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You can never tell a book by it’s cover!
On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own.
Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden’s only concern is to make something of himself to move his “madre” from the tough neighborhood.
Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton.
Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood?
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Chapter One posted on Wattpad
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When Isaac and Debra finally made it to the CEO’s mansion in Highland Park, they’d arrived before most of the guests. Isaac drew up his lips when he saw the name Silas Denton, Jr. directly in front of his. Much to Isaac’s disdain, his boss made it early too. Silas would surely talk his ear off before the party and boast about his latest trip to the Hamptons or his journey to Africa.
After checking in with the hostess, Isaac and Debra held hands and strolled down the long hallway to the celebration in the main dining room. The house was like a mausoleum, with marbled floors covered by rich, red carpet. Art and photographs Mr. Denton Sr. accumulated over the years covered the walls. Once Isaac opened the solid wood doors, the main dining area resembled more of a palace, very formal with off-white furniture sitting atop oriental rugs imported straight from Japan and intricate crown moldings framing the doorways and windows of this magnificent area.
This gathering was for executives and not the five thousand or so employees who worked under them. Because the offices were scattered about the United States, regional holiday parties were held, but they weren’t even half as glamorous.
“As per usual, Mr. Denton knows how to throw a party.” Debra took a glass of wine for herself and Isaac as the waiter passed them by. “Aren’t you gonna go say hi to Silas?”
In response, Isaac’s nose twitched, and he shrugged, “Sure, after I have a couple of these.” Isaac downed it in one gulp and set it on a tray carried by another waiter walking past.
“Wow, that bad, huh? I mean, I know he can be a dick sometimes, but…”
“Sometimes?” Isaac asked incredulously and grasped another, nodding at the waitress. He sipped this one slower since the first went directly to his head. He almost forgot he was driving tonight. Debra didn’t want to be bothered since she was wearing the after-five outfit.
“Yeah, well.” She snorted and took a sip of hers. “He’s an ass, I know, but you did go to college with him.”
“Yeah, and as you know, once he spots me, he’ll make his way over here to talk about how he met Oprah in Sweden last month or partied with Jay-Z and LeBron in New York. He’s such a freaking show-off and thinks the world revolves around him.” Isaac adjusted his frames and gulped the rest of the wine.
Debra’s eyes widened, and she placed her hand on his wrist. “Wow, slow down there, partner. You wanna be drunk at this party? I’m sure Mr. Denton would want you to be totally sober to speak with the tightwads in this company. Aren’t you trying to go for partner?”
“Yep, and I think I got it. Denton’s not comfortable with Silas being so…um…out, and he’s spoken to me about taking over once he steps down.”
“You never told me that,” she whispered. She leaned in closer to his ear. “Why haven’t you shared that bit of info with me before, my friend?”
“You know what they say about how liquor gives you loose lips.” Isaac shoved his hands in his pockets, trying to keep from signaling the waiters or waitresses for another drink. He didn’t have a problem, but he hated being around Silas, Sr. knowing he held reservations against gays.
Isaac knew the elder Silas was a douche for thinking this, and it kept Isaac in the closet with his best friend as his pretend wife. No one knew, and Isaac intended for it to stay that way. It was the ultimate revenge to an old man who Isaac felt stole the corporation from under his father’s nose and played on his weaknesses when on his death bed.
When Denton Sr. dropped dead, Isaac would be a happy, wealthy man, with the company in his hands, his best friend at his side, and…
And no one to share it with.
Perhaps by that time Isaac will have found someone to fill his bed, but for now he’d settle for the pretty boys he liked to occasionally bring home after a long week’s work. Like he’d told Debra, there was no room for happiness until his ultimate goal was achieved. He could sit back, relax, and have all the man-sex he could stomach and die very successful and fulfilled.
Debra’s voice startled him. “Then you should cool it before you out yourself in front of all these men, sugar. These stuffy old coots won’t like hearing that you’re not sleeping with your wife and spending your bed time with random Joes.”
“I know, I know, but that wine was so damn good.” He winked and kissed her cheek. “Wanna dance, so we can avoid Silas, Jr. some more? I mean, he might not come over and talk if he sees me dancing with you.”
Debra nodded. “Sure, you remember how to do the move I taught you the other night, since they’re playing my favorite Harry Connick song?”
“Yes, I do, pretty lady. I love some Harry, too, and not just for his singing capabilities.” He took Debra’s hand, leading her out onto the floor. Out of the corner of his eye, he caught Silas Denton, Jr. staring at him, raising his glass in his direction.
Yeah, Silas Denton, Jr. was that, but he claimed to be his friend. Best friend who only wanted to see him succeed…at failing.
From private elementary school on they’d always tried to outdo one another, and now their competition was fueled by the prospect of being the new boss.
“You okay, babe?” Debra cocked an eyebrow and tilted her head. “You’re thinking about something hard, aren’t you? You didn’t even notice that you stepped on my foot and missed a twirl in the routine.”
“Oh, damn. Sorry, Mama. I was thinking a little bit too much. Does your foot hurt?” Isaac was genuinely concerned about his bff’s welfare. She was the closest thing to family that existed in his life right now.
“Nah, not really.” She winced a little but kept in rhythm with the steps.
“Good, cause I’m not ready to stop dancing.” Isaac twirled her around and she spun, only to have him catch her before she tumbled over. Still she looked graceful, and he kissed her on the lips to give people the impression of a very happy couple. Good thing they didn’t know that it was a façade, a lie that could never be told if Isaac wanted to achieve his ultimate goal.
* * * *
Just in time.
Jayden handed his keys to the valet and nodded before he headed to the house. Actually, the drive up hadn’t been too terrible. For once the traffic wasn’t backed up for miles, and he made it in an hour’s time to arrive early as he’d wanted.
Looking at the residence, Jayden couldn’t help but be in awe of the sight. The mansion appeared to have many well lit rooms and looked every bit like the houses he saw on HGTV late at night when he couldn’t sleep. Huge, gray stone that resembled a castle with a perfectly paved pathway lined with flowers led up to the place.
Jayden didn’t believe that anyone lived in houses like this in real life. He’d only seen run-down, dilapidated buildings in his hood. Nothing even close to this existed near his home. He wished he could have a place similar for him and his madre.
When he made his way up to the table, he couldn’t help but gaze at the marble crown molding that he noticed from those TV shows. Everything he picked up about houses he knew from House Hunters and Design Star. Jayden had to chuckle when he recognized the material used on the floors.
At the check-in table, a slim, Caucasian blonde wearing black-rimmed glasses greeted him with a wide smile. “And you would be?”
“Um, Jayden DeMario. I’m one of the interns from Roosevelt College?” Jayden held his hands in front of him, attempting to get a grip. His stomach was doing flip flops, and he hadn’t even met the people in charge.
“Ah, yes, Mr. DeMario. You are indeed a sight for sore eyes, young man.” She placed a pen in her mouth and eyed him. “Please sign in. How come someone as handsome as you doesn’t have a date?”
Jayden sighed and nibbled on his lip. “Eh, I wasn’t really concerned with bringing one. I… I’m more interested in trying to get the position with the company.” Jayden signed his name and took the envelope she passed to him.
“Well, I’ll make sure to put in a good word for you. I’m Gina, one of the advertising secretaries there. We’d love to have some eye candy like you roaming the office.”
“Well, thanks.” Jayden wished he could say something snippy but since this was a job opportunity he grinned and walked away quickly, thanking the woman again for giving him the compliment and the envelope.
Jayden placed it under his arm and pulled his glasses from his suit jacket. Once he placed them on his face, he made his way down the long hallway to meet with Mr. Silas Denton, Jr. That was his contact for this evening and hopefully his future boss. Jayden looked forward to showing off his advertising knowledge and skills to everyone at the firm. He didn’t keep a 3.78 grade point average for nothing.
* * * *
“And, oh my God, it was a blast!” Silas Denton, Jr. continued to talk Isaac’s ear off, just as he’d told Debra he would. Isaac only listened, not bothering to acknowledge Silas, Jr. or make eye contact. He was annoyed with everything Silas was saying.
“Yeah…um, that sounds like it. And so, you went to Beyoncé’s concert after that? I saw the message on your Twitter timeline,” Debra inquired and nudged Isaac in the ribs.
Isaac exhaled and fiddled around in his pockets, trying to keep his hands off the trays of liquor passing by. Damn, he needed a drink right now, and it didn’t help that he hadn’t eaten dinner yet.
“Mhmm.” Silas nodded. “Oh, yeah, I had to. Did you see the Instagram picture with me and her? I swear the lady is fine. If I were into women I’d totally go for her.”
Isaac glanced around the room, hoping to catch the eye of someone he could escape to. Silas always bragged about his Instagram and his Facebook followers which included some of the who’s who in business and entertainment. Hearing all this, Isaac knew what would come next.
“You know I have over twelve thousand followers, right? I mean, some celebrities don’t have that many people keeping up with them.”
Debra shrugged. “I guess that makes you a pretty popular guy, Silas.”
“And when I become CEO I’ll be even more popular. Dad should be ready to hand it over soon. He’s been getting me groomed for this position for some time now.” Silas squared his shoulders and flashed a smile. “No worries, Isaac. You’re gonna make partner when I take over. I gotcha back, man.”
Isaac wasn’t so sure of that since back stabbing ran in the family. Remembering a couple of instances in recent memory, Isaac clenched his fists in his pockets, trying to keep from saying the wrong things. He definitely wanted to make partner, and that meant keeping his big mouth shut. “Thanks for that, man. I’m glad you’re keeping an eye out for me.”
“Of course, man, just like my dad did for yours right before he passed. I mean, our fathers built this company together, so why shouldn’t the two of us run it into the new millennium, huh?”
Isaac grimaced when Silas finished his statement. “Right…I…” When a man approached with his secretary in tow, he stopped talking.
“Isaac? You what, man?” Silas tilted his head, asking a question.
Isaac gulped hard, glancing at the young gentleman coming into view.
Damn, who is this?
Isaac blinked. “I agree, I totally…um, Silas, you got…” Isaac nodded his head in the man’s direction. He could barely form the words looking at this pretty sight standing behind his boss.
Silas turned around. “Oh, hello, and you…are…my goodness, who are you?” He reached for the man and grasped his hands tightly.
Yeah, who the heck are you, sexy man?
“Mr. Denton, this is Jayden DeMario. He’s one of the interns from Roosevelt University.” The lady with him smiled sweetly and winked at Isaac. “Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Bridges. You both look amazing tonight.”
Isaac had to change his focus and stop staring at the hot young intern. “Thank you. I’m really loving that dress on you, Tamela. It’s uh…” Isaac didn’t want to be disrespectful to Debra, but he had to do something not to give away his interest in Jayden.
“Oh, thanks.” Tamela gushed and kissed him on the cheek.
When Debra elbowed him, Isaac squeezed her hand and glanced in the direction of the intern who’d moved away from them.
Maybe it was for the best they moved. Jayden was a beauty, tall and of Latino descent. His black ponytail reached the small of his back. Even through the suit, Isaac could tell the man took care of himself. He’d love to see more of that up close and personal. Shit. Dark brown eyes lay behind those black frames, and his face appeared to be chiseled. Perfect nose and narrow cheekbones, and the chin. Damn, the man was so well put together he looked like he just stepped out of a magazine or movie.
Who was this kid, and when could he start so he and Isaac could get to know one another before Silas corrupted him?
“Isaac. You okay?” Debra’s voice broke him out of his trance.
Isaac glanced down at her and pulled her hand up to his lips. “Sorry about that, honey, but I think I just found love. I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever been hit like this.”
“Whoa, babes,” Debra whispered, looking around her while she talked. “The kid? I mean, he is pretty hot, but he’s an intern. Didn’t you just tell me about dating men half my age?”
“Yeah, I did but… I mean, look at him.” Isaac peered over at Silas, most likely wooing him with his Twitter account followers and the spiel on being his favorite boy. Isaac had to admit he’d probably be doing the same thing if he had the chance.
“Isaac, you don’t wanna date where you work. That’s dangerous, and besides, again, you told me about Darnell and—”
“And that was for you, my friend, not me.” Isaac cleared his throat, hoping to get Silas’s attention and meet the man in person. “Hey, um, Silas, you need another drink or…”
Silas looked up and laughed, taking Jayden by the hand.
Oh, hell, it might be too late to save him from Silas.
“This, my friends, is Jayden DeMario, our new intern. I think I’m going to put him under your tutelage, Isaac. You’re great at what you do, and the man seems to know a lot about our company.”
Isaac smiled, wishing he could do a silent fist pump.
Jayden’s eyes widened when Silas stopped speaking. “So…you mean I got the job? I…”
“Of course, young man.” Silas moistened his lips and gripped his palm. “You’re too smart and well qualified. I’d love to have you on my team. So… this is Isaac Bridges and his lovely wife. Isaac, Jayden DeMario. Let me inform the ladies at the front that the position’s been filled. They can turn away all other interns for the evening. We found our man!” Silas let go of Jayden’s hand and grasped his shoulder instead, shaking it. “Why don’t the two of you get acquainted?” Silas slapped Jayden’s back and walked away.
Isaac held out his hand for Jayden. Once they connected, a shot of adrenaline went from his hand straight to his cock. Damn, this was only the first meeting, and the man already had an effect on his libido. “Nice to meet you, Jayden. I’m, uh… very excited to work with you. This is my beautiful wife, Debra.”
“Hi, Jayden, lovely to meet you.”
Jayden let go of Isaac’s hand and quickly shook hers. “Nice to meet you as well, Mrs. Bridges. I… I’m sorry—I’m a little awestruck right now. I didn’t think I’d get the job like this. According to the packet there was gonna be an interview on a later date and a questionnaire… I mean, I…”
“Well, whatever you said went over well with the boss. Congratulations. So, I’m assuming you’re an undergrad?” Debra interrupted, keeping the man’s gaze locked with hers.
Isaac couldn’t help but keep ogling Jayden as if he were a tasty treat. Smells of aftershave made his dick rock-hard beneath his trousers. Not only did Jayden look amazing, he smelled good. Isaac wished he could move closer to the man just to inhale it.
“No, I’m almost done with school. I’ll be graduating in May and looking for a full-time position to start my career. I’ve kept an eye on Denton, especially since it’s one of the top minority-owned firms in the country.”
Cute and smart. I like that.
Isaac knew he should say something, so it wouldn’t be so damn obvious that he was checking Jayden out head to toe. “And you want to work in advertising, huh? What made you decide to go with that?”
Jayden flashed a smile that could light up a small town. Pearly whites blinded Isaac, and he didn’t mind, not one bit. “I love commercials and ads. I watched them as a kid, and I want to have the chance to make a difference for companies to sell their products. I have a lot of great ideas I could offer Denton’s clients if given the chance. I’m eager to learn and hungry for new challenges.”
All the right answers and Isaac’s resolve was weakening. How the hell would he be able to work around this young man without pushing him into an empty cubicle and attacking him? Isaac didn’t know if Jayden was into men but honestly, he didn’t care right now. Isaac knew at that moment he had to have this man in his life in one capacity or another.