I met my husband at work. He was a parent of one of my students. I emailed him the newsletter each week and he would grumble back to me about this or that. Eventually, I found his joking and silliness endearing and we decided to date. But not before my co-workers became upset.
Luckily for me, my story has a happy ending. But not everyone is as lucky. Do you know of a work relationship? Did it work out or not?
Rita Arens latest romance features a young woman who dates the boss' son. Now that is sure to go over big, right? See for yourself!
What happens when you're not ready for the power you desire?
Instead of heading to college, eighteen-year-old Meg lucks into a temporary position as personal secretary to Helen Cleaves, CEO of Aethon Power & Light. When Helen's charming son turns his romantic attention toward Meg, she finds herself pulled along on Parker’s rule-bending quest for power within Aethon -- and her own struggle to determine the woman she will become.
Revisit the Greek myth of the sun god, Helios, and his son Phaeton -- only this time Helios is Helen, the fiery-haired chief executive of Aethon Power & Light in Chicago and Phaeton is Parker, her hot-headed son and only heir.
THE BIRTHRIGHT OF PARKER CLEAVES offers for mythology what Marissa Meyer’s CINDER did for young adult fairy tales – a nostalgic plot, a powerful love interest and a fresh twist.
Helen leans in, her necklaces clinking softly. I can smell her perfume wafting up from between the layers of silk around her shoulders. “I stopped by to see if you’re clear on your duties while I’m gone, dear.” She rests her hand on my desk, and it looks old, way older than her face, as though she’s aging from the ground up.
I swivel to see her adjusting her thick leather belt. It looks soft enough to fold in half length-wise. “Pretty sure—Parker is filling in for you, so I manage his calendar and affairs just like I do for you until you return, right?” Don’t leave. I don’t want you to leave me. Too.
“That’s right. It could be more challenging than you think.” Helen stands back, removing her hand from my inspection as if she can see what I am thinking. “He can be more challenging.”
“Oh?” I slide my feet back into the flats under my desk. “Parker?”
“I’m well aware of my son’s interest in you, Meg. I’ve told him again and again he needs to keep the office business, but he tends to lack boundaries.” She looks right at me, and I start to squirm. “I do worry you’ll buy into Parker’s image of himself. It’s happened with others before, but you’re made of different stuff, I think. Always remember there’s a difference between liking someone and liking the way they make you feel about yourself.”
Rita Arens is the author of THE BIRTHRIGHT OF PARKER CLEAVES and THE OBVIOUS GAME and the editor of SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK. For more information, visit www.ritaarens.com.
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