He gave her his heart, but can he give her the truth?
Schoolteacher Dana Roux doesn’t need sexy hotel tycoon David Cavallo to add to her troubles. They have absolutely nothing in common—she’s a simple schoolteacher in a small coastal town, and he has more money than he knows what to do with. Besides, as a former journalist, he’d remember the news stories about her dad’s alleged involvement in a dirty, Ponzi-like scheme, and his subsequent suicide. The last thing she wants is for the dark shadow of that scandal—and tragedy—to fall upon her once again. Especially since she knows her dad was innocent.
For David, flirting with a beautiful woman comes as naturally as breathing. So when he winds up kissing his sister-in-law’s best friend, he realizes Dana isn’t just another pretty pair of lips. But things between them get complicated quickly when he discovers who her father was, and that it was David’s own news story that blew the case wide open and sent her father to jail—and to his death. David’s not sure what to believe, but he knows he can’t let Dana blame him forever. Especially since she insists her father was an innocent man. But when Dana’s life is threatened, he realizes that he might not have uncovered the whole story. And that now, older and wiser, he just might be the only one who can uncover the truth.
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I have been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and when I ‘met’ the classic authors like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, The Brontë sisters, etc. during my Honours studies, I was hooked for life.
I married my college boyfriend and soul mate and after 40 years, 3 interesting and wonderful children and 3 beautiful grandsons, he still makes me weak in the knees. We are fortunate to live in the picturesque little seaside village of Betty's Bay, South Africa with the ocean a block away and a beautiful mountain right behind us. And although life so far has not always been an easy ride, it has always been an exiting and interesting one!
I like the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! My stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are when we meet them in the story.
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After an hour, Dana still hadn’t spoken a word, but David could feel every pulse of the resentment just about radiating from her body.
The only words she’d spoken were to direct him to her house.
“You are obviously angry with me, and I want to explain the whole thing to you, but I want to know you’ll listen.” He turned down another street she indicated.
“So talk.” She crossed her arms and leaned back against the seat.
David turned his head and stared at her, not sure whether he wanted to throttle her or kiss her. “Why did you speak to Sean Murray?”
Her eyes flashed. “Because I’ve been looking for answers for two years, and he was the first definite lead I got. Talking to the police has been a fruitless exercise. I eventually started emailing newspapers and got hold of Sean. And he told me that you,” she pointed at him, “were the one who implicated my dad. And my dad…” she swallowed, “…is innocent! I know him. He would never have stolen other people’s money, he would never have committed suicide. And I have to prove it; nobody else is interested in clearing his name. That’s why I’m trying to find out what happened, that’s why I talked to Sean. I hoped I would get answers. I didn’t expect to hear was that a guy who kissed me is the same person who spilled the story. And didn’t think to tell me about it.”
Her accusations sliced through him like a sharp sword. Wow. He hadn’t known she was looking into her father’s case and that she was talking to other journalists about it. If he had, he would have made time to talk to her on the plane, but of course, talking didn’t seem important when he was around Dana lately.
It wasn’t anything he hadn’t told himself before. He should never have taken half the story to the editor, but he’d wanted to make sure he would get the front page when he had finished the story. Well, he got the front page, just not on the day he’d wanted it and not with the facts all sorted out.
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Congratulations on your book release. It sounds like a great book and series.ReplyDelete
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