How about a Saturday Snippet from Concierge Service? The book will be available this coming week. Have a little taste, where Joshua has come up to the penthouse as a “rent-a-friend” with a deck of cards. Winner gets to ask a question.
Joshua sorted his cards and the competition was on.
“Gin.” Craig parlayed a good starting hand into a quick victory. “Hockey or football?”
That took Joshua aback. “Neither,” he said after a moment’s pondering. “If I’m going to watch something, it would be skiing, or skating. Hockey’s just a problem to be solved for me, like can I get six rink-side tickets to a Rangers game. Football is all about ‘how early do I need to order cars to get out to the stadium?’”
“So, if you were at a Super Bowl party, you’d be the one making nachos?” Craig asked.
“Probably, but I’d watch large men falling on each other in public.” Joshua buried that statement in a flurry of shuffling.
Craig liked the pinkness growing in his cheeks, but wouldn’t stare. Too openly. “That’s the best part of football.”
Joshua Hannes, the concierge of the Vivaldi Central Park Hotel prides himself on fulfilling every impossible request. Tickets to a sold-out show? A purple dye job for a purse dog? A last-minute table at a premier hotspot? No problem.
But the penthouse guest wants what?
Self-made billionaire Craig Ridley’s in New York on business, but at the end of the day, he wants to relax with someone interesting. The concierge should be able to supply an entertaining companion. Just for a little conversation. Dinner and a card game, not sex.
Craig didn’t expect the concierge to personally volunteer to be a rental friend, and he really didn’t expect to get attached. How can a paid service ever turn real?
A billion reasons why they shouldn’t be together. A billion and one reasons why they should.
Read the rest come September 19.