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By Linda Howard

While Jenner Redwine wins a lottery jackpot, she can’t think ever discovering a spot on the planet of the rich. Seven years later, even though, she reveals an ally—and a consultant to the rarefied realm of privilege—in the kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who invitations Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxurious liner. yet what Jenner will get is extra like a Hitchcock motion picture than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage via a menacing stranger, with nowhere to run, Jenner is drawn right into a online game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing risk. yet as worry of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers emotions she hasn’t had in years—and realizes she’s discovered a lifestyles worthy residing. If she survives.

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Because the aircraft taxied towards the terminal, Jenner thumbed the ability button on her mobilephone and waited for the procedure to attach. all around the top quality cabin, she may perhaps pay attention a few of the tones that signaled virtually some other passenger was once doing an analogous factor. there has been no message. might be downloading messages from her provider took a couple of minutes, notwithstanding the man beside her used to be closely hearing his messages. in advance of the airplane reached the Jetway she checked back. nonetheless no message. absolutely Syd must have referred to as through now. probably her message were dropped. Jenner thumbed in Syd’s mobile quantity because the tone sounded that published passengers from their seats and everybody stepped into the aisle, collecting their carry-on baggage. Jenner swimsuit, slinging her bag over her shoulder and nodding a thank-you to the fellow who stepped again to permit her to affix the queue that jostled and snaked its method ahead. She nonetheless held the telephone to her ear as she stepped off the airplane, listening because the ringing stopped and the decision went to voice mail. She left one other message, then clicked off and slipped the telephone again into her bag. no matter if Syd have been overdue, too, which wouldn’t have shocked Jenner, she could have known as. Jenner started to consider a bit anxious. nonetheless, issues may have occurred. Syd’s mobile phone can have a lifeless battery, or have thoroughly stopped operating, and she or he hadn’t came across both of these chances until eventually she was once already at the send. Her handbag might have been stolen. Or she was once at the send, were leaning at the rail in their balcony, and had dropped the telephone overboard. Any variety of issues may have occurred, that have been all not just much more likely yet have been additionally all larger than the true fear she had, that Syd have been in an coincidence and couldn’t name. Jenner had notified the limo corporation that her flight will be past due, yet its real arrival time had pretty well been anyone’s bet, so she was hoping no wires had gotten crossed there. the very first thing she observed whilst she reached the luggage declare sector, notwithstanding, was once a uniformed Hispanic guy maintaining an indication that stated “RED-WINE. ” She signaled him and he hustled over to gather her baggage, which took its personal candy time arriving. The carousel didn’t begin turning for an exceptional fifteen mins, and whereas one among her baggage seemed presently, the opposite didn’t appear till many of the different luggage have been long gone. each extra hold up ate at her nerves. She hated being overdue, even through up to one minute. The self-discipline of having to paintings on time, clocking in, getting docked cash if she used to be past due, and the opportunity of getting fired if she was once overdue various occasions a yr, had drilled punctuality into her mind and behavior. the truth that none of those delays have been her fault, or below her regulate, virtually made it worse simply because that intended she used to be helpless. She needed to flow, and the circulate at the present time was once slow. “Is this all of your baggage? ” the driving force requested, pulling out the telescoping handles of every suitcase and gripping every one. “Yes, that’s all.

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