“But we can’t,” I stuttered. “There’s nothing between us. I don’t like you, and you don’t like me. Kissing isn’t enjoyable when you kiss someone you don’t like, you said so yourself.”
I watched his eyes, gazing directly at mine. An awkward silence enveloped between us. Adam looked away, turning back to his laptop and ran his tongue on his lower lip.
Damn, it’s so red. But it wasn’t possible. He was my boss.
“You listed so many potential persons here. I just thought you’re still up to this. Are you, Julia?”
“I’m not sure. I’m still thinking about it. Wait, I think I’ll go with option number one. He’s safe.”
He scowled. “Seriously? You’ll still do this? What if Henry finds out?”
“Henry will never know about it if you don’t tell him.”
“Do I look nosy to you?”
“Yes, because you’re impossible!” I sprang up and grabbed my purse. “I’ll send you the documents you need tomorrow because the file is in the office.”
I shot him a glare. “We’re both outside the company so you should not order me around!”
He closed down his laptop and set it aside. “I said stop and sit down, Julia.”
I stood still and didn’t move a muscle. His firm voice sent a shock in my body, making me shiver. Even not in the office, he still had this power over me—making me vulnerable, and I always submitted to him.
“It is Henry we are talking about here,” he reminded. “It’s you who have feelings for him. I think I should concern myself here.”
I nodded, then sat quietly.
“When did you start to like him?” he asked, lifting his chin up as he gazed at me with no emotion.
“Remember the gala? He danced with me.”
Adam smirked, shaking his head. “I think I’m the one who’s responsible for that. If I had known that you would like Henry, I wouldn’t have brought you.”
It’s like a slap to the face. I didn’t know what he was thinking. Seconds ago, he offered to help, and then the next minute, he was regretting it.
“I’m not sure what you want any more,” I said.
“Maybe I hate seeing you like this. Maybe, I’m afraid it will affect your job. I hired you and reckon, you even know my waist and shoe size. You get what I mean?”
I chuckled. “Yes.” Apparently, it wasn’t just his waist and his shoe. I knew his neck, his wrist, and his chest size.
“Even if you’re absent-minded most of the time, you are the most capable person I know, and I trust you. And knowing Henry and what he’s done in the past, he isn’t the type of man for you. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense, but I have to say something at least.”
I didn’t know he thought that way about me. He simply didn’t want me to get hurt. He didn’t have a reason to lie to me either. But it wouldn’t change what I felt for Henry.
“What do you want me to do?” I asked.
“There’s nothing you can do. Think about what I said earlier. You can never be like the women he dated. Just be yourself.”
“Yeah! I’m sure they’re just like the women you’ve dated,” I said sarcastically. I know about all of them for the last 24 months I’ve been working for him. I knew Adam was a lady-magnet. Women seemed to follow him everywhere. He even took tons of blondes in the office, and all I could do was plug earphones in my ears so I would not hear random noises.
“Again, this is not about me.”
“Yes, because you are comparing yourself to him.”
He sighed. “I just want you to be careful, and I wanted to protect him too.”
“Protect him from me?” my voice raised.
“No, it’s not like that. This is about two people that I care about. Julia, if you like my brother, I won’t stop you. I just want you to be smart about this.”
I gazed at my boss’ face. I understand what he meant to say. Honestly, it was the first time he ever cared about my personal life.
“Let’s kiss,” I whispered. “I understand now.”
“I just want you to be ready,” he explained with his tightened jaw.
“No. I believe you.”
He sighed. “I’m not supposed to say this to you, but I think you need to know. We dated the same woman once. She wanted us both, but I regret that part of my life.”
I blinked, surprised by his sudden confession. When did it happen? I didn’t know they had such a controversial past. I didn’t see that coming.
“Did you love her?”
“I did. We both did. Until we got tired and we didn’t want to share her anymore. But she wanted us both, so I had to let her go.”
I thought he didn’t do the love thing.
The next thing that happened was unexpected. I didn’t know how, but my hands grabbed the back of his head. I crushed my lips against his. I felt the air, coming out of Adam’s mouth and nose in a hitched breath. His scent and his breath were intoxicating—making me want more of him. Adam responded to the kiss as our mouth locked. His hands reached my jaw, tracing down from my ear to my neckline.
I couldn’t stop my heart from pounding faster. My blood flowed to my cheeks, making my face redder than ever. His tongue grazed the seam of my lips, coaxing my bottom lip down as he asked wordlessly to deepen our kiss. I parted my lips for him; then he thrust his tongue into my mouth. It was ever sweet, wet, mind-blowing, and delicate. One of his hands was busy caressing my back, and one was rubbing my neck.
My back arched in pleasure. This was way too different from how my ex-boyfriend kissed me. This was sensual—erotic as if we had a deep connection. Adam’s hand moved to the curve of my butt, then squeezed me closer to him as he took me where no one ever brought me before. Oblivion.
He parted from my lips, leaving me aching for more. He was panting. “Wow.”
“That was... incredible,” I agreed. I didn’t know kissing him would be this good… so good, as if it was my first time. I just realized how inexpert I was. I understood now why women threw themselves at him.
“I told you, I’m better than those guys you listed.” He grinned. “Don’t even consider doing it with some other guy, Julia. I will chase them off. I didn’t know kissing you would be that great. Your ex is an ass.” Adam pulled back his head to take a glimpse of me. “Let me help you, okay?”
I nodded, then smiled. Adam pressed another quick but deep kiss to my lips.
“I could do this every day.”
Does his brother kiss like this? Like him? I’d like to know. Nope.