Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
Ryder Rodgers is hoping to win the biggest contract of his career. It’s a multimillion dollar project that could make or break a career. A multitude of qualifying companies in the building industry will compete against one another for the winning bid. Ryder plans to own that conference room until he see’s a blast from the past. Harper Denton was his biggest rival back in college. She was always first in their class & the only one who could beat him, and bruise his ego. Seeing her again is making him relive his grad school fantasies about taking the shy girl in the classroom. He is determined to be on top & can’t let her distract him.
Harper Denton recently moved from New York to Los Angeles. She has a no-nonsense reputation as a shark in the male-dominated world of construction management. She’s strong, confident & in control. Men often think she’s the underdog as a woman, but she proves them wrong for underestimating her. Harper is totally thrown off when she comes face to face with Ryder Rodgers. In college, he was the bane of her existence. She always felt judged by him & he knew just how to make her lose her temper. Being around him messed with her emotions, but she always loved going head to head with him.
-How can one mistake of a kiss years ago still make me feel this way? Because it was one helluva kiss. That’s why.
-Sexual chemistry like this is impossible to ignore. Hard not to satisfy. And definitely hasn’t gone away in the thirteen years since I’d seen him last. That want feels stronger if that’s even possible.
Just like old times, Ryder is still her biggest challenge. They competed in the past, & they pick up right where they left off. She wants to keep things professional, but she’s had a crush on Ryder & secretly wanted him for years. He now has a sexy beard & tattoos, and every time she looks at him she can’t control all the deliciously dirty images that play on a loop in her head. She feels conflicted, & doesn’t want to lust after him.
Harper has brought back Ryder’s competitive spirit. She’s smooth, feisty, & completely competent, and he’s always respected her brilliant mind. As much as he loves a sexy, confident, intelligent woman, he keeps having to remind himself she’s the competition. He hates he can’t read her & that she’s the unknown in this bidding war. He enjoys their banter but wishes he didn’t want her so desperately. The girl he remembered is now all woman & stunning. The sexual attraction is too intense & eventually, all restraint goes out the window and they give in to their desire for one another. Sleeping with the enemy becomes almost more urgent & important than the job when they realize they can’t resist each other any longer.