Could you forgive a man who deceived you?
In The Cost of Deception Tess has to face such a situation. She’s a widow with two teens. Can she forgive the man who moves into her house and makes love to her, the man her teens have learned to love, the man who could have put her and her kids in danger?
Drew tells Tess he’s an insurance investigator who had burned out and wants to be a substitute teacher to decide whether he wanted to become a teacher or not. He can’t tell or her he’s an undercover cop whose enemies might come after her family if they find where who he is and where he is. It’s not a likely situation, since he has been careful. But it could happen. For that reason he plans to leave as soon as his job in her town is finished and the drug dealers are in prison.
How can he expect her to forgive him?’
It was late and Drew nursed a glass of watered down whiskey as he stared at his reflection in the mirrored wall behind the bar. He looked like a renegade. The scraggly, black beard and the tinted lenses hid what was on the outside.
Why do bars have so much mirror space? True, he could see what was going on behind him, as well as anyone who approached him. He hoped to see the man who would be his connection in his current investigation. He could also see too much of himself, which wasn’t much help tonight. He couldn’t stop the mental reflections any more than he could the ones in the mirror.
Not since he left home had he worn glasses, except when he needed a disguise. He wasn’t the skinny wimp he’d been in high school or even during his first years at Georgia Tech. Now few men dared tease the muscular man who filled the black tee shirt and stretched the short sleeves rolled a notch over the bulge of his upper arm. The forearm he saw in the mirror looked lethal as veins bulged each time he flexed his hand. Drew was a man to be feared and respected. He’d worked hard to become that man.
The first year in the army was responsible for most of the transformation to the undercover cop who answered to the name Drew. He answered to many aliases. Tonight he answered to Spider, as the sinister tattoo on one forearm would suggest.
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