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Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?
Janet took a long swallow of her martini. After the traumatizing weekend, she needed a drink. “Don’t look now, but there’s a guy from work by the bar.”
“Is he cute?” Katie whispered conspiratorially, her eyes darting to the very place where Janet told her not to look.
“Don’t stare at him!”
“Geez, relax, will ya? There’s a huge crowd – I don’t even know which one he is.”
“The tall one, in a blue shirt.”
“The James Dean look-alike with the slutty blonde?”
“Yeah, that’s him.”
“He’s cute,” Katie pronounced her verdict after a momentary deliberation. “What does he do?”
“He is in IT.”
Katie nodded approvingly. “A solid and practical profession. I’m getting sick and tired of dating lawyers. They are the most self-absorbed and narcissistic bunch of men on the planet. Litigation lawyers are the worst – so pompous. Don’t ever date a lawyer.”
“Oh, I think I’ve learned my lesson on that one,” Janet replied, wondering if Katie had forgotten about Alex.
“I’m sorry, Janet. I wasn’t thinking,” Katie instantly caught on. “But back to the present. What’s the story with the cute IT guy?”
“No story.” Janet finished the last of her drink. “We chat at work sometimes.”
“We chat at work sometimes? Come on, Janet, it’s me you’re talking to. Do you like him or what?”
Janet nodded. “He is kind of cute, but….”
“Dating at work could be complicated, and I don’t want to complicate things too much now,” Janet added quickly. She certainly had plenty of things to be anxious about at work without having to worry about Dean Snider.
“’I don’t want to complicate things right now?’ Things are always complicated: that’s the nature of life. Sounds to me like someone is being a chicken.”
“Sounds to me like someone is being overly nosy,” Janet shot back, already regretting having mentioned Dean. “Besides, he’s clearly not interested in me: as you can see, he’s got a date.”
“A date, please! I’m sure it’s some girl he just met at the bar. Speaking of which, there’s an interesting development.” Katie’s eyes darted toward the bar again.
Even though she knew she should not, Janet let her eyes follow the direction of Katie’s glance, and in spite of herself, she was delighted by what she saw.
If you would like to find out more about Marie’s books, please visit Marie at her website: www.marieastor.com.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Marie-Astor/e/B004EBDX9Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4665230.Marie_Astor
Books by Marie Astor:
To Catch a Bad Guy
This Tangled Thing Called Love
On the Rim of Love