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Terms and Conditions

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Terms and Conditions is the second book in a series of interconnected standalones following three billionaire brothers.

I’m destined to become the next CEO of my family’s media empire. The only problem? My grandfather’s inheritance clause. Fulfilling his dying wish of getting married and having an heir seemed impossible until my assistant volunteers for the job. Our marriage was supposed to be the perfect solution to my biggest problem.

But the more we act in love for the public, the more unsure I feel about our contract. Caring about Iris was never part of the deal. Especially not when breaking her heart is inevitable.

My plan to marry Declan was simple in theory. Move in together. Throw a wedding. Have a baby.
We set rules to prevent any kind of issues. Ones that were never meant to be broken, no matter how much Declan tempts me. But what happens when our fake relationship bleeds into our real one?
Falling in love was never an option. At least not for me.

About the Author

Self-diagnosed with an overactive imagination, Lauren spends her free time reading and writing. Her dream is to travel to all the places she writes about. She enjoys writing about flawed yet relatable characters you can’t help loving. She likes sharing fast-paced stories with angst, steam, and the emotional spectrum.

Her extra-curricular activities include watching YouTube, binging old episodes of Parks and Rec, and searching Yelp for new restaurants before choosing her trusted favorite. She works best after her morning coffee and will never deny a nap.

Terms and Conditions By Lauren Asher Introduction

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It’s a crime to celebrate a day like today all by yourself,” Cal, my best friend and boss’s brother, interrupts me. Despite the rumpled state of his suit and dirty blond hair, he steals the attention of multiple waitresses who pass by our table. 

I lock my phone and muster up a smile. “I’m not the one getting married.” 
His eyes flicker over my face. “No, but you’re the puppet master who accomplished the impossible.” 
It wasn’t that bad.” 
Now I know something is wrong with you. Are you…sad Declan is getting married?” His voice drops lower than usual. 

A laugh bursts out of me. “What? No.” 
Then what’s wrong?
My head hangs, and a few spiral curls fall in front of my eyes. I run a hand down my dress to smooth out a few nonexistent wrinkles. The cheery lavender fabric stands out against my brown skin, making me seem far happier than I feel. “I just got an email telling me I didn’t get the job.” 

“Shit. I’m sorry to hear that. I know how hard you worked on the interview presentation.” 
After the months I spent working on a presentation for the Kane Company’s Human Resources department, they rejected my job transfer. It stings more than it should. While I wasn’t exactly shooting for the stars with an entry-level HR position, I had a good idea with a promising future.

One that could benefit countless dyslexics stuck in a corporate rut. My plan could take the company to the next level, if only they’d give me a chance.

You can try again next time.
My smile wobbles. “I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” 
That’s some bullshit if you ask me.” 
I laugh. “It’s true. At least Declan never found out. Could you imagine if I told him and then I didn’t even get the job? He would’ve never let me live it down.” 
“He does tend to gloat.” 

Hence the party.” I point at the ginormous balloon arch with a massive grin.
Cal raises a brow at the flickering neon She Said Yes sign. “Understated. He’ll love it.” 
I bat my lashes with faux sweetness. “I simply planned a party like he asked me to. He should have specified what kind of event he wanted.
“Remind me to never piss you off.” 

“I have a whole plan for the day that happens.” 
Cal fake shudders. “Where is the wife-to-be?” 
“Declan wanted to meet with her before the announcement.” 
His eyes widen. “Why the hell would you let him do that?” 
“Umm…because he hasn’t met her yet?” 

Exactly! That’s why it’s a terrible idea!” Cal runs his hands through his thick waves. 
“You think he’s going to make her change her mind?” 
“Knowing my brother, it wouldn’t take much convincing.” 
“She signed a contract. It’s a done deal.” 
“If you say so…”
He shrugs. 
“Maybe I should go check on them.”
I turn toward the elevators. 
Cal loops his arm in mine. “No. You’re taking the night off.” 

You’re probably right. Declan wouldn’t risk losing it all now by doing something stupid. Even he knows when to hold back.” 
“Now I know you’re lying.” 
He chuckles. “Come on. Let’s go inside and wait for Declan. Just think about the way he will try so hard not to scowl and fail anyway. Hell, I don’t think I’ve seen him so much as look in someone’s direction without sneering since—” He cuts himself off.

He avoids looking me in the eyes. “Since forever. I’m pretty sure his dick is permanently chafed from jacking off every night.
I smack his shoulder with a laugh. “Shut up! He’s my boss.
Doesn’t make it any less true. I’m surprised said appendage hasn’t fallen off from that kind of abuse.” 
I let out another giggle. 
“Callahan.” Declan’s voice booms.
A few stragglers scurry inside of the ballroom at the sound of Declan’s voice. 
He sure knows how to clear a room,” Cal says. 

Whatever happiness I saw in Cal’s eyes dies the moment Declan stops by us with a frown. The air morphs into something cold, with Declan’s icy glare threatening to reverse climate change. His massive body blocks my view of the entire lobby. The spotlight behind him only highlights the sharpness in his features, bringing out the darkness in his eyes and the edges of his jaw. 

Compared to Cal’s golden boy look of blond hair and blue eyes, Declan reminds me of the deepest part of the ocean—cold, dark, and unnervingly quiet. Like a monster lurking within reach, only a breath away from making someone his prey. From his dark hair to the permanent grimace etched into his face, he gives off a feeling that makes everyone turn in the opposite direction.

Well, everyone except me. Some might say he earned my loyalty through a paycheck, but that isn’t the case. We share a mutual respect for one another that has stood the test of time. While our first few months working together were rocky, my commitment to succeeding as his assistant helped pave the way to our relationship today.

Somehow we click although we’re opposites in almost every single way. I’m a Black woman. He’s a White male. I smile and he scowls. He wakes up early every morning to work out while I wouldn’t be caught dead at the gym unless it was to grab a smoothie at the café. We couldn’t be more different if we tried, yet we make it work. Or at least I do.

I step between the two brothers. “Declan, what are you doing out here? Is it time for the announcement already?
Declan drags his eyes away from Cal and down toward me. Most people cower under his stare, but I straighten my spine and look at him head-on like my nana taught me. 
“She quit.”
I blink. “Who quit? The wedding planner?” 
“No. The wife. Belinda.” 
“Bethany quit?!”

Cal dares to look smug. 

Declan doesn’t bother looking away from my face as he detonates all my carefully laid plans. “Yes. Her.” 
This can’t be happening.” I refuse to believe that he ruined months of my hard work. Finding him a wife willing to marry him and have his child so he could become CEO and earn his inheritance was nearly impossible.

Refusing to believe it doesn’t change the facts.
I hate to be the one to say I told you so…” Cal says. 
This is all your fault.” I glare at him. 
Cal raises both of his hands up in the air. “No! It’s not my fault my brother’s attitude is bigger than his dick.” 

Declan smacks the back of Cal’s head. I ignore their bickering as I pace across the carpet, circling around them.  
You should have eloped while you had the chance.” Cal drains his glass before stealing my half-finished flute. 
“Speaking from personal experience?” 

Cal’s nostrils flare. His fists ball up at his sides before he takes a deep breath and lets the anger melt off him. He turns his attention toward me. “That is why my grandpa made that inheritance clause in the first place. He knew Declan wasn’t ready to become CEO and thought a family might soften him up. I mean, how can someone like him inspire the masses when he always seeks to destroy everyone around him?” 
Declan’s jaw clenches. Cal raises an eyebrow in a silent taunt. 

I point at Cal. “Quit acting like a child and use that big brain of yours to help us out of this mess.” Declan’s eyes are already focused on me as I turn toward him. “And you stop taking your anger out on everyone else. Your screwing up has nothing to do with Cal and everything to do with you.” 
He only stares at me with that blank gaze I hate more than anything. 

Cal scoffs. “Of course he fucked this up. His latest software update didn’t include a manual on how to be a decent human being.” 
“You’re both hopeless,” I grumble under my breath as I grab my phone and dial Bethany’s number. It rings twice before going straight to voicemail. I call again but this time the voicemail picks up right away. “Shit!” 

No answer?” Cal has the audacity to sound amused. 
What did you do?” I hiss in Declan’s direction. 
Declan picks at a piece of invisible lint on the sleeve of his jacket as if this is the most boring conversation of his day. “She wasn’t cut out for the job.” 

And what would you like me to do with that information given the fact that we have a hundred people waiting to hear about your engagement to some mystery woman? I’m all ears.” 
He stares at me with narrowed eyes, and I glare right back at him with my hands on my hips.
Cal makes a loud slurping sound as if to remind us of his presence. “I’m also interested in hearing how this will all pan out. Father will be just thrilled to hear about Declan’s failed engagement.” 

Oh my God. While his father is unaware of Declan’s letter from Brady Kane detailing the requirements for his inheritance, he isn’t stupid. There’s a reason he is a successful businessman after all. I have no doubt if he catches the faintest hint that this engagement is false, he will go running to Brady’s lawyer. And if the lawyer believes him, Declan could lose everything. 

Think, Iris. Think. I try Bethany’s number one more time, hoping a third time is a charm. The voicemail can be heard loud and clear through the tiny phone’s speaker. 
Cal whistles before making an explosion noise. “That’s the sound of Declan’s future dying.” 
Don’t you have somewhere to be? A seedy bar perhaps?” Declan snaps. 
Why pay for alcohol when I can get it for free on your dime?” Cal grins as he dangles his champagne flute in the air. 

I try to tune them out as I consider my options.
What can you do? Quit once and for all? 
No. I refuse to give up now. Not when I’m so close to helping Declan achieve his goal. 
You could call the backup option you have, but Declan made her cry—
You know, Iris is single.” Cal’s smile turns sinister. “She could step into the role like a natural since no one knows you better than her.” 

No,” Declan snaps.
It’s not like I have much stopping me from stepping in as a substitute. With no boyfriend to speak of or prior commitments, I could easily replace Bethany.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

Well, if not me, then who? We are out of time and suitable fiancées.
I open my mouth, only to be interrupted by a squeal from Tati, Declan’s wedding planner. “There you are! I was wondering where the husband-to-be snuck off to.” Tati’s high-pitched voice echoes. 
You can’t pay for this kind of entertainment.” Cal drains my glass before leaning against the table with a smile. 

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EditionInternational Edition
ISBN1737507730, 978-1737507734
Posted onFebruary 21, 2022
Page Count492 pages
AuthorLauren Asher

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