The Billionaire's Accidental Bride

By: Kimmy Love

"I can get this sorted," he vowed, "but I'm going to need your signature, so don't go anywhere. Stay in this hotel. I'll be back as soon as I can with everything we need to make this go away."

With that, he was gone and Annaya felt deflated. She remembered just how excited she'd been last night when she'd locked eyes with the sexiest man she'd ever seen and how her heart had fluttered when he'd asked if he could steal her for the night. She'd been so looking forward to a fun and carefree night, but now it all felt like more of a nightmare. She felt like Jack was angry with her and like the whole world was watching.

Still, she couldn't help but marvel at the night's events. How had she managed to seduce a billionaire? The thought was ludicrous and just as quickly as she'd felt dismayed, she felt the laughter bubbling up again.

It was just absurd, wasn't it? she thought. Luckily for Jack, Annaya wasn't a gold-digger and had no interest in denying an annulment for the sake of a hefty divorce settlement, although she did wonder what it would be like to be that mind-blowingly rich. She guessed it was just another fantasy to push to the back of her mind, just like her fantasy of having one incredible night that didn't end in tears.


There was a little cheer from all the girls sitting in the hotel breakfast bar when Annaya entered and she bowed her head in shame and scurried to her seat at the head of the table next to Natalie, who looked well rested and excited.

"So?" her friend urged, taking a large bite of a jam-covered croissant. "Did you end up having to sleep alone?"

"Oh God, Natalie, I've done something so stupid!"

Natalie leaned forward with interest and lowered her voice so that the other girls wouldn't overhear them. "What have you done?"

"I drank too much and went to a chapel with Jack..."

"No. No. No!" Natalie's voice became gradually louder as she put two and two together and then she gasped. "You married that guy?"

"Ssh! Keep your voice down. He's gone to the courthouse. We're going to get it annulled."

"Dear God, Annaya! You don't even know who he is!"

"He's loaded. I know that much."

"What do you mean?"

"You know that casino we were in last night? His father owns it."

"You're joking!"

"I'm dead serious. Apparently, he's the son of a billionaire and this morning he freaked out thinking that the press were onto us. According to him, it's one more slip-up and his father will disown him."

"Oh my God..." Natalie gasped again. "Well, nobody can say that you don't deliver when you promise a story."

"What am I going to do, Nat? I feel awful. My head's pounding, my mouth's dry and somewhere out in Vegas there's a billionaire who's pretty annoyed with me."

"It takes two for something like that to happen, Annaya. He was throwing just as many glances as you last night."

"I hardly remember."

"You couldn't take your eyes off each other."

"Oh God, Natalie. I just want this to go away. I don't want to end up in the paper. Everyone will say that I'm a gold-digger or after my five minutes of fame. I just want to keep my head down and get as far away from him as soon as possible."

"Get some coffee in you," Natalie advised, "You look awful. Calm yourself down. Everything's going to be OK. If he's got that sort of money, then he's sure to be able to pull some strings."

"You're right. I'm so sorry, Nat. I didn't mean to cause a scene at your hen-do. I promise that as soon as we're back in California, I'm going to be as good as gold."

Natalie let out a light little laugh and raised her eyebrows with amusement. "I highly doubt that, but it's alright. You wouldn't be you without leaving a trail of drama everywhere you go."

It was true. Annaya had been a bit of a livewire during her youth. She didn't mean to cause trouble. It was just that she had an irrepressible spontaneous streak that she found impossible to ignore.

At prom, she'd been the one to break her wrist trying to climb up onto the stage to dance and at their high school graduation, she'd been the one to trip on her own gown and fall on her face. Then there had been that night, out where a bar fight had started when two men had both tried to hit on her at once. And one could not forget that quiet trip to the shore that had ended in disaster when Annaya had been certain that she knew how to drive a jet-ski.

She never went out with the intention of having something dramatic happen, but she always seemed to be the one with the crazy story the next morning and she had something of a reputation now.

Perhaps that's why she and Jack had been so naturally drawn to one another. They were both the young and restless type who loved to live life to the full, even if it meant screwing up every now and then. Well, they'd screwed up this time!

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