Tangled Web (Close to Home)

By Cathy Gillen Thacker

Past transgressions haunted desire Barrister, whose attractiveness helped her upward push from a tenant farm to a Texas fortune. yet her quiet loveliness hid darkish secrets and techniques she'd lengthy stored secure, to guard her younger son….

Chase Barrister chanced on wish enigmatic and elegant—but she tasted of forbidden fruit. Years in the past, Chase had fled his father's legacy, yet he'd taken thoughts of his stepmother and his personal bittersweet desire.

After his father's loss of life, Chase lower back to Texas and wish. could he be stuck within the net of familial deceit…or untangle a good love and actually come home?

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Now not now. by no means. since it particularly wasn’t his challenge. It used to be his mom and dad’ divorce, no longer his. “Why are you bringing this all up now? ” he requested his mom wearily, wishing fervently she by no means had. Years had handed seeing that then. desire had grown up, matured. Hell, they have been all wiser now. no matter if he desired to carry a grudge opposed to her for her foolhardiness then, he couldn’t, now not realizing the stunning girl and committed spouse and mom she had later develop into. Rosemary seemed tortured and depressing. As she recovered, even though, her eyes took on a decided glint.

Over through the fence. Why? ” “And he allow you to boys struggle? ” Joey shrugged his skinny shoulders. “Well yeah, till the tip, then he broke it up. ” “I don’t think this! ” desire acknowledged, turning on her heel. She slipped prior Chase, narrowly averting a collision, and slipped out into the corridor. so far as she was once involved, the struggle must have been stopped on the name-calling level. One punch thrown was once too many. Joey dashed after her, catching up whilst she reached the phone desk within the corridor. “Mom, you’re not likely to name the trainer, are you?

What damage worse than that, have been the evasions she used to be nonetheless enacting. He inspiration he observed the 1st trace of tears glimmering in her blue eyes. She close her eyes. Her voice trembled because it rose. “Edmond made me promise to not inform. ” That a lot Chase may well think. He’d been a truly deepest, very proud guy. yet that didn’t clarify his except his son from what should have been the main stressful time of his existence. “Why didn’t he wish me to understand approximately his disease? ” “He was once embarrassed, worried. ” “But you knew, from the start, what his state of affairs used to be?

Her voice trembled because it rose. “Edmond made me promise to not inform. ” That a lot Chase may possibly think. He’d been a truly inner most, very proud guy. yet that didn’t clarify his with the exception of his son from what should have been the main anxious time of his lifestyles. “Why didn’t he wish me to grasp approximately his disease? ” “He used to be embarrassed, fearful. ” “But you knew, from the start, what his state of affairs used to be? ” Chase felt a stab of jealousy. “Not precisely, no. ” “Then whilst? ” he demanded approximately. “I don’t know,” she answered, her tone shielding.

And—” he took a deep, ragged breath, as though it pained him to confess it “—I be aware of I’ve been the reason for a part of it. ” Apology radiated in his eyes. “I’m sorry. ” such a lot of all, he idea, he was once sorry for how he’d come directly to her the former evening. stuck off shield, desire flushed. was once he speaking approximately her paintings at Barrister’s? Or was once he rather conversing in regards to the passionate means he had kissed her? “Chase, you don’t need to apologize—” “I imagine I do,” he stated gruffly. “So, will you forgive me for going to determine your mom?

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