Lost With Me (Stark Trilogy Book 5) by J. Kenner

Lost With Me (Stark Trilogy Book 5) by J. Kenner

Author:J. Kenner [Kenner, J.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: to-read
ISBN: 9781940673844
Goodreads: 36568823
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Published: 2018-10-23T04:00:00+00:00

14

“You can’t make me leave,” Marianna says after Damien tells her exactly that. “My son is a grant recipient. I have a right to be here.”

“No,” Damien says. “You don’t.”

He takes a single step toward her, and she backs up, upsetting one of the dessert tables and sending cookies and cake bites tumbling to the ground. “You keep your hands off me,” she shrieks. “You can’t manhandle me. You can’t touch me.”

“You’re leaving, Marianna,” Damien says, the deceptive calm of his voice hiding an ocean of anger. He lifts his left wrist and glances down at his watch, then taps the watch face. “You can leave civilly or you can leave with an escort. But either way, you’re ending up outside those gates in less than five minutes.”

“Fuck. You.” She thrusts her chin out, then steps right in front of Damien, her eyes narrowed into slits. “You think you’re above everything, don’t you. Well, think again. You’ve crossed the wrong person, Damien Stark. I’ll destroy you. You just wait and see if I don’t.”

The doors open to the left, and I see one of the wide-eyed volunteers hurry that direction, presumably to tell the new person that the hall isn’t yet ready for guests. Except the person stepping into the hall is Ryan, and he makes a subtle hand motion that has the volunteer backing off. Then, with laser focus, he approaches Damien, acknowledging me with a quick nod and Marianna with a dismissive glance.

“Trouble, Mr. Stark?”

“Ms. Kingsley has become confused and can’t remember the way out. Could you escort her off the premises?”

“Not a problem.” He stares down Marianna, his expression cold enough to freeze ice in hell. “If you’d just come with me, please.”

For a moment, I think she’s going to argue. Then her gaze skims over Ryan, who stands there looking strong and dangerous. I see her swallow, then nod.

They get about two steps away when she turns back, her expression hard. “This isn’t over, Stark.”

“Noted,” he says, then turns his back on her to take my hand and lead me to the far side of the room.

“Can she?” I ask.

His eyes narrow slightly. “Can she what?”

“Well, she said she’d destroy you, and I know she can’t manage that. But can she make trouble?”

He strokes my cheek as he shakes his head. “Baby, she already tried that and we beat her. All she can do now is talk big. And we don’t have to listen.”

“Good.” I brush a light kiss over his lips. “That’s exactly what I hoped you’d say.”

Outside, someone clangs the triangular bell that hangs in front of the dining hall, signaling to everyone that the food service has begun—and signaling to me that I’ll soon be standing at that podium spilling my heart out to a room full of people.

“You okay?”

I look up, realizing that Damien is watching me intently. “Of course.” I force a smile. “Mind wandering.”

From his expression, I’m not sure he believes me, but the next moment he’s called away by one of the foundation’s board members.



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