By Rochelle Alers
An international of wish, seduction and scandal…
Adina's good looks and wiles have enabled her to undertake the fast paced way of life of the wealthy and fabulous…until she learns there's a freelance out on her existence. She flees Brooklyn to begin over in an upscale suburb, residing one of the pampered and polished ladies she's constantly envied. yet past the mansions and manicured lawns lies an international she by no means may have idea possible….
Sybil's specific catering company disguises her profitable sideline enterprise: she's Delectable, a dominatrix who entertains at bachelor events. Karla lives on a multimillion-dollar property, and she or he and her husband take pleasure in an open marriage…but her want for male recognition is beginning to get dangerously out of control.
And as Adina is drawn into the hot fact past her friends' excellent facades, she's additionally facing a brand new guy, who's blissfully blind to her not-so-innocent earlier. Now, each one girl is set to find that each ardour has a price…and that a few secrets and techniques are easily most unlikely to maintain hidden.
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Hardware store—light bulbs, batteries, that thingamabob for the stereo that Randall drew a picture of before he left. The radio is off. After Candace’s frenetic proclamation, all Lena wants is the hum of the engine, the alternate whine—like ascendant chords—of the gears, the constant attention required to handle the car. She avoids pillows of exhaust; manipulates, teases, plays in and out of the gaps in the afternoon traffic. Her foot presses down on the accelerator: 300+ horsepower. Her biceps tighten with the thrill of the push past fear and carbon fumes.
One flick of the push-button switch and lamplight blanches the desk and everything across it: neon-colored sticky reminders to call the handyman and pay those bills not automatically deducted from their checking account, twenty or thirty square and rectangular envelopes. Lena brushes aside the old mail: an invitation to an art gallery exhibit last weekend, another to a cocktail party the day after Randall left, a charity fashion show this weekend. Eyes closed, she tries to conjure up Tina’s Mediterranean blue, but all she sees is black.
Lena coughs in hopes that sound will throw Candace off track. “Ha! You and Randall are perfect: the black Barbie and Ken. Big everything: house, cars. ” Candace flicks Lena’s heavy gold watch. Randall, Lena recalls, likes Candace because she is never embarrassed by what she has or what she does. Six months ago, Lena might have considered those words a compliment. This isn’t the first time someone has labeled them perfect: the symmetry of their physicality—she tall, he taller; complementary brown skin tones—neither fair nor dark; stylish, hip clothes from New York and San Francisco designer boutiques— coordinated, but not; their speech proper and grammatically correct—hints of slang at the right time and in the right company.
After Hours by Rochelle Alers