A software conference with a lot of techie geeks sounds boring, but Kenzie's excited about this one. She's going to see Noah Chambers again! After meeting once, she hasn't been able to get his sexy smile out of her head. Noah's looking forward to seeing Kenzie again too. He knows it should be strictly business, but dammit, she's hot and he's kind of hoping four days in a hotel with her might lead to more than tech talk.
When an old flame of Kenzie's shows up at the conference, and Shaun clearly has the same hopes as Noah, how to resolve the competition between the two men for Kenzie's attention? How about by making her ultimate fantasy come true--with a hot threesome?
Reader Advisory: This book contains a scorching menage scene with light male/male touching.
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November 13, 2009
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Excerpt from Conference Call by Kelly Jamieson
He was sitting in the middle of a crowded airport with a huge hard-on.
Noah Chambers scowled and slouched down in the hard vinyl airport seat in an attempt to hide his arousal. Damn. While waiting for his delayed flight to San Diego, he'd let his mind drift off--again--to his favorite fantasy. Kenzie Metcalfe.
Every seat in the waiting area of O'Hare International Airport was occupied. Impatient and agitated travelers sprawled on the floor, and harried-looking airline staff dealt with lined-up passengers and complaints. Noah watched a scarlet-faced man yelling at the ticket agent at the gate. Hey, Noah was impatient to get to San Diego too, but throwing a tantrum wasn't going to get them there any faster.
But damn, he wanted to get to the conference--even though technically he didn't have to be there until Thursday when he and Kenzie were scheduled to do their presentation.
That was the reason he was so eager to get to San Diego--Kenzie. He glanced at his watch and considered sending her an e-mail to pass the time, but she was likely on her way from Minneapolis to San Diego. He'd come to look forward to their frequent e-mail exchanges and phone calls as they'd worked together on this presentation over the last few months, and now he was looking forward to seeing her in person.
He pulled out his BlackBerry and checked his e-mails--some upcoming charity event, a few other non-urgent memos, and a notice that Bob Preston, Senior Development Director in Minneapolis, had announced his retirement effective next month.
Bob Preston was retiring. Interesting. That opened up a senior level position Noah would kill for. But in Minneapolis? Hmm. He'd been working his way up at Merritt Solutions, but hadn't considered moving. He tapped his fingers thoughtfully on the armrest of his chair, mulling that over for a few moments. Then he lifted the BlackBerry and sent off an e-mail to his boss in Chicago.
With more time to kill, he opened his laptop and reviewed the presentation he and Kenzie had worked so hard on. And speaking of hard-ons...his was still there. He grimaced.
Kenzie had done an awesome job on the presentation. He grinned. Smart and hot as hell. What a combination. She also had great people skills. So many people in the tech industry were smart, talented and knowledgeable; it was rare to find someone with all those attributes plus the ability to work with people without pissing them off at every turn. He sighed. Just today he'd had to deal with a whole big issue that had blown up. One of their best programmers had resigned just because she never got any feedback from her team leader. That was exactly what their presentation was about. In fact, he could throw that in as a perfect example.
He gazed out the windows overlooking the airport, lights flashing on trucks and equipment racing around servicing planes.
His mind kept going back to her. They'd only met once, although it been a couple of days together at the planning session last year in Chicago, but her face was imbedded in his memory--short tousled dark hair with long bangs that drew attention to her intelligent blue eyes, high cheekbones and small chin, and a sexy, pouty mouth that made him want to lick it. Even months later, remembering it made him twitch.
Down boy. She's a co-worker. Although they lived in different cities, they did both work for Merritt Solutions. This conference was business. When the conference organizers had invited him to present, he'd immediately thought of Kenzie and the work she'd been doing on leadership skills for their team leaders. But if he was honest, he had to admit the thought of four full days in a hotel with Kenzie was pretty damn hot.
It had been a perfectly justifiable business decision to include her, and he knew he would have no regrets. And maybe, just maybe, they'd have some fun at this conference...if he ever got there, dammit.
* * * * *
Kenzie gazed around at the spectacular hotel as she waited to check in. The Hotel del Coronado's soaring ceiling, rich, dark wood and enormous glittering chandelier created an atmosphere of old-world luxury. Conference delegates arriving from across the country had the lobby buzzing with activity and she smiled with delight and excitement.
She'd been excited about this conference for months. Yes, it was a great career opportunity, and yes she'd left the snow and cold of Minneapolis behind for four days of California sun, but she was really excited because she'd get to see Noah again. Her tummy did a little flip at the thought of seeing him...soon!
After checking in, she took the elevator up to her floor. She dragged her suitcase down the quiet, carpeted hall, studying the numbers on each door, around the corner--and ran smack into a man just exiting his room.
"Oh!" She staggered back a step. The man's hands reached out and caught her upper arms, holding her up.
"Whoa!" he said. "Sorry!"
"No, I'm sorry..." she looked up, way up, at the tall man who held her close against him. "Oh! Noah!"
He smiled slowly, dark brown eyes warm and glinting. "Kenzie Metcalfe. I was hoping to run into you tonight--but not literally."
She laughed breathlessly. "I am so sorry! I was looking for my room...wasn't watching where I was going..."
Her cheeks heated. She'd been daydreaming and fantasizing about seeing him for so long, now that he stood in front of her she was all intimidated and tongue-tied.
"Are you okay?" he asked, the corners of his mouth tipped up attractively.
"Oh! Yes, yes, I'm fine." She stepped back, hot and flustered.
"Did you just get here?"
"Yes. I was just going to unpack a few things and get ready for the reception."
Noah took her key card from her hand. "What's your room number?"
"Four twenty two."
"Here you go." He took her suitcase from her and pulled it easily a few steps down the hall. He slid the key in and out and pushed the door open for her. "I'm right across the hall from you."
With a glance over her shoulder, hardly able to believe Noah Chambers was actually walking into her hotel room, she entered the dark room and flicked on a light. Noah followed behind. "Where would you like this?"
"Um...there." She gestured to the luggage rack in the closet and Noah lifted the heavy suitcase as if it were a loaf of bread and set it atop the stand. "Thank you."
He smiled again at her and handed her key card back. "No problem." Their eyes met and held and Kenzie's heart picked up speed. "I'll see you at the reception. We can talk about our presentation."
She nodded and followed him to the door. "Sounds great."
When he'd left, she turned and walked back into the room and sank down on the edge of the big bed. Whew.
She'd wondered if her imagination had exaggerated his sexy good looks. Uh, no. He was just as gorgeous as she remembered with his boyish smile, square chin and buff body--how did a software guy get so nicely muscled? The only other time they'd met had been months ago, but she remembered how smart he was, how he'd made everyone laugh during the planning meetings and how attracted she'd been to him. But nothing had happened. Then he'd called her out of the blue to ask her to co-present with him at this conference.
She sucked in a deep breath and glanced at her watch. She had time for a quick shower before the welcoming reception if she hurried. Call her crazy--or hopeful or maybe optimistic?--but she shaved her legs and smoothed on her favorite black raspberry- and vanilla-scented body lotion before slipping into a brown and white polka-dot halter dress and high-heeled sandals. Tech people might have reputations as geeks, but Kenzie was all girl, a girl who loved clothes and shoes, who liked looking like a female in her male-dominated profession.
She wanted to look better the next time she saw Noah, not all rumpled and frazzled from traveling. That was not how she wanted him to see her.
She tucked her ticket for the reception into her small purse along with her key card and let herself out of her room. She glanced at her watch. Damn! Getting ready had taken longer than she'd thought and she was already five minutes late. She hated being late.
Kenzie caught her breath when she walked into the ballroom and gazed up at the ornate woodwork and sparkling crown-shaped chandeliers hanging from the curved ceiling. People mingled with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in their hands, exchanging business cards, the air humming with laughter and conversation.
She spotted Noah at the same time he noticed her and he waved her over to where he stood chatting with a group of people. He introduced her to Scott and Jeff from Chicago and a few others from Merritt's Seattle office. She tried to focus on the introductions and the conversation, aware of Noah standing beside her, so close his sleeve brushed her bare arm. He looked so good in his black pants, untucked striped shirt and casual black jacket.
Then Noah smiled down at her. "Why don't we go find ourselves some drinks?"
Her tummy flipped over and she smiled back at him, let him lead her away from the group, feeling like she was walking on air. Oh yeah, Noah was just as hot as she remembered. Lord, it was hard to concentrate when she was all flustered and warm from seeing him. How was she going to get through the presentation they had to do while she was up there on stage beside him panting with lust?