A Risqué Contemporary Romance by Liza O’Connor
Four years after Angel marries David, she discovers he has fallen for Angel’s best friend, Jean. Instead of fighting for his love, she generously gives him up and assures him he can still be father to her five-year-old son, Stevie. After they divorce, David constantly bullies and berates her. When her son declares he wants to live with David and Jean, Angel hits rock bottom. Max Straun advises her to take a vacation, so she heads off to Scotland. Max sends one of his agents, Jeff Rosen, to be her ‘roommate’. Jeff does a fabulous job cheering her up as he expands her horizons in the process.
When Angel returns from her vacation, she goes directly into the secret facility that houses the Carnivore Program. She’s determined she can endure the efforts taken to secure and protect Carnivore this time, only the efforts have intensified. Soon, Angel needs a break, and she’s sent back to her home, which is now home to eleven FBI agents. She soon has multiple lovers to ensure she is never without a man. Ironically, she has selected men who can never be more than casual lovers due to their own situations and commitments.
Eventually, the kidnaping of her son, and an unexpected pregnancy helps her come to terms with her life. She no longer wants ‘many easy loves’. Angel longs for a deep, strong love with one very fine man. But it’s quite possible the man she wants won’t want her. If so, she’ll just go it alone.
At the start of their marriage, David had tried to convince her that he and Steve had more in common than she thought, but the idea had seemed laughable to her. Steve was wild and full of life. He loved pleasure and he adored women. The idea that he could be faithful wasn’t even possible. Whenever he saw a beautiful woman he would touch her as carelessly as one might breathe in the perfume of a beautiful rose.
Angel had never expected fidelity with Steve and had been surprised and touched when he tried to remain faithful. Yet, with David, she had assumed fidelity because he never let his passions lead his actions. He would never let himself enter into a situation without considering all the consequences.
This meant her eyes didn’t deceive her. David was profoundly in love with Jean. He would not have begun this otherwise. He wasn’t a man to have affairs. He did not treat ‘ladies’ in such a manner. His intentions to Jean would be honorable. He would want to marry her.
Angel’s heart ached at the thought of losing him. Not just for herself, but for Stevie, who had known no other father in his four years. Dear God, how would he bear such a loss? How could David bear such a loss?
Suddenly she knew why this honorable man held Jean as his mistress instead of his wife. Her precious boy that David had helped raise was the reason he remained with her.
Nausea swept over her and she was barely able to open the door before the contents of her stomach emptied onto the pavement of the parking lot. She was dry heaving when David appeared and helped her from the SUV and led her to a bench beneath a tree.
He wiped her face with a handkerchief. Steve would have been apologizing, promising her the girl meant nothing. David remained silent. Steve would have covered her face with kisses and held her so possessively tight that her bones would ache. David sat inches away from her, staring at his feet.
She realized it would be up to her to start the conversation, since David could not. If he knew how to start such a conversation, he would have already done so. Unfortunately, he was trapped, afraid to move in any direction, for the consequences of any action were more than he could bear.
She knew she held the only move that could set him free.
“You’ll always be Stevie’s father. No matter what happens between us, I would never deny you Stevie.”
About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
(There’s over 45 now)