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Leading a Double Life
Like most writers, I live a double life. There is my sporadic day job as a substitute at the school, typical mom and wife duties, PTA and Girl Scout meetings, and any number of other people I need to be during the course of the day. And somewhere in there, I am a writer, creator of stories set in other worlds, populated by people who are often less than law abiding. But few of the real people I associate with on a daily basis know WHAT I write, exactly.
I balance these aspects of my personality, keeping in mind who, in my conservative little town, I talk to about my writing. Discuss my latest f/f love scene around the teacher’s lounge? No. Talk about how to write a scene with a violent drug dealer at a Girl Scout meeting, No again. I switch hats, slipping into one persona or another for the duration. Sometimes it feels like I’m playing a game of “Who are we now?”
In Rulebreaker, thief Liv Braxton plays the ultimate game of pretend. She must fool her new boss into believing she’s a competent assistant while trying to steal files from the woman. But what happens when the feelings Liv’s pretending to have become all too real?
“And you are?” asked a smooth alto on my left.
My head snapped up from the screen to face R. J. Talbot. One slender, dark eyebrow was cocked in query over her steel-green gaze. Her wide mouth pressed into a hard line, she stood with her arms crossed under her breasts. A perfectly tailored winter-white dress buttoned almost to the throat fit her trim form.
Chestnut tendrils had loosened from her upswept hairstyle, softening the angles of her cheekbones, but that was the only thing soft about her. Talbot was more attractive than the pictures and vids on the data stick had shown. Attractive in an intense, “I’m used to getting what I want and no one will stop me” sort of way. Up close and in person, she made my stomach flip and my palms sweat.
“Olivia Baines.” I rose and wiped my palms on my skirt. The VP was only a few centis taller than me, putting us almost eye-to-eye. “Your new assistant.”
I stuck my right hand out and waited while she looked me over. Despite knowing R. J. Talbot liked women, there was nothing sexual in her scrutiny. It was a purely clinical assessment, and I tried not to squirm while I wondered what she thought of me. Once again, I felt like a used air car.
Finally she brought her eyes back up to mine and grasped my hand. Hers was cool and strong with blunt, beautifully manicured, unpainted fingernails. “You’re the third one in as many weeks,” she said as she released me. “I hope HR got it right this time.”
Good thing I’d worn a jacket, because there was a distinct chill in the air.
Determined to do my best—at both jobs expected of me—I nodded once. “You won’t be disappointed, Miss Talbot.”
“Mm-hmm.” Her tone more than implied her doubt as she gave me another quick appraisal. “Get acquainted with what’s on the SI and in the desk. I’ll be back in an hour.”
She was leaving me alone? On my first day, my first minutes on the job? What kind of boss did that to an untried assistant?
Talbot walked to the door, her hips swaying with authority. She wore heels a bit higher than mine, which actually made us about the same height. But somehow, R. J. Talbot seemed taller. Much taller.
She left the office without a backward glance.
I sank down onto my chair. Willem expected me to charm and seduce her? I’d be lucky if I made it through the day without her tossing me out like week-old take-away.
The trill of the comm cut through my wavering confidence.
Unless I did want to get fired before I’d barely started, I’d better get to work. Taking a deep breath, I tapped the flashing icon on the screen. “Miss Talbot’s office. This is Olivia. How can I help you?”
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