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In this excerpt from A Chaunce of Riches, Ben has been doing his job protecting the woman he once loved, now a wealthy widow, and her young son from definite threats. He still is bitter about her betrayal and abandonment when he was at his most vulnerable. After several close "encounters", she has begged him for forgiveness and he has refused. One more serious heart-to-heart and they are both left hurting. Ben enters Sam's room late one night - uninvited. He obviously has been drinking.
She was annoyed that he had frightened her, “What do you want to talk about?”
Ben took her by the shoulders and turned her towards him, he squinted in the dark; Sam felt exposed under his gaze, “Is that a nightgown? How long is it?”
“To my knees,” She still wasn’t convinced of his sobriety.
He released her suddenly, “It’s not very sexy.”
“Well excuse me, I didn’t know I had to dress for company,” She sounded indignant.
He laughed, that feistiness was part of the old Sam, the Sam he had loved with all of his heart; then there was silence.
Finally Sam sighed and relaxed beside him, “What did you want to talk about?”
He looked at her in the dark, “You, me, sex, your husband, who killed him and who is trying to scare you?”
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The day that Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for some rich widow and her kid, he never expected to be working for the woman who had abandoned him just when he had needed her the most so many years before. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would see him again. She never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man over the man she had sworn she once loved. And she certainly never expected to find out that her rich husband had been murdered and fingers were pointing to her former lover.