Annika is torn after her conversation with Owen – and the insinuation that helping get her foot in the door is going to cost her. She knows that she'd hardly be the first woman to sleep with somebody to attain professional success, but she also knows that she's not that kind of girl.But she doesn't have much time to ponder the situation very deeply because Owen invites Annika to an event where he ...
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troduce her to some of the giants in the industry – an invitation she promptly accepts.Back at home and trying to figure out what to wear to the event, her best friend Amber finally confides in her. Amber has never been thrilled about Annika's desire to break into the modelling industry. And Annika learns it's because Amber had once been a part of the industry. Amber's manager had taken advantage of her and the whole affair was covered up, leaving her feeling bitter and angry.Amber's story resonates with her because of the situation with Owen – and her belief that he is only helping her get into the industry in exchange for sex. It deepens her internal conflict, but she knows it's something that will have to wait to be dissected until later – it's time to go.At the event, Annika is meeting and charming important figures in the industry. The evening couldn't have been going any better – until she is accosted by Tiffani. As Owen escorts an angry Tiffani from the building, Annika escapes out back with Owen's old friend, Phillip Harding – who, unbeknownst to Annika, is the founder and president of one of LA's most prestigious agencies. And he's quite taken with her.Though Tiffani had cast a pall over the evening, Annika was happier than she had been in a long time. On the way home, Owen asks her to come home with him – just as Annika had feared. She explains to him that she's not that kind of girl and that she's not going to do that. She will not sleep with him in exchange for his introductions.Owen is frustrated inside, but only because Annika is proving to be intriguing beyond measure and the toughest challenge he's ever had. And yet, he secretly likes that about her.After some initial awkwardness, things slowly get back to normal. And then Annika learns that her landlord is raising her rent to an amount she cannot afford. Owen offers her a room in his house, promising that it's all on the up and up and he's only trying to help her out. He makes it clear that there are no sexual strings attached and Annika finally agrees.But on move in day, there is a little flirtation between the two of them – which leads to their first kiss. Realizing what he's done, Owen abruptly leaves the room and Annika realizes that she wants more.