Chapter 1: An Irresistible Proposition.
The amber glow of a single table lamp provided the only light in the room’s murky shadows. Maya sat motionless on the edge of a leather armchair, her emerald eyes fixed on the manila folder spread open before her. Sebastian Montgomery. The wealthy heir and CEO was her target tonight.
Maya’s network of insider sources fed her a steady stream of privileged intel, but Sebastian’s file was a goldmine. Records, photos, access codes — every detail of his life meticulously compiled. The file came from his assistant, all too eager to sell secrets for a hefty payout. Maya absorbed it all, profiling the elusive magnate for anything to gain leverage. The time had come to infiltrate his inner sanctum.
With her chestnut hair and porcelain skin, Maya possessed a lethal beauty she weaponized at will. Her lithe grace and cunning intellect allowed her to slip into any illusion, seducing marks into her web of lies. To the world, she was an entrepreneur and socialite. In the shadows, she was a ruthless grifter exploiting powerful men who underestimated her to their downfall. Sebastian would require all her skill and restraint.
Maya knew he had a penchant for sending cars for discreet rendezvous. A few whispered words put a sleek town car outside her door, granting privileged access to Sebastian’s tower.
A terse knock at the door forced Maya’s mind back to the present. She promptly closed the file folder and glided across the room to open the door. A young woman dressed in an elegant black uniform stood waiting in the hallway, her expression coolly formal.
“Mr. Montgomery sends his compliments,” she announced briskly. “The car is waiting for you downstairs whenever you are ready.”
Maya offered a clipped nod, steeling her nerves for the performance to come. This was it — time to inhabit the role that would enthrall Sebastian’s attention and gain his confidence. She would transform into whatever temptation Sebastian desired, for now at least.
With a few expert touches, she freshened her lipstick to a deep red and adjusted the plunging neckline of her sleek black dress. Her emerald earrings caught the lamp light, while the discrete black bracelet on her wrist concealed the tools of her trade — lock…