Fallen (Billionaires of Manhattan Book 1) by Natasha Grace

Fallen (Billionaires of Manhattan Book 1) by Natasha Grace

Author:Natasha Grace [Grace, Natasha]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Natasha Grace
Published: 2018-07-22T16:00:00+00:00

Chapter Twelve

Luke was walking towards his office a month later when Hank joined him.

“Peter’s working at Blue Asset Management,” his COO said as he handed him a printout.

“Good for him,” Luke answered instinctively without stopping. Peter hadn’t been happy when Luke had chosen George to lead Jason’s fund over him, but George had truly been the better choice. Not only was he the stronger analyst, but he was also a better team player. He wasn’t afraid to share what he knew, and he was always willing to listen when someone disagreed with him. Peter, on the other hand, was a one–man island. He always kept things to himself and never bothered to give anyone with an opposing view the time of day—especially if they were junior staff.

“Not good,” Hank said as he nodded at the paper he’d given him. “Read the article.”

Sighing, Luke glanced at the article. Top Harkin Executive Joins Blue Asset Management

Shit.

He tried to think about some of the clients Peter had handled and cursed again when he realized how big some of those accounts were. This was not what he needed right now.

“At least we know we saved ourselves from making a huge mistake by promoting George,” he said, trying to lighten the situation. “Peter didn’t even have the balls to start his own fund.”

Hank didn’t smile. “Continue reading,” he said grimly.

Luke did and felt a sense of foreboding when he saw Sam’s name. The article insinuated that Sam had left because she hadn’t agreed with the direction he was steering the company. Along with Peter leaving, the paper was making it seem as if people were jumping ship.

Fuck.

He should’ve known it was too early to buy her out.

He looked at Hank. “What’s your plan?”

“Oh, now you want to listen to me.”

Luke sighed. Hank was still on his case for not agreeing to meet with the clients sooner even though he’d taken great pains to remedy that. “Am I going to hear about this forever?”

Hank grinned. “Pretty much. You’re almost never wrong. I might as well enjoy this while I can.”

Luke shook his head. “You do have a plan, don’t you?” His COO always had a plan.

“I do, but you’re not going to like it,” Hank warned as they stepped into an empty hallway. “It would be best if you and Sam attended some kind of gala or ball together, so that everyone can see that there’s no bad blood between you.”

Luke’s heart leapt at the chance of seeing Sam again. He hadn’t called or texted her since the last time she’d invited him to lunch, but she’d been on his mind constantly. He kept wondering where she was, what she was doing, who she was with…

“You know how the press is,” Hank continued. “If they don’t see certain people together in a while, they hint at frictions or feuds.” Luke didn’t bother to mention that they had gone out together in public. The press just hadn’t seen them. “Look, I know how much you hate these things, but it’s a lot better than Sam just issuing some kind of a statement.



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