A Little Blackmail
Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
by Helen Conrad
Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlist—mainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.
“Do I look like her?” she asked.
“Like Vanessa?” He wasn’t sure, actually. He’d seen Vanessa’s picture in the magazine article about Matt and his enormously successful oil operations in Brazil and Argentina. He knew Vanessa was attractive, with long black hair — so that fit fine. That article was what had given him the idea to try this elaborate hoax.
“You’re much prettier,” he admitted.
She flushed. Compliments were all very well, but a man shouldn’t talk that way about his wife. “Don’t you think that someday you might want to come back here with the real Vanessa?” she asked in a low voice. “Won’t that be a bit awkward now?”
He had to grin at that, leaning back against the railing and watching Janet. “If she ever comes here, it won’t be with me,” he promised. “Don’t worry about it.”
She took a sip of hot coffee, then set the mug down again and leaned out over the railing, feeling the cool breeze on her face. “I don’t know how you can lie to someone who cares about you,” she said tensely.
Matt’s head jerked back. That stung. He hated lying and liars, especially those who lied to loved ones, but in his mind, they always had female faces.
“We all lie all the time,” he said cynically. “It’s just a matter of degree.”
“No.” She shook her head slowly. “It’s a matter of convenience—or hurting someone.” She took a deep breath. “Which is it for you, Matt?”
It was a matter of necessity in this situation, but he could hardly explain that to her. And not being able to explain frustrated him. Suddenly he realized he didn’t want this lovely creature, this wisp of innocence, to think badly of him. He didn’t want her to call him a liar.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, his voice low, almost harsh.
That was too much for her. He wanted to use her, but he certainly didn’t want to open up and let her know what was going on. If she couldn’t be told the truth, what could she do but assume the worst?
She turned on him, eyes flaming with green fire. “I like Mavis. I don’t want to be any party to defrauding her in any way.”
His dark eyes didn’t waver. “Neither do I,” he said softly.
Searching his face, she could find no clues to go on, no way to read his mind. “Then what is this all about?” she demanded.
– US Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and paperbacks of Run Run Runaway, A Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
– INT Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and ebooks of Run Run Runaway, A Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast
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Moving Too Fast