His Absolute Conditions (The Billionaire's Ultimatum #1) by Cerys du Lys
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance, Erotica
Release Date: September 7, 2012
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When Jessika Fevrier gets a well-paying temp job cleaning one man's office, she's elated.
Little does she know, it's the office of young, eccentric, and reclusive billionaire Asher Landseer. When he returns early from a meeting and catches her shirking her responsibilities by browsing through his personal bookcase, she panics.
The next thing she knows, she's destroyed one of his favorite books, and there's no time for explanations. What does he mean when he says she deserves punishment and why is he pulling her into his private conference room?
No one's ever treated her this way, but...
There's something about Asher, something different and strange that Jessika desperately wants to figure out. Is her idea that he has a rough, possibly loveless marriage all in her head? Can she hope to understand him without scaring him away? Does she even have a chance or will this all end in heartbreak?
There's so much more to this than Jessika could possibly know.
My hand crept towards a copy of Dante's Inferno. Leather bound, with a gold, gilt-stamped title on the cover and spine, and more gilt lining the edges, it looked like a book collector's dream. I stared at it, rapt, letting my hand caress the cover, feeling the rough leather against my fingertips. The book had a crisp smell with a tinge of masculine warmth, like a freshly worn man's leather jacket.
There was no possible way Asher Landseer had read this. Absolutely none.
Except when I opened it, it wasn't stiff. And there were dogears on a few of the pages. I moved to the first, wanting to see what he'd found so interesting, and...
"Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straight forward pathway had been lost," a calm, confident voice said from behind me.
I panicked, tossed the book back onto the bookshelf, and turned to face the unknown speaker. That would have been it, except I was confronted by Asher Landseer himself. He stared at me with his cool, steel blue eyes. He looked none too happy with me intruding on his private space, browsing through his bookcase. His pristine, pitch black suit without a wrinkle anywhere, his short-cropped hair, barely an inch in length, and his sharp, powerful jaw making him look unlike anything I ever imagined a businessman should look like. I briefly imagined him stepping out of a helicopter in a spy movie, playing the role of a debonaire CIA secret agent.
My heart skipped a beat, my pulse soared, and my stomach fluttered. My knees grew weak and I almost couldn't stand to look at him anymore, like I needed sunglasses to stare at him head on. I tried to step forward and apologize but one of my high heels caught on a bevel in the tiled floor and I toppled forward.
Asher swooped forward and caught me. This isn't happening, I told myself. This is too strange, too unknown. I must have fallen asleep, or become delirious in his office.
No, I wasn't. No sooner than he caught me, the collector's copy of Dante's Inferno fell from the shelf I'd tossed it on. I watched it hit the floor, cover and pages splitting open as it descended, and then... crack!
Cerys has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally with multiple books. She lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire. She spends her days writing, reading, learning, and working. And maybe sometimes she flirts with the mailman. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about emotions and relationships.
She adores pondering sexuality and sensualness. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic. Every story she writes has a delightful plot along with the more devious and delicious scenes we all want to read.
She prefers romance settings, with the occasional monster or fairytale. Her secret kinks include reluctance, interesting paranormal creatures, romance(even with monsters), and fun. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges that fantasies are fiction and nothing more.