Love, Passion and Power: Part 1 (a duet)
For too long I’ve let my past haunt my present and hobble my future.
Until I meet Justin.
With a practiced swagger and a cocky smile, he’s got more money than I’ve ever imagined and I’m pretty sure he’s never heard the word no in his life.
He’s so not my type.
And yet, in just one day–and one night–he’s burrowed himself so deep under my skin, I’m suddenly desperate to trust again. But that’s easier said than done.
I’ve never felt such a connection, never felt such pleasure or passion before–never felt so loved. But my hang-ups keep getting in the way of my happiness. I need to trust before I can fall completely, and as incredible as Justin is, I’m not sure I can trust him.
I might just sabotage our future before it’s even begun.
“Come on Kendra, you felt it last night, and you feel it now, there is something between us. Let’s explore.”
“No, we can’t. I can’t. I’m sorry if I led you on last night. But it was a mistake. I know you think there is something going on between us but I can assure you, there isn’t. You have to go.”
“There is definitely something going on. We both feel it. My instincts have never let me down before, and since the first moment I saw you, glaring at me as you stood behind the counter at the center, I’ve known we’re meant to be together.” He stepped forward and motioned to tuck a strand of hair behind my ear but I moved back and batted his hand out of the way.
“You need to leave.”
“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me why.”
“Fine.” I lifted my shoulder, feigning disinterest. “You weren’t very good in bed.”
He let out a huff of a laugh and took another bite of his cupcake. “That’s bull shit and you know it. You’re not a very good liar you know? Try again.”
“I’m not supposed to date clients.”
“Something tells me you’ve never let that stop you before. And I called Lacy, the receptionist, and asked if that was a policy. She said it wasn’t. Keep trying.” He cocked his hip against the counter, a smug smirk playing on his lips.
I took a deep breath. “Why do you need a reason? I’m just not interested. I like you well enough but I’m just not that interested.” That’s right Kendra, if you say it often enough you might just convince yourself, as well as him. “I’m sorry. Can we please just leave it at that? I’ll transfer you to another trainer so things aren’t awkward.”
“I don’t want someone else. And I don’t believe you, I saw your face when Alexa kissed me last night, you were jealous. But…” He cocked his head in thought. “I’ll leave you alone if you agree not to drop me as a client.”
“You’re not worried it will be too awkward?”
“I’ll try if you will.”
I let out a loud sigh and crossed my arms. “Okay. Fine. But I reserve the right to pass you off to someone else if it’s not working.”
“This is happening whether you like it or not. You want me just as much as I want you. And I’ll wait as long as I have to. I’m incredibly patient. And I believe we’re meant to be.”
“You’re wrong,” I whispered, looking down at my bare feet, desperate not to let him see how he really made me feel.