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Today, I am showcasing a snippet
from Two Truths and a Lie.
Scene set - Byn is a cat burglar. She spotted Mark when she was doing a heist at a party. They - accidently - meet in Monte Carlo where she has just done another heist. Her skill is her disguises
"I have eaten here a few times. I love good food." Mark folded his napkin and placed it next to his hand. "Also, I sent a message saying I was having supper here this evening with a wonderful lady and wanted something extra special." He shrugged. "Just trying to impress."
A black vision shot through my mind. Something I had witnessed in the lobby of Mark's hotel that he didn't know. "Am I the wonderful lady you mentioned or was it the woman I saw you pay off in the lobby when I arrived?"
Mark swallowed his mouthful of vegetables, wiped his mouth and returned his napkin to the table. And with a simple word he made the night one to remember. "You. You are the wonderful lady. Yes, I had a companion arranged for this evening. A highly-paid escort."
"A beautiful escort." For some reason, the food stopped tasting as wonderful as it had.
"Yes." He nodded. "In her profession, highly-paid and beautiful go hand in hand. Yes, I paid her. I had hired her for the evening, I no longer desired her services. Now she can spend the evening at home watching TV and doing her nails."
"And you chose to have dinner with me? Over her."
"I find you beautiful and intriguing. I am aware that this is not the real you. A sort of disguise, if you will. I am sure that when I am finally allowed the privilege of your true self that I will be humbled."
Oh. My. God. I couldn't speak. I knew my heart was still beating, I could feel it. And I was still breathing, but speech was stalled. My mind whirled with what he'd said. He knew I was in disguise. It did not repel him. Or anger him. It intrigued him. He wanted to meet me. The person under the false contacts, extra padding and coloured wigs. Could I possibly ever let him know me?
If I let him into my private world, I'd have to tell him my secret. An honourable man such as him would find that repulsive. I'd lose him.
A sound pulled me from my thoughts.
"Welcome back." Mark smiled. "I do apologize for startling you so with my thoughts."
"No one. No one, ever, has said anything like that to me."
"Then those people were fools. I saw the quality in you the moment you walked across the…room." His words stumbled.
I heard it and saw something in his look. What did he think he'd discovered?
Blurb and Buy Links
The legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian with a twenty-first-century twist. If you love hot, billionaire romances, then this is a must read.
From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré's latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond.
As if multiple planes crashes, a car accident, and a concussion isn’t enough, carefree Byn and straight-laced billionaire, Mark clash over Byn's need for independence and Mark's struggle with guilt pushing him in the opposite direction of love. When an art forger, an art thief and a ninety-five-year-old woman get involved the chance for true love for Byn and Mark fades.
All is lost until a children's game is their only hope.
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