Cassie Whittington and her lover, Sam Barlow, stumble on the body of Cassie's ex-brother-in-law. They also find Cassie's ex-husband, Charlie, standing in the room, the murder weapon in his hand. The police investigation forces Cassie and her entire extended family to re-examine the events of the past. In doing so, they consider possibilities for the new life -- a life that may be cut short in a final confrontation that involves Cassie, Charlie, and Sam in a terrible recreation of a past tragedy. Can Sam and Cassie emerge unscathed or will it be the end of their relationship...and their lives?
(Pages 258) Spicy
Word Count 72500
Print ISBN: 1-60154-944-X
Charlie straightened, his deep green eyes perplexed. “I said as much. John said something weird, something like ‘the knowledge of a thing is worth money in the bank.’ I didn’t know what he meant. I was more concerned about his allegations against Janelle. He made it sound like she was sleeping with me--that she got pregnant--in order to force me to get you to change your mind about Grandy’s inheritance and share with John.” He stopped, his mouth thinning into an angry line. “I almost hit him then.”
“I probably would have hit him,” Livvie said. “Long before that.” She regarded Charlie with exasperated affection. “You didn’t answer my question about marriage. Are you and Janelle getting married?”
“I asked her and she said no.”
I exchanged a look with Livvie. “Well, duh,” she said cheerfully. “Obviously she doesn’t want to marry you just because she’s pregnant.”
“I don’t know how to convince her I want to marry her anyway.”
“Do you?” I asked. “Or do you just feel obligated?”
He didn’t answer for a long minute then he looked me straight in the eye. “How do you feel about marrying Sam? Don’t you feel obligated to marry him after that accident last year? How will he get along without you?”
We stared at each other and I saw all my guilt, worry, and insecurity mirrored in his eyes. I loved Charlie and I loved Sam.
What was I going to do?
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