Next-Door Daddy by Sophia Bent EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Sophia Bent
- Language: English
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The roar of a diesel engine broke the morning quiet–my only coveted
moment of peace in a day that promised to demand my usual high-octane
performance. Reaching the window in time, I watched as the colossal shiny
culprit backed up into the impossibly small space. Large moving trucks
weren’t common around here, especially next door. The metal monster barely
fit into the driveway, but that wasn’t my problem.
On this typical sunny day in California, USA, I couldn’t wait to get
outside and enjoy the heat. I finished the last of my coffee, brushed my teeth,
and applied fresh lipstick. It was all so routine. I never thought about it
anymore. What mattered was achieving the right look; one that announced
that I, a high-powered lawyer specializing in civil suits, had arrived.
I had no
time for neighborhood pleasantries and Sunday BBQs anyway, so the new
neighbor moving in had nothing to do with me. But, I must admit that as I
backed my BMW out of the garage, I caught a glimpse of why my peace had
been disturbed. Maybe just one barbecue wouldn’t hurt. He was kind of sexy,
in a clumsy sort of way. I decided that his sandy blond, blue-eyed appeal
more than made up for the disturbance.
I was met with a mountain of paperwork at the office, but it was just
another day at the grind. I viewed it as a testament to my success and dove
right in, shutting out mundane conversations around the water cooler about
weekend plans and sports news. I have got to get a better office, with much
less traffic outside my door. I plowed through my work for the rest of the
The phone must have been ringing for a while, but I hadn’t noticed.
“Marilyn, could you join us in the boardroom in fifteen, please?” Mr.
Wright’s clipped voice resounded in my ear like a death sentence, and
paranoia had me going through a long list of possible reasons for being
summoned. Calm down. You’ve been busting your tail on your current
caseloads, and you’re at the top of your game. Nobody in the entire company
can push out work as well as you do. Just calm the hell down.
I took a brisk walk to the ladies’ room to brace myself for whatever they
threw at me–grateful for my ensemble choice today. The deep, burgundycolored skirt, paired with a pearl-colored silk blouse, and finished off with a
mile-high pair of Jimmy Choo’s that screamed “ballbuster.” With my
ridiculously soft brown hair pulled back into a severe bun at my nape, I
fancied that I looked more distinguished. A delicate silver bracelet and
matching earrings set off my smokey gray eyes. Studying my twenty-sixyear-old reflection in the ladies’ room, I managed a quick pep talk. You are a
winner! You will become the youngest partner ever to get in. Now go get ’em,
“Aah, Marilyn. Punctual as always, and perfectly poised at that. Please
have a seat,” greeted Mr. Wright cheerfully, motioning for me to sit. All the
partners were there. I felt like I was facing the firing squad but managed to
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