Today I am so pleased to welcome HelenKay Dimon to Joyfully Jay. HelenKay has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Dirty Deeds (which I reviewed here and really enjoyed). She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving HelenKay a big welcome!
He slid into the chair tucked behind the door. The large windows would give his location away if someone really went looking. He figured he had only a few minutes before that happened.
With the keyboard out, he started typing. The screen on the wall clicked on but there was no picture, just a blue screen. That worked for Gaige. He wasn’t planning to call anyone. He was breaking through, using the systems page and heading for the code. Skipping over the usual settings and creating a few of his own.
He’d gotten halfway through typing the command sequence he needed when he heard the heavy footsteps. The commanding stalking of someone determined to kick his ass, no doubt.
He hit a few more keys and covered his work. Hit the off switch that flipped the blue screen on the monitor back to black. He’d just gotten up when the door opened and crashed into the back of his chair. It bounced but Alec caught it before it smashed into his face. Then he slammed it shut behind him.
He didn’t make a sound. Didn’t need to. Rage pulsed off him. One second he stood there. The next he reached out and grabbed Gaige. Spun him around until his back hit the door.
“Tell me why I shouldn’t beat you to death.” Alec wrapped his fingers around Gaige’s throat as his harsh tone filled the room.
Gaige fought back the need to lash out. To surge and punch and drop Alec. One move and he knew Alec would be all over him. The grip on his neck amounted to baiting, as if Alec was daring Gaige to come at him.
Needing to do something, Gaige braced his hands against Alec’s chest. Let them rest there, knowing he could take a more aggressive stance, wrestle for the upper hand, if needed. “I wanted a bigger screen.”
Alec never broke eye contact. “Bullshit.”
“You don’t know anything about tech.”
“I know when someone is fucking lying to me.” Alec shoved Gaige harder into the door. Didn’t so much as blink when Gaige’s head cracked against the wood.
“Jesus, Alec.” Gaige waited for reinforcements, for guards, but no one came. This was between the two of them. He and Alec, and there was no guarantee on how that would end.
“You can pray later. Tell me what you’re doing in here.”
“Getting some air.” Gaige tried to shove Alec back, get some room between them, but he didn’t move. “You’re a bit much to handle.”
“You’re trying to handle me?”
Alec delivered every line as if it had a hidden meaning. Gaige fought to keep his head in the game. The one where he stood a chance of losing everything because Seth had issued threats to get him to do this.
“Any chance you’re going to calm down?” Gaige tried to relax his breathing. The tension pinging around the room threatened to take them both out. He needed to de-escalate and fast.
“I’m about to search you.” But there was no heat between Alec’s words. Well, not anger.
Something else lingered there. Something questioning.
A new type of tension whipped through Gaige. He could actually feel his balls tighten as he stood close enough for his breath to mix with Alec’s. “Is the plan to stick your hand down my pants? Because you really should ask first.”
Alec just stood with one hand balanced against the door and the other still wrapped around Gaige’s throat. He’d loosened the grip, but his fingers stayed there. Ready.
“You are playing a dangerous fucking game.” But Alec didn’t step back. Instead, his thumb brushed under Gaige’s chin, across his Adam’s apple then back again. It was a caress of sorts, one straddling a thin line between lethal and sexual.
No dirty deed goes unnoticed in a seductive game of cat and mouse. But for Alec and Gaige, the wrong move could get them killed.
Alec Drummond didn’t make his billions by playing nice—or by playing much at all. When it comes to pleasure, Alec only has time for whatever’s quick and easy, which is exactly what he gets from his company’s hot new computer genius. But Gaige Owens isn’t some pushover. He pushes back, and it’s giving Alec a rush. The question is, could Gaige be the one who’s leaking trade secrets? Just to be safe, Alec keeps him close at hand . . . night and day.
Gaige never thought he’d roll over for a man like Alec again, but who could resist sex this mind-blowing? Then there’s the draw of Alec’s mysterious side: his cutthroat ambition, his covert CIA connections, and the murder in his past. For Gaige, a deeper look proves an irresistible temptation. But when Gaige and Alec are stripped of their defenses by an unseen danger, everything they don’t know could bring them closer together—or tear them apart. Only one thing is certain: Before it’s all over, someone’s going down.
HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a divorce attorney—not the usual career transition. Now she writes full-time and she’s much happier. The author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and short stories that have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, she’s on the board of directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and Mira Costa College.
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