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“Okay, I think we should just stick to planning the event and spend less time talking about our personalities.” Eve pulled out several color-coded folders with a rainbow of sticky notes poking out from the top and a planner so worn and thick it was held together by hot pink and black duct tape decorated with little white skulls.

Oliver fought another grin. How in the hell did the general raise someone like you?

As she flipped the folder open, she started in, talking fast. “So, I think we should have a family-friendly environment. Have the dogs’ temperaments been tested?”

“Um, I’m not sure. Sergeant Best would be a better choice for that question, since this is only my first day,” Oliver said.

“You don’t know anything about the program?” she asked.

“Not much. Best and Sparks are friends of mine, so I know a little, but—”

“Why would they assign you to help out with PR if you know nothing about the program?”

“Well, actually, your father just assigned me this morning. He said it was an opportunity for me to learn discipline,” he said.

“What did you do to deserve that?” she asked.

“Got your brother arrested,” he said. It had come out blunter than he’d meant it to, but he wasn’t going to lie about it. True, this might blow any chance he had with her, but—

Whoa, chance? She is the general’s daughter, dude. You shouldn’t even been thinking about chances.

“Well, that would definitely do it. How did you get him arrested?”

“He was wasted and hitting on some women who weren’t interested. When I suggested he leave them alone, he took a swing at me and I put him down. Cops were called—”

“And as soon as you mentioned you were military, they let you off the hook,” she said.

Her tone was snide, and anger coursed through him. “Actually, the fact that I was sober and your brother was mouthing off made my side of things pretty cut and dry. And for the record, I’m not sure what kind of pull my military status would have with civilian cops.”

After a moment of silence

, she said, “I’m sorry.”

Oliver’s temper cooled slightly at her apology, but knowing she was off limits made his reaction to her harder to take. Every time she blinked those thick black lashes or pursed her bee-stung lips, his cock twitched in frustration, and it was crazy. He shouldn’t care what she thought about him. This was temporary. This was just one side-step in his career, and soon he’d be back to doing what he did best. It didn’t matter how attracted he was to her. If landing the general’s son in jail had gotten him here, he couldn’t imagine what nailing the general’s daughter would get him. Maybe a few weeks in the brig?

Or he’ll just kill me and make sure my body is never found.

Regardless of the consequences, Oliver could not go there with her. He just needed to get over it. To think about something else.

“Don’t worry about it,” he said.

Awkward silence descended on them, but luckily their food arrived. Oliver picked up the top bun of his sandwich and dumped the extra barbeque sauce over the meat.

“So, what exactly do you need me to do for this thing?” he asked.

“Well, once I find out more about the dogs, I can start making a list of venues to contact.”

He looked up from what he was doing in time to watch her take a huge bite of her burger and chew it slowly with her eyes closed for half a second. After she swallowed, she released a little sigh and licked her lips.

“Man, I love a good burger, don’t you?” she asked.

Oliver nodded, even as his dick hardened. When had a woman eating become so fucking arousing? Or maybe it was just the look of pure bliss on her face that was turning him on?

And, damn, but he liked how secure she was in her own skin. Some girls would order a salad or cut their burger in half and chew tiny little bites behind their hands, but not Eve. She dived in and ate with gusto.

“Do I have mustard on my face?” She picked up her napkin and dabbed at her mouth. “Sorry, but I have been living on protein bars for days and it is awesome to sit down and eat.”

“I thought you weren’t hungry,” he said, grinning.

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