Hollie casually looked around for Dirk and saw him standing by the Christmas tree talking to one of the other architects. Tall and sinfully handsome with dark hair and eyes the color of her favorite espresso, Dirk was sexy enough to make a woman’s heart go pitter-patter just at the sight of him.
As if sensing her gaze on him, he glanced at her and Hollie felt her pulse quicken as their eyes met. Giving him what she hoped was a flirtatious smile, she let her gaze linger for a moment before looking away. She didn’t want to seem too obvious.
When she covertly glanced over at him again a few moments later, it was to find him checking her out. From the way his gaze lingered on her ass, he definitely seemed interested. Maybe making a play for her hunky coworker would be easier than she thought.
She put the lid back on the box and was about to make her way over to where she’d last seen Dirk when she heard his deep, sexy voice in her ear.
“I see you read my note.”
Catching her breath, Hollie whirled around to find him standing right behind her. Even in heels, she was much shorter than he was and she had to tilt her head back to look up at him. God, she loved a tall man.
Her lips curved into a smile. “I did. Though I’m a little confused as to why you can’t just give my gift to me now.”
He arched a brow. “In front of everyone?”
“Yeah, why not?”
Unless he’d gotten her something really cheesy and didn’t want anyone to see. Somehow, though, she didn’t think so. He was much too classy for that.
“Because your gift isn’t like everyone else’s, that’s why not, so you’ll just have to wait,” Dirk said with a laugh. “Come on. I’ll get you another eggnog.”
Hollie looked around. Everyone else had already opened their presents and were showing off what they had gotten. She had to admit Dirk had taken the silly little Secret Santa game to a new and intriguing level. Well, she’d play along. For now.
He smelled so damn good she wanted to take a bite of him instead of the Christmas cookie in her hand.
“So, where is it?” she asked.
He let out a soft, sexy chuckle. “Impatient, aren’t you?”
She grinned. “I prefer to think of myself as eager.”
Taking her hand in his again, Dirk led her over to one of the drafting tables in the back of the room. But instead of reaching underneath it and coming up with the Christmas present he had promised, he sat down in the chair and began to guide her over his knee.
Hollie looked at him in surprise. “What are you doing?”
He frowned up at her, confusion clear on his face. “Giving you your Christmas present, just like you asked. Are you saying you changed your mind and don’t want it?”
Hollie knew exactly what kind of present she would end up with if she let Dirk drape her over his lap like he obviously intended—a spanking! And while she loved a good spanking as much as the next girl—okay, maybe a little more than the next girl—she was shocked Dirk had thought to give her one. Was her kinky side that obvious? Was the fact that she had a thing for strong, masculine men who knew how to warm her ass written all over her face?
Well, however he knew, she wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity like this, not when a guy as hot as Dirk was doing the spanking.Though she did understand now why he wanted to give her his present in private.
She gave him a sexy smile. “I didn’t change my mind. You can go ahead and give me my Christmas present.”
When he finally brought his hand down on her upturned bottom, she gasped. The smack seemed to echo in the room and she was grateful the rest of their coworkers were making too much noise at the party to hear.
“Was that too hard?” he asked.
She looked over her shoulder at him. “No. You can spank me a little harder, if you want.”
His mouth quirked. “You really are a bad girl, aren’t you?”
Sliding his hand in her long hair, Dirk gently tipped her head back, then kissed her. His mouth was warm and firm, his tongue velvety smooth as it persuaded hers to come out and play. Not that it took much persuasion. She eagerly kissed him back.
With a groan, he pulled away to trail hot kisses over the curve of her jaw and down her neck before moving back up to capture her lips again. When he lifted his head, it was so he could drop to his knees in front of her. The drafting table put her at the perfect height for his mouth.
Hollie’s pulse raced with excitement as he shoved up her short skirt, then hooked his fingers in the panties still banded around her thighs and slowly slid them off.
Hollie almost laughed. “Are you telling me that your supervisor would believe you were working on a project while everyone else partied?”
“Sure. Wouldn’t yours?”
“Hardly. Whereas your supervisor is a slow-witted man, mine is a devious-minded woman, and she’ll know what I was up to in a second.”
"You know what this means, though, right?”
“That we’ll have to stay here all night.”
Not exactly the romantic evening she’d had planned. Then again…
Hollie wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a sultry smile as she pressed up against him. “However will we amuse ourselves?”
Dirk chuckled. “I’m sure we can come up with something.”
Giving him a sultry smile, she took his hand, then led him through the atrium and down the hall to her office. She’d sat at her desk fantasizing about having sex with Dirk often enough since he started working at New View, so why not make love on it?
“Aren’t you going to take off my boots?” she asked.
“No. I like a woman in boots and nothing else. It’s sort of a personal kink of mine.”
Sighing, Hollie let her head fall back against his shoulder. Dirk was touching her in all the right places and then some. The man should have a degree in the fine art of making love to a woman.
Hearing him describe what they were doing as they were doing it was more of a turn-on than she could have imagined. She whimpered against his mouth and lifted her hips to meet his, her heels digging into his muscular butt as she pulled him deep.
Giving her a roguish look, he untied the ribbon.
“What are you…?” Her words trailed off as he gently pulled her arms behind her back and wrapped the ribbon around her wrists. “Oh!”
His chuckle was soft and sexy in her ear. “That’s right. Oh.”
Hollie had never tried bondage before, but as Dirk expertly bound her hands with the ribbon, she felt a tremor of excitement surge through her.
Read an Excerpt!
Watch the Trailer!
Buy it from Ellora's Cave!
Links to other Thursday Thirteens!(Leave your link with Mister Linky when you comment, and I'll add you here!)