Ethan stood as his next appointment was shown though the door. His breath locked in his chest and his heart stuttered as the most stunning specimen of the male species entered his office. All those silly cliches he'd ever heard about meeting the partner of your dreams were true. Time froze, giving him ample opportunity to rake his eyes over the wet-dream-inspiring vision before him.
Dark hair swept back from the high forehead of a lean face. Chiselled cheekbones and a straight nose led down to a pair of perfectly kissable lips. A strong neck disappeared into the collar of the white dress shirt. Broad shoulders filled the jacket which was expertly tailored to the strong frame. Lean hips topped long legs. Ethan's eyes slowly travelled back up the perfect body and locked on a pair of piercing light coloured eyes. They were a before unseen combination of blue and grey. And they were focused right on him.
He mentally slapped his face and told himself to get back in the game. Hoping the beginnings of the hard-on that thickened in his slacks wasn't too obvious with his suit coat on, he held out his hand.
"Ethan Harrison. It's nice to meet you."
"Special Agent Ryan Ashton."
A large hand engulfed his, and he swore sparks shot out where their skin connected. The strength evident in the grip was tempered by the slightly callused fingertip brushing across his wrist. Large veins descended from long fingers and roped across the back of the wide expanse. Heat infused Ethan's palm, and a slight shiver rippled though his body.
He realised he still held Ryan's hand as he stared into those mesmerising eyes, and he dropped his hold. Taking several steps back, he sat behind his desk to hide the evidence of his arousal. He gestured to the seat on the other side.
"Please sit. Make yourself comfortable. Can I get you anything to drink?"
Ryan set down his briefcase and sat in the indicated seat. He leant back and crossed one ankle over his knee. "No thank you."
"Special Agent Ashton, I understand you're here to hand over case information regarding the investigation of Luke Yeung and Amerisystems."
"Please call me Ryan." He picked up his briefcase. After removing a file, he placed it on the desk and leant forward to slide it across. "You should have everything we've compiled up to this point in here."
Ethan picked the thick folder and set it to his left. He would review the materials later, but right now, he wanted to continue his conversation with the man before him. "Why don't you brief me on the basics while you're here?"
Ryan's relaxed posture in the chair contradicted the burn of his gaze as their eyes locked. "Our division has spent the last year compiling evidence of economic espionage against Mr. Yeung. We have documented proof of him selling the designs for Amerisystems' prototype for a new environmental monitoring device. There has been suspicion of previous leaks, but until now, everything has been circumstantial."
Ethan stood and walked around his large mahogany desk to the chair next to Ryan. He wanted to be closer to the alluring man. He sat and mimicked the other man's posture. "What exactly does this device do?"
Ryan angled his body to better face Ethan. Their feet nearly touched. "It's designed to collect data on temperature, light and soil moisture for crop lands and transfer it wirelessly to a remote computer using a short message service. This would allow farmers to analyse the conditions of their fields and make adjustments for a better yield with the current crop. In the long term, it would allow them to review the data from previous years to anticipate the condition of their fields for a new planting season."
Ethan was so caught up in watching those sensuous lips move that he nearly missed his cue in the conversation, "Impressive, who's he selling it to and why?"
Ryan shifted in his chair and licked his lips.