Very Arrogant Bastard

by J. Hali Steele

Very Arrogant Bastard - J. Hali Steele
Part of the Arrogant Bastards series:
Editions:Kindle - First Edition: $ 2.99
Pages: 102

Arrogance cannot fool a lonely heart.

Tegan Wild’s company ran smoothly even when he was absent for days at a time. He left running of the place to those better equipped as Tege discovered he could be a micromanaging jackass and he struggled with that trait daily. Did well until he visited a site build and watched an agile installer swing effortlessly from three floors above ground. One night. Because nothing lasted forever in his life.

Payne Sheridan was close to losing an apartment he never should have leased until he succeeded in being promoted. As a supervisor, he wore suits instead of a tool belt which caused questioning by laborers he used to rub shoulders with. Payne shrugged it off as he needed to prove himself.

Little did Payne know meeting Tegan Wild would smash his quiet life to smithereens.

Let the fireworks begin—but if you’re looking for sex, this book isn’t for you!

Contains: #drama, #gayromance, #lgbtq, #shortstory

Arrogant Bastards books can be read as standalones.

Real Arrogant Bastard, Arrogant Bastards Book 2, coming August 16, 2019

This book is on:
  • 1 To Be Read list
Publisher: Independently Published
Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Big Character / Little Character, Coming Out Later in Life, Death of Parent, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Office / Workplace Romance, Slow Burning Love, Uncommunicative Masculinity
Word Count: 27500
Setting: USA, California, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park, Los Angeles
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

Wednesday and for the second time, Tegan returned to the bathroom and a mirror. Ten minutes to go and he’d never been nervous about looks or sitting in on an interview. “My ass is getting old,” he spoke to his reflection. Wasn’t age. Loneliness nibbled away at him and his attitude wasn’t getting him anywhere with…there were no men in his life. Nobody. The navy suit he selected was basic and he chose the same shade tie not wanting to appear too out of reach. Just another day in the office. “Bullshit.” Payne Sheridan was getting ready to be blindsided and he would not be happy. Tege couldn’t say he’d blame him. Hadn’t lied but his move practiced underhanded subterfuge.

Hearing the door open, heavy steps crossed the ante-room and when he spun to see who turned the corner, Tegan stared into those damn blue eyes. Wasn’t ready for this. “Good morning.”


“T. You do work for the company.” A genuine smile lifted corners of sensuous lips as he rested against the counter. “And you’re not a messenger.”

Tegan had choices but only one blared in his mind seeing Payne in a suit. Big bastard was hotter than hell. “I do work for the company.” He leaned and placed a hand on marble near Payne’s hip. What the fuck, he normally took the lead. A hundred reasons he shouldn’t do this seared his mind, and fuck’s sake, they were in the restroom where anyone could walk in. Remembering how warm Payne’s fingers were when they touched his at Sneakys, Tege stopped caring. Close enough for his mouth to graze a clean-shaven chin, he murmured, “I’m not a messenger.” Payne wore an earthy cologne that he’d smell for the rest of the day. “Shit, you smell good.” Christ, the man was tall. Tege damn near had to stand on tiptoes to brush his mouth against Payne’s and when he didn’t pull away, he deepened their kiss, rubbed against his hard body. Feeling an arm come around his waist, hike him closer, it caused him to sag into Payne. His hard cock felt big as it poked his stomach. What am I doing? Kiss didn’t last long, tongues barely touched but it was the hottest damn lip lock Tege ever experienced. He wore his hair in a ponytail this morning and when he felt it being tugged, he drew back and peered upward. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

“Cements the fact I still want to have that drink. I’m here for an interview that amounts to a sweet promotion.” Tege watched him straighten his tie. “I’d hate to get canned before I get the job.”

“Not likely to happen.” Tell him, damn it. “I need to get back to work.”

“Maybe I’ll get a tour and see you before I leave. You left before I gave you my number.”

The outer door opened again and Tege said, “We’ll talk.” He pivoted, and left.

As he walked toward the conference room, he considered cancelling his attendance at the interview. Running into a glowering Adam made that impossible.

“This is out of the ordinary, Mr. Wild, and I’d like to express my concerns again.”

He entered the conference room and stood at the head of the table. “I’m listening.” As Adam shut the door, Tege picked up one of the three packets. Aware it contained an offer; he didn’t have to open his folder.

“Others had education and experience we should not overlook.”

“Whether he works out or not won’t be your concern.”

“He will report to me.”

“I can change that.”

“I hope you know what you’re doing.”

“Did you really just say that?” Tege’s shirt collar choked him. He loosened his tie. “You need to be very careful, Adam.”

“I’m doing my job.”

“Which doesn’t include telling me how to run my fucking company.” Christ, this man put him on edge. “I reiterate, he can report to someone else.”

“I’m fine.”

“Good. Before he arrives, is there anything else you’d like to put out there?”

“Not sure what you mean.”

“What about me rubs you wrong?” Before Adam answered, the door opened and Tegan turned from him to look at Payne. He watched blue eyes shutter. “Payne Sheridan, meet Adam George, regional manager of installations.”

Adam’s smile never reached his eyes. “Mr. Sheridan. Nice to meet you.”

“Please, have a seat. I’m Tegan Wild.”


Story has two very, very brief scenes of masturbation; otherwise, no sexual content.

About the Author

J. Hali Steele wishes she could grow fur, wings, or fangs, so she can stay warm, fly, or just plain bite the crap out of... Well, she can't do those things but she wishes she could! Multi-published author of Romance including Contemporary, LGBTQ, Paranormal, and ReligErotica stories where humans, vampyres, shapeshifters and angels often collide—they collide a lot! When J. Hali's not writing or reading, she can be found snuggled in front of the TV with a cat in her lap, and a cup of coffee.

My Quotes:

Growl and roar—it's okay to let the beast out. – J. Hali Steele

Death is overrated as punishment. – J. Hali Steele (from The Descendants)

Life is complicated, it’s loud, death arrives silently. – J. Hali Steele (from Twice the Burn)

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