||March 1, 2011
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To gain more money than he ever imagined, Ramm Prescott must fulfill the terms of his grandfather’s will by producing a Prescott heir. When he meets Jeannie Stewart, she is the perfect one to become the mother of his child, providing he can get her pregnant; a must before he’ll marry her.
Quickly drawn into a maelstrom of desire, Jeannie finds love in Ramm’s bed and arms nightly. Never once does she suspect him of having an ulterior motive; yet, beneath Ramm's sensual nature is a planned scheme that will uproot her life after he leaves Montana, following his father's heart attack. When his deceit unfurls, shock hits Jeannie like a violent flood slamming in her face. Everything suddenly turns haphazard in a state of confusion. Her organized world starts to crumble, but her worst nightmare is yet to come...
When the tale of deception unwinds its bitter truth and distrust suppresses all reason, only the strength of love remains....
On Friday evening they made love and were lying spent in each other’s arms. Ramm brushed the hair from Jeannie’s cheek and kissed her, his attention completely focused upon her. He wanted all of her, not just stolen moments when she could spare a few minutes to be with him.
Jeannie had just glanced at the clock on the nightstand and was compelling herself to leave the warmth of Ramm’s arms. “I hate to leave you,” she said, hugging him tightly and winging butterfly kisses over his face.
“Then don’t leave me, Jeannie. Stay the night with me.” It was a plea, one he’d made many times before.
“Oh, Ramm, please don’t. Let’s not go through this again. Every night ends like this and I go away feeling guilty.”
“Then tell me why you can’t or won’t stay. Just tell me why,” he shouted in frustration.
“Because my parents need me!” Jeannie yelled back, blurting out more than she intended. “They both are disabled and unable to do for themselves. Everything I do is for the single purpose of keeping them out of a nursing home.”
He looked at her as if she had slapped him. “How disabled are they?” he asked suspiciously.
“Dad has Alzheimer’s and Mom has crippling arthritis,” she admitted quietly.
He looked like she had slapped him. “You lied to me,” he accused, forgetting that his own deceit of wanting to get her pregnant outweighed what she had withheld.
“I never lied to you. I just didn’t tell you.”
“Withholding the truth is the same as a lie,” he argued bitterly, springing from the bed and stalking back and forth across the floor, his face unusually red. This shattering information messed up all his plans. He wanted his trust fund and needed an heir to gain it, but he didn’t want a ready-made family. He never realized that to have Jeannie he would have to take on the responsibility of her disabled parents.
“Why are you so angry?” Jeannie exclaimed. “It doesn’t affect you. I’m the one who is shuffling my schedule daily so I can rush over here to be with you.”
“It does affect me, affects us both. I had been thinking of something more permanent for us,” he quarreled. “I never knew that your parents would be part of the deal.”
“Deal! You think that is what this is all about? You think my sleeping with you is some sort of deal? To hell with you, Ramm Prescott!” she shouted, jumping from the bed and jerking on her clothing.
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Reader Reviews for "Seductive Betrayal"
|Reviewed by Richard Orey
|A spellbinding love story!
In her novel "Seductive Betrayal," author Jeanette Cooper writes hard and clear about the hurt of a deceitful relationship. She eloquently paints in words how sharing life with the one you love and trust fills your days with bliss; but, also, she exposes the gut-wrenching emotional anguish that follows when that trust is exploited in deceitful wrongdoings.
In "Seductive Betrayal," beautiful Jeannie is swept away in a romantic paradise, sharing her love and trust with handsome Ramm Prescott, only to discover in horror that her lover deceitfully tricked her into an unwanted pregnancy to provide himself an heir to enable his claim to a family trust fund fortune. Thus begins the spellbinding story of "Seductive Betrayal" which explores in exquisite detail the hurdles and obstacles that a couple faces in trying to establish and maintain a loving marital relationship and, as well, the overwhelming heartbreak that one cannot avoid and must endure in a self-centered and deceitful relationship.
In Cooper's masterful treatise on marital relationships, she sharply depicts main character Ramm as a man who thinks only of his own problems and goals without conscience or understanding that the issues in one partner's life become the issues of both partners. Author Jeanette Cooper presents with gifted pen the emotional turmoil of lovers caught up in passion, deceit, stubbornness and, eventually, the unforgettable and game-changing challenge of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Jeanette Cooper is an intoxicating storyteller, filling her narrative with unexpected twists and turns and with mystery and intrigue while as a reader you simply can't turn the pages fast enough.
Don't miss Seductive Betrayal." It's absolutely terrific!
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Congratulations, Jeanette. Sounds like a winner here. Good luck with it.|