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A Private Affair by A.C. Arthur

A Private Affair by A.C. Arthur

Author:A.C. Arthur
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 2019-10-10T14:03:27+00:00


CHAPTER ELEVEN

ONE WEEK LATER, Riley walked into the 11 Howard Hotel, ready for Saturday Style magazine’s style summit, which officially kicked off the pre‒Fashion Week festivities. She wore a navy-blue wool coat that complemented her navy-and-rust geometric-print blouse, pleated skirt and calf-high cognac-colored suede boots. Her hair was pulled back into a neat bun.

One of the hostesses took her coat and Riley tucked her purse under her arm as she walked toward the ballroom alone. Since this event used the best technology on the market to showcase the hottest trends in style, Major was also attending. He had a front row seat as did Riley, but she hadn’t wanted to be up front during the presentation so she’d arrived late, hoping she could avoid immediate detection and slide into a seat at the back after everyone had been seated.

Two minutes after she walked into the auditorium her plan failed miserably.

“Hello, beautiful.”

“Hi.” She tried to make sure her response wasn’t as breathless as she felt upon seeing Chaz again but wasn’t convinced it had worked.

The room was dark but with the bright blue, fuchsia and white lights coming from the stage and the large screens displaying the presentation, she could tell that he looked good. His suit jacket was dark, his jeans light, button-front white print shirt crisp.

“It’s been another busy week,” he said. “I didn’t get a chance to catch up with you.”

“Yes. I know. There’s a lot going on right now. I’m just going to go and find my seat.” She moved around him and was not totally surprised when he extended an arm to stop her.

“Hold on a sec. Can we just talk for a minute?”

“The show’s already started.”

“You knew that would be the case when you purposely arrived late.” He sounded like he was making a casual observation.

His arm was extended in front of her but he wasn’t touching her. She could still feel the heat emanating from him. It was familiar, and to her chagrin her body sought it.

“Five minutes, Riley. We can go out into the hall or find some other private space.”

How much would she love to go off to some private space with Chaz? Way too much, to be honest.

She shook her head. “Not here, Chaz. Maybe we can meet up later.”

Before he could respond Riley saw two people coming up the aisle heading directly for the spot where they stood. She moved around his arm and walked quickly to find any available seat. It was best if she sat down and got out of view.

After the show it took Riley a few minutes to make her way out of the auditorium. Reporters and photographers were everywhere and while she knew it would be good to be seen by one of them and to offer a tease about RGF’s show, Riley couldn’t help but hope they ignored her. Besides, Major was here—he could just as easily give a tease and a lengthy interview since he wasn’t opposed to using the tabloids at every opportunity.



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