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Suspicious Minds

A dangerous alliance. Love, revenge, and a hidden truth collide.

Natalie’s world is shattered. After witnessing her father’s secret meeting with a known crime boss, she’s torn between love and suspicion, and she solicits her handsome new co-worker’s help to find the truth.

Ryan Donatelli is driven by an unrelenting desire. He’ll avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using the boss’s beautiful raven-haired daughter to do it.

As Natalie seeks the truth, Ryan’s thirst for revenge threatens her heart. Torn between duty and love, they’re drawn together amidst danger.

With the mafia’s grip tightening, Natalie fights to protect her family business while Ryan’s quest for justice entwines with their fight for survival.

Suspicious Minds is a riveting tale of romance entangled in mystery. Grab your copy today for an electrifying journey into betrayal, revenge, and the power of true love.

Suspicious Minds

About The Book

“…Exciting down to the last word. A wonderful, suspenseful read.”
~ Romantic Times Magazine – Faith V. Smith

Revenge, Betrayal, and Hidden Identity

In the city of Boston lies a story of betrayal, revenge, and hidden identity. Ryan Donatelli, posing as Thomas Randolph, sets out to avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using Sam Southard’s daughter to do it. After all, Ryan is sure Sam’s responsible.

Suspicious Minds Reviews

Love and trust are explored, as well as betrayal and familial connections…

Natalie Southard is determined to keep her family business out of the hands of a known crime boss, Nick DeMarco. After her father is killed, Natalie and Ryan are forced to run for their lives. But, will they live long enough for their hearts to heal once everything is revealed?

Read the short excerpt below and/or download a PDF file with a longer excerpt of three or more chapters: Suspicious Minds Excerpt


“Is that her?” Detective Walsh asked, talking around the wad of gum in his mouth.

Ryan Donatelli tugged at the neck of his old football jersey while he looked everywhere but at the body on the steel examination table. The morgue walls were closing in on him. “I don’t know.” Even to him, his voice sounded tinny and far off. “Shelley’s small, but this woman seems much smaller. It’s hard to say.” The obvious resemblance struck him, but he looked for any reason he could to deny it.

“Dehydration from the burns,” the gray-haired coroner said. “It changes the facial appearance.”

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Ryan glanced up and noticed the older man’s immense nose and his astonishing resemblance to the comedian and singer, Jimmy Durante.

The detective shrugged. “Well, if you can’t be sure, I guess we’ll just have to— Wait a minute! What about this?” Walsh removed a small envelope from his jacket pocket and extracted a plastic bag containing a necklace that had been tagged for evidence.

Ryan’s stomach spasmed. Acid scorched his throat. Every conscious thought screamed denial, yet his trembling hand reached for the bag. Under the fluorescent lights, the ruby pendant glowed like a hot ember. He squeezed it in his palm, trying to feel its pulsing warmth—like the warmth of Shelley’s smile.

Oh, God! It was as cold as the body on the table.

“You okay?” The detective’s voice was muffled.

Ryan wanted to laugh at the stupidity of the question, but at this moment, mirth was a foreign emotion to him.

With his index finger, he traced the outline of the small stone before turning it over to read the inscription he knew he would find. Unshed tears blurred his vision, but there it was. Happy B-day, Love, R.

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“It’s Shelley,” he said and turned away. He could no longer deny the evident truth, or hang onto the tiniest thread of hope that this was a terrible mistake.

Sweet, stubborn Shelley, his baby sister. She’d never argue politics, movies or anything mundane as the weather again. Shelley loved to challenge him. She’d made him think in new ways and consider new options. What would he do without her?