“Are you sure?” Katy asked me. I had just arrived back at the condo and hurriedly told them what had just happened with Cooper, not John. I couldn’t even think about that right this minute, though I felt selfish since my personal life probably wasn’t as important as what was happening at Sleeping Bear right now. But for this minute it was and I had to get it out.
“Katy, I know a girl’s voice when I hear one.” A girl had answered his phone. I couldn’t believe it; another girl had answered his phone. That sentence just kept wanting to play over and over in my head. I couldn’t stop it. “And girls don’t answer a guy’s phone unless it’s serious. I never even answered his phone. I felt it was an intrusion on his privacy. A trust issue. Clearly whoever this girl is, she doesn’t feel the same.”
“You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, Pres. That could have been anyone. Doesn’t mean he is dating someone. It’s probably a friend or work acquaintance,” Katy said, as usual trying to put her positive spin on things and pouring some Baileys in my coffee cup. I wasn’t sure even that would make me feel better. But if nothing else, I could drink until I fell asleep.
“She does have a point, Katy. It does seem a little odd that some chick would be answering Cooper’s phone,” Jared said, and Katy turned and gave him a dirty look.
“Shut up! That’s not helping, Jared.”
“But he’s right, Katy.” I sat down on the couch feeling defeated. Taking a long drink of my coffee and feeling the Baileys warm me up through my toes. “I wonder if it’s that girl we saw him with. That really pretty one. God, I hate pretty girls. I hope all pretty girls wake up with a bad case of acne tomorrow.”
Katy laughed. “Stop. No pity parties. What can we do that will make you feel better?”
“I wish there was a way to find out who that girl is,” I mused, feeling a little more mellow now that I had a few sips of Baileys in me. “Knowledge is power, you know.
“Maybe we can find out,” Katy said. “How?” “We saw them coming out of Techman Industries so maybe she works there. If it’s the same girl we saw him with outside the building.” “That’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I think it’s a fairly large size company,” I said. “And besides, if we do find her am I supposed to prank call her and see if it’s the same voice?”
“Maybe. What else would you like to do? At least this way we’re doing something and keeping our minds from dwelling—you on Cooper and Jared on his job. You guys are bringing me down; let’s do something about this. We need to take action.”
“She’s right, Jared,” I said. “I can’t just sit here. Get dressed and let’s go.”
Title: Romance & Revenge
Author: Laina Turner
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit
The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.
Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?
Are they done for good?
As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Laina’s Blog: http://www.lainaturner.com/books/romance-revenge/
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