Manwhore(8)

By: Katy Evans



An elevator opens and a glimpse of a tall, striking man hits me with a jolt of pure feminine awareness as he steps out with a trail of businessmen behind him. Shoulders a mile wide, jet-black hair, crisp designer suit, snowy white shirt, and a stride to eat up the universe. He’s taking the folder that one of the other men extends and, after issuing some sort of command that sends his followers dispersing out with bullet speed, he charges forward. He passes me with the simmering force of a hurricane and disappears into the glass cave, leaving me dizzy and frantically absorbing my last sight of the dark hair, broad back, and the hottest male ass I’ve ever seen walking Chicago.

For a second I feel like the world moved faster, that somehow ten seconds were all crammed into the space of one—the one where this man went past me. Like a lightning bolt.

One of the assistants leaps to her feet and goes into the glass office where he vanished, while the other three stare at the door as if they wish the lightning bolt had hit a little bit closer to home.

Then it hits me.

That the storm was Malcolm Saint.

Yes, the hurricane was Saint.

I feel a prick of dread.

I glance at my sneakers. And yep. They’re still sneakers. Urgh.

I notice the assistant left the door slightly ajar, and I can’t help but lean forward, straining to hear her whispers.

“Your twelve o’clock is here. You have ten minutes.”

I can’t hear the reply through the nervous pounding of my heart.

“Oh, and Mr. Saint, this . . . reporter . . . she’s dressed a little bit unconventionally.”

God, I still can’t hear.

“From Edge, a low-circulation magazine. Dean thought it important we use whatever outlets we could to push the new Facebook.”

My skin pebbles when I hear a low, excruciatingly deep male voice murmur something unintelligible.

“Rachel Livingston,” the assistant answers.

I feel shivers when the indiscernible but deep sound of his voice reaches me again. The shivers race from the top of my spine down to my tailbone.

I’ve never shivered like this before, not even when I’ve been freezing my ass outside. Is this from nerves?

“Yes, Mr. Saint . . .” the assistant finally says.

She comes out and can’t quite manage to conceal the fact that she’s flustered. Shit, and I’m the one going in next. Looking like I was just tossed into a blender with a can of paint and I’m the result of that fun little expedition.

She calls me over to the door. “Mr. Saint is truly pressed for time today. Enjoy your ten minutes,” she says as she pushes it open.

I try to reply, but I’m so nervous only a little croak of a “thank you” comes out as I step inside. Stock tickers scroll on one wall on dozens of different screens. There are no live plants, nothing but technology and natural stone floors, and a lot of space, as if this man needs it.

The windows have an open view of the city of Chicago, but I can’t absorb it for long because I see him—quiet, storm-like intensity in Armani—walk toward me in that hurricane force that is almost otherworldly.

Wow. Wow on every part of him. His face, his presence, his shoulders, his eyes. His eyes are glowing, alive—green and deep, like moving rivers, but there’s no missing the little shards of ice glinting inside, almost screaming for me to warm them.

“Miss Livingston.”

He extends his hand, and it’s when I slide my fingers into his warm grip that I notice that I can’t breathe.

Nodding and swallowing and pasting a stupid smile on my face as I pry my hand free, I watch him with mounting awe.

Once in his chair and leaning back comfortably, he sits there, the pose deceptively casual, but I can feel the energy humming from his being.

“Mr. Saint,” I mumble at last, never more aware of my attire and how out of place I must seem amid such polished luxury.

He’s staring too, in a slightly puzzled, quiet way. I bet I’m the only woman he’s ever seen in coveralls. In sneakers. I bet everyone wears their best when they’re going to see him.

Shit.

He glances at his watch, startling me when he speaks. “Clock is ticking, Miss Livingston, so you might as well shoot.” He signals to a chair across from his desk, and . . . can I just say that his voice is really quite an experience?

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