Something About Jayden – Rawiya
Thanks Corey! Today is release day for Something About Jayden. It’s an m/m interracial romance about a young intern who captures the heart of a seasoned advertising exec. It’s got some touchy subjects there but I love the way the story came out. Enjoy a little from the story
Blurb: It is better to love than inflict pain…
Isaac Bridges, married, closeted account executive for Denton & Associates is waiting to take over the company from CEO Silas Denton Senior after he forced Isaac’s father to sign the company over while on his deathbed. Standing in the way is Silas Junior and upstart intern Jayden DeMario. Jayden’s beauty, intelligence, and commitment to excellence has wowed Isaac so much that Isaac changed his mind about the importance of vengeance for his dad into the vow to win Jayden’s heart. Will Isaac’s decision backfire, leaving him lonely and thus destroying his career?
Married and closeted, Isaac Bridges seeks to win intern Jayden DeMario’s heart against all odds including his own selfish desire to regain his father’s company. After years of being the good son to the homophobic CEO Silas Denton Sr., Isaac wishes to place the Bridges name back in the forefront but will he throw away all his hard work for the young man he obsesses over?
Jayden couldn’t believe his luck. Silas Denton, Jr. hired him right on the spot, without an interview or anything. He was too busy talking about his Twitter followers and his last trip to Europe to hear anything he had to say. Still, it was the chance he’d been looking for, and he wouldn’t question the man’s method.
Still in shock, he only nodded when Isaac Bridges talked to him about the company, telling him things he already knew from his research. He was grateful though, and Isaac seemed like he’d be an excellent person to work under. Who better to teach him the tricks of the trade than someone like Isaac who seemed to have clear goals to move the company forward?
If only he were gay. Dang the man is hot!
Jayden moistened his lips, continuing to eye the hot and very straight Mr. Isaac Bridges. He was tall with a clean shaven head. From the looks of him he worked out regularly, probably with his lovely wife at the local fitness clubs. Jayden’s eyes met his brown gaze, making something flutter underneath his trousers. Thank goodness he could at least ogle the man when they worked together.
I’d rather it be him than Mr. Denton.
“Honestly, Jayden, Denton could benefit greatly from having someone new like you to bring in great ideas. And actually, we’re presenting our services to a Hispanic family owned company on the south side that deals with flooring and handcrafted furnishings. They want someone to do advertising for them that draws more business into their shop; and maybe, you working there might land that opportunity for us.” Isaac bent his head and smiled.
“Um, that’s great, Mr. Bridges. May I ask what the name of the company is then I can get right on it.” Jayden shook his head to get out from under the entrancing glance from Isaac Bridges. He pulled a pen from his inside pocket and turned over the envelope.
Isaac laughed, “Damn, Jayden, you’re eager to work, and I like that, but… it is the holiday. Besides, you’re about to go on Christmas break, aren’t you? We probably won’t be making this presentation until January.
Jayden bit his lips, and his shoulders tensed. He really hated this time of year because it brought back such bad memories. Lydia made it better though, and he’d enjoy it just for her benefit. Still, Jayden wanted the information, so he could look up the company. Besides, this would distract him from staring at the happily married man he’d be working with. “Yes, I know. I’m assuming Mr. Denton will ask me to come in even if I’m not in school.”
“Fine then, young man. It’s Rosario Furnishings. They’re a small company who’d like a local firm doing their ads for national magazines. It’s a small account, but Mr. Denton wants to gain more of a presence in the community with minority owned businesses. We’ve taken so many big accounts that the local ones are being overlooked. We need to gain that confidence within the Hispanic and Black communities to remain strong into the future.”
“I totally agree, and I love that approach. Building that confidence in local businesses will put Denton in the forefront for sure. I’ll do some digging and come in with ideas you can look at. I hope to sit in on some of these meetings too.”
“Oh, I’m sure you will, Jayden.” Isaac let go of his wife’s hand and reached forward, grasping Jayden’s shoulder blade. Jayden’s breath hitched from Isaac’s touch. He had to admit, the caramel-skinned man was quite a hottie. Light brown eyes met his, sending a surge of energy down to his groin.
Keep it together, Jayden. This is business, not a social call.
“This will be a great experience for you as you move forward in your career goals, my friend. Denton is the best place for you to start, especially right after graduate school. And I’m telling you, take full advantage of all the knowledge you’re gaining, son. It will do nothing but benefit you in the long run.” Isaac shook his bicep and patted it with a smile.
Jayden grasped the pen tightly in his hand then stopped. If he did it any harder it would burst from the pressure. “Um, yeah, I intend to do just that, Mr. Bridges, no worries there. I won’t let you down.”
“Good man… good man.” The tray passed them by, and Isaac reached out for three glasses of wine, handing one to his wife and then the other to Jayden. He raised it to eye level and maintained eye contact with Jayden as he spoke. “To Jayden, the new intern. May your career blossom under Denton and Associates!”
“Cheers.” Mrs. Bridges smiled at him and tilted her glass.
Jayden did the same and only sipped a small bit, knowing how wine gave him a headache. Though he wanted to decline it, he couldn’t because Isaac handed it directly to him. “Yes, thank you both, and I look forward to this opportunity. I promise you, I will make the best of it.”