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“Oh. It’s you,” Brenda said, looking more than a little deflated.
“Thought you might be expecting me.” Michael pushed away from the door frame and entered the room. “Forgot how stinging fresh paint can be to the eyes and lungs.”
She shrugged, placed the sprayer on a work bench, and crossed her arms over her midsection. “Welcome back,” she grunted, regaining her cool. “Ted told me you wanted to buy into the business.” She frowned. “Are you really going to stay in Ashland?”
“Thought I might.”
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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Jessica E Subject says
That is a cold reception. I wonder if she’ll warm up to the idea of seeing him again.
Christina Ochs says
She doesn’t seem very welcoming right now. Hope he’s not too discouraged.
Amy Braun says
Maybe not the welcome he wanted? 🙂
Nancy Gideon says
More here than just his eyes!! Nice tension build up, Adriana.
Kimberly Gould says
Veronica Scott says
I like her self possession and how fast she regains her calm. Great snippet!
Ed Hoornaert says
At this point, their relationship seems complicated.