Billionaire Unmasked

By: J.S. Scott

“I did.” She nodded her head. “I don’t let myself have chocolate very often anymore.”

“Why?” He shoved a marshmallow onto the toasting stick and held it over the fire. Not having chocolate every day was unfathomable to him. He craved it almost as much as sex. Well…not nearly as much as he craved sex with Hope, but badly enough to make sure his supply was always stocked.

Hope rolled her eyes at him. “I think I have plump genes. I’m not exactly thin, Jason.”

Jason’s eyes roamed over her body covetously. She appeared to be in good physical shape, but obviously no amount of exercise seemed to trim down her curvy hips and rounded ass. Thank God! Supermodel thin had never really been attractive to him, and he was glad she’d never lost the appealing softness of those hips and her ass, not to mention those plump breasts of hers. She was fucking…perfect.

“I think your genes look just fine,” he answered hungrily. She was curved in the right places. Her soft, warm body fit against his as if she’d been designed to be there. “You’re beautiful.”

She gave him a surprised stare, and for just a moment, Jason got lost in her emerald green gaze, her eyes liquid and soft. Her fiery hair framed her beautiful face. Jason wondered whether that was how she’d look when she came for him.

“You’re on fire,” Hope exclaimed, half amused, half alarmed.

It took Jason a second to realize she meant his marshmallow. He pulled it out of the flames and blew out the fiery blob. “I like them burnt,” he lied shamelessly as he smashed the blackened marshmallow between the chocolate and graham cracker. Just the melted chocolate made it worth eating the burnt marshmallow.

She wrinkled her nose at him as she watched him eat the gooey mess. “How is it that Dante hasn’t come looking for you? Aren’t you staying with him?”

“I never asked him. He probably assumes I’m staying with Grady. And Grady probably assumes I’m staying with Dante. I’m hoping they don’t talk about it.” Every one of the Sinclair siblings had a home here on the peninsula, although Grady was the only one who lived here full-time.

“You can stay here with me. It’s not like I don’t have the space,” Hope told him earnestly.

Jason had his private jet parked at the airport outside of town, his pilot ready to leave whenever Jason was ready. “I’ll probably just fly out. The jet’s on standby.”

“Unlike the rest of you, I had to actually fly a commercial plane like most normal people do,” Hope teased. “Evan is taking me back to Colorado, though. And then he’s flying on with Dante to California. He has some business there.”

Jason swallowed the last of his burnt marshmallow s’more. “Why is it you never wanted me to manage your funds for you?” Hope had never asked, but he would have been happy to invest her fortune like he’d done for Grady and Dante, built her sizable inheritance into billions. It was what he did best—making some money into a lot of money.

“The money never meant that much to me, and you’re busy. Money is nice when I need something, and it lets me have my freedom. But I don’t really care if it grows or not. I have more than I could ever spend in a lifetime, even if I was extravagant, which I’m not.”

“I’m never too busy to take care of you, Hope. What are you doing with the funds?” he asked gruffly.

She explained how she’d stored her fortune once she’d received it and Jason cringed. Not one penny was in solid stocks or investments. Christ. “Money market accounts and bank accounts aren’t making you much money, Hope.” The investor in him recoiled in horror. “I can’t believe Evan didn’t step in.”

“Nobody needs to step in,” Hope replied angrily. “It’s my money and I don’t care how fast it grows. I told all of my brothers that, and they finally stopped hounding me. I rarely spend any of it. The only things I’ve purchased since high school are a small condo in Aspen and my vehicles. I went to college, remember? I can actually work.”

Shit, she looked fabulously irate. Her green eyes flashed fire at him, and it just made Jason even harder. Hope had always been independent, which was why her loser boyfriend had always been a mystery to him. She was sweet, but she’d never been the type to put up with a lot of crap from a man, even her bossy brothers. “You’re not working right now. You need to be generating more income,” he argued irritably. “Especially if you’re going to keep picking guys who don’t have a damn job.” Fuck. That rankled. There was nothing that annoyed him more than thinking about any man except him touching Hope.

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