A Risqué Contemporary Romance
Four years after Angel marries David, she discovers he has fallen for Angel’s best friend, Jean. Instead of fighting for his love, she generously gives him up and assures him he can still be father to her five-year-old son, Stevie. After they divorce, David constantly bullies and berates her. When her son declares he wants to live with David and Jean, Angel hits rock bottom. Max Straun advises her to take a vacation, so she heads off to Scotland. Max sends one of his agents, Jeff Rosen, to be her ‘roommate’. Jeff does a fabulous job cheering her up as he expands her horizons in the process.
When Angel returns from her vacation, she goes directly into the secret facility that houses the Carnivore Program. She’s determined she can endure the efforts taken to secure and protect Carnivore this time, only the efforts have intensified. Soon, Angel needs a break, and she’s sent back to her home, which is now home to eleven FBI agents. She soon has multiple lovers to ensure she is never without a man. Ironically, she has selected men who can never be more than casual lovers due to their own situations and commitments.
Eventually, the kidnapping of her son, and an unexpected pregnancy helps her come to terms with her life. She no longer wants ‘many easy loves’. Angel longs for a deep, strong love with one very fine man. But it’s quite possible the man she wants won’t want her. If so, she’ll just go it alone.
Angel stared at the embracing couple. They were so focused on each other they were unaware of their audience. She suspected she could have walked up and stood directly before them, and they wouldn’t have noticed. She didn’t test her theory. She remained in the safety of her car.
The man, showing a bit of gray at his temples, was still very handsome and carried an air of power and importance. The woman was younger, and while pretty by any standards, she had the most beautiful long legs imaginable.
Presently one leg was hiked nearly to her lover’s hip as if they were frozen in a tango step. His hand caressed the back of her leg, running beneath the short skirt for a moment and then traveling down to the sensitive skin at the bend of her knee.
The sensual passion between them would have set off Angel’s own passion, if not for two painful facts: the man, the Chief of Police for Richmond, was her husband, David, and the woman, the captain of his police force, was her best friend, Jean.
She remained in her car and watched them in their dance of love. She had driven down the mountain to surprise David for lunch. His secretary seemed upset when she told Angel she thought David might be awhile and advised her not to wait. Angel reassured her it was not a big deal and left. She had driven to the city park because David had mentioned it once. He said when things got crazy he would go there to take a ‘time out’.
This was some ‘time out,’ far more than an escape from work. This was a time out from their marriage and his commitments. But was it a time-out from his love for her as well?
She didn’t want to believe that, but she had to consider the possibility. After her third miscarriage and the doctor said no more tries, David had changed. He remained kind to her and was as wonderful as ever with her son, Stevie, but in bed, the passion had unquestionably ebbed.
She had told herself it was the pressures of his job. However, watching him with Jean, she sensed more passion than he’d ever shown with her. How was that possible?
She tried to remember how it had been when they first married. She remembered feeling great happiness, and an overwhelming sense of ‘rightness’ about their love. She also remembered thinking at the time that it was almost too easy with them.
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Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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In Easy Love, Angel realizes that her husband isn't who she thought he was and now sets out to find herself and her own happy ending. Like the first book, she faces some tough times but doesn't give up. She's willing to do anything for her son, even walking away for a bit.
I have to give it to Angel. She's a stronger woman than I am. She made me want to be a better person, though. I also had faced some challenges with my first marriage and sought to do what was right for my children. I didn't always make the best choices but my heart was in the right place.
I enjoyed that Ms. O'Connor tells a realistic story with characters who are flawed but who do everything possible to make their life better and to ensure their child's happiness. Ms. O'Connor doesn't hold back with the pain and negatives in Angel's life, nor the mistakes she makes but that only makes this story more realistic and one you won't be able to stop reading until you see just what happens!