The Billionaires Love Curves 2By: Cj Howard
“Come, sit, I make you breakfast,” the woman said pointing to an empty table.
“First, I want you to meet, Lacey. Lacey, this is Mrs. Moretti.” Cole's smile was broad.
“Call me, Carla,” Mrs Moretti said kissing Lacey on both cheeks. “And that handsome man over by the counter is my Angelo. Angelo bring two coffees for the lovebirds.”
“Lovebirds?” Lacey said as Cole pulled out a chair for her.
“Well,” said Carla. “My Cole never brings anyone here he doesn't think a lot of. He hardly brings a lovely girl, so I'm assuming my little Cole is smitten?”
“Don't embarrass me.” Cole blushed and shook hands with Angelo after he put two cups on the table and poured fresh coffee into them.
Lacey could not believe Cole was blushing. He genuinely liked her, she thought. After just one date he was already taking her to a place that obviously meant a lot to him. She leaned her elbow on the table and stared at Cole while the Morettis bustled around preparing a feast for her and Cole.
“What is it?” he said, looking back at Lacey and her serious expression.
“Nothing,” she said. “You're just full of surprises, that's all.”
“Well as long as you're happy, that's all that matters.” He put a hand on hers. She smiled as the late spring sun beamed into the little restaurant and Cole lifted her hand and kissed it.
Lacey began to see Cole on a regular basis. She was swept away by the good times he showed her, and the way he would invite her out to parties with his friends and introduce her to everyone as his girlfriend. It was a refreshing change from dating Nate and she made the most of every minute.
At work she felt her confidence come back in leaps and bounds. Now that she was no longer being mentored by Nate, the colleagues who were once jealous of the time she was getting from the CEO were more accepting of her and she was able to join them for lunch or nights out. Sometimes she would ask Cole to join her and the new friends she was making at Holden-Taylor and he would happily accept.
Spring turned into summer so quickly and it was a very hot summer in New York. Cole often took Lacey out of the city on the weekend. On one occasion, Cole had insisted that Lacey invite her brother, Luke, to join them after Lacey confided in him about what her home life had been like.
Lacey had never had the opportunity to tell Nate much about her early life and, if she remembered rightly, he never really asked. But Cole had been interested and when she'd told him how she'd practically raised her brother, Luke, Cole insisted on meeting him. Both Lacey and Luke had spent the day on the patio of his large house in the New York suburb where he'd invited them to spend the weekend.
“I like that guy,” Luke had said about Cole in a quiet moment when Cole was out of earshot.
“You do?” Lacey replied.
“Are you falling in love with him, sis?” Luke asked her.
“As a matter of fact, Mr. Nosey Parker, I think I am.”
“Well,” Luke had said, “just be careful of him.”
“Why do you say that?”
“I don't know. He's not like us. All that money he's got. People like that can buy and sell people like you and me. So it kinda makes you wonder what's deep down inside a person while all that money is shining on the outside.”
“It's not like that,” Lacey insisted. “Cole's not like that. It's not all about buying me presents and taking me to fancy places. I think he loves me, too.”
“Just be careful, sis.”
“I will, but just remember who's the oldest around here.” She hit him playfully on the shoulder. “When did you get so smart anyway?”
“I got it from my big sister.” He punched, her back, just as tenderly.
“What did you get from your big sister?” Cole said as he came back onto the patio.
“Kindness,” Luke replied. “So don't you take advantage of her. Lacey has a big heart.”
“I know,” Cole said, reaching for Lacey's hand. “I see what you see, Luke. Don't worry I'll never let her down.”
Lacey was singing as she waited for the elevator on her way up to her office at Holden-Taylor.
It was a sunny morning, the security guard had complimented her on the red floral dress she wore. She'd smiled to herself because it was obvious that he had been checking out her cleavage, but with her figure she was used to admiring glances from all kinds of men. She ignored all of them now that she was dating Cole.
Lacey started humming as the elevator made its way down to the ground floor. It wasn't until the doors of the elevator opened that she noticed Nate had walked into the elevator right behind her.