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Set up: Today’s excerpt immediately follows last week’s, “You know we’re going to have to talk about your boy…”
“You can’t say no forever. You owe me.” Michael scraped a finger pad along Brenda’s nose. “I do believe if you’d ever succeeded in getting me in your bed, I would remember it.”
“You know you didn’t―I didn’t”―she scowled―“we didn’t.”
He laughed and backed away. “Well, at least that confirms I don’t have early onset Alzheimer’s. So you’ll join me for a beer after work?”
“Why can’t we just talk here?”
“Because I may want to claim squatter’s rights.”
Title: The Painter is a Lady
Word count: 74,600
246 pages $4.99
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Heat Level: Three flames: explicit sex, M/F; anal sex; explicit language
Secrets. Trust. Courage. Who will knuckle under first—the war hero? The spirited single mom? Or the former high school bully who still hates them both?
When war hero Michael Jarvis returns to Ashland, Wisconsin, he doesn’t plan to stay—he’s undercover, investigating a possible sex trafficking ring on the Great Lakes. But he does want to sample the pesky girl next door he always turned down—and it wouldn’t hurt if she’d clear up a few mysteries of her own.
Successfully established as an interior house painter, Brenda Tower finally has her act together as a single mom—but it hangs by a thread, a secret she’ll guard with her life. The return of her youthful crush Michael Jarvis threatens to unravel everything.
Jealousy has inflamed Brett Hill’s hatred of Michael and Brenda for as long as he can remember. Revenge will be so sweet.
When the secrets break open, can Michael and Brenda find the courage to trust each other, or will revenge and betrayal triumph?
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