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At forty-five, striking Carol Blake has it all: a Chicago corporation she built from the ground up on the verge of international success with a complicated merger, and Brian Cross, who at thirty is the youngest Board member of her company. Against her better judgement she and Brian fall in love and secretly marry.
Marriage is not without your ups and downs, but as the merger grows closer to fruition, Carol’s Board of Directors, including Brian, undercut her to wrest control of her company from her. Betrayed and enraged, Carol must regain control.
...but is it too late?
The limousine pulled into the hotel driveway and up to the front door. Brian and Carol were halfway across the lobby to the bank of elevators, when he stopped short and gently pulled her around to face him.
“I have to do this now, before we go upstairs,” Brian said, his expression somber. He reached into his inside jacket pocket to retrieve something, and he dropped to one knee on the marble floor. Carol gasped and stumbled back half a step, but Brian caught her hand and pulled her to him, then released her hand to open the small black velvet box, revealing a flawless canary yellow three-carat pear cut diamond flanked by two one-carat rectangular bright whites in an antique gold filigree setting.
“I love you, angel,” he said earnestly, “more than I ever thought possible. Marry me, Carol, marry me tonight.”
Carol stared in stunned silence. She was aware that they were attracting attention from hotel and other guests in the lobby.
She tried to speak but couldn’t make a sound.
An elegant silver-haired woman stepped up. “I think he’s quite serious, my dear,” she said to Carol with a pleasant smile. “You’re a lovely couple. I think you should say yes.” She gave Carol a matronly pat on the arm and walked away.
A murmur of agreement rippled through the gathering crowd. Carol looked down at Brian’s handsome face. She reached out and touched his face.
“Let me make you happy, Carol, marry me,” he repeated.
“Yes.” Her voice was so quiet that she wasn’t certain she’d said the word aloud.
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