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I'm continuing with A Chaunce of Riches - there have been attempts made on Sam's life and Ben has done his job protecting her. He's tried to comfort her and there have been a few tender moments - but he's scared of letting his defenses down and getting hurt again. Besides, she still refuses to tell him why she left...
He sighed and fought to keep control, “I just…”, if he showed her how much he still wanted her then he would be lost forever. He had to stay above it all, he had to hold on to his anger and his bitterness or he would be destroyed, “I keep telling myself that the only reason my memory of making love to you is so special is because you were the first woman I was ever with, but now I’ve been with other women and they all have been good.” He ignored the slight flicker of pain he saw in her eyes, he regretted hurting her, but that was good; he needed to keep that wall up between them. “I’m sure that if I made love with you now, you would be nothing more than just another vessel.”
She tried to sound indignant to hide the hurt he had just inflicted, “you won’t get the chance to find out.”
He snickered cruelly, “why not, I know I probably couldn’t afford you but can’t you just pretend, I want you, I need you, nobody even needs to know.”
Samantha Chaunce was doing her best not to cry in front of him, “why are you being such a bastard?”
He laughed out loud, “you know that I am a bastard better than anyone else.”
...a long time ago she promised never to call him that.
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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.
Chelle Cordero writes stories of Passion and Suspense. Vanilla Heart Publishing has published nine Cordero novels: Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Final Sin; Hostage Heart; A Chaunce of Riches; Common Bond, Tangled Hearts; Hyphema; and Karma Visited. She is currently working on her next novel, a paranormal romantic suspense (much requested) sequel to Karma Visited. Vanilla Heart Publishing has also produced a print and e-book version of writing lessons and exercises based on her successful Amazon blog Living, Breathing, Writing. Chelle has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for the bulk of her adult life and has been with Vanilla Heart Publishing since early 2008.
Her books have earned many plaudits which includes: Bartlett's Rule was named one of Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top Ten Reads for 2009; Final Sin was an Honorable Mention in the Fiction Category of the 2010 NY Book Festival and a 2009 Pushcart Prize nominee.; Hyphema won the Dec 9, 2011 Friday Book Cover Vote on the Shades of Love website; A Chaunce of Riches was Winner of D. Renee Bagby’s readers’ choice for The Best Overall First Chapter, April 2010; and Hostage Heart, Final Sin and A Chaunce of Riches had top ten finishes in the 2009 Preditors’ and Readers’ poll. Chelle was also featured in "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" published by The Author’s Show in 2010.
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