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Juan is devastated when his only friend, film star Jack Stone, leaves Hollywood for good. Lonely most of his life, the shy young man has dreamt of love, only to have his heart broken repeatedly. Before he left, Jack made certain that Juan would be taken care of by asking his ex-boss, studio chief Vincent Franklin, to hire him on.
Vincent Franklin is an incredibly controlled and meticulous man. Not given to emotional outbursts and unnecessary flights of fancy, his temperament is ideal for the stressful and demanding job as head of Global Pictures Studio. He leads a carefully concealed private life, his only social outlet being the sadomasochism club to which he belongs. When Jack introduces him to his handsome chauffeur Juan, he is struck by how naturally submissive Juan is. He wonders…
Soon, Juan is falling for the elegant, older man that is his new boss. He’s also thrilled when Vincent asks him to be his personal valet. But there are things that Vincent demands of a lover that Juan knows nothing about. Things that could make him run away from the man who would do anything to protect and care for him.
“Once you finish drinking your water, you may leave. I have some money for you in a tray on the coffee table.”
“I can go now, sir.”
Vincent had been about to push up from the table, but lowered himself back down. He held Juan’s gaze. “Let’s establish one rule between us right now, Juan. You are not to argue with me regarding anything I ask you to do as an employer. You need to trust that I will always have a specific reason for what I expect from you in that regard. If you wish to speak with me freely as I invited you to do earlier, then you may request that from me when we are not in the guise of a working relationship. Is that clear?”
Heat flushed his face. “Absolutely, sir. Please forgive me, I didn’t mean—”
“Shush. You didn’t know. Now please do as I requested.”
Juan picked up the bottle of water. “Yes, sir.”
A small curl appeared at the corner of Mr Franklin’s mouth. “Excellent. Alert me when you have returned, I will be in the study. Tommy can show you where that is.”
Vincent stood, and with one last look at Juan, turned away, then left the kitchen.
Juan attempted to slow his breathing. Having so many competing emotions course through him was unusual. There had been one moment where he thought he’d ruined everything. That couldn’t happen, he wouldn’t let it. He took a swallow of the water, then set it on the table. He caressed the cool, smooth glass where Vincent had gripped it before giving it to him. His new boss had such large, strong hands.