Emerald Springs Legacy: Daniel’s Decision
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Daniel Whitman has a plan to turn the family resort into a high-end exclusive Eco Friendly resort, but his father and brothers think the timing is all wrong. Against family wishes, he heads off to Australia to an award winning eco-resort to see their services and strategies. When he meets manager Rochelle Harris he is immediately attracted to her but pushes it aside to concentrate on finding out every piece of information he can about what has made this resort so successful. The more time they spend together the more the attraction grows. Then a disaster back home makes him realize he has to step up to his responsibilities. But is Rochelle prepared to take the risk and relocate halfway around the world — and is Daniel willing to open up and let someone be a true partner in his life? –
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Daniel was late.
Rochelle never thought he would stand her up. Then again he’d been cold towards her when she’d been in his room. She looked down at the clothes she wore and felt like a fool. The black dress screamed sexy and not business attire.
What was she thinking?
She was going to dinner at the resort restaurant with a guest dressed like it was a date. Even though the staff were discreet, word was sure to get around that she had been fraternizing with a guest. It was career suicide.
She stopped pacing around her office and picked up her purse. If Daniel Whitman was going to be late or was going to stand her up she wasn’t going to be here to witness it. She was going to go back to her room, heat up a packet of two-minute noodles and watch crappy reality television until she was brain dead.
She pulled open her door and gave a small yelp when Daniel’s loosely clenched fist connected with her forehead. “Ouch.”
His laughter rumbled through the room and she glared up at him. “Really you laugh? You could’ve knocked me out,” she cried indignantly.
That only seemed to make him laugh more. It was then she realized she’d been over-reacting and joined in his laughter. “Fine you probably wouldn’t have knocked me out but,” she rubbed the tender spot on her forehead. “It did hurt—a little.”
“How about I make it feel better?”
Rochelle had no time to react as Daniel leaned forward and placed a soft kiss on the place she had been rubbing just seconds ago. Heat radiated through the tiny bump on her head, all the way down her spine. Her fingertips tingled and itched to reach up and bring his head down to her lips.
She took a step back. “Uh, thanks but it doesn’t hurt now.”
He gave her a cheeky smile that melted her already wobbly legs. “See I told you I could make you feel better.”
His arrogance should annoy her. With any other male it usually did. She’d dealt with many arrogant men in her position as Marketing Manager. It hadn’t taken them long to realize that she wasn’t the helpless little girl they all thought her to be.
“Yes well…” her voiced trailed off as she finally took notice of his appearance. He was wearing black trousers, a black shirt that fitted snugly but not so that it looked like it was three sizes too small. “You’re late,” she blurted out, not knowing where the words came from. She sounded like a put out little child. Like someone had taken her favorite toy and replaced it with a rubber band.
Daniel took a step into the room and closed the door. At least someone was thinking straight. Although it was unlikely that anyone would see them as most of the people who worked near her had long gone home.
“Yeah sorry about that, I rested my eyes for a moment and woke up half-an-hour later.”
Sympathy filled her as she took notice of the tired lines around his eyes and mouth. She should cancel the dinner appointment. It would be best for all involved and make a time for her to meet him in her office tomorrow.
“Look,” she started. “If you’re too tired we can postpone and have our meeting tomorrow.”
“You’d leave a hungry man to go to bed with out any sustenance?”
Rochelle had a feeling Daniel wasn’t talking about food, but something more. If she was being totally honest with herself she didn’t want to cancel. For the first time in a while she was enjoying sparring with someone. The fact that he was drop dead gorgeous certainly helped the situation.
“Well when you put it like that, far be it from me to ignore the pleas of a hungry man.” She moved towards her desk and picked up her IPad. She figured if she took her IPad with her she’d remember that it wasn’t a social evening but a business appointment. No matter how gorgeous he was, she couldn’t let that sway her, even though it was extremely tempting to throw caution to the wind and imagine they were in fact embarking on a first date.
Daniel inclined his head toward the device in her hand. “I don’t think you’ll be needing that.”
She walked towards him and opened her door again. “Quite the opposite actually Mr. Whitman, this is not a date, this is a business meeting isn’t it?”
You keep telling yourself that. The cynical voice inside of her head sounded loud and annoying.
“Well if you insist, Ms. Harris,” he said emphasizing the formal use of her name. Somehow it sounded sexy and not business like at all.
“Great, after you then.” She swept her arm to let him know to precede her out the door.
“This is going to be some business meeting,” he muttered under his breath as he walked past her.
Rochelle chose to ignore the little jibe. She had a feeling it was going to take everything she had to keep their dinner on business.