Undercover in the CEO's Bed

By: Coleen Kwan



Whoa, wasn’t he being too presumptuous here? He couldn’t just barge back into her life and pretend nothing had happened, that they hadn’t said those horrible, hurtful things to each other. You had me fooled for a while but not anymore, he’d flung at her. I must’ve been crazy to think you’d be different. She would never forget that.

She pressed her heels against the floor and tilted her nose in the air. “I can’t tonight. I have a date.”

She couldn’t help laying the stress on “date.” Just as she couldn’t help staring at him as she spoke, searching for any crack of emotion to show on his urbane face. Jealousy, that was what she wanted to provoke. Even the tiniest spark would satisfy her that she hadn’t left Lex unscathed. She deserved that, didn’t she? After all the months of silent heartache she’d endured.

“A date.” He sat back, eyebrows lifting.

Good. That had thrown him for a loop.

“Uh-huh,” she responded.

“With who?” His eyebrows were still up, as if the thought of her going on a date with another man was so off the charts.

“No one you know—not that it’s any of your business. We’re going for tapas. Could be a late night.”

“I see.” His enigmatic gaze flickered over her from head to toe. “Is it serious?”

Was that a flash of hurt she caught in his eyes? It didn’t give her as much satisfaction as she’d hoped.

“I only met him last week.” The words came out baldly before she remembered that within a week of meeting Lex, she’d already spent two nights with him. Telltale color rose in her neck. With Lex she’d discarded her usual prudence; maybe he thought she was still like that, but the truth was she couldn’t imagine kissing another man. Didn’t want to imagine it.

“Why don’t we meet for lunch tomorrow?” Lex said.

She stared. What was going on here? He didn’t care about her date with another man, then, which must mean...he wasn’t pining for her. He didn’t want to get back together with her. Her stomach lurched. How silly of her to hope Lex might miss her. Of course he didn’t. Just look at him, how virile and confident he was. Why had she imagined he might still carry a torch for her?

“I’m busy tomorrow.” She glared at him. “Why don’t you just tell me right here what it is you want and get it over with?”

“Fine.” He leaned forward, rested his elbows on his knees, and laced his fingers together. “I have a business proposition for you.”

Business. She should have known. “Then why all the prying about my date?”

“I wasn’t prying. Your dating situation is integral to my proposition.” His gaze grew more pointed. “This guy you’re seeing, I assume you’re not involved with him yet?”

“Involved?”

“Have you slept with him?”

Her cheeks burned. “That’s none of your damned business.”

“I’ll take that as a no, then.”

“I don’t care how you take it.”

His lips thinned. “Let me explain. My business proposition is a highly confidential one. I need you to find a security leak inside my company.”

“Call my office and make an appointment. Cyber Security. We’re on the internet. Now, if you’ll excuse—”

“I don’t want anyone to know I’ve hired you. No one at all.”

The expression on Lex’s face stopped her in her tracks. He looked so grim, so forbidding, like there was a rage boiling behind an iron wall of self-control. When they’d broken up, he’d done plenty of snapping and snarling, but this was the first time she’d sensed such a seismic volcano simmering beneath his surface. The first time she’d detected a hint of vulnerability in him too.

“No one?” she echoed.

“You can’t even say we’ve had this meeting.”

Jacinta shifted uneasily in her seat. “What’s with all the cloak-and-dagger stuff? I’m not a spy.”

She was an IT security consultant. She analyzed a company’s systems, their information flows, their checks and balances, and she advised them on any real or potential risks. She was good at her job, but there wasn’t anything remotely covert about her role.

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