The Billionaire's Seduction (The Billionaire's Temptation #1) - J. S. Cooper Page 0,1

the thought. “How do we have frogs in here?”

“Maybe it’s your Prince Charming. Did you try kissing it?”

“Very funny. Not.” I glared at her as she helped me up. “I can’t wait for us to leave this place.”

“Maybe soon,” she said, but we both knew that wasn’t likely in the foreseeable future. Not on our salaries.

“Yeah, soon,” I said and smiled gratefully at her. “At least we’re here together.”

“That we are.” She did a little pirouette and bowed and I burst out laughing.

“You’re a goofball.”

“I know.” And with that she left the bathroom, while I made my way back into the already lukewarm shower. Tonight, we would have some fun, and tomorrow I would start my new job and work as hard as I possibly could. Maybe I’d get promoted to head receptionist in a year or something. That would be amazing. I’d work hard, but I knew that I could do it.

“Katy, you will not believe it,” I squealed into the phone, barely able to contain my excitement. “For once, my name has helped me.”

“What are you talking about, Sarah?” Katy whispered into the phone. “I can’t talk long. My boss is riding my ass.”

“So, you know how today was my first day at Green & Hall’s Corporation as a receptionist?” I said quickly, hoping I got to tell her of my good fortune before she had to go.


“Well, let’s just say that today is my lucky day, because I am now a top executive working for the CEO, Mr. Green himself. And the best part is, he is out of town indefinitely, so I have enough time to become as top executive ready as is possible.”

“What?” Katy’s voice increased in volume. “How did that happen? No offense, but you are not a top executive, Sarah.”

I laughed into the phone. “Shh. So, it turns out that another Sarah Smith was hired for the executive position, but when I turned up, they just assumed that I was that Sarah Smith. I mean, at first I didn’t realize. I just thought they were rather nice to the new receptionist but it turns out that they thought I was the exec and by the time I realized what had happened I decided to just play along with it.”

“Sarah.” Katy’s voice was worried. “What are you going to do when the real Sarah Smith shows up? Then you’ll be out of a job, period! And I do not make enough money to pay the full rent.”

“Don’t worry about it, Katy.” I looked around before I said my next words. “I called the other Sarah Smith and apologized to her but said the position was filled and we no longer needed her. I felt bad because it turns out she was really sick with food poisoning from some barbeque she got yesterday and that’s why she never showed up today. For a minute, I debated telling her to forget about my call, but then I realized I really need and want this job. And she went to Harvard Business School, so she’ll have plenty of other opportunities. She’ll be fine.”

“Oh my gosh. Sarah!” Katy laughed into the phone. “What did you do? Are you sure this is a good idea?”

“It’s okay.” I laughed. “No one knows who the other Sarah is, turns out she only did a phone interview because she was overseas on some internship in London.” I sighed in envy. I would love to go to London, but I’ve never even left the United States.

“Well, if you think you can get away with it.” Katy sounded unsure and that made me nervous. Katy was the level-headed one in our friendship and I was the more flighty one. I valued her opinion more than she knew.

“Katy, I didn’t go to school for four years to be an actress for nothing.” I spoke in an English accent, trying to win her over. “It’s going to be fine. And get this, I am making a hundred fifty thousand dollars a year.”

“Whoa.” She sounded impressed. “That’s a lot of money.”

“Right. We can move out of our dump and actually move into the city.” I knew that would win her over. “We can get a really nice apartment, one that doesn’t have pet rats and roaches.”

“Can we move to the Upper West Side?”

“Hello, that’s what I’m thinking too.” I laughed. “I’ve already been looking at newspaper ads and Craigslist.”

“Sarah, I don’t know.” Katy’s voice still sounded unsure. “Do you really think you can get away with this?”