Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Date of Publication: August 5, 2015
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 65K
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn't want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn't understand why she's a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
Lonnie clutched Laura’s hand. “They don’t know the whole story. When Saunders asked how you and Chase came to be married, what did you tell him?”
“I felt sick and asked to leave. I didn’t want to tell him about Mr. Donovan arranging my ride from the warehouse, what happened on the boat.” Apprehension returned. “They already had Chase locked up. I didn’t want to add fuel to Saunders’ fire.”
Lonnie’s voice was strong. “The idea that my nephew is doing anything criminal, I can guarantee, is the most absurd thing ever suggested.”
“But why is Chase protecting his father? I don’t understand their relationship. They’re not like any father and son I know.”
“Chase reacts to his own guilt,” Lonnie said. “He feels guilty because he doesn’t like his father. One minute he’ll call Dick all kinds of vile names, deservingly so. The next minute Chase feels remorse, and he goes out of his way to make it up to the old coot.”
“What about all the assets being in both names?” Laura asked. “Everything is either in the name of the business or owned jointly by Chase and his father.”
“Probably so if one of them dies, and my preference is Dick go sooner than later, the survivor doesn’t have to pay an inheritance tax.”
Laura was a bookkeeper with a shrewd proprietor for a boss. She should have deduced his motives.
“I wonder if Chase knows this, that his father owns the boat with him,” Laura mused aloud.
“Maybe not.” Lonnie’s expression was half smile, half frown. “I love my nephew but his comprehension of anything having to do with money, is that it should be there when he wants it.”
Laura silently recalled Chase on their wedding day. He had been determined they would marry that day. With everyone, from the lab tech who drew their blood to the jeweler who sized their rings, Chase had generously tossed whatever cash had been needed to ensure he got what he wanted.
“Chase sometimes pretends his father is a nice man,” Lonnie added. “Then an incident occurs like what happened to you, and he struggles to admit Dick Donovan is plain no good.”
About the Author:
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, Whipped Cream Reviews and The Long and Short Reviews. Her short story, "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" appeared in the Whimsical Publications' anthology, Winter Wonders. Magic Moment is her first novel.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America, and its chapters From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA.
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