Publisher: SP Press
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Taylor Allerton's speakeasy is one of the hottest nightclubs in Manhattan. Young, rich, and beautiful, she can have any man she wants--and usually does.
Namir Adeem just became the youngest partner at one of the most prestigious accounting firms in Manhattan. His determination to bring honor to his family leaves no time for any relationship.
When Taylor discovers just how sheltered Namir is, she takes it upon herself to give him the education he deserves.
Some things can't be taught in school....
“I’m sure it’s not the first time you’ve had to dissuade a woman in a bar.”
He barked out a laugh. “Ms. Allerton, I’ve spent more time in libraries and schoolrooms than in drinking establishments. I’ll confess, if you hadn’t intervened, I’m not sure how I would have handled your friend.”
“Look, I’ve already decided to hire you, so you really don’t need to continue plugging your education.”
“I assure you, that’s not my intention at all.” He coughed and scratched the side of his nose again. “I’m simply trying to inform you, as delicately as possible, that I am not used to this sort of… open culture.”
I stared at him, working to process his words. “I’m sorry, I’m not really following what you’re saying.”
“When I say I lack experience in certain areas, I mean I… lack experience.” He leaned his head back and closed his eyes. “You do not achieve the success I have at my age without making some sacrifices along the way.”
“Oh.” As the full impact of his words sank in, my eyes widened involuntarily. “Oh. Oh, God. Now I’m even more sorry about Kennedy and how she acted and what she said and--.”
“You don’t need to apologize, Ms. Allerton. You have been beyond professional in every way.” He opened his eyes, tilting his chin down and studying me with a slight smile. “At least you have while in my presence.”
“Well, thank God we can’t get in trouble simply for having dirty thoughts.” I crossed my legs and laughed. “Although it’s probably only me having those thoughts.”
He sat silent for long minutes before clearing his throat. “You would be wrong, Ms. Allerton.”
I lifted my brows, tilting my head to the side. “Oh?”
“I hope this won’t impact our professional relationship but since you are being honest, so must I.” His gaze shifted to mine and I sucked in a breath. “I find you very attractive, Ms. Allerton.”
“In the spirit of continued honesty… my friend was right.” I picked up my glass, taking along sip of watered down tea. “I want to fuck you.”
“As flattering as I find your statement, I doubt it would be very good for you, all things considered.”
“Do you want me to teach you?” I hadn’t even known the thought was in my head until the words were echoing in the room but it was instantly an obsession. Slowly, I began sliding around the booth toward him. “I will—as much as you’re willing to learn.”
He dropped his gaze to the table, shifting restlessly. “You should check on your friend.”
“You didn’t answer the question.”
“It was a highly inappropriate question, Ms. Allerton.”
“Still not an answer.” I leaned closer, my mouth a half inch from his. “Do you want me to educate you or not?”
His lips parted on a sigh. “Yes. I do.”
“Wonderful.” I leaned back, pretending not to see the disappointment flash across his face. “We’ll start tomorrow.”
Character Name: Taylor Allerton
Character Bio: Well, I was born in Manhattan—I love it here, I couldn’t possibly live anywhere else. I bounced around a lot of private schools before finally graduating and going to New York University. Instead of going in to charity work or getting married, I decided to open a speakeasy themed nightclub—Whisper. It’s a roaring success, of course, but I’m already looking forward to the next project.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Best quality, I would have to say, is I’m fairly non-judgmental. I mean, live the life you want, right? Worst quality… hmm. Some people might call be uncaring but that’s probably because I didn’t fake being interested in whatever they were saying.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Generally speaking, if I want people to know something, they do. Still, I think people tend to forget I have dual degrees, simply because I like to party a lot.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Seriously? If I told you that, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it?
What are you most afraid of?
Spiders. A bad haircut. Breaking a heel in public. Public transportation.
What do you want more than anything?
That’s kind of a tall order and really personal. So I’ll simply say I want Whisper to be beyond successful and my next venture to really get people talking.
What is your relationship status?
I have a lot of… friends.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Rich—no, seriously, that’s the word I’d use. Whether I’m clubbing with my friends, brunching with my parents, or managing Whisper, I’m wearing the best. Having said that, I’m more in to solids than patterns, heels than flats, and I have no problem with a low neckline.
How much of a rebel are you?
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
I’d say it’s a tie between my degrees and Whisper.
What is your idea of happiness?
I have no idea how to answer this question.
What is your current state of mind?
Really confused about some of these questions but overall pretty serene.
What is your most treasured possession?
At the moment, Whisper.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’d have to say I’m pretty bold.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Nosy people—like unasked for nosiness. I mean, a formal interview is one thing, I’m completely cool with that. But the random person who starts up a conversation and tries to pry in to your personal life? Definitely not ok.
Which living person do you, most despise?
I don’t know if I despise anyone—to me, that just seems like a lot of work and my plate is already full. Still, I do enjoy needling Courtney Axelrod. I’ve been doing it so long it’s practically a habit.
What is your greatest regret?
I should spout some homily about how every decision makes us who we are and so there aren’t any bad ones but I don’t believe that. There are bad decisions and there are regrets. I’m just not the type of person to share them.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I don’t really like for quality in a man—besides the obvious.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I think I’d be a little less pretty—no, really. I think people would take me more seriously if I wasn’t so attractive.
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.