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Set-Up: Michael has just returned home to Ashland and started working for his father.
Michael Jarvis leaned against the doorjamb of the vaulted-ceiling living room, admiring the sway of Brenda Tower’s rear end as she sprayed primer over its ten-foot walls. Once she was done painting, he’d turn to some of the final sanding of the spiral staircase. His dad had sent him over to the new house on the pretense that he was too busy elsewhere to finish it.
Grimacing at the tall, lithe woman dressed in white paint-spattered coveralls, Michael knew his father wanted him to connect as quickly as possible with the painter he’d often described as quite the lady. His dad had always been a romantic when it came to him and Brenda. Michael sighed heavily. It had taken a near-death experience for him to recognize his feelings—but he had no clue if she’d welcome his interest after he’d rebuffed her years earlier.
Brenda hadn’t noticed him standing in the doorway, but he was pretty sure she couldn’t hear him above the sound of the sprayer. He waited.
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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Ed Hoornaert says
He seems sanguine about his dad trying to set him up with Brenda. Or are his feelings simply buried?
Veronica Scott says
Interesting snippet and of course makes me want to know more about the near death experience! Enjoyed the excerpt…
Amy Braun says
It should be an interesting reunion haha
Daryl Devore says
I hope she doesn’t turn around with the sprayer still going – lol.
Christiane France says
Emotions are running high all around. Can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Alexis Duran says
I wonder how she’ll react to his presence? Rejection is never easy to get over.
Jessica E Subject says
Intriguing! I’m curious about the near-death experience and how she’ll react to seeing him there.
Diane Burton says
Does he want to go along with his dad’s matchmaking efforts? The near death experience raises all kinds of questions. Good job.