Lainey laughed. He hadn’t even denied it.
“Is there a reason you didn’t tell me outside who you were?”
“I was enjoying you getting all heated.” He practically
purred the words.
Lainey stiffened. “You are my boss. And I will afford
you the respect due to that. But make no mistake—take it
beyond that and you will not like my response.”
“You’ve called me an ass a few times. And have spoken to me
in what some would consider a rude manner. Yet you talk now
to say you will give me respect.” Taber stared.
Lainey refused to shift under his perusal. “Some would, yes.
But you don’t seem like a man who has time for people to
sugar-coat things or kiss your ass. If today is anything to
go by, I will be calling you ass and many other names. I’m
sure you can handle it.”
“I can handle anything you dish out, Lainey Mercer. But be
careful with wild things—they have a tendency to be
Lainey frowned. “I know they do. That’s why you have to know
how to handle them.”
“Handling isn’t a problem. It is what you do with them after
you have them—that’s what you have to decide.”
Lainey was confused. She had no clue what their conversation
meant. Laney decided to change the subject.
“I saw my office is next to yours.”
“Yes. There is a connecting door right here.” Taber
straightened and walked over to a door facing his desk.
Lainey followed him, watching his ass move in the khakis he
was wearing. She jerked her gaze up. Taber opened the door
and gestured for her to enter. She passed him and went into
her new office. It was as spacious as his. Her desk was to
the right, with a window encompassing the whole wall behind
it, like his. Lainey went closer, glancing out.
“I had her habitat built so you could see her from your
office. The glass of the window is made to be two-way. You
can have it so she can be able to see in, or you can block
it so you can see her but she can’t see you. It’s currently
set for only you to see her.” Taber stated from behind her.
Lainey watched Kali as she reclined on the ground outside.
She already looked like she was at home. Lainey turned to
face him. He leaned against the doorjamb. Everything about
him was so tempting.
Can’t go there. He’s your boss. Even more off
limits. Lainey knew she would have
to keep reminding herself of that fact.