The class started, the instructor a very flexible redhead who made the poses look easy, while Katie, who hadn’t done yoga in ten years, struggled to maintain her balance. So much for looking sexy, she thought, but she didn’t have much time to think about Liam or the titillating fact he might be watching from somewhere. She had to concentrate on not falling down.
She was right in the middle of a Downward Dog pose—although she couldn’t see any resemblance between her butt-in-the-air posture to any dog she’d ever known—when Jenna appeared at her side, breaking her concentration and making Katie fall straight down to the mat in a sweaty heap.
“Um, you’re Katie Nelson, right?” Jenna inquired. She looked a little scared and it made Katie alarmed.
“Mr. Quinn wants to see you.”
Katie blinked at her. “He does?”
She smiled all the way up the back stairs, down a long hallway until it came to a dead-end. Jenna knocked, smiling at Katie, but it wasn’t that dazzling salesgirl smile anymore, it was the polite, uncomfortable sort.
“Come in.” Liam was at his desk in a tall leather chair, a phone to his ear, feet up, his view exactly as Katie had pictured it, of the yoga class below.
“Sir, this is—”
“Thank you, Jenna.” He dismissed her, not unkindly, and Jenna shut the door behind her, leaving Katie and Liam alone.
“I’ll call you back.” He hung up the phone, shaking his head and looking up at her. “Brat.”
“Who me?” She hid a smirk and only half-succeeded. “I just found one of those free membership trials in a magazine…”
“Let’s not play games, Katie.” Liam stood and she felt her knees weaken. His physical presence did that to her. “I told you I was busy this week.”
“I know,” she agreed, toying with the key pinned to her waistband. “I didn’t intend to bother you.”
He snorted, incredulous. “You spreading your legs and bending over on the yoga mats down there in my gym is bothering me.”
“Is it?” She knew she sounded a little too hopeful.
“You know it is.” He took a step toward her and she felt her heart stop for a moment as he reached past and pushed a button on the door, locking it. “Now undress.”
She gaped at him, eyes wide.
“I won’t say it again, Katie.” He strode back to his desk, already pulling at his tie. “I’m not going to play games with you. I’m going to give you exactly what you came here for.”