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Today’s excerpt immediately follows last week’s, “Thought I might.” Edited to fit to ten sentences.
He was hardly ready to trust her with his future plans—not yet, he hadn’t been around long enough to figure out who to trust. “I’ve seen enough of the world to last a couple lifetimes.”
“I’m sure you have—” she took a half step back as he approached— “but I never thought you’d want to be a finish carpenter.”
“Don’t think I’ve got the patience for it?”
“I remember you throwing tools and screaming when a rusted bolt wouldn’t yield, or when the sides of a bird house you were making didn’t quite fit.”
Chuckling, he nodded. “You have a good memory. Of course, you always did seem to be lurking about—though it does seem like your memory is faulty in some matters.”
Brenda stiffened. Her gray eyes turned to steel.
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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