Billionaire Unchallenged ~ Carter: A Billionaire's Obsession Novel
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“I kissed a woman in the elevator today,” I shared with my brothers Mason and Jett later that day in my office. “I didn’t really know her, but she got to me.”
I wasn’t one to confess my sins to my brothers, mostly because they’d eventually use them against me to piss me off.
But my head was still reeling about what had happened that morning, and I was still perplexed about exactly why I’d felt compelled to kiss Brynn Davis. It wasn’t like I was usually a pervert who ran around kissing any woman I wanted.
I was a whole lot more sophisticated and subtle.
At the risk of sounding conceited, I can honestly say that I have no problem finding a woman when I wanted one. What in the hell had I been thinking to hit on the one single female in Seattle who wasn’t interested?
But see…maybe that was the problem. She was a challenge, and I hadn’t had one of those in a very long time.
However, I hadn’t known she wasn’t going to be into me when I’d first seen her, and that was confusing since I’d known that I wanted her in my bed since we’d locked eyes at the charity benefit.
I don’t chase after women. I didn’t need to. And I sure as hell had never kissed a female unless I knew she was willing. I felt like my body and mind had suddenly been temporarily taken over, and some Carter I didn’t know had kissed Brynn Davis.
Mason cocked a brow. “How do you know she gets to you if you don’t know her?”
“Remember the two women we saw at the benefit?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he answered, sounding confused.
I let out a sigh and leaned back in my desk chair. “It was her. I found out that she lives in the same building I do.”
“The dark-haired woman?” he questioned.
I nodded unhappily. “Turns out she’s even more beautiful and irresistible closer up.”
Brynn Davis had grabbed me by the balls the second her beautiful dark eyes had connected with mine, and I’d completely lost it.
“What happened after that?” Jett asked.
I shrugged. “She blew me off.”
I heard Mason chuckle—which was odd for him—right before he answered, “So she turned you down?”
“I asked her out for dinner, and she refused.”
“Whoa. What did it feel like to actually suffer rejection?” Jett joked. “I think it’s probably been a while for you.”
I shot my little brother a dirty look. “Probably high school, and it sucked.”
Women generally were falling all over themselves to meet me. And I’m not saying that because I’m arrogant. It was just…the truth.
When a guy is single and ultra-wealthy, females generally want to take a shot at getting that man to commit.
Problem was, commitment was something I avoided like a poisonous snake. No woman was ever going to get me into that kind of relationship. I was pretty sure I’d feel suffocated.
“What’s she like?” Mason asked curiously. “And what’s the deal with her blonde friend?”
“She’s a supermodel. Brynn Davis. She did a shoot for one of our ads several years ago. But we could never get her agent to pin her down with a contract, and we eventually headed in another direction. She’s beautiful, and she’s smart.”
She also hates me! I purposely didn’t tell my brothers that part.
“And the blonde?” Mason repeated, sounding irritated.
Ah, interesting. Mason hadn’t forgotten the pretty blonde.
“I assume she’s a model, too. I’m not sure, actually. Brynn and I didn’t exactly trade life stories,” I grumbled. “She was pissed.”
“Who did you not trade life stories with? And who was mad at you?” my brother Jett’s fiancée asked as she breezed through the open door of my office, apparently in search of her fiancé.
I cringed just a little as I looked at Ruby’s cheerful expression. I still felt guilty about the shitty things I’d done to her in the past.
Now, Ruby was my biggest supporter, and I had to admit that I pretty much adored her like she was one of my sisters. I was certain that nobody could dislike Ruby for an extended period of time. She was young, but intelligent. And probably the sweetest woman on the planet, regardless of the hard life she’d lived before she’d met Jett.
And bonus…she’d forgiven me for being such an asshole.
“Some woman dissed him today after he kissed her in the elevator of his condo complex,” my younger brother explained.
“She did?” Ruby said as she glanced at me with concern. “Did you really do that?”
She smacked Jett on the arm as she sat in the chair next to him. “Stop teasing Carter. Being rejected isn’t funny.” She moved her gaze to me. “Are you okay?”
I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Spilling my guts about anything wasn’t normal for me. “I’ll live,” I told Ruby with a grin. “Every guy gets rejected occasionally.”
Damned if my spirits didn’t lift a little as she gave me a sunny smile.
Ruby had a way of making me talk. I think it was because she cared so much, and asked a lot of questions. So I wasn’t surprised when she asked, “Why did you kiss her? And how did you meet?”
Surprisingly, Mason was the one who explained that Brynn and I had seen each other at a charity benefit, and that we really hadn’t met until after I’d kissed her.
“Maybe you shouldn’t have trapped her in an elevator,” Ruby finally said. “You could have scared her off. And honestly, Carter, you had no business touching her like that.”
She was right, and I still felt pretty damn guilty about just taking what I wanted without thinking about how my actions might have caused unnecessary hostility between myself and Brynn.
The only thing I could do was plead temporary insanity, which kind of sounded like the truth anyway.
“I don’t even know why I did that,” I confessed. “One minute I was fantasizing about getting her into my bed, and the next I was kissing her. I have no idea what the hell happened.”
I wasn’t the type of man to accost women in an elevator.
Women came to me.
I didn’t chase them.
“Sometimes you just know when you find the right person,” Ruby said whimsically as she shot her fiancé an adoring look.
Since I didn’t want to burst Ruby’s bubble, and see disappointment on her face, I kept silent.
I wanted to fuck the beautiful model; I didn’t exactly want a romance.
Somehow, I needed to get Brynn Davis out of my system. I’d been thinking about her all damn day, and it was distracting me from my work. And that was something that never happened.
I usually just got laid, and my fuck buddy was promptly forgotten. They never took my attention away from my company.
Granted, I’d temporarily lost my mind this morning, but there was something different about Brynn. I just couldn’t put a finger on exactly what that something was.
Mason snorted before he said, “I don’t think he’s looking for love, Ruby.”
She glared at my older brother. “You don’t know that, Mason. And love isn’t something anybody plans. It just…happens. In all honesty, I think you and Carter could both use a woman who isn’t going to let you push them around.”
I snickered as I glanced at Mason and noticed that he was actually squirming.
“I just had to kiss her. It wasn’t a planned-out idea. And I regretted the impulse when she sprinted out of the elevator like I was some kind of damn monster.”
“You could apologize for being a jerk,” Ruby suggested.
“I never apologize for being an asshole,” I informed her.
Okay. Yeah. I had said a quick, impulsive I’m sorry to Brynn, but I hadn’t sincerely apologized the way I could have. Being contrite wasn’t really in my nature.
Ruby folded her arms in front of her. “You could start. You obviously like her, and kissing her while she was pretty much defenseless was crossing the line.”
I wasn’t about to inform my sister-in-law-to-be that I’d actually stopped said elevator before I’d kissed Brynn. She didn’t really need to know that. “What I really need is to forget about it.”
Unlike Jett, I wasn’t cut out to be monogamous. It wasn’t that I felt like I needed a different woman all the time. It was a case of me not having the time or the desire to keep one female happy.
Building Lawson Technologies had been my life for most of my adult years, and I didn’t know how to do anything else. So, in some ways, I could relate to Mason. Any other priorities were always a distant second place for me, and I had no idea how to change that, either. Until now, I’d never had the desire to do anything except play the business game.
Ruby shot me a disappointed look as she stood up. “Jett and I have dinner plans, so we have to go. We’re trying out a new restaurant. But I think you should think about apologizing, Carter. I’ve never seen you have this kind of interest in a woman before, and I don’t think you should blow it with her.”
News flash: I’d already blown it. Ruby hadn’t seen the obstinate look on Brynn’s face when we’d parted this morning.
But Ruby was probably never going to understand that I didn’t covet a relationship like she had with Jett.
I liked my freedom.
“I’ll think about it,” I agreed vaguely.
I watched as Ruby, Jett, and Mason departed, and then leaned back in my comfortable office chair with a sigh.
Apologize? Oh, hell no. I was Carter Lawson, a man known for playing the game better than everyone else. I was never sorry, and I sure as fuck wasn’t asking anybody to forgive me.
But God, Brynn Davis was tempting enough to make me flirt with the idea.
Would it help? Probably not.
She’d been pretty adamant about not wanting to go to dinner.
For fuck’s sake, Lawson, forget about it!
Problem was, the memory of her stubborn expression, her fearless stance when she’d finally spoken to me, and her beautiful, dark, exotic eyes had haunted me all day.
She’s a supermodel. She’s attractive. That’s it.
Strangely, I didn’t like the fact that men were probably ogling her all the time. Brynn Davis was probably the star player in a large number of men’s fantasies, and that irritated the hell out of me, too.
Leaning forward again, I opened the merger file on my desk.
“Fuck!” I said to myself in a disgusted voice. “What in the hell am I doing?”
I had a ton of work to get done before I could leave the office.
I’d spilled about what I’d done this morning to my brothers and Ruby, hoping for some kind of damn advice.
And I was actually thinking about sincerely apologizing to Brynn.
I told her I was sorry. That should be enough, right? She knew.
I specifically remembered that I’d blurted out those two little words as soon as I’d caught up with her after she’d bolted from the elevator.
It was unusual for me to say I was sorry at all. In fact, I couldn’t remember a time that I had since I’d become a grown adult.
As I focused on the paperwork I had to review, I tried to push her out of my brain completely.
There were other women.
Plenty of them.
I didn’t need to obsess over a single female who just wasn’t interested in me. That would make me pretty damn pathetic.
I finished my work several hours later, and realized that I hadn’t been completely successful at writing Brynn Davis off.
Maybe because I wanted her way too much.
What happens when you're instantly drawn and inexplicably attracted to a man you haven't really met?
Me? Well, I left a party like my butt was on fire when it happened to me. Arrogant, wealthy and physically perfect men were nothing but trouble, even if I was mesmerized by a man with all of those attributes.
Unfortunately, we met again--in person this time-- when I literally collided with Carter Lawson in the flesh several days later, and discovered he was a man I just couldn't stay away from, no matter how much I tried. He felt the same attraction, and was determined to make it impossible for me not to see him.
My body craved him, and as I got to know the real man behind the jaded billionaire, womanizer facade, I was surprised to discover that I actually liked him.
He's the quintessential alpha male that I normally hate, but there's something I see in him that nobody else does, a pain I recognize in his glacier-like eyes--because I'm just like him. Both of us are frauds
I want to crack him like an egg, and see what's inside, but there's no way I want him to do the same thing to me.
On the surface, I'm a successful supermodel with a great career.
Inside, I'm someone else, a woman that nobody sees--until Carter slowly breaks through my defensive walls as well as he satisfies my body, starting to open wounds that have never really healed.
But there's only so much I can let Carter see. Revealing everything could ruin my entire life and the career I'd worked so hard to build.
So why was it so hard to lie to Carter like I'd been doing with everyone else my entire life?
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