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A Perfect Bloom 6 – Alex Ankarr
“He’s a very handsome guy, I’ll give you that,” Linnet says generously, squinting out at where Sam is stretching up, to reach the top-most edges of the bush he’s working on, so that his dark-blue work-shirt gets a little rucked up to reveal a smooth narrow-waisted back, more tan than the late-summer weather can explain. Perhaps he works shirtless, most of the time. Cory feels himself close to fainting at the thought, and has to swallow and lick his lips. Because they’re suddenly just so damn dry.
“Of course,” she continues thoughtfully, “that’s not why you actually hired him. Is it, love?”
“Of course not,” Cory replies to her, shortly. Perish the thought, he thinks. As if he would.
Except, of course, he had. One look at the tall, languid, rangy guy – the tall, rangy ex–con, he reminds himself – in the interview room, lounging on the swivel chair provided, with his long, lean legs pushing his seat, side to side, side to side… And Cory was gone, that day. Pretty much.
And when the guy had turned to look at the intruder – and given Cory a wide, beautiful smile, that shone almost as bright as his striking green eyes – well… Mrs Mugwort, running the interview sessions, broad and mumsy and quite a sweetheart, had been most civil and helpful, in trying to get out of Cory – Mr Rocque – exactly what he’d been looking for, when he’d stumbled in on them, so that she could help him find it, or send someone else off to do the job.
It was no good. There certainly had been something or other, something quite vital, that he’d been in search of when he stumbled into the little meeting room. But it was razed from his mind like burning a carefully stacked bonfire, nothing left but scraps and cinders and smoke. Razed, of course, by the most dazzlingly perfect clear green eyes he’d ever seen, the widest, most genuine smile… And the chin, firm, but rounded and just faintly dimpled… The shoulders, broad enough to make that narrow waist close to outrageous, truly…
Oh God. Cory is an idiot, he knows it. He did it, he absolutely did it, he muscled in on the hiring process once the interviews were done and discussions of selection were ongoing. Weighed in with a carefully casual opinion at the crucial moment, in a discussion he wasn’t really legitimately part of. (He’s the CEO, for God’s sake. Hiring and firing the gardening staff is beneath his notice. Officially.)
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