(From the publisher):
Seeing the newspaper picture was a shock. Numbly, Laurie read the caption. “Hotel owner and entrepreneur Rian Montgomery seen escorting the rising young newcomer LaRaine Evans at a recent Hollywood party.” Laurie tried to be glad that Rian and LaRaine were together again, but she couldn’t forget how his dark eyes had looked at her, sparking the flame of desire that punctuated the time they had spent together. It might as well have been yesterday that she had left him - so sharp and fresh was the pain of her love.
“Like it or not, you belong to me!” Rian clasped the ruby bracelet around her wrist as if he were shackling a slave. “You don’t own me, Rian,” Laurie flashed. The fire of the rubies struck sparks off the diamonds on her fingers. “You can’t buy me with expensive jewels. I don’t want them!” “I don’t believe you,” he sneered cynically. “Greed is part of every woman’s nature.” “Only the women you’ve known,” she replied bitterly. “They probably realized that expensive presents were all you could give. A man without a heart is incapable of giving love.” His eyes flashed with anger. “Skip the prim, idealistic speeches. It was your deceit, your pretense that forced us into this engagement. And there’s no way I’m going to release you from it!”
Original title: Dangerous Masquerade (Alabama)
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Contemporary