The Alpha's Temporary MateBy: Victoria Davies
She crossed her arms and tried to stare him down. “I am your handler, not your date.”
He ignored her, taking one step farther into her space. “Most importantly,” he continued. “I can kiss you and mean it.”
The breath rushed out of her. For a split second, the lonely corner of her soul wondered what it would be like to be in this man’s arms, even if it was only for pretend.
“I’ll write whatever check you want.”
The fantasy she’d been spinning in her head crashed back to earth with the ugly reality of his words.
She pushed past him, trying to ignore the hard planes of his chest under her palm. “Let me make something clear, you arrogant alpha. I am not for sale.” She dropped into her chair and crossed her legs, taking comfort in the desk separating them. At least she did until he planted his hands in the center of it and leaned forward to tower over her.
“Everyone has a price.”
“Not me,” she replied. “I’m not interested in being your squeeze toy.”
“You know I have a point. Vivian wants this deal, and she’s convinced you to want it as well. With you at the helm, there is no chance of a slip up. Plus, you can be assured of complete privacy, which protects both my interests and your agency’s reputation.”
The damn man had a point. She’d never been comfortable with the idea of buying another person’s silence.
“With your experience matching my kind, you have the knowledge to blend into the pack and the skills to keep yourself safe. Not to mention, witches are thoroughly compatible with wolves.”
She rolled her eyes at the one. “I take it you’re speaking from personal knowledge.”
A grin tugged at his lips. “Your people tend to have a wild streak that appeals to weres.”
“Not helping your cause.”
The smile widened. “My point is that no one will question me showing up to an event with you on my arm.”
“Oh really? Let me go out on a limb here and guess you usually date supermodels or actresses. I am a very ordinary witch with no special skills that would explain why a man like you would end up with me. Hell, we can’t even offer a logical reason why we met in the first place.”
His smile didn’t slip, but an emotion she couldn’t name moved behind his eyes. “We’ve already established you don’t know me, witchling. My pack has long understood I go for women with fire, no matter what slice of the supernatural world they come from. You’re perfect.”
Her heart thumped, even though she knew he hadn’t meant the words the way they sounded.
“Give me one good reason why you can’t do this.”
Chloe opened her mouth before realizing she didn’t have anything to say. Vivian would be thrilled at this turn of events and give her the time off to see it through. Chloe would both guarantee the agency’s protection and ensure no other woman got in over her head. Plus Kieran had a point—with the time she’d spent researching werewolves for her job, she did already understand the culture and hierarchy of a pack.
She was the right woman for the job, damn the man.
“I want that room with a lock Aoife was talking about.”
Triumph gleamed in his expression. “Absolutely.”
“And you make sure to stick to all points of the contract.”
“Of course.” He straightened as he added, “But you should remember the no sex clause was written to ensure no woman felt she had to sleep with me for money.”
Chloe arched a questioning brow.
“You turned down my check, sweetheart. There’s no money involved between us.”
She opened her mouth to argue, only to realize he had a point. The magic she’d woven into the contract was only binding if money exchanged hands. Her deal was with Vivian, not Kieran.
A fact she had little doubt the wolf would use to his advantage.
“Make it two locks on the door,” she growled.
Kieran pushed away from the desk with a chuckle. “Pack a bag. I’ll come by tomorrow after work to collect you.”
As he strode from the room she wished she could come up with a decent excuse for not doing this.
Unfortunately, the infuriating wolf was right. She really was perfect for him.