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Anita Lourcey Tooke
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On a lonely, country road in North Carolina, lovely Connie Mitchell encounters a sinister stranger who will change her life forever.
Haunted by a face she cannot remember, and voice she remembers too well, Connie works closely with Lt. Greg Reed, trying to uncover the identity of the murderer.
Lt. Greg Reed is irrevocably drawn to the quiet beauty he has been assigned to protect, and soon finds himself deeply involved in her life, but a deadly web tightens around them as a killer makes plans of his own.
Of all the women at the club, he had known immediately that she was the one. She had tried so hard to fit into the crowd. She wanted so desperately to please. It had been so easy to convince her to go out with him. She was so eager that she hadn’t even questioned him when he suggested meeting in Charlotte, instead of Rosemount. He’d told her it was less complicated that way. He hadn’t wanted anyone to see them together. She had been so easy, just like all the others. He’d wined them and dined them, taken them to bed a few times, gotten bored, and move on quickly.
He hadn’t planned on Eleanor falling in love. He hadn’t even been able to get her into bed. Her antiquated morals kept getting in the way.
When she had started talking about marriage, he knew he had to end it. What he hadn’t planned on was that she would be hard to get rid of painlessly. He tried to let her down easy. He told her that he wasn’t the marrying kind. She had cried and begged him for a second chance. She promised not to mention marriage again. He hadn’t believed her. Eleanor was too eager to continue the relationship. He knew she was hoping he would change his mind. What he hadn’t told her was that he was already married. It was unfortunate that she had seen him with his wife so soon after.
He had canceled his date with Eleanor for that evening. He had left a message on her machine, but she hadn’t gone home. Instead, she came straight to the restaurant where they usually met, the same restaurant where his wife wanted to have dinner. He had agreed to go so as not to arouse her suspicion.
He knew his wife was beginning to suspect him of cheating. If he hadn’t signed that prenuptial agreement, he would have left after the first year. Now, he couldn’t afford a divorce. He liked his lifestyle, but unfortunately the money was all hers. He couldn’t live as he had for the last ten years on just his salary. She was so incredibly boring. She had enough money that they could have lived anywhere in the country, but she insisted on staying in Rosemount.
They still lived on the same street, in the same house, as when they were first married. She couldn’t understand his need for the finer things in life. She was content to be the perfect little housewife. The only excitement in his life were the little affairs he had been having for most of their married life. She let him control her money. She had no idea just how much of it he had spent on other women.
He had seen Eleanor and was able to steer her away from the table before his wife had seen her. Eleanor had been furious. She demanded to know why he was seeing someone else. His good luck held, though, and she didn’t seem to suspect that he was with his wife. Not that night. He thought he had convinced her to go home, but she had waited around in the parking lot until they left. The little snoop had taken the tag number from his wife’s car and run it through the computer at work the next day at the Division of Motor Vehicles.
She was sitting in her car across the street from his house when he came home from work the next day. He had pretended not to see her, and she had driven away a few minutes later. He’d known then that there was going to be trouble, and he began making his plans. He called her at home the next afternoon. She had been cold on the phone, but agreed to meet him the following Saturday.
They had met at the mall in Charlotte. He had talked her into going for a drive with him. She was angry and demanded to know why he had deceived her. He told her that the marriage to his wife was one of convenience, and that she didn’t love him any more than he loved her. He told her that his wife was the one who had all the affairs. He even managed to cry a little as he told her how he had wanted to have children, but that his wife was too concerned about losing her figure to get pregnant.
AUTHOR'S BIO: Anita is a fulltime homemaker and lives in north Florida with her husband and daughter. An avid reader, she had always wanted to write a book. Out Of Her Dreams is her first book. She is currently working on her second.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 232
Paper Weight (lb): 10.0
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