Title: Desire and Deception
Author: Sharon Buchbinder
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Let's just say, I believe in Saints...
Pampered princess and daughter of a drug lord, Isabel Ramirez, is on her way to grabbing the brass ring in the legitimate world of academia when her boss gets in the way. Isabel’s take no prisoners approach ensures the department chair will never expose her deceptions.
Graduate assistant and guy-on-the-side, Sean Richards wants Isabel to leave her sleazy husband. He’s convinced he can bring out the better woman beneath that tough sex siren exterior. He will do anything for his voracious lover—except commit murder.
As a nosy colleague follows a trail of clues that lead to her door, Isabel is forced to make a choice. Will she kill her friend to stay out of jail? Or will she redeem herself and become the extraordinary woman she sees in Sean’s loving eyes?
Dan’s forearm corded as he cast his fishing line. Brow furrowed under his lucky Ravens fishing cap, he aimed his baited hook under the waxy leaves.
After all this time, is Dan really mine?
He turned his head, raised his sunglasses, winked at her, and blew her a kiss.
Her breath caught in her throat and a host of butterflies flapped around in her stomach. Of course, he’s mine. We’re on their honeymoon. What could possibly go wrong?
He shook a finger at her. “You better be thinking about something other than your job.”
She laughed out loud. “I am not thinking about work.”
“No, you obsess about it.”
“And you don’t about Randallstown Community Hospital?”
He held the fishing pole with one hand like a jousting lance and cocked his head, considering her question. “As a vascular surgeon, I have to obsess over my work. The smallest of slip-ups can kill a patient.”
“My work saves lives, too. I don’t have the instant gratification, or risk that you do. But if I improve one kid’s life with my work, then it makes it all worthwhile.”
He nodded. “True. But no one dies if you don’t teach a class, go to a committee meeting, or publish a paper.”
“If I don’t make the third year tenure review cut, my career at BMU will die. And I can pretty much forget about going anywhere else in Baltimore or DC. I’ll be considered damaged goods.”
He frowned and flapped his hand at her. “Pffft. Not only is Bobbi your boss, she’s your friend. She put you on her five million dollar grant. With her in your corner, your tenure and promotion are a slam dunk.”
Easy for him to say.
“If I don’t get a paper published in the Journal of Child Abuse Prevention, I’m out on the curb.” Sarah should have gone to see Bobbi when her boss texted her at end of the Women in Science Conference on Sanibel three days ago. But Bobbi knew they planned to go across the water to Punta Gorda for their honeymoon. Sarah chewed on her lower lip. Typical Bobbi. Waiting until the very last minute of the conference to say she needed to talk in private, away from the other attendees.
Sarah patted her pants pockets and realized in her rush to get out the door, she’d left her cell at home. The sun’s glare pierced the side of her shades and she closed her eyes. What did Bobbi text? “Investigating a faculty member. Need your help. Trust no one. Tell no one.” Though the air was hot and humid, Sarah shivered with an unexpected chill and crossed her arms to battle sudden goose bumps.
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A sexy and smart erotic thriller, Desire and Deception offers the reader a spell-binding tale of sin, salvation, and sexual obsession. Similar in eroticism to noir movies like Body Heat and The Postman Always Rings Twice, this story is hot, hot, hot.
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Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. She is the author of the Hotel LaBelle Series, the Jinni Hunter Series, and the Obsession Series, as well as Charlotte Redbird, Ghost Coach, Taken by the Imp, and Healed with a Kiss. When not attempting to make students and colleagues laugh or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, herding cats, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.
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