Ginny hasn’t told anyone about her brief marriage nine years ago -- not even her new fiancé. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.
Ginny is planning to get married in six weeks, when her ex-husband Derek shows up. Derek has always been trouble -- too smart, too sexy, too unreliable. Ginny wants nothing to do with him, but now he’s rich, and he has mischief on his mind. Ginny does not want to trade her dreams of happily-ever-after for a guaranteed heartache. But what if he's changed?
He stepped forward, taking off his work gloves, watching her with a wary expression. At least he didn’t make a comment about it being a small world.
He asked, “You doing okay?”
So that was the way he was going to play it. Calm, cool, and civilized. Two could play that game. She lifted her chin. “Yes, I’m fine. I have my own design company,” -- no need to tell him how poorly it was doing -- “and I’m getting married in six weeks.”
He glanced briefly down at her left hand, noting the large diamond solitaire. “Congratulations. Do you love him?”
She snapped, “Of course I love him. What sort of question is that?”
“I’m just trying to make conversation, Ginny,” he said smoothly. “No need to jump on me. I hope you’ll be very happy together.”
His polite platitude meant nothing. “We will be,” she said fiercely. “He’s a college professor. He writes books.” Inwardly, she cringed. Shut up. Trying to convince him how happy you are will only make you look pathetic.
“And you?” she asked, striving for a light tone. “What are you doing now? You must be doing very well to buy a house in Highland Park.”
“I do all right.”
Was he being modest or did he just not want to share the details of his life? Where did he get the money? Nine years ago, he’d been a dreamer, full of plans. One of them must have finally succeeded. She said, “I’ve always wondered. Did you finish your degree?”
His blue eyes grew colder. “I didn’t need to.”
Inadvertently she’d touched old battle scars. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have –”
He interrupted. “That’s right. It’s none of your business now.”
“Are you married?” She hoped so. She wanted him happily married with a wonderful wife and three children. She wanted him settled and safe and no threat to her equilibrium.
“Do you think after our little experiment, I’d want to try again?”
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Her Ex Next Door,is a sweet romance. If it were made into a movie, it would be rated PG.
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Published April 3, 2012
Romance, Literature & Fiction.