MISS HAP, a new workplace romance from Aubrey Bondurant, is available now! Scroll down for an excerpt!
This mishap could be the best thing to ever happen to me…
Leonardo Chambers is the grumpiest man I’ve ever met – and he’s my new boss.
One moment he’s insufferable, but the next he’s unexpectedly thoughtful. It’s enough to make my head spin. Despite my unexpected attraction to him, I’m convinced we’d kill each other if left alone for too long.
But then suddenly he flips the script in the most unexpected way and I’m left with a choice to make.
Addison Moore is the hottest mess I’ve ever met – and she’s our new office manager.
Although we’re complete opposites, I can’t quit thinking about her. Which is why I end up crashing her date, and taking her back to my house instead. But what starts as fun ends up in an epic disaster.
I should leave her alone. But I can’t keep from thinking, this mishap could be the best thing to ever happen to me.
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Once he cranked the ignition, the sound of the engine made it impossible to hear anything else. Knowing him, he probably kept it noisy in order to ward off all chance of conversation.
We drove across town and outside of the city limits to a neighborhood I wasn’t familiar with.
“You know, I could save you the trouble of murdering me and burying the body by simply resigning.” I had to shout for him to hear me over the motor and road noise.
I’d meant it as a joke, but his eyes went wide, and he muttered what sounded like “Jesus” in response. “You’re not quitting your job. And I’m not killing you.”
“There’s a relief. I might not appear strong, but I’d put up a hell of a fight, make lots of noise, and end up making a big old mess on your cloth seats. Blood stains are impossible to get out.”
He shook his head, but at least I had his lips twitching.
Today he wore a dress shirt since he’d come from a sales meeting earlier. With his sleeves rolled up, showing off the tattoos on both his forearms, he made me hyper aware of his presence and how close we were to each other in the truck’s cab. I wasn’t typically a fan of long hair on a man, but the way Leo wore his tied back was incredibly sexy.
Good thing I’d rejoined the world of online dating. My date Friday night would serve as a distraction, so I could quit the imaginary dry humping of my boss’s boss.
After driving a few more minutes, he pulled into the lot of a strip mall. One of the stores was decorated with Christmas trees in the window and a sign which said, “A Christmas Story.”
“What is this?”
He cut the engine and turned toward me. “This is an apology. We’ll go in, and you can select all the decorations you want to spiff up the office and warehouse for Christmas. I shouldn’t have said what I did. Truth is, most of the guys who work at Delta missed holidays while deployed overseas and away from their families. So having some cheer in the office is a good thing. I’m sorry I’ve been grumpy about it. Or questioned you about doing real work. Dominic told me everything you’ve been doing with the new hire orientations, the website, and the new software. I should’ve been more appreciative, and I’m sorry.”
Dang. Leonardo Chambers gave one sincere apology. Still, the burning question had to be asked. “Why are you grumpy about it?”
“Just how I am about most things. But my moods shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm. In only a few weeks, I’ve noticed morale way up and my employees happier than I’ve ever seen. You’ve done a great job, Addison.”
Oh, man, my eyes started to get misty. My last boss had never given compliments, and my parents were scarce with them too.
His expression showed impending panic. “I swear if you cry, I’ll take back anything nice I’ve ever said.”
“What, all two things?” I quipped, his distraction doing the trick of returning my composure.
He rubbed his chin. “Damn, that was one more nice thing than intended. I’ll have to be more judicious next time.”
Now I did smile. “Maybe, like, once a year?”
His lips curved up. “Deal, but if you tell anyone, then the whole murder plot idea is back on the table.”
About Aubrey Bondurant:
Aubrey Bondurant is a working mom who loves to write, read and travel.
She describes her writing style as: “Adult Contemporary Erotic Romantic Comedy,” which is just another way of saying she likes her characters funny, her bedroom scenes hot, and her romances with a happy ending.
When Aubrey isn’t working her day job, or spending time with her family, she’s on her laptop typing away on her next story. She only wishes there were more hours of the day!
She’s a former member of the US Marine Corps and passionate about veteran charities and giving back to the community. She loves a big drooly dog, a fantastic margarita, and football.
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