So, discovering that the charismatic counselor's wea spot was her, Leslie planned to charm the !el "ir #achelor right down the matrimonial aisle. Then she'd give him a taste of his own medicine$a divorce%"ll she had to do, Leslie assured herself, was stay out of Dane's persuasive arms until he proposed$and eep her heart out of the whole affair.
"s Leslie &atson heard the udge deliver the alimony award in her stepfather's divorce case, she couldn't #elieve her ears. It was so weighted in his ex(wife's favour she had to force herself not to ump up and say so.)lancing across the Los "ngeles courtroom, she saw her stepmother *harlene #eam happily at her lawyer, who gave her a faint smile in return. +et Dane Jordan should #e #eaming too, for lie many "merican lawyers his fee was on a percentage #asis, and he had ust earned himself a fortune%Leslie new it wasn't the alimony that would worry her stepfather so much as the fact that his ex(wife had #een allowed to eep the large #loc of shares in his company, which he had given her as a wedding gift four years ago. "t the time, his friends and family had warned him not to do it warned him also against marrying a girl thirty years his unior$ *harlene was only a few years older than Leslie. !ut he wouldn't hear a word against the #eautiful nurse who had taen care of him after a near(fatal heart attac, and was now paying the price for his o#stinacy.&atching him, Leslie was afraid he would soon have another attac, though he had shown no outward emotion even when *harlene$devoid of mae(up to emphasise her youthful innocence$had flung him a triumphant loo as the udge announced his decision.-nly as Dane Jordan waled across the court towards him did he show any sign of stress, his features hardening as he ignored the lawyer's outstretched hand.'o hard feelings, I hope, /r &e##,' the younger man said, pretending unawareness of the snu#. '!ut it's my o# to do my #est for my client.'To the exclusion of all else, Leslie thought grimly, Dane Jordan's words fuelling the dislie she had felt for him long #efore seeing him in action. 0is ruthless a#ility had #ecome a legend, maing him famous throughout the States, and he was ideal fodder for the news media, for he played as hard as he wored, s1uiring some of the loveliest girls in a city noted for #eautiful women.+et though Leslie found little to admire in him as a person, she could not decry his professional #rilliance. Lie many famous trial lawyers, he was a consummate actor, using his dar good loos and sharp #rain to swing the mood of udge and ury.