A Family At Last by Jacqueline Diamond

By Jacqueline Diamond

The Wait may simply Be Over

Years after a teenage prank ended badly and a tender boy's testimony positioned his ally in reformatory, Downhome, Tennessee, remains to be attempting to heal the scars of the outdated scandal. Now the 2 are again in town--one attempting to transparent himself of homicide, the opposite of betrayal--and long-buried emotions were stirred.

Karen Lowell is once more stuck among the 2 males, with much more now at stake. Her brother's ongoing campaign to shift blame clear of himself has already poisoned her prior, and now it's tainting her goals for the future.

Because Karen yearns for a lifestyles that would contain pediatrician Chris McRay, the guy who's now--as he used to be such a lot of years ago--her lover. A lifestyles the place she and Chris could be a kin at last.

The selection is hers. Can she make it?

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He shook his head quickly. “Get rid of that shit, fast. Pay back the people you got it from, then pay back the loan. And do not do this ever again. You are simply not up to this way of life. You piss off someone just one step higher up the food chain and you’re going to wind up fucked or dead. ” He was nodding almost continually now, his chin twitching. ” “Here’s how this business works. At the top are the guys who make the stuff and run the top-level distribution: the shadows who make the real money and never get caught.

I let myself into the house, feeling tired and wrong and like I could walk a thousand miles in any direction and have no reason to ever turn back. I felt better after a shower, and took a Coke and cigarette out onto the balcony. I wanted a beer, too, but I know better than that. No big deal, I’d decided as the hot water coursed over my head. Not doing anything would have led to a worse situation for people I cared about. Isn’t that as good a justification for action as any? And hadn’t I been staring at the waves the previous night, feeling too much to one side of the world?

Maybe more than that. “I’m sorry, but—” “Look,” I said, finding a tone of voice I hadn’t used in a long time, except perhaps to Kyle the night before. “I don’t know who the hell you are. ” “I’m the one who needs help,” she said, her voice abruptly strong again—too firm, as if held right up against the brink of hysteria. “There’s no one who’s going to believe except maybe you, and now I realize you won’t either. I thought perhaps you knew but evidently you don’t and I can’t risk e-mailing again because he’s scanning the Wi-Fi now.

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