Accounting for Love
by Kate Hill
Erotic Paranormal Romance, St. Patrick’s Day
Lucas has just returned from a most unsatisfying vacation to find his department at the Wit and Wizardry Brewery in a shambles. Of troll ancestry, Lucas is a man of appalling disposition and astounding accounting skills. Determined to set everything in order as soon as possible, he refuses to leave the office at closing time, even thought it means missing out on St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Lucas finds he's not the only one working late. Cait, the newly hired head of marketing for the brewery, is there as well. Her overly-cheerful manner drives Lucas crazy. The last thing he needs is an optimistic, chatty, adorable pixie distracting him at work, but she can't seem to understand that he wants to be left alone.
What neither realize is that earlier that evening, Lucas had washed down his dinner with a magical beer that will guide him toward his true love. The abominable accountant and the merry marketing manager are about to prove that opposites do attract and St. Patrick's Day really is the best day to fall in love.
"I can't believe what I'm seeing. This place is a complete disaster. It looks like a dozen air-headed pixies turned this office upside down," Lucas said with a growl.
He flipped through the piles of unorganized paperwork on his desk and cursed the lazy sadist who had invented paid vacations. He hadn't wanted to go away for a week, but his bosses said that he hadn't taken time off in. . .well, Lucas had always managed to avoid extended leaves. An occasional weekend off was all he needed. Time off meant a change to his carefully planned schedule.
"It's going to take me all day and most of the night to get remotely organized again. Damn it, Dillon. Who did you get to cover for me while I was away?"
Dillon Dunn was probably the only friend Lucas had. Dillon hadn't hired Lucas because of their friendship, however. It was because Lucas was the best at his job. Dillon and his two brothers knew how to brew beer, that was for sure, but they also knew their limits and spared no expense hiring the best people for their company. The Wit and Wizardry Brewery had an unsurpassed reputation in both the mortal and magical worlds.
As accounting manager at the brewery's magical headquarters, Lucas worked in a renovated castle in Ireland, well disguised from the human population. Outside, it appeared weathered and uninhabited, but inside hummed with activity, from Lucas's basement office to the promotions department in the tallest, sunniest tower.
"Uh, first off, my friend, watch the pixie slurs. You know we're inclusive here at Wit and Wizardry," Dillon said. "Not to mention, we do have an actual Pixie working for us now."
"How can I forget?" muttered Lucas.
Cait, the new marketing manager in charge of advertising their beer to the magical world, was everything Lucas hated in a woman--well just about. She had that perky, condescending, false-friendliness that he detested about so many people in the corporate world. Marketing managers like Cait seemed particularly adept at it. Nothing ruffled her, she was always smiling and complimented Lucas every time they met, even though he merely grunted in reply and never complimented her back. The only good thing he could say about her was that she was beautiful and nowadays that was considered sexual harassment.
Lucas remembered the old days, when a man could grab a woman's arse, gaze into her eyes and praise her comely looks before dragging her to a nice bed of leaves in a secluded cave.
Ah well, memories like that were literally from ages ago. In those times, when men were men and women were less complicated, he'd been little more than a lad, spending summers with his father's family in the mountains of Northern Europe. Trolls weren't much for talking, but few magical creatures were better at action, either in bed or on the battlefield.
"Well try to be nice to her," Dillon said.
"Nice isn't in my nature."
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.