By: Ana Barrons
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John Daly, the criminal psychologist in Son of the Enemy, assumes a false identity and inserts himself into Hannah Duncan's life for one reason: to mine her repressed memories of the day her mother was murdered in order to spring his father from prison, where he has languished for 23 years for allegedly killing Hannah's mother. Imagine how you'd feel, meeting the son of your mother's murderous lover. How would a relationship between those two have a prayer of working out?
Betrayed by Trust involves not one but two improbable relationships. Joe Rossi is a journalist who nurtured an intimate, long distance friendship with Catherine when her sister was missing, and then wrote an article months later—when her sister's body was found—that disclosed an ugly confidence. Deeply hurt and disillusioned, Catherine is unwilling to trust Joe, even though she needs him to break through the cover-up surrounding her sister's murder.
In the following excerpt, Catherine has received a mysterious invitation to a formal political fundraiser. Little did she know, Joe is there as well, having been invited by his college sweetheart, now the Second Lady of the United States. She's shocked to come face to face with the man who won her confidence and affection and then betrayed her publicly.
“You bastard,” she hissed. “You used me.
I never meant to hurt you,” Joe said. Lame. Catherine’s face had gone from white to mottled pink to enraged red as he stood there, helpless, wanting nothing more than to punch Ned’s smug face in.
“No?” she said, her green-gold eyes flashing. “You expose the most private, painful parts of my life to the world, and you didn’t think that would hurt me?”
Joe ran a hand through his hair as he searched desperately for the right words. “I’m a reporter, Catherine. That’s what I do. I dig up background information for a story and—”
“Oh, is that what you were doing all those months?”
Her voice had taken on a gritty quality. Joe felt like a boulder had settled in his gut.
“All those late-night phone calls, the emails, the stories about your unhappy childhood. That was all in a day’s work, huh? Laying out the bait to see what kind of haul you’d get?”
All conversation in the immediate vicinity had stopped. “Can’t we—”
“I have to hand it to you. You knew exactly which buttons to push with me.” Long strands of dark brown hair had escaped from the top of her head and were trailing down her neck. The one grainy photo he had seen of her, on her parents’ front lawn, bore no resemblance to the beauty standing before him. And what the hell was she doing here?
“Did you know that the National Enquirer tried to buy photos of me and Blair and my ex-husband after reading those articles?” Tears were pooling in her eyes.
Joe looked away. “No, I didn’t know that.” Any second now she was likely to break down. He laid a hand over his heart and forced himself to meet her gaze. “I swear to you. It was nothing personal.”
The blow was so fast and so hard that he stumbled backward like a drunk. He lifted a hand to his mouth and felt the sticky wetness. She had drawn blood.
Catherine’s voice was harsh with emotion. “That was personal, Joe.”
Whoa! She actually punched him in the mouth—in front of the Vice President and his wife and a roomful of Washington power players. Can this relationship be saved?
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