By: Judy Ann Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mystery
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
When widower Rich Redman returns to Pennsylvania with his young daughter to sell his deceased grandmother’s house, he discovers Grandmother Gertie’s final request was for him to find a missing relative and a stash of WWI jewels.
Torrie Larson, single mom, is trying to make her landscape center and flower arranging business succeed while attempting to save the lineage of a rare white rose brought from Austria in the 1900s.
Together, the rich Texas lawyer and poor landscape owner team up to rescue the last rose and fulfill a dead woman’s wishes. But in their search to discover answers to the mysteries plaguing them, will Rich and Torrie also discover love in each other’s arms? Or will a meddling ghost, a pompous banker, and an elusive stray cat get in their way?
The bedside clock said 2:38 a.m. when Rich finally convinced himself he had to get sleep or he’d be useless in the morning. Drifting off, he almost missed the light rapping on his door. It sounded again, then the door creaked open and a head peeked around the edge.
“Rich,” Torrie whispered, “are you awake?”
“I am now,” he said and resisted a chuckle.
She tiptoed in, then eased the door closed behind her. “I can’t sleep. I keep thinking about the
fire at my apartment.” She stood in the moonlight glowing through the window. Her hair cascaded down over her shoulders and the milky white color made her appear angelic. She was dressed in the same sexy black lingerie she had taken to New York. It highlighted every perfect curve on her delightful body.
He threw back a corner of the covers. “Come here,” he said softly.
She slipped in alongside him and he drew her close, her head resting comfortably on his shoulder.
“It’s so quiet down there,” she said, “and I don’t want to be alone tonight.” She laid a hand on his chest. “I just want to be held and have someone tell me everything will be all right.”
“Of course, it will.” He kissed her on the corner of her forehead. “I want you, Lulu, and the girls to go shopping for clothes tomorrow.”
“But…but…I have no money and—”
“Shhh,” he whispered. “I don’t want to hear it. You’re taking a fistful of cash and getting some clothes until we can figure out what can and cannot be saved in your apartment. There’ll be no discussion about this.”
Torrie snuggled closer, yawning, and mumbled. “You know, Richard Lee Junior, I think I’m falling in love with the belligerent side of you.” She looked up at him in the dark and she found his lips, kissing him. It was gentle at first, but then became more insistent and he gave himself up to her seductive powers. Her hand slid to his waist and then downward, stroking his abdomen and silk shorts, then slid lower.
He captured her hand with his and said, “Torrie, we both desperately need sleep. We’ll be worthless walking zombies tomorrow.”
“Not if we hurry,” she whispered and stretched up for another kiss while her hand proceeded downward to caress the exact spot she had been looking for before the interruption.
“Heck,” he said and pulled her on top of him, sliding his hands down her back. “Sleep is overrated anyway.”
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Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and
anthologies, and have received numerous awards. She is published in multi-genres, including romance, mystery, western, and comedy. Four White Roses is her fourth novel to date.
When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are
She is a member of Pennwriters, Inc. and Romance Writers of America, and divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
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