Eye Candy

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Summary

Twenty-two-year-old Thea Anderson needs a fresh start after her parents are murdered. She has nothing left in Franklin County Georgia but her father's company, Anderson Construction. Her mother's lifelong best friend, Elaine Thompson, steps up and makes Thea an offer she can't refuse. Thea finds herself in Illinois, falling for a hot, older, man. When she lands a job at his company, things start heating up between the two. The more they both try to fight it, the hotter it gets. How could something so wrong feel so right?

Genre:
Romance / Erotica
Author:
HudsonBella
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
24
Rating:
4.8 12 reviews
Age Rating:
18+

Chapter 1

Thea

I packed the last of my belongings into my old Honda accord, handed the key over to the relator, and backed out of the driveway for the last time. There was nothing left for me here. I reassured myself I was doing the right thing by leaving all this behind. I knew if I looked back, I would change my mind. I crossed the state line, from Georgia into Tennessee, with the radio blaring and the windows down letting the wind blow through my hair, carrying my worries away.

My parents were all I had, and now that they were gone, I was looking to start over. It had always been just me and my parents, I had no other family, or at least none that they ever talked about. The closest family my mom ever head was her best friend, Elaine Thompson. Her family lived next to us forever, that is until she and her husband got a job offer from Northwestern University in Illinois. It was an amazing offer, one that they couldn’t pass up, so they left our little town in Franklin County Georgia and moved to Evanston Illionois. They came in for my parent’s funeral and that’s when Elaine asked me to move in with them. She said there was so much more opportunity there and she didn’t want me to be by myself here. At first, I wasn’t too keen on the idea but after I thought about it for a few days, I decided it was exactly what I needed. I had already graduated high school and was taking a few classes at the community college but nothing I couldn’t do somewhere else. The only thing was, there was still my dad’s construction company I had to worry about. I had been working for my dad, as long as I can remember, from the time I was old enough to sweep floors. As I got older, I graduated from cleaning to managing the books, organizing meetings, and making appointments. I was pretty much his personal assistant. Now that my parents were gone, it belonged to me. With Elaine’s help, I hired someone to take my place and put my dad’s right-hand man in charge, with a nice raise of course. We decided I would meet with them once a month via teleconference to find out how everything was going. My friends had all left for college, and my boyfriend, well, I found out the week before my parents were killed that he had been cheating on me with my best friend. So, why should I stay? I needed to start over, start fresh, where no one knows me.

It is a twelve-hour drive from Georgia to Evanston. I plan on driving it all in one day, so I don’t have to spend the night in a hotel. I mapped it out, stopping for bathroom breaks and gas, along with food, should put me getting to Elaine’s around midnight. I plan on keeping her updated on my progress and location along the way. I arrived at her place at 11:45 and she was waiting by the door. The greetings were short seeing as it was late, and I was tired. All I wanted to do was get a hot shower and crawl into bed.

It was nearly eleven when I finally managed to get out of bed. As I made my way through the house, I realized no one was here. I found a plate of food with a note attached to it on the kitchen counter. Looks like Elaine and Michael will be out of the house for most of the day. The note also said that someone was supposed to stop by to drop off something for Michael. Well, once I finish my food, I will go make myself more presentable since I am expecting company.

I got up to place my plate in the sink when the doorbell rang. Well so much for looking presentable. I took the hairband off my wrist and put my hair in a messy bun as I opened the door. Holy Jesus, I definitely was not expecting what was awaiting me on the other side. Tall, muscular, tattooed, and sexy as hell. My eyes made their way up his muscular legs, past his bulging crotch, abs and tattooed, muscular arms, to his very kissable lips and his beautiful blue eyes. I was rendered completely speechless. Pulling me away from my totally obvious ogling, came this sexy deep voice, “Enjoying yourself sweetheart?”

As if I wasn’t already embarrassed enough, I began stuttering. “I, I, I don’t know what you are talking about.”

He let out a deep laugh, “Really? Is that why there is drool running down your chin?”

I reached up and wiped my mouth, “I’m not drooling!”

He laughed again, this time making me a little agitated. “Who are you and what do you want?”

“Sorry. Sorry. I will stop. I am Ben Williams. I was stopping by to drop something off for Michael. Is he around?”

“Oh. No, he is not here but they told me you would be stopping by.”

“Oh, okay. Who are you?”

“I am Thea. I just moved here from Georgia and will be staying with Elaine and Michael for a while until I can get a job and get myself settled.”

He held his hand out, “Nice to meet you, Thea. I should really get going but if you are staying with Michael then I am sure we will meet again.”

“Oh, okay. Well, nice meeting you too Ben. Yes, I hope so.”

He gave me a look over one more time and turned to leave. I was left speechless. He was the most gorgeous man I have ever seen. I could tell he was older from the graying beard and hair but damn he was so sexy. He hopped into his big black jacked up truck and looked my way shooting me a wink before pulling away. I closed the door, a giggling mess. It then hit me that I had literally answered the door in my pajamas. My booty shorts and this, spaghetti strap tank top. Not only that but I wasn’t wearing a bra and I’m sure he could see my nipples. There is no telling how my hair must look. “Oh my god. What was I thinking?” I placed the package down on the table and went to the bathroom. When I looked in the mirror I was horrified. Why did I have to answer the door looking like this. I was a wreck.

“Thea we’re home.”

“Coming.” I ran downstairs and into the kitchen.

So, I hear you met Ben.”

“Ben? Who’s Ben?” I tried playing dumb, but I don’t think they were buying it.

“Yes, you know, tall, muscular, handsome. He stopped by to drop off a package for Michael.”

“Really dear, I am right here?”

“I know that, and you know I love you.” She leaned over and pecked Michael on the lips.

“Oh yeah that guy. He stopped by and dropped something off. I put it over there on the table. He seems like an arrogant jerk.”

“Oh really? Is that why you turned red when I mentioned his name?”

“I did not!”

“Okay fine. I’m just saying, he is very easy on the eyes.”

Yeah, and like twice my age.”

So, you do think he is good looking huh?”

“I didn’t say that.”

“Whatever you say dear. Now go get ready for dinner. We have reservations at Izzo’s at seven.”

I ran back up the steps to get ready. As the hot water from the shower cascaded down my body, I imagined it was Ben’s hands running over my plump breasts and hard nipples giving them a squeeze, down to my stomach, then landing on my hot center. He knew just where to touch me to make me scream and cum so hard my legs went weak. I had to grab onto the shower bar to keep myself from falling. “Oh my god!” Damn I hope no one heard that.

“Thea are you okay?” Well, so much for that.

“Yes, yes, I am fine. Just slipped that’s all.”

“Okay sweety. We will be downstairs waiting on you.”

I gathered my thoughts and quickly finished up my shower. The whole time chastising myself for allowing that to happen. What the hell is wrong with me. The man is old enough to be my dad, sexy as fuck, but old, and I don’t even know him, we just met today, and I totally embarrassed myself in his presence. So, I’m pretty sure we will not be anything more than acquaintances. No, not going to happen.

We walk into the Italian restaurant and the hostess greets Michael and Elaine then turns to me. I introduce myself as Elaine tells him I will be staying with them for a while. He then leads us to the table, and guess who’s waiting on us. Ben! What the fuck? I grabbed Elaine’s arm and pulled her to me. “What is he doing here Elaine?”

“Michael invited him since he missed him today when he stopped by. Sorry, I forgot to mention it.” She looked at me with a grin.

“Really Elaine! Damn you!” She burst out laughing at my complete uneasiness over the situation. We walked on over to the table where Michael and Ben were waiting on us. Ben stood up and hugged Elaine then greeted me by kissing the back of my hand making the situation even more awkward.

“Thea, so nice to see you again.”

“Yes, you too.” I gave my best smile trying not to make things any worse than they already are.

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