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Julie Garwood - Buchanan-Renard 01 - Heart Breaker

Julie Garwood - Buchanan-Renard 01 - Heart Breaker

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Heartbreaker
JulieGarwood
Buchanan1
Contents
Chapter1Chapter2Chapter3Chapter4Chapter5Chapter6Chapter7Chapter8Chapter9Chapter10Chapter11Chapter12Chapter13Chapter14Chapter15Chapter16Chapter17Chapter18Chapter19Chapter20Chapter21Chapter22Chapter23Chapter24Chapter25Chapter26Chapter27Chapter28Chapter29Chapter30Chapter31Chapter32Chapter33Chapter34Chapter35Chapter36Chapter37
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Chapter38
Chapter1
Contents- NextItwashotterthanhellinsidetheconfessional.Athickblackcurtain,dustywithageandneglect,coveredthenarrowopeningfromtheceilingoftheboxtothescarredhardwoodfloor,blockingoutboththedaylightandtheair.Itwaslikebeinginsideacoffinsomeonehadabsentmindedlyleftproppedupagainstthewall,andFatherThomasMaddenthankedGodhewasn’tclaustrophobic.Hewasrapidlybecomingmiserablethough.Theairwasheavyandripewithmildew,makinghisbreathingaslaboredaswhenhewasbackatPennStaterunningthatlastyardtothegoalpostswiththefootballtuckedneatlyinhisarm.Hehadn’tmindedthepaininhislungsthen,andhecertainlydidn’tminditnow.Itwasallsimplypartofthejob.TheoldpriestswouldtellhimtoofferhisdiscomfortuptoGodforthepoorsoulsinpurgatory.Tomdidn’tseeanyharmindoingthat,eventhoughhewonderedhowhisownmiserywasgoingtorelieveanyoneelse’s.Heshiftedpositiononthehardoakchair,fidgetinglikeachoirboyatSundaypractice.Hecouldfeelthesweatdrippingdownthesidesofhisfaceandneckintohiscassock.Thelongblackrobewassoakedthroughwithperspiration,andhesincerelydoubtedhesmelledatalllikethehintofIrishSpringsoaphe’dusedintheshowerthismorning.Thetemperatureoutsidehoveredbetweenninety-fourandninety-fiveintheshadeoftherectoryporchwherethethermostatwasnailedtothewhitewashedstonewall.Thehumiditymadetheheatsooppressive,thoseunfortunatesoulswhowereforcedtoleavetheirair-conditionedhomesandventureoutsidedidsowithaslowshuffleandaquicktemper.Itwasalousydayforthecompressortobitethedust.Therewerewindowsinthechurch,ofcourse,buttheonesthatcouldhavebeenopenedhadbeensealedshutlongagoinafutileattempttokeepvandalsout.Thetwootherswerehighupinthegold,domedceiling.TheywerestainedglassdepictionsofthearchangelsGabrielandMichaelholdinggleamingswordsintheirfists.Gabrielwaslookinguptowardheaven,abeatifiedexpressiononhisface,whileMichaelscowledatthesnakesheheldpinneddownathisbarefeet.Thecoloredwindowswereconsideredpriceless,prayer-inspiringworksofartbythecongregation,buttheywereuselessincombatingtheheat.Theyhadbeenaddedfordecoration,notventilation.Tomwasabig,strappingmanwithaseventeen-and-a-half-inchneckleftoverfromhisglorydays,buthewascursedwithbabysensitiveskin.Theheatwasgivinghimapricklyrash.Hehikedthecassockuptohisthighs,revealingtheyellowandblackhappy-faceboxershortshissister,Laurant,hadgivenhim,kickedoffhispaint-splatteredWal-Martrubberthongs,andpoppedapieceofDubbleBubbleintohismouth.Anactofkindnesshadlandedhiminthesweatbox.WhilewaitingforthetestresultsthatwoulddetermineifheneededanotherroundofchemotherapyatKansasUniversityMedicalCenter,hewasaguestofMonsignorMcKindry,pastorofOurLadyofMercyChurch.Theparishwaslocatedinthe
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forgottensectorofKansasCity,severalhundredmilessouthofHolyOaks,Iowa,whereTomwasstationed.Theneighborhoodhadbeenofficiallydesignatedbyaformermayor’staskforceasthegangzone.Monsignoralwaystook Saturdayafternoonconfession,butbecauseoftheblisteringheat,hisadvancedage,thebrokenaiconditioner,andaconflictinhisschedule-thepastorwasbusypreparingforhisreunionwithtwofriendsfromhisseminarydaysatAssumptionAbbey—Tomhadvolunteeredfortheduty.Hehadassumedhe’dsitface-to-facewithhispenitentinaroomwithacoupleofwindowsopenforfreshair.McKindry,however,bowedtothepreferencesofhisfaithfulparishioners,whostubbornlyclungtotheold-fashionedwayofhearingconfessions,afactTomlearnedonlyafterhe’dofferedhisservices,andLewis,theparishhandyman,haddirectedhimtotheovenhewouldsitinforthenextninetyminutes.InappreciationMonsignorhadloanedhimathoroughlyinadequate,battery-operatedfanthatoneofhisflockhadputinthecollectionbasket.Thethingwasnobiggerthanthesizeofaman’shand.Tomadjustedtheangleofthefansothattheairwouldblowdirectlyonhisface,leanedbackagainstthewall,andbegantoreadtheHolyOaksGazettehe’dbroughtalongtoKansasCitywithhim.Heturnedtothesocietypageonthebackfirst,becausehegotsuchakickoutofit.Heglancedovertheusualclubnewsandthesmatteringofannouncements—twobirths,threeengagements,andawedding—andthenhefoundhisfavoritecolumn,called"AboutTown."Theheadlinewasalwaysthesame:thebingogame.Thenumberofpeoplewhoattendedthecommunitycenterbingonightwasreportedalongwiththenamesofthewinnersofthetwenty-five-dollarjackpots.Interviewswiththeluckyrecipientsfollowed,tellingwhateachofthemplannedtodowithhisorherwindfall.AndtherewasalwaysacommentfromRabbiDavidSpears,whoorganizedtheweeklyevent,aboutwhatagoodtimeeveryonehad.Tomwassuspiciousthatthesocietyeditor,LornaHamburg,secretlyhadacrushonRabbiDave,awidower,andthatwaswhythebingogamewassoprominentlyfeaturedinthepaper.Therabbisaidthesamethingeveryweek,andTominvariablyribbedhimaboutthatwhentheyplayedgolf togetheronWednesdayafternoons.SinceDaveusuallybeatthesocksoffhim,hedidn’tmindtheteasing,buthedidaccuseTomoftryingtodivertattentionfromhisappallinggame.Therestofthecolumnwasdedicatedtolettingeveryoneintownknowwhowasentertainingcompanyandwhattheywerefeedingthem.Ifthenewsthatweekwashardtocomeby,Lornafilledinthespacewithpopularrecipes.Thereweren’tanysecretsinHolyOaks.Thefrontpagewasfullofnewsabouttheproposedtownsquaredevelopmentandtheupcomingone-hundred-yearcelebrationatAssumptionAbbey.Andtherewasanicementionabouthissisterhelpingoutattheabbey.Thereportercalledheratirelessandcheerfulvolunteerandwentintosomedetaildescribingalltheprojectsshehadtakenon.Notonlywasshegoingtoorganizealltheclutterintheatticforagaragesale,butshewasalsogoingtotransferalltheinformationfromtheolddustyfilesontothenewlydonatedcomputer,andwhenshehadafewminutestospare,shewouldbetranslatingtheFrenchjournalsofFatherHenriVanKirk,apriestwhohaddiedrecently.Tomchuckledtohimselfashefinishedreadingtheglowingtestimonialtohissister.Lauranthadn’tactuallyvolunteeredforanyofthejobs.Shejusthappenedtobewalkingpasttheabbotatthemomenthecameupwiththeideas,andgracioustoafault,shehadn’trefused.BythetimeTomfinishedreadingtherestoftheGazette,hissoakedcollarwasstickingtohisneck.He putthepaperontheseatnexttohim,moppedhisbrowagain,andcontemplatedclosingshopfifteenminutesearly.Hegaveuptheideaalmostassoonasitenteredhismind.Heknewthatifhelefttheconfessionalearly,he’dcatchhellfromMonsignor,andaftertheharddayofmanuallaborhe’dputin,hesimplywasn’tup
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