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The Tycoon's Proposal

By´╝ÜMelody Anne

Baby for the Billionaire #3 - The Tycoon's Proposal



Prologue

Ryan Titan looked around at his empty home with satisfaction. He'd watched his two cousins settle down over the last couple of years, going from Seattle's most eligible bachelors to happily married men and now he was left feeling like he was missing something.

His cousins, Derek and Drew were far more like brothers to him than cousins. They'd been raised next to each other and gone from poverty level to billionaire status together. They'd each done separate things in the business world but were by each another's sides as they climbed to the top of the world's richest ranks.

Ryan felt a bit excluded; as he watched his cousins find their true loves, leaving him behind for once. He was always welcome in their homes but now it was different. He was actually filled with envy as he watched them with their families.

There he stood in a new house without furniture. He shook his head as he wandered around the rooms, his steps echoing off the bare walls. He heard a knock at the door and heard it opening.

"Ryan, where are you?"

"I'm coming," he called back, as he heard the voice of his nephew. Jacob rounded the corner and the breath was pushed out of Ryan's body, as his thirteen year old nephew hurled himself into his arms.

"This place is great, Uncle Ryan," Jacob said with enthusiasm. He raced off to check out the home. Ryan was glad he'd bought a place so close to his cousins because Jacob and the rest of his nieces and nephews could come over anytime.

"Nice place Ryan," Derek said as he joined them.

"I'm lucky to have found a place so close to you and Drew. I already mapped out the backyard and we can make a trail between the properties. Then the kids can ride four-wheelers back and forth. We can make a killer trail for all of us," Ryan said. He was excited to get started on the project. There would be no need for fences between the properties.

"Great thinking, cousin. You map it all out and I'll get the people in to forge the trail," Derek replied.

"Hey, maybe I don't want to tear up my yard. What if I want to keep you hooligans out," Drew jumped into the conversation. Both cousins ignored him, knowing he didn't mean a word of it.

"Where are the ladies?" Ryan asked. He'd expected them to be right behind their husbands.

"They're taking a spa day today. The young ones are at my house," Derek answered.

"They're already spectacular and in no way need to go to the spa," Ryan told them. Both cousins nodded, as they worshiped their wives. However, they would go to the ends of the earth for them and give them absolutely anything they wanted. 

"When are you going to finally settle down?" Derek asked him.

"You know me, I don't want a lady coming into my life and messing with a good thing," Ryan said. He had his typical cocky smile on his face but there was no real meaning behind his words. He was thinking being single wasn't as great as it had once been. As he looked around at his empty home he thought it would be pretty great to share it with someone.

He shook off his melancholy mood and showed his cousins around. Unbelievably the home was even larger than his two cousins' homes. He hadn't planned on the huge place but the location is what sold him. He wanted to be near his cousins. The older he was getting, the more he wanted to slow down a bit.

Ryan was a phenomenal architect and remodeled historic homes, which was a hobby for him and not his main career. He'd made his first million in the stock market and his first billion through his many business investments. He had more money than he could ever spend in a lifetime and although he spent a lot of time in the office still, he took off when he wanted too, so he could pursue his love of historic properties.

Ryan called his secretary and gave her free reign on getting his house furnished, then headed towards the back yard with his cousins so they could plan the quad trail. The rest of the day flew by and Ryan forgot all about his troubles.

Chapter One

Nicole Lander parked her car, saying a prayer of thanks it had once again made it home. She was grateful each time she turned the key and the engine decided to turn over and work for another day.

She climbed the broken staircase, careful to not lean against the rusted out railing. She'd made that mistake once and had almost fallen through. The only thing that saved her had been her great reflexes.

She reached her door and inserted the key and spent the next couple of minutes wiggling it around until it finally grasped the mechanisms inside the knob and turned. She rushed inside, quickly relocking the door. She breathed a sigh of relief as she entered the safety of her apartment. She'd seriously be in trouble if someone was ever chasing her because she certainly wouldn't be able to get inside quickly enough to save herself.

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