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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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Christina Ochs says
Uh-oh, sounds like he knows how to make her angry!
Elyzabeth M. VaLey says
Uh-oh he’s pressed the wrong button. She’s mad! Great snippet!
Jenna Jaxon says
So she doesn’t take criticism very well. That ought to make this fun for him if he mainly wants to devil her.
Nancy Gideon says
Nice bit of verbal fencing and posturing. Lot’s of subtext steaminess! Good job!
Veronica Scott says
Brenda doesn’t seem pleased. I liked her memories, especially the birdhouse LOL. Fun snippet with a smooth change in tone at the end.
Christiane France says
I like the tension that’s building here. She’s irritated and he’s not crazy about criticism. Love it!
Christiane France says
Looks like my comment got into the wrong spot. Sorry!
Kimberly Gould says
haha. Hot headed?
Amy Braun says
Haha I like the memory she brought up. 😉
Ed Hoornaert says
I like how you hinted at problems in their past without actually saying how he feels about them.
Diane Burton says
The pesky girl next door grew up. Hmm. I like his thought about who he can trust. Made my ears perk up. A mystery?