. In fact, he was filling it, a camel topcoat draped over his shoulders.
“Mr. Mason, I’m sorry I… was deep breathing.”
Mason frowned at him. “Why?”
“I’m … nervous.”
“Good. You should be.” Mason headed off towards his office.
Tino didn’t know what to do. Was he supposed to follow him?
“GET IN HERE, VALENTINO!”
And so it began.