Book Title: Taught by Temptation
Series: Bardon Billionaires Book 1
By: Emmy Elouise
Everyone says billionaires have it easy, but all they see is the sparkly exterior posted about in the media. Behind the camera, it’s a whole other matter.
After twenty-five years of being with the Bardons, he should be used to having money at his fingertips. But he isn’t and doesn’t want to be. There are so many people out there who need it more than he does. All he wants is to hide in his apartment with his computer and pretend the outside world doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, his adopted family are billionaires – not that anyone would believe it if they got to know them – and society has other expectations for them.
Danni has made being a single working mother into an art form. Or that’s what she tells herself every morning when she’s corralling her two sons into their uniforms and bribing them to eat their breakfast. Moving into an apartment is the first step into her newly single parenthood and accepting a job at her sons’ school is the second. Dating is on her “no-go” list and will remain there indefinitely. She doesn’t have enough energy to spend making another person happy because she barely has enough left to keep from crying herself to sleep every night.
When her neighbor finds out about their computer problems, she wants to curl into a ball and hide. No one needs to know how inept she is, but Max offers to help with no obvious ulterior motive. But when she finds out who he is, she pushes him away. She has already thrown one controlling, money-focused man out of her life; she doesn’t need another.
What does it take for Danni to see the man behind the money?
She jumped, whipping her head around.
Max held out his hands, palms forward. “Sorry. I thought you’d seen me.”
As her heart calmed, she rubbed her hand across the skin at the base of her neck. “It’s okay. I was lost in my thoughts.”
“Did Nox and Hawke get into school okay?”
Danni couldn’t help the way her heart melted a little, not only at Max remembering her kids’ names, but because he asked about them. Most people—men—she knew wouldn’t. From her experience whenever she went out with Verne, the people they met were more interested in her than her kids. In some instances, the men looked her up and down as if she was their next meal, despite her partner being right next to her.
“Yes, thank you. They were a little nervous, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.”
He smiled, his eyes twinkling. “They’ll do great.” He hefted a large cake box from the table beside him. “Well, I better head out. I have a delivery to make.”
“A delivery? Do you work here?”
Max chuckled. “No. I meant I need to deliver this cake to my mum. It’s her birthday, and they tasked me with picking up and making sure this arrives in one piece.”
“Ah. Well, send my birthday wishes, and good luck.”
“Thanks. I’m going to need it with the way he drives.” Max tilted his head, indicating over his shoulder to where he had been when she walked in. A man sat there on his phone, not paying attention to anyone around him, even when the server spoke to him.
“Sending more good luck your way, then.”
“Have a good day.” Max nodded once and pivoted towards the other man. Danni winced when he sidestepped to stop the box from tilting too far. If she had to hazard a guess, she didn’t think the cake would survive the journey, even if they only had to drive for two minutes.
Emmy Elouise writes billionaire romances, complete with flawed but loveable characters and large family gatherings. And where would the billionaires be without the other half of their heart? Emmy loves all things dolphins, wolves, tea, hot chocolate and memes, not in any particular order. She loves reading, although doesn’t do as much as she’d like because her characters are far too vocal and give her no peace. Her family reminds her to stop now and then, but they often hide away in their rooms just as much as she does.
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