Luigi launched into a long monologue about his family’s pizzeria—gah, how clichéd—and Emily suppressed a sigh. She weighed her opinions. He was handsome to look at, but he didn’t hold her interest. Should she try out a date and get laid so she’d get Alejandro out of her system?
“How about you?” Luigi’s voice jolted her from her musing, as did his hand on hers. She kept it where it was. Nope, definitely no spark.
Before she could answer, a deep, growly voice said, “She’s mine.”
Their heads shot up. What in the world?!
Alejandro towered over them, blocking out the sunlight, his expression grim and his tone forbidding. He amended his strange comment after a tense moment of stunned silence. “She’s my personal assistant. And this is my hotel.”
Did he have to sound so proprietary? It turned him into a caveman of sorts. And all about his body language screamed “mine, don’t touch”. Luigi pulled his hand away, and Emily actually blushed. Goddammit. Her one chance of forgetting Alejandro, ruined by the man himself.
Luigi was spluttering a little, clearly confused, complimenting Alejandro on the beautiful hotel. Alejandro continued to glare at him with narrowed eyes before turning the full force of his gaze onto Emily. For a second, his expression faltered, and his gaze traveled slowly up and down her body. She had automatically sat up straighter and unfolded her legs, and his gaze lingered on the lightly tanned skin dotted with water drops.
There was that tingle all right, traveling straight to her core. He was undressing her with his eyes, and she felt the urge to press her thighs together and do something about the sudden spark of need.
But Alejandro’s expression hardened again. “Emily,” he said gruffly, “Do you have a moment? There’s something we need to discuss about the conference in Madrid next week.”
Resisting the urge to grit her teeth, she lifted her chin defiantly. “You gave me the rest of the day off. Can’t it wait?”
A muscle began to tick in Alejandro’s jaw. “No, it cannot wait.” He turned and took a few steps away, clearly expecting her to follow. Huffing internally, Emily got up. This time she did wrap the towel around herself before turning to Luigi. “I’m sorry,” she said in a slightly raised voice. “It was so nice meeting you.”
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